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Wednesday 4th May 2005

This Week In Doctor Who - May 4, 2005
(posted 4th May 2005, 11:47am - TWIDW post #0303)
May 4, 2005 - Vol 8, No 18
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Dalek wins in ratings. A clipped Confidential. CBC stories. No
Destiny for Daleks in Australia.
Saturday 7 May:
BBC One - 7PM - Doctor Who: The Long Game
BBC Three - 7:45PM + 12:55AM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Dark Side
BBC Three - 12:10AM - Doctor Who: The Long Game
Sunday 8 May:
BBC Three - 7PM - Doctor Who: The Long Game
BBC Three - 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Dark Side (15
Tuesday 10 May:
CBC - 8PM - Doctor Who: Dalek
Saturday 21 May:
ABC Australia - 7:30PM - Doctor Who: Rose (Australian premiere)
UK Overnight Ratings:
BBC 1 30 April - Doctor Who: Dalek - 7.83 million average viewers
(42.73% share)
BBC 3 30 April 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Daleks -
504,051 average viewers (4.1% share)
BBC 3 30 April 12:15AM - Doctor Who: Dalek - 175,740 average viewers
(4.0% share)
BBC 3 30 April 1AM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Daleks - 105,800
average viewers (3.7% share)
BBC 3 1 May - Doctor Who: Dalek - 543,960 average viewers (4.6%
BBC 3 1 May - Doctor Who Confidential: The Daleks - 339,970 average
viewers (2.7% share)
UK Final Ratings:
BBC 1 16 April - Doctor Who: Aliens Of London - 7.63 million viewers
CBC Canada Ratings:
26 April - Doctor Who: Aliens Of London - 849,000 viewers. #2 in
time slot.
Doctor Who continues as a ratings juggernaut for the BBC. The final
numbers for BBC One 16 April showed that
Aliens Of London pulled ahead of the season finale of Ant and Dec on
ITV . The overnights for 30 April showed Dalek
beating Celebrity Wrestling by nearly 5 million viewers and getting
the highest ratings for any show on TV that night. Repeats on BBC
Three continued performing well above
the average for that channel. 7 more weekends of joy for the BBC
before the season ends.
The 15 minute edited version of Doctor Who Confidential on Sundays
is here to stay. BBC Three wanted a shorter version so that they
could go to other programming at 8PM. The 15 minute edits will focus
on the new series, largely dropping the footage from the original
series in each episode. If you want to see all 30 minutes of
Confidential, catch one of the two Saturday airings or squint very
hard at the Realplayer version on the Doctor Who website .
BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, and BBC News 24 were seen by viewers
around the world online last weekend. Due to a technical mistake,
experimental multicast feeds of these channels (available at up to
365kbs) were online most of the weekend. Personally, I learned of
this in time to see part of Dalek on my own computer live with the
UK audience. The level of quality for a live online broadcast was
very impressive. Better - it was a terrific episode. Writer Rob
Shearman, director Joe Ahearne, and the cast excelled themselves.
Noticing the mistake, the feeds were taken off public view Sunday
evening UK time. It's a nice tease for the future of technology.
Canadian alert 1! Did the beginning of World War Three look very
strange to you last night? Like the pre-opening credits cliffhanger
resolution was missing? That's because it was missing. The CBC
omitted it (presumably by accident).
Canadian alert 2! Elections in British Columbia occur on Tuesday 17
May. The CBC station in Vancouver that serves British Columbia and
parts of the Northwest US will air election coverage that evening
instead of the scheduled Doctor Who episode (1-07 The Long Game). It
appears that there are no plans to air the episode at another time
for this part of the country. If you are in the affected part of
Canada and want to politely contact the CBC to request that the episode airs at
some point, use the following methods. Don't bother any impolite
contacts - those would not help.
Audience Relations: 604-662-6920
Mailing Address:
CBC British Columbia
700 Hamilton Street, PO Box 4600
Vancouver, BC V6B 4A2
Hopefully the CBC will find some solution to enable everyone to see
the episode. If you have access to multiple feeds of the CBC, The
Long Game should air in the rest of the country on 17 May with no
Addendum. As of this column's publication time the CBC's TV listings
for Vancouver and the US TV Guide - zip code
98405 Comcast Cable CBUT 99 both show that the CBC in British
Columbia is airing regular programming on the 17th, including Doctor
Who. If those listings are to be believed, the CBC is not airing any
election coverage. Hmm.
ABC Australia will skip the Dalek story Destiny of the Daleks in its weekday run of the series, going to City of Death on Wednesday 25 May. This is a surprise as the ABC had previously announced a deal to air all the Dalek installments from the Pertwee story Death to the Daleks onwards.
Starz and Encore have
redesigned their web sites in the US. Their combined movie pack no
longer references the 1996 Doctor Who film as a movie they have.
That could be by accident, or the movie could be available for
networks to buy/ignore again. It is not on the schedules of the
Starz or Encore channels for May or June.
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 1-07 The Long Game
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Future Doctor Who Episodes:
14 May - 1-08 Father's Day
21 May - 1-09 The Empty Child
28 May - 1-10 The Doctor Dances
4 June - 1-11 Boom Town
11 June - 1-12 Bad Wolf
18 June - 1-13 The Parting of the Ways
BBC Three
Doctor Who Confidential
Saturday 7:45PM & 12:55AM BST DrWho Confidential 1-07 The Dark Side
Sunday 7:45PM BST DrWho Confidential 1-07 The Dark Side (15 minute
Late Saturday 12:10AM, Sunday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-07 The Long Game
16:9 Widescreen
Further Doctor Who Confidential Episodes:
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 late Saturdays 12ishAM and Sundays 7PM
after their BBC One premieres.
BBC Online
Doctor Who Confidential
1-01 "Back From The Future"
1-02 "Aliens: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
1-03 TARDIS Tales
1-04 "I Get A Side-Kick Out Of You"
1-05 "Life On Earth"
1-06 The Daleks
1-07 The Dark Side - online after BBC Three premiere
Various Video Diaries and trailers.
BBC Radio Wales
Sunday 4:30PM BST (11:30AM EDT, 8:30AM PDT) "Dr Who Back In Time" pt
3 (Dalek Nation)
Encore of the 3rd and final part of BBC Radio Wales' documentary
looking at the return of Doctor Who. This episode focuses on the
Daleks and works best if you have seen Dalek (episode 6).
Tuesday 8PM (8:30PM Newfoundland) Doctor Who 1-06 Dalek
16:9 widescreen digital, 16:9 letterbox analog
17 May - 1-07 The Long Game (except British Columbia)
24 May - 1-08 Father's Day
31 May - 1-09 The Empty Child
7 June - 1-10 The Doctor Dances
14 June - 1-11 Boom Town
21 June - 1-12 Bad Wolf
28 June - 1-13 The Parting of the Ways
"The Planet Of The Doctor" exclusive 6 part CBC.CA documentary
Episode 1 online date TBA
Thomsonfly Airlines
Rose on all in-flight movie systems
Doctor Who premieres 21 May 7:30PM.
16:9 Digital; Analogue Apsect ratio unknown.
21 May - 1-01 Rose
28 May - 1-02 The End Of The World
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?
Sunday 6PM & Midnight BST "The Ghosts Of N-Space" pt 3 of 6
Listen Again - realplayer format, available from Monday
Jon Pertwee's 2nd and final Doctor Who radio drama. Ghostly
appearances at a castle owned by the Brigadier's eccentric uncle
draw the attention of the 3rd Doctor, Sarah, and Jeremy. Part 2 is
available until Sunday at the same links above.
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 7:05-9AM BST Castrovalva movie
Series 19, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison. The Doctor's regeneration leaves him weakened and the TARDIS crew unprepared for the Master's continued attacks. To save the ship and the Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan search for Castrovalva.
Sunday 7:05-9AM BST Four To Doomsday movie
Series 19, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison. Four days from Earth, the four (ok, three) Urbankans running their ship meet the 4 members of the TARDIS crew. Four representatives of humanity are also on the ship. With 4 different ideas of how to deal with the Urbankans, the Doctor and company find that a TARDIS crew divided against itself makes a lot of mistakes.
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)
4 June Snakedance (7:05AM)
5 June Mawdryn Undead (7AM)
11 June Terminus (7:05AM)
12 June Enlightenment (7AM)
18 June The King's Demons (8AM)
19 June Warriors of the Deep (7:05AM)
25 June The Awakening (8AM)
26 June Frontios (7AM)
Thursday 6:03PM The Androids of Tara pt 4 of 4
Season 16, Episode 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor disrupts a wedding and does battle with Count Grendel.
Monday 6:05PM The Power of Kroll pt 1 of 4
Tuesday 6:05PM The Power of Kroll pt 2 of 4
Wednesday 6:05PM The Power of Kroll pt 3 of 4

Season 16, Episodes 17 through 19. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A swamp planet holds the 5th segment of the Key To Time. It also holds an enormous sea creature that starts to eat the crew of a refinery and the native population.
16 May The Armageddon Factor
21 May Rose (see new series section)
25 May City of Death
BBC Kids
Daily 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday The Horns of Nimon pts 3+4 of 4
Series 17, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
On the planet Skonnos, the Nimon is making secret plans that could cause trouble for the 2nd Skonnan Empire. Only the Anethan prisoners, the Doctor, and Romana can save the world from a horned menace.
Thursday The Leisure Hive pts 1+2 of 4
Friday The Leisure Hive pts 3+4 of 4

Season 18, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Searching for a place for a good vacation, the 4th Doctor and Romana travel to Argolis, home of the Leisure Hive. Scientific experiments are underway that could save a species from extinction. Or start a galactic war.
Saturday Inferno eps 4,5,6,+7 of 7 BBC Kids premiere
Season 7, Episodes 22 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
In a parallel universe, the 3rd Doctor faces very different versions of his U*N*I*T colleagues. Time is running out to stop the Earth from a disaster it would never recover from.
Sunday Terror of the Autons all 4 eps BBC Kids premiere
Season 8, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Color-restored version. The Master (Roger Delgado), a fellow Time Lord, arrives on Earth to engage in conquest and destruction. His first target is his old friend the Doctor.
Monday Meglos pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday Meglos pts 3+4 of 4

Season 18, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor is duplicated and kept out of the way as part of a plan to steal a device of immense power. The planet that has the device with thrive. The other will die.
11 May Full Circle
13 May State of Decay
14 May The Claws of Axos BBC Kids premiere
15 May Colony In Space BBC Kids premiere
17 May Warriors' Gate
19 May The Keeper of Traken
21 May The Dæmons BBC Kids premiere
22 May The Sea Devils BBC Kids premiere
23 May Logopolis
25 May Castrovalva
27 May Four To Doomsday
28 May The Curse of Peladon BBC Kids premiere (they seem to be
airing Pertwee in production order)
29 May The Mutants BBC Kids premiere
American Who (alternate
link if the first one isn't working)
Current Episode:
Jessica Carney discusses her grandfather William Hartnell, the first
Doctor (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 EDT (9-11PM PDT, 5-7AM BST, 2-4PM AEST)
Live LTR Stream
BTR Late Sun/Early Mon 1-4AM EDT (10PM-1AM PDT, 6-9AM BST, 3-5PM
Live BTR Stream
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PDT) (repeat of
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - News & Comment. Hour 2 - Co-host David Durica explains
Anime 101. Hour 3 - BTR only. Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy from
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-1:35AM EDT The Tomb of the Cybermen movie
Season 5, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
MPT jumps back to the era of the 2nd Doctor, again. Victoria's first trip in the TARDIS brings her, Jamie, and the Doctor to Telos, a world that was once home to the Cybermen. When a Cyber base is uncovered, archaeologists think they can achieve great scientific knowledge. But sometimes knowledge should stay buried.
14 May The Dominators
21 May The Mind Robber
28 May The Krotons
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 CDT Terminus pts 3+4 of 4
Season 20, Episodes 15 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
It seems that Terminus is at the center of the universe. The Doctor thinks that might mean something.
14 May Enlightenment pts 1+2
21 May Enlightenment pts 3+4
28 May The King's Demons both pts
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 MDT The Visitation pt 1 of 4
Season 19, Episode 13. Doctor: Peter Davison. Arriving at Heathrow Airport a mere 315 years early, the TARDIS crew keep themselves busy blaming the Doctor and running from alien- controlled villagers.
14 May The Visitation pt 3?
21 May The Visitation pt 4?
28 May pre-empted, Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy marathon
Purchased New Series But Not Airing Yet:
Prime TV
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Aspect ratio unknown.
Nederland 3
Doctor Who premiere 2006?
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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