All eight seasons of the BBC’s updated Doctor Who are due to start airing in India next month, with broadcasts primed for Star India’s FX channel.
The agreement, secured between Star India and BBC Worldwide India, marks the largest volume sale for Doctor Who in the country. FX will begin screening episodes of the world’s longest running sci-fi show starting 15th May.
“This partnership marks a milestone for us,” said Myleeta Aga, the senior VP and general manager of BBC Worldwide in India. “It will be the first time Whovians in India will be able to participate in the global Doctor Whophenomenon. And it is also the first time we’ve concluded a major deal with Star India.”
“We’ve seen an increasing interest in British drama from our partners in the last 12 months or so,” she continued. “Viewers now recognize the originality of British drama, and this has caused a surge in interest in our drama series like Doctor Who. We are very glad to be working with Star India to bring this very iconic series (including series nine, which is currently being filmed) to viewers in India.”
Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC from 1963 to the present day. The program depicts the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord—a time-travelling humanoid alien. He explores the universe in his TARDIS, a sentient time-travelling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor combats a variety of foes while working to save civilisations and help people in need.
Doctor Who, since 1963 has ran for 26 season and eight series that has more than 800 episodes.