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'''[[Wikipedia:Japan|JAPAN]]''' is an island nation off the east coast of China.  
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'''[[Wikipedia:Japan|JAPAN]]''' is an island nation off the east coast of [[China]].  
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==Profile==  
 
==Profile==  
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|'''[[WRTH|TV Sets]]'''||1978|| 27 million  
 
|'''[[WRTH|TV Sets]]'''||1978|| 27 million  
 
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|'''Language/s'''||English||Dubbed into Japanese (Bilingual)  
 
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The country is also served by over a hundred privately owned terrestrial, satellite and cable television stations.  
 
The country is also served by over a hundred privately owned terrestrial, satellite and cable television stations.  
  
'''Doctor Who''' aired on private cable networks and '''NHK'''.
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'''Doctor Who''' aired on private stations, '''NHK''' and cable networks such as '''Channel Ginga'''.
  
 
Tom Baker stories (in English) also aired in Japan on the [[Armed Forces Network]] in 1986 – see the separate profile for that cable station.  
 
Tom Baker stories (in English) also aired in Japan on the [[Armed Forces Network]] in 1986 – see the separate profile for that cable station.  
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==Language/s==
 
==Language/s==
  
The principal language is Japanese; although a lot of the television aired in English, especially broadcasts on cable channels.  
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The principal language is Japanese. Most programming was dubbed into Japanese, but some also aired in English, especially those broadcast on cable channels.  
  
The newspapers we accessed stated that "all foreign TV and feature films are dubbed in Japanese unless stated otherwise". '''Doctor Who''' was marked as being in English or "bilingual".  
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The newspapers we accessed stated that "all foreign TV and feature films are dubbed in Japanese unless stated otherwise". '''Doctor Who''' was marked as being in English or "bilingual".
  
  
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=='''KING KONG / KING KONG ESCAPES'''==
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==KING KONG / KING KONG ESCAPES==
 
[[File:KKDrWho.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The villains - Dr Who from the "King Kong" cartoon, and the very Hartnell-esque Eisei Amamoto from King Kong Escapes]]
 
[[File:KKDrWho.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The villains - Dr Who from the "King Kong" cartoon, and the very Hartnell-esque Eisei Amamoto from King Kong Escapes]]
 
*From late 1965 and throughout 1966, the US/Japanese animated Saturday morning show '''"[[wikipedia:The King Kong Show|King Kong / The King Kong Show]]"''' went into production. (The first episodes went on air in the US from September 1966 and ran until August 1969.) A recurring villain of the animated series was the mad scientist "Dr Who". (Did the  producers come up with the name themselves, or had they "borrowed" it having seen some of the promotional material that had by then been published about the BBC's series?)
 
*From late 1965 and throughout 1966, the US/Japanese animated Saturday morning show '''"[[wikipedia:The King Kong Show|King Kong / The King Kong Show]]"''' went into production. (The first episodes went on air in the US from September 1966 and ran until August 1969.) A recurring villain of the animated series was the mad scientist "Dr Who". (Did the  producers come up with the name themselves, or had they "borrowed" it having seen some of the promotional material that had by then been published about the BBC's series?)
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**[http://lifebetweenframes.blogspot.co.nz/2014/03/this-giant-fearsome-stranger.html King Kong Escapes]
 
**[http://lifebetweenframes.blogspot.co.nz/2014/03/this-giant-fearsome-stranger.html King Kong Escapes]
 
**[http://mondoexploito.com/?p=4548 Mechani-Kong]
 
**[http://mondoexploito.com/?p=4548 Mechani-Kong]
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==DALEK MOVIES==
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===[[Peter Cushing|PETER CUSHING]] Movies===
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[[File:D&TDJapanposter.jpg|thumb|right|300px|"Poster print" for "Dr Who and the Daleks"]]
  
=='''DALEK MOVIES'''==
 
===[[Peter Cushing|PETER CUSHING]] Movies===
 
 
[[File:JapanMovie.JPG|right|thumb|450px|Listing for US military camp screening of Dr Who and the Daleks, March 1967]]  
 
[[File:JapanMovie.JPG|right|thumb|450px|Listing for US military camp screening of Dr Who and the Daleks, March 1967]]  
  
We assume that the two [[Peter Cushing]] Dalek movies were released theatrically and dubbed into Japanese in the 1960s.  
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We are not sure whether the [[Peter Cushing]] Dalek movies were released theatrically in the 1960s. We have not been able to find any newspaper listings or posters that indicate there were cinema showings.
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The poster for ''' 怪人ダレクの惑星 ''' shown here appears to be an authentic cinema issue, but the only sources we can find for this image online are for a recent piece of "Poster Art" available through [https://www.amazon.ae/iCanvasART-1-Piece-Vintage-Japanese-26-Inch/dp/B00Y36B6IM iCanvasART on Amazon], so this might be an artist's representation rather than a reproduction of an actual 1960s poster.
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The film ''did'' play in English at the [[AFRTS|US military camp in Tokorozawa]] in '''March 1967'''.
  
The film did play in English at the Tokorozawa US military camp in '''March 1967'''.
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Both films were later released on home video in Japan. As far as we can determine, the second film (subtitled) was released first - under the title '''" 地球侵略戦争2150" ''' (''War Invasion Against Earth 2150'') - through Thorn EMI / King Video in circa '''1985'''.
  
Both films were later released on home video in Japan. As far as we can determine, the first film was fully dubbed into Japanese but the second was only subtitled.  
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The first film wasn't released on subtitled tape (by Cannon / King Video) until circa '''1986'''. The video box gives the title as ''' "Dr.フー in 怪人ダレクの惑星"''' (''Daleks' Phantom Planet / Phantom Planet of the Daleks'' ('''"ダレク"''' is Japanese for "Dalek"); Note; although the packaging has '''"Dr.フー in…"''' as part of the title, the film itself retains the English name without any captioning displaying a translated title.)
  
* ''' 怪人ダレクの惑星 ''' (which translates as '''Phantom Planet of the Daleks''', although '''Forbidden Planet Frankenstein''' has also been cited)
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The second movie only was released on DVD by StudioCanal / Universal in '''November 2011'''. This had the same title as the VHS, and was also subtitled.
* ''' 地球侵略戦争2150 ''' ('''War Invasion Against Earth 2150''')
 
  
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{{Image table
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|[[File:Japan Video 2150.JPG|thumb|right|350px|Japanese Video: Dalek Invasion Earth 2150AD]]|[[File:Japan Daleks.JPG|thumb|right|350px|Japanese Video: Dr Who and the Daleks]]|[[File:DIOE DVD Japanese.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Japanese DVD]]
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}}
[[File:Japan Daleks.JPG|thumb|right|350px|Japanese Video: Dr Who and the Daleks]]
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  </td>
 
  <td>
 
[[File:Japan Video 2150.JPG|thumb|right|350px|Japanese Video: Dalek Invasion Earth 2150AD]]</td>
 
</tr>
 
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[[File:Japan DWM147.JPG|thumb|right|150px|DWM 147 - Sale to Japan -- 殺 "Kill!"]]
 
[[File:Japan DWM147.JPG|thumb|right|150px|DWM 147 - Sale to Japan -- 殺 "Kill!"]]
  
The '''26 April 1966''' edition of ''The Daily Mirror'' reported that, with the popularity of '''Doctor Who''' spreading across the globe, the BBC was dubbing the series into Japanese (see Peter Haining's ''The Key to Time'', page 48). However, there is no evidence that the series aired in Japan in the 1960s.
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In a BBC memo dated '''7 July 1965''', Japan was one of several countries to which an offer had been made but not yet accepted. The serials on offer were the first "batch" of 26 episodes covering [[An Unearthly Child]] to [[The Keys of Marinus]]. (Presumably the offer was made to '''Mutsu Inc''', the BBC's distribution representatives in Japan -- see below.)
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The '''26 April 1966''' edition of ''The Daily Mirror'' reported that, with the popularity of '''Doctor Who''' spreading across the globe, the BBC was dubbing the series into Japanese (see Peter Haining's ''The Key to Time'', page 48).  
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However, despite the 1965 offer and the claim that stories had been dubbed a year later, there is no evidence that any William Hartnell stories ever aired in Japan in the 1960s.
  
  
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In '''DWM''', Japan is identified in only '''one''' story Archives: {{EEE}}, with a sale dated as being '''1978'''.  
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In ''DWM'' issue 147, Japan is identified in only '''one''' story Archives: {{EEE}}, with a sale dated as being '''1978'''.  
 
 
  
Other BBC documents indicate the stories bought were {{BBB}}, {{CCC}} and {{EEE}}.  
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A BBC memo dated '''11 January 1978''' reports a sale of "{{BBB}}, {{CCC}} & {{EEE}} to Mutsu in Japan". '''Mutsu Incorporated''' was the BBC's sales and distribution representative in Japan, which also arranged for programmes to be dubbed into Japanese (although it's not known if '''Doctor Who''' itself was dubbed).
Indeed, the fact that 18 episodes aired in 1978 supports this.  
 
  
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In the Gallifrey Guardian news page of ''DWM'' issue #147 (April 1989), a brief announcement with the heading '''"LAND OF THE RISING ''WHO''"''' reported that "Overseas sales of '''Doctor Who''' received a boost in January when Season 24 was sold to Japan". In the caption, the Dalek is saying '''"殺"''', which is '''"Satsu"''', meaning "to kill". It was not reported which of the many stations this was sold to.
  
In the Gallifrey Guardian news page of '''DWM''' issue #147 (April 1989), a brief announcement with the heading '''"LAND OF THE RISING ''WHO''"''' reported that "Overseas sales of '''Doctor Who''' received a boost in January when Season 24 was sold to Japan". In the caption, the Dalek is saying '''"殺"''', which is '''"Satsu"''', meaning "to kill".  
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Since the only listings that could be found in 1989 were for Tom Baker serials, it's possible that ''DWM'''s report was actually for the sale of those nine fourth Doctor stories.  
  
  
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Japan therefore bought part from GROUP B and C of the [[Jon Pertwee stories]].  
 
Japan therefore bought part from GROUP B and C of the [[Jon Pertwee stories]].  
  
The programme was supplied as NTSC colour video tapes with English soundtracks.
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The programme was supplied as NTSC colour video tapes with English soundtracks (and these were possibly dubbed into Japanese).
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====Origins of the Tapes?====
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The tapes of all three stories may have come from the [[Philippines]] where they had aired in 1976. Or the first two came from that source, while "Autons" was supplied from [[South Korea]] after its screening in December 1977.
  
  
===[[Sylvester McCoy stories|SYLVESTER McCOY]]===
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===[[Tom Baker stories|TOM BAKER]]===
  
Four stories, 14 episodes:
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Nine stories, 38 episodes (translation of the Japanese titles is noted only if significantly different from the original):
  
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[[File:JapanActors.jpg|right|thumb|350px| Tesshō Genda and Fumi Herano]]
 
{| {{small-table}}
 
{| {{small-table}}
 
|-
 
|-
|7D||[[Time and the Rani]]||4
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|4A||[[Robot]]|| ロボットの反逆||Robot Rebellion||4
 
|-
 
|-
|7E||[[Paradise Towers]]||4
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|4C||[[The Ark in Space]]|| 宇宙の箱舟||||4
 
|-
 
|-
|7F||[[Delta and the Bannermen]]||3
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|4E||[[Genesis of the Daleks]]||ダレク族の誕生||Birth of the Daleks||6
 
|-
 
|-
|7G||[[Dragonfire]]||3
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|4D||[[Revenge of the Cybermen]]|| サイバー人間の復讐||Revenge of the Cyber-Humans||4
 
|-
 
|-
|}
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|4F||[[Terror of the Zygons]]|| ザイゴンの脅威||Threat of the Zygons||4
 
 
Japan therefore bought GROUP A of the [[Sylvester McCoy stories]].
 
 
 
The programme was supplied as NTSC colour video tapes in English but most likely also dubbed into Japanese to enable bilingual broadcasts in both languages.
 
 
 
 
 
===[[Tom Baker stories|TOM BAKER]]===
 
[[File:JapanActors.jpg|right|thumb|350px| Tesshō Genda and Fumi Herano]]
 
 
 
Unknown (five?) stories, 22 episodes:
 
 
 
{| {{small-table}}
 
 
|-
 
|-
|4A||[[Robot]]||||||4
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|4H||[[Planet of Evil]]|| 悪魔の惑星||Devil's Planet||4
 
|-
 
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|4E||[[Genesis of the Daleks]]||ダレク族の誕生||(Birth of the Daleks)||6
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|4G||[[Pyramids of Mars]]|| 火星のピラミッド||||4
 
|-
 
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|4D||[[Revenge of the Cybermen]]|| サイバ人間の復讐||(Cybermen's Revenge)||4
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|4J||[[The Android Invasion]]|| アンドロイドの侵略||||4
 
|-
 
|-
|||unidentified||||||8
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|4K||[[The Brain of Morbius]]|| モービアスの脳||||4
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
Japan therefore bought GROUP ONE and GROUP TWO of the [[Tom Baker stories]]. (The two unidentified 4-parters were ''probably'' [[The Ark in Space]] and [[Terror of the Zygons]].)
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Japan therefore bought part of GROUPs ONE and GROUP TWO of the [[Tom Baker stories]]. (Like many countries in the late 80s, Japan was not able to purchase [[The Sontaran Experiment]]. For unknown reasons, the final serial of season 13 - [[The Seeds of Doom]] - was also not acquired.)
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(The TV title for [[Revenge of the Cybermen]] was slightly different to that of the earlier VHS release - see below.)
  
 
The programme was supplied as NTSC colour video tapes in English but dubbed into Japanese to enable bilingual broadcasts in both languages.  
 
The programme was supplied as NTSC colour video tapes in English but dubbed into Japanese to enable bilingual broadcasts in both languages.  
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<table>
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===[[Sylvester McCoy stories|SYLVESTER McCOY]]?===
<tr>
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  <td>[[File:JapanCredits.jpg|200px|thumb|ドクター•フー (Doctor Who)]]</td>
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If the report in ''DWM'' is correct, a station in Japan acquired:
  <td>[[File:JapanCredits1.jpg|200px|thumb|ドクター•フー (Doctor Who)]]</td>
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</tr>
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Four stories, 14 episodes:
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  <td>[[File:JapanCredits4.jpg|200px|thumb|ダレク族の誕生 (Birth of the Daleks part 4)]]</td>
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{| {{small-table}}
  <td>[[File:JapanCredits5.jpg|200px|thumb|次回につづく("Continues next time")]]</td>
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|-
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|7D||[[Time and the Rani]]||4
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|-
  <td>[[File:JapanCredits6.jpg|200px|thumb|声の出演(Voice performances): Doctor Who … 玄田哲章 (Tesshō Genda) / Sarah … 平野文 (Fumi Herano) ----- 大滝進矢 (Otaki Shinya) ,  陣内建之 (Jinnai Tatsuyuki)]]</td>
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|7E||[[Paradise Towers]]||4
  <td>[[File:JapanCredits8.jpg|200px|thumb|日本語版台本 / 嶋口麻美  ,  岡本知(Japanese Translation Script: Shimaguchi Asami , Okamoto Tomo)]]</td>
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|7F||[[Delta and the Bannermen]]||3
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  <td>[[File:JapanCredits7.jpg|thumb|200px|次回はサイバ人間の復讐1 (Next Time: Cybermen's Revenge 1)]]</td>
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|7G||[[Dragonfire]]||3
  <td>[[File:JapanCredits2.jpg|200px|thumb|BBC(イギリス) (BBC (England))]]</td>
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|-
</tr>
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|}
</table>
 
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If these stories were acquired, Japan therefore bought GROUP A of the [[Sylvester McCoy stories]].
  
(As we've noted elsewhere, a run of [[Tom Baker stories]] in English also aired on the American [[Armed Forces Network]] in Japan in 1986.)
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The programme would have been supplied as NTSC colour video tapes. Since there does not appear to be a credit for a Japanese actor dubbing for McCoy (see below), then these episodes were not dubbed.
  
  
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==Transmission==
 
==Transmission==
[[File:Japan JCTV.JPG|thumb|right|250px|1978 Japan JCTV listing in Japan Times]] [[File:Japan TV.JPG|thumb|right|250px|1978 Japan Times listing, Dr Who 7.45pm]]
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[[File:Japan TV 2.JPG|thumb|right|250px|1978 Japan Times listing, Doctor Who 7.30pm]]
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===[[Jon Pertwee stories|JON PERTWEE]]===
[[File:Japan NHK.JPG|thumb|right|250px|1993 Japan Times listing, NHK 2]]  [[File:Japan TVB.JPG|thumb|right|250px|1993 Japan Times generic listing]]
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As noted earlier, the three Jon Pertwee serials were distributed (and perhaps also dubbed?) in Japan by '''Mutsu Inc'''. It's not known how many Japanese TV stations the series was therefore sold to.
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The only listings for '''Doctor Who''' we could find in 1978 were on '''JCTV-2''' ('''Japan Cable Television Limited''', established in 1971: [http://www.jctv.co.jp/english/index.html JCTV-JAPAN]), which was a closed circuit English language television service that could be seen at major hotels and apartments in Tokyo only.
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The set of 18 episodes commenced on Friday, '''3 March 1978''', at 7.45pm, running on a weekly basis. From the sixth episode onwards, the series shifted to Saturdays, at 7.30pm. The run ended on '''24 June 1978'''.
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{{Image table
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|[[File:Japan JCTV.JPG|thumb|right|250px|1978 Japan JCTV listing in Japan Times]]|[[File:Japan TV.JPG|thumb|right|250px|1978 Japan Times listing, Dr Who 7.45pm]]|[[File:Japan TV 2.JPG|thumb|right|250px|1978 Japan Times listing, Doctor Who 7.30pm]]
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}}
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{{clear}}
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If there were other screenings in Japan (in English or Japanese), we have not been able to find them.
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These Pertwees ''can't'' have been shown by NHK, as there are no pre-1989 listings for the series in the [https://www.nhk.or.jp/archives/chronicle/index.html NHK programme archive database].
  
===[[Jon Pertwee stories|JON PERTWEE]]===
 
  
18 episodes aired on '''JCTV-2''' ('''Japan Cable Television Limited, established in 1971: [http://www.jctv.co.jp/english/index.html JCTV-JAPAN]'''), which was a closed circuit English language television service that could be seen at major hotels and apartments in Tokyo only.
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==TARDIS Sound Effects==
  
This run of episodes commenced on Friday, '''3 March 1978''', at 7.45pm, running on a weekly basis. From the sixth episode onwards, the series shifted to Saturdays, at 7.30pm. The run ended on '''24 June 1978'''.
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In the late 1970s, the BBC released various sound effects packages to international broadcasters and studios. The TARDIS sound effect was used in various entries of the '''Super Sentai''' franchise produced by the [[Wikipedia:Toei Company|Toei Company]]; the sounds appeared in '''Battle Fever J''' (1979) and '''Denji Sentai Megaranger''' (1997, which was adapted into '''Power Rangers In Space''' in 1998)!
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{{YouTube table |g5xADqvyZrY|TARDIS "wheezing / groaning"…
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===[[Tom Baker stories|TOM BAKER]]===
 
===[[Tom Baker stories|TOM BAKER]]===
  
Fifteen years later, '''Doctor Who''' returned to Japan television, now on the national broadcaster, Nippon Hoso Kyokai's satellite channel '''BS11 NHK 2'''.  
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'''American Armed Forces'''
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A run of Tom Baker stories was broadcast by the [[Armed Forces Network]] at US military bases in Japan during '''1986''' – see the separate profile page for those English broadcasts.
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'''Japanese Television'''
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'''NHK (1989-90)'''
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'''Doctor Who''' returned to Japanese television, now on the national broadcaster, Nippon Hoso Kyokai's satellite channel, '''BS11 NHK 2'''.
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A run of 38 episodes from Seasons 12 and 13 commenced weekly on Wednesdays, from '''7 June 1989'''. Most episodes had a scheduled slot running from 6.01pm to 6.25pm, although a couple of episodes shifted to a different start time, such as 6.00pm or 6.11pm 
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Each episode ended with an on-screen caption "次回につづく", which is "Continues next time". And on the final episode of each story, another caption appeared with the title of the next serial -- see screen grabs below.
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There were no episodes on 27 December 1989 or 3 January 1990, meaning a three-week gap between parts 3 and 4 of [[Pyramids of Mars]].
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The run concluded on '''7 March 1990'''.
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'''Repeats - NHK (1993)'''
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[[File:Japan NHK.JPG|thumb|right|350px|1993 Japan Times listing, NHK 2]] 
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[[File:Japan TVB.JPG|thumb|right|350px|1993 Japan Times generic listing]]
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Three years later, the same 38 episodes were '''repeated''', starting Wednesday, '''2 June 1993''', with regular screenings on weekdays, at 5.00pm.  The printed timeslots were only 23 minutes, which suggests editing may have occurred.
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There was a one week break on '''9 June''' to allow for coverage of the Japanese Royal Wedding ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naruhito,_Crown_Prince_of_Japan ROYAL WEDDING]).
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After 22 episodes ([[Terror of the Zygons]] part 4), the series took a break for three weeks, recommencing with [[Planet of Evil]] part 1 on Tuesday, '''20 July'''. After only 13 episodes (to [[The Brain of Morbius]] 1), there was another three-week break, with the remaining three episodes of that serial showing '''23, 24, 25 August 1993'''.
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This brought the repeat run to an end.
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'''Repeats - Channel Ginga (2008-2009)'''
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15 years later, the 38 Tom Baker episodes were aired on '''[https://www.ch-ginga.jp/ Channel Ginga]''' ("Channel Galaxy"), which launched on 3 April 2008 and was available via satellite provider [[Wikipedia:SKY PerfecTV!|SKY PerfecTV! e2]] and on cable.  
  
From Tuesday, '''1 June 1993''', aired a run of 22 episodes, screening weekdays, at 5.00pm. There was a one week break on '''9 June''' to allow for coverage of the Japanese Royal Wedding ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naruhito,_Crown_Prince_of_Japan ROYAL WEDDING]). The run ended on Thursday, '''1 July 1993'''.
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Very little is known about these, other than that they first screened from mid '''April 2008''', and were later repeated in mid '''2009'''.  
  
These episodes were mainly from Tom Baker's first two seasons: three of the stories were [[Robot]], [[Genesis of the Daleks]] and [[Revenge of the Cybermen]].
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According to [https://mixi.jp/view_bbs.pl?comm_id=779976&id=29663759 THIS BLOG], Part 3 of [[Robot]] aired on '''28 April 2008''' (although it would appear this was actually part 4).  
  
Each episode ended with an on-screen caption "次回につづく", which is "Continues next time". And on the final episode of each serial, another caption appeared with the title of the next serial.  
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Episodes screened on Mondays, at varying times; some late at night, others early in the morning.
  
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The following listings were found on WayBackMachine:
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20080410050204/http://www.ch-ginga.jp:80/epg/index.cgi Episode 2: Robot 2 at 11pm on '''14 April 2008''']
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20080528195810/http://www.ch-ginga.jp:80/epg/index.cgi Episode 9: Genesis of the Daleks 1 at 11.28pm on '''2 June 2008''']
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20080915193833/http://www.ch-ginga.jp/epg/index.php Episode 25 (Planet of Evil 3) at 3.30am on '''22 September 2008''']
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20081011120116/http://www.ch-ginga.jp:80/epg/index.php Episode 28 (Pyramids of Mars 2) at 4.30am '''13 October 2008''']
  
{{YouTube table |47SCZR3h2yQ|Robot part 1 in Japanese}}
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If the 38 week run played without interruption, the final episode would have screened on '''22 December 2008'''.
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The episodes were run again the following year; the only data we can extract online is that "Episode 15" (i.e. part 1 of [[Revenge of the Cybermen]]) aired during the week of '''22-29 July 2009''' in a 5pm timeslot.
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In '''2012''', Channel Ginga aired the UK/Australian [[Wikipedia:K-9 (TV series)|K9 spin-off series]].
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<!--{{YouTube table |47SCZR3h2yQ|Robot part 1 in Japanese}}
  
 
(Clips from the Japanese dub of [[Genesis of the Daleks]] part six had also been available on YouTube, but have since been removed due to copyright issues...)
 
(Clips from the Japanese dub of [[Genesis of the Daleks]] part six had also been available on YouTube, but have since been removed due to copyright issues...)
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swSkSxx-Mmw&feature=related GENESIS IN JAPANESE (Deleted)]
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swSkSxx-Mmw&feature=related GENESIS ep 6 IN JAPANESE (Deleted)]
  
In Japanese, [[Genesis of the Daleks]] was called '''"ダレク族の誕生"''', which translates as '''"Birth of the Tribe Dareku"'''.  
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https://web.archive.org/web/20151130191658/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swSkSxx-Mmw&feature=related
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(An earlier run of Tom Baker stories was broadcast in Japan in 1986 by the [[Armed Forces Network]] – see the separate profile page for those English broadcasts.)
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  <td>[[File:JapanCredits.jpg|300px|thumb|ドクター•フー (Doctor Who)]]</td>
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  <td>[[File:JapanCredits1.jpg|300px|thumb|ドクター•フー (Doctor Who)]]</td>
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  <td>[[File:JapanCredits4.jpg|300px|thumb|ダレク族の誕生 (Birth of the Daleks part 4)]]</td>
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  <td>[[File:JapanCredits5.jpg|300px|thumb|次回につづく("Continues next time")]]</td>
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</tr>
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  <td>[[File:JapanCredits6.jpg|300px|thumb|声の出演(Voice performances): Doctor Who … 玄田哲章 (Tesshō Genda) / Sarah … 平野文 (Fumi Herano) ----- 大滝進矢 (Otaki Shinya) ,  陣内建之 (Jinnai Tatsuyuki)]]</td>
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  <td>[[File:JapanCredits8.jpg|300px|thumb|日本語版台本 / 嶋口麻美  ,  岡本知(Japanese Translation Script: Shimaguchi Asami , Okamoto Tomo)]]</td>
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  <td>[[File:JapanCredits7.jpg|thumb|300px|次回はサイバ人間の復讐1 (Next Time: Cybermen's Revenge 1)]]</td>
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  <td>[[File:JapanCredits2.jpg|300px|thumb|BBC(イギリス) (BBC (England))]]</td>
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===[[Sylvester McCoy stories|SYLVESTER McCOY]]?===
 
===[[Sylvester McCoy stories|SYLVESTER McCOY]]?===
  
A few weeks later, a 14 week run commenced on Tuesday, '''20 July 1993''', airing weekdays at 5.00pm. The final episode screened on Friday, '''6 August 1993'''.
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If the sale of Season 24 to Japan in early 1989 as reported by ''DWM'' was correct, we could not find any listings under '''NHK''', so it's possible the McCoy sale was to another broadcaster. If so, we do not know which one, and therefore have no confirmed airdates.  
  
Given that this run consisted of 14 episodes, this was probably season 24, the first year of the seventh Doctor, played by Sylvester McCoy. (Although '''DWM''' reported the sale of these stories was back in '''January 1989''', we could not find any additional airdates at all for '''Doctor Who''' between 1989 and 1993, which suggests that season 24 had been held over for four years.)
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Since there is no Japanese "voice actor" listed for McCoy on [https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%89%E3%82%AF%E3%82%BF%E3%83%BC_(%E3%83%89%E3%82%AF%E3%82%BF%E3%83%BC%E3%83%BB%E3%83%95%E3%83%BC) the Japanese wikipedia pages], that would indicate the episodes - if they played - were not dubbed.  
 
 
Alternatively, was this 14 week block a run of further Tom Baker stories, continuing on from where the previous run left off?
 
 
 
There is no clear record that Japan screened classic '''Doctor Who''' again.
 
  
  
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===[[Paul McGann stories|PAUL McGANN]]===
 
===[[Paul McGann stories|PAUL McGANN]]===
  
The [[TV Movie]] aired on a '''NHK''' channel in 1997.
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The [[TV Movie]] apparently aired on one of the '''NHK''' channels in '''1997''' in a subtitled format, but we could not find a listing on [https://www.nhk.or.jp/archives/chronicle/index.html the NHK programme archive database], however, it's possible the film was given an alternative title… 
 
 
  
==TARDIS Sound Effects==
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And since there is no Japanese "voice actor" listed for McGann on [https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%89%E3%82%AF%E3%82%BF%E3%83%BC_(%E3%83%89%E3%82%AF%E3%82%BF%E3%83%BC%E3%83%BB%E3%83%95%E3%83%BC) the Japanese wikipedia pages], this supports that the film was subtitled rather than dubbed. 
  
In the late 1970s, the BBC released various sound effects packages to international broadcasters and studios. The TARDIS sound effect was used in various entries of the '''Super Sentai''' franchise produced by Toei Company (established in 1975); the sounds appeared in '''Battle Fever J''' (1979) and '''Denji Sentai Megaranger''' (1997, which was adapted into '''Power Rangers In Space''' in 1998)!
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It's possible the VHS tape (see below) was the same as the TV version.
{{YouTube table |g5xADqvyZrY|TARDIS "wheezing / groaning"…
 
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{{airdates-left|}}
  
TV listings have been obtained from ''Japan Times'', an English-language newspaper.  
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Print TV listings have been obtained from ''Japan Times'', an English-language newspaper.  
  
 
For the '''1978''' run, the series was listed as '''"Dr Who"''' for the 7.45pm episodes, then '''"Doctor Who"''' for the 7.30pm episodes. No story titles were given.  
 
For the '''1978''' run, the series was listed as '''"Dr Who"''' for the 7.45pm episodes, then '''"Doctor Who"''' for the 7.30pm episodes. No story titles were given.  
  
For the '''1993''' screenings, the series was listed as '''"(B) TV Series: Dr Who"''', with the '''(B)''' tag indicating a bilingual broadcast. The timeslot given for the first run was only 23 minutes; for the second, it was a full 30 minutes.  
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For the 1989-1990 and 1993 runs, the dates, times and story titles have been taken from [https://www2.nhk.or.jp/archives/chronicle/pg/page010-01.cgi?recId=&hitCount=317&sort=&programPage=1&cornerPage=1&keyword=%E3%83%89%E3%82%AF%E3%82%BF%E3%83%BC%E3%83%BB%E3%83%95%E3%83%BC&op=AND&keyword_not=&op_not=OR&year_1=&month_1=&day_1=&year_2=&month_2=&day_2=&from_hour=&from_minute=&to_hour=&to_minute=&lgenre1=&lgenre2=&lgenre3=&genre_op=AND&rec_count=10&cal_edit= NKH's online "archive"].
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Listings for the '''1993''' screenings were also found in the ''Japan Times'', where it was listed as '''"(B) TV Series: Dr Who"''', with the '''(B)''' tag indicating a bilingual broadcast. The timeslots given in the paper were 23 minutes but sometimes also a full 30 minutes.  
  
The paper stated that "All foreign TV and feature movies are dubbed into Japanese unless stated otherwise."
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The paper also stated that "All foreign TV and feature movies are dubbed into Japanese unless stated otherwise."  
  
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References to the '''2008''' screenings on Channel Ginga came from online sources: [https://mixi.jp/view_bbs.pl?comm_id=779976&id=29663759 HERE] and [https://www.logsoku.com/r/2ch.net/tv2/1268477508/ HERE (jump to posting #127 and 172)] and [https://duesouth1.exblog.jp/7628716/ HERE].
  
==Novelisations==
 
  
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==MERCHANDISE==
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===Novelisations===
  
 
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==VIDEO and DVD==
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===Video and DVD===
  
 
<table>
 
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<td>[[File:Japan Video ROTC.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Japanese Video: Revenge of the Cybermen]] [[File:Japan Video POM.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Japanese Video: Pyramids of Mars]]</td>
 
<td>[[File:Japan Video ROTC.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Japanese Video: Revenge of the Cybermen]] [[File:Japan Video POM.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Japanese Video: Pyramids of Mars]]</td>
<td>[[File:Japan Video ROD.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Japanese Video: Robots of Death]] [[File:Japan DVD1.JPG|thumb|right|250px|DVD: TV Movie]]</td>
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<td>[[File:Japan Video ROD.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Japanese Video: Robots of Death]]</td>
<td>[[File:Japan Vid 4.JPG|thumb|right|150px|Japanese Video: TVM Video]] [[File:Japan TVM.JPG|thumb|right|150px|Chinese Laser-Disc: TV Movie]]</td>
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[[File:Japan Vid 4.JPG|thumb|right|150px|Japanese Video: TVM Video]]</td>
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[[File:Japan TVM.JPG|thumb|right|150px|Chinese Laser-Disc made in Japan]]</td>
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<td>[[File:Japan DVD1.JPG|thumb|right|250px|DVD: TV Movie (possibly a bootleg?)]]</td>
 
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Three Tom Baker adventures were also released on home video in the late 1980s; these were published by Pony Video, and had Japanese subtitles rather than being dubbed.
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Three Tom Baker adventures were also released on home video in the late 1980s; these were published by Pony Video for both rental and retail, with Japanese subtitles rather than being dubbed.
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* ''' サイバーメンの復讐 ''' / '''Saibaman-no Gyakushyuu''' (''The Cyberman's Counterattack'', or ''The Counterattack of the Cybermen'') ([[Revenge of the Cybermen]]) (circa 1985/86) [which is a slight variation on the title used for the later TV broadcast]
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* ''' 火星のピラミッド''' / '''Kasei-no Piramiddo''' (''Mars' Pyramids'') ([[Pyramids of Mars]]) (circa 1986)
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* ''' 死のロボット ''' / '''Shi-no Robotto''' (''Death's Robots'') ([[The Robots of Death]]) (on 21 May 1987)
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**[https://www.suruga-ya.jp/product/detail/933042698 Release info]
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* ''' サイバーメンの復讐 ''' / '''Saibaman-no Gyakushyuu''' (''The Cyberman's Counterattack'', or ''The Counterattack of the Cybermen'') ([[Revenge of the Cybermen]]) (1983) [which is a slight variation on the title used for the 1993 broadcast]
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The Paul McGann [[TV Movie]] was released in Japan on VHS video tape in '''April 1997''' by MCA/Universal/CIC Video/Victor Video. This was subtitled rather than dubbed (and was likely the same that had supposedly aired on TV -- see above).
* ''' 火星のピラミッド''' / '''Kasei-no Piramiddo''' (''Mars' Pyramids'') ([[Pyramids of Mars]]) (1985)
 
* ''' 死のロボット ''' / '''Shi-no Robotto''' (''Death's Robots'') ([[The Robots of Death]]) (1986)
 
  
The Paul McGann [[TV Movie]] – with the title '''"DOCTOR WHO – THE MOTION PICTURE"''' was released on video, DVD and laser-disc. It is believed that the DVD may have been a [[Hong Kong]] release, which included Japanese subtitling as an option. Likewise, the laser-disc cover shown here is a [[Hong Kong]] / Chinese printing, but with Japanese subtitles.
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A laser disc of the [[TV Movie]] (in NTSC) was also released by MCA/Universal/CIC Video (Hong Kong). But while the disc itself was manufactured in Japan (the back sleeve says "Made in Japan"), it was in English with Chinese subtitles only; this disc was available in [[Hong Kong]], but may have also been shipped to mainland [[China]]. (There is also a DVD of the movie which has Japanese subtitles, but it is believed that this may actually be a bootleg ripped from the laser disc, the VHS or maybe even off the TV transmission, and therefore not an official release.)
  
{{YouTube|id=lubv3ijszII}}<br />'''CLIP: REVENGE OF THE CYBERMEN - subtitled'''
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* There is a T-Mat terminal in Tokyo ([[The Seeds of Death]])
 
* There is a T-Mat terminal in Tokyo ([[The Seeds of Death]])
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*Soldiers from the Japan / Russian War fight in [[The War Games]]
 
* Tokyo is mentioned in [[The Ambassadors of Death]]
 
* Tokyo is mentioned in [[The Ambassadors of Death]]
 
* New Tokio is named in [[Frontier in Space]]
 
* New Tokio is named in [[Frontier in Space]]
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**[[Jon Pertwee stories]]
 
**[[Jon Pertwee stories]]
 
**[[Tom Baker stories]]
 
**[[Tom Baker stories]]
**[[Sylvester McCoy stories]]
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**[[Sylvester McCoy stories]]?
 
**[[Paul McGann stories]]
 
**[[Paul McGann stories]]
  
 
[[Category:Australasia/Asia]]
 
[[Category:Australasia/Asia]]

Latest revision as of 03:22, 2 September 2021

JAPAN is an island nation off the east coast of China.

Profile

Country Number (48?) 1978 SECOND and THIRD WAVE
Region Asia
Television commenced 1951
Colour System 1960 NTSC
Population 1978 111 million
TV Sets 1978 27 million
Language/s English Dubbed into Japanese (Bilingual)


Television Stations / Channels

Japan began its television service in 1951. Colour transmissions began in 1960 using the NTSC colour broadcast system.

The main national broadcaster in Japan is Nippon Hoho Kyokai (NHK).

The country is also served by over a hundred privately owned terrestrial, satellite and cable television stations.

Doctor Who aired on private stations, NHK and cable networks such as Channel Ginga.

Tom Baker stories (in English) also aired in Japan on the Armed Forces Network in 1986 – see the separate profile for that cable station.


Language/s

The principal language is Japanese. Most programming was dubbed into Japanese, but some also aired in English, especially those broadcast on cable channels.

The newspapers we accessed stated that "all foreign TV and feature films are dubbed in Japanese unless stated otherwise". Doctor Who was marked as being in English or "bilingual".


DOCTOR WHO IN JAPAN

(ドクター・フー )

Japan was the 48th country to screen Doctor Who (see Selling Doctor Who).

In Japanese script, the programme is called ドクター・フー


KING KONG / KING KONG ESCAPES

The villains - Dr Who from the "King Kong" cartoon, and the very Hartnell-esque Eisei Amamoto from King Kong Escapes
  • From late 1965 and throughout 1966, the US/Japanese animated Saturday morning show "King Kong / The King Kong Show" went into production. (The first episodes went on air in the US from September 1966 and ran until August 1969.) A recurring villain of the animated series was the mad scientist "Dr Who". (Did the producers come up with the name themselves, or had they "borrowed" it having seen some of the promotional material that had by then been published about the BBC's series?)
  • The script for a live action version of the cartoon series had also been written, but was replaced by a different idea, which became "Kingu Kongu no Gyakushū / King Kong Escapes", a Japanese/American co-production from Toho and Rankin/Bass, released in Japan in July 1967 and the US in June 1968. As in the cartoon, the lead villain was named "Dr Who" (played by Eisei Amamoto) who wore a costume that did in fact have a very close similarity to that worn by William Hartnell! (Again, coincidence, or was the idea "borrowed" from the BBC series?)


DALEK MOVIES

PETER CUSHING Movies

"Poster print" for "Dr Who and the Daleks"
Listing for US military camp screening of Dr Who and the Daleks, March 1967

We are not sure whether the Peter Cushing Dalek movies were released theatrically in the 1960s. We have not been able to find any newspaper listings or posters that indicate there were cinema showings.

The poster for 怪人ダレクの惑星 shown here appears to be an authentic cinema issue, but the only sources we can find for this image online are for a recent piece of "Poster Art" available through iCanvasART on Amazon, so this might be an artist's representation rather than a reproduction of an actual 1960s poster.

The film did play in English at the US military camp in Tokorozawa in March 1967.

Both films were later released on home video in Japan. As far as we can determine, the second film (subtitled) was released first - under the title " 地球侵略戦争2150" (War Invasion Against Earth 2150) - through Thorn EMI / King Video in circa 1985.

The first film wasn't released on subtitled tape (by Cannon / King Video) until circa 1986. The video box gives the title as "Dr.フー in 怪人ダレクの惑星" (Daleks' Phantom Planet / Phantom Planet of the Daleks ("ダレク" is Japanese for "Dalek"); Note; although the packaging has "Dr.フー in…" as part of the title, the film itself retains the English name without any captioning displaying a translated title.)

The second movie only was released on DVD by StudioCanal / Universal in November 2011. This had the same title as the VHS, and was also subtitled.

Japanese Video: Dalek Invasion Earth 2150AD
Japanese Video: Dr Who and the Daleks
Japanese DVD



BBC Records

DWM 147 - Sale to Japan -- 殺 "Kill!"

In a BBC memo dated 7 July 1965, Japan was one of several countries to which an offer had been made but not yet accepted. The serials on offer were the first "batch" of 26 episodes covering An Unearthly Child to The Keys of Marinus. (Presumably the offer was made to Mutsu Inc, the BBC's distribution representatives in Japan -- see below.)

The 26 April 1966 edition of The Daily Mirror reported that, with the popularity of Doctor Who spreading across the globe, the BBC was dubbing the series into Japanese (see Peter Haining's The Key to Time, page 48).

However, despite the 1965 offer and the claim that stories had been dubbed a year later, there is no evidence that any William Hartnell stories ever aired in Japan in the 1960s.


The Eighties - THE LOST CHAPTERS records a sale of "(3)" stories (by 10 February 1987).


In DWM issue 147, Japan is identified in only one story Archives: EEE, with a sale dated as being 1978.

A BBC memo dated 11 January 1978 reports a sale of "BBB, CCC & EEE to Mutsu in Japan". Mutsu Incorporated was the BBC's sales and distribution representative in Japan, which also arranged for programmes to be dubbed into Japanese (although it's not known if Doctor Who itself was dubbed).

In the Gallifrey Guardian news page of DWM issue #147 (April 1989), a brief announcement with the heading "LAND OF THE RISING WHO" reported that "Overseas sales of Doctor Who received a boost in January when Season 24 was sold to Japan". In the caption, the Dalek is saying "殺", which is "Satsu", meaning "to kill". It was not reported which of the many stations this was sold to.

Since the only listings that could be found in 1989 were for Tom Baker serials, it's possible that DWM's report was actually for the sale of those nine fourth Doctor stories.


Stories bought and broadcast

JON PERTWEE

Three stories, 18 episodes:

BBB Doctor Who and the Silurians 7
CCC The Ambassadors of Death 7
EEE Terror of the Autons 4

Japan therefore bought part from GROUP B and C of the Jon Pertwee stories.

The programme was supplied as NTSC colour video tapes with English soundtracks (and these were possibly dubbed into Japanese).

Origins of the Tapes?

The tapes of all three stories may have come from the Philippines where they had aired in 1976. Or the first two came from that source, while "Autons" was supplied from South Korea after its screening in December 1977.


TOM BAKER

Nine stories, 38 episodes (translation of the Japanese titles is noted only if significantly different from the original):

Tesshō Genda and Fumi Herano
4A Robot ロボットの反逆 Robot Rebellion 4
4C The Ark in Space 宇宙の箱舟 4
4E Genesis of the Daleks ダレク族の誕生 Birth of the Daleks 6
4D Revenge of the Cybermen サイバー人間の復讐 Revenge of the Cyber-Humans 4
4F Terror of the Zygons ザイゴンの脅威 Threat of the Zygons 4
4H Planet of Evil 悪魔の惑星 Devil's Planet 4
4G Pyramids of Mars 火星のピラミッド 4
4J The Android Invasion アンドロイドの侵略 4
4K The Brain of Morbius モービアスの脳 4

Japan therefore bought part of GROUPs ONE and GROUP TWO of the Tom Baker stories. (Like many countries in the late 80s, Japan was not able to purchase The Sontaran Experiment. For unknown reasons, the final serial of season 13 - The Seeds of Doom - was also not acquired.)

(The TV title for Revenge of the Cybermen was slightly different to that of the earlier VHS release - see below.)

The programme was supplied as NTSC colour video tapes in English but dubbed into Japanese to enable bilingual broadcasts in both languages.

New sound effects were added, and new rather jaunty music was added, replacing the Dudley Simpson original score.

The Japanese translations were written by Shimaguchi Asami and Okamoto Tomo (who are identified by an on-screen caption).

The actors who dubbed the lead voices were:

  • Tesshō Genda (The Doctor) -- (profile HERE)
  • Fumi Herano (Sarah) -- (profile HERE)

(Incidentally, Fumi Herano later also dubbed for Elisabeth Sladen in the Japanese dubs for the New Series episode School Reunion!)


SYLVESTER McCOY?

If the report in DWM is correct, a station in Japan acquired:

Four stories, 14 episodes:

7D Time and the Rani 4
7E Paradise Towers 4
7F Delta and the Bannermen 3
7G Dragonfire 3

If these stories were acquired, Japan therefore bought GROUP A of the Sylvester McCoy stories.

The programme would have been supplied as NTSC colour video tapes. Since there does not appear to be a credit for a Japanese actor dubbing for McCoy (see below), then these episodes were not dubbed.


PAUL McGANN

One movie:

TVM The TV Movie 1


Transmission

JON PERTWEE

As noted earlier, the three Jon Pertwee serials were distributed (and perhaps also dubbed?) in Japan by Mutsu Inc. It's not known how many Japanese TV stations the series was therefore sold to.

The only listings for Doctor Who we could find in 1978 were on JCTV-2 (Japan Cable Television Limited, established in 1971: JCTV-JAPAN), which was a closed circuit English language television service that could be seen at major hotels and apartments in Tokyo only.

The set of 18 episodes commenced on Friday, 3 March 1978, at 7.45pm, running on a weekly basis. From the sixth episode onwards, the series shifted to Saturdays, at 7.30pm. The run ended on 24 June 1978.

1978 Japan JCTV listing in Japan Times
1978 Japan Times listing, Dr Who 7.45pm
1978 Japan Times listing, Doctor Who 7.30pm



If there were other screenings in Japan (in English or Japanese), we have not been able to find them.

These Pertwees can't have been shown by NHK, as there are no pre-1989 listings for the series in the NHK programme archive database.


TARDIS Sound Effects

In the late 1970s, the BBC released various sound effects packages to international broadcasters and studios. The TARDIS sound effect was used in various entries of the Super Sentai franchise produced by the Toei Company; the sounds appeared in Battle Fever J (1979) and Denji Sentai Megaranger (1997, which was adapted into Power Rangers In Space in 1998)!



TARDIS "wheezing / groaning"…



TOM BAKER

American Armed Forces

A run of Tom Baker stories was broadcast by the Armed Forces Network at US military bases in Japan during 1986 – see the separate profile page for those English broadcasts.


Japanese Television

NHK (1989-90)

Doctor Who returned to Japanese television, now on the national broadcaster, Nippon Hoso Kyokai's satellite channel, BS11 NHK 2.

A run of 38 episodes from Seasons 12 and 13 commenced weekly on Wednesdays, from 7 June 1989. Most episodes had a scheduled slot running from 6.01pm to 6.25pm, although a couple of episodes shifted to a different start time, such as 6.00pm or 6.11pm

Each episode ended with an on-screen caption "次回につづく", which is "Continues next time". And on the final episode of each story, another caption appeared with the title of the next serial -- see screen grabs below.

There were no episodes on 27 December 1989 or 3 January 1990, meaning a three-week gap between parts 3 and 4 of Pyramids of Mars.

The run concluded on 7 March 1990.


Repeats - NHK (1993)

1993 Japan Times listing, NHK 2
1993 Japan Times generic listing

Three years later, the same 38 episodes were repeated, starting Wednesday, 2 June 1993, with regular screenings on weekdays, at 5.00pm. The printed timeslots were only 23 minutes, which suggests editing may have occurred.

There was a one week break on 9 June to allow for coverage of the Japanese Royal Wedding (ROYAL WEDDING).

After 22 episodes (Terror of the Zygons part 4), the series took a break for three weeks, recommencing with Planet of Evil part 1 on Tuesday, 20 July. After only 13 episodes (to The Brain of Morbius 1), there was another three-week break, with the remaining three episodes of that serial showing 23, 24, 25 August 1993.

This brought the repeat run to an end.


Repeats - Channel Ginga (2008-2009)

15 years later, the 38 Tom Baker episodes were aired on Channel Ginga ("Channel Galaxy"), which launched on 3 April 2008 and was available via satellite provider SKY PerfecTV! e2 and on cable.

Very little is known about these, other than that they first screened from mid April 2008, and were later repeated in mid 2009.

According to THIS BLOG, Part 3 of Robot aired on 28 April 2008 (although it would appear this was actually part 4).

Episodes screened on Mondays, at varying times; some late at night, others early in the morning.

The following listings were found on WayBackMachine:

If the 38 week run played without interruption, the final episode would have screened on 22 December 2008.

The episodes were run again the following year; the only data we can extract online is that "Episode 15" (i.e. part 1 of Revenge of the Cybermen) aired during the week of 22-29 July 2009 in a 5pm timeslot.


In 2012, Channel Ginga aired the UK/Australian K9 spin-off series.


ドクター•フー (Doctor Who)
ドクター•フー (Doctor Who)
ダレク族の誕生 (Birth of the Daleks part 4)
次回につづく("Continues next time")
声の出演(Voice performances): Doctor Who … 玄田哲章 (Tesshō Genda) / Sarah … 平野文 (Fumi Herano) ----- 大滝進矢 (Otaki Shinya) , 陣内建之 (Jinnai Tatsuyuki)
日本語版台本 / 嶋口麻美 , 岡本知(Japanese Translation Script: Shimaguchi Asami , Okamoto Tomo)
次回はサイバ人間の復讐1 (Next Time: Cybermen's Revenge 1)
BBC(イギリス) (BBC (England))



SYLVESTER McCOY?

If the sale of Season 24 to Japan in early 1989 as reported by DWM was correct, we could not find any listings under NHK, so it's possible the McCoy sale was to another broadcaster. If so, we do not know which one, and therefore have no confirmed airdates.

Since there is no Japanese "voice actor" listed for McCoy on the Japanese wikipedia pages, that would indicate the episodes - if they played - were not dubbed.



PAUL McGANN

The TV Movie apparently aired on one of the NHK channels in 1997 in a subtitled format, but we could not find a listing on the NHK programme archive database, however, it's possible the film was given an alternative title…

And since there is no Japanese "voice actor" listed for McGann on the Japanese wikipedia pages, this supports that the film was subtitled rather than dubbed.

It's possible the VHS tape (see below) was the same as the TV version.


TV listings

Airdates in Japan
← AIRDATES ...... (CLICK ICON TO GO TO TABLE SHOWING EPISODE BREAKDOWN AND AIRDATES - N/S = story title is Not Stated)

Print TV listings have been obtained from Japan Times, an English-language newspaper.

For the 1978 run, the series was listed as "Dr Who" for the 7.45pm episodes, then "Doctor Who" for the 7.30pm episodes. No story titles were given.

For the 1989-1990 and 1993 runs, the dates, times and story titles have been taken from NKH's online "archive".

Listings for the 1993 screenings were also found in the Japan Times, where it was listed as "(B) TV Series: Dr Who", with the (B) tag indicating a bilingual broadcast. The timeslots given in the paper were 23 minutes but sometimes also a full 30 minutes.

The paper also stated that "All foreign TV and feature movies are dubbed into Japanese unless stated otherwise."

References to the 2008 screenings on Channel Ginga came from online sources: HERE and HERE (jump to posting #127 and 172) and HERE.


MERCHANDISE

Novelisations

Japanese novelisation: The Daleks
Japanese novelisation: Spearhead from Space
Japanese novelisation: The Silurians
Japanese novelisation: Doomsday Weapon
Japanese novelisation: Day of the Daleks



Five of the Target Doctor Who novelisations were translated into Japanese, and released by Hayakawa Publishing Inc in 1980:

  • 時空大血闘! / Jikuu Dai Chi Tataka! (Space-Time Big Bloody Battle! or The Big Bloody Battle in Space-time!) (The Daleks)
  • オートン軍団の襲来! / Oo-ton Gundan-no Shuurai (The Auton Army Invasion) (Spearhead from Space)
  • 戦慄! 地底モンスター / Senritsu! Chitei Monsutaa (Shuddering! The Underground Monsters or The Terrifying Underground Monsters) (Doctor Who and the Silurians)
  • 恐るべき最終兵器! / Kowaru Beki Saishyuu Heiki! (Be Fearful of the Ultimate Weapon! / You Should be Scared of the Ultimate Weapon) (The Doomsday Weapon / Colony in Space)
  • ダレク族の逆襲! / Dareku Joku-no Gyakushyuu! (The Dalek Race's Counterattack!) (Day of the Daleks)


The book covers feature a black banner, which says DOCTOR WHO SERIES, then the title, under which is the name of the author and the translator.

The books are adorned with fold-out dust-jackets, which list the main cast of characters on the inside cover flap.


Video and DVD

Japanese Video: Revenge of the Cybermen
Japanese Video: Pyramids of Mars
Japanese Video: Robots of Death
Japanese Video: TVM Video
Chinese Laser-Disc made in Japan
DVD: TV Movie (possibly a bootleg?)


Three Tom Baker adventures were also released on home video in the late 1980s; these were published by Pony Video for both rental and retail, with Japanese subtitles rather than being dubbed.

  • サイバーメンの復讐 / Saibaman-no Gyakushyuu (The Cyberman's Counterattack, or The Counterattack of the Cybermen) (Revenge of the Cybermen) (circa 1985/86) [which is a slight variation on the title used for the later TV broadcast]
  • 火星のピラミッド / Kasei-no Piramiddo (Mars' Pyramids) (Pyramids of Mars) (circa 1986)
  • 死のロボット / Shi-no Robotto (Death's Robots) (The Robots of Death) (on 21 May 1987)


The Paul McGann TV Movie was released in Japan on VHS video tape in April 1997 by MCA/Universal/CIC Video/Victor Video. This was subtitled rather than dubbed (and was likely the same that had supposedly aired on TV -- see above).

A laser disc of the TV Movie (in NTSC) was also released by MCA/Universal/CIC Video (Hong Kong). But while the disc itself was manufactured in Japan (the back sleeve says "Made in Japan"), it was in English with Chinese subtitles only; this disc was available in Hong Kong, but may have also been shipped to mainland China. (There is also a DVD of the movie which has Japanese subtitles, but it is believed that this may actually be a bootleg ripped from the laser disc, the VHS or maybe even off the TV transmission, and therefore not an official release.)


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We are grateful to the following sites for the information about Japanese book and video merchandise:


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