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BBC Celebrates 10 years of the new Doctor Who by putting it on BitTorrent

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

This past March 26 marked ten years to the day that Doctor Who premiered its first new season after a hiatus of sixteen years, the first step in the show's transformation from classic, cult favorite to international, modern sensation. And while the BBC might not be marking the occasion with a special episode, like the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who's first episode ever, it's still celebrating by, yes, putting the show up for download on BitTorrent.

But not all of the show. For $12 the buyer can grab a BitTorrent Bundle of 10 episodes (or nine regular episodes and one two-part special), and for no cost at all anyone can download a short video about the last ten years of Doctor Who — hosted by the show's current star, Peter Capaldi — and an .mp4 file of the very first episode of "New Who," "Rose," featuring the introduction of Christopher Eccleston's Doctor and Billie Piper's Rose.

If you opt for the whole package, however, the selection of ten episodes from the last eight seasons of Doctor Who has some real gems, not to mention a few more video introductions from Capaldi. "The Empty Child," "The Doctor Dances" and "Blink" are still giving people nightmares today, the two part "The End of Time" is still making people cry and "The Girl in the Fireplace" and "The Doctor's Wife" are still considered some of the definitive stories about the nature of the Doctor. The bundle might even function well as an introduction to the series for someone unsure of whether it's really for them.

"This innovative deal with BitTorrent allows us to directly reach a huge number of consumers and engage with fans on a global and fast-growing digital platform," said Julia Kenyon, director of BBC Worldwide, in a statement. BitTorrent has offered its Bundle service to companies and artists for a few years now, and has collaborated to release music and movies from Linkin Park, Public Enemy, and Madonna.

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