Five Hundred episodes of “Doctor Who” are coming to Twitch, but they aren’t going to air in one continuous stream. Instead, starting May 29 and ending July 23, Twitch will stream the episodes Monday-Friday at 11am PST for eight hours and then re-stream the block twice immediately after. The “Viewing Event,” as Twitch is calling it, will include 26 seasons of the series, dating from the show’s inception in 1963 until the 1980s.
The Viewing Event comes out of a partnership between Twitch and The BBC, the latter of which hoping the event will help it reach new audiences, giving it a chance to breath a little more life back into older “Doctor Who” episodes.
“We are constantly looking at ways to reach new audiences and make it easier for fans to engage with our most popular shows,” said Nick Coulter, Director of Digital Sales and Business Development at BBC Studios. “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.”
To entice potential viewers, Twitch is hosting a giveaway each week of the event, including a grand prize trip. However, only viewers in the US, UK, and Canada are eligible to enter.
To help with the Viewing Event, Twitch has called on leading UK digital content creators, The Yogscast, to produce a series of shows that will introduce each Doctor. With a cast of “Doctor Who” screenwriters, experts, fans and resident “Doctor Who” expert and High Roller’s player Matt Toffollo will be discussing why modern audiences should be watching “Doctor Who.” Each 20-minute episode will provide a brief summary of the stories that are about to be shown, including the actors, monsters, famous phrases or production gaffes to look out for.
“’Doctor Who’ and its clever take on sci-fi exemplifies the type of adjacent content to gaming that has resonated with the Twitch community,” said Jane Weedon, Director of Business Development at Twitch. “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 them