China’s Shanghai Media Group Pictures (SMGP) has reached a deal with BBC Worldwide to acquire the rights to the television drama series ‘Doctor Who’. The agreement comes as BBC looks to further expand the franchise’s long-standing fan base.

Developed by Sydney Newman, ‘Doctor Who’ is a science-fiction series that follows a doctor, who travels through time and space in a police box, known as the TARDIS, with a variety of companions. Every now and again, the doctor regenerates in to a new form, which enables the show to continue its run with new plots and talent. The show made its debut on BBC TV on Saturday, Nov. 23 1963. The show often includes real-life elements within its plots; however the network scrapped a reference to terrorism in an episode slated to air June 27, in deference to bombing that occurred at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on May 22.

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