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KENYA is located on the east coast of the African continent. It is bordered by Ethiopia and Uganda.


Country Number (18) 1966 FIRST WAVE
Region Africa Commonwealth
Television commenced 1 October 1962
Colour System 1978 PAL
Population 1966 8.9 million
TV Sets 1966 11,500
Language/s English

Television Stations / Channels

Kenya began its television service in 1962.

There is just one television station: Voice of Kenya Television (VOK) (as it was known when launched in October 1962, before being renamed Kenya Broadcasting Corporation in 1969), a government-owned commercial broadcaster based in Nairobi. The station was created with the assistance of TIE Ltd.

Colour transmissions began in 1978 using the PAL colour broadcast system, although Doctor Who did not screen in colour in that country.


The principal language of Kenya is English, plus many tribal dialects, such as Swahili.


Kenya was the 18th country to screen Doctor Who, and the fifth in Africa (see Selling Doctor Who).

BBC Records

The Stanmark Productions Ltd advertisement from 1966, identifies Kenya as one of the twelve countries screening Doctor Who in that year.

Kenya is named in the list of 27 countries in The Making of Doctor Who 1972 Piccolo edition.

The Seventies records a sale of "(7)" stories by 28 February 1977. The Handbook however identifies eight, being: A, C, D, E, H, J, K and L.

This list misses: B, F and G.

In DWM, Kenya is identified in 11 story Archives: B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K and L, as well as M, but this is an error.

Stories bought and broadcast


Eleven stories, 53 episodes:

Episode 1 listing (delay) 16 June 1966
The Dead Planet, 28 July 1966
Warriors of the Death – The Aztecs, 5 January 1967
Changed Identity – The Reign of Terror, 23 March 1967
Daleks Invasion of Earth, part one - with no ads!
Dalek Invasion – The End of Tomorrow, 8 June 1967
A An Unearthly Child 4
B The Daleks 7
C Inside the Spaceship 2
D Marco Polo 7
E The Keys of Marinus 6
F The Aztecs 4
G The Sensorites 6
H The Reign of Terror 6
J Planet of Giants 3
K The Dalek Invasion of Earth 6
L The Rescue 2

Kenya therefore bought the standard package of GROUPs A, B and C of the William Hartnell stories.

The programme was supplied as 16mm black and white film prints with English soundtracks.

Origin of the Prints?

Kenya was served by the programme distributor Television International Enterprises Limited / TIE (Programmes) Ltd. The previous TIE Ltd client to screen the same set of 53 episodes was Aden, however it is likely that Aden's films were sent to Trinidad. Being the first East African country in TIE Ltd's network, the station may have acquired its own set of prints.

Alternatively, and probably the more likely, the films were sent over from Nigeria.



The debut of the series appears to have been delayed by three weeks; the first episode is billed in the 16 June, 23 June, and 30 June 1966 newspapers. (A similar delay prevented Zambia from screening the series on its intended first date as it was awaiting receipt of the film prints coming from Rhodesia, who in turn seems to have been waiting the prints to come from its supplier, possibly Gibraltar...)

Finally starting on 30 June 1966, the series screened weekly, at 6.00pm.

The series took a break for one week on 25 May 1967, midway through The Dalek Invasion of Earth, to allow for delayed coverage of the 14 May 1966 FA Cup Final between Everton and Sheffield.

The final episode (part two of The Rescue) is listed for both 6 July and 13 July 1967; either the screening of the final episode was delayed by a week, or the newspaper erroneously reprinted the previous week's billing for Doctor Who instead of its replacement programme, The Adventures of Robin Hood.

There is no clear record that Kenya screened Doctor Who again, even after the switch to colour in 1978.

Fate of the Prints?

Kenya was the last continental African country to air this batch of 53 episodes. Its prints may have been sent back to TIE Ltd, returned to the BBC, or disposed of by other means., or perhaps sent to Mauritius, which was the next TIE Ltd country to screen the series, starting in October 1966.

The first five serials may have gone to Mauritius.

TV listings

Airdates in Kenya

TV listings have been obtained from the Nairobi newspapers Daily Nation and East African Standard.

The 30 June 1966 edition of East African Standard previews the new series: "Dr Who - A space science fiction series featuring William Hartnell as Dr Who, an intrepid voyager whose adventures lead him into the past, present and the future."

The Daily Nation simply says it's: "A space science fiction series".

While both papers list the series as starting on 16 June 1966, the fact that the listings for "Episode 2" on 7 July and The Forest of Fear on 14 July indicates that the series ended up starting three weeks later than was originally scheduled.

All listings give the series name as "DR WHO" (in capitals). All but four episode titles were listed in the papers. Several of the given titles were wrong: part two of The Aztecs was given as "Warriors of the Death"; part three of The Reign of Terror was "A Changed Identity", and part five was "A Bargaining of Necessity"; The Dalek Invasion of Earth part four was "The End Tomorrow", and five was "The Walking Ally".

The billings for Planet of Giants and The Dalek Invasion of Earth also got scrambled in April 1967, with the listings indicating that the first episode of the latter aired between parts one and two of the former.

Curiously, part one of the Dalek serial was given as "World's End No Break", which is presumably from someone down the line misreading a note that there was no commercial break during this episode and providing said note to the newspaper!

Kenya in Doctor Who