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Variety, 16 August 1978 Variety1978.JPG IPBN was one of the first stations to purchase the Tom Baker stories
Iowa Public Television
Network: PBS Channel(s): various
First airing: 1974 Last airing:


First Iowa listing for Dr Who, channel 12, 7:00pm, 6 April 1974
Tom Baker premiere, Oct. 2, 1978
IPTV logos.jpg
  • 6 April 1974: The Jon Pertwee stories begin airing, Saturdays at 7:00pm on the Iowa Educational Broadcasting Network. After 26 weeks, the series goes off the air for a year and a half.
  • 10 June 1976: Jon Pertwee returns, now Thursdays at 6pm. After moving to 5pm, the series takes another long break.
  • 29 July 1976: The stations are renamed Iowa Public Broadcasting Network.
  • 2 November 1977: Doctor Who returns, now Wednesdays at 5pm.
  • 2 January 1978: One run of Jon Pertwee is stripped at 10pm.
  • 11 April 1978: Both runs end.
  • 1978: IPBN was the last US market to purchase the initial package of 13 Jon Pertwee stories, which was circa July 1978. (BBC documentation records this sale as being to "KDIN".)
  • 2 October 1978: The Tom Baker stories commence at 10pm.
  • 2 March 1979: The series goes off the air again.
  • 1982: The network is renamed Iowa Public Television.
  • 5 October 1984: IPT airs Doctor Who in the unique Friday-Sunday slot.
  • late 1985: Tom Baker returns with two episodes each Friday night.
  • 10 June 1986: The timeslot changes to Sundays through Friday nights. Several stories are skipped.
  • 10 October 1986: IPT switches to compilations, Friday nights at 11:00.
  • 14 April 1987: William Hartnell premieres.
  • 1 August 1987: The travelling Doctor Who USA Tour with Janet Fielding visits Iowa Public Television.
  • 13 October 1989: Episodes now air out of order.
  • 24 November 1989: Dalek stories air for eleven weeks.
  • 12 March 1993: The Tomb of the Cybermen airs.
  • September 1994: The network discontinued its cycle of re-runs, with the last story to air being Survival in September. Fans were, however, able to get a reprieve by raising funds through a pledge drive. At the time, IPTV was one of the few markets in the US still screening non-stop re-runs of the omnibus editions, from An Unearthly Child onwards.
  • From 1997, IPTV screens various Reeltime Pictures documentaries, such as Return to Devil's End.
  • By 1998, IPTV was one of only five markets in the US still screening the series. During its broadcast history, IPTV would show often one episode multiple nights a week, one episode per week, omnibus versions every Friday night, then back to one episode per week, etc. These SciFi Friday Night screenings were hosted by Mike Frisbie.
  • 3 March 2001: Remembrance of the Daleks airs as part of a National Doctor Who Night repeat.
  • 27 September 2003: The Airzone Solution and Auton, two of the BBV Productions spin-off videos, air back to back from 9pm.
  • 11 March 2006: The Five Doctors airs.
  • 2009: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy airs.
  • 14 March 2015: IPTV became the first station in the world to broadcast The Web of Fear following its recovery in 2013. It aired as part of a pledge drive, starting on Saturday, 14 March, at 10:10pm, with the final episode airing at 12:20am on Sunday, 15 March. The still-missing third episode was covered by a special on-camera narration provided by Lars Pearson. IPTV to air The Web of Fear
  • 12 March 2016: The Brain of Morbius airs.
  • 23 July 2016: A full run of Tom Baker stories commences, Saturdays at 10:30pm. These are then repeated.
  • 7 April 2018: The Peter Davison stories commence. Due to rights issues, Earthshock, The Five Doctors and Resurrection of the Daleks are skipped. The Davisons are then repeated.
  • 5 January 2019: The Colin Baker stories air. Revelation of the Daleks is skipped. The Davisons are run again, followed by the Colin Bakers ...
  • By April 2020, the Sylvester McCoy stories are playing...
  • 25 April 2020: Having completed the McCoy stories, IPTV goes back to the beginning, and screens An Unearthly Child, followed by further "William Hartnell Movies" every Saturday...
  • From January 2021: "Tom Baker Movies" are being shown...
The Des Moines Register, Apr. 6, 1974
IEBN promotes Doctor Who, and a special with Jon Pertwee's ex-wife
Waterloo Courier, July 30, 1982

The Des Moines Register, Mar. 8, 1987
The Des Moines Register, Mar. 15, 1987


last episode for 5 years, Mar. 2, 1979

1984 promo

ID, Nov. 1984?

Doctor Who USA Tour, Aug. 1, 1987

Generic Mike Frisbie introductions

Mike Frisbie introduces The Web Planet, Jan 1998