An agreement between BBC Worldwide and the Indian TV channel FX will enable a further million homes in India access to all of New Who (Series 1 to Series 8) and will also include the upcoming Series 9. Star India owns the FX channel, and a company spokesperson announced:
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.
Myleeta Aga, General Manager of BBC Worldwide in India, spoke of how big a step this is:
This partnership marks a milestone for us. 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. 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.Brian Minchin, Executive Producer of Doctor Who. recalls the early history of the show, mentioning Indian born director Waris Hussein. Minchin 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.The first broadcast will be shown on 15th May 2015.