Here's another thing HBO Max somehow forgot (or decided not) to tell us about: they now have Doctor Who, Torchwood, and The Sarah Jane Adventures. That's the entire collection of the revived show, from the 2005 first series starring Christopher Eccleston as the 9th Doctor to the 2018 11th series that introduced Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor. Once BBC America stops streaming the most-recent Series 12, it will end up on HBO Max as well.
Every series of Torchwood is now on the streaming service as well. That's the first two regular seasons, the miniseries Torchwood: Children of Earth that blew up the show's format and was one of the most politically searing shows on British television in 2009, and the 4th season Torchwood: Miracle Day, which was a co-production between the BBC and US cable network STARZ, which was shot partly in North America. And all five seasons of The Sarah Jane Adventures are on HBO Max now too. That's all the key Doctor Who shows on one streaming service in America.
To be fair, HBO Max did (sort of) tell us that Doctor Who would be on their service through some announcements back in late 2019 and currently some posters at bus stops. What HBO Max didn't bother to tell us, though, is that Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures are also on the service. Torchwood has a massive fanbase, almost as big globally as Doctor Who, so why did HBO Max not take that into account when they designed their marketing campaigns? Come to think of it, what exactly is HBO Max' strategy for marketing HBO Max anyway? It seems scattershot and totally undercooked. Even people who already have HBO are confused about what's on HBO Max or if they even have access to it without paying another subscription fee for it (they don't have to).
How many Doctor Who and Torchwood fans would subscribe to HBO Max or, if they already have HBO, know to start streaming HBO Max for their fix? How many billboards and bus stop posters are there out there that features the Doctor on HBO Max are there?
How many people knew about this before former showrunner Russell T. Davies tweeted about this during this weekend's Doctor Who Lockdown Rewatch livetweet? Davies, with just one tweet, has done HBO Max's job for them. He must have reached a lot more fans than their meager advertising campaign has in two months.
By the way. HBO Max has now launched in America…and as far as I know, it's the only streaming service in the world that's got Doctor Who, Torchwood AND The Sarah Jane Adventures. Hooray! #NewNewYork @hbomax
— Russell T Davies (@russelldavies63) May 30, 2020