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The ''Radio Times'' - as well as other sites - stated that '''Doctor Who''' will be available from Boxing Day (i.e. 26 December) and that "…For the first time, all '''627''' remaining serials [sic] (i.e. those that haven’t been lost or wiped by the BBC) broadcast between the series’ start in 1963 and its cancellation in 1989 will be available on one streaming service, making it a real treasure trove for both die-hard Whovians and newer fans who’d love to catch up on the series’ background. […] This list will include Doctor Who’s original unaired pilot episode from 1963, and the recent animated versions of “lost” episodes that were recreated using original soundtracks and whatever footage and images were available to fill in the gaps in Doctor Who history."
 
The ''Radio Times'' - as well as other sites - stated that '''Doctor Who''' will be available from Boxing Day (i.e. 26 December) and that "…For the first time, all '''627''' remaining serials [sic] (i.e. those that haven’t been lost or wiped by the BBC) broadcast between the series’ start in 1963 and its cancellation in 1989 will be available on one streaming service, making it a real treasure trove for both die-hard Whovians and newer fans who’d love to catch up on the series’ background. […] This list will include Doctor Who’s original unaired pilot episode from 1963, and the recent animated versions of “lost” episodes that were recreated using original soundtracks and whatever footage and images were available to fill in the gaps in Doctor Who history."
  
(The sum of 627 has presumably been arrived at by adding all the complete stories (598) + those that have already been animated (19) + those animations that are currently underway (10) = 627. But the inclusion of the original version of [[An Unearthly Child]] throws that out by one! If anything, the total is probably just a quick calculation done by someone who doesn't actually know precisely what is going to be available in December…)  
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(The sum of 627 has presumably been arrived at by someone adding all the existing episodes (including orphans = 598) + those that have already been animated (19) + those animations that are currently underway (10) = 627. But the inclusion of the original version of [[An Unearthly Child]] throws that out by one! If anything, the total is likely just a quick calculation done on the hoof by someone who doesn't actually know the correct number of episodes that is going to be available come December…)  
  
 
*[https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-50320731 BritBox UK launched]
 
*[https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-50320731 BritBox UK launched]

Latest revision as of 02:36, 10 November 2019

BRITBOX is a US-based video-on-demand online streaming service, launched as a joint-venture by the BBC and ITV in March 2017, with a vast catalogue of old and new BBC and ITV programmes. The initial subscription rate was $6.99 per month. Programmes had closed captioning subtitles.

BritBox Canada was launched on 14 February 2018; its list of programmes was slightly different to that available in the US.

Subscribers to BritBox could also view their purchases via the Amazon Video Channel app.


DOCTOR WHO ON BRITBOX USA

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An Unearthly Child on BritBox
"Happy TARDIS Day" - Thanksgiving 24 November 2017
Extermi-nite! - Daleks at Halloween, 31 October 2018

With the exception of six stories (below), the ENTIRE back-catalogue of 1963 to 1989 Classic serials was available with the launch of the US BritBox on 4 April 2017 (so we haven't included a table of stories). At the time it was the only platform on which all of Classic Doctor Who was available in the US. (The New Series was available exclusively on Amazon Prime.)

The stories from season 22 were in their original extended lengths, and not cut down to 25 minutes.

The handful of stories not available were - as was often the case - ones featuring the Daleks:

Also not included was the 1996 TV Movie.

One Dalek story that was available was The Chase, but unlike its appearance on Hulu Plus it was missing the clip featuring the Beatles.

The site also offered "extras" in the form of K9 and Company , the original "Pilot" version of the first episode, An Unearthly Child, The Doctors Revisited documentary series, and An Adventure in Space and Time docu-drama, and The Five(ish) Doctors.

Some reports stated there were "over 550 episodes"; if the 45 minute episodes are counted as singles, then the actual tally is closer to 545.


Stories Available on BritBox

All the stories were, where possible, sourced from the DVD releases, and as such most of them were presented in a restored / colourised format, and in some cases with updated special effects.


Incomplete Stories

Unusually, the BritBox menu had listings for all the Doctor Who stories in broadcast sequence including those that were missing from the BBC archive and weren't actually available; the screens instead displayed the captions -

"Unfortunately this Classic Doctor Who story is missing"
or with the rather presumptuous -
"Sorry, we are unable to offer you this story at this time. Please check back regularly for updates"


In September 2017, BritBox released an exclusive in the form of a special presentation of the incomplete 6-part Patrick Troughton serial The Wheel in Space; this was a full reconstruction synching the tele-snaps to the soundtrack for the four missing episodes.

A teaser preview of the reconstruction was shown at San Diego Comic Con (held from 20-23 July 2017) during the Classic Doctor Who panel featuring Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sophie Aldred (see Media below).




Wheel In Space preview


Although BritBox was not able to supply further reconstructions of missing stories, they did offer three incomplete ones, which utilised animation or a tele-snap slide-shows:

  • The Power of the Daleks - fully animated in 2016 for its 50th anniversary; released on BritBox from 30 September 2017
  • The Web of Fear - with the tele-snap reconstruction of part 3 from iTunes and the DVD release
  • The Invasion - with the animated episodes 1 and 4 from the DVD release


BritBox often released groups of themed stories around holiday events, such as:

The addition of the final six Dalek serials in October 2018 meant that ALL the complete Classic stories bar the 1996 TV Movie were available to view on BritBox.

On 16 July 2019, the two Peter Cushing Dalek movies were added to the menu.


Media



BritBox trailer



This is BritBox




BritBox interviews at SDCC 2017



BritBox interviews at SDCC 2017


BritBox UK

A UK-based equivalent of BritBox (£5.99 per month subscription) was launched on 6 November 2019. In the press releases, it was stated that "More than 600 classic episodes of Doctor Who - broadcast between 1963 and 1989 - will be available to stream for the first time by Christmas [2019]".

The Radio Times - as well as other sites - stated that Doctor Who will be available from Boxing Day (i.e. 26 December) and that "…For the first time, all 627 remaining serials [sic] (i.e. those that haven’t been lost or wiped by the BBC) broadcast between the series’ start in 1963 and its cancellation in 1989 will be available on one streaming service, making it a real treasure trove for both die-hard Whovians and newer fans who’d love to catch up on the series’ background. […] This list will include Doctor Who’s original unaired pilot episode from 1963, and the recent animated versions of “lost” episodes that were recreated using original soundtracks and whatever footage and images were available to fill in the gaps in Doctor Who history."

(The sum of 627 has presumably been arrived at by someone adding all the existing episodes (including orphans = 598) + those that have already been animated (19) + those animations that are currently underway (10) = 627. But the inclusion of the original version of An Unearthly Child throws that out by one! If anything, the total is likely just a quick calculation done on the hoof by someone who doesn't actually know the correct number of episodes that is going to be available come December…)