Netflix, Hulu rights to sci-fi series expired in February
“Doctor Who” is headed back to Amazon, with the e-commerce giant announcing a multiyear pact with BBC Worldwide North America that makes Amazon Prime Video the exclusive U.S. subscription streaming home for the modern version of the sci-fi series.
The first eight seasons of “Doctor Who,” along with all holiday special episodes, will be available starting March 27, to Amazon Prime customers at no additional charge.
Both Netflix and Hulu Plus had previously offered “Doctor Who” classic and current full seasons, before their rights to the series expired Feb. 1.
On Amazon Prime in the U.S., season nine as well as Christmas special “The Husbands of River Song” will be available some time this fall. BBC America will premiere a “Doctor Who” Christmas special later this year, with season 10 on tap for 2017.
The current iteration of “Doctor Who” began broadcasting on BBC One in 2005, with BBC America picking it up a year later.
In the popular series, the Doctor travels through time and space in his ship, the Tardis (“Time and Relative Dimensions in Space”), with numerous allies in an effort to save the world from a variety of foes. Actors who have played the titular role in recent seasons have included Christopher Eccleston (“Thor: The Dark World”), David Tennant (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), Matt Smith (“Terminator Genisys”) and Peter Capaldi (“World War Z”).
“Doctor Who” was created by Sydney Newman (“The Avengers”). Executive producers of the modern series are Russell T. Davies (“Torchwood”), Julie Gardner (“Torchwood”), Steven Moffat (“Sherlock”), Phil Collinson (“Coronation Street”), Piers Wenger (“How I Live Now”), Beth Willis (“Doctor Who Confidential”), Brian Minchin (“Wizards vs. Aliens”), Caroline Skinner (“Our Girl”) and Mal Young (“Desperate Scousewives”).
Currently in the U.S., seasons of classic “Doctor Who,” which aired from 1963-89, are available on DVD and online services including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play and Vudu.
Pictured above: Peter Capaldi in “Doctor Who”