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Wednesday 22nd March 2006

This Week In Doctor Who - March 22, 2006
(posted 22nd Mar 2006, 12:56pm - TWIDW post #0389)
March 22, 2006 - Vol 9, No 12
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Thursday 23 March:
People + Arts (Spain/Portugal) 10:30PM CET - The Doctor Dances
Friday 24 March:
SciFi US 9PM EST/PST - The Unquiet Dead
Sunday 26 March:
Cool TV (Hungary) 7PM - Dalek
ATV World (Hong Kong) 11:50PM - Dalek
Tuesday 28 March:
Ztélé Canada 8PM - Á La Croisée Des Chemins (1st Series Finale)
Joey Reynolds of American Who reports that SciFi's premiere ratings for Rose on March 17 were 1.58 million viewers at 9PM EST and .78 million viewers at 11PM EST, while The End Of The World had 1.61 million viewers at 10PM EST and .78 million viewers at Midnight EST. These numbers are lower than the firstrun ratings for traditional SciFi Friday programs Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica, but better than reruns of those shows typically receive and apparently above nearly anything else SciFi ever airs bar premieres of major miniseries. SciFi has yet to give an official press release on ratings results. No early results are available for the Sunday night or Monday morning repeats yet.
If you missed the US premiere, Rose airs one more time - Thursday night at Midnight EST. The End Of The World airs twice more - Thursday night at 1AM EST, Friday at 8PM EST. Doctor Who regularly airs at 9PM & Midnight Eastern, Sunday at 11PM Eastern (12:30AM this weekend).
YLE in Finland has a press release about their upcoming broadcast of Doctor Who. Months after the BBC announced a sale to YLE's TV2, we have a tentative premiere date of Autumn 2006 (probably September). The release (in Finnish) is at . Kristoffer Lawson has kindly provided us with a translation of the article.

Doctor Who arrives in Finland

The BBC's new version of the cult 1960s series Doctor Who crazed the Brits last year. What will happen to the Finns when Doctor Who and his companions arrive on our screens in autumn on Channel Two?

Doctor Who is a man who travels through time and space and who confronts numerous weird monsters and dangers on his adventures.

Doctor Who's arch enemies are the Daleks who must destroy all life in the universe in order to survive.

The original Doctor Who series was shown in Britain during the years 1963 - 1989. Its impressive 26-year journey even produced 600 episodes, 150 stories and two feature length films. During the first years of the series the main character, Doctor Who, was played by William Hartnell, but the main actor has changed several times during the years.

In addition to normal Brits, people including Rowan Atkinson, Elizabeth Hurley, Robbie Williams and Stephen Fry have publicly announced being fans of the Doctor Who series.

A new version of the series

The BBC long developed the idea for creating new episodes to this family sci-fi show. The real action started in 2003 when one of British TV's most gifted scriptwriters, Russell T Davies, was tempted into creating the new episodes.

In the new episodes Doctor Who is played by Christopher Eccleston, who is known in England for his previous serious roles. As Doctor Who Eccleston gets to play a completely new side of himself - one who is happy, ambitious and even funny. Doctor Who's attractive assistant, Rose, is played by the beautiful and energetic Billie Piper.

The series' 13 new episodes were completed last year and the new Doctor Who gained huge popularity in England. The episodes shown in the autumn on YLE TV2 begin with the first encounter of Rose Tyler and the mysterious Doctor Who, which changes Rose's secure life completely.
Russell T Davies (the man behind the Doctor Who revival and executive producer on spinoff Torchwood) has told Sci-Fi Wire in an interview that Torchwood will begin filming in May and should premiere in the UK in October 2006. Torchwood stars John Barrowman resuming his role of Captain Jack Harkness (Doctor Who Series 1 episodes 9 through 13) and Eve Miles as Gwen.
On Tuesday 28 March the BBC will have a press conference for the Second series of Doctor Who in Cardiff. Last year they held a conference on 8 March which revealed the Series One premiere date and launched a massive amount of publicity for the show. There is every reason to believe that the 28 March 2006 press conference will go much the same way, so hopefully by the time of the next TWIDW column we will have an officially confirmed premiere date (most people believe 15 April right now - but it's not confirmed).
BBC Four in the UK is having a theme
week of 1973 programming in early April to herald the start of a
repeat run of the recent hit series Life On Mars (man from 2006
wakes up in what is apparently 1973). The Jon Pertwee Doctor Who
story The Green Death will air as part of the theme week (originally
aired in May & June 1973). The current schedule:
Monday 3 April 7:10PM - The Green Death episode 1
Monday 3 April 7:35PM - The Green Death episode 2
Tuesday 4 April 7:10PM - The Green Death episode 3
Tuesday 4 April 7:35PM - The Green Death episode 4
Wednesday 5 April 7:10PM - The Green Death episode 5
Wednesday 5 April 7:35PM - The Green Death episode 6
The Green Death stars Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who (3rd incarnation),
Katy Manning as Jo Grant, Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-
Stewart, John Levene as Sgt. Benton, Richard Franklin as Captain
Mike Yates, with BOSS and Bessie as themselves. It is hoped that BBC
Four will use the restored masters for these episodes done when the
story was released on DVD in 2004.
French Canadian channel Ztele concludes their run through Series One (the 2005 episodes) on Tuesday March 28. Once the repeats of Á La Croisée Des Chemins conclude, Doctor Who will leave the schedule for the time being.
If anyone at Digital Plus (satellite service in Spain & Portugal) reads the column, it appears from your schedule that Doctor Who on People + Arts is going into repeats instead of airing the last 3 episodes in Series One (Boom Town, Bad Wolf, and The Parting Of The Ways). Is this correct?
Most of Europe is switching to Daylight Savings Time this weekend (Sunday 26 March). North America stays on Standard Time until 2 April. Bear this in mind if you're trying to listen to a program live from a country that is changing time on a different date from yours (or isn't changing at all).
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 1-12 Le Grand Méchant Loup pt 1 of 2
Tuesday 8PM EST 1-13 À La Croisée des Chemins pt 2 of 2 Premiere

4:3 cropped pan & scan. Same French dub as France 4.
31 March 9PM 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 1-10 The Doctor Dances pt 2 of 2
30 March 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 31 March 6:30AM & 3PM, 1 April 6AM, 2 & 9:30PM CET 1-01? Rose? repeat? - based on the online schedule,
People + Arts is going into repeats without airing the last 3 episodes of Series 1.
6 April 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 7 April 6:30AM & 3PM, 8 April 6AM, 2 & 9:30PM CET 1-02? The End Of The World? repeat?
13 April 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 14 April 6:30AM & 3PM, 15 April 6AM, 2 & 9:30PM CET 1-03? The Unquiet Dead? repeat?
20 April 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 21 April 6:30AM & 3PM, 22 April 6AM, 2 & 9:30PM CET 1-04? Aliens of London? pt 1 of 2 repeat?
27 April 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 28 April 6:30AM & 3PM, 29 April 6AM, 2 & 9:30PM CET 1-05? World War Three? pt 2 of 2 repeat?
ATV World
Sunday 11:50PM 1-06 Dalek
HUNGARY (airing as Ki Vagi, Doki?):
Cool TV
Saturday 7PM CET 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2
Sunday 7PM & 2:05AM CET 1-06 Dalek
Late Thursday 12AM EST/PST 1-01 Rose
Late Thursday 1AM, Friday 8PM EST/PST 1-02 The End Of The World
Friday 9PM & Midnight, Late Sunday 12:30AM EST/PST 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
16:9 Letterbox.
30 March 10AM EST/PST 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
31 March 9PM & Midnight EST/PST, 2 April 11PM EDT/PDT 1-04 Aliens of London pt 1 of 2
7 April 9PM & Midnight, 9 April 11PM EDT/PDT 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2
14 April 9PM & Midnight, 16 April 11PM EDT/PDT 1-06 Dalek
21 April 9PM & Midnight, 23 April 11PM EDT/PDT 1-07 The Long Game
28 April 9PM & Midnight, 30 April 11PM EDT/PDT 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
South African Airlines - The End Of The World
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.
BBC Four
(Airing as part of 1973 week)
3 April 7:10PM BST The Green Death eps 1+2 of 6
4 April 7:10PM BST The Green Death eps 3+4 of 6
5 April 7:10PM BST The Green Death eps 5+6 of 6
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 7-9AM GMT The Curse of Peladon movie
Season 9, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. On a mission for the Time Lords, the 3rd Doctor and Jo impersonate the delegation from Earth as the Planet Peladon seeks admission to the Galactic Federation. One of the delegates is a murderer and other treachery is afoot.
Sunday 6-9AM BST The Sea Devils movie
Season 9, Episodes 9 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. The Doctor and Jo visit the Master in prison, only to find themselves involved when oil rigs start sinking off the coast and mysterious prehistoric monsters are sighted. The Doctor is sure the Master is involved, but he's locked away in a cell on a remote island. How could he do anything? Cameo appearance by
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 Black Orchid both pts
Season 19, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Peter Davison.
In the 1920s, a dinner party in need of a Doctor is initially delighted when the 5th Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan arrive. When one of the guests is murdered and the Doctor becomes the prime suspect, the partygoers begin to regret being so glad to have him around. Guest starring a cricket pitch as itself.
Thursday Time-Flight pts 1+2 of 4
Friday Time-Flight pts 3+4 of 4

Season 19, Episodes 23 through 26. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Reeling from the shocking events in Earthshock (which you still can't see due to a contractual issue keeping BBC Kids from being able to buy that story), the TARDIS crew finally arrive at Heathrow Airport in modern times. As Tegan rethinks her career, the Doctor tries to find out how a Concorde could disappear from space and time. Guest starring a Concorde aircraft as itself.
Saturday Terror of the Zygons all 4 pts
Season 13, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Having received a signal from the Brigadier, the 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry return to Britain. Oil rigs are sinking, and the Doctor doesn't like them as much as he did back in the era of The Sea Devils. But people are dying, so he'll look into the matter. Mysterious goings-on are going onward at Loch Ness. People are being "replaced". And a monster lurks nearby. Guest starring Robbie as the Loch Ness Monster.
Sunday Planet of Evil all 4 pts
Season 13, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The TARDIS misses London by a mere 35,186 years and the length of the galaxy. On a planet where matter and anti-matter co-exist, those who try to take anti-matter for themselves are in danger of imminent pain and death.
Monday Arc of Infinity pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday Arc of Infinity pts 3+4 of 4

Season 20, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
After another end of story tragedy, the TARDIS crew has shrunk again. The 5th Doctor is a victim of identity theft - a being from another universe tries to copy his body as a template to enable it to cross over, get some revenge, and set up life over here. The Time Lords think this is a bad idea. Guest starring Colin Baker as Maxil.
29 March Snakedance
31 March Mawdryn Undead
1 April pre-empted, Daylight Savings Time
2 April Pyramids of Mars
4 April Terminus
6 April Enlightenment
8 April The Android Invasion
9 April The Brain of Morbius
10 April The King's Demons
11 April Warriors of the Deep
13 April The Awakening
14 April Frontios
15 April "?"
16 April "?"
18 April Planet of Fire
20 April The Caves of Androzani
22 April "?"
23 April "?"
24 April The Twin Dilemma
American Who (alternate
Current episode - 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
March - Lalla Ward
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, 7-10AM BST, 3-6PM
Live BTR Stream
Monday 6-9PM EST (12-3AM BST)
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PST) (repeat of
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - News & Comment. Hour 2 - Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1, Parker
Lewis Can't Lose) on Sci-Fi Channel movie "SS Doomtrooper"; Adam-
Troy Castro. Hour 3 (not in Lifestyle Talk Radio broadcast) - last
week's interview with Noel Clarke (Mickey on Doctor Who! - new
interview, not the one for American Who in 2005); Robert Berman and
Mark Altman (Free Enterprise).
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 Curse of Peladon movie
Season 9, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
See UKTV Gold for story details.
1 April The Sea Devils
8 April The Mutants
15 April The Time Monster
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
Saturday 11:35PM CST Delta and the Bannermen pt 3 of 3
Season 24, Episode 11. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
The Bannermen set out to wreak havoc at the holiday camp unless Delta surrenders for death.
Late Saturday Midnight CST Dragonfire pt 1 of 3
Season 24, Episode 12. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
The 7th Doctor and Mel have arrived on an ice planet to get a quick lunch. Alas, intergalactic rogue Sabalom Glitz is back with claims of hidden treasure.
1 April 11:35PM Dragonfire pts 2+3
8 April Robot pts 1+2
Iowa Public TV is buying the stories of the Doctor who won the pledge poll. At last word, Tom Baker (4th Doctor) was winning by a large margin and the poll had closed. Based on that info, these episodes are likely to air.)
15 April Robot pts 3+4
22 April The Ark In Space pts 1+2
29 April The Ark In Space pts 3+4
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 September 2006.
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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