JAMAICA is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea, to the south west of Cuba.
|Country Number (14)||1966||FIRST WAVE|
|Television commenced||6 August 1963|
Television Stations / Channels
Jamaica began its television service in 1963.
There is just one television station: Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC), a government-owned commercial broadcaster.
Colour transmissions began in 1975 using the NTSC, however Doctor Who never screened in Jamaica in colour.
The principal language of Jamaica is English.
DOCTOR WHO IN JAMAICA
The Stanmark Productions Ltd advertisement from 1966, identifies Jamaica as one of the twelve countries screening Doctor Who in that year.
In DWM, Jamaica is identified in only 15 story Archives: the same list as above, but not S.
Both these totals are slightly inaccurate, as Jamaica also screened R, which is not included in either list.
Stories bought and broadcast
Seventeen stories, 81 episodes:
Jamaica therefore bought all of GROUPs A to E of the William Hartnell stories.
The programme was supplied as 16mm black and white film prints with English soundtracks.
Origin of the Prints?
Trinidad & Tobago and Bermuda are two other Caribbean nations that screened the series only a matter of months earlier than Jamaica; all three countries were serviced by the programme distributor Television International Enterprises Limited / TIE (Programmes) Ltd, so it’s more than likely that Jamaica was sent the same set of prints that had been used in one or both of those countries.
Due to confusing TV listings, the series started either on Thursday, 24 February 1966, or the following week, on 3 March 1966, at 6.00pm.
The TV listings for 24 February records an episode of a series called "Fury" (presumably the 1950s US western series) airing in the 6.00pm slot, but the Sunday, 27 February paper's preview of the upcoming week refers to Doctor Who as being "the second in their new series", and the instalment is named as "THE CAVE OF SKLLS" (sic), making the 3 March episode part two.
It's possible the meaning of "the second in their new series" is that Doctor Who was the second of two new series starting on JBC-TV, and although the episode was billed as "The Cave of Skulls", it was in fact "An Unearthly Child".
If the series did debut on 24 February, then there is an extra airdate at some point during the run. On this basis, we think the series did start on 3 March, and the references to it being "Cave of Skulls" is a mistake.
A couple of episodes were pre-empted due to sporting events coverage, such as cricket, or the Commonwealth Games (in August 1966). For this reason two episodes of The Keys of Marinus aired back to back on 4 August 1966, a fact mentioned in the TV Highlights page of the paper.
From 10 September 1966, the series moved to Saturdays (still at 6.00pm), with part six of The Keys of Marinus.
In October 1966, all episodes of The Sensorites were paired and screened back to back (with a timeslot of 5.45pm to 6.30pm), the only other instances in which episodes were doubled-up.
The run ended on Saturday, 25 March 1967, with part four of The Romans.
Two years later on 2 February 1969, the series resumed, now on Sundays at 6.02pm. The first story was The Web Planet. After a 25 week run (no episode aired on Easter Sunday 6 April 1969), the series came to a conclusion on 20 July 1969, with part four of The Time Meddler.
There is no clear record that Jamaica screened Doctor Who again. (Surprisingly, it does not appear to have been one of the nine Caribbean countries that had been offered the series in July 1985 – see Caribbean Sales.)
Fate of the Prints?
The next Caribbean country to air Doctor Who was Barbados, from April 1966. Since both countries were serviced by the programme distributor Television International Enterprises Limited / TIE (Programmes) Ltd, it is likely that Jamaica sent its prints of the 1966-1967 run of Hartnell stories to Barbados.
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TV listings have been obtained from the Kingston, Jamaican newspaper, The Daily Gleaner and Sunday Gleaner.
Listings give the series name as "Dr Who".
As noted above, the 27 February 1966 Sunday paper featured a preview of the new series: "FOR LOVERS OF SCIENCE FICTION". This same article names the first story as "Serial A". A slight misprint also gave the title of the second episode as "THE CAVE OF SKLLS" (sic).
The Sunday 6 March 1966 issue had a brief summary illustrated with a photo of the crew standing around the TARDIS console.
Many of the daily listings were illustrated with a small photo of William Hartnell - one of these was a standard publicity shot, the other being taken from The Romans. None of the episodes was titled within the actual TV listings, but sometimes the title was named in the general TV pages, such as The Reign of Terror in the 5 November 1966 issue.
As noted above, Jamaica did not screen the series again – we checked newspapers for 1985, 1986 and 1987, but there were no further listings; however it should be noted that there were no listings available for Sunday programmes for those years, so it IS possible the series aired on that day...
Jamaica in Doctor Who
- In The Smugglers, one of Captain Pike’s crew was called Jamaica.
- In The Highlanders, Solicitor Grey was planning to ship the Scottish prisoners to work as slaves in Jamaica, Barbados and the West Indies.
- Actor Roy Stewart (Toberman, The Tomb of the Cybermen; Strong Man, Terror of the Autons) was born in Jamaica.