Even though many countries around the world have a Doctor Who Netflix page, the last time American Whovians saw Doctor Who on Netflix was about two years ago. US fans were upset to learn about the cancellation of the Doctor Who Netflix page around that time. But why was Doctor Who removed from Netflix US? 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: April 15, 2015
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%
Streaming on: Netflix Australia, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Singapore – just seasons 5-9!
US 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 US. Customers were informed of the departure ahead in January. When it came time to renew the contract with Netflix, BBC decided not to and took up the offer from Amazon for exclusivity rights instead
So, at this time, Netflix US does not have any Doctor Who episodes since the license agreement between BBC and Netflix has ended. The rest of the world can stream seasons five through nine on Netflix.
So Can We Do Anything About the Current Doctor Who Netflix Availability in the US?
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.
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. With season ten premiere quickly approaching, fans may have to look for other streaming sites to catch up on Doctor Who episodes. The rest is just a wait-and-see game to determine if any classic, old, or new episodes will return to Netflix anytime soon.