Doctor Who has a new home entering season 12 already in BBC America — now, it has a new streaming home to go along with it.
In a statement today, HBO Max confirmed that they are going to become the exclusive streaming home for the modern edition of the science-fiction franchise. All 11 seasons will be available at the launch of the service in early 2020 and, beyond that, season 12 and future seasons will become a part of the library moving forward. Season 12 is slated to premiere on BBC America in 2020 (though there may be a special later this year); there is no launch date for it on HBO Max just yet.
Doctor Who will join a lineup of a number of other iconic BBC programming on the service, including The Office, Top Gear, Luther, and also The Honorable Woman.
In a statement, Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and president, TNT, TBS, and truTV, had the following to say:
“‘Doctor Who’ is one of television’s all-time, most beloved series, on both sides of the pond, and we are happy to be the exclusive streaming stewards for this BBC gem … Another series to further define the high-quality content experience consumers can expect from HBO Max.”
HBO Max is set to be an extension to HBO and will feature eventually a number of both classic and also exclusive series. It is WarnerMedia’s attempts at getting into the streaming game and become a rival to Netflix, NBCUniversal, Hulu, Amazon, Apple, and so many other shows.
All of this is exciting, but it does continue to raise a question of how much content is too much content. There are going to be so many options for viewers to watch stuff that they could be darting their heads in every direction, desperate to take all of it in even if there is no definite way in order to do so. That’s probably a good problem to have, though — in the end, we feel like the market will dictate whatever ends up happening here.
What do you want to see when it comes to Doctor Who moving forward, and are you happy to see the show have a new streaming home? Be sure to share in the comments. (Photo: BBC.)