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JAMAICA is an island nation (XXX km2) located in the Caribbean sea, to the south west of Cuba. A British colony (since XXX) it achieved its independence in XXX. It is a member of the British Commonwealth.



When Doctor Who started in Jamaica in 1966, the population was 1,744,661, and licensed TV sets numbered only 26,000 (per WRTH, 1966).

TV & system

Jamaica began its television service in 1963.

There is just one television station: Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC), a government-owned commercial broadcaster.

Colour transmissions began in 1975 using the NTSC, however Doctor Who never screened in colour.


The main language of Jamaica is English.


Jamaica was the 14th country to screen Doctor Who (see Selling Doctor Who). It was the third in the Caribbean: Trinidad & Tongao and Bermuda are two other Caribbean nations that screened the series only a matter of months earlier, so it’s possible that Jamaica was sent the same set of prints that were used in one or both of those countries.

BBC Records

The Stanmark Productions Ltd advertisement from 1966, identifies Jamaica as one twelve countries screening Doctor Who in that year.

The Seventies records a sale of 16 stories by 28 February 1977. The Handbook identifies these as being: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, {{Q}, S.

In DWM, Jamaica is identified in only 15 story Archives: the same list as above, but not S.

Both these are slightly inaccurate, as Jamaica also screened R, which is not included in either list.

Stories bought and broadcast


Seventeen stories, 81 episodes:

A An Unearthly Child 4
B The Daleks 7
C Inside the Spaceship 2
D Marco Polo 7
E The Keys of Marinus 6
F The Aztecs 4
G The Sensorites 6
H The Reign of Terror 6
J Planet of Giants 3
K The Dalek Invasion of Earth 6
L The Rescue 2

Jamaica therefore bought all of GROUP ONE, GROUP TWO, THREE and FOUR of the William Hartnell stories.

The programme was supplied as 16mm black and white film prints with English soundtracks.



The series commenced on 3 March 1966, and screened weekly on Thursdays at 6.00pm. A couple of episodes were pre-empted due to sporting events coverage, such as cricket, or the Commonwealth Games (in August 1966). For this reason two episodes of The Keys of Marinus aired on 4 August, a fact mentioned in the TV Highlights page of the paper. The series moved to Saturdays, still at 6pm, from 10 September 1966, with part 6 of that story.

For The Sensorites, two episodes screened each week (timeslot 5.45pm to 6.30pm), the only other time doubled episodes aired.

The first run ended on Saturday 25 march 1967, with part 4 of The Romans.

Two years later, on 2 February 1969, the series resumed, now on Sundays at 6.02pm. The first story was The Web Planet. After a 25 week run (no episode aired on 6 April 1969), the series came to a conclusion on 20 July 1969, with part 4 of The Time Meddler.

There is no record that Jamaica screened Doctor Who again.

TV listings

TV listings have been obtained from the Kingston, Jamaican newspaper The Daily Gleaner.

Listings initially gave the series name as Dr Who ?????

Many of the listing were illustrated with a small photo of William Hartnell - one of these was a standard publicity shot, the other being taken from The Romans.

The series preview article in the 3 March 1966 issue referred to the first story as "Serial A". A misprint also gave the title of the second episode as The Cave of Sklls.

None of the episodes was titled within the actual TV listings, but sometimes the title was given in a “On TV Tonight” section. These are noted accordingly in the TV Listings page.

Fate of the Prints

The next African country to air Doctor Who was Barbados, from April 1966. It is possible that Jamaica sent its prints of the 1966-1967 run of Hartnell stories to Barbados.

Jamaica in Doctor Who

  • In The Smugglers, one of Captain Pike’s crew was called Jamaica.
  • In The Highlanders, Solicitor Grey was planning to ship the Scottish prisoners to work as slaves in the West Indies.