HBO Max Lands Streaming Rights to BBC’s ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Top Gear,’ ‘The Office’ and ‘Luther’

WarnerMedia streaming service strikes new “long-term” deal with BBC Studios

Last Updated: August 1, 2019 @ 10:57 AM

All 11 seasons of “Doctor Who” will stream exclusively on HBO Max when the WarnerMedia streaming service launches next year, the company announced on Thursday.

The streaming rights fall under a new deal with BBC Studios to make shows from the studio available on HBO Max. In addition to past and future seasons of “Doctor Who,” the service will also have the Ricky Gervais-led U.K. version of “The Office,” Idris Elba’s cop drama “Luther” and the long-running car show “Top Gear.”

“‘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,” HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly said. “Another series to further define the high-quality content experience consumers can expect from HBO Max.”

The new deal is the latest move by WarnerMedia to build up its library of original and acquired content for the streaming service ahead of its launch in the spring. In addition to originals like the recently announced “Gossip Girl” sequel series and the Greg Berlanti thriller “The Flight Attendant,” it will also draw from the library of the company’s brands, including Warner Bros., DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW and HBO.

“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,” Nigel Gaines, interim president, BBC Studios – Americas, said. “HBO Max’s ambitious content line-up is the perfect complement to the ‘Doctor Who’ global franchise, in addition to some of our most award-winning and game-changing UK dramas and comedies.”

“‘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,” said Sally de St Croix, Doctor Who Global Franchise Director.

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