The last time American Whovians saw Doctor Who on Netflix was in early 2016. Fans were upset to learn about the cancellation of the Doctor Who Netflix page around that time. Season nine of the show was not released for streaming, either. The show also went on hiatus for all of 2016, so fans had to either switch to another streaming service or just wait. Season ten will air in 2017 and now fans are wondering what streaming service will offer seasons one through nine of Doctor Who. But why was Doctor Who removed from Netflix? The main reason is the British Broadcasting Channel’s decision to end licensing agreement, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Doctor Who Removed from Netflix
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Family
Release Date on Netflix: Not Available
Writers: Sydney Newman, Steven Moffat, Russell T. Davies, Terry Nation, Gerry Davis, Kit Pedler, Robert Holmes, and others
Directors: Graeme Harper, Euros Lyn, James Strong, Rachel Talalay, Charlie Palmer, and others
Runtime: 45 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
Fans were able to stream the classic and rebooted Doctor Who episodes, which aired from 2005 to 2014. However, season nine, which aired in 2015, did not make the list of available episodes. On February 1, 2016, all Doctor Who episodes disappeared from Netflix. Customers were informed of the departure ahead in January. When it came time to renew the contract with Netflix, BBC decided not to. Instead, they took up the offer from Amazon for exclusivity rights.
So, at this time, Netflix does not have any Doctor Who episodes. It’s not just their American streaming service, but also for customers around the world. Fans were able to watch the episodes of Doctor Who with Netflix UK and Netflix Canada until the second half of 2016. Now, since the license agreement between BBC and Netflix has ended, Netflix has no episodes of Doctor Who, classic or reboot, at all.
So Can We Do Anything About the Current Doctor Who Netflix Availability?
While it is up to BBC to renew the licensing rights or create a new deal, those who are unhappy about the whole Doctor Who removed from Netflix event can request the show be added. However, the chances of this happening are thin.
The British network is also creating their own streaming service. Sources have cited BBC’s expanding digital presence as the main reason why Doctor Who was removed from Netflix. According to an article from CNN, Doctor Who and other BBC shows will be shown through an online streaming service called BritBox, which is set to launch this year.
Doctor Who has a strong fandom and there are no worries about the show ending anytime soon. There will be another platform where viewers can watch new episodes the day after it airs.
Whether or not a new platform means good or bad news for Doctor Who and Netflix is yet to be seen. The new platform will stream new episodes the day after they’ve aired. A possibility here is that after the season is over, maybe the content will go to Netflix. We’re not yet sure whether all seasons of Doctor Who will be on BritBox or if they will be on Netflix after season ten has ended. It is up to BBC to decide if any streaming service, especially Netflix, will have any license to the Doctor Who content.
Hopefully, this article clears up some myths about the whole Doctor Who removed from Netflix deal. For the fans who still hope Doctor Who will return to Netflix anytime soon, we’re sorry to say the show will most likely not be returning due to the exclusive deal with Amazon. Season nine is still not available for streaming. With season ten premiere quickly approaching, fans may have to look for other streaming sites to catch up on Doctor Who episodes. BBC plans to release their own streaming service in 2017. The rest is just a wait-and-see game to determine if any classic, old, or new episodes will return to Netflix anytime soon.