Tuesday 10 October 2023

60 years of Doctor Who on BBC iPlayer

This November is the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who, and fans (myself included) will be able to journey back in time and watch classic serials from the beginning on BBC iPlayer. Previously, these were only available to stream exclusively on BritBox and ITVX in the UK.

With over 800 episodes of Doctor Who programming on iPlayer, Russell T Davies, returning series showrunner said:

“I’d like to thank the BBC for all the hard work, to get this massive back catalogue under one roof, at long last. I'm so excited for new viewers - imagine being 8 years old, spending winter afternoons exploring the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. And we’re determined this won't be a dusty museum - we have exciting plans to bring the back catalogue to life, with much more to be revealed!”

From 1st November on iPlayer, I'll be rewatching classic serials from the Tom Baker era with my dad - we still talk about The Seeds of Doom to this day!

Dan McGolpin, Director of iPlayer and channels, said:

“Doctor Who has captivated countless millions of viewers on the BBC for 60 years and in celebration of this special moment we are bringing classic series to BBC iPlayer for the first time. Fans will be able to enjoy many of the Doctor’s earliest adventures with William Hartnell right through to the very latest series and the soon-to-be-released and tremendously exciting new anniversary specials with David Tennant. We want everyone to be able to enjoy this breathtaking back catalogue, so we are making each episode on iPlayer as accessible as possible, with subtitles, audio description, and sign language all available for the first time.”

Doctor Who returns for three 60th anniversary specials, starring David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), this November on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and Disney+ outside the UK and Ireland.

Are you looking forward to watching classic Doctor Who on BBC iPlayer? Let me know in the comments below.

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