Broadcasts around the World

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Classic era Doctor Who has screened in the following countries identified directly from official BBC Records, anecdotal evidence or other reliable sources

Financial Times, 27 April 1965
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Countries A to Z

The following countries are those which BBC Records or other reliable sources report that the series was sold to, and for which airdates (even if only partial) have been confirmed:

NOTE: For those few countries marked with ## we have not as yet been able to locate or confirm clear airdates

NOTE: For those few countries marked ??, they are recorded in BBC paperwork, but there is some doubt as to whether the series did ever air

United States of America (table of States)

For the handful of States tagged ** we have no screening details at all. Even if the series wasn't broadcast by a local station in those, viewers might still have been able to see the series on a station transmitting from a neighbouring State. (The only exception to that would of course be Hawaii!)

Alabama Idaho** Michigan New York Tennessee
Alaska Illinois Minnesota North Carolina Texas
Arizona Indiana Mississippi North Dakota Utah
Arkansas Iowa Missouri Ohio Vermont
California Kansas Montana** Oklahoma Virginia
Colorado Kentucky Nebraska Oregon Washington
Connecticut Louisiana Nevada Pennsylvania Washington DC
Delaware** Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island West Virginia
Florida Maryland New Jersey South Carolina Wisconsin
Georgia Massachusetts New Mexico South Dakota Wyoming**
Hawaii** US Cable channels

BBC Repeats

The BBC repeated numerous episodes on its other terrestrial channels, such as on BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4, as well as on its own cable and satellite stations.

Cable and Satellite

Doctor Who aired on a number of Cable and Satellite stations and Online streaming platforms:

and on Online streaming platforms, such as:

Relayed Broadcasts

Several countries in Western Europe only saw Doctor Who on UK satellite channels and/or from transmissions received from a neighbouring country:

Likewise, several countries in Central America and South America only had the series on satellite channels, or via transmissions from a neighbouring country:

Doctor Who was not sold per se to these broadcasters, but the series was officially available because transmissions were relayed from another country:

  • American Virgin Islands (relayed from Puerto Rico)
  • British Virgin Islands (relayed from Puerto Rico)
  • Papua New Guinea (relayed from Australia)
  • Saint Lucia (relayed from Barbados)
  • Satellite stations broadcasting from the south-eastern United States could be received in a number of the smaller islands in the Caribbean, such as the Dutch Antilles.
  • From the late 1990s, the US cable and satellite station BBC America was also available in a number of the smaller Caribbean countries, such as the Cayman Islands, Grenada, Bonaire, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten. It was also available on the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific.

See also the section on the Middle East - the Arabic countries of the Persian Gulf received TV broadcasts from their neighbours.

Other Countries

Although Doctor Who did not screen on television in these countries or territories, it was known there because of the Peter Cushing Dalek movies, the 1996 TV Movie, or novelisations, videos and other merchandise that was available:

Countries Unconfirmed

The following countries apparently screened the series - or just the TV Movie - but the only "evidence" is anecdotal rather than from any official BBC Records or other reliable sources, and for which no airdates have been located:


Each country falls into one of eight continents or global regions:




Europe (inc Mediterranean)



The "New" series of Doctor Who that was launched in 2005 has been broadcast domestically in over 40 countries, as well as reaching far wider audiences via satellite and cable stations that cover whole continents.

Our snap-shot coverage of the new series can be seen on our dedicated page: