This article was last updated in OCTOBER 2023
We’ve not got long to wait for the highly anticipated new Doctor Who episodes, with the three 60th anniversary specials (starring David Tennant, Catherine Tate and Neil Patrick Harris) due to air on the BBC in November 2023, and series 14 starting with a festive special. In the meantime, we’re certainly not short of a few series to revisit.
Whether you’re a fan of the modern era of the show or want to find out where to watch classic Doctor Who from the sixties and beyond, there’s plenty of places to stream or buy old Doctor Who series both in the UK and the USA.
Where to Watch Classic Doctor Who
In The UK Only: BBC iPlayer
From 1st November 2023, BBC iPlayer will host all 800+ episodes of Doctor Who, from classic Who right the way through to the modern era, plus the spin-offs, including Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who Confidential and Class.
This is part of the 60th anniversary celebrations, so it’s unclear just how long all of these episodes will be available on iPlayer, but we’ll certainly be enjoying it while it lasts.
In The UK, USA and Canada: BritBox
There’s a whopping 272 hours worth of classic Doctor Who available to stream on BritBox, with 558 episodes spanning the first eight Doctors, from William Hartnell to Paul McGann. You can also watch spin-off series K-9 and Company, documentaries including More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS and Doctor Who: Doctors Revisited, and rare gems such as the unbroadcast story, ‘Shada’.
Classic Doctor Who is available on BritBox for both UK and US subscribers, and is streamable wherever you use your BritBox subscription: direct, on Apple TV, Prime Video or ITV Hub.
If you’re new to classic Doctor Who and wondering where to start with such a vast number of episodes, take a look at our pick of the best episodes from the 1960s era.
In The Rest of the World
Sadly, outside of the UK, US and Canada, classic Doctor Who isn’t widely available to stream anywhere.
Where to watch up to series 13 of modern Doctor Who
In The UK: BBC iPlayer
BBC iPlayer is still the home of all modern Doctor Who, starting with Christopher Eccleston in Series 1 and going right the way through to Jodie Whittaker’s farewell in ‘The Power of the Doctor’ – and this will be the case for all new Doctor Who episodes too.
In The USA: HBO Max
All modern Doctor Who series are currently available on the HBO Max streaming service, from series 1 with the Christopher Eccleston era right to the most recent episode, ‘The Power of the Doctor’.
Rest of the World
Sadly, most other countries don’t have access to modern Doctor Who, including Ireland.
Where to watch new episodes of modern Doctor Who
In The UK: BBC iPlayer
As above, the BBC remains the home of modern Doctor Who, and the 60th anniversary specials and beyond will be available on BBC iPlayer.
In The USA (and pretty much everywhere except Ireland)
All new episodes of Doctor Who will be available on Disney+ in every country where this streaming service is available – except the UK and Ireland. Disney+ is the new home of modern Who from the anniversary specials onwards.
While there remains no streaming service available to watch Doctor Who in Ireland, most viewers can still access the BBC via satellite or cable TV, so you should be able to watch the new episodes live as they air.
Doctor Who returns for its 60th Anniversary specials in November 2023