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Tuesday 12th October 2004

TWIDW Alert: NHPTV New Hampshire Drops Doctor Who November 13
(posted 12th Oct 2004, 7:38pm - TWIDW post #0254)
New Hampshire Public TV sent out an e-mail to Doctor Who fans who support their station today breaking some sad news. After 24 years, Doctor Who will end its run on the NHPTV stations.
From: ViewerServices programming@...
Subject: Doctor Who ending November 13
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 10:56:49 -0400

Dear Doctor Who fans,

We are sorry to inform you that "Doctor Who"'s last appearance on New Hampshire Public Television will be Saturday, November 13th. There are many wonderful programs that NHPTV would like to air and unfortunately, we cannot maintain "Doctor Who" and introduce new programs to our schedule. We are very sorry to disappoint you.

Our contract with the BBC for "Doctor Who" expires this fall and we will not be renewing it. The British programs are extraordinarly expensive and in this tough budget year, we just can't afford them anymore. "Doctor Who" is probably one of the most expensive British programs we air. We realize that NHPTV is the only public television in NE that is still airing "Doctor Who." NHPTV is sensitive to our science fiction viewers and we are looking for alternative programs, but have not found anything comparable yet.

There are at least a few weeks of the good Doctor left to enjoy though. Six different episodes will air this month, with the last episode set for November 13th. Also, many of the "Doctor Who" series are also available on DVD now:

Again, thank you for your understanding and we hope that you will continue to enjoy and support NHPTV programs that entertain, educate and enrich.


Tamara Hindle
Viewer Services
New Hampshire Public Television
Members of the Outpost Gallifrey forum can read a brief history of NHPTV's role as a Doctor Who broadcaster over the last 24 years in the TV series section of the forum. I'll try to get permission to use that version or another version for tomorrow's This Week In Doctor Who column.
Based on the cancellation date, the remaining Doctor Who episodes on
NHPTV should be:
Saturday 10/16 11PM - The Masque of Mandragora 4
Saturday 10/23 11PM - The Hand Of Fear parts 1+2
Saturday 10/30 11:30PM - The Hand Of Fear part 3 (special time)
Saturday 11/6 11?PM - The Hand Of Fear 4
Saturday 11/13 - ???
This news leaves 7 regular Doctor Who affiliates in the US:
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
MPT Maryland
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
KBTC/KCKA 28,15 Tacoma/Centralia, WA
Farewell, NHPTV. And thanks for 24 years of service to the Doctor Who community.
Benjamin F. Elliott