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Wednesday 25th May 2005

This Week In Doctor Who - May 25, 2005
(posted 25th May 2005, 12:20pm - TWIDW post #0308)
May 25, 2005 - Vol 8, No 21
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
South Korea and Finland to join the Doctor Who countries.
Saturday 28 May:
BBC One - 7PM - Doctor Who: The Doctor Dances
ABC Australia - 7:30PM - Doctor Who: The End Of The World
BBC Three - 7:45PM + 1AM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Weird
Science Of Doctor Who
BBC Three - 12:15AM - Doctor Who: The Doctor Dances
Sunday 29 May:
BBC Three - 7PM - Doctor Who: The Doctor Dances
BBC Three - 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Weird Science Of
Doctor Who
Tuesday 31 May:
CBC - 8PM - Doctor Who: The Empty Child
UK Overnight Ratings:
BBC 1 21 May - Doctor Who: The Empty Child - 6.6 million average
viewers (34.9% share)
BBC 3 21 May 7:10PM - Doctor Who Confidential: FX - 405,130 average
viewers (3.2% share)
BBC 3 21 May 12:20AM - Doctor Who: The Empty Child - 181,390 average
viewers (4.2% share)
BBC 3 21 May 1:05AM - Doctor Who Confidential: FX - 101,510 average
viewers (3.5% share)
BBC 3 22 May - Doctor Who: The Empty Child - 669,400 average viewers
(.% share)
UK Final Ratings:
BBC 1 7 May - Doctor Who: The Long Game - 8.01 million viewers
CBC Canada Ratings:
17 May - Doctor Who: The Long Game - no figures have come out
ABC Australia Ratings:
21 May - Doctor Who: Rose - 1.11 million viewers in the 5 cities where ratings have come out, an impressive result on the ABC.
Outpost Gallifrey reports that South Korean public broadcaster KBS has bought rights to air the new Doctor Who series on Saturday nights at 11:15PM starting 4 June. Outpost Gallifrey did not note whether the Doctor would air on KBS1 or KBS2, and as I don't know how to read Korean I have not been able to find any announcement on the website about the purchase. The listings through 5 June should go up on 30 May at which point we can be certain which channel got the show. Here's hoping that Doctor Who wins the approval of South Korean viewers. KBS has an English language site , but that site does not have the TV listings for the channels.
TV2 in Finland has also purchased Doctor Who. This public broadcaster airs English language shows in English with subtitles. No premiere date yet. The report came out at (might drop off that page soon):

"BBC:n Doctor Who TV2:lle

"Yle on hankkinut BBC:lt? aikanaan kulttiohjelmaksi nousseen nuorten sci-fi-sarja Doctor Whon. BBC on tuottanut sarjasta n?ytt?v?n uuden version, joka n?hd?n TV2:lla."

Translated into English:

"BBC's Doctor Who on TV2

"Yle has purchased the rights to Doctor Who, the cult youth sci-fi series, from the BBC. The BBC has produced an impressive new version which will be shown on TV2."

Thanks to Kristopher Lawson for catching this news and the translation.
Doctor Who performed very well on the ABC in Australia, getting between 1.1 and 1.2 million viewers. It won its time slot in some cities (how many cities seems to be in dispute at the moment while sports results in some regions are being tallied). Doctor Who's results are evidently a noticeable increase on the results for the past season of Monarch Of The Glen, which co-starred ex-Doctor Tom Baker.
For those who were curious, the ABC aired Doctor Who in 16:9 widescreen on their HD digital channel (Doctor Who was not in HD), while the analogue version of ABC aired Doctor Who in the 14:9 cropped letterbox version that analogue BBC One viewers get. The 14:9 compromise cuts a small bit off the left and right sides of the image and leaves smaller black bars on the top and bottom of a 4:3 TV. On a 16:9 TV, you also have black bars on the left and right hand side of the screen when watching the analogue transmission of the show. Doctor Who is filmed 14:9 safe on the assumption that it will air in that format in some countries. The CBC in Canada airs Doctor Who in 16:9 for both digital and analogue viewers.
BBC One's broadcast of The Empty Child
on 21 May. Yes, it began at 6:30PM as warned. No, nothing was cut
from the broadcast that was reinstated on later showings - a sound
effect was cut by the makers of the show some time back as they
thought it made a scene too intense. The Empty Child would have
looked the same had it aired at its regular 7PM start time. In spite
of the unusual start time, Doctor Who achieved overnight ratings of
6.6 million - the lowest of the series to date, but a very good
result. It outperformed its primary competition on ITV (Star Wars I:
The Phantom Menace (repeat airing) - 3.5 million viewers) on the
weekend Star Wars III premiered in UK theatres (and most of the rest
of the world). Hopefully good word of mouth and a return to the 7PM
start time will see even better results for part 2 (The Doctor
Dances) this Saturday. has a
casting update for the 2nd season of Doctor Who. If you are trying
to avoid all news about the 2nd season, do not click on that link.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT"> has put "TBA" (to be announced) in the Doctor Who time slot for 11, 18, and 25 June (the next 3 times Doctor Who would have aired). It looks like the series has been dropped altogether, though we do not have final confirmation. Other US stations in recent months were reporting that they had been unable to renew contracts with the series. {c{138=Maryland Public TV and Iowa Public TV haven't reached the end of their contracts, and those 2 stations continue airing Doctor Who into June.
Last week Joey Reynolds asked for questions for Noel Clarke (Mickey
on Doctor Who), who he would be interviewing for Sci-Fi Overdrive and American Who . The American Who version of the
interview may be up as soon as today as a special edition. Any
version for Sci-Fi Overdrive would be next weekend or later - that
show is in repeats for Memorial Day in the US.
Press releases about international Doctor Who sales when they happen
should appear at the BBC Press Office and C21 Media . Having said that, neither one of them has
caught the South Korea or Finland purchases yet.
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 1-10 The Doctor Dances
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Future Doctor Who Episodes:
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 & 1AM BST DrWho Confidential 1-10 "The Weird Science
Of Doctor Who"
Late Saturday 12:15AM, Sunday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-10 "The Doctor
Sunday 7:45PM BST DrWho Confidential Cut Down 1-10 "The Weird
Science Of Doctor Who" 15 minutes
16:9 Widescreen
Further Doctor Who Confidential Episodes:
4 June - 1-11 Unsung Heroes and Violent Death
11 June - 1-12 The World of Who
18 June - 1-13 The Last Battle
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 Dalek
1-07 The Dark Side
1-08 "A Time And A Place"
1-09 "FX"
1-10 "The Weird Science Of Doctor Who" - online after BBC Three
Various Video Diaries and trailers.
Tuesday 8PM (8:30PM Newfoundland) Doctor Who 1-09 The Empty Child
16:9 widescreen digital, 16:9 letterbox analog
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
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 1-02 The End Of The World
16:9 Digital; Analogue Apsect ratio unknown.
4 June - 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
11 June - 1-04 Aliens of London
KBS (English language site)
Doctor Who starts Saturday 4 June 11:15PM. Aspect ratio unknown.
Unknown if on KBS1 or KBS2.
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 7-8:50AM BST Time-Flight movie
Series 19, Episodes 23 through 26. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Sunday 7-9?AM BST Arc of Infinity movie
Series 20, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
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)
2 July Planet of Fire (7:05AM)
3 July The Caves of Androzani (7AM)
9 July The Twin Dilemma (7:05AM)
10 July Attack of the Cybermen (7AM)
16 July Vengeance on Varos (7:05AM)
17 July The Mark of the Rani (7AM)
23 July The Two Doctors (6:05AM)
24 July Timelash (7:05AM)
30 July The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet (7:05AM)
31 July The Trial Of A Time Lord: Mindwarp (7:05AM)
Thursday 6:04PM City of Death pt 2 of 4
Monday 6:03PM City of Death pt 3 of 4
Tuesday 6:03PM City of Death pt 4 of 4

Season 17, Episodes 6 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Wednesday 6:03PM The Creature from the Pit pt 1 of 4
Season 17, Episode 9. Doctor: Tom Baker.
4 June The Unquiet Dead (see new series)
8 June Nightmare of Eden
11 June Aliens of London (see new series)
BBC Kids
Daily 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday Castrovalva pts 1+2 of 4
Thursday Castrovalva pts 3+4 of 4

Season 19, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Friday Four To Doomsday pts 1+2 of 4
Season 19, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Saturday The Curse of Peladon all 4 eps BBC Kids premiere
Season 9, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Sunday The Mutants all 6 eps BBC Kids premiere
Season 9, Episodes 15 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Monday Four To Doomsday pts 3+4 of 4
Season 19, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tuesday Kinda pts 1+2 of 4
Season 19, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Tom Baker.
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
10 June The Three Doctors BBC Kids premiere
11 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
Note: a new special surprise season finale of American Who should go
up imminently. If you haven't heard the Jessica Carney interview, go
now. When the new show goes up, the old show will probably go down.
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)
Hours 1&2 - The Best of Sci-Fi Overdrive. Hour 3 - BTR only. MJ
Simpson (Hitch-hiker: the biography of Douglas Adams) on the new
Hitch-hiker's movie.
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-1:30AM EDT The Krotons movie
Season 6, Episodes 19 through 22. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
4 June The Seeds of Death
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 The King's Demons both pts
Season 20, Episodes 21 through 22. Doctor: Peter Davison.
4 June The Five Doctors (Special Edition?) 4 part version, pts 1+2
11 June The Five Doctors (Special Edition?) 4 part version, pts 3+4
18 June Warriors of the Deep pts 1+2
25 June Warriors of the Deep pts 3+4
Doctor Who may have been removed from KUED's lineup. Waiting for another piece of confirmation.**
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
Pre-empted by Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy marathon. Next airdate unknown.
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.
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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