United States--1991-

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United States--1991-2020s

Sci-Fi Channel flyer
TV Guide print ad for the 1996 "Doctor Who" movie, for FOX affiliate stations in the New York state area: WOLF (38), WICZ (40), WSYT (68), WNYW (5)




One story, four episodes (also "movie length" omnibus):

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  • December 1993: By the end of the year, SCI-FI drops Doctor Who from its schedule.
  • 1994: More and more PBS stations do not renew their contracts.

JON PERTWEE (continued)

One episode:

WWW Invasion of the Dinosaurs 1

SYLVESTER McCOY (continued)


TV Movie, 84 minutes:

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  • 14 May 1996: The TV Movie screens as the FOX TUESDAY NIGHT MOVIE.
  • 20 May 1996: Jon Pertwee dies while on holiday in Connecticut.
  • Starting in late 1996, and through until the early 2000s, some of the Reeltime Pictures documentaries are shown on US stations, usually as late night Pledge Specials; Return to Devil's End is often paired up with repeats of The Daemons.
  • The TV Movie was to have been repeated by Fox on 31 December 1996 (the day on which the story was set), but it was pulled at the eleventh hour.
  • 1998: By early 1998, only a handful of PBS stations are still regularly screening the series, such as: Iowa, Denver, San Jose, Baltimore, and Cincinnati.

2000 to 2020

  • By the turn of the millennium, sales of Doctor Who have all but dried up, and by 2001, Doctor Who begins to fade from television screens in America... Except for WENH in Denham, New Hampshire, which still airs the series, eventually dropping it in November 2004.
  • 17 March 2006 to 5 April 2008: The NEW SERIES (the first four new series only) screens on the Sci-Fi Channel.
  • 27 June 2009: The NEW SERIES shifts to BBC America, who screens the run of Specials and all subsequent seasons.
  • From 2011, KBTC in Tacoma, Washington becomes the sole USA station still screening "classic" episodes of Doctor Who.
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One story, five episodes:

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  • 14-15 March 2015: IPTV purchases the newly-recovered Patrick Troughton serial The Web of Fear to screen as part of a special pledge drive. The still-missing third episode is covered by a special on-camera narration provided by Lars Pearson.
  • 7 May 2016: Station KERA in Dallas starts repeating the Tom Baker episodes.
  • The station continues to screen selected "classic" episodes from time to time over the next few years; from 7 July 2018 they screened for the first time a run of William Hartnell stories.
  • 19 January 2019: KERA's rights expire midway through their first run of Patrick Troughton stories.
  • 2019: Only the small handful of US stations still clinging to their rights to the classic series play omnibus editions during the year: Retro TV, KBTC, KRSU, WMVS/MPTV, WSRE, Iowa Public Television, and Idaho Public Television. Some of these stations air the same episodes in the same way: Tom, Peter and Colin stories only, as omnibuses, late on Saturday nights, with 6-parters shown in two halves a week apart, and several Dalek serials omitted.
  • By the start of 2020, the BBC has effectively stopped selling the series (old and new) to minor broadcasters, with the intention perhaps - once the above stations' rights expire - to leave BBC America and Online services as the only sources of Doctor Who in the USA ...
  • For the remainder of 2020, only six known US stations are still screening Classic Who: Retro TV, KBTC, WMVS/MPTV, WSRE, Iowa Public Television and Idaho Public Television (which end on October 2020).
  • As 2021 begins, only Retro TV, KBTC, WMVS/MPTV, and Iowa Public Television are still showing the limited selection of classic Doctor stories, either episodically or as "Movies".