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ARGENTINA is the southern-most country of the South American continent. It shares a border with Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay Uruguay and Brazil.


Country Number (N/K) 1997?
Region South America
Television commenced 17 October 1951
Colour System 1978 PAL
Language/s Spanish

Television Stations / Channels

Argentina began its television service in 1951.

The sole broadcaster is Asociacion de Teleradiodifusoras Argentinas (ATA), now known as Canal Siete.

Unlike the majority of the other South American countries, the station adopted the PAL colour system (experiments with NTSC were abandoned in 1969).



The second of the two Peter Cushing Dalek movies was shown in theatres in Argentina in the late 1970s under the title "Daleks Invasion a la Tierra Ano 2150". This was subtitled; the title caption - showing the translated name - bears a 1977 copyright date.

The subtitled film was later released on VHS (in cropped widescreen) by Video Blue, a company that usually issued unlicensed video tapes.

Argentina Movie Poster
Screen grab of title caption with 1977 copyright date
Video Blue 'bootleg' VHS tape

The first film - billed as "El Doctor Misterio y los Daleks" - was shown (dubbed?) on television on 30 December 1980 (see also Guatemala).

The first film was later shown in English at the British Arts Centre (BAC) in Suipacha, Buenos Aires on 29 September 1998.

Stories bought and broadcast


The 1996 TV Movie was available in Argentina via three different methods:


"El Doctor Who" - TV Movie VHS

The TV Movie was available as (possibly a Rental Only?) VHS tape from MCA/Universal/CIC Video in late 1996.

The Spanish subtitled tape - with the cover title EL DOCTOR WHO - had the tagline "¡HA REGRESADO… Y YA CASI ES HORA!" (He is Back… And It's Almost Time!)


There have been reports of the film being shown on TV (presumably on ATA) at some point between January and June 1997 (a review was apparently published in the El Diario de la Pampa newspaper), but we have not been able to verify this. (It's possible this was actually a review of the VHS release.)

The Movie was however shown (projected from video?) at the British Arts Centre (see above) on 8 October 1998 at 7pm; this was in English without Spanish subtitles.

(In late 2009, the BAC hosted a series of Torchwood screenings: Torchwood at the BAC.)


The 1996 film was available again from February 1999 via the HBO OLE cable station.


Also shown on cable was a run of Tom Baker stories: these aired during 2002 on the Argentinian-based cable station Uniseries, which was also available in other South American countries - see that separate profile page for more details.

Argentina in Doctor Who

  • The Doctor attended the Capablanca vs Alekhine 1927 World Chess Championship. (This was held in Buenos Aires, from 16 September to 29 November) (The Androids of Tara)