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Classic Doctor Who Finally Hits Streaming

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The 2005 revival of the BBC’s Doctor Who ended a 16-year drought for fans, some of whom had been keeping up with the Time Lord’s adventures from his debut in 1963 to his cancelation in 1989. While those more recent seasons have been available via Netflix and Amazon Prime, the “classic” library of The Doctor’s early adventures has been a little harder to locate.

On Tuesday, the BBC announced that they were prepared to change that. Beginning immediately, more than 550 episodes of Doctor Who that aired from 1963 to 1989 will be available on BritBox, a U.S. streaming service that has amassed almost every installment featuring Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, and the five other Doctors who featured in the series prior to Christopher Eccleston taking over the role in 2005.

It’s a valuable acquisition for BritBox, which curates a range of series from the BBC and ITV networks and offers streaming of all their content for $6.99 per month: BritBox says their catalog spans 26 seasons, and lacks just 20 episodes for which they were unable to secure the rights, plus 90 episodes that are believed to be "lost" due to missing footage. BritBox plans to stream audio-only presentations of some of these lost episodes in the near future.

[h/t Nerdist]

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BBC Teases New Thirteenth Doctor-Starring Doctor Who Merchandise
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Though the new season of Doctor Who, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, won’t make its BBC debut until this fall, fans of the iconic sci-fi series who find themselves at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con will get an early glimpse behind the scenes of the upcoming season. The series’ new cast and crew will gather for their first-ever panel discussion—but that’s not the only Time Lord news coming out of San Diego. The BBC will also be showing off some of the brand-new Doctor Who merchandise that will accompany the new season, including several pint-sized renditions of the first-ever female Doctor.

The official Doctor Who website just shared a sneak peek at the new Thirteenth Doctor figurines coming from their toymaker partners at Funko, Titan, and Character Options—noting that all Funko and Titan toys will be on display at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, and available for purchase in the fall.

Titan’s offerings (below) include two 6.5-inch figures, while Funko’s merchandise (pictured above) will include a vinyl Pop! and a Thirteenth Doctor Rock Candy option:

Thirteenth Doctor 'Doctor Who' merchandise will debut at San Diego Comic-Con

Character Options’s figure will be taller—10 inches—and much more detailed, with fabric clothing and a redesigned sonic screwdriver. (Fans can preorder the figure from Forbidden Planet now.)

Thirteenth Doctor 'Doctor Who' merchandise will debut at San Diego Comic-Con

For those who prefer to wear their fandom on their sleeve, and the rest of their body, a replica of Whittaker’s already-iconic striped shirt, blue trousers, and long coat will be available at Hot Topic stores this fall.

Thirteenth Doctor 'Doctor Who' merchandise will debut at San Diego Comic-Con

[h/t: Den of Geek]

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New Doctor Who Cast and Crew Are Coming to San Diego Comic-Con
Steve Schofield, BBC Worldwide
Steve Schofield, BBC Worldwide

Though Doctor Who fans got a glimpse of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor in “Twice Upon a Time,” the iconic sci-fi series’s 2017 Christmas special, it will be a few more months until the first female Time Lord officially commandeers the TARDIS. While the new cast and crew have kept relatively mum on what to expect from the new season, which premieres in the fall, BBC America just announced that they’ll be gathering together in July to take part in their first-ever group panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

While Whittaker will be front and center on the panel, she’ll be joined by two of her three confirmed companions—Tosin Cole (who’ll play Ryan) and Mandip Gill (who’ll play Yasmin). Bradley Walsh, who is not confirmed to be in attendance, will play Whittaker’s main companion, Graham. Also joining the panel are executive producer Matt Strevens and writer-turned-showrunner Chris Chibnall, who has a long history with the series and with Whittaker (he’s the creator of Broadchurch, which saw former Doctor David Tennant star alongside new Doctor Whittaker).

“With this year’s highly-anticipated season packed full of action, adventure, humor and emotion, the panel will be the cast’s first-ever panel appearance ahead of Doctor Who premiering this fall on BBC AMERICA,” the network noted in a press release.

New faces both in front of and behind the cameras won’t be the only changes coming to the eleventh season of Doctor Who. Instead of 12 episodes, there will only be 10, though they will run slightly longer. While it’s not confirmed, it’s expected that the TARDIS will get a slight upgrade, too. But the most noticeable difference will be in the theme music: In February, the show’s longtime composer Murray Gold confirmed that he would not be returning for the new season. Which means that Whovians should prepare for a whole new look and sound.

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