TV Movie

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Story Code: TV Movie / Season - UK Airdate: 27 May 1996 Doctor: Paul McGann
First airings by location UK Terrestrial and Satellite Repeats Previous Story / Next Story

This story aired in the following known countries. They are listed in chronological order according to known airdate. If no month is noted, the actual airdate is not confirmed, and is a close approximate. (Refer also to Selling Doctor Who for expanded airdates.)

Fox TV Movie poster ad, May 1996
Presskit for the TV Movie
Screen grab of French title caption
Canada 12 May 96
United States 14 May 96
United Kingdom 27 May 96
Australia 7 Jul 96
New Zealand 30 Oct 96
Greece 1996 or 97
France 18 Mar 97 Le Seigneur du Temps / Docteur Who: Le Film
Poland 1997
HBO OLE Cable From Feb 99
Luxembourg 27 Feb 99 Le Seigneur du Temps
Finland 2 Apr 99
Italy 1999
Netherlands 5 Aug 99
Ireland 1 May 00
Brazil 27 Jul 00 Doutor Who - O Senhor do Tempo
Czech Republic 9 Sept 00 Doktor Kdo
Austria 24 Jun 01
Iraq 17 Feb 02
Lithuania 25 Jul 03
India 25 Sep 04
Norway 2005
  • Fox aired the movie on over 150 channels in the United States.
  • In the UK, the movie was officially released on VHS tape on 22 May 1996, five days ahead of its broadcast on BBC1 (with some stores staying open late on 21 May to sell the tape from midnight). The tape and the TV version were edited to remove scenes of repeated gun-fire (in the wake of the recent mass shooting at a school in Dunblane, Scotland) as well as some other graphic content.
  • The Movie was marketed by Fox and BBC Worldwide as a "Movie for Television" and therefore it had a far wider international sales distribution; the film was screened in a number of countries that had never seen the series.
  • The film was available on the In-flight TV Systems of Singapore Airlines, and was shown 99 times between July and September 1996 by British Airways. It was also available on Merchant Navy vessels (although of which countries is not known - see list of possibilities HERE).
  • The Movie was also distributed on VHS tape by Universal's home entertainment division, MCA/Universal/CIC Video, to many other countries around the world; these commercial releases (either subtitled or dubbed) were mainly for the rental market, and for a handful of those countries, the series had never been shown on TV, and the video tape was the only form in which Doctor Who was known. See list below
  • The Movie first aired on UK Gold on 7 February 1998, BBC Choice on 22 November 1998, by BBC Prime on 2 and 7 May 1999, with a third showing on 30 December 1999 - the actual date on which the story is set! On 13 November 1999, the uncut US version (with the "Based on the original series broadcast on the BBC" caption intact) was shown by BBC2 during its Doctor Who Night special event.
  • In February 1999, the Movie was available to several Central and South American countries via the HBO OLE cable link.
  • Sci-Fi Channel's UK/Europe station aired the film for the first time on Saturday, 2 November 2002, and then several more times during the next ten months. It aired again on 25 August 2008 - twice!
  • On 31 August 2013, BBC America screened the movie as part of The Doctors Revisited series.

TV Movie on VHS

Between 1996 and 1998, the movie was released on (S)ubtitled or (D)ubbed rental or sell-through VHS (from MCA/Universal/CIC Video or another distributor) in several countries that did not screen the movie on TV:

Australian VHS cover

as well as in countries that did screen the movie on TV, with some tapes displaying a different title:

The Movie could not be sold on tape in the United States or Canada due to a conflict over the rights: the worldwide TV and VHS rights to the film were held by Universal while the North American VHS rights to Doctor Who the series were owned by CBS/Fox Video.


BBC intro

FOX US trailer

Canadian CHCH Channel 11 intro

FOX intro

FOX promo

FOX promo

BBC1 trailer