Horror Channel is about to play host to Doctor Who.
The genre channel has sealed a deal with BBC Worldwide to screen 30 stories from the classic series, which originally aired on the BBC from 1969-1993. Amongst the 30 stories that Horror Channel has licensed from BBC Worldwide are An Unearthly Child, The Sea Devils, Genesis of the Daleks and The Caves of Androzani.
Horror Channel plans to air Doctor Who in daytime an evening slots and will begin with An Unearthly Child starring William Hartnell on Friday April 18th. They are also planning a marathon on Easter weekend, featuring each of the Doctors, titled Who On Horror. Following that marathon, there will be weekday double-bills of Doctor Who.
“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 loved and well known programmes from seven classic Doctors – stories that terrified, thrilled and captured the imagination of children and adults through the decades”, said Alina Florea, Director of Programming for Horror Channel. “Doctor Who joins a long line of well-loved classic series we have endeavoured to showcase on Horror Channel over the last few years.”
While Sam Tewugwa, Commercial Director of TV and VOD Sales for BBC Worldwide, added: “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 Horror Channel.”