It might be time to invest in some physical media if you are a Doctor Who fan.
Variety reports all 11 seasons of the current Doctor Who series — and future seasons when they slowly become available — will stream exclusively on WarnerMedia’s forthcoming HBO Max streaming service. The rights to the venerable science fiction series are part of an overall deal between HBO Max and BBC Studios, which includes programs like The Office (UK), Top Gear, and Luther.
The modern Doctor Who has been available on a variety of platforms since streaming began, with Amazon offering new episodes shortly after they air on BBC America for a fee. It is unclear if the new deal will disrupt Amazon’s ability to sell upcoming seasons, but if you “own” any of the current series on Amazon’s video platform, it might be time to consider buying the traditional disc format as the series becomes part of the coming streaming wars. Or subscribing to HBO Max.
Fans of the classic series can eagerly await the Blu-ray re-releases (we certainly are) or stream it on BritBox as it will not be part of the new deal between BBC Studios and HBO Max. Then again … you might want seriously consider those Blu-rays as BritBox could dematerialize because of agreements like this one so easily.
The new season of Doctor Who, meanwhile, is expected to air in 2020 following another year-long hiatus.