Star Trek: Discovery is finally beaming into its third season on 15 October 2020 on CBS All Access after numerous delays in production due to the ongoing pandemic. The announcement was made on 27 July via YouTube.

This season will consist of 13 episodes, one week after Star Trek: Lower Decks’ first season has finished its run on CBS. We've rounded up everything else there is to know about this season, including the cast, plot and how to watch it from the UK. We also have similar roundups for Star Trek: Picard, as well as a guide to watching the entire Star Trek franchise in the correct order (warning - its an EXTENSIVE list).

Who will be in season 3?

From the first details that have emerged, we can confirm that the following stars will be returning to the show in season 3:

  • Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham
  • Doug Jones as Saru
  • Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly
  • Wilson Cruz as Dr Hugh Culber
  • Oyin Oladejo as Lt. Joann Owosekun
  • Emily Coutts as Keyla Detmer
  • Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets
  • Michelle Yeoh as Emperor Georgiou
  • David Ajala as Cleveland "Book" Booker
  • Anson Mount as Christopher Pike
  • Ethan Peck as Spock
  • Adil Hussain in an unnamed role

As more trailers and footage comes out, we’ll be able to confirm more characters. 

What will season 3 be about?

At the end of season 2 in order to defeat the evil A.I. Control, Michael Burnham used the Red Angel suit to time-travel via a wormhole, along with the starship. This now means that season 3 will be set 930 years in the future, in the 32nd century.

In this time, the Starfleet doesn’t exist anymore, but the Federation is still going. It’s the furthest point in the future that any Star Trek show has been set, which means that the show gets to explore something completely new that doesn’t have an existing framework.

The new trailer expands on how Starfleet no longer exists, showing a new character called Book meeting Michael Burnham, and commenting that she “must believe in ghosts” due to the Starfleet badge on her shirt. In addition, the Federation flag is displayed with just six stars, indicating that the galactic alliance may have collapsed.

You can watch the trailer below:

How to watch Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery always airs first on CBS All Access in the US. In the UK, the episodes typically air the day after on Netflix.

If you want to watch the episodes as they air, CBS All Access is planning to rebrand and relaunch internationally over the coming months, but this isn’t going ahead just yet.

However, it is possible to tune in from other countries with the help of a VPN such as NordVPN or ExpressVPN. VPNs change your IP address so you can browse the internet as if you’re from another country - in this case it would be the US.

For more information, take a look at our article on how to watch CBS All Access here in the UK.