United States--1991-

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Sci-Fi Channel flyer
Print ad for the 1996 "Doctor Who" movie, for FOX affiliate stations in the New York state area: WOLF (38), WICZ (40), WSYT (68), WNYW (5)

  • By August 1992: The newly-recovered "missing" Patrick Troughton story, The Tomb of the Cybermen, is added to the syndication package, increasing the number of available second Doctor stories from five to six:


One story, 4 episodes (also "movie length" omnibus):

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  • August 1992: The first batch of PBS stations screen the serial: two of the first are KETC in St Louis, Missouri, and WTVP in Peoria.
  • 24 September 1992: SCI-FI Channel launches. Promising to start with the William Hartnell stories, they instead show Tom Baker stories – again... For some peculiar reason, the package that SCI-FI aired ended at The Androids of Tara part three, after which the series cycled back to Robot...
  • December 1993: By the end of the year, SCI-FI drops Doctor Who from its schedule.
  • 1994: More and more PBS stations do not renew their contracts.
  • 1995-96: Production on the TV Movie commences.

SYLVESTER McCOY (continued)


TV Movie, 84 minutes:

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  • 14 May 1996: The TV Movie screens as the FOX TUESDAY NIGHT MOVIE.
  • The TV Movie was to have been repeated on 31 December 1996, but it was pulled at the eleventh hour.

Beyond 1996...

Into the 2000s...

  • By the turn of the millennium, sales of Doctor Who had all but dried up, and by 2001, Doctor Who begins to fade from television screens in America... Except for WENH in Denham, New Hampshire, which still airs the series, eventually dropping it in November 2004.
  • 17 March 2006 to 5 April 2008: The NEW SERIES (the first four new series only) screens on Syfy.
  • 27 June 2009: The NEW SERIES shifts to BBC America, who screen the run of Specials and all subsequent seasons.
  • From 2011, KBTC in Tacoma, Washington became the sole USA station still screening "classic" episodes of Doctor Who.
  • January 2013: BBC America begins showing one story per month leading up to the 50th anniversary.
  • 4 August 2014: Retro TV begins a run of classic series episodes, starting with the William Hartnell stories.

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