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Wednesday 21st December 2005

This Week In Doctor Who - December 21, 2005
Vol 8, No 51
(TWIDW post #0366)

The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Wednesday 21 December:
NRK 2 Norway - 8:05PM - Sannhetens Time (1st Series Finale!)
Thursday 22 December:
Style UK (Showtime Arabia) - 7PM UAE - Rose (Series Premiere!)
Friday 23 December:
BBC Radio Wales - 6:30PM GMT "Back In Time: New Doctor, New Dangers" (radio documentary)
Style UK (Showtime Arabia) - 7PM UAE - The End Of The World
Jimmy (Italy) - 9PM - La Lunga Partita
Christmas Day:
BBC One 7PM GMT - The Christmas Invasion
BBC Interactive 8PM GMT Attack of the Graske (interactive mini- episode)
BFBS 1 8:10PM CET - The Christmas Invasion
Boxing Day:
BFBS 2 and BFBS Navy 8PM CET - The Christmas Invasion
CBC Canada 8PM (8:30PM Newfoundland) - The Christmas Invasion
New Years Day:
BBC Three 7PM GMT The Christmas Invasion (encore)
BBC Interactive 8PM GMT Attack of the Graske (2nd chance to play)
Merry Christmas (and the happiest of holidays) to all the This Week In Doctor Who readership. This is the weekend of the first ever OFFICIAL Doctor Who Christmas special (The Feast of Steven in 1965 wasn't actually billed as a Christmas special). David Tennant is officially taking over as the 10th Doctor. The UK, the British military, and Canada are all getting The Christmas Invasion this weekend. The reviews make it sound exciting, it's 60 minutes long, and they're doing another one next year. Series Two will air sometime in 2006 - date to be determined.
A far cry from this time last year. We new the new Doctor Who was coming. No clue how it would turn out. CBC Canada and Prime TV New Zealand had bought the show, but otherwise we were still waiting to learn who the overseas broadcasters would be - we didn't even know about Australia. Doctor Who wasn't on TV at all in the UK for Christmas - UKTV Gold was pre-empting it for yet another weekend marathon of Carry On movies. We were hopeful, but it was a quiet Who Christmas 2004. How times change!
BBC Radio Wales will air "Doctor Who Back In Time: New Doctor, New Danger" on Friday at 6:30PM and Saturday at 1:05PM GMT. It's a new Welsh documentary tied into the Christmas episode.
BBC Radio 7 airs episode 2 of "The Chimes Of Midnight", Big Finish's own Christmas contribution to Doctor Who, this Saturday at 6:30PM and 12:30AM GMT. No episode New Years Eve - part 3 airs on 7 January.
And don't forget Attack of the Graske, an interactive Doctor Who game/adventure to finish off Christmas night in the UK. Use the red button on digital TV to play the game anytime between 8PM and Midnight (it'll air again on New Years Day). Stars David Tennant with the player as companion.
UK Doctor Who fans get to see the TV Movie again at 8AM Christmas Day on UKTV Gold. Repeats on New Years Day and 2 January if you miss it.
Arabian Peninsula and Northern African Doctor Who fans - Showtime Arabia is bringing Doctor Who to their satellite platform beginning tomorrow. Style UK will air 2 episodes of Doctor Who per week. Thursdays and Fridays at 7PM UAE time (adjust for your time zone). Repeats the following day (Fridays and Saturdays) at 9AM and 4PM UAE. Congratulations to the latest Doctor Who broadcaster. I'll try to have a list of countries where you can subscribe to Showtime Arabia in the next few weeks.
France and Norway say goodbye to Series One this week. NRK 2 airs Parting Of The Ways tonight at 8:05PM CET. France 4 repeats Parting Of The Ways one more time - Christmas Eve at 8:30AM CET. Hopefully they will air future seasons and maybe repeat this season in the future. Shows that do well on France 4 sometimes air on the more widely available France 2 - no clue if this will happen with Doctor Who.
UKTV Gold has sent out the following letter in regards to the future of the weekend omnibus repeats of the classic Doctor Who stories:

"Thank you for your query regarding UKTV Gold. The omnibus episodes of Doctor Who will continue well into 2006 in the current 7:00am slot on Saturdays and Sundays. The series will be off air from this weekend till New Years Day while we play out our Christmas schedule. However, the series will return on 7th Jan when we will be showing the final 2 episodes of our Sylvester McCoy season. Following that we will be showing Colin Baker's episodes and from 19th Feb we will begin showing Jon Pertwee's stint as the Doctor with the episode Spearhead From Space.

Thanks to the readers who have been checking on this. Jon Pertwee is finally returning to UKTV Gold.
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. The listings:


New Series General Information:
UK First Run:
BBC Radio Wales
Friday 6:30PM, Saturday 1:05PM GMT "Back In Time: New Doctor, New Danger"
4th installment of BBC Radio Wales' Back In Time series (the first 3 episodes aired with Series One earlier this year). This edition gives a Welsh perspective on the new Doctor and the upcoming series.
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 Interactive
Christmas Day 8PM GMT Attack of the Graske
Interactive episode/game available through the BBC's interactive services on digital TV. Press the red button from BBC One or BBC Two to take part in this adventure. Starring David Tennant as the Doctor and the viewer/player as the companion. The game will probably be available until Midnight. It will also be available on New Years Day after the BBC Three repeat of The Christmas Invasion.
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
"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. Still online through listen again.

Christmas Day 8:10PM CET 2-00 The Christmas Invasion (60 minutes)

BFBS 2 & BFBS Navy:
26 December 8PM CET 2-00 The Christmas Invasion (60 minutes)
British forces overseas get to see the Christmas episode very shortly after the UK premiere - the first broadcast is just 10 minutes after the premiere on BBC One.
Boxing Day 8-9:30PM (8:30-10PM Newfoundland) 2-00 The Christmas Invasion hosted by Billie Piper.
CBC presents the special episode just one day after the UK premiere. Episode will air unedited. No repeats scheduled at this time, so to see it in a timely manner you'll have to tune in (or set your VCR/DVR if you're watching a hockey game that night). If you have a Canadian satellite service, remember that they have all 5 time zones of CBC available, so you can tune it at the most convenient time for your needs.

2006 - Series 2. Start Date TBA.
"The Planet Of The Doctor" exclusive CBC.CA documentary. 6 regular episodes and 1 special. Approximately 90 minutes.
Wednesday 8:05PM CET 1-13 Sannhetens Time pt 2 of 2 (1st Series Finale) Premiere
16:9 Widescreen Digital; 16:9 Letterbox Analog
Last Scheduled broadcast.
France 4
Christmas Eve 8:30AM CET 1-13 "Not Titled Yet" pt 2 of 2 (1st Series Finale)
Dubbed in French. Last scheduled broadcast.
Thursday 10:35PM CET 1-06 Dalek
Friday 9PM, pre-empted Christmas Eve, Sunday 2:40PM + 4:25AM, Tuesday 11:45PM CET 1-07 La Lunga Partita

29 December 10:??PM 1-07 La Lunga Partita
30 December 9PM, New Years Eve 2:15PM 1-08 Il Padre Di Rose
BELGIUM (& The Netherlands):
één Network
Pre-empted this week. Yes, we know it's the middle of the Aliens Of London 2 parter. No, we don't know when part 2 is airing.
English with Subtitles.
ARABIAN Peninsula/North Africa:
Showtime Arabia
Style UK
Thursday 7PM, Friday 9AM & 4PM UAE 1-01 Rose (Series Premiere!)
Friday 7PM, Saturday 9AM & 4PM UAE 1-02 The End Of The World
The Showtime Arabia satellite system brings Doctor Who to another wide swath of the world. Adjust for local time if you're not in the United Arab Emirates.
29 December 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
30 December 1-04 Aliens of London pt 1 of 2
UK Repeats:
All shows 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1
(UKTV Gold continues a Christmas/New Years daily run of Series One.)
Thursday 10AM GMT 1-04 Aliens of London pt 1 of 2
Friday 10AM GMT 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2
Christmas Eve 10AM GMT 1-06 Dalek
Tuesday 10AM GMT 1-07 The Long Game
Wednesday 28 December 10AM GMT 1-08 Father's Day

14:9 Cropped Letterbox.
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
BBC Three
Doctor Who Confidential
(BBC Three does a Doctor Who week, airing all 13 episodes before ending with The Christmas Invasion. Due to sheer coincidence, both UKTV Gold and BBC Three will air Boom Town on New Years Eve.)

Boxing Day 7PM GMT Rose
Boxing Day 7:45PM GMT The End Of The World
Tuesday 7PM GMT The Unquiet Dead
Tuesday 7:45PM GMT Aliens of London pt 1 of 2
16:9 Widescreen.

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 pt 1 of 2
New Years Eve 8:30PM The Parting of the Ways pt 2 of 2
New Years Day 7PM 2-00 The Christmas Invasion (encore)

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 One)
First broadcaster of Torchwood (coming later in 2006)
Thomsonfly Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, British Midland Airlines, British Airways, Air New Zealand - various episodes


Big Finish Doctor Who
Saturday 6:30PM & 12:30AM GMT "The Chimes Of Midnight" pt 2 of 4 Big Finish Audio 29.
Paul McGann as the Doctor and India Fisher as Charley Pollard in this Christmas themed adventure. Episode 3 expected to air on 7 January.
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)
Now-2 January - daily broadcast of New Series at 10AM continues, pre-empted Christmas Day and 26 December.
Christmas Day 8:20-10AM GMT Doctor Who (1996)
The TARDIS is forced to land in San Francisco on December 30, 1999, right in the middle of a gang shooting. While the Master escapes, the Doctor finds himself seriously injured. Tragedy ensues, and it may be up to a new Doctor to save the day. Doctor Who: Sylvester McCoy + Paul McGann. Doctor Grace Holloway: Daphne Ashbrook. Based on and continuing the classic BBC TV series.
1 January 11AM-12:35PM GMT Doctor Who (1996)
2 January 7:20-9AM 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
19 February Spearhead From Space
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 The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 3+4 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet pts 3+4)
Season 23, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: Colin Baker. In the courtroom, the 6th Doctor continues his battle of words with the Valeyard. On Ravalox, the Doctor and Peri must stop Drathro the robot before it makes a selfish decision that could wipe out humanity.
Friday - pre-empted Christmas weekend
Monday 6:03PM The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 5+6 of 14 (Mindwarp pts 1+2)
Tuesday 6:03PM The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 7+8 of 14 (Mindwarp pts 3+4)

Season 23, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Colin Baker. The Valeyard comes up with a more damaging piece of evidence. It appears that the Doctor lost control while investigating trouble on the planet Thoros Beta. As the situation degenerates, a mad scientist does research, and Peri finds herself in trouble again, the Doctor's acting out of control. In the courtroom, the Doctor can only watch in horror ...
Wednesday 6:04PM The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 9+10 of 14 (Terror Of The Vervoids pts 1+2)
Season 23, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Colin Baker. The 6th Doctor takes an unorthodox approach to his defense - he presents a case that will occur in his personal future. Bonnie Langford joins the crew as Melanie Bush as the TARDIS crew is asked to solve a series of murders on a luxury space liner headed to Earth.
30 December - pre-empted New Years weekend
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
24 January The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
26 January Battlefield
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 Enlightenment pts 2+3 of 4
Thursday 12&5AM EST Enlightenment pt 4 of 4

Season 20, Episodes 18 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison. Turlough is forced to choose between good and evil. Tegan is faced with a suitor who is both innocent and voyeuristic.
Thursday 12:30&5:30AM EST The King's Demons pt 1 of 2
Friday 12&5AM EST The King's Demons pt 2 of 2

Season 20, Episodes 21 through 22. Doctor: Peter Davison. Hailed as demons, the 5th Doctor and company find that the locals really don't like them. They don't like King John either, who is in this quiet village when history says he's down in London. Something strange is going on.
Friday 12:30&5:30AM EST Warriors of the Deep pt 1 of 4
Season 21, Episode 1. Doctor: Peter Davison. The Silurians and Sea Devils are back. And they're very annoyed.
Saturday pre-empted for Christmas programming
Christmas Night Spearhead From Space all 4 eps
Season 7, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. Hours before David Tennant's introduction as the Doctor airs on Canadian TV, catch the introduction of Jon Pertwee. An alien invasion. The Doctor in flux. Old friends disbelieving who he is. It's the beginning, and no one's prepared for the moment.
(From 26 to 30 December, Doctor Who airs only at 5 & 5:30AM EST)
Monday 5AM EST Warriors of the Deep pts 2+3 of 4
Tuesday 5AM EST Warriors of the Deep pt 4 of 4

Season 21, Episodes 2 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tuesday 5:30AM EST The Awakening pt 1 of 2
Season 21, Episode 5. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor gets Tegan to the right place for once - the village of Little Hobcombe, where her Grandfather lives. Or lived. No one's seen him.
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
11 February Carnival Of Monsters
12 February The Three Doctors
American Who (alternate
Current episode - new interview with Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates) on Jon Pertwee, politics, and bow-wows. 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 AEDT)
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)
At the Global Sci-Fi Expo. Hour 1 - Reggie Bannister (Bubba Ho-Tep);
Deanna Lund (Land Of The Giants). Hour 2 - Peter Jason (Deadwood);
Tracy Scoggins (Babylon 5). 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 format.
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 Christmas Eve Midnight-1:30AM EST The Krotons movie
Season 6, Episodes 19 through 22. Doctor: Patrick Troughton. The 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe discover a world where the 2 brightest of every class are recruited to join the Krotons, and are never seen again.
31 December The Seeds of Death
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)
Christmas Eve 11:35PM CST The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 5+6 of 14 (Mindwarp pts 1+2)
Season 23, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Colin Baker.
See ABC Australia for story details.
New Years Eve - pre-empted for New Years Special
7 January The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 7+8 (Mindwarp pts 3+4)
14 January The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 9+10 (Terror Of The Vervoids pts 1+2)
21 January The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 11+12 (Terror Of The Vervoids pts 3+4)
28 January The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 13+14 (The Ultimate Foe)

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.
Broadcaster 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.
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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