Doctor Who has been around for well over half a century now and is still going strong. Given the show’s age, it’s safe to say that most casual Whovians aren’t very familiar with most of the series. Sure, you may have watched all the episodes ever since BBC picked up the show again in 2005, but what about the original series? Well, unless you went out of your way to look for the episodes online, you’ve probably missed out on 26 seasons of Doctor Who. That’s right, 26 seasons. But don’t worry because you’ll be able to watch all of them back-to-back very soon.
BBC and Twitch have partnered up to bring Doctor Who fans a massive marathon that will take place over the course of seven weeks. Similar to Twitch’s previous TV marathons, the episodes will play pretty much non-stop from Monday to Friday. There will be eight hours worth of uninterrupted Doctor Who live streaming during weekdays while the event lasts. Each batch of episodes will then repeat two more times before the next batch starts. Basically, there’s no need to worry about time zones.
Although you’ll be able to catch all the episodes wherever you are in the world, you’ll need a lot of free time to do so. The Twitch marathon will feature over 500 episodes of Doctor Who spanning 26 seasons. That’s a lot of episodes but this is your chance to learn all about the seven Doctors that came before Christopher Eccleston took the mantle of the ninth Doctor in 2005. Wait, so what about the eighth Doctor? Well, he didn’t actually play an important role in the TV show, however, there was a 1996 movie starring Paul McGann as the eighth Doctor and Eric Roberts as The Master. That movie won’t be part of the Twitch marathon, though, so you’ll need to find it elsewhere.
If you spend a lot of time on Twitch, you may want to check out the marathon even if you’re not a Doctor Who fan. Twitch is launching 14 exclusive Doctor Who themed emotes to celebrate the event, so grab them while they’re hot. In addition, Twitch users can also expect weekly competitions and sweepstakes. Oh, and The Yogscast are doing a series of special episodes featuring Doctor Who actors and writers. Be sure to keep an eye out for those if you’re a fan of The Yogscast.
The Twitch Doctor Who marathon starts next Tuesday, May 29 at 11 AM PDT and will run until Saturday, July 23.
Doctor Who returns this fall with season 11 of the new series. The first episode airs sometime in October and will debut Jodie Whittaker as the first ever female Doctor.