Saturday, March 15, 2014

Classic Who on UK television

Doctor Who fans are set to find the TARDIS materialising at a new location this Easter as a selection of the Time Lord’s classic adventures in time and space start screening on the 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 stories from the classic series.

Launching on Fri April 18, 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 Mon 21 April.

Horror Channel is screening many of the stories that are regarded as the most memorable 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. 

The Horror Channel is available in the UK on Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138.

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