As the East Coast of America reels from a staggering 25+ inches of snow, bad news of a different sort has arrived to further crush American spirits.
US Netflix will lose all seasons of Doctor Who on 1 February.
Rumours had been swirling for some time about this horrible loss, and Netflix confirmed the news on Twitter on 26 January. Netflix US will be dropping all seasons of the Classic Doctor Who and the rebooted Doctor Who, seasons 1-9.
Netflix US had been streaming both classic and new Doctor Who episodes for several years. It was an easy, convenient way to not only binge watch but also to learn about the history of the show. The classic Doctor Who is difficult to find, short of buying loads of old DVDs that are not always compatible with US players. Americans are newer to the Doctor Who franchise, and many of the older Doctors and storylines are not as familiar to us. Netflix made it easy to research the backstory of the Cybermen, for example, or watch the brilliant original Dalek episodes. So losing the classic Doctor Who on Netflix is like losing a library. Eighteen seasons will vanish in America.
Reaction to the news in America was swift and angry. Many took to Twitter to announce they would drop Netflix, and many others posted petitions.
Doctor Who will stay on Netflix in the UK and other countries.
UPDATE: A further US streaming service – Hulu have also confirmed that they no longer have the rights to stream Doctor Who