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Games streaming service Twitch is partnering with the BBC to stream more than 500 episodes of sci-fi series Doctor Who. The episodes span 26 series of the show, from its inception in 1963 until the 1980s.

Starting 29th May at 11am PDT (that's 3am UK time), viewers will be able to tune in to https://www.twitch.tv/twitchpresents to watch classic episodes.

The season will run until 23rd July.

Twitch sells itself as a 'social streaming service', though it's best known as a destination for gamers wanting to watch other people play video games. It's owned by Amazon, which runs its own film and TV streaming service, Amazon Prime Video.

"We are constantly looking at ways to reach new audiences and make it easier for fans to engage with our most popular shows," said Nick Coulter, director of digital sales and business development at BBC Studios.

"Doctor Who, in particular, has a great tradition of pioneering new technologies, from early VHS all the way through to the new digital services of today. Twitch is another great example of this, as a brilliant service with over 15 million active daily users, we are thrilled to be able to offer them the chance to indulge in classic Doctor Who series and celebrate its amazing 54-year legacy of excitement and innovation."

The episodes will air in real time, so viewers can chat and share their opinions. Subscribers to the TwitchPresents channel will also have access to 14 exclusive emotes themed after each of the first seven Doctors.

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