The biggest collection of classic Doctor Who episodes, dating from 1963 to 1989, is now available to stream on BritBox. The collection is comprised of complete stories, stand-alone episodes and Doctor Who documentaries, but does NOT include the newer Doctor Who episodes (from 2005 onwards).
BritBox UK (which is separate from the US version) is a subscription service from ITV and the BBC, that brings a variety of past and current British TV programmes, as well as classic British films.
For now, the service can be streamed on smartphones and tablets, Chromecast, Apple TV and several newer TV models from Samsung, Panasonic and a few others.
Since its launch in November, some have questioned whether BritBox has enough content to justify the £5.99/month subscription cost – but Doctor Who fans will now get a big bucket of content to stream.
- 2023 Update: Classic Doctor Who is also coming to BBC iPlayer.
The classic Doctor Who collection includes 129 complete stories, which totals 558 episodes spanning the first eight Doctors from William Hartnell to Paul McGann.
In addition, there are four complete stories – The Tenth Planet, The Moonbase, The Ice Warriors and The Invasion which feature a combination of original content and animation.
An unaired story entitled Shada, which was originally presented as six episodes, has been re-cut as a 130-minutes special.
But wait, there’s more – A further two complete, solely animated stories – The Power Of The Daleks and The Macra Terror (presented in HD) – add 10 episodes.
And there are two documentaries available as well – More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS, and Doctor Who: Doctors Revisited, as well as the dramatised true story of Doctor Who’s creation, An Adventure In Space And Time.
All in all, if you plan to watch it all without stopping – it would take you more than 11 days.
Sally de St Croix, Franchise Director for Doctor Who at BBC Studios said:
“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.”
Disappointingly, as with most other BritBox content, the classic Doctor Who episodes don’t have subtitles – although those episodes did have captions when they were available on other services in the past.
A new series of Doctor Who will debut on BBC One at 6.55pm on New Year’s Day, and will also be available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
As for BritBox, more content is expected to be added in January, from Death in Paradise Seasons 1-7 to the award-winning Press – see all the highlights here.