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Wednesday 23rd November 2005

This Week In Doctor Who - November 23, 2005
(posted 23rd Nov 2005, 11:48am - TWIDW post #0360)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Belgium! Netherlands! 42!
November 23, 2005 - Vol 8, No 47
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Doctor Who is 42 today. There were 42 episodes in the first season.
There were 42 episodes in the Sylvester McCoy era. The most watched
story on original broadcast was City Of Death, co-written by Douglas
Adams, who was about to become famous around the world writing
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, a story oddly focused around 42.
What does this mean? Absolutely nothing, but there's an information
overload this week and this paragraph is a nice break from trying to
put it all together.
Wednesday 23 November:
NRK 2 Norway - 8:05PM - Ny Helt For Rose?
Friday 25 November:
Jimmy (Italy) - 9PM - The Unquiet Dead
Saturday 26 November:
één Belgium (Netherlands) - 3:55PM - Rose (Series Premiere!)
France 4 - 10:20PM - Jeu Interminable/Fête Des Pères
Christmas Day:
BBC One/BBC Three - Christmas Special Episode The Christmas Invasion
Boxing Day:
CBC Canada - Christmas Special Episode The Christmas Invasion
The Children In Need sketch is
currently being offered online to the world for free in realplayer
format at that link. This scene occurs right after The Parting Of
The Ways and leads into The Christmas Invasion (due to premiere in
the UK and Canada in December). For many people, particularly in the
US, this is your first (completely legitimate) way to see a piece of
new Doctor Who. It is roughly 7 minutes long, plus one minute of
material David Tennant and Billie Piper recorded asking people to
donate to Children In Need. BTW, if you plan to watch, please donate
to Children In Need. It is unknown how long the segment will remain
on the website.
Belgium & The Netherlands - één Network , a public network in Belgium, has bought the rights to air Doctor Who. It premieres this Saturday at 3:55PM CET, with one episode airing per week (no repeats). Één is apparently available in the Netherlands, so 2 countries get Doctor Who through this deal. Episodes will air in English with Flemish subtitles. Nederland 3 in the Netherlands is due to air Doctor Who as well starting in January.
We need to get a list of spillover countries where you can see
Doctor Who from neighboring countries' broadcasts. We know the CBC
reaches border areas of the US. BBC One and BBC Three reach parts of
Ireland, France, and several other European countries. Hopefully a
full list can be compiled before The Christmas Invasion airs.
The Christmas Invasion will premiere on Christmas Day (Sunday 25
December) on BBC One, repeating later on BBC Three. Broadcast time
to be determined. The BBC Press Office has put up details of the shows
scheduled on the BBC channels on Christmas Day, though they do not
have times yet. There is a nice picture of the TARDIS in the snow
with a Christmas wreath on the doors. BBC Three has "Doctor Who"
listed with no details. I am assuming it will be The Christmas
Invasion, though it could be repeats of Series One or Doctor Who
UKTV Gold will have special Doctor Who programming for the Christmas & New Years period. Series One will air one episode a day from Monday 19 December with pre-emptions on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (26 December), airing 11 episodes through 31 December (date of last 2 episodes to be announced). The 1996 TV Movie starring Paul McGann will air Christmas Day starting at 8:20AM.
ABC Australia goes to 2 episodes a day 5 days a week from Monday 28 November. Which is this coming Monday. Don't be caught off guard.
MPT Maryland will cycle back to the Patrick Troughton stories (again) next week, as their contract to air classic Doctor Who continues but they are not being allowed to buy any stories they do not yet already have. This will be the 4th time in a row through the Troughton and Pertwee stories.
Various reports on BBC7's December plans came out this week. Shada (2003 Big Finish/BBCi remake of the unfinished TV story) will apparently air with material discussing Douglas Adams. Shada will be the CD audio release version, which is very slightly different from the version still online at the BBC's Doctor Who website My Life As A Dalek, the Radio 4 documentary by Mark Gattiss exploring the metal monsters, will get another broadcast. And it's previously been reported that The Chimes Of Midnight (Big Finish 8th Doctor/Charley audio story) will air in December as well.
The BBC Press Office and C21 Media often announce when a Doctor Who
international sale occurs. Worth keeping an eye on, just in case.
Best wishes to everyone attending the Chicago TARDIS Doctor Who
convention in Chicago this weekend.
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho- , TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
Messenger. The listings:
New Series General Information:
BBC Children In Need
Doctor Who Children In Need Sketch
David Tennant and Billie Piper star in this 7 minute Doctor Who
scene made for Children In Need. It is set immediately between The
Parting Of The Ways and The Christmas Invasion. It is still online
at this time. Remember to donate - this was made to help Children In
Need. Picture and sound quality are mediocre, at least outside the
UK. It is unlikely to air on TV again, though one hopes it will
eventually see DVD. For now, it is a chance for anyone with internet
connections to see new Doctor Who around the world.
BBC Online
Doctor Who Confidential
The 13 episodes from the BBC Three series all online via Real
Player. Also, numerous video diaries and trailers.
Wednesday 8:05PM CET 1-09 Ny Helt For Rose? pt 1 of 2 Premiere
16:9 Widescreen Digital; 16:9 Letterbox Analog
30 November 1-10 Krigen Forsetter pt 2 of 2
7 December 1-11 Verden I Fare
14 December 1-12 Bad Wolf pt 1 of 2
21 December 1-13 The Parting of the Ways pt 2 of 2
France 4
Saturday 8AM CET 1-05 Troisième Guerre Mondiale pt 2 of 2
Saturday 8:50AM CET 1-06 Dalek
Saturday 10:20PM, Monday 3:20PM, & Late Tuesday 12:10AM CET 1-07 Jeu Interminable Premiere
Saturday 11:10PM, Tuesday 3:05PM & 1AM CET 1-08 Fête Des Pères Premiere

Dubbed in French.
3 December 10:25PM & 5 December 3:15PM 1-09 Drôle De Mort pt 1 of 2
3 December 11:15PM & 8 December 3:10PM 1-10 Le Docteur Danse pt 2 of 2
Thursday 10:55PM CET 1-02 The End Of The World
Friday 9PM, Saturday 1:45PM, Sunday 5:05PM + 3:25AM, Tuesday 11:30PM CET 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
BELGIUM: (Netherlands)
Saturday 3:55PM CET 1-01 Rose (Series Premiere!)
English with Flemish subtitles. This over the air Belgian station is apparently easy to see in the Netherlands. Unlike the French and Italian stations it appears that één does not repeat programmes so you will have one chance at tuning in.
Saturday 5PM CET 1-10 The Doctor Dances pt 2 of 2
BFBS Navy:
Sunday 5AM CET 1-10 The Doctor Dances pt 2 of 2
UK Repeats:
All shows 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1
Friday 8PM, Saturday 6PM, Sunday 4:30PM & 4AM GMT 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2
14:9 Cropped Letterbox.
2 December 8PM GMT 1-06 Dalek
3 December 6PM GMT 1-06 Dalek
4 December 4:45PM & 3:50AM GMT 1-06 Dalek
7 December 11PM GMT 1-06 Dalek
9 December 8PM GMT 1-07 The Long Game
10 December 6PM GMT 1-07 The Long Game
11 December 4:30PM? & 3:40AM GMT 1-07 The Long Game
14 December 11PM GMT 1-07 The Long Game
16 December 8PM GMT 1-08 Father's Day
19 December 10AM GMT 1-01 Rose
20 December 10AM GMT 1-02 The End Of The World
21 December 10AM GMT 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
22 December 10AM GMT 1-04 Aliens of London pt 1 of 2
23 December 10AM GMT 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2
Christmas Eve 10AM GMT 1-06 Dalek
27 December 10AM GMT 1-07 The Long Game
28 December 10AM GMT 1-08 Father's Day
29 December 10AM GMT 1-09 The Empty Child pt 1 of 2
30 December 10AM GMT 1-10 The Doctor Dances pt 2 of 2
New Years Eve 10AM GMT 1-11 Boom Town
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 - various
Big Finish Doctor Who
Invaders From Mars pt 4 of 4 - still at the listen again links above until Saturday
10 December 9AM-11:30AM, 8PM, 3AM GMT Shada (2003)
BBCi/Big Finish co-production. Starring Paul McGann as The Doctor and Lalla Ward As Romana.
10 December 11:30AM, 10:30PM?, 5:30AM? GMT My Life As A Dalek
17 December Time TBA The Chimes Of Midnight Big Finish Audio 33.
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)
Friday 8PM, Saturday 6PM, Sunday 4:30PM & 4AM GMT World War Three pt 2 of 2
Saturday 7-8:55AM GMT Time and the Rani movie
Season 24, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. UKTV Gold skips the Colin Baker stories this time to complete this truncated run of leftover Doctor Who broadcasts before the end of the year. They bought the rights to air stories a certain number of times under their last contract, and some stories didn't get aired as much. Those are the ones you are getting now as they get their money's worth from the old deal. The Doctor regenerates in an accident while the TARDIS is dragged off course by the Rani. Taking advantage of his weakened mental state, she uses him to help with a dangerous scientific experiment.
Sunday 7:05-9AM GMT Paradise Towers movie
Season 24, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. Mel wants a vacation to recover from their last vacation, so the Doctor brings her to Paradise Towers, home to a highly regarded swimming pool, an insane police who think their military, dangerous grandmothers, troubled teens, and death lurking at every corner. Mel will want another vacation to recover from this vacation.
3 December 7-8:20AM GMT Delta and the Bannermen
4 December 7-9AM GMT The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
10 December 7-8:55PM GMT Battlefield
11 December 7-8:20PM GMT Ghost Light
19-31 December - daily broadcast of New Series at 10AM, pre-empted
Christmas Day and 26 December.
Christmas Day 8:20AM GMT Doctor Who (1996)
On Demand Channel C1
All 13 Series 1 (2005) episodes - cropped to 4:3
The Three Doctors - all 4 episodes
The Deadly Assassin - all 4 episodes
The Caves of Androzani - all 4 episodes
Timelash - 4 part version, all 4 episodes
The Curse of Fenric - all 4 episodes
First Great Western Railway (Volo TV)
Episodes unknown.
Thursday 6:05PM Frontios pt 4 of 4
Season 21, Episode 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Gravis underestimates the Doctor, with dire results for his plans of conquest.
Monday 6:05PM Planet of Fire pts 1+2 of 4 (now 2 episodes daily - including Fridays)
Tuesday 6:04PM Planet of Fire pts 3+4 of 4

Series 21, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The secrets of Turlough's past and Kamelion's present threaten the Doctor and the world of Sarn.
Wednesday 6:03PM The Caves of Androzani pts 1+2 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor and Peri find themselves suspected of gun smuggling on the very dangerous world of Androzani Minor.
2 December The Twin Dilemma
6 December Attack of the Cybermen (the 25 minute versions of season 22 are being used)
8 December Vengeance on Varos
12 December The Mark of the Rani
14 December The Two Doctors
19 December Timelash
21 December The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet
23 December - pre-empted Christmas weekend
26 December The Trial Of A Time Lord: Mindwarp
28 December The Trial Of A Time Lord: Terror Of The Vervoids
30 December - pre-empted?
2 January through 6 January - pre-empted for Holman Cup Tennis coverage like they did in 2004 and 2005
BBC Kids
Weeknights Midnight & 5AM EST (9PM & 2AM PST) - 2 episodes daily
Weekends 2AM EST (11PM PST) - complete stories
Wednesday 12&5AM EST Planet of the Spiders pt 6 of 6
Season 11, Episode 26. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The 3rd Doctor must face his fears, returning to Metebelis III to defeat the Great Spider and save two worlds. Final 3rd Doctor episode, leading to Robot, the first 4th Doctor story, which has aired on BBC Kids many, many times. BBC Kids doesn't have the rights to it anymore, though.
Wednesday 12:30&5:30AM EST Castrovalva pt 1 of 4
Thursday Castrovalva pts 2+3 of 4
Friday 12&5AM EST Castrovalva pt 4 of 4

Season 19, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The new 5th Doctor is suffering from the effects of his troubled regeneration. The TARDIS crew seek a place where he can rest and recover his wits.
Friday 12:30&5:30AM EST Four To Doomsday pt 1 of 4
Season 19, Episode 5. Doctor: Peter Davison.
A space ship carrying the survivors of the Urbankan race is heading to Earth in hopes of living there in "peace" with humanity.
Saturday Dragonfire all 3 pts
Season 24, Episodes 12 through 14. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. (BBC Kids premiere)
Sabalom Glitz, intergalactic con artist, runs into the 7th Doctor and Mel again at a space port. He needs their help to find "buried treasure" that could make him very rich and settle dangerous debts he has accrued.
Sunday The Happiness Patrol all 3 pts
Season 25, Episodes 5 through 7. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. BBC Kids premiere)
Another Dalek story unavailable due to rights problems. The 7th Doctor and Ace, seemingly on a bet, land on the most inefficient dictator led world in the Galaxy and see just how fast they can cause a revolution. Someone will be very unhappy before this night is out.
Monday Four To Doomsday pts 2+3 of 4
Tuesday 12&5AM EST Four To Doomsday pt 4 of 4

Season 19, Episodes 6 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tuesday 12:30&5:30AM EST Kinda pt 1 of 4
Season 19, Episode 9. Doctor: Peter Davison.
While Nyssa sleeps off an illness in the TARDIS, Tegan finds far more alarming dreams on the world of the Kinda.
1 December (12:30AM) The Visitation
3 December Silver Nemesis (BBC Kids premiere)
4 December The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (BBC Kids premiere)
5 December (12:30AM) Black Orchid
6 December (12:30AM) Time-Flight
8 December (12:30AM) Arc of Infinity
10 December Battlefield (BBC Kids premiere)
11 December Ghost Light (BBC Kids premiere)
12 December (12:30AM) Snakedance
14 December (12:30AM) Mawdryn Undead
16 December (12:30AM) Terminus
17 December The Curse of Fenric (BBC Kids premiere)/Survival?
18 December Survival (BBC Kids premiere)/Spearhead From Space?
American Who (alternate
Current episode - new interview with Richard Franklin (Captain Mike
Yates) on Jon Pertwee, politics, and bow-wows. It went online late
due to a hurricane, so it might not be up long. If you want to tune
in, tune now.
Upcoming episodes
November - Carole Ann Ford
December - Lalla Ward
Sci-Fi Overdrive
on Lifestyle Talk Radio (LTR)
and Business Talk Radio (BTR)
LTR Late Friday Midnight-2AM EST (9-11PM PST, 5-7AM GMT, 4-6PM AEDT)
Live LTR Stream
BTR Late Sun/Early Mon 1-4AM EST (10PM-1AM PST, 6-9AM GMT, 3-6PM
Live BTR Stream
Monday 7-10PM EST (12-3AM GMT)
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PST) (repeat of
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - Gary Graham (Enterprise, Alien Nation); Arne Star previews
upcoming movies for December 05 and 2006. Hour 2 - Billy West (Ren
And Stimpy, Futurama); Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).
Hour 3 - Repeat of last week's Hour 2.
Doctor Who: Podshock
Weekly chat show with US and UK Doctor Who fans done in podcast
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-2:30AM EST Planet of the Spiders movie
Season 11, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The final Jon Pertwee story. A wild, wooly epic. Car chases, fear facing, an old friend turned enemy turned friend. A surprise visitor that we've heard about for some time. A message from Jo. The end of an era. May start late due to Greatful Dead pledge concert.
3 December (12:30AM) The Tomb of the Cybermen - 4th cycle through the Troughton/Pertwee stories in a row, since the contract's still running but BBC Worldwide Americas isn't letting the station get more stories. Time approximate after Fawlty Towers pledge special.
analog 11, 32, 27, 12, 21, 24, 32, 36, 36
digital 11-2 (50-2), 32-2 (35-2), 27-2 (28-2), 12-2 (45-2), 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 Timelash pts 2a+2b of 2
Season 22, Episode 11. Doctor: Colin Baker.
The 6th Doctor and Herbert must use the powers of the Timelash to outwit the Borad, rescue Peri, and stop a possible war with the Bandrils. Guest starring Paul Darrow.
3 December - pre-empted for pledge drive
10 December The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 1+2
17 December The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 3+4
Christmas Eve The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 5+6
New Years Eve - pre-empted for New Years Special
Not Yet Airing New Series Or Between Seasons:
Nederland 3
Doctor Who premiere January 2006.
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Doctor Who premiere 2006? Thursday 8PM?
ProSieben (Pro 7)
Doctor Who premiere 2006. Series 1 & 2 purchased. Dubbed in German.
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
DENMARK: Broadcaster TBA.
BBC Three
Doctor Who Confidential
December 2005 2-00 The Christmas Invasion - airdate TBA (probably
Christmas Day), sometime after BBC One broadcast
Sole broadcaster of Doctor Who Confidential (immediately after BBC
One Series 2 broadcasts, other repeats)
Time-shifted broadcasts of Series 2 in 2006 (same weekends as BBC
First broadcaster of Torchwood (coming later in 2006)
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Christmas Day (time TBA) 2-00 The Christmas Invasion (1 hour
Primary broadcaster of Doctor Who. Series Two Saturdays 7PM in 2006
(start date TBA)
BBC Prime
FAQ page says they will probably get Series 1 in the future, after it has aired on other networks in the countries BBC Prime services
Series 1 completed.
Series 1 completed. Expected to buy The Christmas Invasion and Series 2. Has not done so at this time.
Monday 26 December Time TBA - 2-00 The Christmas Invasion hosted
by Billie Piper
2006 - Series 2. Start Date TBA. Hockey is back, which could affect
when they air Series 2.
"The Planet Of The Doctor" exclusive CBC.CA documentary. 6 regular
episodes and 1 special. Approximately 90 minutes.
Prime TV
The Christmas Invasion and Series 2 to air in 2006 (June/July start?)
Christmas Day - The Christmas Invasion
2006 - "Doctor Who Series Two" 13 episodes
Later 2006 "Torchwood" 13 episodes
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care. Don't panic.
Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2005.