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US Whovians, rejoice. The largest streaming collection of classic Doctor Who is available now—for $6.99 per month.
Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service BritBox, a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and ITV, this month launched ad-free access to the classic era (1963-1989).
At least, what’s left of it.
BritBox currently offers 550 (of an existing 597) episodes—including First Doctor William Hartnell’s original “An Unearthly Child” and Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy’s three-part finale “Survival.”
The service, meanwhile, plans to release audio versions of the 97 “lost” Doctor Who chapters (those missing from the BBC archives) soon. Just think of it like listening to old radio dramas of yore.
For $7 a month, fans can relive these time-honored adventures, organized chronologically by Doctor.
New to the Whoniverse? Check out BritBox “favorites” like “The Tomb of the Cybermen” (season five), “Spearhead from Space” (season seven), “The Ark in Space” (season 12), and “Pyramids of Mars” (season 13).
Long-time viewers, meanwhile, can dive back into the series’ greatest friends and foes with curated playlists like “Best of Sarah Jane Smith” and “Villains” (including Cybermen, Daleks, and the Master).
BritBox also threw in some Doctor Who extras, like The Five(ish) Doctors 50th-anniversary spoof, failed spin-off K9 & Company pilot “A Girl’s Best Friend,” and the BBC’s behind-the-scenes TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time.
You can try binging the entire digital catalog during the seven-day free trial (one Doctor per day). But it’s probably best to simply pony up the $7-a-month fee to enjoy the original 26-year run as it was intended: with slow, careful consideration (and loads of fanboy squeeing).
BritBox debuted early this year to celebrate “the very best” of British television, promising “the most comprehensive” collection of UK-based content—mostly a bunch of shows you’ve frankly probably never heard of (The Moonstone, anyone?).
Aside from Doctor Who, a few classics like Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth-in-a-wet-shirt one!), Inspector Morse, and Fawlty Towers are also on hand.
BritBox content is available on the Web, mobile devices (iOS and Android), and set-top boxes/digital media players (Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast).