Over 800 episodes of Doctor Who will be streaming on BBC iPlayer from next month!
Celebrating 60 years of the iconic British sci-fi series, the BBC is making every single episode available to watch in the UK.
As Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor once said: “All of time and space, everything that ever happened or ever will – where do you want to start?”
The huge collection of archive content will also include all the Doctor Who spin-offs, like The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood, and Class, as well as every episode of behind-the-scenes series Doctor Who Confidential.
Fans will be able to use multiple optional accessibility features too, with subtitles, audio description, and sign language for the first time on the episodes for the first time.
Previously, only the 21st century seasons of Doctor Who have been available on BBC iPlayer, with BritBox having the streaming rights to the classic 1963-1996 era of the show.
When’s the release date?
The entire Doctor Who back catalogue will drop on BBC iPlayer in the UK on Wednesday 1 November.
Viewers will now be able to revisit six decades of adventures in time and space!
“Doctor Who has captivated countless millions of viewers on the BBC for 60 years and in celebration of this special moment we are bringing classic series to BBC iPlayer for the first time,” said Director of iPlayer and Channels, Dan McGolpin.
“Fans will be able to enjoy many of the Doctor’s earliest adventures with William Hartnell right through to the very latest series and the soon to be released and tremendously exciting new anniversary specials with David Tennant,” he teased.
“I’d like to thank the BBC for all the hard work, to get this massive back catalogue under one roof, at long last,” commented showrunner Russell T Davies.
“I’m so excited for new viewers – imagine being 8 years old, spending winter afternoons exploring the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. And we’re determined this won’t be a dusty museum – we have exciting plans to bring the back catalogue to life, with much more to be revealed!” added the A Very English Scandal writer.
A new online archive will also be launching at bbc.co.uk/doctorwho for fans to delve even deeper into the history of Doctor Who.
The new website is set to feature “curated journeys through the archive to bring the show’s extensive history to life for fans – with items like interviews with cast members, news pieces, audio, imagery, and written documents.”
Doctor Who is back this autumn with three brand new specials, starring a returning David Tennant as the time-travelling Doctor.
He’ll be joined in the TARDIS once again by Catherine Tate as the Doctor’s friend, Donna Noble.
An epic trailer for the upcoming episodes was released last month, including a sneak peek at How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris as iconic villain The Toymaker.
A brand new ‘making of’ show called Doctor Who: Unleashed has also been confirmed!
The past 13 seasons of Doctor Who are available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.