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Wednesday 14th December 2005

This Week In Doctor Who - December 14, 2005
(posted 14th Dec 2005, 12:42pm - TWIDW post #0363)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - 11 Days Until Christmas (Invasion)!
December 14, 2005 - Vol 8, No 50
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Wednesday 14 December:
NRK 2 Norway - 8:05PM - Fanger Av TV-Program
Friday 16 December:
Jimmy (Italy) - 9PM - Dalek
Saturday 17 December:
één Network Belgium - 3:40PM - Aliens Of London
France 4 - 10:25PM - Not Titled Yet (1st Series Finale)
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 (world premiere)
BBC Interactive 8PM Attack Of The Graske (interactive episode/game available via the red button on TV in the UK)
Boxing Day:
CBC Canada 8PM - The Christmas Invasion
New Years Day:
BBC Three 7PM - The Christmas Invasion
BBC Interactive 8PM Attack Of The Graske (another chance to play the game)
11 days till the UK premiere of The Christmas Invasion, 12 days till
the Canadian premiere. The excitement is building in the UK, with 2
well made teasers and a 30 second trailer broadcast on BBC One and
Two so far (see them online at ). The
British press saw the episode on 12 December and Parliament saw the
episode on 13 December, so leaks about the plot are filtering around
the internet and in British newspapers - if you fear spoilers,
you're in for a rough couple of weeks. Doctor Who is up against
Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on ITV1, rather than
stronger competition like Coronation Street or Emmerdale. There is
every reason to think that a very large audience will tune in for
David Tennant's first full length (a full 60 minute) episode as the
Doctor. And if you have the BBC's interactive service in the UK
(most but not all digital viewers have access), you can click on the
red button at 8PM or later on Christmas Day to play "Attack Of The
Graske", an interactive adventure starring David Tennant and the
person playing.
BBC 7 begins airing a different Doctor Who
Christmas story this Saturday at 6:30PM and 12:30AM GMT. "The Chimes
Of Midnight", a Big Finish Doctor Who audio drama starring Paul
McGann and India Fisher, will air over 4 Saturdays in the same time
slot where 4 previous McGann/Fisher Doctor Who audios have aired.
Conflicting information on whether the story will air over 4 weeks
or whether it will be pre-empted on New Years Eve. We'll know in a
few days about that matter. Episodes can be heard live online
through the website and through the Listen Again feature afterwards.
If you missed Shada or My Life As A Dalek - they remain on Listen
Again only until Saturday 17 December.
BBC Radio 2 premieres its latest Doctor
Who documentary - Regeneration - this Tuesday at 8:33PM GMT. If
you miss it live, that's the advantage of Listen Again.
BBC Three will encore "The Christmas
Invasion" on Sunday New Years Day at 7PM GMT. This will be the first
repeat of the special episode, and the longest lag between UK first
run and repeat to date (7 days). At 8PM that night viewers will be
able to get to "Attack Of The Graske" via the red button.
Italian channel Jimmy has started giving Italian titles for Doctor Who episodes, effective immediately. We will use the Italian titles. In Italy, 2 parters have the same name for both parts.
France 4 still hasn't given a French language title to Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways, which premieres this Saturday at 10:25PM CET. The season's really flown by in France, since they aired 2 episodes a week. Here's hoping for a repeat run on a channel that more French viewers receive.
BFBS 2 and BFBS Navy also complete their repeat run of Doctor Who
Series One this weekend. It is likely that The Christmas Invasion
will air on that service for the British military soon after its UK
BBC Kids is changing their schedule in Canada. The weeknight Midnight EST broadcasts end on 23 December. Weeknight episodes will only air at 5AM EST the week between Christmas and New Years. Beginning 2 January, weeknight broadcasts are at 2 and 5AM EST. Weekend broadcasts remain at 2AM EST. This weekend The Curse of Fenric and Survival air, the final new to BBC Kids stories for the moment. After airing these stories, BBC Kids will have shown ever fully color Doctor Who story they could get the rights to at least once.
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.
BBC Radio 2
Tuesday 8:33PM GMT "Doctor Who: Regeneration" documentary
1 hour special looking at the phenomenon of Doctor Who in 2005 and
the issue of how a regeneration this early into the show's run will
affect its future. Interviews with Russell T. Davies, Billie Piper,
new Doctor David Tennant, and more.
Wednesday 8:05PM CET 1-12 Fanger Av TV-Program pt 1 of 2 Premiere
16:9 Widescreen Digital; 16:9 Letterbox Analog
21 December 1-13 Sannhetens Time pt 2 of 2 (1st Series Finale)
France 4
Saturday 8AM CET 1-11 Fanger Av TV-Program
Saturday 8:50AM CET 1-12 Le Grand Méchant Loup pt 1 of 2
Saturday 10:25PM, Monday 3:15PM, & Late Tuesday 12:25AM CET 1-13 "Not Titled Yet" pt 2 of 2 (1st Series finale) Premiere

Dubbed in French.
24 December 8:30AM 1-13 "Not Titled Yet" pt 2 of 2
Thursday 10:35PM CET 1-05 Alieni A Londra pt 2 of 2
Friday 9PM, Saturday 2:10PM, Sunday 4:40PM + 3:35AM, Tuesday 11:25PM CET 1-06 Dalek

22 December 10:35PM 1-06 Dalek
23 December 9PM, Christmas Day 2:40PM + 4:25AM, 27 December 11:45PM 1-07 La Lunga Partita
30 December 9PM, New Years Eve 2:15PM 1-08 Il Padre De Rose
BELGIUM (& The Netherlands):
één Network
Saturday 3:40PM CET 1-04 Aliens of London pt 1 of 2
English with Subtitles.
Saturday 5PM CET 1-13 The Parting of the Ways
BFBS Navy:
Sunday 5AM CET 1-13 The Parting of the Ways
UK Repeats:
All shows 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1
Friday 8PM & Saturday 7PM GMT 1-08 Father's Day
Saturday broadcast 1 hour late and Sunday broadcasts pre-empted due to Eastenders at Christmas Weekend.
Monday 10AM GMT 1-01 Rose (series 1 Christmas repeat run begins)
Tuesday 10AM GMT 1-02 The End Of The World
Wednesday 21 December 10AM GMT 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
14:9 Cropped Letterbox.
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, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways,
British Midland Airlines, British Airways, Air New Zealand - various
Big Finish Doctor Who
Shada (2003)
BBCi/Big Finish co-production. Starring Paul McGann as The Doctor and Lalla Ward As Romana. 2 ½ hours. Still available on Listen Again until 17 December - check Saturday 10 December at 8PM.
My Life As A Dalek
2003 documentary by Mark Gattis about the Daleks. Still available on Listen Again until 17 December - check Saturday 10 December.
Saturday 6:30PM & 12:30AM GMT The Chimes Of Midnight pt 1 of 4 Big Finish Audio 29.
Paul McGann as the Doctor and India Fisher as Charley Pollard in this Christmas themed adventure.
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 7PM GMT Father's Day
Saturday & Sunday - 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 8:20-10AM 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 The Two Doctors pts 2a+2b of 3
Friday 6:03PM The Two Doctors pts 3a+3b of 3

Season 22, Episodes 8 through 9. Doctors: Colin Baker & Patrick Troughton.
The 6th Doctor, Peri, and Jamie search for the Doctor's missing earlier self. On Earth, the 2nd Doctor learns he is to be the subject of a genetic experiment that could alter him forever and give an overly aggressive species access to time travel.
Monday 6:04PM Timelash pts 1a+1b of 2
Tuesday 6:04PM Timelash pts 2a+2b of 2

Season 22, Episodes 10 through 11. Doctor: Colin Baker.
The Doctor is blackmailed into trying to retrieve a political dissident and an amulet whose absence could bring about needed change on the planet Karfel. Peri finds herself once again the subject of a psychopath's search for a bride. But this time she hasn't been chosen for her looks.
Wednesday 6:03PM The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 1+2 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet pts 1+2)
Season 23, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Colin Baker.
Suffering from memory loss, the Doctor finds himself on trial for his life. The prosecution from the Time Lords explores his recent activities on the planet Ravalox. In the trial footage, the Doctor and Peri explore Ravalox, while 2 intergalactic con men spy on them, and a black robot spies on them all.
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
9 January The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe
10 January Time and the Rani
12 January Paradise Towers
16 January Delta and the Bannermen
17 January Dragonfire
19 January The Happiness Patrol
20 January Silver Nemesis
BBC Kids
Weeknights Midnight & 5AM EST (9PM & 2AM PST) - 2 episodes daily
(changes to 2 & 5AM EST beginning 2 January)
Weekends 2AM EST (11PM PST) - complete stories
Wednesday 12&5AM EST Snakedance pt 4 of 4
Season 20, Episode 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor prepares to do battle with the Mara to save Tegan once and for all - and save the rather pathetic people who live on the planet Manussa as well.
Wednesday 12:30&5:30AM EST Mawdryn Undead pt 1 of 4
Thursday Mawdryn Undead pts 2+3 of 4
Friday 12&5AM EST Mawdryn Undead pt 4 of 4

Season 20, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Turlough was your average everyday teen alien exiled to Earth and stuck attending a stuffy English boarding school. Always in trouble, with no drive to his life. But one day a man in black with a Raven sitting on his head approached Turlough with a proposition. Kill a man called "Doctor", and you can get off Earth once and for all. It was a bargain he should never have made. Guest starring Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (retired).
Friday 12:30&5:30AM EST Terminus pt 1 of 4
Season 20, Episode 13. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Sabotage on board the TARDIS forces an evacuation. Soon the TARDIS crew find themselves headed to Terminus, a desolate space station in the middle of the universe - a place where problems are hidden away.
Saturday The Curse of Fenric all 4 pts
Season 26, Episodes 8 through 11. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. BBC Kids premiere)
The 7th Doctor and Ace infiltrate a secret military base in 1943, investigating vampires and an ancient curse. As time progresses, Ace begins to suspect that the Doctor knows more about this curse than he had let on, and some of it involves her. Has she been betrayed?
Sunday Survival all 3 pts
Season 26, Episodes 12 through 14. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. (BBC Kids premiere)
Final story in the original series (and last new to BBC Kids story for now). The Doctor and Ace arrive in Perivale, Ace's hometown. People her age have been disappearing for months. The Doctor's investigation will bring them to an alien world, a culture in decay, and discover a force that could destroy 2 people he cares about very much.
Monday Terminus pts 2+3 of 4
Tuesday 12&5AM EST Terminus pt 4

Season 20, Episodes 14 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tuesday 12&5:30AM EST Enlightenment pt 1 of 4
Season 20, Episode 17. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Doctor finds himself on board a sailing ship involved in a most unusual race. The White Guardian tries to contact Tegan.
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, episodes only air at 5/5:30AM EST)
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
3 January (2:30AM) The Caves of Androzani
5 January (2:30AM) Spearhead From Space
7 January Inferno
9 January (2:30AM) Doctor Who And The Silurians
13 January Inferno
14 January Terror of the Autons
15 January The Claws of Axos
18 January (2:30AM) Terror of the Autons
20 January (2:30AM) The Claws of Axos
21 January Colony In Space
22 January The Dæmons
24 January (2:30AM) Colony In Space
27 January (2:30AM) The Dæmons
28 January The Sea Devils
29 January The Curse of Peladon
1 February The Sea Devils
4 February The Mutants
5 February The Time Monster
6 February The Curse of Peladon
8 February The Mutants
9 February Carnival Of Monsters
10 February The Three Doctors
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 on her time in the TARDIS; the top 5
Doctor Who stories of 2005 (expected online this weekend)
January - Barry Letts discusses his friend Robert Sloman (recently
deceased) and gives his views on the 2005 Series of Doctor Who.
February - 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)
The top 10 Sci-Fi news stories of 2005. Hour 1 - Stories #10 - #6.
Hour 2 - Stories #5 - #1. 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-1:35AM EST The Mind Robber movie
Season 6, Episodes 6 through 10. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
To escape a lava flow, the 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe manage an emergency take-off, throwing them into a dangerous dimension where imagination and reality blur together. If you're not careful, you become fiction.
Viewer advisory - Tivo programming believes that The Dominators will air here. If you have a season pass for Doctor Who, you should manually set this one to record, or it will be skipped. The Tivo also lists the broadcast as 90 minutes long.
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 {s[TheMysteriousPlanet=The Trial Of A Time Lord}} pts 3+4 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet pts 3+4)
The 6th Doctor hurts his case in court. He's more effective in the trial footage, as he and Peri try to free the humans on Ravalox from the power of the robot Drathro, while making certain the settlement, the planet, and that corner of the universe aren't destroyed at the same time.
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 - 31 December - Doctor Who Series One Encore Week
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
New Years Eve 7PM Boom Town
New Years Eve 7:45PM Bad Wolf
New Years Eve 8:30PM The Parting of the Ways
New Years Day 7PM The Christmas Invasion (first encore of the
Christmas special in the UK)
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 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 a Happy
Christmas (Invasion) to all of you at home!
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