Doctor Who, plus spin-offs The Sarah-Jane Adventures, Torchwood and Class, are heading to China after the BBC’s commercial division signed a major deal with Shanghai Media Group Pictures.
Under the deal, SMGP will get access to the entire catalogue of the 2005 revival of the series and work with BBC Worldwide to increase the show’s Chinese fanbase.
A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two partners also gives SMGP access to Chris Chibnall’s yet-to-film Series 11, as well as first look rights to “Series 12-15” – suggesting the BBC is planning at least four more years of adventures for the Doctor.
“This marks the start of a longer and even more fruitful partnership with SMGP,” said Jaclyn-Lee Joe, Chief Marketing Officer, BBC Worldwide. “Doctor Who already has a substantial fan base in China.
“Now, Chinese fans will be able to access the entire catalogue of Doctor Who and its spin-offs thanks to this agreement.
“The MOU is an affirmation of both parties’ commitment to build the Doctor Who brand and grow its fan base in China.”
Chen Sijie, General Manager, SMG Pictures, commented: “China is going through a time of tremendous growth and rapid market development.
“Everyone here is curious about popular cultures around the world.
“At the same time, they want to share their Chinese culture and values.
“Doctor Who, with its long television history and iconic place in popular culture, is a great representative of British pop culture.
“We hope that this partnership with BBC Worldwide will enable both parties, as well as Chinese and British fans to share and exchange ideas and learnings to grow the universe of Doctor Who in China.”