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Wednesday 15th March 2006

This Week In Doctor Who - March 15, 2006
(posted 15th Mar 2006, 1:02pm - TWIDW post #0387)
March 15, 2006 - Vol 9, No 11
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Thursday 16 March:
People + Arts (Spain/Portugal) 10:30PM CET - The Empty Child
Friday 17 March:
SciFi US 9PM EST/PST - Rose/The End Of The World (US Premiere!)
Sunday 19 March:
Cool TV (Hungary) 7PM - World War Three
ATV World (Hong Kong) Midnight - World War Three
Tuesday 21 March:
Ztélé Canada 8PM - Le Grand Méchant Loop
This Week In Doctor Who has always had a worldwide focus (to the
best of my abilities). But I've been wanting what's happening this
week to happen since long before this column began in 1998, so bear
with me. :) Also, there may be a fair number of people reading the
column for the first time this week (hello!) depending on how well
SciFi advertised Doctor Who's return.
2 ½ years after news of a new Doctor Who series came out, almost a year after it premiered in the UK, and 8 ½ months after the New Zealand premiere, the new Doctor Who has finally reached the US. March 17th at 9PM Eastern, the first 2 episodes air on the SciFi Channel as part of their long-established Sci- Fi Friday programming lineup. Episodes will air in their original 16:9 aspect ratio in a letterbox (there is currently no widescreen version of the SciFi Channel). Their website now has a preview for the series online titled Doctor Who: Behind The Scenes - at the moment it is clickable through SciFi's front page.
Christopher Eccleston is the Doctor in this 13 episode series.
Billie Piper plays Rose Tyler, who becomes his companion. There is a
story arc, but the episodes are standalone (there are 3 2 parters
and 7 single episodes during the run). If you didn't get a friend to
send you a copy from a country where it's been broadcast, or you
didn't buy the DVDs from overseas to play on a multi-region DVD
player, or you didn't buy the DVDs from Canada, and you haven't seen
these episodes yet - you are probably in for a very good time. Try
not to read too much about the storylines in advance. If you have
seen them before, tune in again for a rewatch (the future of the
show on US TV depends on the ratings it gets). If you don't have
cable/satellite or SciFi's been moved to a package you don't have,
you can still import the DVDs from Canada or overseas or wait for
the US release of Series One on July 4, 2006.
Due to the show's success in the UK last year, the BBC renewed it
for 2 additional 13 episode series (2006 and 2007) and 2 extended
Christmas episodes (2005 and 2006). SciFi has an option to buy the
2005 Christmas episode and the 2006 Series, but is not obligated to
buy them. Doctor Who has also spawned a spinoff show
called "Torchwood" which will be filmed later this year - presumably
SciFi and other networks will look at that show once it's been made.
Regular broadcast times are Fridays at 9PM & Midnight EST East
Feed/PST West Feed and Sundays at 11PM EST East Feed/PST West Feed.
With 2 episodes airing on premiere night the schedule on the 17th
will be off - Rose at 9 and 11PM, The End Of The World at 10PM and
Midnight. The Sunday repeat time will be fluid until April 2 due to
special programming. And the first few episodes will have extra
repeats - see the listings section below for the full broadcast info.
Figuring out when Doctor Who airs in your Time Zone.
1) Do you have satellite? If so, you are on the East Coast Feed.
2) If you live in the Eastern and Central Time Zones and have cable,
you are probably on the East Coast Feed. In other Time Zones, you
are probably on the West Coast Feed. If you are at all uncertain,
check SciFi's online schedule against your print TV listings before
Doctor Who airs so you know which time it will air.
9PM EST/PST Friday translates to:
Time Zone East Feed West Feed
Alaska 5PM 8PM
Hawaii 4PM** 7PM**
**Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time. As of 2 April, all
times on Sci-Fi will be 1 hour earlier in Hawaii.
Iowa Public TV's pledge drive for Doctor Who on March 11 was a success. They will continue airing 2 episodes a week through at least March 2007. Initial reports were that William Hartnell won the pledge voting poll, in which case his stories would replace Sylvester McCoy on April 8. However, the station is still taking pledges/votes till Festival 2006 ends later this month, and results could change.
Outpost Gallifrey reports that there
will be a press launch in Cardiff, Wales on 28 March for Series 2 of
Doctor Who, where the premiere date in the UK should be unveiled and
the advertising for the show gets underway in earnest. The
speculation in recent weeks is that Doctor Who will *probably* begin
its Second series in Mid-April, though if it is like last year the
BBC will not make a commitment until the last minute. The "Totally
Doctor Who" kids programme is expected to air on the Fridays before
new episodes and "Doctor Who Confidential" will air on BBC Three
after new Who episodes premiere - the start dates for those tie-in
shows will depend on the date for the main programme.
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.
Attack Of The Graske - interactive game available to UK residents
only as part of the trials of the BBC broadband service, starring
David Tennant as the Doctor and you as the companion
CANADA (French):
Friday 9PM, Saturday 8AM, Sunday 4PM, Tuesday 2PM EST 1-11 L'explosion De Cardiff
Tuesday 8PM EST 1-12 Le Grand Méchant Loup pt 1 of 2 Premiere

4:3 cropped pan & scan. Same French dub as France 4.
24 March 9PM EST (and repeats) 1-12 Le Grand Méchant Loup pt 1 of 2
28 March 8PM EST (and repeats) 1-13 À La Croisée des Chemins pt 2 of 2
Digital Plus
People + Arts
Thursday 10:30PM & 2:30AM, Friday 6:30AM & 3PM, Saturday 6AM, 2 & 9:30PM CET 1-09 The Empty Child pt 1 of 2
23 March 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 24 March 6:30AM & 3PM, 25 March 6AM, 2 & 9:30PM CET 1-10 The Doctor Dances pt 2 of 2
30 March 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 31 March 6:30AM & 3PM CET 1-01? Rose? repeat?
ATV World
Late Sunday Midnight 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2
Note later than usual start time.
HUNGARY (airing as Ki Vagi, Doki?):
Cool TV
Saturday 7PM CET 1-04 Aliens of London pt 1 of 2
Sunday 7PM & 2:05AM CET 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2
Doctor Who: Behind The Scenes video preview at SciFi's website Satellite customers are on the East Feed regardless of time zone. Cable customers - depends where you live.
Friday 9 & 11PM, Sunday 11:30PM, Monday 10AM EST East Feed/PST West Feed 1-01 Rose (Series Premiere!) Premiere
Rating: TV-PG-V. Parental guidance suggested, particularly for violence concerns.
Friday 10PM & Midnight, Late Sunday 12:30AM, Monday 11AM EST East Feed/PST West Feed 1-02 The End Of The World Premiere
Rating: TV-PG-L-V. Parental guidance suggested, particularly for language and violence concerns.
16:9 Letterbox.
Late 23 March 12AM EST East Feed/PST West Feed 1-01 Rose
Late 23 March 1AM, 24 March 8PM EST East Feed/PST West Feed 1-02 The End Of The World
24 March 9PM & Midnight, Late 26 March 12:30AM, 30 March 10AM EST East Feed/PST West Feed 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
31 March 9PM & Midnight EST East Feed/PST West Feed, 2 April 11PM EDT East Feed/PDT West Feed 1-04 Aliens of London pt 1 of 2
7 April 9PM & Midnight, 9 April 11PM EDT East Feed/PDT West Feed 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2
14 April 9PM & Midnight, 16 April 11PM EDT East Feed/PDT West Feed 1-06 Dalek
21 April 9PM & Midnight, 23 April 11PM EDT East Feed/PDT West Feed 1-07 The Long Game
28 April 9PM & Midnight, 30 April 11PM EDT East Feed/PDT West Feed 1-08 Father's Day
UK Repeats:
All shows 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1
14:9 Cropped Letterbox.
8 April 11AM-5PM New Series Weekend - Episodes 1 through 6
9 April 11AM-6PM New Series Weekend - Episodes 7 through 13
Thomsonfly Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways,
British Midland Airlines, British Airways, Air New Zealand - various
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)
Saturday 6-9AM GMT Colony In Space movie
Season 8, Episodes 15 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. The Time Lords decide to use the Doctor to solve a problem for them, sending him, the TARDIS, and Jo to a colony world in the late 25th Century, where farmers and miners squabble over a planet while the natives living underground guard a device that must never be discovered.
Sunday 6:35-9AM GMT The Dæmons movie
Season 8, Episodes 21 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
An archaeological dig goes awry, leaving a village at the mercy of a demonic force and the Master. This story is available in colour. UKTV Gold aired it in colour in the mid 1990s and the last time they aired it. Several times in the late 1990s and early 2000s they aired it in black & white, with only episode 5 in colour. Hopefully they will air the right version.
25 March 7-9AM GMT The Curse of Peladon
26 March 6-9AM BST The Sea Devils
1 April 6-9AM BST The Mutants
2 April 6:10-9AM BST The Time Monster
8 April 7-9AM BST The Three Doctors
8 & 9 April Doctor Who 2005 Series 1 Weekend - See New Series Section Above
9 April 7-9AM BST Carnival Of Monsters
15 April 6-8:45AM BST Frontier In Space
16 April 6-9AM BST The Green Death
22 April 7:10-9AM BST The Time Warrior
23 April 6-9AM BST Invasion of the Dinosaurs
29 April 6:10-9AM BST The Monster of Peladon
30 April 6:10-9AM BST Planet of the Spiders
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.
BBC Kids
Weeknights 2 & 5AM EST (11PM & 2AM PST) - 2 episodes daily
Weekends 2AM EST (11PM PST) - complete stories
Wednesday Kinda pts 1+2 of 4
Season 19, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
As Nyssa sleeps off an illness in the TARDIS, the Doctor, Adric, and Tegan investigate the world of the Kinda people. Tegan has a strange and traumatic dream. Adric discovers power. The Doctor must save the day through foolishness.
Thursday - Pre-empted by a movie
Friday Kinda pts 3+4 of 4
Season 19, Episodes 11 through 12. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Saturday The Sontaran Experiment all 2 pts
Season 12, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Taking the transmat down to Earth, the Doctor, Sarah, and Harry find that Earth is quite ready for human life to return. Alas, a Sontaran has gotten there first, and he has a plan.
Sunday Revenge of the Cybermen all 4 pts
Season 12, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Following the traumatic events of Genesis Of The Daleks, which you won't get to see due to a contract issue with the estate of Terry Nation, the TARDIS crew return to Nerva. As they await the return of the TARDIS, a space plague threatens to wipe out everyone on the station, and a derelict spaceship is heading for the Beacon with a very angry crew.
Monday The Visitation pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday The Visitation pts 3+4 of 4

Season 19, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The TARDIS arrives at Heathrow Airport - 317 years early. I dread to think what the parking fees will be for staying there that long.
22 March Black Orchid
23 March Time-Flight
25 March Terror of the Zygons
26 March Planet of Evil
27 March Arc of Infinity
29 March Snakedance
31 March Mawdryn Undead
1 April pre-empted, Daylight Savings Time
2 April Pyramids of Mars
American Who (alternate
Current episode - interview with Lalla Ward (Romana 2).
Still Online - Barry Letts discusses his friend Robert Sloman
(recently deceased) and gives his views on the 2005 Series of Doctor
Who. Dan Harris discusses Gary Downie (recently decased).
Upcoming episodes
April - Patrick Troughton tribute (repeat)
May - Jon Pertwee tribute (repeat)
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 - Noel Clarke (Mickey on Doctor
Who! - new interview, not the one for American Who in 2005); Robert
Berman and Mark Altman (Free Enterprise). Hour 3 (not in Lifestyle
Talk Radio broadcast) - last week's interview with Thomas Vitale of
Sci-Fi Channel US on upcoming programming (including Doctor Who).
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 Dæmons movie
Season 8, Episodes 21 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Time approximate after pledge specials. Allow extra time. Probably the black & white version, as the station never bought the color version when it became available in the late 1990s (even though they bought the color versions of Doctor Who And The Silurians and Terror of the Autons).
25 March The Curse of Peladon
1 April The Sea Devils
8 April The Mutants
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
Late Saturday Midnight CST Delta and the Bannermen pt 2 of 3
Season 24, Episode 10. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
The 7th Doctor and Ace continue to have a problematic vacation. The Bannermen army arrives in 1959 Wales trying to find and kill Delta. Worse, the Doctor may wind up dancing with the girlfriend of the local heroic hunk.
Late Saturday 12:30AM CST The Five Doctors Special Edition last 25 minutes or so
Season 20, Episode 23 conclusion. Doctors: Peter Davison, Jon Pertwee, Pat Troughton, {p[RichardHurndall}}, with [p{WilliamHartnell}} and pTomBaker}}.
Apparently they ran out of time last week and were unable to finish the Doctor Who broadcast. So here's the concluding section.
25 March 11:35PM Delta and the Bannermen pt 3
25 March Midnight Dragonfire pt 1
1 April 11:35PM Dragonfire pts 2+3
8 April - the Doctor who won the pledge vote begins airing. Unless Sylvester McCoy wins, in which case they can just finish his era.
Not Yet Airing New Series Or Between Seasons:
Doctor Who premiere 2006. Channel launches 1 April 2006.
Nederland 3 --
Doctor Who premiere 2006.
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
ProSieben (Pro 7)
Doctor Who premiere 2006. Series 1 & 2 purchased. Dubbed in German.
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Danmarks Radio
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
JAPAN - 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.
The Christmas Invasion and Series 2 to air in 2006.
Prime TV
The Christmas Invasion and Series 2 to air in 2006 (June/July start?)
Programming service for UK military. Episodes air shortly after UK
Series 2 Start Date TBA.
"The Planet Of The Doctor" exclusive CBC.CA documentary. 6 regular
episodes and 1 special. Approximately 90 minutes.
Series One completed.
France 4
Series One completed.
Series One completed.
Yes Stars
Series One completed on Yes Weekend. Channel renamed since.
BELGIUM (& The Netherlands):
één Network
Series One completed.
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Primary broadcaster of Doctor Who. Series Two Saturdays 7PM (start
date TBA)
"Totally Doctor Who" - CBBC magazine show to air with Series Two.
Doctor Who Series 2 Episode Titles
2-01 New Earth
2-02 Tooth and Claw
2-03 School Reunion
2-04 The Girl in the Fireplace
2-05 Rise of the Cybermen pt 1 of 2
2-06 The Age of Steel pt 2 of 2
2-07 The Idiot's Lantern
2-08 "?" pt 1 of 2
2-09 The Satan Pit pt 2 of 2
2-10 Love & Monsters
2-11 "?"
2-12 Army of Ghosts pt 1 of 2
2-13 Doomsday pt 2 of 2
BBC Three
Doctor Who Confidential
Sole broadcaster of Doctor Who Confidential (immediately after BBC
One Series 2 broadcasts, other repeats)
Time-shifted broadcasts of Series 2 (same weekends as BBC One)
First broadcaster of Torchwood (coming later this year)
Doctor Who Confidential Series 2 Episode Titles
2-01 New New Doctor
2-02 Fear Factor
2-03 Friends Reunited
2-04 From Script to Screen
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