The CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (CBC) is a publicly-owned network, operating numerous affiliate stations and relay transmitters across the whole of Canada.
The station commenced broadcasts from 8 September 1952. A year later, CKSO in Sudbury became the first private station to operate in Canada, and became CBC's first affiliate. CBOT in Ottawa followed that year, joining with Montreal and Toronto via microwave to establish a three-station network.
Due to its size, Canada stretches across five time zones; each channel broadcast its own schedule of programmes, but via the microwave link the network affiliates were often able to screen the same programme at the same time, but with allowances for the five-hour east coast to west coast time variance.
An alternative method for nationwide screenings was that for some shows the CBC made film copies to be distributed to each affiliate.
Another distribution method was that as one station was broadcasting, others in the chain would tape those transmissions for later playback.
In 1965, Doctor Who screened via the microwave network.
Stories bought and broadcast
Five stories, 26 episodes:
|A||An Unearthly Child||4|
|C||Inside the Spaceship||2|
|E||The Keys of Marinus||6|
CBC therefore bought GROUP A of the William Hartnell stories.
The programme was supplied as 16mm black and white film prints with English soundtracks.
Origin of the Prints?
The CBC would have received a fresh set of prints from the BBC.
The series started on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday, 23 January 1965, at 5.00pm (*). From 21 April, the series moved to Wednesdays, in the same timeslot. (The Winnipeg Free Press stated that the date change was from 14 April, which appears to be incorrect.)
The week of 18 April 1965 Winnipeg Free Press, in its write-up for the new serial starting on 21 April, does identify the story as Marco Polo rather than Inside the Spaceship. However a TV listing for channel CBLT dated 12 May does identify that evening's episode as being The Singing Sands.
To coincide with the start of Vacation Time, the series shifted to weekday screenings, from Monday, 28 June to Friday, 2 July 1965. The last serial to air was The Keys of Marinus.
CBC did not screen the original series again.
CBC affiliates that aired Doctor Who in 1965 include (but not limited to) the following:
|CKPR-TV||Port Arthur / Fort Williams||2|
|CHJIC||Sault Sainte Marie||2|
(*) Doctor Who screened in the same 5.00pm slot nationally (although CBWAT in Kenora aired it an hour "earlier" at 4.00pm). The series would have been broadcast centrally from Toronto and Montreal, but aired one hour 'earlier' in Halifax to the east, and three hours 'later' in Vancouver in the west. On CBWBT and CBWBT-2, the series aired at 5.30pm.
In later years some of these CBC affiliates (such as CFQC and CKCK) changed their affiliation to rival network CTV.
In his book, Script Doctor, Doctor Who script-editor Andrew Cartmel recalls having watched The Daleks on CJAY-TV channel 7 in Winnipeg when he was young; he might actually be misremembering, as the only CBC affiliate in Winnipeg in 1965 was CBWT Channel 6, whereas CJAY was part of the CTV network...
Fate of the Prints?
The Canadian prints may have been sent to the nearby island of Bermuda, which was one of just tree countries to have screened only those five Hartnell serials.
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TV listings have been obtained from the newspapers Globe and Mail, Toronto Daily Star, Winnipeg Free Press and CBC Times
The papers called it "Doctor Who" or "Dr Who". The Globe labelled it as "(Juvenile)" in the listings.
The CBC Times issue dated 15 January 1965 would have been one of (if not the) first Canadian publications to mention Doctor Who.
The 23-29 January issue of the CBC Times contained a one-page warning to viewers about a new series called Doctor Who. Issued by the CBC Head Office, this mock memo urged viewers to watch out for the Doctor, who may influence young minds. The article was illustrated with photo of William Hartnell and an image taken from The Sensorites — a story that was never aired by the CBC!
- THE FULL TEXT FROM THIS ARTICLE READS:
The CBC television network may fall Under control of a scientific genius, Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. Beginning January 23rd. Young viewers won’t mind -- They’ll be fascinated!
CBC Head Office, Ottawa.
IN PURSUANCE of its responsibilities to maintain a regular schedule and the proper exercise of control over its programming, the Corporation wishes to advise the public of a potentially alarming development concerning possible interruption of the television schedule this week by forces beyond the Corporation’s control. This warning is directed in particular to parents of young children who are most likely to be affected by this development.
Recently the Corporation received a communiqué from a certain Dr. Who announcing his intention of using the micro-wave network each Saturday at 5:00 p.m. from January 23rd onwards in order to communicate directly with the children of Canada. It was at first thought that Dr. Who, who claims to be a time-traveller, was merely an eccentric, but security checks by the RCMP revealed that Dr. Who is indeed a bona-fide voyager through the space-time continuum and quite capable of utilizing facilities for his own ends. He has already brought off just such a coup in Great Britain, using the national television service of the BBC. The most brilliant electronics experts of that august body were unable to prevent the doctor [sic] from manipulating the air-waves to extend his dominion over young minds. The result is that today thousands of the children are literally spellbound by this mysterious person.
What is particularly insidious about his power is the benign appearance of Dr. Who. One would think him a charming old gentleman in his 70s, a trifle odd perhaps and quaintly dressed, but quite incapable of transporting himself and his young companions backwards and forwards in time at will. In fact he is several millennia old and the master-designer of the Tardis, a fantastic vehicle outwardly resembling those blue-painted police telephone kiosks that are a feature of the British metropolitan landscape. Within are the control panels that enable the doctor [sic] to perform his incredible feats. These often prove incredible to the doctor [sic] himself, who has been known to misplace a decimal point or two and end up in the wrong century.
Unless a major break-through in electronic is achieved by CBC engineers in the immediate future, the Corporation regrets it may be powerless to check the usurpation of the network by Dr. Who.
Will this man influence young minds?
The caption under the top left photo reads: “Among the strange creatures viewers will be exposed to are the Sensorites”.
This TV listing magazine also gave brief synopses for the listings, some of which describe an episode other than the one which should be screening – for instance, on 27 February, the episode description seems to be for part one rather than part two of The Daleks; 6 March is part two rather than part three; for 21 April and 28 April, the synopses given for each instalment of Inside the Spaceship belongs to the other episode! All other synopses accurately describe the correct episode of that week.
The Globe had a "HIGHLIGHTS ON 6" box-out for the new series. This paper carried listings for CBLT Toronto (CH 6) and CKVR Barrie (Ch 3), although from 28 June, when the series shifted to its new weekday slot, it was no longer listed under CKVR.
The Free Press for the week of 18 April 1965 previewed the new story starting on the Wednesday ("Dr Who In New Series"), but identified it as being Marco Polo, rather than Inside the Spaceship (It's possible the writer thought they were both of one long 9-part serial?)
The paper also stated that "there will be repeats of the best of Doctor Who ... on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays"; however it would appear that these planned repeats never eventuated.
And the Free Press gave the final serial a large write up, under the heading "The Vicious Voords Menace To Dr Who"; the article confirmed the dates on which the six-part serial – named as The Keys of Marinus - would air. The article identified the first part being "sub-titled" "The Sea of Death".
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