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China Daily / 2020-02 / 14 / Page010

Youku inks deal with BBC for top TV shows

By ANGUS MCNEICE in London | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-02-14 00:00

The entire Doctor Who catalogue will soon be available in China, and so will episodes from other renowned British television shows, including Sherlock and Luther, thanks to a deal between the BBC and Chinese streaming platform Youku.

Youku secured the licensing for the most recent Doctor Who series at a BBC showcase event in Liverpool, United Kingdom, this week, which means the Alibaba subsidiary is now the only platform in China with the broadcast rights to the entire science fiction franchise.

Doctor Who has a large and growing fan base in China, according to the BBC. The long-running series follows an anonymous extraterrestrial-often referred to as the Doctor-who battles forces of evil across time and space.

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