Doctor Who was removed from Netflix in early 2016 with it making its way over exclusively to Amazon Prime in the US but that deal is now up but sadly, it doesn’t look like Netflix is going to see it return. Here’s where it’s headed.
Just a recap as to what happened for those who didn’t follow or have a Netflix account in previous years and didn’t know that the Doctor was on Netflix at one point. Both Doctor Who Classic (and the current Doctor Who) were available on Netflix. They also received annual updates, which is something that most countries still do.
Unfortunately, in 2016, the BBC content was up for renewal. The BBC content was up for renewal in the early stages of 2016. It was announced then that Doctor Who would be ending its service to make way for an exclusive Amazon Prime deal.
This deal included both Classic Doctor Who as well as the new Doctor Who.
Doctor Who was first aired in Britain by BBC. This series follows a timelord, who travels both time and space using his TARDIS. It’s generated hundreds of in-depth stories and created many memorable villains such as the Cybermen and Daleks. The twelfth season is about to begin with an all-new logo, theme song and as you’ve probably heard, the first female Doctor.
Amazon's multi-year Amazon deal expired in 2019 Amazon didn’t renew but a new streaming provider has been found. The show will now be carried by HBO Max, which was officially announced on August 1, 2019.
Since Doctor Who, Netflix has had other BBC series leave. Many of these shows are also earmarked to be part of HBO Max.
The answer is yes but once again, won’t be for another three years when the series likely comes up for licensing. Britbox is also expected to be in the licensing queue for the series.
Instead, Netflix seems to be focusing on their own original content and although there’s nothing quite like Doctor Who on Netflix now, there’s plenty of sci-fi treats.
Doctor Who is still available on Netflix. Netflix UK (where Doctor Who actually airs), renews its Doctor Who season every year. The show is also available in 190 other countries.
There’s plenty of other great BBC shows and indeed sci-fi series on Netflix so don’t despair. We recommend Travelers which is a Australian sci-fi series that's only available on Netflix. We’d also recommend trying out some of the other great BBC shows currently streaming on Netflix too.
Are you sad that Doctor Who won’t be returning to Netflix?