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article imageWho on Horror Weekend launches new Doctor Who season (VIDEO)

By Mathew Wace Peck     Apr 18, 2014 in Entertainment
A new season of Classic Doctor Who is set to begin this evening, with a marathon of Classic episodes, on the Horror Channel.
In the UK, over this Easter Bank Holiday weekend, “Who on Horror” comprises one serial from each of the first seven Doctors, as played by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy.
The very first story, An Unearthly Child, will kick-start proceedings this evening, with the “Who on Horror” Doctor Who-fest beginning at 7 p.m. BST.
The first episode of Doctor Who was originally broadcast over half a century ago, on Saturday, November 23, 1963; and was most recently repeated last year: on BBC Four, on Saturday, November 23, 2013 - exactly 50 years to the day of its first transmission.
Earlier this week, Tom Baker, who holds the record as longest-serving Doctor, launched “Who on Horror” at a Horror Channel press conference. The 81-year-old actor has also provided the voice-over for the official trailer for the season (see above).
Baker, who played the Fourth Doctor from 1974 to 1981, has returned to the show on two occasions. First, in 1993, for the 30th-anniversary special, Dimensions in Time. More recently, for last year's 50th-anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, Baker appeared alongside the then-current Doctor, Matt Smith. However, on that occasion, and rather mysteriously, he went by the name of the Curator, not the Doctor, leading to much speculation as to how that fits into the canon of the show.
Also shown today, this time on UKTV Watch, is a new documentary, Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith, which looks back at the four years Smith spent in the TARDIS.
Later this year, Smith's successor as the Doctor, Peter Capaldi, will be seen in his first full series, which will air on BBC One in the UK, BBC America in the US and other territories. As has happened every year since 2005, there will also be a Christmas special.
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