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The Doctor gets torrented, legitimately!

“Run!”

Doctor Who is celebrating its tenth anniversary of being back on the air, and the BBC has teamed up with a rather unusual partner to celebrate the fact: BitTorrent.

BitTorrent the software is, of course, largely known for the illicit acquisition of content, including TV shows, but the company behind the creation of the technology has been trying to shed those associations, moving in to areas like data sync.

Now, in conjunction with the BBC, BitTorrent is offering thirteen episodes of the last decade of Doctor Who, packaged along with video introductions by current Doctor portrayer Peter Capaldi. It’s a good way to relive many of the series’s most iconic episodes including “Rose,” “The Girl in the Fireplace,” and “Blink.”

Nice to see BitTorrent and content producers playing nice for once, and for a great show.

(As an aside, one of my favorite moments from the TV show Leverage involved computer nerd Hardison talking about torrenting the latest Doctor Who episode—a rare instance where a TV show got something right about technology.)