Monday 30 January 2023

Classic Doctor Who on iPlayer?

Classic Doctor Who is currently available to stream on ITVX Premium, which includes BBC content from former joint venture BritBox. However, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the beloved sci-fi series (my favourite, if you haven't already guessed).

Returning showrunner Russell T Davies (It's A Sin) has hinted it could come to BBC iPlayer: "You make all of the back catalogue available, first, on iPlayer. I can’t swear that will happen, but there are contracts. It’s our heritage, it deserves to be there so kids can fall in love with Doctor Who like they love Friends."

Davies has also spoken about the possibility of new spin-off series and a bigger budget with Sony's Bad Wolf (His Dark Materials) co-producing and Disney+ as an international broadcast partner.

He said: "It's one of the reasons I've come back – you can tell stories on a bigger scale. It's the same old problems, I still have to cut scenes because they're too expensive, and I still have to reduce the number of monsters, and things like that. But my imagination feels more free, a lot more free, actually. It's just a joy to write anyway."

Personally, classic serials should be available on BBC iPlayer in the UK and Ireland and Disney+ for international fans.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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