HBO Max Scores Exclusive Streaming Rights for Doctor Who


HBO Max has secured the exclusive streaming rights for Doctor Who, with all 11 seasons of the BBC’s sci-fi hit to be available on WarnerMedia’s streaming service at launch in spring 2020.

As part of HBO Max’s new long-term deal with BBC Studios, the streamer will also be the exclusive SVOD home for future seasons after they air on BBC America.

In addition to Doctor Who, HBO Max licensed 700 episodes of BBC series such as The OfficeTop GearLuther and The Honorable Woman.

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,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max and president of TNT, TBS and truTV. “Another series to further define the high-quality content experience consumers can expect from HBO Max.”

“As any Doctor Who fan knows, the iconic TARDIS is ‘bigger on the inside’—and it’s a good thing because the TARDIS is about to welcome a whole new slew of fans coming to the show through this deal with HBO Max,” said Nigel Gaines, interim president at BBC Studios Americas. “HBO Max’s ambitious content lineup is the perfect complement to the Doctor Who global franchise, in addition to some of our most award-winning and game-changing U.K. dramas and comedies.”

Sally de St Croix, Doctor Who global franchise director, added: “Doctor Who is a program like no other—an incredibly rich world of stories, packed with adventure, regeneration, heart (two actually) and hope. Our audience is incredibly dedicated and engaged, and we can’t wait to work with HBO Max to tell our stories from across all of time and space.”