It’s about what we expected: the BBC launching their own streaming service and making it the exclusive home of Doctor Who. It’s been in the works ever since they pulled the show from other streaming services. It took them long enough; I wonder if the wait had the desired effect, if desperate fans are buying the service, or if they’ve all given up by now.
Me, I’m buying it.
I’ve known about the service for a while. My sister is buying it for the infinite supply of Midsomer Murders and similar cozy fare. I was holding out for DW – and I told them so in one of their many surveys. Now – although I think it was the plan all along, and not a result of my pestering – I’ve got what I wanted.
Several informational articles mention 20 episodes for which Britbox could not secure the rights. From my research it appears that these are some of the lesser known Dalek episodes – “Genesis of the Daleks” is available, “Day of the Daleks” featuring the Third Doctor is not. The Nation estate strikes again?
Of course the missing episodes are not available, nor the newly-released animated “Power of the Daleks.” However the found stories “Enemy of the World” and “Web of Fear” are there, including Web’s animated third episode.
More, I expect, is to come.