first_img BBC Worldwide just inked a deal with China that includes another five seasons of Doctor Who.A Memorandum of Understanding with Shanghai Media Group Pictures covers the Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat series (one through 10), plus the entire catalogues of Torchwood and Class.But most tellingly, the contract includes incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall’s yet-to-film season 11, as well as “a first look for series 12-15,” according to a BBC press release.There is no word on whether Chibnall plans to stick around that long. One thing’s clear, though: Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi isn’t waiting to find out.“I’ve been lucky enough to witness first-hand how passionately Doctor Who has been embraced by people all over the world,” the departing star said in a statement published by Ireland’s “So it’s wonderful to know that fans in China will now have the chance to experience the full positive effect of having Doctor Who in their lives.”The deal was struck after SMGP General Manager Chen Sijie saw a 2015 publicity stunt featuring Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and two Daleks in an Abbey Road album cover spoof, as reported by the news site.“This marks the start of a longer and even more fruitful partnership with SMGP,” Jaclyn-Lee Joe, chief marketing officer at BBC Worldwide, said in a statement, tipping China’s “substantial” Doctor Who fan base.While the sci-fi program has previously been available to local viewers via digital platforms like Youku, LeTV, and BesTV (SMGP’s linear TV service), this is the first time the whole inventory—including future shows—has been licensed to one company in China, according to The Hollywood Reporter.“Doctor Who, with its long television history and iconic place in popular culture, is a great representative of British pop culture,” Chen Sijie said.The show, which airs on Saturdays on BBC and BBC America, reportedly pulled a section of dialogue from an upcoming episode out of respect for the victims of Monday’s bombing in Manchester.According to, references to terrorism “as part of a more general discussion of threats to Earth” were edited out of “The Pyramid at the End of the World,” scheduled to air this weekend.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img