Doctor Who fans get ready to be excited, because the Beeb has announced that it’s diving into it’s TARDIS-like archives to rent out digitally ‘regenerated’ episodes of classic Doctor Who on Facebook, one of which has never been released before on DVD before.
Members of the site will be able to buy credits’ to stream a selection of nine stories from the history of the Time Lord, each containing several classic episodes. Invading the social network for the first time will be digitally remastered classics such as ‘Tomb of the Cybermen’, and modern day favourites such as ‘Silence in the Library’ and ‘End of the World’.
What will excite fans most however is the release of ‘The Greatest Show in the Galaxy’, featuring Sylvester McCoy (left) as the seventh Doctor, never before released on DVD and exclusive to the site.
Episodes will be available for Facebook users in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with rentals lasting 48 hours and costing a very reasonable 15 credits, just under £1 in real terms.
Talking about the release, BBC Worldwide chief executive John Smith said: “As we have grown internationally, we’ve seen through our Facebook channel that fans who are loving the new series are asking for a guide into our rich Doctor Who back catalogue.
“Our approach to Facebook and other leading edge platforms is to be right there alongside them in fostering innovation. We see this service as a perfect way to give our fans what they want, as well as a great way for them to get their fix between now and the autumn when series six continues.”
In January this year, the BBC launched a new channel on YouTube featuring vintage video clips from Doctor Who, along with exclusive previews of forthcoming DVD releases.
Series 6, currently on a break, will continue it’s complex plot later this year. In the meantime however, Torchwood airs on BBC One Thursday this week. Read OTB spoiler free Episode 1 guide here.