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WILLIAM HARTNELL

The First Doctor (1963-1966)

Selling the first Doctor

  • See the table in SELLING DOCTOR WHO for a list of the countries that screened the First Doctor.

The Hartnell series was sold in seven "Groups" of stories, which were in - or very close to - multiples of 13 episodes.

Click on the story title to go to the list of countries where that serial was screened.


GROUP A (13 eps)

AAn Unearthly Child4
BThe Daleks7
CInside the Spaceship2


GROUP B (13 eps)

DMarco Polo7
EThe Keys of Marinus6
  • Groups A and B were the biggest selling batch of stories, selling to 34 countries.


GROUP C (27 eps)

FThe Aztecs4
GThe Sensorites6
HThe Reign of Terror6
JPlanet of Giants3
KThe Dalek Invasion of Earth6
LThe Rescue2
  • Nine stories from groups A, B and C were dubbed into Arabic.
  • The same nine stories were also dubbed into Spanish and Farsi (for Iran).


GROUP D (14 eps)

MThe Romans4
NThe Web Planet6
P The Crusade4
  • Only the second story from Group D was dubbed into Spanish and Farsi (Iran)


GROUP E (14 eps)

QThe Space Museum4
RThe Chase6
SThe Time Meddler4
  • The first two stories from Group E were dubbed into Spanish and Farsi (Iran).
  • It's possible that the BBC anticipated from the outset that the historicals wouldn't sell as widely as the more futuristic adventures, which is why the cliffhanger endings on the final instalments of Marco Polo, The Keys of Marinus, The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, The Web Planet, The Chase and The Time Meddler don't necessarily lead directly into the following serial, and could easily be removed by foreign broadcasters if so desired, without affecting the intra-serial narrative. In fact, one can see how in the Latin American countries that did not screen The Romans it would not have been too confusing for viewers who watched the TARDIS fall into the ravine at the end of The Rescue to see the ship "falling" instead onto the surface of the planet Vortis at the beginning of The Web Planet!
  • The fact that the BBC retained the negatives for the majority of Groups A to E (they were found in storage in 1978) could be down to the BBC having negotiated with Actors' Equity, the Writers' Guild and the Musicians' Union some sort of "blanket" sales contract which gave them the ability to sell those 17 stories to a much broader worldwide market, without having to renegotiate residuals and royalties. But come the time to start selling Group F, it may have been that, on seeing how successful those first five Groups had been, the Unions demanded more money and higher residual payments for the later stories, and thus denied the BBC the same level of freedom they had enjoyed with selling the first two years of the fledgling series. For all subsequent "series", the BBC may have had to operate under a completely different set of sales terms and conditions, all of which prevented them from tapping into foreign markets outside the Commonwealth (none of the stories from Group F through to the end of the Patrick Troughton era was sold to a non-Commonwealth country.)
  • On that assumption, of course the BBC would hold onto the negatives of those programmes for which it had a greater freedom to sell, and destroy those episodes for which it did not...


GROUP F (36 eps)

TGalaxy 44
UThe Myth Makers4
WThe Massacre4
XThe Ark4
YThe Celestial Toymaker4
ZThe Gunfighters4
AAThe Savages4
BBThe War Machines4
CCThe Smugglers4
  • Only six countries (all in the Commonwealth) bought stories from Group F in the 1960s and 1970s.


GROUP G

DDThe Tenth Planet4
  • Only three Commonwealth countries bought this serial, making it the lowest-selling Hartnell serial.


UNSOLD

T/AMission to the Unknown1
VThe Daleks' Master Plan12
  • These two serials were not sold anywhere, due to censorship or rights issues.

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So who bailed on Who first?

The following table charts at which story each country stopped screening the series, which emphasises that the majority of countries dropped the series after The Rescue, or at the conclusion of season two.

New Zealand bailed out after the first 13 episodes, making it not only the first to screen the series after the UK, but also the first to 'defect'! However, it did come back a year later, and subsequently stuck with the series to the end, hence the split listings (a) and (b).


ABCDEFG
New Zealand (a)XXX
Canada X X X X X
BermudaXX X X X
Ghana X X X X X
Cyprus X X X X X X X
ABCDEFGHJKL
Malta X X X X X X X X X X X
Aden X X X X X X X X X X X
Rhodesia X X X X X X X X X X X
Trinidad X X X X X X X X X X X
Uganda X X X X X X X X X X X
Hong Kong X X X X X X X X X X X
Kenya X X X X X X X X X X X
Thailand X X X X X X X X X X X
TunisiaXXXXXXX
Morocco XXXXXXXXX
Saudi Arabia XXXXXXXXX
Jordan XXXXXXXXX
Libya XXXXXXXXX
Algeria XXXXXXXXX
ABCDEFGHJKLMNPQRS
Venezuela XXXXXXXXXXXX
Mexico XXXXXXXXXXXX
Chile XXXXXXXXXXXX
Iran XXXXXXXXXXXX
Singapore XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Gibraltar XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Nigeria XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Jamaica XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Mauritius XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Ethiopia XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
ABCDEFGHJKLMNPQRSTUWXYZAABBCC
New Zealand (b) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Zambia XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Barbados XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Sierra Leone XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Australia XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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Hartnell repackaged

From 1985, the BBC reissued the surviving 17 complete Hartnell stories for the United States market, but also sold to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Sweden also aired them in the 2000s.

AAn Unearthly Child4
BThe Daleks7
CInside the Spaceship2
EThe Keys of Marinus6
FThe Aztecs4
GThe Sensorites6
JPlanet of Giants3
KThe Dalek Invasion of Earth6
LThe Rescue2
MThe Romans4
NThe Web Planet6
QThe Space Museum4
RThe Chase6
SThe Time Meddler4
XThe Ark4
ZThe Gunfighters4
BBThe War Machines4



  • The Hartnell to Troughton regeneration scene was apparently spliced onto the end of some copies of The War Machines for US broadcasts.


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