Amazon announced today that it has closed a multi-year deal with BBC Worldwide North America to make Prime Video the exclusive SVOD home for the venerable sci-fi series “Doctor Who” in the U.S.
Prime members in the U.S. can begin streaming seasons one through eight, along with all holiday special episodes, beginning on March 27. Season nine and the Christmas special “The Husbands of River Song” will debut on Prime Video this fall.
BBC America will remain the U.S. broadcast home for “Doctor Who.” It will debut a new Christmas special in the the fall and season 10 of the series in 2017.
Created by Sydney Newman (“The Avengers”), “Doctor Who” debuted on the BBC in 1963 with William Hartnell in the lead role. It continued through 1989 with a succession of six other actors taking turns as the doctor. (The casting changes are explained by a plot device that allows the doctor — a rogue Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey — to regenerate his body when mortally wounded.)
“Doctor Who” was revived for a one-off telefilm starring Paul McGann that aired on Fox in the U.S. in 1996, before returning in its current series version in 2005.
The 12th and current TV “Doctor Who,” Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, assumed the role in 2013. Early in his career, Capaldi was the lead singer and guitarist in the punk band The Dreamboys, whose drummer was Craig Ferguson, the comedian and future host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” (2005–2014).
The series is executive produced by 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”).