The classic TV series did not screen on any local Portuguese television stations, but the series was known through other means:
DOCTOR WHO (DOUTOR WHO) IN PORTUGAL
Peter Cushing and the Daleks
The first of the two Peter Cushing Dalek movies was not released in Portugal. But the sequel was submitted to the Portuguese film registration board in August 1968.
We checked all available online issues of the Diario de Lisboa (Lisbon Diary) from late 1968 to 1971, but we could not find any listings for the film being shown in any cinemas in the capital.
We did however locate a single entry in the 24 November 1970 edition of Jornal de Lousada, a town in the north of the country, which suggests perhaps the film was only ever shown in smaller regional centres.
The subtitled movie - under the title "A Invasão da Terra" (Invasion of Earth) - was shown at the Cine-Teatro S. Martinho in Penafiel (a town to the south of Lousada) on 3 December 1970.
This was a double-bill with "Os Mosqueteiros do Oeste" (which, based on the named cast, appears to be the 1955 western Kentucky Rifle). The screening had a "12" age restriction.
The first film did become available on the Spanish / Portuguese pay cable / satellite station Canal Hollywood - screening in April and June 2000 (and possibly other dates). Since the station carried two audio channels, one in Spanish, the other in Portuguese, the film was likely shown in English with Portuguese subtitles. (Since Spain is one hour 'ahead' of Portugal, the start times in each country were different.)
On 18 March 2009, the Dalek sequel was released on DVD in Spain by StudioCanal / Universal; this Spanish-dubbed version had Portuguese subtitles.
In 1982, Editorial Presença, published the first of ten Portuguese translations of Target novelisations as part of their "Colecção Andrómeda" range; the other nine were published in 1983:
- (1) DOUTOR WHO E A INVASÃO DOS AUTONES (and the Invasion of the Autons) (Spearhead from Space)
- (2) DOUTOR WHO E OS MONSTROS DAS CAVERNAS (and the Monsters of the Caves / the Cave Monsters) (Doctor Who and the Silurians)
- (3) DOUTOR WHO E OS DEMÓNIOS (The Daemons)
- (4) DOUTOR WHO E A ARMA TOTAL (and the Ultimate Weapon) (Colony in Space)
- (5) DOUTOR WHO E OS DEMONIOS MARINHOS (and the Sea Demons) (The Sea Devils)
- (6) DOUTOR WHO E O DIA DOS DALEKS (Day of the Daleks)
- (7) DOUTOR WHO E OS DALEKS (The Daleks)
- (8) DOUTOR WHO E OS CRUZADOS (The Crusade)
- (9) DOUTOR WHO E OS ABOMINAVEIS HOMENS DAS NEVES (The Abominable Snowmen)
- (10) DOUTOR WHO E OS ZARBI (and the Zarbi) (The Web Planet)
These paperbacks featured unique wrap-around artwork covers.
The books retained all the internal illustrations (the Target fonts and interior layout were preserved). (In Dia dos Daleks, the Daleks chant "Será exterminado!", which is "He will be exterminated!")
From 24 March 1987, Doctor Who was available in Portugal on the British satellite station Super Channel, and in the early / mid-1990s on BBC World Service Television Europe, later rebranded as BBC Prime.
- According to the This Week in Doctor Who website, The Face of Evil was seen on BBC Prime in Portugal from 18 July to 8 August 1998.
The Azores group of islands - an autonomous territory of Portugal - was the location of the United States Air Force's Lajes Field base. Circa 1986, Doctor Who was shown there via the US Armed Forces AFRTS closed-circuit station.
And in the north of Portugal, viewers in the major city of Porto (and no doubt other towns close to the border with Spain) could receive signals from the Galician station TVG. Between February 1988 and September 1991, TVG aired and repeated several dubbed Tom Baker stories under the title "Doutor Who". (The Galician language shares much with Portuguese.)
The German station RTL Plus was also available from the late 1980s: dubbed episodes of Doctor Who aired on that channel starting in 1989.
According to ITV's Teletext service, it was announced in mid-1996 that Portugal was one of several countries to show an interest in purchasing the Paul McGann TV Movie, but as far as we have been able to tell, no local TV stations broadcast the film - although it was later released on VHS (see below).
VHS / DVD
There appears to have been a Portugal VHS release of the TV Movie in 1997. The box cover may have had the title "O DOUTOR" on it, but we have not been able to track down an image of the packaging to confirm exactly how the tape was stylised.
This subtitled tape was released by MCA/Universal/CIC Video and Edivideo Edição e Produção de Video LDA, based in Lisbon, most likely for the Rental market only. It had a M/12 certificate.
The 1999 DVD release of the special re-edit of The Five Doctors had Portuguese as a subtitle language option (although it's not known whether the DVD was actually sold in Portugal):
Portugal in Doctor Who
- The crew of the Mary Celeste sight the island of Santa Maria, which is one of the Azores group (The Chase).
- A brochure for "Summer Holidays in Spain & Portugal" can be seen in the travel agency window in Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD.
- The Underwater Menace takes place on (and inside!) an island on the Atlantic ridge, west of Gibraltar, south of the Azores.
- Soldiers from the Peninsular War fought in The War Games.
- Duncan Lamont (Galloway in Death to the Daleks) was born in Lisbon.
- The Brazilian native, Latoni, speaks Portuguese (Black Orchid).