Middle East

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Listings schedule (June 1986) of TV stations for Gulf nations (Only Dubai 33 has "Dr Who")

The Middle East is a region that covers the north west of Africa through to Arabia and the Persian Gulf. Arabic is the principal language spoken in Middle Eastern countries.

The BBC sold Doctor Who to several Middle Eastern countries from 1967 to 1969 (William Hartnell stories), and in the mid-1970s, Jon Pertwee stories and Tom Baker stories.


  • Refer to the chapter on Arabic for more details about sales of الدكتور هو to Middle Eastern countries.


The Middle East in Doctor Who

Non country specific references to the Middle East have featured in the following stories:

  • Scorby served as a mercenary in Africa and the Middle East (The Seeds of Doom).
  • Garron tried to sell Sydney Harbour – but not the Opera House - to an Arab (The Ribos Operation).


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