Fans of Classic Doctor Who, are currently a bit short changed on ways to watch episodes, legally.
Following the announcement that new BBC/ITV joint streaming Service Britbox, is shortly to launch. One of it’s major advertised draws – is that it will feature 600 episodes – of the Classic series of Doctor Who.
Of course, this is a legal way to watch Classic Doctor Who. Alongside, other legit streaming services, DVDs or Blu-Rays of the series. Britbox unfortunately, suffers from a lack of new content to justify the subscription cost. It is, effectively a collection of old shows and series only. Price-wise – it costs almost as much, as Netflix. No thanks!
It is possible, to sign-up for Britbox – for a free months trial and then binge watch all of their Who content; before cancelling.
In terms of physical media, the DVD range is still available at a cheap price but that still means – a substanial cash-outlay to collect them all.
The Blu-ray situation is even more depressing (aside from original release – Spearhead From Space), with the BBC (contemptably) only releasing a limited number of the new season HD remasters. This has had the effect, of making their resale value spike and theyvare being listed on reseller sites for 100’s of pounds/dollars!
Some streaming services, (especially U.S. based ones such as HULU) still feature a limited supply of Classic Who episodes. But choice is limited (and getting more limited) and varies with different services. And since Britbox launched, BBC have begun removing them from other competitive streaming services.
Outside of this, one of the other major (available) sources of Classic Doctor Who is Dailymotion website. Which features DVD rips of all of the classic episodes.
In our episodes section, we have just finished linking each of our episode reviews – to the 1st episode (where available) on Dailymotion.
The first episode of the Three Doctors on Dailymotion :
Our episodes section can be found here (or on the menu link above) if a specific episode (or serial) is desired. The Dailymotion link, is at the bottom of each of the articles.
Of course, we aren’t condoning the illegal streaming of Classic Doctor Who. However, frankly the lack of legal availability – is extremely poor. Given how in the UK – at least.
Having paid for a mandatory TV licence; the show is not available on the BBC IPLAYER. It is, however being used as a bargaining chip to get fans to buy Britbox. Fans could take the 30 day free-trial and then cancel (before paid subscription kicks in) but the whole setup; is just plain wrong.
Additionally, as we start to move away from physical media (discs and players), we are in a bit of a gap. In terms of the fact, that to stream these classic episodes; there is not a great deal of other choice, currently available – out there.