United States--1991-

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United States--1991-2010s

Sci-Fi Channel flyer
TV Guide print ad for the 1996 "Doctor Who" movie, for FOX affiliate stations in the New York state area: WOLF (38), WICZ (40), WSYT (68), WNYW (5)



  • By August 1992: The newly-recovered "missing" Patrick Troughton story, The Tomb of the Cybermen, is added to the syndication package, increasing the number of available second Doctor stories from five to six:


One story, four episodes (also "movie length" omnibus):

MM The Tomb of the Cybermen 4


  • December 1993: By the end of the year, SCI-FI drops Doctor Who from its schedule.
  • 1994: More and more PBS stations do not renew their contracts.
  • 1995-96: Production on the TV Movie commences.

SYLVESTER McCOY (continued)


TV Movie, 84 minutes:

TVM The TV Movie 1
  • 14 May 1996: The TV Movie screens as the FOX TUESDAY NIGHT MOVIE.
  • 20 May 1996: Jon Pertwee dies while on holiday in Connecticut.
  • The TV Movie was to have been repeated on 31 December 1996, but it was pulled at the eleventh hour.
  • 1998: By early 1998, only a handful of PBS stations were still regularly screening the series, such as: Iowa, Denver, San Jose, Baltimore, and Cincinnati.

Into the 2000s...

  • By the turn of the millennium, sales of Doctor Who had all but dried up, and by 2001, Doctor Who begins to fade from television screens in America... Except for WENH in Denham, New Hampshire, which still airs the series, eventually dropping it in November 2004.
  • 17 March 2006 to 5 April 2008: The NEW SERIES (the first four new series only) screens on the Sci-Fi Channel.
  • 27 June 2009: The NEW SERIES shifts to BBC America, who screen the run of Specials and all subsequent seasons.
  • From 2011, KBTC in Tacoma, Washington became the sole USA station still screening "classic" episodes of Doctor Who.
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One story, five episodes:

QQ The Web of Fear 5

- The still-missing third episode is covered by a special on-camera narration provided by Lars Pearson.

  • 7 May 2016: Station KERA in Dallas starts repeating the Tom Baker episodes.
  • The station continues to screen selected "classic" episodes from time to time over the next few years; from 7 July 2018 they screened for the first time a run of William Hartnell stories.