'Doctor Who' Heading to Latin America with Syfy

Season nine of the hit series will exclusively premiere on NBCU's channel after more than five decades on the BBC's own regional networks.

Latin American fans of Time Lords and robotic aliens with a fondness for toilet plungers will soon need to get their fix from Syfy after a deal between BBC Worldwide and NBCUniversal.

Announced Friday, Doctor Who will next year move from the BBC's own networks in the region to NBCU's science fiction channel, with a re-run of season eight followed by the exclusive regional premiere of season nine, currently screening in the U.K. Seasons five through seven will all become part of the network's 2016 scheduling.

"More than 50 years and eight seasons on BBC’s own networks in Latin America helped Doctor Who develop a loyal following within the region, where the series has an exceptional number of fervent fans," said Anna Gordon, exec vp and md of BBC Worldwide Latin America/U.S. Hispanic.

"Our partnership with Syfy reintroduces one of our company’s most acclaimed shows to Latin America and brings it closer to dedicated science fiction and fantasy fans."

Klaudia Bermudez-Key, senior vp and general manager of NBCU Networks International, Latin America said that Syfy was the "perfect home" for Doctor Who.

"The series is a perfect addition to the rich content found in Syfy, which appeals to general audiences across the region," she added. "Our viewers continuously expect a high-quality standard for all programming content, and we are delivering accordingly."

During the international promotional tour for Doctor Who last year, the Timelord himself, Peter Capaldi, claimed that showrunner Steven Moffat was as "big as Sting or Bono" in Mexico.

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