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Wednesday 7th December 2005

This Week In Doctor Who - December 7, 2005
(posted 7th Dec 2005, 12:45pm - TWIDW post #0362)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - 18 Days Until Christmas (Invasion)
December 7, 2005 - Vol 8, No 49
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Wednesday 7 December:
NRK 2 Norway - 8:05PM - Verden I Fare
Friday 9 December:
Jimmy (Italy) - 9PM - World War Three
Saturday 10 December:
één Network Belgium - 3:55PM - The Unquiet Dead
France 4 - 10:20PM - L'explosion de Cardiff / Le Grand Méchant Loup
Tuesday 20 December:
BBC Radio 2 8:33PM - Regeneration (documentary on the challenge of introducing a new Doctor to the British public, and on Doctor Who's success in 2005)
Christmas Day:
BBC One 7PM - The Christmas Invasion
BBC Interactive 8PM Attack of the Graske (interactive mini-episode)
Boxing Day:
CBC Canada 8PM - The Christmas Invasion
Valentines Day 2006:
Series One available on DVD in the US, first time the episodes are legitimately available in that country
18 days till the big event in the UK, 19 days in Canada. New Doctor,
special extended episode, and maybe the start of a Christmas
BBC 7 has its schedule for this weekend
up, contradicting earlier information in the Radio Times . Assuming BBC 7 is correct, "Shada
(2003)" will only air one time, Saturday from 8 to 10:30PM GMT. "My
Life As A Dalek" will also only repeat once, at 10:30PM GMT. "The
Chimes Of Midnight", starring Paul McGann and India Fisher, will NOT
air episode 1 at 6:30PM and 12:30AM GMT. It will probably premiere
on 17 December in those time slots after all. The Radio Times
continues to show lots of Doctor Who (including Chimes) on 10
December, but lists the 17 December broadcast of Chimes Of Midnight
as part 1.
The interactive episode/game on BBC Interactive is now
titled "Attack Of The Graske". David Tennant has filmed new material
as the Doctor (in regular costume, not the pajamas). You the viewer
will have the role of the companion. Unknown how long it will remain
up after it premieres at 8PM Christmas Day. Just press the red
button on BBC One or BBC Two (though why would you be on BBC Two -
you'll have just been watching The Christmas Invasion on BBC One).
Presumably UK only at this time.
BBC Three will air Series One (the Eccleston episodes) 2 episodes a night from 7 to 8:30PM starting 26 December. The first 10 episodes will air through 30 December. Episodes 11 and 12 will probably air on New Years Eve with episode 13 on New Years Day, but I can't verify that yet. BBC Three will allegedly repeat The Christmas Invasion from 7 to 8PM on 2 January 2006, which would be the first repeat the episode gets (it's not repeating on Christmas Day). Interesting that BBC Three and UKTV Gold will wind up repeating the Eccleston episodes at the same time, with the possibility of Boom Town airing on both UKTV Gold and BBC Three on New Years Eve.
UKTV Gold's Friday Who repeats move to 7PM starting January 6. Late Sunday repeat cancelled. The Colin Baker stories, skipped in the run- up to Christmas, begin on 14 January. There will be additional pre- emptions and special programming between 17 December and 2 January for Christmas season programming decisions (the 1996 TV Movie will air a few times). See the sections in the new series and earlier episodes sections for details.
Some versions of last week's column noted a report from Sci-Fi Wire at the Sci-Fi Channel about the decision to release Series One direct to DVD in the US before finding a US buyer. I tailored the report with a degree of skepticism, not wanting to get people heavily excited without proof that the release was happening. The Outpost Gallifrey edition had that report excised as in the hours immediately after the column went out BBC Worldwide Americas confirmed that series one really will be on DVD in the US on February 14. This is the same day (and same DVDs) that were previously announced for Canada. The retail price is $99.98 - hopefully available for less in most locations.
Don't forget - BBC Radio 2 is airing a
new one hour Doctor Who documentary (Regeneration) on Tuesday 20
December at 8:33PM GMT. It will focus on Doctor Who's success in
2005 and the challenges of coming back with a new leading man. You
can listen live through Windows Media Player or Realplayer. It will
then be available through Radio 2's Listen Again feature.
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 3:55PM CET 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
English with Subtitles.
Wednesday 8:05PM CET 1-11 Verden I Fare Premiere
16:9 Widescreen Digital; 16:9 Letterbox Analog
14 December 1-12 Fanger Av TV-Program pt 1 of 2
21 December 1-13 Sannhetens Time pt 2 of 2
France 4
Saturday 8AM CET 1-09 Drôle De Mort pt 1 of 2
Saturday 8:50AM CET 1-10 Le Docteur Danse pt 2 of 2
Saturday 10:20PM, Monday 3:10PM, & Late Tuesday Midnight CET 1-11 L'explosion de Cardiff Premiere
Saturday 11:10PM, Tuesday 3:10PM & 12:50AM CET 1-12 Le Grand Méchant Loup Premiere

Dubbed in French.
17 December 8AM 1-11 L'explosion de Cardiff
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" pt 2 of 2
Thursday - Doctor Who pre-empted on Thursday this week only
Friday 9PM, Saturday 1:30PM, Sunday 4:30PM + 4:10AM, Tuesday 11:45PM
CET 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2

15 December 10:35PM 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2
16 December 9PM, 17 December 2:10PM, 18 December 4:40PM + 3:35AM, 20
December 11:25PM 1-06 Dalek
Saturday 5PM CET 1-12 Bad Wolf
BFBS Navy:
Sunday 5AM CET 1-12 Bad Wolf
UK Repeats:
All shows 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1
Friday 8PM, Saturday 6PM, Sunday 3:40PM & 3:40AM GMT 1-07 The Long Game
14:9 Cropped Letterbox.
16 December 8PM GMT 1-08 Father's Day
17 December 7PM GMT 1-08 Father's Day (special time due to Eastenders at Christmas)
18 December pre-empted by Eastenders at Christmas Weekend
19 December 10AM GMT 1-01 Rose (series 1 Christmas repeat run begins)
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
New Years Day 10AM GMT 1-12 Bad Wolf pt 1 of 2
2 January 10AM GMT 1-13 The Parting of the Ways pt 2 of 2
6 January 7PM GMT 1-09 The Empty Child pt 1 of 2 (new earlier time for Friday broadcast)
7 January 6PM GMT 1-09 The Empty Child pt 1 of 2
8 January 4PM GMT 1-09 The Empty Child pt 1 of 2 (late Sunday broadcast discontinued)
13 January 7PM GMT 1-10 The Doctor Dances pt 2 of 2
14 January 6PM GMT 1-10 The Doctor Dances pt 2 of 2
15 January 4PM GMT 1-10 The Doctor Dances pt 2 of 2
20 January 7PM GMT 1-11 Boom Town
21 January 6PM GMT 1-11 Boom Town
22 January 4PM GMT 1-11 Boom Town
27 January 7PM GMT 1-12 Bad Wolf pt 1 of 2
28 January 6PM GMT 1-12 Bad Wolf pt 1 of 2
29 January 4PM GMT 1-12 Bad Wolf pt 1 of 2
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
Saturday 8-10:30PM GMT Shada (2003)
BBCi/Big Finish co-production. Starring Paul McGann as The Doctor and Lalla Ward As Romana. Premiere on the channel. Omnibus presentation. Douglas Adams' script is finally completed as the 8th Doctor feels driven to finish a matter that his earlier self was called away from at a critical moment.
Saturday 10:30PM GMT My Life As A Dalek
2003 documentary about the Daleks, originally produced for Radio 4.
Encore performance.
Beginning Sunday, you can hear the shows again via BBC 7's Listen Again feature. They will be up until 17 December.
17 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 3:40PM & 3:40AM GMT The Long Game
Saturday 7-8:55AM GMT Battlefield movie
Season 26, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
Sunday 7-8:20AM GMT Ghost Light movie
Season 25, Episodes 5 through 7. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
17 & 18 December - classic series pre-empted by Eastenders Christmas marathon
19 December-2 January - daily broadcast of New Series at 10AM, pre-empted Christmas Day and 26 December.
Christmas Day 8:20AM GMT Doctor Who (1996)
1 January 11AM GMT Doctor Who (1996)
2 January 7:20AM GMT Doctor Who (1996)
7 January 7:05-9AM GMT The Curse of Fenric
8 January 7-8:25AM GMT Survival
14 January 7-9AM GMT The Twin Dilemma
15 January 7-9AM GMT Vengeance on Varos
21 January 7-9AM GMT The Mark of the Rani
22 January 7-9AM GMT Timelash
28 January 7-9AM GMT The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet
29 January 7-9AM GMT The Trial Of A Time Lord: Mindwarp
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 6:04PM Vengeance on Varos pts 1a+1b of 2
Friday 6:05PM Vengeance on Varos pts 2a+2b of 2

Season 22, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: Colin Baker.
Monday 6:05PM The Mark of the Rani pts 1a+1b of 2
Tuesday 6:05PM The Mark of the Rani pts 2a+2b of 2

Season 22, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Colin Baker.
Wednesday 6:05PM The Two Doctors pts 1a+1b of 3
Season 22, Episode 7. Doctors: Colin Baker & Pat Troughton.
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 Time-Flight pts 2+3 of 4
Thursday 12&5AM EST Time-Flight pt 4 of 4

Season 19 Episodes 24 through 26. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Thursday 12:30&5:30AM EST Arc of Infinity pt 1 of 4
Friday Arc of Infinity pts 2+3 of 4

Season 20, Episodes 1 through 3. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Saturday Battlefield all 4 pts
Season 26, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. BBC Kids premiere)
Sunday Ghost Light all 3 pts
Season 26, Episodes 5 through 7. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. BBC Kids premiere)
Monday 12&5AM EST Arc of Infinity pt 4 of 4
Season 20, Episode 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Monday 12:30&5:30AM EST Snakedance pt 1 of 4
Tuesday Snakedance pts 2+3 of 4

Season 20, Episodes 5 through 7. Doctor: Peter Davison.
14 December (12:30AM) Mawdryn Undead
16 December (12:30AM) Terminus
17 December The Curse of Fenric (BBC Kids premiere)
18 December Survival (BBC Kids premiere)
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 Spearhead From Space
(From 26 to 30 December, the 12/12:30AM airings are pre-empted for movies. The 5/5:30AM repeats are still airing.)
27 December (5:30AM) The Awakening
28 December (5:30AM) Frontios
30 December (5:30AM) Planet of Fire
31 December Doctor Who And The Silurians
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
December - Carole Ann Ford
December/January - 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 - News & Comment. Hour 2 - Adam-Troy Castro on necrology of
2005 (sci-fi figures who passed away this year); the new King Kong
movie. 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-2AM EST The Dominators movie
Season 6, Episodes 1 through 5. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
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)
Saturday 11:35PM CST The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 1+2 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet pts 1+2) 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
26 - 30 December 7-8:30PM GMT "90 minute Doctor Who broadcasts"
Boxing Day 7PM Rose
Boxing Day 7:45PM The End Of The World
27 December 7PM The Unquiet Dead
27 December 7:45PM Aliens of London pt 1 of 2
28 December 7PM World War Three pt 2 of 2
28 December 7:45PM Dalek
29 December 7PM The Long Game
29 December 7:45PM Father's Day
30 December 7PM The Empty Child pt 1 of 2
30 December 7:45PM The Doctor Dances pt 2 of 2
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. And Merry Christmas
(Invasion) to all of you at home!
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