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SWITZERLAND is in central Europe, and shares a border with France, Germany, Austria and Italy.


BBC Records

Doctor Who was available in Switzerland on satellite stations such as BBC Prime

In a BBC memo dated 7 July 1965, Switzerland was one of several European countries to which the series had been offered. The stories on offer were The Daleks, The Sensorites and The Dalek Invasion of Earth (tellingly, it was three 'futuristic' stories and no historicals!).

However, the offer was not accepted and no sale eventuated. (Of note, the same three stories were also offered to Sweden and Finland, suggesting some kind of proposed 'region deal'.)

Satellite TV

Doctor Who did not screen on any local Swiss television stations, but viewers could see the programme by tuning into transmissions from neighbouring countries such as Italy, France, and Germany.

In the late 1980s and 1990s, British satellite channels such as Super Channel and BBC Prime, both of which aired Doctor Who (see Cable and Satellite), were available.



The first Peter Cushing Dalek movie, "Dr Who and the Daleks" screened at the Nord Sud cinema in Geneva in August 1968.

Items of Interest

Billy Smart's Circus, with Jon Pertwee, televised in Switzerland on 7 January 1974

The circus special, "Billy Smart's Circus", featuring Jon Pertwee in the Whomobile, was shown on the French-language Télévision Suisse Romande (TVR) station on Monday, 7 January 1974.

Switzerland in Doctor Who