How to watch Doctor Who season 13 online in UK and abroad

John Bishop, Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill in Doctor Who: Flux
(Image credit: BBC)
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It's Jodie Whittaker's last spin in the TARDIS in Doctor Who's thirteenth series - titled Doctor Who: Flux - since its revival back in 2005, with an epic regeneration scene looming and the unveiling of the fourteenth Time Lord on the horizon. But with one more adventure to go, find out how to watch Doctor Who season 13 online from anywhere and bag yourself a 100% free stream.

Watch Doctor Who season 13 online

Series start date: Sunday, October 31

When: Sundays at 6.15pm GMT on BBC One

Free stream: BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab)

International streams: BBC America (opens in new tab) (US) | CTV Sci-Fi (opens in new tab) (CA) | Free on ABC and iview (opens in new tab) (Aus)

Watch anywhere: tune in today with a 100% risk-free VPN (opens in new tab)

Jodie Whittaker's take on the Time Lord has propelled us to the Civil Rights Movement in the US, the witch trials of the 1600s, and across galaxies to far-off planets. The thirteenth series will follow one single storyline across its six episodes, with new companion Dan Lewis (portrayed by John Bishop) joining Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) as they assist the Doctor battling against Cybermen, Daleks, and Lord knows what else.

So, what can we expect from the series, which gets its own title - Doctor Who: Flux? Talking to Empire, Whittaker promised a "bigger, more ambitious arc" for our favorite Time Lord.

And with that regeneration scene to look forward to, make sure you know how to watch Doctor Who season 13 online wherever you are with our guide below.

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How to watch Doctor Who season 13 online for FREE in the UK

BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab)

Commencing on BBC One on Sunday, October 31, you can watch Doctor Who season 13 on linear TV or stream it live on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) every Sunday evening. Generally the start time is around 6.15-6.30pm GMT (check your local listings) with the final episode due to air on December 5.

BBC iPlayer is 100% free to stream with a valid TV licence and can be viewed on a number of devices. So whether you want to watch live or on catch-up, you can access BBC iPlayer on any of the following: desktop on Windows and Mac machines, on smartphone apps for Android and iOS, as well as media streaming devices like Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Roku and more. You can also get BBC iPlayer on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Outside of the country? Don't fret, henny - you can make use of a VPN like ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to bypass geo-restrictions and stream BBC iPlayer as if you were right at home.

How to watch Doctor Who online from outside your country

Don't get stuck in a muddle with geo-restrictions. If you find yourself outside the country when new episodes of Doctor Who season 13 air, you won't be able to access your usual streaming service. However, we can get you out of this sticky situation with the help of our sonic screwdriver. Or, well, a VPN.

The best VPN - otherwise known as a virtual private network - offers a simple solution. This piece of software alters your IP address to appear as though you're based in another country, allowing you to gain access to your preferred streaming platform, and watch episodes live or on-demand just like you would at home.

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Three simple steps to using a VPN to watch Doctor Who

1. Download and install a VPN - we recommend ExpressVPN

2. Connect to the relevant server location - launch the VPN app, click on 'choose location' and select the right location i.e. UK for iPlayer

3. Head to the chosen broadcaster's live stream - in this case, head to the BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab)

Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who standing in front of the TARDIS

(Image credit: BBC)

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BBC America (opens in new tab)

For those wanting to tune into the latest antics of this Time Lord, you're in luck. BBC America (opens in new tab) will broadcast new episodes of Doctor Who simultaneously same day, same time as the UK. 

The premiere of season 13 will air twice on BBC America on Sunday, October 31 at 2.25pm ET / 11.25am PT and 8pm ET / 5pm PT.

If you don't have a cable package with BBC America included, signing up to an OTT provider like FuboTV or Sling TV (opens in new tab) will be your best bet. New subscribers can claim a free 7-day trial with FuboTV (opens in new tab), or pay just $10 for your first month with Sling TV (opens in new tab).

Abroad? Then you'll want to pack a good VPN (opens in new tab) so you can connect to your chosen streaming service back home and watch Doctor Who: Flux. 

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CTV Sci-Fi (opens in new tab)

Doctor Who: Flex will be broadcast on CTV Sci-Fi (opens in new tab) channel at 7.55pm ET / 4.55pm PT. The show can also be streamed through its website and app (opens in new tab), but you’ll need to enter your cable login details first.

If you’re traveling as new episodes of season 13 air, don’t let geo-blocks prevent you from tuning in. Download a top VPN (opens in new tab) so you can stream TV live and on-demand from anywhere in the world.

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How to watch Doctor Who: Flux online in Australia

ABC iview (opens in new tab)

The place to watch the new season of Doctor Who will be free-to-air channel ABC. 

The first episode of season 13 will arrive on Monday, November 1 at 6.20am AEDT on ABC iview (opens in new tab)

If you fancy settling down in front of the TV though, you can catch its broadcast later on that evening on the ABC TV Plus channel at 7.30pm AEDT.

Outside of Australia? Install a VPN (opens in new tab) to bypass geo-restrictions and watch Doctor Who season 13 as if you were right at home.

Alice Marshall
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Alice is eCommerce Editor at Future with a focus on streaming services, such as Disney Plus and HBO Max, and VPN. She predominantly writes buying and streaming service guides, as well as how to watch articles. Previously a Commercial Content Writer at Trusted Reviews, Alice has five years experience giving online buying advice, and over two years writing about consumer tech.