Doctor Who USA Tour

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The Doctor Who USA Tour Trailer leaves Elstree Studios, UK, to begin its voyage to the US...
Doctor Who USA Tour


8 May 1986: With BBC One Controller, Michael Grade, and Peter Davison at its inauguration, the Doctor Who USA Tour trailer "bus" sets off from Washington DC to begin its two-year, multi-city tour (two cities per week). It is hoped that most of the 185 markets where Doctor Who is screened across America will be visited. Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sarah Sutton all take part at various legs of the journey during the first year. Some of the city visits coincide with organised conventions.

Wisconsin State Journal, Sept. 14, 1986
  • October to December 1986: The Tour moves south through Tennessee with Jon Pertwee, who falls ill; he is accompanied by Paul Darrow and Michael Keating from Blakes 7 for part of the journey.


  • By early 1987, the Tour has been renamed the Doctor Who Celebration & Tour 87-88, with at least 36 States on its itinerary.
Map showing States and cities visited by the 87-88 leg of the tour
Doctor Who Celebration & Tour 87-88
Live from Atlanta, 7 March 1987

  • March 1987: The Tour heads north east.
    • 7 March 1987: Footage from Pertwee's visit aired with the Live from Atlanta TV "Special".
    • 26-27 March 1987: Anthony Ainley and Janet Fielding call in at Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 16-17 May 1987: The Tour stops at the WGBH studios in Boston, Massachusetts, with Sylvester McCoy (who has just completed recording Time and the Rani). On the night of 17 May, a special "Dinner With the Doctor" is held.
  • 2 July 1987: The Tour visits west Michigan; Janet Fielding makes an appearance at locally-sponsored events.

    • 4-5 July 1987: Heading north west, the Tour stops again at Chicago. (There are no guests during this leg of the tour.)
  • 1 August 1987: Westbound, the Tour arrives in Iowa, with Janet Fielding.

CLIP: USA TOUR in IOWA 1 August 1987

  • August to September 1987: The trailer heads north west, stopping in Washington state.
    • 9 September 1987: His work on season 24 completed, Sylvester McCoy rejoins the tour, and the trailer travels south, and arrives in Los Angeles, California.
  • 3 October 1987: Jon Pertwee visits San Jose, California.
  • November 1987: The Tour stops in Oklahoma and Arkansas (with Pertwee).
    • 5-6 December 1987: The Tour reaches Jackson, Mississippi.


  • 1988: The Tour once again heads north.
    • Early 1988: The Tour takes Sylvester McCoy to Urbana, Illinois, and north to Maine.
    • Eventually, the bus heads towards the east coast again, where, after two years on the road, and having visited some 180+ locations, the Tour comes to an end.
    • The trailer itself is eventually returned to the UK - and left to rot in a junkyard...

General Coverage of the Tour (External links)

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