BBC Kids has issued a press release regarding their 40th anniversary
Doctor Who marathon. BBC Kids serves digital cable & satellite
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Guess Who's Turning 40?
BBC Kids Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Doctor Who with
40 Back-to-Back Episodes Beginning at 10 a.m. on November 23, 2003
Toronto. October X, 2003 In celebration of its fortieth year on
the small screen, BBC Kids will broadcast 40 back-to-back episodes
of the science fiction hit, Doctor Who. From the moment it first
aired November 23, 1963, Doctor Who has thrilled fans with the inter-
galactic adventures of The Doctor and his time/space-travel machine,
TARDIS. BBC Kids' Doctor Who Marathon begins on Sunday, November
at 10 a.m. ET and runs throughout the day and evening, ending
Monday, November 24 at 6 a.m. ET.
"Forty years after it's debut, Doctor Who airing
Canada on BBC Kids consistently attracts loyal viewers and has
spawned legions of followers and exhaustive fan sites," says John
Gill, Senior V.P. Programming, BBC Kids. "BBC Kids is celebrating
this milestone in style, offering viewers the opportunity to relive
The Doctor's many adventures while introducing a whole new
generation of fans to the classic villains and monsters of
The longest-running science fiction series in history, Doctor Who
has experienced many transformations throughout its 26-season run,
including seven different actors in the title role. The newest, and
perhaps longest-awaited, evolution is a fresh incarnation of the
series currently in production for BBC One in the U.K.
BBC Kids' time travel marathon will feature nine favourite
storylines featuring Tom Baker as The Doctor, including two stories
written by the late Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy). The marathon includes:
The Ark In Space (Sun., Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. ET)
The Doctor, Sarah and Harry discover the last survivors of the human
race held in suspended animation on the now-deserted planet Earth.
Genesis of the Daleks (Sun., Nov. 23 at 12 p.m. ET)
The Doctor has a chance to alter the course of history by preventing
the genesis of the Dalek race, saving the universe from their future
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Pyramids of Mars (Sun., Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. ET)
The TARDIS time-travel machine arrives on Earth in 1911,
materializing inside an old priory owned by Egyptologist Marcus
The Deadly Assassin (Sun., Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. ET)
The Doctor arrives on his home planet, Gallifrey, where he is
accused of assassinating the Time Lord president.
The Robots of Death (Sun., Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. ET)
The TARDIS materializes on board a massive sandminer vehicle combing
an alien world for precious minerals.
The Talons of Weng-Chiang (Sun., Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. ET)
Arriving in London at the end of the 19th century, the Doctor and
Leela learn that hairs taken from the clothing of a dead body found
floating in the Thames seem to have originated from a very large rat.
The Pirate Planet (Mon., Nov. 24 at 12 a.m. ET)
The TARDIS lands on Zanak a planet run by an evil Cyborg pirate
captain that has been hollowed out and fitted with engines so
it can travel through space.
City of Death (Mon., Nov. 24 at 2 a.m. ET)
The Doctor and Romana are enjoying a holiday in Paris in 1979, when
they become aware of a fracture in time.
Logopolis (Mon., Nov. 24 at 4 a.m. ET)
In order to prevent his arch-enemy, the Master, from destroying the
Universe, the Doctor must make the ultimate sacrifice.
The first-ever BBC children's channel, BBC Kids offers an impressive
lineup of unique, high-quality children's programming. With
exclusive access to programs never seen before in Canada, BBC Kids
helps children see their world in a new and exciting way. For more
information about BBC Kids, please visit www.bbckids.ca
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