|United States chronology|
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- By 1985, a 10-minute promotional video is produced (presumably) by Lionheart, chiefly as an 'electronic press kit' for selling the series to PBS broadcasters; some stations aired it as a "behind the scenes" feature, sometimes during pledge-drives:
- CLIP: PBS DOCUMENTARY:
- May 1985: 146 stations in the US have purchased the series, exposing 70% of the population of the United States to the series. (Similar reports in industry journals dated a few months later, such as Screen International in August 1985, state it as 144 markets reaching 77%.)
- 28 August 1985: USA Today publishes a two page article on Doctor Who fandom. (see below right)
- 7 September 1985, the 17 repackaged William Hartnell stories go into syndication, debuting on the New Jersey Network:
17 stories, 76 episodes (also in "movie length" omnibus editions):
|USA Today, Aug. 28, 1985|
- The stories are edited into compilations, with the story to story cliffhangers often removed, and new title cards and closing credits created, sometimes displaying a 1984 or 1985 copyright date.
- It has been reported that the Hartnell to Troughton regeneration sequence was edited onto the end of The War Machines. (It's possible this wasn't actually done until subsequent repeats in the 1990s…)
- The Colin Baker stories are also syndicated by the end of the year:
Seven stories, equivalent of 30 half hour episodes (also in "movie length" omnibus editions):
|6S||The Twin Dilemma||4|
|6T||Attack of the Cybermen||2/4|
|6V||Vengeance on Varos||2/4|
|6X||The Mark of the Rani||2/4|
|6W||The Two Doctors||3/6|
|6Z||Revelation of the Daleks||2/4|
- 26 October 1985: New Jersey is also the first to screen the Colin Baker stories. These air on NJN mixed in with the new run of Hartnells and Troughtons. Other stations screen the stories from November, but most stations across the country don't air them until the new year.
- Some stations that purchase the Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee and Colin Baker as a package deal, prefer to schedule the newer Baker stories first, followed by the other three Doctors in order.