Netflix allows you to watch Doctor Who online free. It’s a popular video streaming service that’s available in North America, the UK and several other countries.
New members are entitled to one month’s free unlimited use of Netflix, in which you can watch as many episodes of Doctor Who as you like – or any other TV series or movie, for that matter. This will cost you nothing, because Netflix only requires payment starting from the second month. Plus, you are not locked into any contract, so you can cancel after one month without having paid a cent or penny (if you’re unsatisfied, that is).
Why choose Netflix over other methods of watching Doctor Who online, such as YouTube? The answer is that free video sites like YouTube tend to be very unreliable when it comes to full episodes of premium TV series.
- Not in high definition
- Poor quality audio/video
- Split up into multiple parts
- Removed due to copyright infringement
- Watermarked or full of annotations
- Annoying pop-up ads
- Often take a long time to find
Netflix, on the other hand, is as reliable as you can get. All Doctor Who episodes, with few exceptions, are present in one piece and easy to find. Those from 2009 onwards are available in crystal-clear high definition. There are no ads, watermarks or annotations. Best of all, for a full month, all the episodes you want are free.
Modern Doctor Who
Netflix carries the modern (2005–present) Doctor Who series. It’s in HD where applicable, with English audio and subtitles. Netflix says it is “witty, suspenseful and exciting” and its community gives the series an average rating of 4.3 stars. Netflix assigns the following genres to modern Doctor Who:
- TV Shows
- British TV Shows
- Cult TV Shows
- TV Action & Adventure
- TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy
All 13 episodes of series 1 (2005) are available, starring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor. Series 2 (2006) includes the 2005 Christmas special that introduces David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, The Christmas Invasion, plus all 13 regular episodes. Series 3 (2007) includes the 2006 Christmas special, The Runaway Bride, plus all 13 regular episodes.
Series 4 (2008) includes the 2007 Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned, plus all 13 regular episodes. It also includes the 2008 Christmas special, The Next Doctor, as well as The Waters of Mars and The End of Time parts 1 and 2. Due to copyright restrictions, Planet of the Dead is available in the UK only, making a total of 18 episodes for North Americans and 19 for UK residents.
Series 5 (2010), the first series starring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, includes all 13 regular episodes. The 2010 Christmas special, A Christmas Carol, is bundled for UK and Canada residents only. Series 6 (2011) includes all 13 regular episodes plus the 2011 Christmas special, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, however these 14 episodes are available in North America only. The first 5 episodes of series 7 (2012) are available in Canada only.
The animated series The Infinite Quest (2007) and Dreamland (2009), starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, are also available.
The following modern Doctor Who episodes are not yet available on Netflix:
- The Snowmen (2012)
- All episodes from 2013
Some episodes are unavailable on Netflix in some regions:
- Planet of the Dead (2009) is unavailable in North America
- A Christmas Carol (2010) is unavailable in the U.S.
- The entire series 6 (2011) is unavailable in the UK
- The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011) is unavailable in the UK
- The first 5 episodes of series 7 (2012) are unavailable in the U.S. and UK
Also, Netflix does not make available any prequels or mini-episodes. However, most of these are available online elsewhere.
Classic Doctor Who
Limited classic episodes of Doctor Who are available on Netflix, with English audio and subtitles. Netflix says it is “witty and suspenseful” and its community gives the series an average rating of 4.1 stars. Netflix assigns the following genres to classic Doctor Who:
- TV Shows
- British TV Shows
- Classic TV Shows
- TV Action & Adventure
- TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy
The content does vary from region to region. Below are the classic Doctor Who serials available on Netflix for the U.S., the UK and Canada.
U.S. Available Serials
The only available serial starring William Hartnell as the First Doctor is The Aztecs, a 4-episode serial from 1964. Patrick Troughton stars as the Second Doctor in The Tomb of the Cybermen (4 episodes, 1967) and The Mind Robber (5 episodes, 1968).
There are 4 serials starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor. These are Spearhead from Space (4 episodes, 1970), The Three Doctors (4 episodes, 1972-73), The Carnival of Monsters (4 episodes, 1973) and The Green Death (6 episodes, 1973).
More serials are available starring the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) than any other classic doctor. The 10 serials available are The Ark in Space (4 episodes, 1975), Pyramids of Mars (4 episodes, 1975), The Robots of Death (4 episodes, 1977), Horror of Fang Rock (4 episodes, 1977), The Ribos Operation (4 episodes, 1978), The Pirate Planet (4 episodes, 1978), The Androids of Tara (4 episodes, 1978), The Power of Kroll (4 episodes, 1978), City of Death (4 episodes, 1979) and The Leisure Hive (4 episodes, 1980).
The two serials starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor are The Visitation (4 episodes, 1982) and The Caves of Androzani (4 episodes, 1984). No available episodes star Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor. However, there is one 4-episode serial, The Curse of Fenric (1989) starring Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor.
UK Available Serials
Unfortunately, the available classic Doctor Who content is limited in the UK. There are 8 episodes starring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor; 4 from season 21 (1984) and 4 from season 22 (1985). There are also 10 episodes starring Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor; 4 from season 25 (1988) and 6 from season 26 (1989).
Canada Available Serials
There are 6 serials available for Canadian Netflix members. The Tomb of the Cybermen (4 episodes, 1967) stars Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, while The Three Doctors (4 episodes, 1972) stars Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor. Tom Baker stars as the Fourth Doctor in The Ark in Space (4 episodes, 1975), Pyramids of Mars (4 episodes, 1975), The Robots of Death (4 episodes, 1977) and City of Death (4 episodes, 1979).
Out of the 695 classic episodes, 97 starring the First and Second Doctors are lost, leaving 598 available episodes. Still, only a fraction of these are on Netflix.
Netflix U.S. has 75 episodes, meaning that 523 available episodes are not included. Netflix UK has 18 episodes, meaning that 580 available episodes are not included. Netflix Canada has 24 episodes, meaning that 574 available episodes are not included.
Doctor Who Movie
The 1996 Doctor Who movie starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor is available on Netflix throughout North America and the UK. It has an average rating of 3.6 stars and Netflix calls it “witty”. The following genres are assigned:
- British Movies
- Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Sci-Fi Adventure
The information on this page is correct as of December 2013. If Netflix is not your cup of tea, check out other methods of watching Doctor Who online free.