Where to watch Doctor Who online in Australia
The BBC's iconic science fiction hero The Doctor has been entertaining fans for decades now. Here’s where you can watch Doctor Who online in Australia.
Few shows on television can match the sheer pedigree of the BBC's exceptionally long-running Doctor Who. It's been on (and off) the air since 1963, with a total of 13 lead actors taking up the role of the The Doctor, most recently with Jodie Whittaker being announced as the new incumbent when Peter Capaldi steps down after this year's Doctor Who Christmas special.
The series has prided itself on constant reinvention, with William Hartnell's irascible Doctor replaced by Patrick Troughton's scruffy but lovable Doctor, followed by Jon Pertwee's dapper Doctor, replaced by Tom Baker's eccentric but much-loved Doctor, replaced again by Peter Davison's younger take on the Doctor, then Colin Baker's somewhat angrier (and more loudly costumed) Doctor and Sylvester McCoy's enigmatic Doctor. Whew!
That only takes you through the so-called "classic" series, with a slight diversion to the Fox-produced TV movie, starring Paul McGann, and then the 2005 reboot, which saw Christopher Eccleston step into the Tardis. He gave way to David Tennant, who was then replaced by Matt Smith, and then Peter Capaldi, whose tenure ends this year before being replaced by Jodie Whittaker.
And that's not even counting companions or the literally hundreds of episodes of the show that have been produced to date. With over fifty years worth of episodes, there's a lot of Doctor Who to catch up on if you're a first-time viewer of the show. Read on to find out all the places to watch Doctor Who online here in Australia.
Classic Doctor Who (1963-1996)
Sadly, to kick things off on a slightly sour note, there's currently no streaming service offering the classic series of Doctor Who. It was offered by the BBC's short-lived subscription iPlayer service in Australia with limited stories available, and some episodes have been offered by Netflix US in the past, but for now, if you want to watch classic Doctor Who, you'll have to go truly old-school and chase down the DVD releases of the series.
The 2005 series saw Christopher Eccleston redefine The Doctor and his recent history around the mystery of the time war, and what had happened to the Time Lords and Daleks at the conclusion, along with companion Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper.
Eccleston departs, with David Tennant taking on the lead role alongside Billie Piper's Rose Tyler and Noel Clarke's Mickey Smith. Together they'll seek to thwart the rise of the Cybermen, visit revolutionary France and reunite with a very special and especially beloved classic series companion or two.
Can The Doctor, alongside new companion Martha Jones, take on the Daleks, the Family of Blood and a returning mystery classic villain played by John Simm?
Catherine Tate joins the crew of the TARDIS in the role of Donna Noble, a down to earth companion who will see the destruction of Pompeii, an invasion of Sontarans and a mystery surrounding Agatha Christie unfold. And that's just in her first seven episodes!
David Tennant's Doctor sees out his run on the series with a sequence of extra-long special episodes, covering a Victorian-era next Doctor, a dead planet and a London bus, a Mars-based mystery and then, the End of Time itself.
Matt Smith takes on the role of The Doctor, along with new companions Amy Pond and Rory Smith. They'll take on deadly Angels, meet Vincent Van Gogh and Italian Vampires, but can they solve the mystery of the Pandorica before it destroys the universe itself?
The Silence want to silence The Doctor, but why? Amy and Rory find themselves in a very unusual situation indeed for the series, but what role does River Song play in their ongoing relationship? Does the Doctor really have to die to avoid the death of time itself?
Matt Smith's last series in the title role sees the departure of Amy and Rory, and the introduction of new series companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman. The Doctor will see off weeping angels and attacking Cybermen, but can he avoid the fate that awaits him on Trenzalore?
The Day of The Doctor
Preceded by The Night Of The Doctor, embedded above, Matt Smith is joined by David Tennant in the special episode produced to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who, as well as bring the events of the Time War to its conclusion. Can the Doctors combine change their own history in the midst of multiple alien invasions?
The Time of The Doctor
Matt Smith's swansong, as he faces his final battle on Trenzalore alone. What will happen to the Doctor if silence does fall?
Peter Capaldi takes over the role of the Doctor. With Clara by his side, can he survive the always-shaky process of regeneration, face off against an invisible mummy and solve the mystery of the enigmatic Missy?
The Doctor's past reemerges through the creator of the Daleks, while Clara's future is far from certain. Meanwhile, the return of the Time Lords doesn't bode well for the Doctor.
New companions Bill and Nardole join Peter Capaldi in his final season, taking on Ice Warriors, smiling robots, the returning Missy and a series conclusion that leads both into this year's Christmas special and the regeneration of Capaldi into Whittaker.
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