HBO Max Gets Exclusive Rights to Doctor Who, Other BBC Shows

By Gabriela Vatu / August 3, 2019

HBO Max isn't even out yet and people are already making plans to subscribe to the platform after they announced they were acquiring exclusive streaming rights to a long list of British shows, including Doctor Who.

According to a press release from Warner Media, all 11 seasons, including the streaming premiere of season 11, starring Jodie Whittaker, will be available at launch on HBO Max. Future seasons of Doctor Who are also included in the deal, after they air on BBC America.

HBO Max is taking things even further by licensing some 700 episodes of other great BBC Series, such as The Office, Top Gear, Luther, The Honorable Woman, and more.

"‘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," said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and president, TNT, TBS, and truTV. He added that this is the type of quality content that is to be expected from HBO Max.

For their part, folks working with Doctor Who is also praising the HBO Max deal, with Sally de St Croix, Doctor Who Global Franchise Director, saying that the show is like no other and that they hope to work with HBO Max to continue telling the story.

Other BBC shows heading for HBO Max are Pure, Trigonometry, Stath Lets Flats, Home, and GHosts, which will be available exclusively on HBO Max upon launch.

The platform is set to launch early next year and already announced that it was bringing in shows like The Sopranos, Veep, Game of Thrones, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Pretty Little Liars, Friends, and Sex and the City, to name a few. The CW shows are also going to HBO Max, including Batwoman and Doom Patrol.

The list of original content for HBO Max is also quite impressive, with a return of Gossip Girl in the works, Dune: The Sisterhood, Tokyo Vice (featuring Ansel Elgort), The Flight Attendant (featuring Kaley Cuoco), Love Live (Featuring Anna Kendrick), and more.

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