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Wednesday 31st August 2005

This Week In Doctor Who - August 31, 2005
Vol 8, No 35
(TWIDW post #0335)
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Wednesday 31 August:
BBC Three 8:15PM - Doctor Who Confidential Cut Down: The Dark Side (repeat)
Thursday 1 September:
Prime TV New Zealand - 7:30PM - Doctor Who: The Empty Child
Friday 2 September:
BBC Three - 9PM - Doctor Who: The Long Game (repeat)
BBC Three - 9:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential Cut Down: The Dark Side (repeat)
Saturday 3 September:
BBC Three - 7:20PM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Dark Side (repeat)
Sunday 4 September:
BBC Three 7PM - Doctor Who: Father's Day (repeat)
CBC - 7PM - Doctor Who: Bad Wolf (repeat)
BBC Three 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential Cut Down: Time Trouble (repeat)
BBC 7 premieres its second Big Finish Doctor Who story this weekend with episode 1 of "Sword Of Orion". Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor and India Fisher as Charley Pollard.
American Who is currently off the
internet as the online radio show is changing web servers. Host Joey
Reynolds reports that he hopes to have the website and the show back
online shortly after Labor Day. September will also see the
resumption of new shows, with the following interviews scheduled:
September - Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates)
October - Lalla Ward (Romana, 2nd incarnation)
November - Carole Ann Ford (Susan, the Doctor's Grand-Daughter)
UKTV Gold put up their preliminary October 2005 schedule last week, including the weeklong premiere of the new Doctor Who series on the channel. The premiere marathon:

Sunday 23 October - Rose (7PM), The End Of The World (8PM), The Unquiet Dead (9PM, 4:30AM)
Monday 24 October - Aliens of London (7PM), World War Three (8PM)
Tuesday 25 October - Dalek (7PM), The Long Game (8PM)
Wednesday 26 October - Father's Day (7PM), The Empty Child (8PM)
Thursday 27 October - The Doctor Dances (7PM), Boom Town (8PM)
Friday 28 October - Bad Wolf (7PM), The Parting of the Ways (8PM)

UKTV Gold recently commented on the status of the older Doctor Who episodes on their station:
At the end of the current run of the older Doctor Who series (at the end of this year) our licence to broadcast them expires. At this point in time the decision as to whether or not we are going to re- licence them has not been taken so I would advise you contact us towards the end of the year when we may have a better idea of the future of this series on UKTV Gold.
The BBC plans to put their UK channels on the internet for UK viewers, hopefully next year. BBC One and Two are the initial channels planned. MyBBCPlayer is supposed to allow you to watch the channels online and download programmes for up to 7 days after broadcast. The BBC's report lists Doctor Who as one of several shows that is trying to take advantage of new technology. A link to the story:
Also, congratulations to Doctor Who broadcasters BBC One and BBC Three . BBC One is the 2005 UK Terrestrial TV Channel of the year, thanks to new shows including Doctor Who. BBC Three is the 2005 UK Non-Terrestrial TV Channel of the year.
Since 2001, every time BBC Worldwide Americas has released an early Tom Baker story on DVD, the Howard DaSilva introductions from the 1978 US syndication package were included as an extra. The first 23 Tom Baker stories had these bits of narration to help explain the stories to viewers. TJ Lubinsky, part of the original team prepping these DaSilva segments for DVD, did two interviews with TWIDW helping to explain these bits of Doctor Who history. As a cost savings and to help the DVDs in all regions be the same, the DaSilva intros will not be part of relevant future DVDs, including "Horror Of Fang Rock", coming out in the US & Canada on Tuesday September 5. Fans of the segments must content themselves with the 4 titles on which they were included (The Robots of Death, The Ark In Space, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Pyramids of Mars). As a fond goodbye to this feature, here are links to those interviews:

Gone with the November Region 1 releases are the "Who's Who" feature, which gave biographies on actors in the stories, exposing American fans to the prestigious histories of many British actors unknown here. The UK Region 2 DVDs recently discontinued subtitles for the hearing impaired on the commentary track. In spite of these 3 changes (all bad in my view), the Doctor Who DVD line in any region remains a very high quality product thanks to the Restoration Team who work hard on virtually every release. Here's hoping these restored versions get exposure on TV in the future instead of badly worn prints.
CBC Canada remains in strike mode, which ironically helps the Doctor Who broadcast as the credits air without being crushed. Bad Wolf, part 1 of the 2 part season finale, repeats this Sunday at 7PM. Who knows if the episodes will repeat again this year after the current run ends? (If you know, I'd love to hear from you.) No DVD release of the 2005 series is coming to North America anytime soon. Catch the episodes while you can.
The BBC Press Office and C21 Media often announce when a Doctor Who international sale occurs. Worth keeping an eye on, just in case.
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho- The listings:


New Series General Information:
BBC Online
Doctor Who Confidential
The 13 episodes from the BBC Three series all online via Real Player. Also, numerous video diaries and trailers.
Prime TV
Thursday 7:30PM 1-09 The Empty Child pt 1
4:3 Cropped Fullscreen
8 September 1-10 The Doctor Dances pt 2
15 September 1-11 Boom Town
22 September 1-12 Bad Wolf pt 1
29 September 1-13 The Parting of the Ways pt 2
(Due to the CBC strike, the Doctor Who portions of the CBC website are closed down for the time being.)

Sunday 7PM (7:30PM Newfoundland) 1-12 Bad Wolf pt 1
16:9 Widescreen Digital, 16:9 Letterbox Analog

11 September - 1-13 The Parting of the Ways pt 2
"The Planet Of The Doctor" exclusive CBC.CA documentary. 6 regular episodes and 1 special. Approximately 90 minutes.
BBC Three
Doctor Who Confidential
Wednesday 8:15PM Doctor Who Confidential Cut Down 1-07 The Dark Side
Friday 9PM Doctor Who 1-07 The Long Game
Friday 9:45PM Doctor Who Confidential Cut Down 1-07 The Dark Side
Saturday 7:20PM Doctor Who Confidential (full version) 1-07 The Dark Side
Sunday 7PM Doctor Who 1-08 Father's Day
Sunday 7:45PM Doctor Who Confidential Cut Down 1-08 Time Trouble
16:9 Widescreen
9 September - 1-08 Father's Day
11 September - 1-09 The Empty Child pt 1
18 September - 1-10 The Doctor Dances pt 2
25 September - 1-11 Boom Town
2 October - 1-12 Bad Wolf pt 1
9 October - 1-13 The Parting of the Ways pt 2
23 October 1-01 Rose (7PM)
23 October 1-02 The End Of The World (8PM)
23 October 1-03 The Unquiet Dead (9PM. 4:30AM)
24 October 1-04 Aliens of London (7PM)
24 October 1-05 World War Three (8PM)
25 October 1-06 Dalek (7PM)
25 October 1-07 The Long Game (8PM)
26 October 1-08 Father's Day (7PM)
26 October 1-09 The Empty Child (8PM)
27 October 1-10 The Doctor Dances (7PM)
27 October 1-11 Boom Town (8PM)
28 October 1-12 Bad Wolf (7PM)
28 October 1-13 The Parting of the Ways (8PM)
29 October 1-01 Rose (6PM)
30 October 1-01 Rose (9PM)
Thomsonfly Airlines
Rose on all in-flight movie systems
Singapore Airlines
Rose on channel 28 of video on demand service
Virgin Atlantic Airways
The End Of The World on V-Hot channel. Cropped to 4:3 aspect ratio. Next Episode caption removed. Otherwise unedited.
British Midland Airlines, British Airways, Air New Zealand - Episode unknown.


Big Finish Doctor Who

Saturday 6:30PM & 12:30AM BST "Sword Of Orion" pt 1 of 4
Big Finish Story 17. CD release 2001. Radio premiere. Doctor: Paul McGann. Episodes edited by time and to remove Ramsey the Vortisore's plotline. On a mission to find medicine for Ramsey (that'll be an
interesting edit), the 8th Doctor and Charley accidentally land on a ship drifting through space. A ship waiting to awaken and bring a forgotten threat back to humanity.

1 October "The Stones Of Venice"
29 October "Invaders From Mars"
BBC Online

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 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?
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.
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 8-8:40AM BST Carnival of Monsters (documentary)
From the BBC2 Doctor Who Night in 1999. A look at the monsters that scared viewers behind the sofa during the original 26 years.
Sunday 8-8:50AM BST Adventures in Space and Time (documentary)
From the BBC2 Doctor Who Night in 1999. More of the story of the first 7 Doctors.
10 September The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (7AM)
11 September Battlefield (7AM)
17 September Ghost Light (7AM)
18 September The Curse of Fenric (7AM)
24 September Survival (7AM)
?24 September Carnival of Monsters (documentary) (8:25AM)
?24 September Adventures in Space and Time (documentary) (9:05AM)
25 September Four To Doomsday (7AM)
1 October Kinda (7AM)
2 October The Visitation (7AM)
8 October Black Orchid (8AM)
9 October Earthshock (7AM)
15 October Time-Flight (7AM)
16 October Arc of Infinity (7AM)
16 October Adventures in Space and Time (documentary) (4AM)
16 October Carnival of Monsters (documentary) (4:45AM)
22 October Snakedance (7:05AM)
23 October Mawdryn Undead (7AM)
23-28 October - Doctor Who Series 1 repeats primetime marathon - see new series section
29 October Terminus (7:05AM)
29/30 October Rose (6PM Sat/9PM Sun) - new series weekly repeats
30 October Enlightenment (7AM)
30 October Adventures in Space and Time (documentary) (3:40AM)
30 October Carnival of Monsters (documentary) (4:25AM)
First Great Western Railway (Volo TV)
Episodes unknown.
Thursday 6:04PM The Visitation pt 2 of 4
Monday 6:04PM The Visitation pt 3 of 4
Tuesday 6:03PM The Visitation pt 4 of 4

Season 19, Episodes 14 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison. Alien reptiles want to turn 17th Century Earth into a world where humans can't live but fugitives from their world can thrive. The Doctor sacrifices greatly in the effort to stop this planetary takeover.
Wednesday 6:03PM Black Orchid pt 1 of 2
Season 19, Episode 17. Doctor: Peter Davison. The 5th Doctor finds a cricket game. Nyssa finds a double. Tegan finds a chance to show her dance moves. Adric finds food. Yes, a creepy murder mystery is about to begin.
12 September Earthshock
19 September Time-Flight
BBC Kids
Weeknights Midnight & 5AM EDT (9PM & 2AM PDT) - 2 episodes daily
Weekends 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - complete stories
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 troubled teen that may not be human is recruited to try to kill the Doctor. Alas, the Doctor's old friend - Brigadier Alaistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart - is nearby. But the Brig doesn't recognize his old friend. Something happened in time.
Friday Terminus pts 1+2 of 4
Season 20, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Peter Davison. Sabotage makes the TARDIS uninhabitable, forcing the crew to evacuate to a plague ship headed to the center of the Universe. Come to think of it - if the universe is infinite, or close enough to infinite that no ends can be found - how do you know it is in the middle?
Saturday Arc of Infinity all 4 pts
Season 20, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison. The 5th Doctor and Nyssa find themselves caught in a web of betrayal and pan-universal identity theft. And Tegan, the human they accidentally left behind on Earth, may have a connection. Guest starring Colin Baker in a pre-Doctor role as head guard Maxil. The Colin Baker stories will soon have their first showing on BBC Kids.
Sunday Snakedance all 4 pts
Season 20, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison. Tegan's mind is invaded by the Mara, which has a new scheme to make itself corporeal and enslave a world.
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. The machinations of the Black Guardian come to a head during a race between spaceships shaped like sailing ships. Immortals seek Enlightenment. The Doctor seeks the truth. Turlough does not know what he wants.
8 September The King's Demons
9 September Warriors of the Deep
10 September Mawdryn Undead
11 September Terminus
13 September The Awakening
14 September Frontios
16 September Planet of Fire
17 September Enlightenment
18 September The King's Demons
20 September The Caves of Androzani
22 September Spearhead From Space
24 September Warriors of the Deep
25 September The Awakening
26 September Doctor Who And The Silurians
1 October Frontios
2 October Planet of Fire
8 October The Caves of Androzani
9 October The Twin Dilemma (BBC Kids premiere)
15 October Attack of the Cybermen (BBC Kids premiere)
16 October Vengeance on Varos (BBC Kids premiere)
22 October The Two Doctors (BBC Kids premiere)
23 October The Mark of the Rani (BBC Kids premiere)
29 October Timelash (BBC Kids premiere)
30 October The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet (BBC Kids premiere)
5 November The Trial Of A Time Lord: Mindwarp (BBC Kids premiere)
6 November The Trial Of A Time Lord: Terror Of The Vervoids (BBC Kids premiere)
12 November The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe (BBC Kids premiere)
13 November Time and the Rani (BBC Kids premiere)
19 November Paradise Towers (BBC Kids premiere)
20 November Delta and the Bannermen (BBC Kids premiere)
26 November Dragonfire (BBC Kids premiere)
27 November The Happiness Patrol (BBC Kids premiere)
3 December Silver Nemesis (BBC Kids premiere)
4 December The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (BBC Kids premiere)
10 December Battlefield (BBC Kids premiere)
11 December Ghost Light (BBC Kids premiere)
17 December The Curse of Fenric (BBC Kids premiere)
18 December Survival (BBC Kids premiere)
American Who (alternate link)
American Who is expected back online around September 5. The internet Doctor Who show is in the middle of changing web service providers. Upcoming episodes:
September - Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates)
October - Lalla Ward (Romana, 2nd incarnation)
November - Carole Ann Ford (Susan, the Doctor's Grand-Daughter)
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 AEST)
Live BTR Stream

Saturday 8-11PM EDT (5-8PM PDT) (repeat of previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hours 1 & 2 - Best Of Programming. New episodes September 9. Hour 3 - BTR only. Best of. Sci-Fi Overdrive's website is expected back online around September 5. It is in the middle of changing web service providers.
Doctor Who: Podshock
US and UK fans discuss Doctor Who in podcast format. New episodes Wednesdays.
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 Curse of Peladon movie
Season 9, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. Sorry. The Day Of The Daleks gets skipped again due to unresolved Dalek rights. The Time Lords transport the Doctor and TARDIS to the rocky mountain world of Peladon just as Jo Grant is inside preparing for a date. Her suitor being far away on Earth, she has time to help the Doctor and be romanced by a King.
10 September The Sea Devils
17 September The Mutants (12:30AM)
24 September The Time Monster
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 Twin Dilemma pts 3+4 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 23 through 24. Doctor: Colin Baker. The Doctor's mind begins to stabilize, leaving him somewhat safer to be near. But can he figure out what is happening on Joconda before the galaxy gets a slug infestation.
10 September Attack of the Cybermen pts 1a+1b
17 September Attack of the Cybermen pts 2a+2b
24 September Vengeance on Varos pts 1a+1b

Not Yet Airing New Series Or Between Seasons:


Doctor Who premiere September 2005?
Nederland 3
Doctor Who premiere 2006?
Doctor Who premiere TBA.

Doctor Who premiere TBA.

Doctor Who premiere 2006? Thursday 8PM?
Broadcaster TBA.
Next Episode TBA. Season 2 premiere TBA.
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue

Series 1 completed. Next airdate unknown.
Series 1 completed. Next airdate unknown.
Series 1 completed. Next airdate unknown.
16:9 Widescreen Digital; 14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue

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