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A Comprehensive Guide to All the Classic Doctor Who on Netflix

For a while now, Netflix has been streaming many adventures from the original “classic” Doctor Who program, which ran for twenty-six seasons from 1963 to 1989. Folks who’ve enjoyed the modern Doctor Who program have sometimes tried to jump into the classic show via the Netflix online selection. But unfortunately, this has led to some confusion. For instance, the original story “An Unearthly Child” is not available on Netflix streaming and some of the stories it includes are part of larger arcs. This has led to me getting several e-mails asking for help, so I figured it would be a good idea to make a simple guide.

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  • SCP3

    Mark Strickson played Turlough; Adric was played by Matthew Waterhouse.

    I just discovered that Hulu has a LOT more episodes of classic Doctor Who, including An Earthly Child, a number of the 7th Doctor stories (including Silver Nemesis, which I would say isn’t weird so much as disjointed), the first appearance of The Master, and a number of the stories set on Gallifrey (including The Deadly Assassin and The Invasion of Time).

  • Anonymous

    Is it on regular hulu or hulu plus, do you know?
    That might be worth a subscription, tbh.

  • SCP3

    We have Hulu Plus, and it doesn’t make a distinction when I get on the site so I honestly don’t know. Sorry.

  • TheChief

    I just tried it and it looks like it is only on Hulu Plus

  • Anonymous

    I was going to say I’ll just try when I get home from work, but TheChief says it’s just plus. Looks like I’ll be signing up for that!

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  • JSinMN

    FYI. My wife and I have a HuluPlus account. The following Doctor Who seasons are available: Classic Doctor Who, Seasons 1-3, 6-26; Doctor Who (2005), Seasons 1-7.

  • Rori

    A friend of mine did a quick & dirty guide to Netflix & Hulu Plus availibilities for anyone interested:

  • Eve

    My husband and I tried a trial of Hulu+ because we’re thinking of getting rid of cable TV. Once I saw their collection of Classic Who, I knew there was no going back!

  • Andro ang Christopher

    Netflix has just about all the ones that are available on DVD… on DVD, so I rented 50 of them that way after I started watching NuWho in 2012. The price is very reasonable if you disable streaming and go with a DVD-only unlimited plan for the duration, and keep up on watching the discs as they arrive. Also comes with insightful bonus feature documentaries. :)

    Anything that gets NuWho fans watching the classics is good. You get more out of the new stuff this way, too.