The long awaited news of Doctor Who being available for purchase via Apple iTunes store has finally come. For the first time starting today, Doctor Who is available to download on iTunes in the US. Currently, the selection is limited to the 2005, 2006, and 2007 series. We can speculate that the 2008 series (AKA "Series 4") will become available after they have been shown on BBC America.
Each episode is available to download for $1.99 (US) or for each of the complete 13 episode series $25.87 (US). Unfortunately, at this time it does not include any of the Christmas specials (The Christmas Invasion, The Runaway Bride, and Voyage of the Damned). Also there is no indication of any episodes prior to 2005 appearing on iTunes.
This makes it easier than ever for people to enjoy recent episodes the long running series right on their iPod, iPhone, AppleTV, and/or computer.
This announcement comes just prior to the biggest presence of Doctor Who at the annual Comic-Con publicity event in San Diego, CA. Scheduled to appear on Thursday (12-1 pm) at the event are Executive Producer and Lead Writer Russell T Davies, Producer Julie Gardner, and writer (and soon to be Exec. Producer) Steven Moffat who will be discussing the creative process and their experiences working on Doctor Who. This is the first year that BBC America will have booth at this event.
As reported by T Baker (not Tom), there are now some pre-2005 Doctor Who stories available on the Apple iTunes store in addition to the series reported above.
Available at this time are the following:
- Carnival of Monsters
- Spearhead from Space
- The Krotons
- The Three Doctors
- Terror of the Autons
- The Time Monster
- The Claws of Axos
- Planet of Spiders
- The Green Death
iTunes: 2005 Series
iTunes: 2006 Series
iTunes: 2007 Series
iTunes: Carnival of Monsters (you will find links to the other available episodes the right in the iTunes Store)
Comic Con 2008
iTunes 2008 Series