On Halloween, the Doctor returns! The beloved British science-fiction show returns with season (or series) 13, now titled Doctor Who: Flux. The new season’s first episode, “The Halloween Apocalypse,” will air on Sunday, October 31, at 8 p.m. ET on BBC America. Over the last few years, watching Doctor Who has felt a bit like chasing a moving target, as we’ve previously discussed, due to its delivery to American audiences jumping from service to service. While it’s still coming in via BBC America, who has the rights to it, and past seasons on-demand, has been a bit wibbly-wobbly. Read on to learn how to stream this season of Doctor Who without cable, as well as past seasons on demand.
- When Does Doctor Who Return (in the US): Sunday, October 31, at 8 p.m. ET
- When is Doctor Who On TV: Sundays at 8 p.m. ET
- Network: BBC America
- Best Way to Watch on Doctor Who: Flux: Philo (Free Trial), AMC+, HBO Max
- Best Way to Watch Past Seasons: HBO Max
Watching Season 13 of Doctor Who (or Doctor Who: Flux)
New episodes of Doctor Who will air on BBC America every Sunday at 8 p.m. starting Sunday, October 31. The most affordable ways to watch the new season are the streaming service Philo and AMC+.
Watch Doctor Who: Flux on Philo
Philo TV is an online TV streaming service that offers over 60 entertainment channels typically found on cable for just $25 per month. Philo’s channel lineup carries live BBC America, so you can watch new episodes of Doctor Who as they air. You can watch on up to three devices simultaneously and record shows in an included cloud DVR. The service costs just $25 per month, and there is no contract, so you can cancel any time you like. They even offer a 1-week free trial, where you can cancel before the trial expires and not be charged.
Philo is supported on Apple iPhone and iPad, Android phones and tablets, Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. You can use your Philo credentials to sign on to the BBC America app and watch episodes there. Be sure to check out our review of Philo for more information on the service.
Doctor Who: Flux on AMC+
BBC America is owned by the same company that runs the AMC network. Therefore, you can watch new episodes of Doctor Who directly through the Prime Video App, Roku Channel, and Apple TV Channels if you subscribe to AMC+. Subscriptions to AMC+ are free for 7-days and include ad-free access to shows on BBC America, BBC America, Shudder, SundanceTV, and IFC. You can watch Doctor Who through AMC+ using the following methods.
Prime Video Channels: First, sign up for AMC+ on Prime Video Channels through your Amazon account. Then you can download the Prime Video App to your supported device and sign in with your Amazon account, and The latest episodes of Doctor Who will be available for you to watch through the Prime Video App.
The Roku Channel: While the Prime Video app is available on Roku devices, users of the Roku Channel can sign up for AMC+ through the Roku Channels App. You can do so through the Roku Channel app interface.
Apple TV Channels: While the Prime Video app is available on Apple TV, users may choose to sign up for AMC+ through the Apple TV channels interface.
For more information, see our AMC+ review.
Other Ways to Watch This Season of Doctor Who: Flux
The following streaming services also carry BBC America, allowing you to watch the current season of Doctor Who.
BBC America is one of the many channels on Sling TV. Live BBC America is a part of both their “Blue” and “Orange” package, starting at $35 per month. Either plan will provide access to new episodes of Doctor Who every Friday.
You can watch Doctor Who through fuboTV as well. The TV streaming service offers BBC America as well as over 80 other channels as part of their base package.
All these features are part of the base package. You can test out the service with this fuboTV subscription. After the free trial, the price $69.99 per month. There is no commitment, and you can cancel at any time. The service supports Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, Apple TV, and more. Check out my full review of fuboTV for more information.
fuboTV subscribers can also sign up for the ad-free version of BBC America, AMC Premiere.
YouTube TV also offers BBC America live online and a cloud DVR with limitless storage space for recording your shows. The base package includes BBC America for $64.99 a month. YouTube TV supports Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and more. The YouTube TV app has also returned to Roku devices after settling a dispute between the two companies. Check our review of YouTube TV to see if it’s available in your area.YouTube TV subscribers can also sign up for the ad-free version of BBC America, BBC America Premiere.
Best Way to Watch Past Seaons of Doctor Who
Hands down the easiest place to watch all 13 (and change) contemporary seasons of Doctor Who is HBO Max+. A recent agreement between HBO and BBC America has made the full catalog of episodes available through the streaming service. In addition, they will have the newest season as well as it airs.
A subscription to HBO-Max costs $14.99 per month for their ad-free plan and $9.99 per month for their ad-supported service (meaning a few commercials with every episode). You can sign up here. HBO Max is supported on Android, iOS, Apple TV, Chromecast, Playstation, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and more. You can check out our review of HBO Max for more details on this streaming service. Content on HBO Max includes:
- A selection of acquired series and movies (South Park is a notable example)
- All of HBO
- An exclusive collection of new HBO Max Originals
- Select favorites from the WarnerMedia brands Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, DC, CNN, the Turner library, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and more
- A selection of acquired series and movies (South Park being a notable example)
About Doctor Who: Flux
The 13th Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, returns in a new mega-adventure stretched over six “chapters” or episodes. For this new adventure, she is joined by her previous companion Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gil) and a new companion Dan Lewis (John Bishop). The exciting six-part adventure will traverse the universe, in both space and time of course, and promises heroes and villains new and classic alike, including the notorious Weeping Angels. In their race against time, the big question is, what is the Flux?
Watch the trailer:
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