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How to watch ‘Doctor Who’ online

The possibilities for adventure are (literally) limitless.

Jun 17, 2020, 5:14 pm*


Jaime Carrillo 

Jaime Carrillo

Before Captain Kirk’s crew explored new life across galaxies, before Darth Vader made planets dust beneath the heels of his boots, the sci-fi genre was the domain of an extraterrestrial being by the name Doctor Who. Traveling through space-time in a TARDIS (which looks very much like British police box), the Doctor and his (and recently, her) companion prevent the forces of evil from preying on the innocent, or worse, screwing up important events through history.

There’s so much Doctor Who, there are 97 episodes unaccounted for. I guess the BBC didn’t really do cataloging in the ’60s, oh well. Fortunately, the revived era was received by fans old and young alike, and still going strong. And what better place to watch it than on our space-age streaming devices?

Here’s everything you need to know to watch Doctor Who online.

Best Shows on BBC America

What is Doctor Who?

  • Launched: March 2005 (revived series)
  • Channel: BBC America
  • Genre: Science-fiction drama
  • Starring: Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, Bradley Walsh as Graham O’Brien, Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair, Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan
  • Seasons: 12
  • Status: Pending

Doctor Who Reviews

What the critics are saying

  • “If you’re looking for allegorical, intriguing science fiction, this isn’t it. If you’re OK with rapid-fire, light-hearted dialogue with an occasional dig at politics and culture, this Doctor Who is your cup of tea.” –Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News
  • “With producer Steven Moffat stepping in for Davies, whose departure coincided with Tennant’s, there may be a shift in tone…and though Moffat’s written some scary stuff for The Doctor before this, Saturday’s season premiere feels like a fresh start.” –Ellen Gray, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Where to Stream Doctor Who

  • Philo
  • FuboTV
  • Sling TV
  • AT&T TV Now
  • YouTube TV

BBC America is available on a handful of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming

BBC America Streaming Service Guides

7-Day Free Trial
Philo Guide
Philo Channels
Philo Devices

Philo is the least expensive streaming service, but it has some limitations. You won’t find the sports channels that dominate other packages or local channels. However, it’s the cheapest way to gain access to 60 great entertainment channels for only $20 a month. You’ll get popular channels like Animal Planet, MTV, Discovery, IFC, AMC, Lifetime, Nick Jr, and the Paramount Network, as well as deep cuts like ID and Game Show Network. You also get free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.

Sling Orange$30
Sling Blue$30
Sling Orange & Blue$45
14-Day Free Trial
Sling TV Guide
Sling TV Channels
Sling TV Devices

For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.

Sling’s now offering a 14-day free trial though July 6.

7-Day Free Trial
FuboTV Guide
FuboTV Channels
FuboTV Devices

FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC.


youtube tv
5-Day Free Trial
YouTube TV Guide
YouTube TV Channels
YouTube TV Devices

YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

BBC America lets you watch their programming online on its website or app (iOS and Android). To use it, however, you will need login information from a cable provider or live streaming service. Philo, PlayStation Vue, FuboTV and YouTube TV logins will work, but unfortunately, Sling TV won’t. 

Entertainment Channel Guides

A&EAMCAnimal Planet
BBC AmericaBETBravo
Cartoon NetworkComedy CentralDiscovery Channel
Disney ChannelDisney XDE!
Food NetworkFreeformFX
FXXHallmark ChannelHGTV
History ChannelIFCLifetime
MTVNat GeoNickelodeon
Nick JrParamount NetworkScience Channel
TLCTravel ChannelTruTV
VH1WillowThe Weather Channel

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*First Published: Oct 9, 2019, 1:30 pm