It’s all cleverly done by using Facebook credits, and users visiting the official Doctor Who page will be able to stream a selection of nine stories including digitally remastered classics such as Tomb of the Cybermen as well as modern day favourites Silence in the Library and End of the World.
In a surprise inclusion, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy will be a Facebook exclusive, having never been released on DVD.
Doctor Who fans in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be able to rent and view the episodes for 48 hours.
John Smith, Chief Executive at BBC Worldwide:
“As we have grown internationally, we’ve seen through our Facebook channel that fans who are loving the new series are asking for a guide into our rich Doctor Who back catalogue. Our approach to Facebook and other leading edge platforms is to be right there alongside them in fostering innovation. We see this service as a perfect way to give our fans what they want, as well as a great way for them to get their fix between now and the autumn when Series Six continues”.
Meanwhile, Christian Hernandez, Director of Platform Partnerships at Facebook said:
“Millions of people engage with their favourite TV shows on Facebook every day and we’re now seeing broadcasters look at innovative ways to use Facebook tools to connect their fans with exclusive content,” “Through its Facebook page, BBC Worldwide is giving Doctor Who fans a quick and easy way to access these iconic episodes.”
If you’re unfamiliar with Facebook credits, they are deisgned to provide a familiar and consistent payment experience, as well as a trusted space to store payment information. Credits can be purchased within an app, or through the payments tab within the users account settings.
To view Doctor Who episodes on Facebook, head to the official page at www.facebook.com/DoctorWho from Wednesday, July 13th. Remember, you can also check out the official Kasterborous Facebook page while you’re at it!