have announced the launch of their high definition channel BBC Prime
in Turkey via Türk Telekom’s Tivibu platform from 27th May
, with Doctor Who
featuring prominently on the new service:
BBC First will be the exclusive home of all-new series of Doctor Who
in Turkey, launching with the 11th and 12th seasons starring Jodie Whittaker
as the Thirteenth Doctor and premiering future series closer to UK TX than ever before. This will be especially appreciated by Turkish Whovians who are among world’s most loyal fans ranking #6 in the world on the Doctor Who Facebook page
and #9 for YouTube views on Doctor Who official channel
, with 1.7m video views in the last 12 months.
, Senior Vice President for MENA at BBC Studios, said:
As the World’s spotlight shines bright on British drama, I’m thrilled to be expanding our offering in Turkey with the truly unmissable BBC First channel. The BBC has a strong reputation for its original storytelling and high production values in this genre, and I can’t wait for audiences in Turkey to be introduced to the raft of unique stories and unforgettable characters on BBC First.
Türk Telekom TV/OTT Content and Product Director, Ziyad Varol
We are very much happy with our years of cooperation with BBC, a household name for broadcast and media worldwide. Five years ago, Tivibu was the first platform to launch BBC’s documentary channel BBC Earth in Turkey, introducing one of the most important documentary producers of the world to Turkish audiences. And now, with BBC First, we are again excited to provide Tivibu audience with the newest and most popular series content of BBC. We hope to add new firsts into our list with BBC and to provide further value to Tivibu viewers by presenting them premium contents before everyone else in Turkey.Doctor Who
kicks off on the channel with a complete run of Peter Capaldi
's last series during the afternoon/evening, leading up to the premiere of The Woman Who Fell To Earth
. The channel then continues to show Series 11 alongside the rest of the Doctor's high definition adventures over the following weeks (which includes the upscaled special The Next Doctor
). You can catch up on the BBC First schedule via This Week in Doctor Who
has been available in Turkey in standard definition for a number of years via BBC Entertainment Europe
(currently broadcasting Series 10).