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Wednesday 30th November 2005

This Week In Doctor Who - November 30, 2005
(posted 30th Nov 2005, 11:18am - TWIDW post #0361)
Just before TWIDW went to press, Sci-Fi Channel's Sci-Fi Wire broke a news story claiming that the US would get Doctor Who Series One as a Direct to DVD release on February 14, 2006. It would be the same contents as the UK boxset and retail at $99.98 (most stores would sell below this price). Sci- Fi Wire claims that this release is being done by BBC Worldwide Americas "in advance of any plans to license Doctor Who for broadcast in the United States". The story is at .
I note that this is the same date as the previously announced (not
announced on Sci-Fi Wire) Canadian release of the Series One boxset.
The original intention had been to release the Series at the same
time in the US and Canada. BBC Worldwide Americas could have gone
back to their old plans. The story hasn't made it to reliable
sources like TVShowsOnDVD or Steve
Manfred's Doctor Who DVD & VHS FAQ
at this time, which makes the story suspect. $99.98 is the same
price that HBO has released The Sopranos and Six Feet Under to DVD
at for 13 episode seasons. Be aware that BBC Worldwide Americas has
tried to sell Doctor Who to Bravo, Sci-Fi, and a couple of other
networks - Doctor Who is not on US screens because the networks and
BBC WA disagree on the show's value, not because it is yet to be
offered. The problem is unlikely to be resolved soon.
The truth should be out shortly. If true, then US Doctor Who fans
will have a much easier time getting the new series, though it would
be sad to think that a TV broadcast of the series is indefinitely
delayed. If the story is incorrect, the boxset will still be out in
Canada on February 14. Specialist shops and online stores in Canada
will be selling it, as will regular stores in Canada. And the
Canadian release will play perfectly fine on US DVD players.
November 30, 2005 - Vol 8, No 48
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Wednesday 30 November:
NRK 2 Norway - 8:05PM - Krigen Forsetter
Friday 2 December:
Jimmy (Italy) - 9PM - Aliens of London
Saturday 3 December:
één Network Belgium - 3:35PM - The End Of The World
France 4 - 10:25PM - Drôle De Mort/Le Docteur Danse
Christmas Day:
BBC One 7PM/BBC Three TBD - The Christmas Invasion
Boxing Day:
CBC Canada 8PM - The Christmas Invasion
Broadcast times for Doctor Who - The Christmas Invasion in the UK
and Canada have been confirmed. BBC One airs The Christmas Invasion
on Christmas Day (25 December) at 7PM. Early schedules indicated it
might start at 6:15PM or 7:15PM - those times were probably correct
at the time they were published - the schedule wasn't finalized
then. It is believed that The Christmas Invasion will not be airing
at the same time as Coronation Street on ITV, but that was still
unclear at publication time. In Canada, The Christmas Invasion will
air on Boxing Day (26 December) in a 90 minute slot from 8 to 9:30PM
in all time zones as previously expected (8:30PM Newfoundland). At
this time it looks like these will be the only broadcasters to get
The Christmas Invasion this Christmas. No doubt the BFBS service
will offer The Christmas Invasion to British soldiers soon
BBC Three will also have Doctor Who
material on Christmas Day. I suspect it will be a repeat of The
Christmas Invasion, but we won't know for certain till BBC Three's
Christmas schedule comes out. It will probably become clear in the
Christmas edition of the Radio Times
magazine, coming out in the next few days in the UK with a Doctor
Who Christmas theme cover.
I would like to issue an apology to KTEH/KCAH in San Jose/Watsonville, CA . KTEH has aired sporadic Doctor Who related specials even after losing the series in 2003. To celebrate the show's 42nd anniversary, KTEH scheduled the documentary Mythmakers: William Hartnell to air at 7PM on November 23. And they did notify me in advance. With all the other things going on, I did not remember to put it in the column, only realizing the error after the special had aired. My apologies to Doctor Who fans in the KTEH/KCAH area who were unaware of this broadcast, and to Ken Patterson at KTEH. Hopefully most of the Who fans in the area caught the broadcast anyway.
The Children In Need Doctor Who segment (Billie Piper, David Tennant, and the console room) remained online until 9:30PM GMT on Friday 25 November. It is unknown when/if it will air on television again. No plans for including it on a DVD release have been announced, but I would be surprised if it wasn't in the Series 2 set.
BBC7 will start airing more new to radio
Doctor Who next Saturday 10 December, in case you'd forgotten.
10 December 9AM to Noon, 8 to 11PM, 3 to 6AM - Shada, the 2003 remake of the Douglas Adams story. Produced by Big Finish for BBCi.
Starring Paul McGann as the Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana, and John Leeson as K9. The Shada broadcast will have interviews and a look back at the making of the original unfinished story. A trailer for Shada is up at , highlighting the 8PM broadcast.
10 December 6:30PM & 12:30AM GMT - "The Chimes Of Midnight".
Originally released in 2002, this is the 6th Big Finish CD release
starring Paul McGann as the Doctor and India Fisher as Charley. It
looks like it'll be serialized over the next few weeks. It is the
next one in the series after "Invaders In Mars", which recently
aired on BBC7. It is also set around Christmastime.
Één Network in Belgium and the Netherlands seems to be using Doctor Who as filler. Last week it premiered at 3:55PM CET. This week it will air at 3:35PM. If you are watching or taping this broadcast of the series (English with subtitles), you will need to check each week for the start time.
France 4 has put up the tentative broadcast schedule for the rest of Doctor Who series 1 on their channel. Interestingly, all the episodes except the last (Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways) have French episode titles on the website. I wonder if this is just an oversight, or deliberate (ex: the French title being a spoiler)? At 2 episodes a week French viewers will know soon - the last episode airs between 17 and 24 December.
BBC Kids is getting a bit of attention for their upcoming Doctor Who schedule. The Curse of Fenric, originally announced in their press release as airing late Saturday 17 December at 2AM EST, now is missing from the schedule. Survival has moved to the 17th, with the weekend rotation returning to Pertwee stories on 18 December. Hopefully this is just an error and The Curse of Fenric will air. But as of press time, Fenric was missing.
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- , TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
Messenger. 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.
Belgium (& The Netherlands):
één Network
Saturday 3:35PM CET 1-02 The End Of The World
English with Subtitles.
Wednesday 8:05PM CET 1-10 Krigen Forsetter pt 2 of 2 Premiere
16:9 Widescreen Digital; 16:9 Letterbox Analog
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 1-07 Jeu Interminable
Saturday 8:50AM CET 1-08 Fête Des Pères
Saturday 10:25PM, Monday 3:15PM, & Late Tuesday 12:05AM CET 1-09 Drôle De Mort pt 1 of 2 Premiere
Saturday 11:15PM, Tuesday 3:10PM & 1AM CET 1-10 Le Docteur Danse pt 2 of 2 Premiere

Dubbed in French.
10 December 10:20PM, 12 December 3:10PM, 13 December Midnight, 17 December 8AM 1-11 L'explosion de Cardiff
10 December 11:10PM, 13 December 3:10PM & 12:50AM, 17 December 8:50AM 1-12 Le Grand Méchant Loup pt 1 of 2
17 December 10:25PM, 19 December 3:15PM, 20 December 12:25AM, 24 December 8:30AM 1-13 "Not titled yet" pr 2 of 2
Thursday 10:40PM CET 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
Friday 9PM, Saturday 1:55PM, Sunday 4:50PM + 3:45AM, Tuesday 11:50PM CET 1-04 Aliens of London pt 1 of 2

8 December ? 1-04 Aliens of London pt 1 of 2
9 December 9PM, 10 December 1:30PM, 11 December 4:30PM 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2
Saturday 5PM CET 1-11 Boom Town
BFBS Navy:
Sunday 5AM CET 1-11 Boom Town
UK Repeats:
All shows 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1
Friday 8PM, Saturday 6PM, Sunday 4:45PM & 3:50AM GMT 1-06 Dalek
14:9 Cropped Letterbox.
9 December 8PM GMT 1-07 The Long Game
10 December 6PM GMT 1-07 The Long Game
11 December 3:40PM & 3:40AM 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
10 December 9AM-Noon, 8-11PM, 3-6AM GMT Shada (2003)
BBCi/Big Finish co-production. Starring Paul McGann as The Doctor
and Lalla Ward As Romana. Also special BBC7 material about Doctor Who.
10 December 6:30PM & 12:30AM GMT The Chimes Of Midnight pt 1 of 4
Big Finish Audio 29.
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 4:45PM & 3:50AM GMT Dalek
Saturday 7-8:20AM GMT Delta and the Bannermen movie
Season 24, Episodes 9 through 11. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. The Doctor and Mel find a vacation to help recover from the trauma of their last vacation. A holiday in Disneyland in 1959. When the time travelling tour bus is attacked, the gang of tourists have to land in Wales instead. The Doctor and Mel must find out why this tour is under attack, who the target is, and how to protect the Earth from the fallout. Features lots of 1950s music and a couple of dances. Not to mention some bees.
Sunday 7-9AM GMT The Greatest Show in the Galaxy movie
Season 25, Episodes 11 through 14. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. UKTV Gold skips over more stories whose rights are exhausted in the current package. The Doctor and Ace receive an ad for the Psychic Circus, the most famous circus in the galaxy. Not to mention the most dangerous one to visit.
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 6:03PM The Caves of Androzani pts 3+4 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Suffering the effects of a poison, the 5th Doctor and Peri try to outwit gun runners, the military, Sharaz Jek, and a corrupt President. The only thing these forces seem to agree on is that they'd like the Doctor to die. Everyone except Jek has the same view of Peri.
Friday 6:03PM The Twin Dilemma pts 1+2 of 4
Monday 6:04PM The Twin Dilemma pts 3+4 of 4

Series 21, Episodes 21 through 24. Doctor: Colin Baker.
The Doctor has regenerated. Peri is unhappy with the result, but disappointment turns to fear when the Doctor's grip on reality falls apart. The Doctor struggles to bring himself back from the brink before he harms anyone. Can the universe get by for a few days without the Doctor?
Tuesday 6:05PM Attack of the Cybermen pts 1a+1b of 2
Wednesday 6:05PM Attack of the Cybermen pts 2a+2b of 2

Season 22, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Colin Baker. (The 25 minute versions of season 22 are being used.)
An alien distress signal in London brings the Doctor and Peri into a plot to steal a time machine. The Cybermen have sinister plans for Earth. Lytton is back. Lytton. From Resurrection Of The Daleks. You remember Lytton. Oh. Due to rights issues about Daleks ABC was unable to air that story. Nevermind.
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 Kinda pts 2+3 of 4
Thursday 12&5AM ESTKinda pt 4 of 4

Season 19 Episodes 10 through 12. Doctor: Peter Davison. The Mara hopes to use the mind of Tegan to bring a new reign of terror to the world of Kinda. The Doctor is asked to play the Fool.
Thursday 12:30&5:30AM EST The Visitation pt 1 of 4
Friday The Visitation pts 2+3 of 4

Season 19, Episodes 13 through 15. Doctor: Peter Davison. Aliens crash land in Heathrow in 1666, come to like the area, and decide not to leave. Unfortunately for them, the TARDIS crew come with the eviction notice.
Saturday Silver Nemesis all 3 pts
Season 25, Episodes 8 through 10. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. (BBC Kids premiere) An alien invasion, a powerful sentient weapon, survivors from the Nazis, and a sorceress from the 17th Century converge on England in November 1988 in hopes of ultimate power. Who will outplay, outwit, and outlast the others? The 7th Doctor and Ace interfere in the game.
Sunday The Greatest Show in the Galaxy all 4 pts
Season 25, Episodes 11 through 14. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. (BBC Kids premiere)
See UKTV Gold for details.
Monday 12&5AM EST The Visitation pt 4 of 4
Season 19, Episode 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Monday 12:30&5:30AM EST Black Orchid pt 1 of 2
Tuesday 12&5AM EST Black Orchid pt 2 of 2

Season 19, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Peter Davison. Mistaken for a respected doctor, the Doctor takes part in a game of cricket, infiltrates a rich English family, and gets involved in a bizarre case of murder.
Tuesday 12:30&5:30AM EST Time-Flight pt 1 of 4
Season 19, Episode 23. Doctor: Peter Davison. Shell shocked from the events of Earthshock, the TARDIS crew arrive at Heathrow Airport, where a Concorde has gone missing. As the only U*N*I*T alumni available, the Doctor soon finds himself involved in the search.
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
(The original press release for the Colin Baker/Sylvester McCoy stories included The Curse of Fenric. It seems to have disappeared from the list of stories.)
17 December The Curse of Fenric (BBC Kids premiere)/Survival?
18 December Survival (BBC Kids premiere)/Spearhead From Space?
20 December (12:30AM) Enlightenment
22 December (12:30AM) The King's Demons
23 December (12:30AM) Warriors of the Deep
24 December pre-empted
25 December Doctor Who And The Silurians
(There is a hole in the schedule where the 12 and 12:30AM episodes should be. The 5 & 5:30AM repeats are still listed.)
*27 December (12:30AM*) The Awakening
*28 December (12:30AM*) Frontios
*30 December (12:30AM*) Planet of Fire
1 January Inferno
American Who (alternate
Current episode - new interview with Richard Franklin (Captain Mike
Yates) on Jon Pertwee, politics, and bow-wows.
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 - Jason Haigh-Ellery of Big Finish Productions, actress
Maggie Stables (Evelyn Smythe in the Big Finish Doctor Who audios),
and New Series/Big Finish Doctor Who writer Rob Shearman. Hour 2 -
Dan Harris on the history of the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise. 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 12:30-2AM EST The Tomb of the Cybermen movie
Season 5, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
Time approximate after a Fawlty Towers pledge special. The famous "recovered lost story", missing from the early 1970s to 1992. The 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria infiltrate an expedition that want to unearth the tomb where the Cybermen slumber away, oblivious to time. The Doctor fears the consequences if the tomb is opened. Some members of the expedition seem far too eager to open everything up.
10 December The Dominators
17 December The Mind Robber
Christmas Eve 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), 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)
Pre-empted for pledge drive. Doctor Who returns 10 December.
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, 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 7PM GMT 2-00 The Christmas Invasion (1 hour special)
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.
Monday 26 December Time 8-9:30PM (8:30-10PM Newfoundland) 2-00 "The
Christmas Invasion" hosted by Billie Piper
2006 - Series 2. Start Date TBA.
"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. Christmas (Invasion)
is coming.
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