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Saturday 24th June 2006

TWIDW Update: Doctor Who Running In Mexico and Latin America!
(posted 24th Jun 2006, 10:40am - TWIDW post #0415)
Big update - several Doctor Who TV Developments.
  1. The 2005 Series of Doctor Who has begun airing in Mexico and Latin America on the People + Arts channel . People + Arts claims to be co-owned by the BBC and Discovery Channel. Their Doctor Who website (en espanol) is at . Episode 4 (Aliens of London) is running this week. The schedule seems to be the same for Mexico and other countries, though they give the option to switch between versions. It is unclear how many countries this channel is available in, and whether it can be seen in South America.

    The website does not make it clear which time zone it is providing listings for.

    Based on the website, episodes premiere Fridays at 10PM, repeat Late Friday at 3AM, Saturday at 7AM, Wednesday at 10PM, and Late Wednesday at 3AM.

    Episodes should air weekly (with repeats) through Friday August 25 (or Wednesday August 23 if the source is right). Tentative schedule if website is right (episodes premiere 2 days earlier otherwise):
    30 June - World War Three
    7 July - Dalek
    14 July - The Long Game
    21 July - Father's Day
    28 July - The Empty Child
    4 August - The Doctor Dances
    11 August - Boom Town
    18 August - Bad Wolf
    25 August - The Parting of the Ways

    My source is reporting that the People + Arts schedule may not be entirely accurate - episodes may be premiering on Wednesday instead of Friday, someone should tune in on the 28th and check.

    Here's hoping Doctor Who is a big hit in this new territory.
  1. UKTV Australia has added the following to their FAQ page:

    Q: Are there any plans to screen Doctor Who?
    A: Yes, UKTV will be screening the new series of Doctor Who in October this year.

    We're assuming for now that they mean the 13 Christopher Eccleston episodes from 2005. This would be the second showing of the episodes in Australia (well, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, maybe more - UKTV likes multiple airings). To date they have aired one time on ABC TV.
  1. CBC Canada's repeat run of Doctor Who Series 1 *may* be airing at different times on the high definition channel and the regular channel. There is a report that Rose aired at 11PM.

    The HD website unhelpfully has *no* information on any Tuesday night shows from that night (June 20), and the only thing listed for June 27 is Doctor Who at Midnight.

    My suspicion is that there are fewer feeds of the CBC HD channel available than the regular channel, so people in a timezone without a native HD feed might be getting one from the next zone over and thus get everything early from their perspective. Given the scant level of detail of the HD website, I can also believe that they actually ran Doctor Who an hour early. Something for fans with access to the HD and regular CBC feeds to investigate on the 27th.
Benjamin Elliott
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