Epic Return: Classic Doctor Who Coming To BBC iPlayer

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In an interesting turn of events for Doctor Who Fans, a huge collection of classic episodes from the hit show are on their way to BBC iPlayer.

The fantastic reveal, titled ’60 Years of Doctor Who’, will be unveiled on BBC iPlayer alongside a major online archive, marking an era of digital accessibility to the beloved series.

More than 800 episodes of this timeless show will be available to viewers, each equipped with subtitles, audio description and sign language, catering to a wider audience for the first time.

Since 2019, Classic Doctor Who Episodes They were all available on BritBox (Now part of ITVX Premium) – paid service.

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Therefore, the launch on BBC iPlayer is more than just a nostalgia trip – it’s a chance for fans to wander through the show’s fascinating six-decade history, without having to pay an additional subscription.

This expanded digital collection will be added to iPlayer November 1, 2023 – just in time before the anniversary specials hit screens, allowing fans to reacquaint themselves with the classic series and explore the vast scope Doctor Who being.

In addition to the original series, spin-offs such as The Sarah Jane Adventures, TorchwoodAnd Seasonas well as every episode of Dr. Sriwill also be available on the platform (along with all episodes of the modern incarnation of the Doctor).


As an ideal companion to the back catalogue, the BBC is simultaneously launching an extensive online archive at bbc.co.uk/doctorwho (It will also be published on November 1.)

This digital treasure trove includes everything from cast interviews, long-unheard audio clips and behind-the-scenes photos, to written documents recounting the series’ groundbreaking journey through 60 archival gems to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

The online archive invites enthusiasts to delve deeper into the show’s legacy through curated excursions such as Genesis Doctor Whowhere the voice of the former drama chief, Sydney Newman Along with documents containing his original handwritten notes, he guides enthusiasts through the originals Doctor Who.

This initiative by the BBC does not just commemorate a journey Doctor Who But it also paves the way for modern audiences to engage with the classic series and its vast lore.

The classic series returns to iPlayer

Doctor Who‘s rich legacy, dating back to its first broadcast in 1963, is making a triumphant return to BBC iPlayer.

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This means that fans will soon be able to travel through time with the First Doctor William Hartnell First encounter with the Daleks, experience the transition to color television with the Third Doctor Jon Pertweeand enjoy fan favorites from the Fourth Doctor Tom Baker Iconic playback, including episodes like City of death And Morbius’s brain.

TV movie 1996 with Paul McGannWhere he takes over from the Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoywhich is also part of this digital broadcast treasure.

Accessibility is at the forefront of this initiative, with every episode from the back catalog now available with multiple accessibility options.

This includes subtitles, audio description and sign language, making the series more inclusive – something that was not available for most episodes in the BritBox release of these episodes.

This is a commendable move, as it ensures that the series’ rich narrative and engaging adventures are accessible to a wider audience.

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With a whopping 800 episodes Doctor Who Programming Coming to iPlayer, Enthusiasm Within Doctor Who The community is clear.

Return viewer Russell T Davies He expressed his gratitude to the BBC for this initiative and shared his enthusiasm for new viewers:

“Imagine being an 8-year-old, spending winter afternoons exploring the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. We’re determined that this won’t be a dusty museum – we have exciting plans to bring the catalog back to life, with even more to reveal!”

Dan McGolpin, an iPlayer and channel manager, shares the same sentiment. He emphasized the show’s ability to attract countless millions over the years and hailed the move as a celebration of the show’s remarkable journey.

Accessibility features are an important part of this celebration, as they ensure that everyone can enjoy the amazing catalogue, from William Hartnell’s first adventures to the latest series and upcoming anniversary shows with David Tennant.

Move from BritBox to BBC iPlayer

Until this important launch, the classic episodes were from Doctor Who It found a home on BritBox, the streaming service formerly owned by ITV and the BBC.

This platform, Now part of ITVX Premiumhas been a favorite destination for fans to enjoy more than 600 classic episodes from the show’s extensive history.

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The move from BritBox/ITVX to BBC iPlayer is a major shift in the digital availability of the classic series, making it more accessible to a wider audience.

This move not only brings Doctor Who A return to the original broadcaster but also consistent with the BBC’s mission to provide a more comprehensive viewing experience.

However, ITV has assured us that the film is a classic Doctor Who Episodes will remain on BritBox/ITVX Premium too – so subscribers will be able to choose where to watch them.

For ardent followers Doctor WhoThis move from BritBox to BBC iPlayer is more than just a platform change; It’s homecoming.

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The show’s six-decade journey has come full circle, offering fans old and new the chance to enjoy its timeless adventures once again.

New Online Archive: A deep dive into the Doctor’s legacy

The launch on BBC iPlayer will be accompanied by an extensive online archive, marking a significant milestone for Doctor Whos digital journey, allowing fans to delve deeper into the show’s rich history than ever before.

In the initial phase, the site will feature curated journeys through the archive, bringing the show’s extensive history to life through interviews, news articles, audio, photographs and written documents.

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Over time, more content will be added, including a special collection of 8K scanned images from an estimated total of 25,000 prints, negatives, slides and digital images, providing an unprecedented insight into the exhibition’s journey over the years.

In addition, the expanded archive will display more than 100,000 documents, including memoirs, correspondence, designs, audience research and orchestral scores.

A selection of audio clips about Doctor WhoIncluding radio programmes, documentaries, interviews and music, will also be added to enrich the archive.

This digital archive, along with the extensive collection available on BBC iPlayer, is a major celebration of Doctor WhoIts lasting legacy as it enters its 60th year, promises more adventures, explorations and an enriching experience for its ever-growing fan base.


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