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The BBC has just made the groundbreaking decision to release Doctor Who on BitTorrent as a legal download. This is fantastic news for fans worldwide and will hopefully pave the way for more legal BBC content via BitTorrent in the future.

In fact, this is surely a win for everybody involved.

BitTorrent Wins

While BitTorrent is commonly known for the illegal content available to download, it is trying to legitimize itself by offering legal bundles, both paid and unpaid. The addition of legal BBC content to the paid BitTorrent bundles is an incredible boon for them, as more people will become aware of the legal content available via torrents.

Doctor Who Fans Win

There are Doctor Who fans located all around the world, and many of them do not have access to timely TV broadcasts of their favorite show. By putting the content on BitTorrent, any fan with Internet access will be able to pay a small fee and download the whole bundle… legally.

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People downloading the Doctor Who bundle also have the pleasure of knowing the money is going back to the BBC for the purpose of making more great content, and that the files they’ve downloaded will be of high quality. This cannot be said of other ways of watching BBC content How To Access BBC iPlayer And More Online Video Internationally For Free How To Access BBC iPlayer And More Online Video Internationally For Free Those of us who spend a lot of time online often choose to view TV and films on the computer instead of on their TV. In fact, often these days the computer is the TV.... Read More , including the illegal methods of obtaining Doctor Who, such as paying for a VPN Why NordVPN Should Be Your VPN Solution [15 1-Year Accounts + iPhone 6 Giveaway] Why NordVPN Should Be Your VPN Solution [15 1-Year Accounts + iPhone 6 Giveaway] NordVPN is generously sponsoring 15 NordVPN accounts valid for one year, and for one special reader: a brand new iPhone 6 with free lifetime NordVPN access. Prizes are valued at close to $4,000! Read More so you can use iPlayer How To Watch TV On The Web With BBC iPlayer [Mainly UK Only] How To Watch TV On The Web With BBC iPlayer [Mainly UK Only] The Internet is becoming an increasingly important source for content of all media. There are legal and not-so-legal ways of listening to music, watching television and movies, playing games, and obtaining software. All via a... Read More (bypassing the georestrictions How Do You Bypass Geo-Blocking Tactics? [We Ask You] How Do You Bypass Geo-Blocking Tactics? [We Ask You] Many of us know how to deal with egregious geo-blocking tactics, employing our own counter measures against them. It's about time we all shared what we have learned. Read More ), and torrenting illegal files of the show.

It’s also much easier for Doctor Who fans to get the content they want, in a format they want, ready for storing on their media server and watching via XBMC How to Set Up Your XBMC/Kodi Media Center How to Set Up Your XBMC/Kodi Media Center Discs on your shelves. Files on your computer. Websites around the web. You, the modern media consumer, don’t get your entertainment from just one place: you get it from many different sources. Read More (now Kodi), Plex Making The Best Media Center Better, With a Plex Pass [Giveaway] Making The Best Media Center Better, With a Plex Pass [Giveaway] Love Plex? You'll love a Plex Pass even more. With new and exclusive features only for Plex Pass holders, it's the best way to support development of the best media centre app around. Read More or something similar. With many Doctor Who fans being young, tech-savvy types, this is important.

The BBC Wins

Thanks to this initiative to sell bundles via BitTorrent, the BBC will finally be able to get funds from fans worldwide for a product they love. I have often said I would love to pay the BBC my hard-earned money for their content, and now it’s possible. In an interview with The Guardian, Nick Coulter, BBC’s head of digital, said that this was a core reason behind the decision.

“The technology is very interesting and used in lots of different ways, but for us what’s particularly appealing is that the BitTorrent clients have a huge global reach, and that’s something we don’t necessarily have. We don’t have routes to market in every single market in the world, so it seemed like something worth exploring.” — Nick Coulter, BBC.

All Fans Everywhere Win

The most important thing to note here is that this is a major TV producer trying out a new way of delivering content for a fee. It’s a method that transcends international borders, avoids the costs of producing and delivering physical goods, and can be put on the market very quickly. If the experiment goes well, not only will the BBC consider delivering more content via BitTorrent, but other major television and movie producers may consider it as well.

Where Do I Get the Doctor Who Bundle?

Head over to BitTorrent’s bundle gallery to get your copy of A Decade Of The Doctor for $12. It’s 7.6 GB with 21 files, two of which can be downloaded for free: an introduction from Peter Capaldi and a 10 minute preview of the episode Rose.

The premium content includes some of the best episodes of the last decade: Rose, The Empty Child, The Doctor Dances, The Girl In The Fireplace, Blink, The End Of Time (Parts 1 & 2), The Vampires Of Venice, The Doctor’s Wife, The Rings Of Akhaten, The Day Of The Doctor (50th Anniversary Episode), and Listen. It also includes a documentary called Doctor Who: Earth Conquest – The World Tour and introductions for each episode from Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor, who helped choose the bundle content.

Julia Kenyon, the BBC Worldwide’s director of drama brands, told The Guardian that this is part of a move to combat online piracy by making the corporation’s shows accessible to as many people as possible.

“Our entire mission is to get content out legitimately to as many fans as we can around the world. We’re in a lot of territories, but we’re not everywhere, and not everybody has access to paid-for TV” — Julia Kenyon, BBC.

What Do You Think of the Doctor Who BitTorrent Bundle?

You have no doubt got strong opinions on this Doctor Who BitTorrent bundle, so we would love to hear them. Do you think it represents value for money? Should the BBC release seasons of the show in their entirety? What shows should be next? And do you think this will catch on with other big TV and movie producers? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

  1. Scott Hedrick
    April 30, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I've pirated Who because I don't have BBC America. I've already purchased the first season of NuWho, and even though this bundle includes three episodes from that season, I just bought it anyway. I find that my purchases of video content has increased substantially since I pirated.

    I would like to see some special collections just as Star Trek did with time travel, borg, and so forth. How about Earth Menaced (favorite episodes where Earth is the victim) and Earth Menacing (where Earth was the aggressor), Dalek-table, and so forth. I bought some of the Trek collections even though I already had the series. The collections should have some original material.

  2. Mishal
    April 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Question: Isn't is already available in the torrent sites, that too, at no cost involved? O_O
    For ex: Kickass torrrents and similar websites??

  3. Lisa
    April 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    This is a joke. This pack should be free, and they should have every season available to download for money. When I realized that this pack only held a few episodes for $12, I laughed.

    • Angela Alcorn
      April 13, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Well, it's their first experiment. I'm sure they'll do better in future. :)

  4. Anonymous
    April 8, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    As long as s9 episodes are available soon after airing, I'm fine with it.

    • Angela Alcorn
      April 13, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      That would be the ideal. Although they'd have to release the episodes just as the show finished airing in order to beat the illegal versions of the show being torrented.

  5. spyjoshx
    April 7, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    FANTASTIC! The only way I have of watching Doctor Who is netflix. Their classic selection is crummy and The newest Doctor they have is Matt Smith! I hope they put more seasons (preferably all of them) on!

    • Angela Alcorn
      April 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Oh, I agree. I'm in France and there's some law prohibiting content being shown until it's two years old (so that the dubbing industry has a chance or something). Although some shows get around it, it's not the British ones.

  6. Belshazzer4
    April 7, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Seriously? If they are trying to become legit then they need to fix their Security Certificate! This is what I got when I tried to go to the site:

    "There is a problem with this website's security certificate.
    The security certificate presented by this website was not issued by a trusted certificate authority.
    Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept any data you send to the server.
    We recommend that you close this webpage and do not continue to this website. "

    • Angela Alcorn
      April 13, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Hah, whoops! That's an oversight. :)

  7. Steven Cooke
    April 7, 2015 at 10:50 am

    YES!! This is great. Except I DO hope that they will package entire seasons as packs instead of just selected ones!

    • Angela Alcorn
      April 13, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Absolutely. And I would be one of many people buying every single season. :)

  8. DaveGalt
    April 7, 2015 at 2:37 am

    I'll wait until they release entire seasons. The shows tell a story and missing episodes would leave holes in the story.

    • Angela Alcorn
      April 13, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Whole seasons make sense, especially to BitTorrent users who are used to that sort of thing.

      But hey, this is a tester, really.

  9. Larry
    April 7, 2015 at 12:51 am

    The reboot is well served by current TV broadcasts. It is the original series that is hard to find. When will that be available?

    • Angela Alcorn
      April 13, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Hopefully hot on the heels of this. Although there are still some episodes even BBC can't get hold of IIRC. :)

  10. wieslaw
    April 7, 2015 at 12:10 am

    i hope those idiots in the film industry are taking note of this and realise that there is more money to be made from joining bittorrent rather than fighting it!

    • Angela Alcorn
      April 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Hear hear! Bring on HBO. :)

  11. Fourth Doctor
    April 6, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Great idea, Beeb! Yes, making the entire Who catalogue available in this manner is an idea whose time has come. Don't stop at the Doctor... allow people to buy other content in the same way. Blake's 7, Red Dwarf, Blackadder and many others would cause my money to flow into the coffers of the BBC.

    • Angela Alcorn
      April 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Yup. After this tester I really hope whole seasons are next. People WOULD pay for it. And then the whole back catalogue.... mmm.

  12. Yoyo
    April 5, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    What took them so long! If you can't beat them join them right. And why not make some money off of loyal fans that have no other way of accessing the content. I hope this becomes the next best thing, but only if they keep it cost effective for both consumer and supplier. No need to get greedy and screw your fans.

    • Angela Alcorn
      April 13, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      I'm just glad BBC are helping to pave the way. If it works for them, who knows what else might do the same?

    • Bob Jones
      April 30, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      Yay! :D

  13. DonGateley
    April 5, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Purchased and downloading. First because I want it and second to support this kind of distribution.

    • Luke
      April 7, 2015 at 1:01 am

      My thoughts exactly. Great to see people (and by that I mean both consumers and producers) finally trying to support new ways of getting content out there rather than just trying to force the old ways.

    • Angela Alcorn
      April 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Love the way you think. I totally agree & just want BBC to have my money so they can make more awesome stuff.

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