The live streaming video platform Twitch will be hosting a seven-week marathon of classic Doctor Who episodes beginning later this month.
The joint venture with BBC Studios will see Twitch live stream over 500 episodes featuring the first seven Doctors for free worldwide, starting with the show’s 1963 debut An Unearthly Child and ending with 1989’s Survival, the last adventure of the show’s original 26-season run.
Adventures will be shown in blocks, with each block set to be repeated twice – three screenings in total – before the showing of a new block the following day.
In addition to the episodes themselves Twitch will also be hosting a series of exclusive specials from UK digital content creators The Yogscast, with a panel of Doctor Who crew, experts and fans taking a look back at some of the most notable moments from each Doctor’s era.
Viewers who subscribe to the TwitchPresents channel will gain access to an exclusive set of classic Doctor Who emojis to use when chatting on the platform, whilst fans in the UK, US and Canada will also get the chance to take part in a weekly giveaway, including a grand prize trip to London Comic-Con.
Nick Coulter, Director of Digital Sales and Business Development at BBC Studios said:
“Doctor Who has a great tradition of pioneering new technologies, from early VHS all the way through to the new digital services of today.
“Twitch is another great example of this, as a brilliant service with over 15 million active daily users, we are thrilled to be able to offer them the chance to indulge in the classic Doctor Who series and celebrate its amazing 54 year legacy of excitement and innovation.”
“Doctor Who and its clever take on sci-fi exemplifies the type of adjacent content to gaming that has resonated with the Twitch community.
“By presenting this iconic BBC show in a new interactive format, it is a fun new way to bridge several generations of Doctor Who fans, while building a new generation of fans.”