To me, Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular great painter of all time. The most beloved. His command of color, the most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world. No one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange wild man who roamed the fields of Provence, was not only the world’s greatest artist but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.

So yeah. For U.S. customers, Netflix and Hulu no longer carry @doctorwho, following Amazon Prime yanking it last month. As usual, they’re all pointing fingers at the other side, but it really doesn’t matter who’s to blame.  There is no longer a legal way to stream Doctor Who in the U.S.

Supposedly, the BBC is planning to launch its own streaming service in the U.S. eventually, but I’ve seen unconfirmed rumors that Doctor Who may not be part of that package.

Obviously, this is an INCREDIBLY SHORT SIGHTED thing to do during the 2016 hiatus, since it’s going to drive fans to desperate measures (i.e. piracy). DVDs are insanely expensive in the U.S., especially classic Who. (The only Fifth Doctor episode I don’t own is The Awakening, inexplicably $65). 

We’ve got a Doctor in Distress situation here, folks. 

Complain to Hulu. Complain to Netflix. Complain to Amazon. Complain to the BBC. Let them know just how big the demand is, and how stupid they are to be pushing away fans now, of all times, when the show is off TV for a year. The louder we yell, the more likely that somebody will see reason and find a way to cash in on a significant customer base.

Make the call. Tweet your annoyance and tag accordingly. Pass it on.