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Wednesday 30th March 2005

This Week In Doctor Who - Canada Series Premiere Week! - March 30, 2005
(posted 30th Mar 2005, 1:15pm - TWIDW post #0290)
March 30, 2005 - Vol 8, No 13
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Saturday 2 April:
BBC One - 7PM - Doctor Who: The End Of The World
BBC Three - 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential - Aliens: The Good, The
Bad, and The Ugly
Sunday 3 April:
BBC Three - 7PM - Doctor Who: The End Of The World
Tuesday 5 April:
CBC - 8PM - Doctor Who: Rose (Canadian premiere) (8:30PM
Congratulations to the new Doctor Who series and all involved. The
series won its timeslot on BBC One and the programmes on BBC Three
did very well for them. Ratings in the UK get refined as recordings
of the show are counted over the next week. Final results will be a
little higher assuming anyone recorded the show because they
couldn't see it live. Final numbers should be out from Barb next week.
UK Overnight Average Ratings (Premiere Weekend):
BBC1 26 March - Doctor Who: Rose - 9.9411 million average (43.20%
BBC1 26 March - Doctor Who - A New Dimension - 4.05670 million
average (26.08% share)
BBC3 26 March - Doctor Who Confidential - Back From The Future -
820,630 thousand average (5.45% share)
BBC 3 27 March - Doctor Who: Rose - 484,020 (3.51% share)
Ok, that was under-reacting a bit. The ratings were FANTASTIC!!!!!
The BBC put up a news article about the ratings .
The BBC's press campaign clearly paid off. 12 episodes to go.
Digital viewers in the UK noticed momentary sound problems on the
digital version of the BBC One broadcast, as audio from BBC Three's
Strictly Dance Fever tie-in show bled through. This was not present
on the Digital BBC One Scotland feed, as they were using a slightly
different version of the episode (no next week preview) to get done
in time for a football match. Analogue viewers apparently had no
sound problems, and BBC Three's Sunday encore had no problems.
Now there is the Canadian launch to look forward to. The aspect
ratio of the show has not been announced yet. Some areas of Canada
have an HDTV feed - if the CBC were to get the 16:9 widescreen
version of the show, it will air in full widescreen on this feed,
with 16:9 letterbox on analogue. Or the CBC might have a 14:9
version of the show like BBC One Analogue had. Tune in Tuesday to
the CBC and find out. Many cable and satellite viewers *in Canada*
have access to multiple time zone versions of the CBC, so hopefully
no one will miss the show.
Note: if you are trying to watch the CBC from the US to see Doctor Who, be
advised. 1) Doctor Who is airing at 8PM in each time zone, not the
8PM Eastern/Pacific, 7PM Central Mountain that US networks like to
do. So in some areas you have to choose between Doctor Who and
American Idol, in other areas between Doctor Who and House. 2) Make
sure your local CBC station is in the same time zone as you - if not
Doctor Who could air at 7 or 9PM your time and you'd need to watch
at the right time or miss it. 3) CBC is not on any satellite systems
you are intended to get in the US - if you attempt to obtain
Canadian satellite service, you operate at your own risk. 4) If you
are much beyond the over the air reception range of a CBC station,
you will be unlikely to get CBC on cable - if you can get CBC over
the air, the chance of it also being on cable is good. While I
cannot get CBC here in Virginia, I hope everyone in the border parts
of the US (Seattle, Detroit, Buffalo, etc) who want to see Doctor
Who can.
Italy makes five. The Media Guardian website reports in an article on upcoming Doctor Who toy merchandise that Sky Italia's entertainment channel Canal Jimmy has purchased the series (premiere date unknown). This makes the 5th broadcaster to agree to air the series to date (BBC One UK, CBC Canada, Prime TV New Zealand, Nederland 3 Netherlands, and Jimmy in Italy). It looks like the first cable/satellite only network to acquire the show - the other 4 broadcast over the air as well.
Shortly before this week's edition came out, I spotted a mention on the Outpost Gallifrey forum that Canal Jimmy also airs in France. The French Jimmy is . The schedule is different, so it should not be assumed that Doctor Who will air on Jimmy in France just because it'll be on Jimmy in Italy. We can't count France in the "bought Doctor Who" category yet, though at least parts of the country can get BBC One and see the show direct from the source.
As of this date, there has been no Australian sale. There is lots of speculation that ABC in Australia will buy the series after they have viewed and evaluated all 13 episodes, the latest from the Media Guardian article that noted the sale to Canal Jimmy.
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho- , TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
Messenger. The listings:
New Series General Information:
Saturday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-02 The End Of The World
16:9 Widescreen Digital
14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
The 2nd episode of the new series premieres.
Future Doctor Who Episodes:
9 April - 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
16 April - 1-04 Aliens of London
23 April - 1-05 World War Three
30 April - 1-06 Dalek
7 May - 1-07 The Long Game
14 May - 1-08 "TBA"
21 May - 1-09 The Empty Child
28 May - 1-10 The Doctor Dances
4 June - 1-11 Boom Town
11 June - 1-12 "TBA"
18 June - 1-13 The Parting of the Ways
BBC Three
Doctor Who Confidential
Saturday 7:45PM GMT DrWho Confidential 1-02 "Aliens: The Good, the
Bad and the Ugly"
Tie-in documentary series continues. Episode will go to the website
after broadcast.
Sunday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-02 The End Of The World
16:9 Widescreen
Further Doctor Who Confidential Episodes:
9 April - 1-03 TARDIS Tales
16 April - 1-04 "I Get A Side-Kick Out Of You"
23 April - 1-05 "Life On Earth"
30 April - 1-06 The Daleks
7 May - 1-07 The Dark Side
14 May - 1-08 "A Time And A Place"
21 May - 1-09 "FX"
28 May - 1-10 "The Weird Science Of Doctor Who"
4 June - 1-11 Unsung Heroes and Violent Death
11 June - 1-12 "The Cult Of Who"
18 June - 1-13 Finale
Doctor Who series repeats air Sundays 7PM after their BBC One
10 April - "Doctor Who Uncovered" 7:45 to 8PM BST
Outpost Gallifrey notes that this is a
radio program airing on BBC Three TV after their showing of "The
Unquiet Dead". There is no word on the content of this program.
BBC Radio Wales
Saturday 1:06PM Sunday 5:30PM BST "Dr Who Back In Time" pt 2 of 2
Radio documentary on the return of Doctor Who and its Welsh history,
from Terry Nation to the present. Should be available on Listen
Again later.
BBC Online
Doctor Who Confidential
1-01 "Back From The Future"
1-02 "Aliens: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" - expected online
after BBC Three broadcast
"Project: Who" (audio) - both 1 hour episodes
Various Video Diaries and trailers.
Tuesday 8PM (8:30PM Newfoundland) Doctor Who 1-01 Rose
Aspect ratio unknown. Canadian premiere of Doctor Who! Doctor Who
faces his greatest enemy ever - American Idol.
12 April - 1-02 The End Of The World
19 April - 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
26 April - 1-04 Aliens of London
Prime TV
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Aspect ratio unknown.
Nederland 3
Doctor Who premiere 2006?
Canal Jimmy
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
BBC Online
"Real Time" - starring Colin Baker and the Cybermen. 6 episodes. The
Doctor and Evelyn Smythe research a temple that has been yanking
scientists out of time, bringing them face to face with the future
of the Cybermen.
Shada - starring Paul McGann and Lalla Ward. 6 episodes. A retired
Time Lord in Cambridge needs the Doctor's help to recover a Time
Lord book before the corrupt scientist Skagra can find it.
"The Scream Of The Shalka" - starring Richard E. Grant. 6 episode
story. The Shalka prepare to conquer the Earth from below. Can the
Doctor be convinced to save the day one last time?
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 7:05-9AM BST The Creature from the Pit movie
Series 17, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker. K9 has a new voice and Romana installs a new part in the TARDIS. Soon the Doctor must investigate a distress call and a society run by an evil woman.
Sunday 7:05-9AM BST Nightmare of Eden movie
Series 17, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker. Doctor Who discovers drugs, space traffic laws, and insurance fraud in this classic story.
9 April The Horns of Nimon (7:20AM)
10 April The Leisure Hive (7:05AM)
16 April Meglos (7:05AM)
17 April Full Circle (7:05AM)
23 April State of Decay (7:05AM)
24 April Warriors' Gate (7AM)
30 April The Keeper of Traken (7AM)
1 May Logopolis (7AM)
7 May Castrovalva (7:05AM)
8 May Four To Doomsday (7:05AM)
14 May Kinda (7:05AM)
15 May The Visitation (7:05AM)
21 May Black Orchid (7AM)
22 May Earthshock (7AM)
28 May Time-Flight (7AM)
29 May Arc of Infinity (7AM)
Thursday 6:03PM The Invasion of Time pt 2 of 6
Monday 6:03PM The Invasion of Time pt 3 of 6
Tuesday 6:03PM The Invasion of Time pt 4 of 6
Wednesday 6:03PM The Invasion of Time pt 5 of 6

Season 15, Episodes 22 through 25. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor's presidency on Gallifrey is disrupted by an alien invasion, a palace revolt, and the Doctor's seeming insanity.
11 April The Ribos Operation
BBC Kids
Daily 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Changes to Daylight Savings Time Sunday February 3.
Wednesday Mawdryn Undead pts 1+2 of 4
Thursday Mawdryn Undead pts 3+4 of 4

Season 20, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Peter Davison.
A kid at a dead end in his life is offered a new life by a strange enigmatic figure who seems timeless. The kid is Turlough. The figure is the Black Guardian. The price is the death of the Doctor. Includes the return of Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
Friday Terminus pts 1+2 of 4
Season 20, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Turlough and Tegan get stuck under a grate.
Saturday State of Decay all 4 pts
Season 18, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Vampires, decay, and 1980 technology. The 4th Doctor, Romana, K9, and Adric must save a world from a menace from Gallifrey's past.
Sunday Warriors' Gate all 4 pts
Season 18, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
At the border between universes, the Doctor learns that the best form of action can be inaction.
Monday Terminus pts 3+4 of 4
Season 20, Episodes 15 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tuesday Enlightenment pts 1+2 of 4
Season 20, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Peter Davison.
A space race pits Eternals against each other, with human sailors' lives in grave danger. Is the Black Guardian behind it all?
7 April The King's Demons
8 April Warriors of the Deep
9 April The Keeper of Traken
10 April Logopolis
12 April The Awakening
13 April Frontios
15 April Planet of Fire
16 April Spearhead From Space BBC Kids premiere
17 April Doctor Who And The Silurians BBC Kids premiere
19 April The Caves of Androzani
21 April Destiny of the Daleks
23 & 24 April Pre-empted by Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy
American Who
Current Episode:
Patrick Troughton tribute. Interviews with many of the people who
knew the actor who was the 2nd Doctor.
Upcoming Episode:
4/15 - Jessica Carney, 30 years after the passing of her grandfather
William Hartnell (last new show of season, reruns till September)
Sci-Fi Overdrive
on Lifestyle Talk Radio (LTR)
and Business Talk Radio (BTR)
LTR Late Friday Midnight-2AM EST (9-11PM PST, 6-8AM BST, 4-6PM AEDT)
Live LTR Stream
BTR Late Sun/Early Mon 1-4AM EDT (10PM-1AM PDT, 6-9AM BST, 3-6PM
Live BTR Stream
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PST) (repeat of
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - News & Comment; reaction to Doctor Who UK premiere and
upcoming Canadian premiere; the passing of Andre Norton. Hour 2 -
Leonard David of Hour 3 - BTR only. Joseph Pearce, author
of "Tolkien: A Celebration" and "Tolkien: Man and Myth".
Starz! Movie Pack - Mystery
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Friday 2:45 + 11:05PM EST Eastern Feed / PST Western Feed
Thursday 14 April 6:50AM EDT Eastern Feed / PDT Western Feed
Thursday 21 April 7:40AM EDT Eastern Feed / PDT Western Feed
The Doctor is forced to land in San Francisco when the Master's
remains damage the TARDIS. Unless he can make repairs, the Earth
could be destroyed as the year 2000 hits.
Starz! Movie Pack - MoviePlex
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Friday 3:45PM + 12:05AM EST Eastern Feed / PST Western Feed
MPT Maryland
analog 22, 67, 31, 28, 62, 36
digital 22-2 (42-2), 67-2 (29-2), 31-2 (44-2), 28-2 (56-2), 62-2 (28-2), 36-2 (54-2)
DC/Hagerstown, Baltimore DirecTV 22,980
Baltimore Dish 22,8736
Late Saturday Midnight-2:20AM EST The Monster of Peladon movie
Season 11, Episodes 15 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The Doctor returns to Peladon 50 years after his last visit. The ruler has changed, but the paranoia, strife, and Galactic Federation remain much the same.
9 April Planet of the Spiders
16 April The Ribos Operation (12:05AM)
23 April The Pirate Planet (12:05AM)
analog 11, 32, 27, 12, 21, 24, 32, 36, 36
digital 11-2 (50-2), 32-2 (35-2), 27-2 (28-2), 45, 25, 18, 33, 35, 34
Des Moines DirecTV 11,474
Des Moines Dish 11,9116
Cedar Rapids DirecTV 12
Cedar Rapids Dish 12,9161
Omaha DirecTV 32
Omaha Dish 32,9146
Sioux City Dish 27,7195
Quad Cities DirecTV 36
Quad Cities Dish 36,7607 (not yet available)
Saturday 11:35PM CST Snakedance pts 1+2
Season 20, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Mara invades Tegan's mind again, forcing the Doctor and Nyssa to investigate the Mara's origins to save her.
9 April Snakedance pts 3+4
16 April Mawdryn Undead pts 1+2
23 April Mawdryn Undead pts 3+4
30 April Terminus pts 1+2
KUED/KUEW-DT/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/St. George/Richfield, UT
analog 7
digital 7-1 (42-1), 18-1, 19-1
Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
Saturday 11:30PM MST Four To Doomsday pt 4 of 4
Season 19, Episode 8. Doctor: Peter Davison. The Doctor refuses to let Bigons be bygons.
9 April Kinda pt 1
16 April Kinda pt 2
23 April Kinda pt 3
30 April Kinda pt 4
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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