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Wednesday 10th May 2006

This Week In Doctor Who - May 10, 2006
(posted 10th May 2006, 12:18pm - TWIDW post #0401)
May 10, 2006 - Vol 9, No 19
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Thursday 11 May:
BBC One 5PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 5
People + Arts (Spain/Portugal) 10:30PM CET - Father's Day (repeat)
Friday 12 May:
CBBC 6:30PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 5
BBC Three 9PM BST - The Girl In The Fireplace (repeat)
BBC Three 9:45PM BST - From Script To Screen (Cut Down)
SciFi US 9PM EDT/PDT - The Doctor Dances
Saturday 13 May:
CBBC 6:30PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 5
BBC One 7PM BST - Rise Of The Cybermen
BBC Three 7:45PM BST - Cyberman
Sunday 14 May:
BBC Three 7:15PM BST - Rise Of The Cybermen
BBC Three 8PM BST - Cyberman (repeat)
ATV World (Hong Kong) 11:25PM - The Parting Of The Ways
Monday 15 May:
CBBC 1PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 5
UK Fans - be aware that the start time for Doctor Who is not as
consistent as last year. This weekend (13 May) the new episode on
BBC One starts at 7PM! Next weekend (20 May) the episode starts at
6:40PM! Last week's overnight ratings showed that a large number of
people tuned in at 7:15PM for an episode that began at 7PM -
probably because the first 3 episodes of the season had started at
7:15PM, 7:18PM, and 7:20PM. It is best to check the week of
broadcast in case the start time has changed again - don't assume it
will stay the same. Presumably the BBC is confident enough in Doctor
Who's ratings to play games with the schedule.
The Girl In The Fireplace averaged 7.4 million viewers in the
overnight results on Saturday 6 May, the most successful show on
British TV that evening by a wide margin. School Reunion's final
numbers for 29 April according to the Barb is 8.31 million, an
increase of 720,000 over the overnight results.
Be careful when checking Doctor Who sites and forums in the next
couple of weeks. Interest in the Rise of the Cybermen/"The Age Of
Steel" 2 parter is very high, and there are lots of apparent
spoilers flying around (some are likely erroneous). I've already
heard more than I wanted to in spite of trying to stay in the dark
on this one. Something about the 2nd most popular Doctor Who monster
of all time (after the Daleks) coming back and how it creates
gossip. Good for the show - not so good if you want to be surprised
and won't get to see the episodes when they premiere.
One non-spoiler rumour - it is alleged that Rise Of The Cybermen is
46 minutes long with no next time trailer - you may want to allow
extra time in case the episode begins early or ends late.
BBC Four is having a robot/cyborg
evening this Saturday which seems to tie into the "Rise Of The
Cybermen" episode, so I'll include it in the column this time. The
8:15PM + 11:50PM "Timewatch: Machine Men" - a special about robots
and cyborgs through the ages, expected to focus on Cybermen
9:15PM + 12:50AM "A For Andromeda" - 2006 remake of the 1961 sci-fi
serial about a computer and a robot
10:40PM "A For Andromeda: The Face Of The Tiger" - only surviving
episode of the 1961 sci-fi serial, returned to the BBC in early 2006.
Schedules will be a little more eccentric than usual in the UK next
1) The Age of Steel (Series 2 episode 6, part 2 of a 2 parter)
premieres Saturday 20 May at 6:40PM. The early start time is due to
fitting in a full lottery programme before Eurovision. The "Totally
Doctor Who" that day will air at the regular 6:30PM time on CBBC, so
if you see the Saturday airing of Totally you will miss much of the
main episode - catch Totally on Thursday, Friday, or Monday if you
want to see the Doctor Who episode. The Age of Steel repeats
Sunday 21 May at 7PM on BBC Three.
2) The Doctor Who Confidential episode for Saturday 20 May will air
at 7:25PM. At this time, there is no unedited repeat scheduled. A
Cutdown repeat is expected for Sunday 21 May at 7:45PM. Last year,
episode 9 of Confidential aired the night of Eurovision, and has
never repeated complete since - only in Cutdown format.
3) BBC Three is REPEATING Series 2 episodes beginning Monday 22 May
at 7PM. The Christmas Invasion is scheduled for 22 May and "New
Earth" is scheduled for 23 May. Each is listed at 45 minutes with a
Cutdown Confidential episode airing afterwards. Since The Christmas
Invasion was 60 minutes long and had no connecting Confidential
episode, I'm hoping that is an error that gets corrected.
UKTV Gold has told viewers that Doctor Who is being "rested" and would return to the lineup later, which if true may contradict earlier reports that the 1963-1989 repeats are being bidded on by various broadcasters. Time will tell. For now, the repeat run that began on UK Gold in 1992 ended on Sunday 7 May with The Trial Of A Time Lord - The Ultimate Foe.
BBC Kids Canada has rebranded the evening/late night portion of its lineup. It is now known as BBCK . BBCK has its own website and Doctor Who page, though the schedule information is still included on the BBC Kids site. This may be based on the success of certain youth oriented US cable channels who now have different identities for day and night programming (Noggin/The N, Nickelodeon/Nick At Nite, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim). It would also recognize some of the raunchier shows on their late night lineup these days (Blackadder, The Young Ones). All Doctor Who broadcasts are in the part of the schedule now known as BBCK.
A personal note. I'm getting Married on May 20! It's been a long
time coming. This Week In Doctor Who will have a guest editor on May
24 and 31. Jefferson Eng will be handling the column while Lisa
Margaret Ethington (soon to be Elliott) and I are on our Honeymoon.
From May 17 to the end of the month, you can reach Jefferson at the
thisweekindoctorwho-owner e-mail address with updates and
information. The column will be getting some tweaks and sprucing up
in June and July.
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 Series 1 of 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
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Primary broadcaster of Doctor Who.
"Totally Doctor Who" - CBBC magazine show to air with Series Two.
Thursday 5PM BST Totally DrWho 1-05
Saturday 7PM BST 2-05 Rise of the Cybermen pt 1 of 2
20 May 6:40PM BST 2-06 The Age of Steel pt 2 of 2
2-07 The Idiot's Lantern
2-08 The Impossible Planet pt 1 of 2
2-09 The Satan Pit pt 2 of 2
2-10 Love & Monsters
2-11 Fear Her
2-12 Army of Ghosts pt 1 of 2
2-13 Doomsday pt 2 of 2
"Totally Doctor Who" second broadcaster
Friday 6:30PM, Saturday 6:30PM, Monday 1PM BST Totally DrWho 1-05 -
19 May 6:30PM, 20 May 6:30PM, 22 May 1PM BST Totally DrWho 1-06 -
BBC Three
Doctor Who Confidential
Friday 9PM BST 2-04 The Girl in the Fireplace
Friday 9:45PM BST DrWho Confidential CutDown 2-04 "From Script To
Saturday 7:45PM, Sunday 8PM BST DrWho Confidential 2-05 "Cyberman"
Sunday 7:15PM. 19 May 9PM BST 2-05 Rise of the Cybermen pt 1 of 2
19 May 9:45PM BST DrWho Confidential CutDown 2-05 "Rise Of The
20 May 7:25PM BST DrWho Confidential 2-06 "Mickey Smith"
21 May 7PM BST 2-06 The Age of Steel pt 2 of 2
21 May 7:45PM BST DrWho Confidential CutDown 2-06 "Mickey Smith"
22 May 7PM BST 2-00 The Christmas Invasion (45 minutes?)
22 May 7:45PM BST DrWho Confidential CutDown
23 May 7PM BST 2-01 New Earth
23 May 7:45PM BST DrWho Confidential 2-01 New New Doctor
16:9 Widescreen.
First 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)
2-07 The Writer's Tale
BBC Four
BBC Four's Saturday programming this weekend focuses on machines and
ties in a bit with the Cyberman episode.
Saturday 8:15 + 11:50PM BST "Timewatch: Machine Men" (60 minutes)
Saturday 9:15PM + 12:50AM BST "A For Andromeda" 2006 remake of the
1961 sci-fi serial about a computer who builds a robot (approx 85
Saturday 10:40PM BST "A For Andromeda: The Face Of The Tiger" only
surviving episode from the 1961 sci-fi serial, returned to the BBC
in early 2006 (approx 43 minutes)
Late 19 May Midnight + 2:50AM BST "Timewatch: Machine Men" (60
Saturday 8:30AM CET Totally DrWho 1-04
Sunday 6:55PM CET 2-05 Rise of the Cybermen pt 1 of 2
Friday 11:15PM CET 2-04 The Girl in the Fireplace
Late Friday Midnight CET DrWho Confidential 2-04 "From Script To
19 May 11:25PM CET 2-05 Rise of the Cybermen pt 1 of 2
Late 19 May 12:10AM CET DrWho Confidential 2-05 "Cyberman"
Saturday 5:15 & 11:15AM CET 2-04 The Girl in the Fireplace
Saturday 6AM & Noon CET DrWho Confidential 2-04 "From Script To
Sunday 6:55PM, 20 May 5:25 & 11:15AM CET 2-05 Rise of the Cybermen
pt 1 of 2
20 May 6:10AM & Noon CET DrWho Confidential 2-05 "Cyberman"
ATV World
Sunday 11:25PM 1-13 The Parting of the Ways pt 2 of 2
Friday 9PM & Midnight, Sunday 11PM EDT/PDT 1-10 The Doctor Dances pt 2 of 2 Premiere
16:9 Letterbox.
19 May 9PM & Midnight, 21 May Midnight EDT/PDT 1-11 Boom Town
2 June 9PM & Midnight, 4 June 11PM EDT/PDT 1-12 Bad Wolf pt 1 of 2
9 June 9PM & Midnight, 11 June 11PM EDT/PDT 1-13 The Parting of the Ways pt 2 of 2
16 June 8PM EDT/PDT "7 hour Marathon - Episodes TBA"
25 June 11PM EDT/PDT "Episode TBA"
Digital Plus
People + Arts
Thursday 10:30PM & 2:30AM, Friday 6:30AM & 3PM, Sunday 11:30PM CET 1-07 The Long Game
18 May 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 19 May 6:30AM & 3PM, 21 May 11:30PM CET 1-08 Father's Day
25 May 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 26 May 6:30AM & 3PM, 28 May 11:30PM CET 1-09 The Empty Child pt 1 of 2
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)

Doctor Who dematerialized from schedule.
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 EDT (11PM & 2AM PDT) - 2 episodes daily
Weekends 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - complete stories
Wednesday Timelash 4 pt version, pts 3+4
Season 22, Episode 11. Doctor: Colin Baker.
Thursday The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 1+2 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet pts 1+2)
Friday The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 3+4 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet pts 3+4)
Season 23, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Colin Baker.
Saturday Horror of Fang Rock all 4 pts (2:45AM start)
Season 15, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Sunday The Invisible Enemy all 4 pts
Season 15, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Monday The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 5+6 of 14 (Mindwarp pts 1+2)
Tuesday The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 7+8 of 14 (Mindwarp pts 3+4)

Season 23, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Colin Baker.
17 May The Trial Of A Time Lord: Terror Of The Vervoids
19 May The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe
20 May Image of the Fendahl (2:30AM start)
21 May The Sun Makers
22 May Time and the Rani
24 May Paradise Towers
26 May Delta and the Bannermen
27 May Underworld
28 May The Invasion of Time
29 May Dragonfire (2:30AM)
31 May The Happiness Patrol
1 June Silver Nemesis (2:30AM)
3 June The Ribos Operation (2:45AM start)
4 June The Pirate Planet
5 June The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
7 June Battlefield
9 June Ghost Light
10 June The Stones of Blood
11 June The Androids of Tara
12 June The Curse of Fenric (2:30AM)
14 June Survival (2:30AM)
16 June Spearhead From Space
17 June The Power of Kroll
18 June The Armageddon Factor
20 June Doctor Who And The Silurians
23 June Inferno (2:30AM)
24 June City of Death
25 June The Creature from the Pit
29 June Terror of the Autons
American Who (alternate
Current episodes:
March - Lalla Ward on asteroids, acting, and her favorite monster
(not Tom Baker).
January - 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) (not up yet)
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 - Skylab/shuttle Astronaut Paul
Weitz; Adam-Troy Castro. Hour 3 (not on Lifestyle Talk Radio) - June
Hudson, costume designer on Doctor Who & Blake's 7; Adam-Troy Castro
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-2:30AM EDT The Green Death movie
Season 10, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
20 May The Time Warrior
27 May Invasion of the Dinosaurs (movie version with only the color episodes)
3 June Death to the Daleks?
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 CDT Revenge of the Cybermen pts 1+2 of 4
Season 12, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Tom Baker.
As the new Cybermen emerge in the UK, Iowa and nearby fans can see the classic Cybermen in action!
20 May Revenge of the Cybermen pts 3+4
27 May Terror of the Zygons pts 1+2
KBTC/KCKA Tacoma/Centralia, WA
analog 28, 15
digital 28-1 (27-1), 15-1 (19-1)
Seattle DirecTV 28,970
Seattle Dish 28,8620

Doctor Who did *not* air on April 29, in spite of the TV listings showing it scheduled. Premiere postponed till at least June 10.
Not Yet Airing New Series Or Between Seasons:
Doctor Who premiere 2006.
Nederland 3 --
Doctor Who premiere 2006. Series 1 & 2 purchased.
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?)
Series 2 Start Date TBA. Co-producer on Torchwood. First broadcaster
to buy Torchwood.
"The Planet Of The Doctor" exclusive CBC.CA documentary. 6 regular
episodes and 1 special. Approximately 90 minutes.
Series 1 (in French) completed.
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.
Series 1 Completed.
HUNGARY (airing as Ki Vagi, Doki?):
Cool TV
No longer on schedule.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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