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PERU is on the west of the South American continent. It shares a border with Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil.


Country Number (N/K) 1980s? SECOND WAVE
Region South America
Television commenced 17 January 1958
Colour System 1976 NTSC
Language/s Spanish Dubbed

Television Stations / Channels

Peru commenced its television service on 17 January 1958. The first was public broadcasting station Radio y Televisión Peruana (RTP) (Canal 7).

Colour transmissions (using the NTSC format) were introduced by Televisión del Estado in 1976, and on Canal 7 in 1978.

It was on Canal 7 that "Doctor Misterio" (apparently) aired. (The station is now known as TV Perú.)


The principal language of Peru is Spanish.


Doctor Misterio logo

In Spanish-language countries, the series was known as Doctor Misterio.

BBC Records

Peru is not named in any of our regular BBC Records sources. It should probably have at least been named in the 1987 list, published in The Eighties, but like many other Latin American countries, is not:

We became aware that the series may have screened in Peru from this BLOG, which says: “Yo he sido fan de Doctor Who, la clásica serie británica de ciencia ficción, desde que era niño, cuando la daban en Canal 7.“

this translates as:

“I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who, the classic British science fiction series, ever since I saw it as a kid on Canal 7.”

And "Anna", who later got in touch with us, remembers "national TV channel Canal 7 Peru aired Doctor Misterio back in the 80s, I remember seeing it when I was very little..."

However, we don't know how old Anna is now, so we can't work backwards to establish when she would have been a young child.

Stories bought and broadcast


Presumably 23 stories, 98 episodes:

  • For the Spanish story titles, go to: SPANISH

Of course, it is possible that, like Colombia's package of nine stories, Peru only got a limited run of stories.



We have no definite information about what screened and when. Time Life had actively promoted and sold the standard package of 23 stories / 98 episodes to Spanish-speaking countries in Central and South America from late 1978 onwards, soon after the Tom Baker series launch in the United States that year.

Most of the countries in those Latin American regions debuted the series in 1979 and 1980, or later in 1987 – see THE MISSING MISTERIOS

From the anecdotal evidence to hand, the series may have screened in Peru sometime in the early to mid 1980s.


The 1996 TV Movie was available in Peru via the HBO OLE cable station in 1999.

TV listings

The Peruvian newspaper, El Comercio, was checked for mid-1979 to the end of 1989, and despite there being quite comprehensive TV listings for Canal 7 (as well as the other channels, 2, 4, 5 and 9) there was no sign of "Dr Misterio".

The papers covering January to March, and June to August of 1985 were all missing, so it would be sods law that the series aired in those months!

But even if the series aired seven days a week, it would take 14 weeks to play through, so surely some episodes would appear in the available papers either side of the missing periods? One possibility is that the series was aired two episodes back to back, five or more times per week, in which case it would take between seven and nine weeks to play through, so it is certainly possible for the entire run of 98 episodes to have aired in one of the missing blocks of three months.

But as noted earlier, an alternative is that, like Colombia, Peru only got a limited package of stories, in which case the run would last only a few weeks.

We are investigating this further…

Peru in Doctor Who

  • The Doctor says he has seen markings like Exxilon writing on a pyramid in Peru (Death to the Daleks)