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The Doctor is in...on iTunes, that is

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 23rd 2008 8:30AM

Doctor Who comes to iTunes in the U.S.

Back in February we reported on rumors that the BBC would be distributing some of its more popular shows, including Doctor Who, via iTunes in the U.S.. Well, they are rumors no more. To coincide with this week's appearance of the BBC at the San Diego Comic-Con, the BBC is releasing Doctor Who for purchase and download from the iTunes store.

Now, before you get all crazy and start searching for episodes of the show that featured Peter Davison as the fifth Doctor, the episodes that are being offered are from the new series only. And, you can't purchase and download shows from the current fourth series. However, you can download series one through three. This means you get both Christopher Eccleston as the gritty Doctor and David Tennant as the more exuberant Doctor.

This is all connected with BBC's large presence at this year's Comic-Con. For the first time BBC America will have its own booth on the exhibit floor as well as several panels featuring the stars and creative talent behind Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval and Spaced. For Doctor Who look for executive producer and new head writer Steve Moffat to join executive producer Julie Gardner to talk about what is coming up for the new series. More information can be found at the official BBC America Comic-Con site.

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gabe

just to make it clearer - episode 3 and episode 9 of the Season 3 series are missing - they seem to be the second parts of the two part episodes. that makes it sort of useless doesn't it? does anyone know why or how to get them?

September 09 2008 at 4:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gabe

can anyone tell me why there are missing second episodes from two episode long episodes (that sounds rather confusing). there are two missing "part 2 of 2" episodes in the iTunes downloads on the store. that seems pretty bad. thanks.

September 09 2008 at 4:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
snowy2004

Well it's good to see that despite the fact Canada's CBC and the UK's BBC pay for the show, it's premiering on iTunes in the US. Our tax dollars at work, eh?

July 23 2008 at 7:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jesse.conrad

Just to let you folks know that none of the Christmas specials ("The Christmas Invasion", "The Runaway Bride", and "Voyage of the Damned") are available for download on iTunes.

July 23 2008 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
King Zilch

BTW, It's Peter Davison, not Davidson.

July 23 2008 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark O. Estes

To answer your question, Scott, Cpt. Jack appeared in every episode in season one from his introduction in World War III until The Parting of the Ways. He came back in Season Three in Utopia and and stayed until The Last of the Time Lords. He is also in Season Four's The Stolen Earth and Journey's End. It's a shame that you don't want to watch Doctor Who, because Season Two's story
arc (and arc word) is the creation of Torchwood.

Now, with that being said, I pray that the episodes being sold on iTunes are not edited in any shape, way, or form. I am glad to have caught the original broadcast versions from the BBC itself and was shocked and appalled to see the Sci-Fi Channel and BBCA's butchering of some episodes for time.

July 23 2008 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mark O. Estes

MY BAD! I meant Season One episodes The Empty Child to The Parting of the Ways! NOT WORLD WAR III! Everything else is correct in the original post.

July 23 2008 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

OK, who knows where I can find a list of Dr. Who episodes that featured Captain Jack Harkness from "Torchwood"? I'm not really interested in the whole Dr. Who mythology, just Capt. Jack's interaction with it.

July 23 2008 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BaS

You might also want to look at "The Unquiet Dead" from Season 1 for a tie in with Gwen that's mentioned in Journey's End from Season 4, and "Aliens of London" from Season 1 for a brief cameo of Tosh (where the "space pig" thing came from in the Torchwood season 2 end. And last possible episode, you might want to see "Tooth and Claw" because that's the episode that results in the creation of Torchwood.

July 23 2008 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edd

Spaced? That was a channel 4 production, so it might not be included with this, but either way its a great show.

F off spammer.

July 23 2008 at 9:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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