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 of Doctor Who which ran 1963 to 1989 featuring the first seven Doctors, starting with William Hartnell and concluding with Sylvester McCoy.
The Fourth Doctor himself, Tom Baker, joined Horror Channel to celebrate the arrival of classic Doctor Who on the channel at a special launch event in London yesterday and spoke about why we enjoy being scared by the show that has just celebrated its 50th anniversary.
"We all want to get away from sanity and chastity and virtue and be frightened into another world," he said. "In reality, of course, we want nice neighbours and no crime."
Launching on Fri 18 April (Good Friday) the specially curated 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. Look out for 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.
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.”
Check back for some exclusive photos of Tom Baker at the Horror Channel WHO ON HORROR launch event and find out what he had to say about the other Doctors, his companions, his fans and his filming memories. There'll also be a schedule so you can plan your Easter weekend viewing and plenty more fun stuff coming from Horror Channel
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