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9 classic 'Doctor Who' adventures to get you in the mood for season 10

All 26 seasons of "Doctor Who" are now available on streaming service Britbox. Here's where to start.

Tom Baker tackles the Daleks in the classic "Doctor Who", now available online.

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"Doctor Who" is about to return to our screens. To get in the mood, US viewers can now check out every episode of the classic show online.

The first 26 seasons of "Doctor Who", spanning the first to seventh Doctors, are available in the US on Britbox, the Netflix of British TV, for a $6.99 monthly subscription (UK fans can check out some of these stories on the BBC Store, but you have to pay per story).

"Doctor Who" began in November 1963 and was an instant hit. With an innovative sci-fi twist refreshing the cast very few years, the programme ran until December 1989. After 10 years away it was resurrected by the BBC, and in the internet age grew to become a worldwide phenomenon. Season 10 of the revived show, starring Peter Capaldi as the heroic Doctor, begins this month and promises to "melt your brain".

Here's our pick of the stories you need to watch to help get you in the mood for season 10.

This isn't a definitive list of the very best "Doctor Who" stories. Get any two fans together and that argument would rage until the sun goes supernova and consumes the earth (which would probably come as a relief by that point).

Instead, we've picked a mix of great episodes. Some are milestones in the show's history, like "An Unearthly Child". Some introduce you to stuff which will feature in season 10, like "The Tenth Planet" or "The Curse of Peladon". And some, like "Remembrance of the Daleks" or "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", are just a whole lot of fun.

This is just a small taste of classic "Who". There's loads more to enjoy, and Britbox has made it easy for you with handy themed playlists. Run by UK broadcasters ITV and the BBC, the service is also home to British classic programmes including "Red Dwarf", "Blackadder", "Eastenders" and "Emmerdale".

Right, that should keep you busy until "Doctor Who" season 10 materialises on BBC1 and BBC America on 15 April. You can also check out a double bill of the first episode with the premiere episode of "Who" spin-off "Class", featuring a cameo from Peter Capaldi, in US movie theatres on 16 and 17 April.

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