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Variety, 16 August 1978 Variety1978.JPG WOR was one of the first stations to purchase the Tom Baker stories
Network: independent Channel(s): 9
First airing: 1978 Last airing: 1983


Back Stage, Sept. 15, 1978

From 1979 to 1985, WOR was available on many cable systems throughout the country.

  • June 1978: WOR was selected by Time-Life Television to be one of its guinea-pigs to test a new series that Time-Life had on offer from the BBC. In June 1978, WOR aired an omnibus edition of The Hand of Fear.
  • 7 October 1978: At 6.30pm, Tom Baker makes his debut in New York State. Stories aired in production order, so The Sontaran Experiment preceded The Ark in Space.
  • 6 January 1979: The series shifted to the earlier time of 5.00pm, but was often pre-empted by baseball.
  • 6 October 1979: Two episodes air every Saturday morning.
  • 20 September 1980: Doctor Who goes off the air for the winter.
  • 14 March 1981: The series returns, Saturdays at noon, for 7 weeks before moving to 9am.
  • From September 1981 to September 1983, two episodes aired back to back with commercial breaks, Saturdays between 10:00am and 11:00am.
  • 5 February 1983: Revenge of the Cybermen episodes 2 and 3 aired. The Howard Da Silva prints were still being used at this point.
  • 9 September 1983: Doctor Who is replaced by professional wrestling.
TV Guide, listing for "Robot", part 1; 7 October 1978
18 November 1978, The Ark in Space Part 1; New York Post
Review of Doctor Who, from Variety, 25 October 1978
Ad for WOR-TV from Broadcasting magazine, 5 February 1979 - The Doctor and Leela are at the 8 o'clock position...
Ad for WOR-TV, TV Guide, 7 October 1978
Ad for WOR-TV, TV Guide, 9 December 1978