HBO Max Nabs Exclusive Streaming Rights to ‘Doctor Who’

Picture Shows: Yasmin Khan (MANDIP GILL), Graham O’Brien (BRADLEY WALSH), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Ryan Sinclair (TOSIN COLE)


HBO Max is stepping into the world of Time Lords, sonic screwdrivers and the TARDIS.


The forthcoming WarnerMedia streaming platform has acquired the exclusive streaming rights to Doctor Who, with all 11 seasons of the historic BBC series coming to the service upon launch in spring 2020. The news comes as part of a deal with BBC studios which means the streamer will be the home of future Doctor Who seasons after they air on BBC America.


Under the deal, HBO Max has also licensed several hundred episodes of multiple other hit BBC shows, namely The Office, Top Gear, Luther and The Honorable Woman.


For those wondering what HBO Max actually is, and how it is different than HBO Now or HBO Go, HBO Max will be a single streaming platform that will not only include all of HBO’s own original content – from shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld to a range of movies – but also new original material and content from owner WarnerMedia’s other services.


For instance, Friends will be leaving US Netflix to move over the HBO Max, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air will also be on the platform. HBO has also commissioned six new movies already, with plans for more films and TV shows, and it’s using HBO Max as an excuse to ramp up its original content ambitions, with TV shows on the way including Dune: The Sisterhood, a Gremlins animated series, and a rom-com anthology series from Anna Kendrick called Love Life.


At San Diego Comic-Con it was also announced that the DC Universe show Doom Patrol would become an HBO Max co-production, with season two airing simultaneously on both streaming services, and the first season arriving in its entirety when HBO Max launches. It seems a safe bet that this could be the first of several such deals, especially with other DC Universe shows.


HBO hasn’t announced a specific release date yet, but has said that the service will launch in 2020, so there’s still a little while to wait before it’s available. In the meantime, HBO Go and HBO Now are both available already.



Meghan Murphy

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