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Wednesday 24th May 2006

This Week in Doctor Who - May 24, 2006
(posted 24th May 2006, 11:06am - TWIDW post #0403 [duplicated in #0404])
May 24, 2006 - Vol 9, No 21
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
Originally devised and created by Benjamin F. Elliott
Guest written and edited this week by Jefferson L. Eng
Wednesday 24 May:
BBC Three 7PM BST - School Reunion
Thursday 25 May:
BBC One 5PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 7
BBc Three 7PM BST - The Girl in the Fireplace
BBC Three 7:45PM BST - Script to Screen (Cut Down)
People + Arts (Spain/Portugal) 10:30PM CET - The Empty Child (repeat)
Friday 26 May:
CBBC 6:30PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 7
BBC Three 7PM BST - Rise of the Cybermen
BBC Three 7:45PM BST - Cybermen (Cut Down)
BBC Three 9PM BST - The Age of Steel
BBC Three 9:45PM BST - From Zero to Hero (Cut Down)
Saturday 27 May:
CBBC 6:30PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 7
BBC One 7PM BST - The Idiot's Lantern
BBC Three 7:45PM BST - The Writer's Tale
Sunday 28 May:
BBC Three 7:10PM BST - The Idiot's Lantern
BBC Three 7:55PM BST - The Writer's Tale
Monday 29 May:
CBBC 1PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 7
Welcome to the first of two weeks of "This Week in Doctor Who" guest
edited and written by yours truly. For those who may not remember, the
last time I did a guest stint for this column, "The Lion", the first
episode of the William Hartnell serial, The Crusade, had just been
recovered and Big Finish had just started their original audio drama
line for Doctor Who (or was about to, I can't remember anymore) way back
in 1999. Now, nearly seven years later, a lot has gone on in the
interim. We're already into the second series of a successful
television relaunch of Doctor Who and worldwide many more viewers are
And let's not forget to send a hearty congratualations to newlyweds
Benjamin and Lisa Elliott whose ceremony was held this past Saturday
during the broadcast of the second half of the two-part Cybermen story,
"The Age of Steel". This episode's overnight viewing figures show the
Saturday night broadcast was watched by an average of 6.9 million
viewers. It was first in the timeslot and second for the day behind
this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Considering that I have the tune
by Lithuania's entry into the latter event still running in my head, I'd
have to say that I'm not very surprised--now, Lordi from Finland on the
other hand...
According to -- an article from Radio Netherlands, I believe -- the 2005 series (Series One) of Doctor Who starring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor is set to begin airing on Nederland 3 on Saturday 10 June at 7PM CET. Much of the Netherlands already has access to over-the-air broadcasts of {c[1=BBC One}} and Two but it's probably assumed that Ned3 will air the series with subitles or dubbed into the Dutch language.
Hong Kong broadcaster ATV World -- --
completed its run of Series One on Sunday 14 May. It is unknown if they
will purchase Series Two.
Spain & Portugal Doctor Who fans will get to see the last 3 episodes of Series One - eventually. Digital Plus channel People + Arts finishes its repeat of the first 10 episodes on the weekend of 1 through 4 June. Starting 4 June, episodes will repeat at 1:30AM most nights beginning with Rose. Boom Town ("La alcaldesa de Cardiff" -> "The Mayoress of Cardiff") will air at 1:30AM late Sunday 18 June. Bad Wolf will air at 1:30AM late Monday 19 June. The Parting of the Ways ("La despedida" -> "The Goodbye") will air at 1:30AM late Tuesday 20 June. The series will begin repeating again on 21 June. I don't know why they skipped these last 3 episodes the first two times they aired the series.
BBC Three is currently going through a repeat of the first half of
Series Two which began two days ago on Monday 22 May. Episodes are
airing weeknights at 7PM all this week with "Age of Steel" airing as the
normal repeat broadcast on Friday night at 9PM. The Sunday night repeat
of The Idiot's Lantern will air at a slightly later time on BBC Three
at 7:10PM with the cut down Confidential repeat immediately following at
7:55PM. Generally, BBC Three's schedule is very fluid so this could
change at the last moment.
SciFi in the US will have a mini-marathon of Doctor Who episodes on Friday June 16, the week after The Parting of the Ways airs on the channel. The marathon is from 8PM to 3AM Eastern, and consists of 4 episodes, 3 of them airing twice.
8PM & Midnight - Aliens of London
9PM & 1AM - World War Three
10PM & 2AM - Dalek
11PM only - The Long Game
Marathons of other sci-fi shows air on June 23 and 30. Doctor Who will probably not repeat on Fridays due to the start of a new season of SciFi Friday programming in July - July schedule information is not out yet. Father's Day airs on Sunday June 25 at 11PM, suggesting that SciFi may do a repeat run on Sunday nights this Summer.
As of this writing, no broadcasters outside the UK have revealed the
dates when Series Two will begin airing. It will air around the world
-- but patience is needed.
The BBC Press Office -- -- and C21
Media -- -- often announce when a Doctor Who
international sale occurs. Worth keeping an eye on, just in case.
Benjamin is away on a honeymoon with his wife this week and next, so any
comments or corrections in the interim through June 7th can be directed
to me at , SnoggerNo1 on AOL
IM, jeffersonleeeng on Skype, and ICQ UIN: 2352781
And now, for 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.
BBC One -- |
16:9 Widescreen Digital, 14:9 Cropper Letterbox Analogue
Primary Broadcaster of Doctor Who
"Totally Doctor Who" -- CBBC magazine show to air with Series Two.
Thursday 5PM BST Totally DrWho 1-07
Saturday 7PM BST 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 1-07 -
2 June 6:30PM, 3 June 6:30PM, 5 June 1PM BST Totally DrWho 1-08 -
BBC Three -- |
Doctor Who Confidential --
Wednesday 7PM BST 2-03 School Reunion
Thursday 7PM BST 2-04 "The Girl in the Fireplace"
Thursday 7:45PM BST 2-04 DrWho Confidential CutDown "Script to Screen"
Friday 7PM BST 2-05 "Rise of the Cybermen" pt 1 of 2
Friday 7:45PM BST DrWho Confidential CutDown 2-05 Cybermen
Friday 9PM BST 2-06 "Age of Steel" pt 2 of 2
Friday 9:45PM BST DrWho Confidential CutDown 2-06 "From Zero to Hero"
Saturday 7:45PM BST DrWho Confidential 2-07 The Writer's Tale
Sunday 7PM BST 2-07 The Idiot's Lantern
Sunday 7:45PM BST DrWho Confidential CutDown 2-07 The Writer's Tale
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)
Saturday 8:30AM CET Totally DrWho 1-06
Sunday 6:55PM? CET 2-07 The Idiot's Lantern
Friday 11:15PM CET 2-06 "The Age of Steel" pt 2 of 2
Late Friday Midnight CET DrWho Confidential 2-06 "From Zero to Hero"
2 June 11:15PM? CET 2-07 The Idiot's Lantern
Late 2 June Midnight? CET DrWho Confidential 2-07 The Writer's Tale
Saturday 5:15 & 11:15AM CET 2-06 The Age of Steel pt 2 of 2
Saturday 6AM & Noon CET DrWho Confidential 2-06 "From Zero to Hero"
Sunday 6:55PM?, 3 June 5:15? & 11:15AM? CET 2-07 The Idiot's Lantern
3 June 6AM? & Noon? CET DrWho Confidential 2-07 The Writer's Tale
Sci-Fi --
Pre-empted this week due to Memorial Day weekend movie marathon.
16:9 Letterbox.
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 & Midnight EDT/PDT 1-04 Aliens of London pt 1 of 2
16 June 9PM & 1AM EDT/PDT 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2
16 June 10PM & 2AM EDT/PDT 1-06 Dalek
16 June 11PM EDT/PDT 1-07 The Long Game
25 June 11PM EDT/PDT 1-08 Father's Day
Digital Plus --
People + Arts
Thursday 10:30PM & 2:30AM, Friday 6:30AM & 3PM, Sunday 11:30PM, Late 14 June
1:30AM CET 1-09 The Empty Child pt 1 of 2
1 June 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 2 June 6:30AM & 3PM, 4 June 11:30PM, Late 15 June
1:30AM CET 1-10 The Doctor Dances pt 2 of 2
Late 4 June 1:30AM, Late 21 June 1:30AM CET 1-01 Rose
Late 5 June 1:30AM, Late 22 June 1:30AM CET 1-02 The End Of The World
Late 6 June 1:30AM, Late 25 June 1:30AM CET 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
Late 7 June 1:30AM, Late 26 June 1:30AM CET 1-04 Aliens of London pt 1 of 2
Late 8 June 1:30AM, Late 27 June 1:30AM CET 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2
Late 11 June 1:30AM, Late 28 June 1:30AM CET 1-06 Dalek
Late 12 June 1:30AM, Late 29 June 1:30AM CET 1-07 The Long Game
Late 13 June 1:30AM CET 1-08 Father's Day
Late 18 June 1:30AM CET 1-11 Boom Town (premiere showing?)
Late 19 June 1:30AM CET 1-12 Bad Wolf pt 1 of 2 (premiere showing?)
Late 20 June 1:30AM CET 1-13 The Parting of the Ways pt 2 of 2 (premiere showing?)
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.
Homechoice --
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 --
BBC K -- |
Weeknights 2 & 5AM EDT (11PM & 2AM PDT) - 2 episodes daily
Weekends 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - complete stories
Wednesday Paradise Towers pts 1+2 of 4
Thursday Paradise Towers pts 3+4 of 4

Season 24, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
Friday Delta and the Bannermen pts 1+2 of 3
Season 24, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
Saturday Underworld all 4 pts
Season 15, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Sunday The Invasion of Time all 6 pts
Season 15, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Monday 2AM Delta and the Bannermen pt 3 of 3
Season 24, Episode 11. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
Monday 2:30AM Dragonfire pt 1 of 3
Tuesday Dragonfire pts 2+3 of 3

Season 24, Episodes 12 through 14. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
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 link)
Current episodes:
April - Patrick Troughton tribute (repeat) - troughton.mp3
May - Jon Pertwee tribute (repeat) -pertwee.mp3
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)
Hour 1 - News & Comment. Hour 2 - (TBA). Hour 3 (not on Lifestyle Talk
Radio) - 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 Saturday Midnight-2AM EDT Invasion of the Dinosaurs movie
Season 11, Episodes 6 through 10. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Movie version - black & white episode 1 omitted.
3 June Death to the Daleks (1AM)
10 June The Monster of Peladon
17 June Planet of the Spiders
IPTV Iowa -- |
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 Terror of the Zygons pts 1+2 of 4
Season 13, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Tom Baker.
3 June Terror of the Zygons? pts 3+4
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 postponed till at least June 10.
Not Yet Airing New Series Or Between Seasons:
UKTV Gold --
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Doctor Who premiere 2006.
Nederland 3 --
Doctor Who premiere 10 June 2006
TV2 --
Doctor Who premiere September 2006.
ProSieben (Pro 7)
Doctor Who premiere 2006. Series 1 & 2 purchased. Dubbed in German.
SVT --
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
KBS2 --
Series 1 completed.
ABC -- |
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?)
CBC TV -- |
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.
Ztélé --
Series 1 (in French) completed.
NRK2 --
Series One completed.
France 4 --
Series One completed.
Jimmy --
Series One completed.
Yes Stars -- |
Series One completed on Yes Weekend. Channel renamed since.
BELGIUM (& The Netherlands):
één Network --
Series One completed.
STS TV -- |
Series 1 Completed.
HUNGARY (airing as Ki Vagi, Doki?):
Cool TV --
No longer on schedule.
ATV World --
Series 1 Completed.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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