“Doctor Who”: HBO Max Secures Exclusive Streaming Rights; “Luther,” More Included in BBC Studios Deal

HBO Max‘s programming slate continues to grow, and this time they’re looking to a certain Time Lord to help boost its name recognition with the geek community. WarnerMedia‘s upcoming streaming service has secured the exclusive streaming rights to BBC‘s Doctor Who, with all 11 seasons of the sci-fi drama available at the service’s Spring 2020 launch. HBO Max’s new long-term deal with BBC Studios will also make the streamer the exclusive home for future seasons post-BBC America airings.

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“‘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. Another series to further define the high-quality content experience consumers can expect from HBO Max.”

– Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max

As if the Doctor Who acquisition wasn’t headline-worthy enough, HBO Max has also licensed 700+ episodes of The Office, Top Gear, Luther, and The Honorable Woman. But just like the deal with Doctor Who, the deal with BBC Studios isn’t just about looking to the past. New series such as Pure, Trigonometry, Stath Lets Flats, Home, and Ghosts will also be available exclusively to HBO Max when the service launches next spring.

“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. 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.”

– Nigel Gaines, Interim President, BBC Studios-Americas

On the original series front, HBO Max has previously announced a reboot of Gossip Girl; Dune: The Sisterhood; Tokyo Vice; The Flight Attendant; Love Life; Station Eleven; Made for Love; and an animated prequel to Gremlins.

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