Watch Classic “Doctor Who” on You Tube

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If you’re looking for a legal and inexpensive way to catch up on some classic “Doctor Who”, we’ve got good news for you.

The BBC has recently released four stories from the original run of the show on YouTube.

The stories are:

The Edge of Destruction (William Hartnell)
The Krotons (Patrick Troughton)
Carnival of Monsters (Jon Pertwee)
The Caves of Androzani (Peter Davison)

Interestingly, three of the four stories are from the pen of Robert Holmes, who is widely regarded as the best script-writer in the history of “Doctor Who.”  (And yes, that includes the new series….)

“Caves of Androzani” recently came out as the top ranked story of all-time in ‘Doctor Who Magazine’s” poll to grade and rate every “Doctor Who” story ever made.

The episodes are commercial supported and, therefore, not available to viewers in the U.K.  But the BBC does have a site that offers U.K. users a selection of classic “Doctor Who” stories for viewing.


  1. Correction, that should be “Watch Classic Doctor Who Episodes Online” unless you like in the U.K, or New Zealand, or Australia, or in the southern hemisphere, or basically anywhere thats not U.S.A or Canada.

  2. Carnival and Androzani? Sweet!

    ::scampers off to YouTube::

  3. Clauclauclaudia says:

    If it was 4 stories originally, it is already much expanded. Eight serials from seasons 1, 6, 10, 14 and 21 are available, ranging from Edge to The Twin Dilemma. Could they be adding four stories every day or so? That’d be delightful.

    My favorite of the stories currently up is the Masque of Mandragora, from season 14. The Welsh resort village of Portmeirion (better known as The Village in the classic Prisoner series) doubles as Italy! And, it has Sarah Jane Smith.

  4. Doug from Australia says:

    Not available in Australia – must be UK only.


  5. The newer additions appear to be region-restricted to the UK. :( I hope they’ll remove that after a while.

  6. “This video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions.” I hate it when this happens! And I don’t understand it. I can legally watch the BBC on my television here in Belgium, but when I try to watch a BBC video clip online, I’m denied access. Are they trying to scare their fans away?

  7. The BBC does have some Dr Who episodes available for streaming viewing in the UK and other regional areas.

    They do have some different options.

    Most of these stories are on iTunes for US fans.

  8. john smith says:

    bit cheeky considering if it wasn’t for people having vidio taped them many of the episodes wouldnt exist anyway as they either taped over them or stored them improperly


  1. [...] Slice of SciFi notes that four classic Doctor Who stories have been released on YouTube by the BBC. The videos feature William Hartnell (First Doctor), Patrick Troughton (Second Doctor), Jon Pertwee (Third Doctor), and Peter Davison (Fifth Doctor). [...]

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