Cancel all your plans! Britbox, the streaming subscription service from BBC and ITV that offers British TV to American viewers, now has all of Classic Doctor Whoin its collection. This is big news. It marks the first time all of Classic Doctor Whowill be available to stream in one place. It’s never been easier to watch Classic Doctor Who.
The Classic Doctor WhoBritbox collection will offer every episode from Doctors 1-7, save for the missing episodes, which will be available in audio form at a later date. This represents 550 episodes that were originally broadcast from 1963 to 1989 featuring William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy and their many Companions. Missing are 90 “lost” episodes and 20 more for which Britbox was unable to secure rights. (Have me mentioned this was a huge undertaking?)
The sheer amount of Doctor Whocontent available may be a bit daunting. If you don’t have the kind of time to move chronologically through all seven Doctors or you’re looking for a more specific Classic Doctor Whoexperience, Britbox has created curated playlists with suggestions for new viewers. The playlists are centered around certain Doctors, Companions, and villains. For example, if you want to watch some of the best Dalek episodes, Britbox has a playlist for you.
Den of Geek has also taken the liberty of creating a Classic Doctor Whoguide to help keep the almost 30 years of TV straight. Whether you’re new to Doctor Who or simply a NuWho fan looking to expand your Doctor Whoknowledge, our American’s Guide to Classic Doctor Who will help point you in the right direction.
How do you access the Classic Doctor Whocollection on Britbox? The commercial-free subscription service is available via the web, AppleTV, iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile phones and tablets — with Roku and Chromecast to be added soon — for $6.99 per month.
In addition to Classic Doctor Who,it has thousands of hours of British TV content, from iconic comedies like Black Adder, The Office, and Fawlty Towersto current soaps like Emmerdale, Eastenders, and Holby City. British dramas available include: Pride and Prejudice, State of Play, and Upstairs Downstairs.
To learn more about Britbox, check out our interview with Soumya Sriraman, the President of BritBox, in which we discuss the appeal of all-British streaming, which shows will become hidden gems, and how Britbox helps fans find the deep cuts of their favorite stars.