Retro Television Network
The RETRO TELEVISION NETWORK was launched in July 2005. Specialising in "classic" drama and comedy, it was originally designed to be broadcast "free" on the digital sub-channels of its affiliate host television stations.
It was re-branded as retro tv in 2013. In August 2014, it started screening Doctor Who.
DOCTOR WHO ON RETRO TV
- 4 August 2014: The station began airing William Hartnell stories, two episodes back to back per day (at 8:00 and 8:30pm), Monday to Friday.
- On Saturdays, four episodes from earlier stories are repeated at 6:00 to 8:00pm. For the entire run on Retro, two streams were in rotation: one stream in story order on weekends, another with a different Doctor on weekdays. And repeat ...
- All Hartnell and Troughton episodes have been VidFIREd. The Aztecs and The Dalek Invasion of Earth are skipped.
- 18 September 2014: The Patrick Troughton episodes begin (without The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Web of Fear or The Enemy of the World).
- 29 September 2014: The Jon Pertwee stories begin. Spearhead from Space is skipped. All stories appear in color; stories such as The Mind of Evil are the recolourised versions created for the BBC DVD releases.
- 31 October 2014: A sub-station called RTVN commences screening the same episodes as its parent, but from time to time it aired alternatives. RTVN was only available in some of the same regions.
- 15 December 2014: The Tom Baker stories begin.
- 8 April 2015: The run of Peter Davison stories begin.
- 25 May 2015: Colin Baker stories are added to the rotation.
- 18 June 2015: Sylvester McCoy stories debut.
- 28 June 2015: RTVN ceases screening separate schedules, and from 29 June airs the same as Retro TV. The channel subsequently closed down in 2019.
- From 14 July 2015 onwards, with the seven Doctors now in the mix, the two separate streams continue: one stream of stories playing daily, Monday to Saturday, and a different stream on Sundays only.
- As of early October 2020, the weekday stream was showing Peter Davison stories (season 20), while Sunday was Tom Baker (season 16, the Key to Time).
- From 19 November 2020, the screenings had cycled back to William Hartnell, with An Unearthly Child.
Full airdates for both channels are listed on the This Week in Doctor Who site: