Amazon Prime Nabs U.S. Streaming Rights to 'Doctor Who'

BBC Worldwide North America signed a new multi-year content licensing agreement with Amazon that will make Prime Video the exclusive U.S. subscription streaming home for sci-fi series Doctor Who, the version that has been seen for nine seasons on BBC America. The first eight seasons of the series plus Christmas special episodes become available on Amazon Prime Video, the subcription video streaming service, on Sunday, March 27. The most recent season -- featuring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor -- will join Prime Video this coming fall.

In February, Doctor Who and a separate series of classic episodes of the 50-year-old show came off Netlix and Hulu as those content agreements expired. Seasons 7-9 are currently available to stream on and for sale via electronic sell-through outlets such as Amazon Video, iTunes and Google Play.

Doctor Who had come off Amazon Prime Video a year ago after that agreement with BBC Worldwide North America lapsed. Now it will return to Amazon Prime via this exclusive streaming arrangement -- as Amazon already has for BBC America's hit clone drama Orphan Black.