Viewers in India are set to get initiated into the world of Doctor Who after the BBC signed a deal with local broadcaster Star India Private Limited.
All eight series of the revived series will air on Star India’s FX from 15th May 2015, starting with its acclaimed debut series which starred Christopher Eccleston as the Time Lord.
“This partnership marks a milestone for us,” said Myleeta Aga, SVP and GM of BBC Worldwide in India.
“It will be the first time Whovians in India will be able to participate in the global Doctor Who phenomenon. And it is also the first time we’ve concluded a major deal with Star India.”
“We’ve seen an increasing interest in British drama from our partners in the last 12 months or so,” she continued.
“Viewers now recognise the originality of British drama, and this has caused a surge in interest in our drama series like Doctor Who. We are very glad to be working with Star India to bring this very iconic series (including series 9 which is currently being filmed) to viewers in India.” She added.
A Star India spokesperson commented: “We are very excited to be bringing Doctor Who to our viewers in India. Doctor Who is distributed to over 200 territories across the world. We are very happy India will now be part of this global sensation and we’re sure that the series will resonate with our viewers.”
Brian Minchin, Executive Producer, Doctor Who says: “We are delighted that Doctor Who is going to hit the screens of FX. We’re hugely proud of the show and the Doctor’s adventures in time and space.
“Hold on tight – there are thrills and wonders ahead!
“51 years ago, the very first episode of Doctor Who was directed by Waris Hussein, born in Lucknow. I like to think we’ve finally come full circle with the new modern series launching in India on FX.”