You’ll soon be able to watch ‘Doctor Who’ for free on Pluto TV

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If you’re a fan of British TV, we have some great news for you: Pluto TV will soon offer a ton of BBC shows including Doctor Who.

Pluto is the leader in free live TV streaming. With the noted exception of Fox Sports and some prominent news offerings (MSNBC, NBC News, CNBC), it doesn’t offer the sort of traditional cable channels you’ll find on other services like Sling TV or DirecTV Now. Instead, it provides a grab bag of channels grouped around themes like movies, comedy, and geek culture. It also hosts a number of channels around specific shows like MST3K.

Pluto TV’s deal with BBC Studios, which goes live in May, will add more than 700 hours of content. Some of it won’t exactly light you on fire with excitement (for instance, 300-plus old episodes of Antiques Roadshow), but it’s a godsend if you’re an American fan of British shows like Robin Hood and the sci-fi dinosaur series Primeval.

The classic Doctor Who episodes are the big draw, though. Vintage Doctor Who can be hard to find online, even in the U.K., so the Pluto TV deal is a sweet deal for classic Who fans. Over 200 episodes will soon be available on Pluto TV’s Doctor Who pop-up channel, featuring episodes from Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Jon Pertwee, and the first Doctor, William Hartnell.


The Pluto TV app is available on basically any internet-connected device from iPhones to smart TVs. You can download the app on RokuApple TVAmazon Fire TVAndroid TV, Google Chromecast, and even PlayStation 4.

However, if you want to stream modern Doctor Who, you’ll have to pay for it on Amazon Prime or subscribe to one of the live TV services that carry BBC America. You’ll find it on Philo, Sling TV,  YouTube TV, and FuboTV.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify Pluto TV’s offerings. 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor