Doctor Who returns to Latin America on SYFY

More than 50 years and eight seasons on BBC’s own networks in Latin America helped Doctor Who develop a loyal following within the region, where the series has an exceptional number of fervent fansAnna Gordon, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of BBC Worldwide Latin America/ US Hispanic
Date: 13.11.2015     Last updated: 13.11.2015 at 16.54
Category: BBC Worldwide
In 2016, Latin American followers of the iconic Time Lord will enjoy the newest seasons of the BBC show exclusively on Syfy

BBC Worldwide and NBCUniversal International Networks today announced a deal that will enable viewers throughout Latin America to enjoy Doctor Who on Syfy, the destination for imagination-based entertainment. The globally acclaimed series, previously available on BBC’s owned networks in the region, begins airing on Syfy in 2016 with a re-run of season eight, followed by the exclusive regional premiere of season nine. Seasons five through seven have also been confirmed to be part of the programming offer of the network later in the year.

Premiered 52 years ago, Doctor Who is the longest running sci-fi series in the history of television, and is a significant part of British popular culture. The story follows the adventures of The Doctor, a Time Lord who travels the universe with a succession of companions in a time-traveling spaceship in the shape of an old British police box. The Doctor combats a variety of foes while working to save civilizations and help people in need.

“More than 50 years and eight seasons on BBC’s own networks in Latin America helped Doctor Who develop a loyal following within the region, where the series has an exceptional number of fervent fans,” said Anna Gordon, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of BBC Worldwide Latin America/ US Hispanic. “Our partnership with Syfy reintroduces one of our company’s most acclaimed shows to Latin America and brings it closer to dedicated science fiction and fantasy fans.”

“Syfy is known for pushing the limits of imagination, and it is undoubtedly the perfect home for the iconic Doctor Who,” said Klaudia Bermudez-Key, Senior Vice-president and General Manager, NBCUniversal Networks International, Latin America. “The series is a perfect addition to the rich content found in Syfy, which appeals to general audiences across the region. Our viewers continuously expect a high-quality standard for all programming content, and we are delivering accordingly”. 

The premiere of the new season will find the Doctor and Clara having the time of their lives, embarking on reckless adventures in all of space and time. Season nine will count with talented guest stars like Michelle Gomez and Maisie Williams; it also promises appearances of new and old monsters and villains, along with a journey to the very end of time itself.

“We are delighted that Doctor Who is returning to Latin America through Syfy,” said Brian Minchin, Executive Producer of Doctor Who. “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!”

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About NBCUniversal International Networks

NBCUniversal International Networks is one of the world’s premier entertainment portfolios, delivering quality content and compelling brands to over 176 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The channel brands in the portfolio include Universal Channel, Syfy, E! Entertainment Television, 13th Street, DIVA, Studio Universal, Telemundo, The Style Network and Golf Channel. These unique brands deliver a full range of entertainment experiences to local audiences across the globe; the portfolio also includes Movies 24 in the UK. Further, NBCUniversal News Group, one of the most influential and respected portfolios of on-air and digital news properties in the world, operate CNBC and NBC News internationally.

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About NBCUniversal International Networks Spanish Latin America

NBCUniversal International Networks Spanish Latin America (NBCUIN SLA)is a joint venture between NBCUniversal International and Ole Communications operating from September 2, 2015.

Headquartered in Miami, the venture oversees operations of NBCU’s five channel brands in Latin America – Universal Channel, E! Entertainment Television, Studio Universal, Syfy and Telemundo covering Spanish Latin America and, additionally, E! in Brazil.