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Catch Classic Who on The Horror Channel This Easter

doctors-horror-channelThe Horror Channel have announced that 30 episodes from the Classic era of Doctor Who will begin airing from Easter.

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Fans of Doctor Who are set to find the TARDIS materialising at a new location this Easter as a selection of the Time Lord’s classic adventures in space and time start screening on Horror Channel. The UK’s prime home for fans of horror, fantasy and sci-fi has completed a deal with BBC Worldwide to broadcast 30 adventures from the Classic series which ran 1963 to 1989 featuring the first seven Doctors, starting with William Hartnell and concluding with Sylvester McCoy.

This specially curated season give fans old and new a chance to get re-acquainted with favourite companions Jamie McCrimmon, Jo Grant and Sarah Jane Smith, rogue Time Lords such as The Master, Omega and The Rani and all those iconic monsters including Daleks, Cybermen, Sea Devils and Ice Warriors.

Launching on Friday 18th April (Good Friday) the season begins with the very first story An Unearthly Child, starring William Hartnell as the Doctor. It then leads into a special WHO ON HORROR weekend – a classic marathon featuring one story from each of the Doctors across the Easter weekend. There will then be weekday double-bills in daytime and evening slots with stories shown in chronological order starting on Easter Monday 21st April. Horror Channel is screening some of the most memorable adventures that the show produced including The Mind Robber, The Daemons, Genesis Of The Daleks, The Talons Of Weng Chiang, The Caves Of Androzani, Attack Of The Cybermen and The Curse Of Fenric.

Many emphasise the horror elements of the programme from the first scary moments the Daleks appeared, to encounters with giant spiders and maggots, and even battles with Mary Whitehouse over the violent content of the show during Tom Baker’s era.

Alina Florea, Director of Programming, said today: “Doctor Who is an iconic series and we are proud and excited to welcome this giant of British television to our channel. The line-up will include some of the most revered from seven classic Doctors – stories that terrified, thrilled and captured the imagination of children and adults through the decades. Doctor Who joins a long line of well-loved classic series we have endeavoured to showcase on Horror Channel over the last few years.”

Sam Tewugwa, Commercial Director, TV and VOD Sales at BBC Worldwide commented: “This is a great new way for fans to enjoy classic Doctor Who stories. Our discovery of missing episodes of Doctor Who last year highlighted the fans’ appetite for classic episodes to be made more widely available and we’re delighted to be able to extend that through the series available on the channel”

UK viewers can find Horror Channel on Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138.

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DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

I just looked at the Horror Channel Schedue, there NOT brodcasting them in feature length episodes like on UKTV Gold in 90s ,but in individual episodes (part one then part two and so forth ) meaning you have to individually record each half hour episode and all 4 episodes for one f**kin Story. It's crap, I hate recording a half hour then have to set it to record another half hour, in this day and age they should broadcast them as 2 hour movies :( but I'm still goanna record them.

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

I just looked at the Horror Channel Schedue, there brodcasting them in feature leghorn episodes like on UKTV Gold in 90s ,but in individual episodes (part one then part two and so forth ) meaning you have to individually record each half hour episode and all 4 episodes for one f**kin Story. It's crap, I hate recording a half hour them have to set it to record another half hour, in this day and age they should broadcast them as 2 hour movies :( but I'm still goanna record them.

JordanDeanStacey
JordanDeanStacey

Well i all ready got every doctor who on dvd but i cant for this for some reason 

JohnTheMod
JohnTheMod

Seriously.  Why does no one in the US show Classic Who on TV?  





Polyphase
Polyphase

I'm jealous but atleast my Moonbase and Web of Fear dvd's arrived :)

JFrance
JFrance

Wow, This is great news. 

IceDaleks
IceDaleks

I didn't even know Sky had horror channel, I just use the normal sky movies. Also, I like how I pay for every channel on sky, and they are going to show my favourite TV show on a free channel :D. This means I will have modern day Doctor Who on Watch, and Classic Doctor Who on Horror! This is so good!

floppy_who
floppy_who

Hopefully it'll be like UKGold all over again. Ah, how I miss those Who-filled Sunday mornings of the early 1990s.....

:-)

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

I never knew I had access to that channel, but can get it on Freesat :-)

Baker Street is excited for Series 8!
Baker Street is excited for Series 8!

Is that the complete list? Because the number of serials it lists is 7, while the total of all of the parts of those serials is 32. Or has the 32 been rounded down to 30?

The_Doctor_
The_Doctor_

Ugh, i live in the UK but i have YouView with TalkTalk, and i don't think the channel is on there -.-

Daleky
Daleky

I honestly had no clue that there even was a Horror channel.

Special Weapons Dalek
Special Weapons Dalek

The only classic on that list I have not which is Talons Of Weng-Chiang and I already have it, is that the full list or are there more?

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

Saw this! Love it. Love how they're broadcasting more classics like they used to.

The Administrator
The Administrator

Considering I finish University in Easter, I know what I'm doing all Easter :P


sushigal007
sushigal007

Oh, well now I know what I'm doing this Easter. It'll mean a break in my 'watch Doctor Who in order' schedule, but what the hell, I already broke it to watch The Moonbase.

The Questor
The Questor

This is excellent news. I`ll grab the TV remote and record as much episodes as possible. 

The Finn
The Finn

"Many emphasise the horror elements of the programme from the first scary moments the Daleks appeared, to encounters with giant spiders and maggots, and even battles with Mary Whitehouse over the violent content of the show during Tom Baker’s era." I don't know why, but that made me LOL XD




themidsummerboulevard
themidsummerboulevard

@Baker Street  I reckon it'll be similar to the omnibus editions that used to be on UK Gold years ago. So one episode equals one serial (give or take the ad breaks). This way they'll be more serials on the channel..  Don't know the maths, but it should last for a few months hopefully!

IceDaleks
IceDaleks

If you think BC America get a lot of Doctor Who specials such as Doctor Who: Explained and Doctor Who: The Companions. So it's nice for us Britains to get something that is just for us for once...

DasManiac
DasManiac

@grumpyoldcow I wish they'd air this stuff too. But sadly if they do they'll only be able to use the unrestored versions and then crop the episodes because people only want widescreen. Then there's the fact that many stories are now unavailable on DVD here. I can now never own The Time Meddler or The War Games. The same thing happened to DragonBall Z. Funimation created a poll and people overwhelmingly voted for widescreen (cropped).