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BBC Lionheart Television awards cable TV rights to its classic and popular Doctor Who science-fiction series to the Sci-Fi Channel (1990)

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BBC Lionheart Television and the Sci-Fi Channel Friday announced that the Sci-Fi Channel, a new basic cable TV programming network, will be airing a minimum of 114 episodes of Doctor Who, the popular classic science-fiction series.

Doctor Who, with its 564 episodes, is the longest-running science fiction series in television history. In making the announcement, Sylvia Delia, vice president of cable sales for BBC Lionheart, stated: "Doctor Who has reached a cult status worldwide approaching Trekkie intensity. The series boasts an estimated 100 million viewers in 54 countries around the world.

"It also has scores of active fan clubs. Exposure on cable in the U.S. will provide Doctor Who with a broader, more commercial viewership and is part of BBC Lionheart's overall campaign to expose BBC programming to a new and more diverse audience. BBC Lionheart is delighted to start an important programming relationship with the Sci-Fi Channel.

"We expect the network will grow to become a significant presence in cable television."

"We are delighted by the addition of Doctor Who to our channel's programming line-up and to the start of a long-term relationship with BBC Lionheart," said Mitchell Rubenstein, president of the Sci-Fi Channel. "We anticipate that the substantial popularity of Doctor Who in the U.S., which has arisen from showings on PBS, will attract a large viewership to our network.

"For the first time, WHOVIANS, as Doctor Who fans are called, will have a uniform national time slot on our network to watch their favorite show."

The Sci-Fi Channel intends to produce original wraparounds for the series. The wraparounds will contain highlights of future Doctor Who episodes, fan call-ins, discussions of Doctor Who plots and characters and coverage of Doctor Who fan conventions throughout the world.

Doctor Who is a mysterious Time Lord -- a member of an advanced race of super beings with the ability to live 13 different lives and to regenerate their bodies just when they're on the brink of death, resulting in the total replacement of body, mind and actor! Doctor Who has regenerated himself seven times since the show began with seven different actors in the title role.

In his incomparable time machine, the TARDIS, (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) Doctor Who, our ageless guardian of peace, travels the universe to do battle with evil forces wherever they may be.

The Sci-Fi Channel, which recently acquired exclusive rights to all 1,225 episodes of the legendary gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, has scheduled Doctor Who to air immediately after Dark Shadows.

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is a member of the board of advisors of the Sci-Fi Channel along with famed science-fiction author Isaac Asimov.

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