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Network: PBS Channel(s): 47
First airing: 1983 Last airing: 1993


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  • fall 1983: An apparently unscheduled broadcast of Doctor Who airs, probably during a pledge break.
  • 23 November 1983: The Five Doctors airs. It is repeated ten days later.
  • 13 February 1987: The series finally begins, Friday nights, with a run of seasons 17 to 23.
  • 1 July 1988: The 24 repackaged Jon Pertwee stories air.
  • 14 October 1988: An incorrectly edited video tape of Frontier in Space was supplied to WVTP; half way into the omnibus, the second 'half' of the Patrick Troughton story The Dominators suddenly started!
  • 2 December 1988: During the broadcast of Planet of the Spiders, a pledge break came in mid-way through an episode, but when the episode resumed, the 'story' had advanced by 20 minutes (i.e. the episode was left running when the pledge break switched in).
  • 9 December 1988: Tom Baker returns, beginning a run of seasons 17-25.
  • 18 August 1989: The start time is backed up five minutes to make room for Star Hustler.
  • 15 September 1989: The Making of Doctor Who is aired followed by The War Machines, the first William Hartnell episode to air.
  • 7 September 1990: An Unearthly Child and The Five Doctors air as a "Double Feature Pledge Drive" special.
  • 7 December 1990: A repeat of the Pertwee era comes to an end, with Planet of the Spiders.
  • 27 December 1991: After a year-long break (the slot was filled with Blakes 7), the series returns, starting with Robot, running through to the Sylvester McCoy era, although some stories were skipped.
  • 21 August 1992: The recently recovered The Tomb of the Cybermen screens.
  • 20 November 1992: Survival screens.
  • 27 November 1992: Random stories air, including William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton stories not previously seen on WTVP. These specials are billed as Doctor Who Monsters.
  • 6 June 1993: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy ends the run on WTVP.
WTVP Program Guide, Feb. 1987
WTVP Program Guide, Nov. 1987