Doctor Who On PBS
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For the last several months my local PBS Station Maryland Public Television (MPT) hasn't been running any Dcotor Who episodes they always seem to have other things scheduled in the old Doctor Who time slot. In the past they would always start at midnight Saturday night (Sunday morning) and go to at least 1:30 AM and they would run all the episodes from the First Doctor William Hartnell through the 7th Doctor Sylvester McCoy. When they have shown any Doctor Who episodes it has always been the 45 minute episodes of the 9th Doctor Christopher Eccleston and then 15 minutes behind the scenes of the making of Doctor Who which kind of ruins it for you.
I've been meaning to get in touch with them and see what is up with the disappearance of Doctor Who from their schedule. Personally, I would prefer they go back to the old format and forget about the 45 minute episodes. I always looked forward to watching Doctor Who on MPT and I would sometimes phone in to Pledge to MPT for Doctor Who during their Pledge Drives.
"Maryland Public TV has told viewers that their rights to Doctor Who have expired. This would presumably be the rights to classic Who, as MPT has the right to air Series 1 another 2 times before February 28, 2009. Doctor Who is off the schedule for the first time in at least 23 years! They indicated that they might be able to get new episodes later. It is unknown if they have purchased Series 2 of new Who, which is available."
Thanks for the update fluteflute I wasn't aware of this. And all this time I thought it was MPT doing it deliberately. I just don't care for the 45 minute episodes. What a waste!! Why did they have to go and change the formula that worked forever? I can remeber when both WETA channel 26 and MPT channel 3 both carried Doctor Who at the same time.
I think I might invest in buying the William Hartnell Doctor Who episodes on DVD as well Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, etc. I already own several Doctor Who VHS tapes including the Peter Cushing movies.
sadly some of Hartnells and many of Toughtons episodes are lost forever. I appreciate the chance to see what is still available, and the BBC seems to have stepped up their "classic series" DVD releases to almost one-per-month, so the list of available DVDs is growing faster than ever.
I believe all the "lost episodes" are available on audio CD, with linking narration provided (usually) by an actor who portrayed a companion in the story. Between these audios and the "Missing Adventure" and "Past Doctor Adventure" book series' I've gained a greater appreciation of 60s Doctor Who.
It's a sad time for MPT - I'm sure they did all they could. They've had a strong fan base donating to keep the show on for ages.
I have all the existing episodes (except 2 or 3) recorded from MPT, my dad taped them (since I don't live within MPT broadcasting range anymore) - lots of fond memories of watching with fellow MPTers.
My video collection includes several DW fund-raisers on MPT, with their clueless hosts often mistaking all the doctors and episodes for one another. One host, frustrated with callers correcting him, reiterates that he is *certain* that 'Robots of Death' features Pertwee and other beautiful flubs. The station usually did a good job of broadcasting in order. Local Klingon groups (SF fans is SF fans) answering the phones while 'Doctoring The TARDIS' plays on a loop, etc.
Good times :)
I used to love to see Tom Baker Sylvester McCoy and his companion, Ace, Sophie Aldred brought in to help get the phones ringing during their PBS Pledge Drives. I have mugs and t-shirts I got for Doctor Who from my Pledge Donations to MPT. However, THE Best thing I ever got from MPT for one of my Pledges is the Signed numbered Limited Edition of the Al HirschfeldThe Seven Doctors. I got it in the Spring of '89 when they were offering it for a Pledge of $500.00. I still have it to this day. Once I got it I had it framed. In the'90s I used to see them for Sale in the Sci-Fi Magazine, 1-800-TREKKER. At the time they were being offered for $1,995.00. I have no idea what they are worth in today's market. I'm just curious to know what it's worth so I can have it properly Insured, not that I'm interested in Selling it. I also have a couple of Doctor Who LP Albums. One of them being the Doctoring The Tardis. I have entered and won some of the MPT Auctions and won some really cool Doctor Who stuff like Comic Books, VHS Video Tapes and an Autographed Post Card from Doctor #7, Sylvester McCoy and his Companion, Sophie Aldred.
I sent The Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd an E-Mail asking them what my Al Hisrchfeld Limited Edition Lithograph of The Seven Doctors is worth in today's market. I hope to hear from them real soon. It will be very interesting to find out exactly how much it is worth now.
The Hirschfeld lithograph was the best incentive they offered, I remember that pledge drive and how much I wanted it. I didn't have the cash, unfortunately.
Yea, I totally agree with you there. I can remember at the time thinking whether or not I should spend the $500 on The Hirschfeld Lithograph. Impulse won out and I figured I might as well because they started selling and I was afraid I might miss out on them. Later on in other Pledge Drives they had the image of The Seven Doctors put on t-shirts and tote bags as part of the selection of gifts you got for Pledging a certain amount of money. I also have a coffee mug that has the Tardis appear when you pour hot liquid in it and two glasses that when you pour cold liquid in it the Tardis appears at 76 Trotters Lane.
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