Twitch is Hosting a Seven Week Classic Doctor Who Marathon From 29th May

By Tom Pritchard on at

Despite having a history that goes back nearly 55 years, Doctor Who isn't really on TV very much. Certainly not the classic pre-Christopher Eccleston episodes. It was shown on one of the UK Gold channels every Saturday about ten years ago, and some foreign streaming catalogues host some classics, but the simplest option is just to buy them all on DVD.

Thankfully, if you're not made of money and want to watch some of the older episodes, Twitch is hosting a seven week classic Doctor Who and it kicks off next week.

Over 500 episodes of the classic series will be broadcast on Twitch, with a series of stories airing each weekday at 7pm BST between 29th March and 23rd July. Each block will be streamed three times a day, at varying times, though for viewers in the UK the majority of those repeats are shown at night. So make sure you catch the first block if you're serious about tuning into it all.

It's worth mentioning that classic Doctor Who features 695 individual episodes, 97 of which are missing, there are going to be some missing pieces. Having a quick glance at the schedule, I can see a number of early stories are missing - all of which have live action sequences that were lost to the BBC's lack of foresight and unwillingness to buy new film. Unfortunately two missing pieces are The Tenth Planet and The Power of the Daleks, which feature the introduction of the second Doctor.

Anyone who subscribes to TwitchPresents will also get access to 14 unique chat emotes, featuring the original seven Doctors, and there will be prizes given away on the Doctor Who sweepstakes channel for viewers here in the UK, the US, and Canada. One of those prizes is a trip to the London Film and Comic Con this Autumn, which regularly features some of the classic Doctors in their human actor form.

I am tempted to tune in, though I don't know why. I have all the classic episodes on DVD and still haven't managed to watch them all. There's a solid 12-13 days of content to watch, and ain't nobody got time for that. But who can pass up the opportunity to watch classic sci-fi while enjoying 100 tacos that cost me $100?