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Television, colloquially known as telly, was a system that allowed people to view broadcast plays, news, drama and comedy. It was a major source of entertainment and information on Earth from the mid 20th century onwards.

The Sixth Doctor once dreamed that his adventures were broadcast on television. (PROSE: Christmas Special)


In 1066, the Monk believed that his meddling with history to change the course of the Battle of Hastings would lead to Shakespeare putting the play Hamlet on television. The First Doctor responded that he knew the medium. (TV: "Checkmate")

In 1903, after receiving a wealth of information from the future, Grigori Rasputin foresaw the creation of television. (AUDIO: The Wanderer)

The First Doctor claimed that television sets first appeared on Earth in the 1930s. (AUDIO: Upstairs) The television was invented by John Logie Baird during the 1920s and was commonly known as a televisor in its earliest years. As they were still experimental devices, very few people owned one at that time. UK Prime Minister of the era, (PROSE: The Wheel of Ice) Ramsay MacDonald, (AUDIO: Storm Warning) was among these few, as were the family of Josie Laws McRae, as her father was a lawyer who worked for the Logie Baird company in Long Acre. On 14 July 1930, the BBC broadcast a television adaptation of The Man with the Flower in His Mouth by Luigi Pirandello. This was the first television drama to be produced in the United Kingdom. Provided that it was successful, the BBC was considering producing a television adaptation of Black Orchid by George Cranleigh. (PROSE: The Wheel of Ice)

By the early 1950s, the sets were already highly developed, although advances would continue to be made. The Wire tried to regain a physical body by using an Alexandra Palace television transmission of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953, but the Tenth Doctor managed to trap her in a video cassette. (TV: The Idiot's Lantern)

On 20 July 1969, according to the Eleventh Doctor, half a billion people watched the Apollo 11 moon landing live on television. (TV: Day of the Moon)

By 1998, television had become interactive thanks to technology introduced by I2. (PROSE: System Shock)

By the early 21st century, they were also holographic, capable of 3-D broadcasting. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Warhead)

By 2025, pocket-sized, portable televisions were extremely common. (AUDIO: Energy of the Daleks)

Television was one of the mediums in which humanity created artistic renderings of its archenemies the Daleks, whose place in human popular culture became considerable. There were also Dalek stage plays and merchandising. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)

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In the far future, television was still a popular pastime. Violent television was much more common than before in such places as the planet Varos and in the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. (TV: Vengeance on Varos, Bad Wolf)

Other human nations, such as the New Earth Republic, liked to watch shows from old Earth. (PROSE: Synthespians™)

On Atrios, there was a television system that broadcasted dramas and political messages. (TV: The Armageddon Factor)

On Sto, watching TV was also popular. There was a popular series called By the Light of the Asteroid that involved twins. (TV: Voyage of the Damned)

Television existed on Traken but it never became a popular form of entertainment. (PROSE: Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life)

Television existed on Skaro towards the end of the Thousand Year War. Captain Croag and the Highland Rangers was a Kaled propaganda television series. Davros watched it as a child, as did his elder half-sister Yarvell. (AUDIO: Guilt)

Television existed on Mondas at the time of the creation of the Cybermen. (AUDIO: Spare Parts)