|Country Number (30)||1969||FIRST and SECOND WAVE|
|TV Sets||1980||1.225 million|
Television Stations / Channels
Chile began its television service in 1957. In 1969, the country had two national broadcasters. In 1979, there were five.
Doctor Who aired on Universidad Católica, Channels 13 and 5.
Colour transmissions began in Chile in 1972 using the NTSC broadcast system.
The principal language of Chile is Spanish.
DOCTOR WHO (EL DOCTOR MISTERIO) IN CHILE
Chile is not listed in The Seventies, or The Handbook.
The Eighties - THE LOST CHAPTERS records a sale of "(23)" stories (by 10 February 1987).
Stories bought and broadcast
Twelve stories, 56 episodes:
|A||An Unearthly Child||4|
|C||Inside the Spaceship||2|
|E||The Keys of Marinus||6|
|J||Planet of Giants||3|
|K||The Dalek Invasion of Earth||6|
|N||The Web Planet||6|
|Q||The Space Museum||4|
The programme was supplied as 16mm black and white film prints with Spanish soundtracks.
Origin of the Prints?
Mexico and Venezuela were the previous two Spanish-language countries to screen the Hartnell episodes in the late 1960s. Mexico had retained its set of prints, so Chile may have received its from Venezuela or acquired a fresh set from the BBC.
23 stories, (the equivalent of) 98 episodes, although the stories did not air in the correct order.
Chile therefore bought the standard package of Tom Baker stories that was packaged for the North, Central and South American markets by Time-Life Television.
The programme was supplied as NTSC colour video tapes with Spanish soundtracks.
Curiously, some of the Chilean episode titles differ from those used in Mexico - see the Spanish page for a list of the different translations.
Mexico was five days ahead of Chile in screening the Tom Baker episodes.
The series started on Sunday, 5 January 1969, at 5.30pm on channel 13 in Santiago. During March and April, the starting time jumped around a bit – from 5.30pm, 5.43pm, 6.30pm, 5.50pm – until it stabilised as 6.00pm from 27 April.
From 19 October the start moved to the much earlier time of 1.35, 1.15, 1.30 or 1.00pm.
There were no episodes on four of the weeks during the run, which ended on 15 March 1970. There was a two week gap in June 1969, which - if our episode allocation is correct – is midway through The Aztecs. (There is, of course, no absolute certainty that the serials screened in strict story order. For instance, in Mexico, each serial aired in a seemingly random order...)
59 airdates have been identified for 56 available episodes, which suggests that at least three episodes were pre-empted during the 14 month run.
A SALE OF TWO CHILES??
BBC Records have two separate sales of the same twelve stories recorded for Chile: the twelve stories were first "sold" by 22 October 1968, and again by 27 May 1969. The second sales date certainly corresponds with the 5 January 1969 to 15 March 1970 Santiago screenings, but one can see, at a stretch, how the first sales date could also apply to those airdates, if the rights were paid for in advance of screening.
There was certainly no other airdates on Canal 13 found before or after the ones noted. But since there were regional screenings of the Tom Baker stories, on Santiago's Canal 13 and again on Canal 5 in Concepción, it is entirely possible that the Hartnells also had regional screenings, with each of the two recorded sales being for one of the regions – i.e. Universidad Católica bought the rights for just one screening in one region, then decided later to purchase a second set of rights for another region.
However, we did check Concepción newspapers for 1968 to 1972, but could not find any additional listings for "Doctor Misterio". Did the series instead screen from another major city in Chile?
Interestingly, the "second" sale to Chile is dated the same as the "Cancelled" sale to Dominican Republic: 27 May 1969. This can't be a coincidence. What may have happened was Chile and Dominican Republic both purchased the series at roughly the same time, and as such the regional fees payable were scaled accordingly, with the second purchaser paying a slightly lower rate than the first purchaser. But when Dominican Republic cancelled its purchase, Chile had to pay the full cost, and the second of the two "sales" is simply Chile's payment of the "cancelled" balance.
Fate of the Prints?
The Tom Baker episodes aired on a regional basis – we have airdates for the Santiago (Channel 13) and Concepción (Channel 5) runs. (There may have been others across the country.)
SANTIAGO (Canal 13)
A run of 24 colour episodes commenced on Wednesday, 9 May 1979 (only five days after the Baker episodes debuted in Mexico), airing episodically, week days at 5.45pm, without interruption, ending on 11 June 1979.
Six stories aired, of which only five can be identified:
- unknown 4 parter
- El Planeta del Mal
- La Venganza de los Hombres Metalicos
- El Experimento de Sontaran
- Las Semillas de la Ruina
Six months later, on Sunday, 6 January 1980, the series returned (at 3.00pm), now playing in the omnibus "movie" format rather than episodically. Again, the stories did not air in the correct story order. There were 27 weeks uninterrupted, but only 23 stories to account for.
CONCEPCIÓN (Canal 5)
A week after the Santiago run started, Canal 5 in Concepción commenced episodic screenings on weekdays from Monday, 14 May 1979. The start times were all over the place, with 5.47, 5.52, 5.42pm, etc, listed.
If the Preview in the 11 May 1979 paper is accurate, the first serial appears to have been Genesis of the Daleks rather than Planet of Evil, which suggests Canal 5 might have played the stories in a different order to those on Canal 13 – and therefore suggests there may have been two sets of tapes in use by the two channels, rather than one being shared by both.
The run concluded on Friday, 15 June 1979, which covered 25 episodes, one more than Canal 13 had. There were some dates for which the billings did not include a listing for the series; only 20 listings clearly identify the series as being on. Since Canal 13 in Santiago had aired 24 episodes, it is likely that Canal 5 aired the same.
The series returned to Canal 5 six months later, on Sunday, 13 January 1980, a week after the Canal 13 screenings; these were the same omnibus editions.
Comparing the two separate runs, it appears that – with just the one clear exception (Underworld vs The Robots of Death in March) - the same story order was adopted by both channels. It's therefore possible to extrapolate what aired on the dates in which no story title is given for each station.
Once again Concepción has one more airdate than Santiago had; so was there a pre-emption, or is the lack of TV listings on 24 January significant? Or was the billing on 20 June a printing error, and the run actually ended on 13 June with The Sun Makers as had been the case for Canal 13?
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TV listings have been obtained from the newspaper El Mercurio and La Nación from Santiago.
Listings give the title as El Dr Misterio, Doctor Misterio or just Dr Misterio.
The 5 January 1969 billing said it was a "nueva serie ciencia ficción" ("a new science fiction series"). Only three episodes of the entire run were identified by title, and these were the same titles that were used in Mexico. There were also brief plot synopses given for these, and intriguingly, these name the lead character as "Dr Who"!
A preview feature in the 9 May 1979 issue of El Mercurio - "¡CUIDADO, MONSTRUOS, VIENE EL DOCTOR MISTERIO!" (Lookout! Monsters from Dr Who!") - was illustrated with a photo of the Anti-man from Planet of Evil. The article makes no mention of the fact that Dr Misterio had previously screened on channel 13 in the 1960s.
The first three episodes in this run are not titled, but the next five (!) are labelled "El Planeta del Mal"' (Planet of Evil); presumably the first story was actually a different four parter.
The next five are identified as "La Venganza de los Hombres Metalicos" (Revenge of the Cybermen), the first of which was most likely part four of Planet of Evil. A further error crops up on the 4 June episode, which should have been part one of The Seeds of Doom rather than The Sontaran Experiment.
For the omnibus editions starting from January 1980, the first was previewed with a statement that the series starred Tom Baker and Liz Shaw (!), and that the stories were based on the books written by Terrance Dicks!
Only thirteen of the adventures are identified by a title. The Brain of Morbius is listed twice - for 16 March and 22 June. There are also two listings for The Ark in Space; presumably these were repeats?
The story we know as Underworld is called "Bajo Mundo", whereas in Mexico it was "El Mundo Subterraneo". Revenge of the Cybermen is "La Venganza del los Hombres Metalicos", but in Mexico it was "La Venganza del Hombre Cibernetico" (which is in the singular). "La Cara del Mal" (The Face of Evil) was "La Cara del Demonio" in Mexico.
There are a few typographical errors in the listings: "Las Garras de Yeng-Chiang" is more likely to be the same as the Mexican title "Las Garras de Weng-Chiang", "los Alesios" is probably a misspelling of "los Dalekios". "Los Summakers" seems to be a misprint of the English title.
TV listings have been obtained from the newspaper El Sur.
TV billings gave the title as El Dr Misterio, El Doctor Misterio or just Dr Misterio. Some of the listings name the lead actor as "Tom Baxter" or "Bazer"!
The 11 May 1979 issue had a preview feature; this gave the title of the opening story as "La Genesis de los Dalecios" (which is probably a typo of Dalekios, as is used elsewhere). However given that Planet of Evil opened the run on Canal 13, it's possible Canal 5 duplicated the same story order instead.
For the 1979 run, only one other story title was printed – "Semilla de Maldad", which is slightly different to the title that was used in Santiago and in Mexico.
For the 1980 run, the paper presented a unique title for the fourth Doctor's first serial: "Muerte de un Robot" ( Death of a Robot), and from time to time they also printed the (or slight variations of) English titles: El Sur identifies The Invisible Enemy, The Robots of Death, The Face of Evil and Horror at Fang Rock in English.