Doctor Who is set to release an archive of past footage to mark the show’s 60th anniversary.
Ahead of David Tennant’s return as the Doctor next month for three specials, the BBC has confirmed that more than 800 past episodes of the show will launch on iPlayer from 1 November.
These include episodes from William Hartnell’s First Doctor to the 1996 TV movie starring Paul McGann, as well as spin-off shows The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood and Class and the documentary series Doctor Who Confidential.
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The BBC is also launching an online archive, which includes interviews with the show’s cast, written documents, long-unheard audio footage, and behind-the-scenes photos.
The archive will launch with “curatorial journeys” for fans, and more content will be added over time, such as a special collection of 8k photos, as well as notes, correspondence, designs, audience research, and orchestral scores of sheet music and audio. clips such as radio programs, documentaries, interviews and music.
Older episodes will also have a variety of accessibility options, including subtitles, audio descriptions, and sign language.
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“I’d like to thank the BBC for all the hard work to finally bring this huge catalog under one roof,” said showrunner Russell T. Davies.
“I’m so excited for new viewers – imagine being 8 years old and spending winter days exploring the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. And we’re determined that this won’t be a dusty museum – we have exciting plans to bring the catalog to life, and there’s still a lot more to reveal!”
New episodes of Doctor Who will see Tennant and Catherine Tate return as Donna Noble before Ncuti Gatwa makes her debut as the Doctor in series 14.
Doctor Who will return later in 2023 on BBC One in the UK and Disney+ in the other place. Meanwhile in the US, the show airs on BBC America, with episodes 1–12 available on BBC America. Max.
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