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Saturday 23rd February 2008

This Week In Doctor Who A - February 23, 2008
(posted 23rd Feb 2008, 2:21pm - TWIDW post #0651)
February 23, 2008 - Vol 11, No 7
The weekly guide to Doctor Who and Sarah Jane broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Section A - Everything But The PBS Stations
Upcoming premiere broadcasts:
Saturday 23 February:
SABC2 South Africa 3:30PM CAT - Sarah Jane Adventures - Eye Of The Gorgon, pt 1
BBC Prime Europe/Middle East 7PM CET - School Reunion
BBC Prime Europe/Middle East 7:45PM CET - DWC Cut Down - Friends Reunited
Sunday 24 February:
ATV World Hong Kong 6:25PM - Sarah Jane Adventures - Revenge Of The Slitheen, pt 2
Monday 25 February:
TV2 Slovenia 6:55PM - Father's Day
Thursday 28 February:
ATV World Hong Kong 10PM - The Infinite Quest, pt 3
ATV World Hong Kong 10:03PM - Gridlock
March or April:
BBC One Saturdays 7ishPM - Doctor Who Series 4 - World Premiere
Friday 11 April:
SciFi USA 8PM EDT/PDT - Sarah Jane Adventures - Invasion Of The Bane (US Premiere, 60 minutes)
Friday 18 April:
SciFi USA 8:30PM EDT/PDT - Voyage Of The Damned (90 minutes)
June or July:
SciFi Germany - Series 1
And we are back. The Gallifrey convention was a lot of fun. It was
nice meeting some of the other Who fans out there (too many to name).
Hopefully I will be back next year. Probably with a laptop so that
This Week can be published live from Gallifrey. But that's a year
away, and there are schedules to go through.
USA - SciFi has scheduled The Sarah Jane Adventures and Doctor Who. Sarah Jane - Fridays at 8PM EDT/PDT starting 11 April with a 1 hour broadcast of Invasion of the Bane. Subsequent episodes are listed in half-hour tmie slots. Doctor Who starts with Voyage of the Damned in a 90 minute slot - 8:30PM and 11PM EDT/PDT on 18 April. Regular time 9PM and 11PM EDT/PDT from 25 April. The Who franchise will have 2 of the 3 hours in the popular "SciFi Friday" brand, with new Battlestar Galactica at 10PM and Midnight EDT/PDT. This may be the best scheduling SciFi can ever give new Who - the Doctor and Sarah's best chance to win the hearts of the American public. Times are based on Cable, where viewers in the Pacific Time Zone see shows at the same time as the Eastern Time Zone due to a West Coast Feed. Satellite subscribers have the East Coast Feed, so 8PM EDT will be 5PM PDT and so on.
Also in April, SciFi USA will continue the Friday 5AM Doctor Who
episodes and have an 8 hour Daytime Rotation marathon of Series 2 on
11 February at 8AM EDT/PDT, the day that Sarah Jane Adventures
UK - Yes, SciFi has announced a premiere date for the 4th Series and
BBC One has not. Shades of 2005 when CBC Canada announced Series 1's
premiere date before BBC One. BBC One will be airing the episodes
first. The BBC probably has not made a final decision on the airdate
yet - late March or early April are the most likely times.
SciFi Germany has apparently picked up Doctor Who for a pay TV run beginning in June or July (babelfish's translation of German is a tad confusing at times). While SciFi does not have the reach of Pro7, it will be good to see the show get a second shot in the German market, hopefully with more success than round one. Time will tell if Pro7 airs the rest of their episodes at any other day and time.
Hong Kong - ATV World added The Sarah Jane Adventures on Sunday 17
February at 6:25PM (starting with Revenge Of The Slitheen pt 1). This
news came out after the last column came out.
AUSTRALIA - ABC2 , the over the air digital
second channel of ABC Australia, has revamped their lineup. Doctor
Who Series 1 joins the channel Fridays at 8:30PM starting on 29
February. See it again from the new beginning.
CANADA - BBC Kids completed their initial run of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and it looks like the episodes will cycle through at least twice more in the Sunday 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific and 4AM Eastern/1AM Pacific slots beginning 24 February. Ztele completes its weekday French language repeat run of New Series 1 through 3 this Friday 29 February at 5AM Eastern.
UK - UKTV Drama did not fully drop the weekday episodes after all. They took off from the 18th to 22nd. Then the 12:20PM and 5PM episodes air from 25 to 29 February. From 3 March the weekday episodes are only at 5PM British Time. The weekend omnibus repeats seem to be skipping some weeks, depending on whether the latest weekday story has finished. UKTV Gold's weekday run of new Who lasted 5 days. For now, the weekend broadcast of new Who is also off the air.
BBC Prime Africa - I'm curious why the
African variant of BBC Prime has not gotten Series 2 yet, as they
aired Series 1 and The Christmas Invasion with BBC Prime
Europe/Middle East, and traditionally most of their schedule has been
the same. Series 1's repeat run finishes today, and then the show is
off the schedule for a bit. Return date unknown.
The US Public TV schedule information is in Section B. 17 stations
bought The Christmas Invasion so far, and Doctor Who is coming to PBS
network Alaska One in March.
Torchwood schedule information is included in the Torchwood This Week
column .
For press releases on Doctor Who, keep an eye on the BBC Press Office and C21 Media .
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho- , TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
Messenger. The listings:
New Series General Information:
The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 1:
Saturday 3:30PM CAT 3a Eye of the Gorgon pt 1 of 2
1 March 3:30PM CAT 3b Eye of the Gorgon pt 2 of 2
ATV World
Sunday 6:25PM Sarah Jane Adventures 2b Revenge of the Slitheen pt 2
of 2
Thursday 10PM "Doctor Who - The Infinite Quest" pt 3 of 13
Thursday 10:03PM 3-03 Gridlock
BBC Prime
Who Series 1 and 2; Doctor Who Confidential Cut Down
Adjust for local time, which could vary by several hours.
Saturday 7PM, Sunday 4PM CET 2-03 School Reunion
Saturday 7:45PM, Sunday 4:45PM CET DWC 2-03 "Friends Re-United"
1 March 7PM and Midnight, 2 March 4PM CET 2-04 "The Girl In The
1 March 7:45PM and 12:45AM, 2 March 4:45PM CET DWC 2-04 "From Script
To Screen"
Monday 6:55PM 1-08 Father's Day (plus repeats)
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. (NOTE - While Real Time is listed on the website, some
users are claiming that it is no longer working.)
Doctor Who Confidential
The 13 episodes from Series 1 of the BBC Three series all online via
Real Player in the CutDown format used for repeats and the Series 1
DVDs. Also, numerous video diaries and trailers.
Also - Attack Of The Graske - interactive game, starring David
Tennant as the Doctor and you as the companion
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1).
No episodes scheduled.
UKTV Drama
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Drama + 1)
Tom Baker in episodic form. Episodes air weekdays with complete
stories on weekends.
Late Saturday 12:10AM, Sunday 8:40AM GMT The Brain of Morbius pt 2
of 4
Late Saturday 12:45AM, Sunday 9:20AM GMT The Brain of Morbius pt 3
of 4
Late Saturday 1:20AM, Sunday 10AM, Monday 12:20PM and 5PM GMT "The
Brain Of Morbius" pt 4 of 4
Classic Season 13, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Tuesday 12:20PM and 5PM GMT The Seeds of Doom pt 1 of 6
Wednesday 12:20PM and 5PM GMT The Seeds of Doom pt 2 of 6
Thursday 12:20PM and 5PM GMT The Seeds of Doom pt 3 of 6
Friday 12:20PM and 5PM GMT The Seeds of Doom pt 4 of 6
(No weekend episodes on 1 and 2 March - The Seeds Of Doom will not be
finished yet)
3 March 5PM GMT The Seeds of Doom pt 5 of 6 (now 5PM only)
4 March 5PM GMT The Seeds of Doom pt 6 of 6
Classic Season 13, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
5 March 5PM GMT The Masque of Mandragora pt 1
6 March 5PM GMT The Masque of Mandragora pt 2
7 March 5PM GMT The Masque of Mandragora pt 3
8 March - Saturday night omnibus pre-empted. No info on 9 March
omnibus yet, but predict it will be pre-empted too
Note to BFBS - you are still showing the January schedule
information. This may make it difficult for your audience to know
what is actually airing.
Saturday 6:15PM CET 3-07 42 (projected, no schedule information up
BFBS Navy:
Sunday 6:15AM CET 3-07 42 (projected)
SciFi Spain
1 March 9:10AM and Midnight CET Dr Who y Los Daleks 1965 Peter Cushing Dr. Who movie
16 March 4:35AM and (late) 1:35AM CET Los Marcianos Invaden La Tierra 1966 Peter Cushing Dr. Who movie
BBC Entertainment Poland
Airs as Doktor Who
Saturday 2:40PM and 11PM, Sunday 9:50AM CET 1-12 Bad Wolf pt 1 of 2
Saturday 3:30PM, Sunday 10:35AM CET 1-13 The Parting of the Ways pt
2 of 2
Saturday 4:20PM, Sunday 11:25AM CET 2-00 The Christmas Invasion
Saturday 5:10PM, Sunday 12:10PM, Monday 11AM, Wednesday 5:10AM CET 1-
01 Rose
Saturday 6PM, Sunday 1PM, Monday 5:20PM, Tuesday 5:10AM and 11AM CET
1-02 The End Of The World
Tuesday 5:20PM, Wednesday 5:10AM and 11AM CET 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
Wednesday 5:20PM, Thursday 5:10AM and 11AM CET 1-04 "Aliens Of
London" pt 1 of 2
Thursday 5:20PM, Friday 5:10AM and 11AM CET 1-05 World War Three pt
2 of 2
Friday 5:20PM, Saturday 1 March 5:10AM CET 1-06 Dalek
BBC Prime
Who Series 1 and 2; Doctor Who Confidential Cut Down
The African version of BBC Prime has some schedule variations. For
instance - no sign of Series 2 yet.
Saturday 4PM CAT 1-13 The Parting of the Ways pt 2 of 2
Saturday 4:45PM CAT DWC 1-13 The Last Battle
(end of Series 1 repeat run)
ASIA (regional channel):
BBC Entertainment
All times Thailand - adjust for local time zone. Subtitles available
in Chinese, Korean, and Thai.
Series 1 and 2 Repeat Run:
Sunday 6:45PM and 12:30AM, Saturday 1 March 9:45AM 2-02 "Tooth And
Tuesday 11:05AM DWC 2-03 Friends Reunited
Thursday 11:55AM and 4:25PM, Friday 4:15PM DWC 2-02 Fear Factor
2 March 6:45PM and 12:30AM, 8 March 9:45AM 2-03 School Reunion
4 March 11:05AM DWC 2-04 From Script to Screen
9 March 6:45PM and 12:30AM, 15 March 9:45AM 2-04 "The Girl In The
11 March 11:05AM DWC 2-05 Cybermen
16 March 6:45PM and 12:30AM, 22 March 9:45AM 2-05 "Rise Of The
Cybermen" pt 1 of 2
18 March 11:05AM DWC 2-06 From Zero to Hero
23 March 6:45PM and 12:30AM, 29 March 9:45AM 2-06 The Age of Steel
pt 2 of 2
25 March 11:05AM DWC 2-07 The Writer's Tale
30 March 6:45PM and 12:30AM 2-07 The Idiot's Lantern
Series 1 and 2. First aired on BS-2.
Tuesday 7PM 2-12 Army of Ghosts pt 1 of 2
16:9 widescreen digital, 14:9 cropped letterbox analog. Repeat Run
Friday 8:30PM 1-01 Rose
7 March 8:30PM 1-02 The End Of The World
14 March 8:30PM 1-03 The Unquiet Dead
BBC Kids
First broadcaster of The Sarah Jane Adventures in Canada.
Late Saturday 2:30AM EST/11:30PM PST Planet of Evil all 4 pts
Classic Season 13, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Sunday 9PM and 4AM EST/6PM and 1AM PST Sarah Jane Adventures
1. Invasion of the Bane (90 minutes, start of encore run)
Late Sunday 2AM EST/11PM PST Pyramids of Mars
Classic Season 13, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Late 1 March 2AM EST/11PM PST Classic 13.05 The Brain of Morbius
2 March 9PM and 4AM EST/6PM and 1AM PST Sarah Jane Adventures
2. Revenge of the Slitheen both pts (90 minutes)
Late 2 March 2AM EST/11PM PST Classic 14.01 The Masque of Mandragora
Late 8 March 2AM EST/11PM PST Classic 14.02 The Hand Of Fear
9 March 9PM and 4AM EDT/6PM and 1AM PDT Sarah Jane Adventures 3. "Eye
Of The Gorgon" both pts (90 minutes)
Late 9 March 2AM EDT/11PM PDT Classic 14.03 The Deadly Assassin
Late 15 March 2AM EDT/11PM PDT Classic 14.04 The Face of Evil
16 March 9PM and 4AM EDT/6PM and 1AM PDT Sarah Jane Adventures
4. Warriors of Kudlak both pts (90 minutes)
Late 16 March 2AM EDT/11PM PDT Classic 14.05 The Robots of Death
Late 22 March 2AM EDT/11PM PDT Classic 14.06 "The Talons Of Weng-
Chiang" pts 1,2,+3
23 March 9PM and 4AM EDT/6PM and 1AM PDT Sarah Jane Adventures
5. Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? both pts (90 minutes)
Late 23 March 2AM EDT/11PM PDT Classic 14.06 "The Talons Of Weng-
Chiang" pts 4,5,+6
Late 29 March 2:30AM EDT/11:30PM PDT Classic 15.01 "Horror Of Fang
30 March 9PM and 4AM EDT/6PM and 1AM PDT Sarah Jane Adventures
6. The Lost Boy both pts (90 minutes)
Late 30 March 2AM EDT/11PM PDT Classic 15.02 The Invisible Enemy
Late 5 April 2AM EDT/11PM PDT Classic 15.03 Image of the Fendahl
6 April 9PM and 4AM EDT/6PM and 1AM PDT Sarah Jane Adventures
1. Invasion of the Bane (90 minutes)
Late 6 April 2AM EDT/11PM PDT Classic 15.04 The Sun Makers
Episodes dubbed in French. Repeat Run.
Monday 5AM EST 3-09 The Family of Blood pt 2 of 2
Tuesday 5AM EST 3-10 Blink
Wednesday 5AM, Late Wednesday 2AM EST 3-11 Utopia pt 1 of 3
Thursday 5AM and 1PM EST 3-12 The Sound of Drums pt 2 of 3
Friday 5AM EST 3-13 Last of the Time Lords pt 3 of 3

end of current repeat run
BBC America
DirecTV 264 Dish 135 Series 3 is correct 16:9 letterbox ratio
HD version of channel coming in 2008.
See Torchwood This Week for
BBC America's Torchwood schedule.
Saturday 6PM EST/3PM PST 3-04 Daleks in Manhattan pt 1 of 2
*Saturday 7PM EST/4 PST, 1 March 6PM EST/3PM PST 3-05 "Evolution Of
The Daleks" pt 2 of 2 (BBC America's new episode)
Sunday 11AM EST/8AM PST 3-04/3-05 "Daleks In Manhattan/Evolution Of
The Daleks" 2 hour movie version
1 March 7PM EST/4PM PST, 2 March 1PM EST/10AM PST, 8 March 6PM
EST/3PM PST, 9 March 1PM EDT/10AM PDT 3-06 The Lazarus Experiment
8 March 7PM EST/4PM PST, 9 March 2PM EDT/11AM PDT, 15 March 6PM
EDT/3PM PDT, 16 March 1PM EDT/10AM PDT 3-07 42
15 March 7PM EDT/4PM PDT, 16 March 2PM EDT/11AM PDT, 22 March 6PM
EDT/3PM PDT 3-08 Human Nature pt 1 of 2
22 March 7PM EDT/4PM PDT 3-09 The Family of Blood pt 2 of 2
23 March 1PM EDT/10AM PDT 3-08/3-09 "Human Nature/The Family Of
Blood" 2 hour movie version
DirecTV 244 DirecTVHD 244 Dish 122 16:9 Letterbox.
Series 3 - regular repeat run. Series 1 and 2 - sporadic repeats in Daytime Rotation.
Wednesday 8AM EST/PST 1-04 Aliens of London pt 1 of 2
Wednesday 9AM EST/PST 1-05 World War Three pt 2 of 2
Wednesday 10AM EST/PST 1-07 The Long Game
Wednesday 11AM EST/PST 1-09 The Empty Child pt 1 of 2
Wednesday Noon EST/PST 1-10 The Doctor Dances pt 2 of 2
Wednesday 1PM EST/PST 1-11 Boom Town
Wednesday 2PM EST/PST 1-12 Bad Wolf pt 1 of 2
Wednesday 3PM EST/PST 1-13 The Parting of the Ways pt 2 of 2
Early Friday 5AM EST/PST 3-09 The Family of Blood pt 2 of 2

Early 7 March 5AM EST/PST 3-10 Blink
Early 14 March 5AM EDT/PDT 3-11 Utopia pt 1 of 3
Early 21 March 5AM EDT/PDT 3-12 The Sound of Drums pt 2 of 3
Early 28 March 5AM EDT/PDT 3-13 Last of the Time Lords pt 3 of 3 (Edited International Version)
4 April 5AM EDT/PDT Doctor Who
11 April 5AM EDT/PDT Doctor Who
11 April 8AM EDT/PDT "8 Hour Doctor Who Series 2 Marathon"
11 April 8PM and 11PM EDT/PDT Sarah Jane Adventures 1. Invasion Of The Bane (premiere, 60 minutes)
18 April 5AM EDT/PDT Doctor Who
18 April 8PM EDT/PDT Sarah Jane Adventures (30 minute episode)
18 April 8:30PM and 11PM EDT/PDT 4-00 Voyage of the Damned (4th Series Premiere, 90 minutes)
25 April 5AM EDT/PDT Doctor Who
25 April 8PM EDT/PDT Sarah Jane Adventures (30 minute episode)
25 April 8:30PM EDT/PDT Sarah Jane Adventures (30 minute episode)
25 April 9PM and 11PM EDT/PDT 4-01
Illusion TV On Demand
Doctor Who Classic Series.
February The Tomb of the Cybermen pts 3+4 of 4
Classic Season 5, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
2 Episodes going up per month, it seems. Illusion TV is a service
providing science fiction On Demand programming to cable providers
(no deals with satellite companies yet). If your digital cable
service has Illusion TV, all programming is offered for free with
commercials. See the website to determine if your provider may offer
this service.
Doctor Who: Podshock
Weekly chat show with US and UK Doctor Who fans done in podcast
format. Episodes 103 and 104 now in the cleaned up Podcast format -
The Colin Baker and The Sylvester McCoy years. Previously recorded
episodes covering Voyage Of The Damned, the Paul McGann, Christopher
Eccleston, and David Tennant episodes currently on the life feed but
still to come to the official cleaned up podcasts. Also coming soon -
the Gallifrey 2008 episode recorded live on the 17th. Next live
episode date unknown.
American Who
New episode expected online before Monday. Interviews with Lisa
Bowermen (head cat woman in Survival, voice of Bernice Summerfield in
the Big Finish audios) and Gary Russell (script editor of "Doctor
Who" and "Torchwood", writer for IDW Publishing's "Doctor Who" comics
Previous episodes still online:
October episode - interviews with Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane, "The
Sarah Jane Adventures) and Carole Bannerman (sister to John "Captain
Jack" Barrowman)
August episode - interview with Mark Schuster, co-author of "The
Greatest Show In The Galaxy: The Discerning Fan's Guide To Doctor
July episode - relaunch, Murray Gold interview.
Not Yet Airing New Series Or Between Seasons:
1) RUSSIA - STS TV http://www.ctc-
Series 1 Completed.
2) HUNGARY (airing as Ki Vagi, Doki?) - Cool TV
Series 2 completed.
RTL Klub
Series 2 Repeat Run completed.
3) MALAYSIA - Astro - Box Office Events
Series 1 and 2 completed. Next air dates to be announced.
4) JAPAN - BS-2
Series 1 and 2 Completed.
5) ITALY - Jimmy
Series 2 completed.
6) ISRAEL - Yes Stars
Off The Schedule.
Series 1 completed.
10) SPAIN/PORTUGAL - Digital Plus
People + Arts Chanel 27. Series 1 Repeats Over.
TVE Clan Series 1 Repeats Over.
Current repeat run complete. Next airdate unknown.
All times 2 hours later on UKTV + 2. Times listed are Australian Eastern Daylight.
16:9 widescreen digital, 16:9 letterbox analog
Co-producer on Torchwood.
"The Planet Of The Doctor" exclusive CBC.CA documentary. 6 regular
episodes and 1 special. Approximately 90 minutes.
14) AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST - Showtime Arabia
ShowSeries 1 (all airings 2 hours later on ShowSeries 1 Extra) -
Series 2 Repeats completed.
15) MEXICO/LATIN AMERICA/SOUTH AMERICA - People + Arts Series 2 completed.
16) BELGIUM (& The Netherlands): - een Network -
Series 2 completed.
17) IRELAND - TV3 Series 1, 2, and Runaway Bride
have aired.
18) NETHERLANDS - Nederland 2 - Series 2
19) NEW ZEALAND - Prime TV
4:3 cropped pan and scan. Next airdate unknown
20) DENMARK - DR 1
Series 1 Repeats Completed.
21) UK - BBC One
Totally Doctor Who
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Sarah Jane Adventures
Series 4 starts in March or April 2008.
Sarah Jane Adventures.
No episodes scheduled
BBC Three
Doctor Who Confidential
First broadcaster of Doctor Who Confidential. No repeat run right now.
22) FINLAND - TV2 - No additional airdates at
23) GREECE - Skai TV
Series 3 completed. Removed from schedule.
24) SOUTH KOREA - KBS2 - Series 3
25) FRANCE - France 4 - Series 3 French version
26) GERMANY - Pro 7 Series 1 and 2 purchased.
Dubbed in German.
Removed after 6 episodes due to low ratings.
Series 1 repeat run completed.
Column continues in Section B ...
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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