We’ve been rubbing our hands together in anticipation for the new Doctor Who spin-off, Class – but it premieres on BBC Three, which, earlier this year, moved online. So how do you watch it?
Most obviously, you can watch the channel on the internet. Hence the word “online”. Clever, eh? You do this by watching any streaming programme on the iPlayer website; the digital channel has its own section, so check that out at 10am for the first two episodes of Class: For Tonight We Might Die (with a brief cameo by Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor), and The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo.
There’s a selection of comedies and documentaries also available on their iPlayer stream, as well as showbiz news, if that’s your sort of thing.
iPlayer really is the key here. It’s free on the vast majority of smart TVs and set-top boxes. Make sure you’ve downloaded the BBC iPlayer app, then you’ll be good to go! You can find it on games consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One too, so if you’ve got one of those plugged into your TV, that’s a good way of watching Class.
Let’s take Sky for example. iPlayer is included as part of their Catch-Up Services, so you simply need to go to your homepage, click on Catch Up TV, filter to BBC iPlayer, then Channels, and select BBC Three.
Of course, if you’d prefer to watch Class on a tablet or smartphone, you could download the iPlayer app there too. Just in case you want to squint to see the TARDIS, Flatline-esque.
Some BBC Three shows will be on its YouTube channel, so it’s worth checking that out in case Class does appear there.
Only UK citizens can watch iPlayer, however: the BBC basically checks the location of your IP (Internet Protocol) address, the alphanumeric identifier specific to your device. (The terms of the TV license are tightening so that only those paying the fee can watch iPlayer, not something that was part of the its conditions when the previous contract was confirmed.) We don’t recommend using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which hides private information like location, as the BBC are cracking down on them. Nonetheless, some may still work.
Fortunately, the show will air on numerous stations worldwide, including transmission on premiere day (22nd October) on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Space in Canada, and BBC First in Saudi Arabia. Bizarrely, there’s no word on when it’ll be broadcasted on BBC America.
Class starts streaming on BBC Three from 10am on Saturday 22nd October 2016.