Fans have vented their frustration at Netflix after classic episodes of Doctor Who were removed from the online streaming service.
The service, which current has over one million subscribers in both the UK and Ireland, had previously made available classic series episodes featuring various incarnations of the Doctor – those episodes have now been removed from the site without explanation. All of the rebooted series of Doctor Who remain up to Series Five.
However, US Netflix users still have both an assortment of classic episodes along with Series One to Six of the regenerated series – a whole series more than the UK.
What’s more, Netflix Canada users are still able to watch classic episodes like Tomb of the Cyberman and The Robots of Death.
According to Digital Spy, one user took to the Netflix comment section to write:
What happened to the Classic Doctor Who episodes?? I was SO enjoying seeing the early days of the Doctor! Please bring it back.
Another noting the difference between UK and US subscribers wrote:
I agree with what everyone else is saying here – Us UK customers are getting a really raw deal. The US has all the old Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and so many other series that I wanted to watch.
I’m actually considering cancelling my subscription, since my friends in the US actually suggested Netflix to me and the inclusion of these series was what pushed me to sign up.
Come on, Netflix! Give the UK the same care as you give to the US, or I think you may find yourselves losing customers to other streaming services.
However, of all the streaming services available in the UK (Lovefilm, Blinkbox, Now TV etc) YouTube is the only one still offering the same classic episodes made available on Netflix (and many others) via the BBC Worldwide page – what’s more the episodes are free to watch.
It’s worth mentioning at this point that if you have the urge to start from the beginning or catch up on Doctor Who from Series 1 then make sure you try some of the online streaming services that are available in both the US and the UK.
The Netflix/classic Doctor Who situation is scant consolation to disappointed subscribers who have been left inconvenienced by the sudden, unexplained and frustrating removal of the episodes.
We’ve reached out to Netflix for a clarifying comment and will update this story with any comments received.