BitTorrent has its own sci-fi series arriving later in 2015, but that isn’t stopping the company from promoting major names in the sci-fi canon. On Thursday, the company announced a BitTorrent Bundle from BBC Worldwide featuring 10 episodes of the new Doctor Who with selections from series one through eight. The bundle celebrates 10 years since “New Who” took to televisions in the U.K. and around the world.
The $12 bundle gives you 10 key episodes from the past 10 years. You also get a few extras including a PDF version of the original script for the Series 1, Episode 1 debut, Rose, as well as a number of introductory videos to key Doctor Who episodes featuring actor Peter Capaldi.
The story behind the story: BitTorrent is hard at work showing how the BitTorrent Protocol can be used for more than just piracy. BitTorrent Bundles that distribute premium content is a key part of this strategy. This may only be a 10-episode collection, but distributing episodes from a such a beloved television show is a big step forward. Later in 2015, BitTorrent is going to try its hand at becoming a TV production platform similar to Amazon and Netflix.
The music did it
BBC’s Doctor Who bundle follows last fall’s BitTorrent distribution of Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, the latest solo album from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. That bundle was a successful BitTorrent experiment by a big name artist known for dabbling in digital distribution.
The BBC’s first BitTorrent trial appears to be inspired by Yorke’s experiment. “Music content has seen tremendous success through BitTorrent Bundle, and this deal is the first of its kind for British TV content,” BBC Worldwide’s Director of Drama Brands Julia Kenyon said in a statement.
BBC and BitTorrent have actually been looking to work together for a few months since BitTorrent’s Chief Content Officer Matt Mason first met with BBC Worldwide’s digital chief Nick Coulter in London last October. “This was the first project that made sense to everyone,” BitTorrent’s Christian Averill told PCWorld.
The Doctor Who BitTorrent Bundle is available now from BitTorrent’s website. Here’s the complete list of the bundle’s content:
10 Episodes from 2005 - 2014
Rose (Series 1, Episode 1) [Video]
The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances (Series 1, Episode 9) [Video]
The Girl in the Fireplace (Series 2, Episode 4) [Video]
Blink(Series 3, Episode 10) [Video]
The End of Time (Special 2-Part Episode, 2009) [Video]
The Vampires of Venice (Series 5, Episode 6) [Video]
The Doctor’s Wife (Series 6, Episode 4) [Video]
The Rings of Akhaten (Series 7, Episode 7) [Video]
The Day of the Doctor (50th Anniversary Special, 2013) [Video]
Listen (Series 8, Episode 4) [Video]
An Introduction to New Who
Rose: Peter Capaldi Introduction [Video]
The Girl in the Fireplace: Peter Capaldi Introduction [Video]
Blink: Peter Capaldi Introduction [Video]
The Vampires of Venice: Peter Capaldi Introduction [Video]
The Rings of Akhaten: Peter Capaldi Introduction [Video]
Earth Conquest (TV Movie, 2014) [Video]
Rose: Original Script [PDF]
If you’re not interested in the paid bundle, there are two freebies including a retrospective video about Doctor Who over the last decade, and a preview video to Rose.
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