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AUSTRALIAN TRANSMISSION HISTORY (Part Eight) (2003-etc)

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Block 28: "REPEATS" (ABC) ---- September 2003 to Feb 2006

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  • Doctor Who returned to its former home for a three year run of repeats, from 15 September 2003 until Friday, 3 February 2006, during which the ABC screened (Monday to Thursday, at 6.00pm) all available serials, from A to 7P (this did not include the TV Movie).
  • Each episode was preceded by a psychedelic title caption card saying "BACK TO THE FUTURE".


  • The first episode of An Unearthly Child followed the premiere of Dimensions (later renamed George Negus Tonight), which featured a capsule history of the series.
    • GEORGE NEGUS TONIGHT CLIP



  • The black and white first instalment of WWW had its first 'free to air' screening.

Due to rights issues with the estate of Terry Nation, the following serials scripted by him or which featured the Daleks could not screen:

This run also included several oddities with the prints supplied:

  • BB was the recently restored BBC VHS version.
  • BBB, CCC, EEE, were in black and white.
  • JJJ was the recolourised VHS version.
  • WWW episode 3 was the longer early edit.
  • XXX part 1 aired uncut for the first time.
  • 5C part two was an earlier edit, with extended scenes (as on the VHS release).
  • 6A and 6R aired unedited in Australia for the first time.
  • 6K aired in its four-part edition, albeit with the Dalek scenes removed, due to the same rights issues as noted above.
  • Part 7 or 8 of The Trial of a Time Lord aired without music or sound effect, and was erroneously credited as being written "by Pip & Jane Baker".


PROMOS

  • PROMO FOR WILLIAM HARTNELL repeats 2003]




Block 29: "REPEATS" (SCI-FI / syfy) ---- August 2011 onwards

Repeats 4A---- and onwards…
  • Starting on Wednesday, 17 August 2011, Doctor Who returned to Australian airwaves on the SCI-FI Channel (Foxtel Channel 125, then two hours later on Channel 165). The repeat run commenced with the Tom Baker episodes, two episodes back to back each night, airing weekdays from 5.30pm. (The same pair of episodes screened several times each day.)


  • To celebrate the occasion, the station held a "DOCTOR WHO TWEETUP" in four eastern cities.
  • The Baker run had concluded by mid December 2011 (on 14 December?).
  • After a break of a few months, the station began screening the Peter Davison stories from 19 March 2012, again two episodes back to back (uncut), and again repeated at various times throughout the day – for instance, in Sydney, the times were 12.30-1.25pm, 5.30-6.25pm, then 10.20-11.10pm.
  • All the Davison episodes with the exception of The Five Doctors, which was skipped, had concluded in early May 2012.
  • After a short break, and starting from 9 July 2012, all stories for Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy aired, concluding 5 September 2012.
    • For the season 22 stories, it appears that SCI-FI may have been supplied with the original 1985 45 minute versions, rather than the re-edited 25 minute episodes usually supplied to overseas stations. A new "cliffhanger" was inserted at a random point mid-way into the episode which did not correspond with the familiar "cliffhangers" that had been created for altered 25 minute versions.
  • The Colin Baker stories all aired otherwise uncut.
  • From 6 September 2012, the Jon Pertwee stories played, again two episodes per day. Doctor Who and the Silurians was the colour-restored version.
  • The Ambassadors of Death was the usual mix of colour and b/w episodes, while The Daemons was the colour-restored version.
  • For reasons that are unclear, but probably rights-related, Day of the Daleks was skipped.
  • Planet of the Daleks episode three was the restored colour version, making this the first time the story had aired in colour on television complete since the 1970s.
  • Invasion of the Dinosaurs part one was in b/w.
  • The final screening of 2012 was the last two episodes of Planet of the Spiders on Friday, 30 November 2012.
  • The renamed syfy channel continued to play Doctor Who throughout 2013, 2014 and into 2015...



Block 30: "REPEATS" (UKTV) ---- January 2013 onwards

Repeats A----F----K----BB----MM----TT----UU----XX----AAA----JJJ----RRR----XXX----4C----4E----4G----4N----4R----5Y----6D----6N----6P----6R6T----6V----6X----6W----6Z----7D----7H----7J----7M----7P----TV Movie----followed by New Series episodes
50th Anniversary Repeats A----MM----RRR---4N----6R----6Z----7M----TV Movie---New Series
  • As part of its own Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebrations, Australia's UKTV commenced a run of specially selected repeats, one Doctor per month, with one full story omnibus per week, on Sunday afternoons.
  • January was William Hartnell; February was Patrick Troughton; Jon Pertwee in March, and so on, throughout the year, ending with the eleventh Doctor in November. (The same stories also aired on New Zealand's UKTV channel.)
  • For the actual 50th anniversary, UKTV played one story for each Doctor, starting on 23 November 2013 at 5.30am (with the very first serial, A) and concluding on 24 November with a story from the eleventh Doctor (at 5.30pm), along with The Doctors Revisited specials.
  • UKTV continued to play Doctor Who during 2014 and into 2015


Table of Airdates in Australia
1965-67 | 1967-71 | 1971-75 | 1976-78 | 1979-82 | 1983-85 | 1985-90 | 1991-2002 | 2003-

THE AIRDATES COLUMNS ON EACH PAGE HAVE BEEN SEQUENCED TO REFLECT TRANSMISSION ORDER BY FIRST TO LAST REGION

PER = PERTH | DAR = DARWIN | ADE = ADELAIDE | MEL = MELBOURNE | HOB = HOBART

CAN = CANBERRA | SYD = SYDNEY | BRI = BRISBANE | RKH = ROCKHAMPTON | TVL = TOWNSVILLE

SUMMARY OF STATIONS


Key: BOLD = first airing | ITALICS = repeat (TABLE OF REPEATS IS HERE)

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