You can now see the biggest Classic Doctor Who collection ever streamed in the UK, on BritBox. 627 pieces of Classic Doctor Who content hit the service on Boxing Day. This tally is comprised of a mix of episodes, spin-offs, documentaries, telesnap reconstructions of lost serials, and more; this includes many rarely-seen treasures. Subscribers can access this content via web, mobile, tablet, connected TVs, and Chromecast.
BritBox is the digital video subscription service created by the BBC and ITV, and is available for £5.99 per month in HD. It launched in the United States in 2017 and the United Kingdom last November.
129 complete stories, which totals 558 episodes spanning the first eight Doctors (that’s William Hartnell to Paul McGann), form the backbone of the collection.
The collection also includes four complete stories previously missing but brought back to life through animation: The Tenth Planet, The Moonbase, The Ice Warriors, and The Invasion, totalling 22 episodes. The unaired story, Shada which was originally presented as six episodes (but has been uploaded as a 130 minute special), brings this total to 28.
A further two complete, solely animated stories – The Power Of The Daleks and The Macra Terror (presented in HD) – add 10 episodes.
Five orphaned episodes – The Crusade (2 parts), Galaxy 4, The Space Pirates, and The Celestial Toymaker – bring the total up to 600. The TV Movie, An Unearthly Child: The Pilot Episode, and An Adventure In Space And Time will are also available on the service, in addition to The Underwater Menace, The Wheel In Space, and The Web Of Fear which have been completed via telesnaps. Spin-off, K9 & Company, and documentaries, More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS and 50th anniversary series, Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited complete the collection.
BritBox will also be curating special Doctor Who Classic collections, including ‘New to Who’, featuring one key episode from each of the first seven Doctors as an introduction to the uninitiated. Further collections will be devoted to the most memorable monsters, with Cybermen, Daleks, the Master, and Sontarans each getting the limelight. Regeneration episodes have also been collated.
Boxing Day marked the start of a longer-term collaboration with the BBC, with a shared vision of making BritBox the ultimate home of Doctor Who Classic content in 2020 and beyond, and ensuring the widest collection of content available is presented in the best possible format and quality.
Reemah Sakaan, Group Director ITV SVOD, commented:
“BritBox becoming the first complete digital home of Doctor Who Classic creates a special opportunity for fans and streamers across the UK. We are looking forward to expanding the collection even further by working with the show creators to lovingly restore lost and previously unavailable episodes in the months to come and offering a truly exclusive experience.”
Sally de St Croix, Franchise Director for Doctor Who at BBC Studios added:
“It’s thrilling to partner with BritBox and see all this amazing Doctor Who Classic content congregate in one place where subscribers can stream to their hearts’ content – some experiencing the show for the first time whilst others will simply be enjoying it all over again.”
So does this tempt you into subscribing? Or are you happy with your DVD collection?
And if you’ve got BritBox, where did you start your Doctor Who viewing?