"Doctor Who" is a show with one of the most rare things ever — a 50 year-plus legacy. While encapsulating that as a whole is close to impossible, there are key episodes to check out, and in partnership with BBC Worldwide, BitTorrent (the company, not the piracy technology) is making that possible.
Today, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show’s return, fans can get the following "Doctor Who" episodes as a downloadable or streamable "box set" for $12:
1. "Rose" (Series 1, Episode 1)
2. "The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances" (Series 1, Episode 9)
3. "The Girl in the Fireplace" (Series 2, Episode 4)
4. "Blink" (Series 3, Episode 10)
5. "The End of Time" (Special 2-Part Episode, 2009)
6. "The Vampires of Venice" (Series 5, Episode 6)
7. "The Doctor’s Wife" (Series 6, Episode 4)
8. "The Rings of Akhaten" (Series 7, Episode 7)
9. "The Day of the Doctor" (50th Anniversary Special, 2013)
10. "Listen" (Series 8, Episode 4)
According to BitTorrent Chief Content Officer Matt Mason, the "Doctor Who" team was instrumental in curating the selection of episodes, which stretch over the show’s modern-day run. Important turning points featured include the transition from David Tennant to Matt Smith, the show’s 50th anniversary special and a landmark episode written by sci-fi legend Neil Gaiman.
"It’s the most exciting bundle we’ve ever done," Mason said via phone. "It’s not something thrown together by a marketing department — a lot of thought went into this."
(The keen "Doctor Who" fan might also observe that the episodes selected heavily feature current showrunner Steven Moffat’s contributions. Said keen "Doctor Who" fan might also have strong opinions about these selections, but Indiewire’s Katie Welsh gave the Season 8 episode "Listen" an A grade.)
The bundle also includes with exclusive materials like Peter Capaldi introducing five episodes, as well as the original script for the premiere episode "Rose," written by Russell T. Davies (who masterminded the show’s return in 2005).
By teaming with Bittorrent, the BBC was spared one of the trickiest elements of an international sales event like this one — figuring out how to actually receive payments. "The thing no one talks about when it comes to the future of content creation is that it’s not easy to do this, taking payment form people all over the world," Mason said, citing recent changes in tax law in the European Union as just one complication. "Money is not an easy thing to work with on the internet."
Check out the bundle here to decide whether or not it’s the perfect gift for the "Doctor Who" fan — or proto-"Doctor Who" fan — in your life.