Cable and Satellite
Cable and Satellite Stations
Doctor Who has aired on a number of cable and satellite stations over the years, and this was the only method by which some countries - particularly those in Europe and South America - could view the series on a regular basis (albeit in English).
From at least September 1976 onwards, all Doctor Who serials had their "foreign" debuts on the British Forces Broadcasting Service (aka BFBS, and later SSVC) in the British Sector of West Germany. However, the BBC considered the audience of this closed-system network to still be part of the UK.
Doctor Who also aired on several domestic UK satellite stations, some independent, some owned by the BBC. They each have their own dedicated pages:
- BBC Choice
- BBC Prime
- BBC World Service Television Europe
- British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB)
- Forces TV
- Horror Channel
- Sci-Fi Channel Europe
- Super Channel
- UK Gold
- UKTV Drama
UNITED STATES and CANADA
Doctor Who aired on several US cable channels in the 1980s and 1990s, while most of the Canadian broadcasts of the series were on cable:
With the proliferation of satellite transmissions across Europe from the mid-1980s, most countries could receive channels from other parts of the continent and in a variety of different languages. Some countries were even able to receive channels from the Middle East and Asia.
Doctor Who aired briefly on two South American-based satellite stations:
- See our dedicated Australia pages.
This category has the following 3 subcategories, out of 3 total.