expired First 26 Seasons of Doctor Who Being Streamed on Twitch for Free

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Another little special from twitch on their Twitch Presents channel :)

This deal starts at 11AM 29/5 Pacific Daylight Time or 30/5 3:00am AEST.

Before Daleks became a modern sci-fi staple, and before Weeping Angels made Whovians too scared to sleep, Doctor Who was a bold and quirky sci-fi show with hundreds of classic episodes. Starting May 29, we’re bringing you over 500 of them. You may need a Tardis to watch it all…

Join us and tons of other fans in Twitch chat for over seven weeks of classic Doctor Who, starting with the 1963 episode “An Unearthly Child.” Together we’ll make our way through the first seven Doctors spanning 26 seasons. Come relive (or experience for the first time ever) the origins of the iconic Daleks, the Cybermen, and the trusty Sonic Screwdriver. New episodes will air every day for eight hours starting at 11AM PDT followed immediately by two eight-hour repeat blocks, so no matter where you live you won’t have to miss a beat.

This will be the link to the stream.


As always, enjoy :)


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    Good to see Twitch continuing to do these kind of streams.
    I'll definitely check it out.

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    Doctor World Health Organisation?

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    Sadly there are many early episodes missing, probably gone forever:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who_missing_episodes

    That said, I will be tuning in to relive some thrills and chills from my youth (fan since the late 70s). Awesome!

  • +7 votes

    Doctor Whom?

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    Real Doctor Who! Yay. Hopefully the fans of NuWho will get to see what the Doctor's really about.

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    Would be cool if they'll be remastered HD versions!

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      Not sure if remastering would make a couple of cardboard boxes stuck together with some piping look better or worse as monsters.

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      Whilst all the classic episodes have been remastered and released on DVD. Of the classic Doctor Who series. Other than the Doctor who Jon Pertwee episode Spearhead From Space and the Tom Baker story Shaada which has already been released on Blu-ray. There is coming season 12 to blu-ray with a local release date of 27-June-2018. Featuring the 5 stories on 6 disc from Tom Baker's acclaimed first season as the Fourth Doctor, originally aired in 1975/76. Although only 1080/50i upscaled. So not sure how it would look, until we start seeing reviews.

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        It will be a little better than the DVD's due to Blu Ray's better compression standards, but it won't be proper HD. With the exception of Spearhead From Space (which was shot on film), Classic Who was shot on low-res analogue video tape which had a hard limit of around 300 lines of resolution. Unfortunately it isn't possible to get any more resolution out of it.

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          Would an upscale look any good from that type of source?

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          @mortyestmorty: That may depend on the type of upscaling used by the device you play it on, but I can't imagine it making it look any worse than it did on the black & white valve tube sets of that era.

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          The upscaling done for the blurays of NuWho seasons 1-4 (which were shot in SD) was done very poorly, so I wouldn't count on it looking very good.

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          @gilbarc: They're the ones I was thinking about. They looked pretty average with the glowing halo effect from SD. I was hoping the older analogue sources would look better but it doesn't look like it.

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    7 hour blocks of episodes repeated two more times a day.
    So you will have plenty of time to catch most episodes.

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    I read as 'first 26 seconds'.

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      First 26 Seasons Of Doctor Who But Every Time a Companion Yells "Doctor!" It Gets Faster

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    I've never watched a single Dr Who. Which season would be a good place to start?

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      At the beginning.

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      All original episodes are great and I would start at the beginning.
      Restored versions very hard to watch and each story is usually several episodes.
      Third and Fourth Doctor's my favourite's :)

      Start with new Series 1 from 2005 for the NEW experience……

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      Start with Season 12 (Tom Baker). The basic premise of the show is the mysterious alien called 'The Doctor', who has 13 lives….Each time he dies he changes into another person. He travels in a time machine called the TARDIS, which is supposed to blend into it's surroundings but the function broke and has been fixed as a police box. His major enemies are the Daleks (the pepperpot robot like monsters) ,the Cybermen and the Master.

      The early B&W ones can be a bit slow, however I recommend you watch the first episode of season 1 (An Unearthly Child), which will introduce you to the TARDIS and the Doctor.

      Some recommended stories if you are short on time.

      1. Robot (Season 12, story 1)
      2. Genesis of the Daleks (Season 12, story 4)
      3. Terror of the Zygons (Season 13, story 1)
      4. The Five Doctors (Season 20, story 7)
      5. Remembrance of the Daleks (Season 25, story 1)
      6. Doctor Who, the movie (1996 TV movie).

      The revival of the series in 2005 occurs after Doctor Who: the Movie.

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      Depends on your tolerance for how dated the show looks. I wouldn't recommend the original series first off as the slower pace and lower production value can make it harder to love. I've mainly seen the modern series, so I'll give three options from that:

      1. Series 1's Rose (2005) - the modern revival, Series 1 is brilliantly camp and has started looking a bit dated. It's bloody brilliant, but the ropey effects and standard definition might put you off.
      2. Series 5's The Eleventh Hour (2010) - new showrunner, new leading actors. Now in HD and with a solid first series to start with.
      3. Series 10's The Pilot (2017) - a pretty nice jumping on point and very recent, leading into the new series for this year. If you like it, you can then go back and watch from Options 1 and 2 without heaps of spoilers.
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      Two words.. Clara Oswald.

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    I thought a bunch of the footage from the first episodes was lost? Has it been found or is it just excluded? I'm a little out of the loop as I haven't been a huge fan since I was a kid.

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    Weeeeird and cool, I just started watching from s1 this week, after seeing the flashbacks at the end of S7 of the new series. So I went back to the beginning and shit is it hard to watch compared to modern TV designed around our diminished attention spans lol.

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      The new series can be just as slow and boring too (esp the Moffat era), and some episodes, eg 'The Return of Dr Mysterio', you wonder whether you're watching the same show.

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    I have watched most of Classic Who.
    If you are new, I recommend you skip the 1st and 2nd Doctors (except for the first episode) as they are slow paced and black and white.
    The golden era was the 3rd and 4th Doctors.

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    "The first 26 seasons"…lol

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    Early "Doctor Who" is all about context. Context when it was made, the audience it was made for, and how it was shown.

    Hard to believe now, but "Doctor Who" was generally cutting edge at its time of production.

    It's described as "slow" but the show was never made to be "binge watched". At the time, it was one episode a week and there was an extremely limited chance you'd ever have a chance to see it again, and in 99% of the time, if you missed it, you missed it forever.

    If you can watch the stories at your own pace of say, one a day - and not in 7 hour blocks - it's a much more rewarding experience. Yes, there are better stories than others and yes, some of them can be a slog even watched slowly. Don't let the black & white put you off. It adds layers of atmosphere to the stories.

    It's a classic show, for good reason. The show evolves as it progresses, so if the black and white stuff doesn't work for you, wait until they get to the Jon Pertwee / Third Doctor stories, or failing that, Tom Baker, and give it another go.

    Good luck!

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    Do we have to register

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    It streams live so don't expect it to be like youtube where you can rewind or watch the exact episode you want when you want it.

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