If you are a Whovian, you can relax for the first time in a couple of months, particularly if you are a Doctor Who fan who is living in the United States and has wanted to binge-watch the series for a while--or who was partially through with binge-watching when the show was pulled from Netflix. It looks like you’ll soon have the opportunity to catch the long-running series. Amazon announced today that Amazon Prime will become the exclusive home to stream Doctor Who starting on March 27.
So, what does this mean? Namely, it means that Amazon Prime users will be able to access Seasons 1 through 8 of the new iteration of the drama, along with all of the holiday specials. The most recent season, Season 9, will be available starting sometime this fall along with “The Husbands of River Song” episode. (We’ll let you know as soon as a date is forthcoming for the new content.) The deal is described as a “multi-year content licensing agreement," so you should be able to watch the episodes without fear of losing them for years to come.
If you’ve been keeping tabs on Doctor Who’s streaming schedule over the past couple of months, you probably know that Doctor Who was pulled off of Netflix. At the time, it seemed as if Amazon Prime might be the show’s savior, but then press materials about a new streaming deal with Amazon Prime were pulled shortly after they went up. This meant fans who have been binge-watching old episodes of the series have been in limbo for some time.
The news is coming as the BBC and ITV have been in talks to get a streaming service together, leading to some speculation that Amazon Prime may not eventually be the US home of Doctor Who. Luckily, that turns out not to be the case. We’re also quite pleased that the episodes are going to be streaming on the service rather quickly after the announcement. March 27 is just a few short days away.
If you are not interested in binge-watching old episodes, new episodes of Doctor Who are also on the way. Season 10 is expected to be showrunner Steven Moffat’s last season. A new companion is also expected to appear, and has reportedly already been cast, although the creative team is staying mum about who has joined. You'll be able to catch new episodes of Doctor Who on BBC America whenever they come together, although a later-than-usual premiere date has been mentioned. Unfortunately, if you are wanting to stream Season 10 on Amazon Prime, those episodes could come a whole lot later.
As always, we’ll let you know when new Doctor Who content becomes available. In the meantime, here’s what else is coming up on TV this month.