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AMAZON PRIME (aka Amazon Prime Instant Video / Amazon Prime Video), is a subscription-based online streaming service owned and operated by the international mail-order company. It was launched in September 2006, initially providing content only to the US. In 2014, it was available in the UK and parts of Europe, and from December 2016, in many other parts of the world.

Another of Amazon's services - Amazon Video Channels - enabled users to access other providers such as Britbox.


Starting circa March 2011, Amazon Prime US had new series episodes and a limited number of Classic serials available for free under its monthly subscription rates, or at a small fee of $1.99 per episode to rent for a 7-day period. Purchases could be viewed online or downloaded.

26 stories:

The Tomb of the Cybermen used to be available on Amazon Prime US NOTE: the 17 "Season" buttons
F The Aztecs 4
Y The Celestial Toymaker 1
MM The Tomb of the Cybermen 4
UU The Mind Robber 5
XX The Seeds of Death 6
AAA Spearhead from Space 4
RRR The Three Doctors 4
PPP Carnival of Monsters 4
TTT The Green Death 6
4C The Ark in Space 4
4G Pyramids of Mars 4
4R The Robots of Death 4
4S The Talons of Weng-Chiang 6
4V Horror of Fang Rock 4
5A The Ribos Operation 4
5B The Pirate Planet 4
5E The Power of Kroll 4
5F The Armageddon Factor 6
5H City of Death 4
5N The Leisure Hive 4
5X The Visitation 4
6B Earthshock 4
6R The Caves of Androzani 4
6V Vengeance on Varos 4
7Q Ghost Light 3
7M The Curse of Fenric 4

This selection was very unusual, as it included the orphaned part 4 of the missing William Hartnell story, The Celestial Toymaker - (Serial Y on Amazon menu)

Vengeance on Varos was sold as a 4-parter.

The menu had the stories listed by "Season", so clicking on one of the 17 numbered buttons took you to the story or stories relevant to that season.

The Celestial Toymaker part 4 used to be available on Amazon Prime US (this is an archived version of the menu)

From November 2013, all Doctor Who episodes were rebranded as The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection.

New Series on Amazon Prime
AirZone on the Amazon Prime Video menu

On 31 January 2016, Hulu Plus and Netflix's rights to the series expired, giving Amazon Prime the exclusive streaming rights to the new series of Doctor Who. The deal (which included much of the BBC's catalogue) commenced from 27 March 2016 (Easter weekend) for no additional charge. The first eight of the new series were available at launch.

For Amazon Prime's UK's customer, however, the deal meant that from 16 March 2016 Doctor Who was no longer available to them at all!

But 24 Classic Doctor Who were still available to US customers via the provider but in the form of a 'digital' DVD; the catalogue of stories in this format was the same that had previously been on the streaming service - but with the single episode of The Celestial Toymaker and The Seeds of Death omitted from the menu. (The selection was similar to that which had previously been offered by Netflix, which indicates that only certain stories had been cleared for line access.)

Also available were the two Peter Cushing Dalek movies.

From January 2019, the BBV Productions spin-off drama The AirZone Solution was available to stream on Amazon Prime US and Amazon Prime UK.

And from 7 February 2020, the Reeltime Pictures Myth Makers interview series - collectively called "The Doctors" - became available on the Amazon Prime sites.

From mid-2021, dubbed editions of various stories could be downloaded from Amazon Prime in Germany.

Amazon Prime lost its ability to stream the new series of Doctor Who in May 2020; the only streaming provider with the exclusive rights to the new episodes of Doctor Who was HBO Max