Doctor Who Comes to Twitch
For seven weeks, classic episodes of Doctor Who comes to Twitch, with more than 500 episodes airing in eight-hour blocks for seven weeks straight.
In a cruel irony that only fans of a show based around time travel can appreciate, the next season of Doctor Who is still several months away. In true BBC fashion, the expected launch date is somewhere between “dunno” and “meh,” which probably puts it around fall. That gives us several months to wait for the 11th season of the modern show and the introduction of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor.
So why not spend the time catching up on the 26 seasons of the classic Doctor Who courtesy of Twitch? If the answer is “because I had no idea that was a thing and what the hell are you talking about?” that’s fair – keep reading.
Starting on Tuesday, May 29, Twitch will begin to air episodes of the Classic run of Doctor Who, which was on the air from 1963 to 1989. Over the course of seven weeks, the streaming platform will offer up over 500 episodes of old-school Who, and each week will be capped off with a giveaway. Once the run is complete, one person will win the grand prize, a trip to London Comic Con in the fall.
Each day starting at 11 am PDT on Twitch.tv/TwitchPresents, Twitch will air eight hours of classic episodes, starting at the very beginning with the First Doctor and the debut episode, “An Unearthly Child.” Episodes air Monday through Friday, and once the eight-hour block concludes, it will then run again and then again, so you have plenty of chances to catch up and an entire day of Who.
To go along with the event, digital content creators The Yogscast will produce seven original 20-minute segments to introduce the original Doctors (sorry, Paul McGann). Each episode will discuss that era of the show, feature interviews with writers and people that worked on the show, and include talks with former Doctor Who companion Katy Manning (who played Jo Grant opposite Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor). A complete schedule can be found here.
It’s a good way to fill the gap until the 11th season debuts and brings us a new look and feel for the show. The classic Doctor Who episodes are currently available on Amazon Prime, but you’ll need to pay an additional subscription fee for the Britbox addition. Thanks to the deal between the BBC and Twitch, you can gently sidestep that and watch the show with thousands of your closest friends/anonymous chat voices for free.
So check it out, and if you’re looking for a few tips on what eps to make sure you see, check out our Classic Doctor Who Primer.