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Wednesday 18th May 2005

This Week In Doctor Who - May 18, 2005
(posted 18th May 2005, 11:57am - TWIDW post #0306)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Australian Premiere Week!
May 18, 2005 - Vol 8, No 20
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Saturday 21 May:
CBC British Columbia only - 5PM - Doctor Who: The Long Game
BBC One - 6:30PM - Doctor Who: The Empty Child
BBC Three - 7:10PM + 1:05AM - Doctor Who Confidential: FX
ABC Australia - 7:30PM - Doctor Who: Rose (Australian series
BBC Three - 12:20AM - Doctor Who: The Empty Child
Sunday 22 May:
BBC Three - 7:15PM - Doctor Who: The Empty Child
Tuesday 24 May:
CBC - 8PM - Doctor Who: Father's Day
UK Overnight Ratings:
BBC 1 14 May - Doctor Who: Father's Day - 7,471,900 average viewers
(42.74% share)
BBC 3 14 May 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: A Time And A Place -
579,660 average viewers (4.6% share)
BBC 3 14 May 12:10AM - Doctor Who: Father's Day - 156,950 average
viewers (3.4% share)
BBC 3 14 May 12:55AM - Doctor Who Confidential: A Time And A Place -
87,000 average viewers (3.18% share)
BBC 3 15 May - Doctor Who: Father's Day - 532,210 average viewers
(4.4% share)
BBC 3 15 May - Doctor Who Confidential: Cut Down: Father's Day -
297,600 average viewers (2.3% share)
UK Final Ratings:
BBC 1 30 April - Doctor Who: Dalek - 8.63 million viewers
CBC Canada Ratings:
10 May - Doctor Who: Dalek - 695,000 viewers. #2 in time slot.
CBC viewers in British Columbia (and US
fans who get CBC from that Province) can see Doctor Who: The Long
Game this Saturday at 5PM PDT. As previously mentioned in the column
election coverage in that Province pre-empted programming in that
region. No elections this week, so Father's Day will air all through
Canada on 24 May. Part 2 of the Planet Of The Doctor documentary is
now online .
BBC One and BBC Three have disrupted schedules this week due
to the Eurovision music competition. For Doctor Who (episode 9 - The
Empty Child), this means a 6:30PM start on BBC One Saturday instead
of 7PM. It has only been given a 40 minute time slot. The episode is
41 minutes, 45 seconds long. The episode is likely to begin a little
early or run a little late. Doctor Who Confidential (episode 9 - FX) is
scheduled to start at 7:10PM on BBC Three. The Sunday airing of
Doctor Who on BBC Three is at 7:15PM instead of 7PM with the Sunday
Confidential repeat pre-empted.
In a touch of irony considering the early start time, The Empty
Child is creating controversy with news reports that it has been
toned down. The BBC has a news report about the matter which
clarifies that a sound effect has been altered. The article features
a couple of major spoilers for the episode, so here's the
explanation if you don't want to go there and have the story
spoiled. If you go to the link, you will see the whole article, and
will have no right to say I didn't warn you.
"Horrible" Doctor Who toned down
"The next episode of Doctor Who has been toned down after producers
decided one scene was "a bit horrible".
"(Spoiler bit) ... but producers have cut out the sound of his skull
cracking. (Next paragraph also cut regarding same spoiler)
"(Phil Collinson) `The whole sound effect that went with that was a
lot more visceral. We watched it for the first time and said that
was crossing over the line because it was a bit too horrible.'
"But he said the episode, titled The Empty Child, was still the
scariest yet.
"`It was about time we did a scary one," Mr. Collinson said. `Doctor
Who is well-known for being spooky and scary.'
(Another spoiler)
"News of the episode comes days after the BBC announced the DVD of
the new series - the first since 1989 - would not be available to
children under 12 because of a scene where a Dalek (spoiler outside
ABC is premiering the new Doctor Who series this Saturday at 7:30PM with episode 1 - Rose. The third country to see the series.
ABC is also sending out a notice regarding the fact that they are skipping Destiny of the Daleks in their weekday rotation of the earlier episodes.
"Thank you for your email regarding the Daleks in `Doctor Who'.
"The ABC was not able to access every Doctor Who episode from BBC Worldwide. Sadly Destiny of the Daleks is not available for broadcast. Our programming department advises that at the time we acquired the rights to repeat Doctor Who, there were legal issues surrounding the estate of Terry Nation, Doctor Who writer and creator of the Daleks. At this point in time the above legal issues relating to the original Doctor Who series have not been resolved and are unlikely to be resolved in the near future.
"The resolution of this issues that you mention, was in fact to
enable the Daleks to be featured in the new series. Episode 6 will
be broadcast as normal during Doctor Who; Adventures of the Human
Race commencing at 7:30pm this Saturday.
"Thank you for your interest in the ABC and I hope you enjoy the new series of Doctor Who.
"Kind regards
Melanie Borg, ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs"
May 21 may also be the last day for Doctor Who in Utah. KUED 7 has put up To Be Announced labels on the Saturday 11:30PM slot for June 11, 18, and 25 (the 11:30PM slot is being bumped for specials on May 28 and June 4). Episode 4 of The Visitation will air on May 21. If it's the final night, there will probably be an on-air announcement. Doctor Who continues on MPT Maryland and IPTV Iowa .
Joey Reynolds (Donovan) is interviewing Noel Clarke (Mickey in the
current Doctor Who series) this Sunday for future broadcasts of "Sci-
Fi Overdrive" and "American Who". Joey is asking fans for questions
for Mr. Clarke. If there's anything you wanted to ask, e-mail Joey
at scifiradioguy@... .
If Doctor Who is sold to any additional countries, the news would
likely appear at the BBC Press Office and C21 Media .
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho- , TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
Messenger. The listings:
New Series General Information:
Saturday 6:30-7:10PM BST Doctor Who 1-09 The Empty Child
VIEWER ADVISORY - Special Broadcast Time. Allow extra time on each
side of broadcast - episode is 41 minutes, 45 seconds long in a 40
minute slot, so it will run over length on one side, the other, or
both. Part 1 of 2.
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Future Doctor Who Episodes:
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 7:10PM & 1:05AM BST DrWho Confidential 1-09 "FX"
VIEWER ADVISORY - Special Broadcast Times for all BBC Three Who
programming. Also, the Sunday night broadcast of Confidential pre-
empted this week. Better catch it Saturday.
Late Saturday 12:20AM, Sunday 7:15PM BST Doctor Who 1-09 "The Empty
16:9 Widescreen
Further Doctor Who Confidential Episodes:
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. Saturday 11:30PM next week.
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 Dalek
1-07 The Dark Side
1-08 "A Time And A Place"
1-09 "FX" - online after BBC Three premiere
Various Video Diaries and trailers.
Saturday 5PM PDT (British Columbia only) Doctor Who 1-07 "The Long
Due to the Provincial Elections in British Columbia, Doctor Who did
not air in that province only on May 17. This is the makeup
broadcast for that province.
Tuesday 8PM (8:30PM Newfoundland) Doctor Who 1-08 Father's Day
The whole country is getting this episode. Back to normal.
16:9 widescreen digital, 16:9 letterbox analog
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
Planet Of The Doctor trailer online
1 - "Who Is The Doctor?" 10 minute episode online
2 - "Fandemonium" 13 minute episode online
3 - "The Adventures Of Doctor Who" coming soon
4 - "Time Travel" coming soon
5 - "The Influence Of Doctor Who" coming soon
6 - "Conclusion" coming soon
Saturday 7:30PM Doctor Who 1-01 Rose
16:9 Digital; Analogue Aspect ratio unknown.
Premiere of the new era of the series! May it be as successful in Australia as it has been in the UK. And if anyone is watching on analogue, is ABC airing the full widescreen version which will have large black bars on your TV, the cropped 14:9 version where you still have small bars but part of the picture is gone, or the 4:3 version where you have no black bars and more of the picture is gone?
28 May - 1-02 The End Of The World
4 June - 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
Thomsonfly Airlines
Rose on all in-flight movie systems
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 5 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 4 is
available until Sunday at the same links above.
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 7-8AM BST Black Orchid movie
Series 19, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Peter Davison. The Doctor and company attend a dinner party, where Nyssa meets a double, and the Doctor is suspected of murder.
Sunday 7-9AM BST Earthshock movie
Series 19, Episodes 19 through 22. Doctor: Peter Davison. In the 26th Century, an intergalactic conference scheduled for Earth is in danger. An alien race of old re-emerges with plans to destroy Earth and assert dominance over all life.
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 Armageddon Factor pt 4 of 6
Monday 6:03PM The Armageddon Factor pt 5 of 6
Tuesday 6:03PM The Armageddon Factor pt 6 of 6

Season 16, Episodes 24 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
It's a countdown to disaster as the Marshall prepares a massive strike against Zeos. Meanwhile, the Doctor faces off against the Shadow, a sinister operative of the Black Guardian. With Lalla Ward as Princess Strella.
Wednesday 6:04PM City of Death pt 1 of 4
Season 17, Episode 5. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor and Romana (now played by Lalla Ward) vacation in Paris, where Time is being disrupted. If you want to see how Lalla Ward could now be playing Romana, you want to see Destiny of the Daleks. Which, alas, won't be airing. See explanation by the ABC earlier in the column.
28 May The End Of The World (see new series)
1 June The Creature from the Pit
4 June The Unquiet Dead (see new series)
BBC Kids
Daily 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday Warriors' Gate pts 3+4 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Romana is lured by the power she could wield with the Tharills. The Doctor tries to tell the humans to "Do Nothing", but no one will listen to him.
Thursday The Keeper of Traken pts 1+2 of 4
Friday The Keeper of Traken pts 3+4 of 4

Season 18, Episodes 21 through 24. Doctor: Tom Baker.
An old enemy stalks the Doctor as he tries to help the Union of Traken survive the turbulent change between Keepers.
Saturday The Dæmons all 5 eps BBC Kids premiere
Season 8, Episodes 21 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Color-restored version. An excavation at Devil's End unleashes beings that could destroy the Earth. Or, if the Master gets his wish, help control the Earth. The Master plays for his highest stakes yet. The Doctor faces the dangers of the Morris Dance.
Sunday The Sea Devils all 6 eps BBC Kids premiere
Season 9, Episodes 9 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Day of the Daleks skipped due to Dalek moratorium. Stories airing in production order, hence this one coming before The Curse of Peladon. Near the Master's prison, rigs are sinking. Strange Sea Devils have been sighted. Has yet another ancient species been awakened on Earth? If so, can the Doctor broker peace this time. Special guest appearance by The Soup Dragon.
Monday Logopolis pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday Logopolis pts 3+4 of 4

Season 18, Episodes 25 through 28. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor's era comes to an end in this tale of the Master, math, the TARDIS, and the dangers of tampering with the fabric of the universe.
25 May Castrovalva
27 May Four To Doomsday
28 May The Curse of Peladon BBC Kids premiere
29 May The Mutants BBC Kids premiere
31 May Kinda
2 June The Visitation
4 June The Time Monster BBC Kids premiere
5 June Carnival Of Monsters BBC Kids premiere
6 June Black Orchid
7 June Time-Flight
9 June Arc of Infinity
11 June The Three Doctors BBC Kids premiere
12 June The Green Death 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). She is the author of "Who's There?
The Life And Career Of William Hartnell".
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; mini-interview with David Chokachi, star of
Sci-Fi original movie "Crimson Force" June 4 at 9PM. Hour 2 - MJ
Simpson, author "Hitchhiker: the Biography of Douglas Adams",
interviewed after the Hollywood movie of Hitchhiker's Guide To The
Galaxy came out. Hour 3 - BTR only. Marina Sirtis reflects on being
Deanna Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the last episode
of Star Trek: Enterprise. And congratulations to Sci-Fi Overdrive on
getting the visual nod (if not a specific mention) on the
Fandemonium segment of Planet Of The Doctor.
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 Mind Robber movie
Season 6, Episodes 6 through 10. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
Fleeing a lava flow, the TARDIS crew departs our universe and enters a realm of fantasy. Nothing is as it appears. Be careful, or you may find yourself part of the fiction.
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 Enlightenment pts 3+4 of 4
Season 20, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: {p[Peter Davison}}.
Turlough must face his fears and choose between good and evil.
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 4 of 4
Season 19, Episode 16. Doctor: Peter Davison. Last confirmed broadcast. I hope this is not the end - we'll find out Saturday.
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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