THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
February 8, 2006 - Vol 9, No 6
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Thursday 9 February:
People + Arts (Spain/Portugal) 10:30PM CET - World War Three
Friday 10 February:
Yes Weekend - 6:20 & 10:53PM - Dalek/The Long Game
Saturday 11 February:
één Belgium 3:55PM - The Doctor Dances
Tuesday 14 February:
Ztélé Canada 8PM - Un Jeu Interminable
Friday 17 March:
SciFi US 9PM EST/PST - Rose (US Premiere!)
Radio station BBC7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7
has a surprise Doctor
Who related premiere this week. "Dalek, I Love You" airs at 6PM &
Midnight GMT on Saturday 11 February (their 7th Dimension sci-fi
timeslot). It's a new drama about an obsessed Doctor Who fan who
meets his own Doctor Who girl. There is no further information about
this drama - dunno who wrote it, who's starring in it, anything.
Hopefully it'll be good. Those of us outside the UK can listen live
via Windows Media Player or RealPlayer, and the Listen Again feature
(using RealPlayer) should have this program available until 18
Iowa Public TV http://www.iptv.org
is asking viewers to vote with
their wallets to decide on the next batch of Doctor Who stories for
their station. On March 11 during their Festival Pledge Drive, The
Five Doctors will air (probably from 10:30PM to 12:30AM). Viewers
who call in with pledges to support Doctor Who will be asked which
of the 7 Doctors from the original 26 year run (William Hartnell,
Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin
Baker, Sylvester McCoy) you want IPTV to air next. Presumably the
winning Doctor's stories would air after the conclusion of the run
of Sylvester McCoy stories that just began. Members of the Unit-1
Doctor Who fan group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/unit-1
among those answering phones.
IPTV's announcement means that they are able to buy whatever Doctor
Who stories they want to, which means that there has been a change
in the status of classic Doctor Who syndication in the US. The
embargo on public TV stations buying Doctor Who (from 1963 to 1989)
is over. Any station that wants to buy Doctor Who again can do so as
soon as they want to, though I imagine that if there are any
interested stations they will probably wait to see how the new
series does on Sci-Fi and wait for the next fiscal year when they
can find room in their budgets for the show. While not stated, it is
assumed that the contract problems about airing Dalek stories from
the original 26 year run are still in place.
Assuming the report that Doctor Who premieres on ATV World
in Hong Kong on the 19th are correct,
premiere information should appear on their website on 13 February
Hong Kong time. If you live in Hong Kong or have friends who do,
they'll want to keep an eye on that site for the premiere details.
Italian viewers have one more chance to see the 1st Series finale -
The Parting Of The Ways repeats Thursday at 10:40PM CET on Jimmy.
Then it's off the schedule for the time being.
The countdown to the US premiere gets shorter. We are 37 days out
from Rose airing on SciFi http://www.scifi.com
right now. SciFi's
Doctor Who website http://www.scifi.com/doctorwho
still hasn't gone
online yet, but I suspect it'll be up by the end of the month. If
you can't wait for SciFi to air the episodes, the Series One boxset
will be out in Canada on Tuesday the 14th (Valentine's Day) in the
same video format and region code as all US DVD players - it can be
ordered online. If you wanted the boxset in PAL format from the UK
or Australia then you probably bought it by now - if not then you
will find it in most online stores for those countries. The US
release of Series One on DVD will be after SciFi premieres the
episodes - Tuesday, July 4 - US Independence Day. If you bought the
DVDs from the UK or Canada and don't plan to buy the US set, please
watch the episodes on SciFi (if you have SciFi) to show your
support. Doctor Who doesn't need to do quite as well as Stargate SG-
1, Stargate Atlantis, or Battlestar Galactica to secure a steady
home in the US - but it does need to have an audience.
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree
is airing a special repeat
of "The Christmas Invasion" this Friday at 9PM GMT.
The BBC Press Office http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice
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:
BROADCASTS RELATED TO NEW SERIES:
New Series General Information:
BBC Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/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
Thursday 10:40PM CET 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways" pt 2 of 2
Dubbed in Italian. Last Scheduled broadcast.
The Joss Whedon sci-fi series "Firefly" takes over Doctor Who's
timeslots beginning 17 February. The 48th Grammy Awards take Doctor
Who's slots this week.
BELGIUM (& The Netherlands):
één Network http://www.een.be
Saturday 3:55PM CET 1-10 "The Doctor Dances" pt 2 of 2
English with Subtitles.
Friday 9PM, Saturday 8AM, Sunday 4PM, Tuesday 2PM EST 1-06 "Dalek"
Tuesday 8PM EST 1-07 "Un Jeu Interminable"
4:3 cropped pan & scan. Same French dub as France 4.
17 February 9PM EST (and repeats) 1-07 "Un Jeu Interminable"
21 February 8PM EST (and repeats) 1-08 "Fête Des Pères"
28 February 8PM EST (and repeats) 1-09 "Drôle De Mort" pt 1 of 2
Digital Plus http://www.plus.es/codigo/default.asp
People + Arts
Thursday 10:30PM & 2:30AM, Friday 6:30AM & 3PM, Saturday 6AM, 2 &
9:30PM CET 1-04 "Aliens Of London" pt 1 of 2
16 February 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 17 February 6:30AM & 3PM, 18 February
6AM, 2 & 9:30PM 1-05 "World War Three" pt 2 of 2
23 February 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 24 February 6:30AM & 3PM, 25 February
6AM, 2 & 9:30PM 1-06 "Dalek"
Yes Weekend http://www.yesweekend.co.il
Wednesday 9:30PM & 12:40AM 1-05 "World War Three" pt 2 of 2
Friday 6:20 & 10:53PM, Saturday 1:56PM, Tuesday 9:30PM & 12:40AM 1-
Friday 7:10 & 11:48PM, Saturday 2:46PM 1-07 "The Long Game"
2 episodes a week. Time approximate. Tentative future schedule:
17 February 1-08 "Father's Day"/1-09 "The Empty Child"
24 February 1-10 "The Doctor Dances"/1-11 "Boom Town"
3 March 1-12 "Bad Wolf"/1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways"
17 March 9PM & Midnight EST/PST 1-01 "Rose" (Series Premiere!)
19 March 11PM, 24 March 8PM EST/PST 1-01 "Rose" (special repeats)
24 March 9PM & Midnight EST/PST 1-02 "The End Of The World"
26 March Midnight EST/PST 1-02 "The End Of The World" (special
31 March 9PM & Midnight EST/PST 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
All shows 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1
14:9 Cropped Letterbox.
18 March 11AM-5PM "New Series Weekend - Episodes 1 through 6"
19 March 11AM-6:05PM "New Series Weekend - Episodes 7 through 13"
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree http://www.radiotimes.com
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential/
Friday 9PM GMT 2-00 "The Christmas Invasion" 60 minutes long
Sole broadcaster of Doctor Who Confidential (immediately after BBC
One Series 2 broadcasts, other repeats)
Time-shifted broadcasts of Series 2 in 2006 (same weekends as BBC
First broadcaster of Torchwood (coming later in 2006)
Thomsonfly Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways,
British Midland Airlines, British Airways, Air New Zealand - various
OTHER TV/RADIO/INTERNET BROADCASTS:
BBC Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/index.shtml
"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 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7
Saturday 6PM & Midnight GMT "Dalek, I Love You" 30 minute drama
World Premiere. Original play about a Doctor Who fan who meets his
very own Dr. Who girl. Is he imagining, or is this all real? No cast
information - it'll be a mystery till it airs.
Available on digital radio and TV in the UK, live online Windows
Media Player and RealPlayer worldwide, archived on RealPlayer for 1
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 7-8:25AM GMT "The Happiness Patrol" movie
Season 25, Episodes 5 through 7. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
Sunday 7-8:20AM GMT "Silver Nemesis" movie
Season 25, Episodes 8 through 10. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
18 February 7-9AM GMT "The Face Of Evil"
19 February 7:05-9AM GMT "Spearhead From Space"
25 February 6-9:10AM GMT "Doctor Who and the Silurians"
26 February 6-9AM GMT "The Ambassadors Of Death"
4 March 6-9:25AM GMT "Inferno"
5 March 7-8:50AM GMT "Terror Of The Autons"
11 March 6-9AM GMT "The Mind Of Evil"
12 March 7-9AM GMT "The Claws Of Axos"
18 March 6-9AM GMT "Colony In Space"
19 March 6:35-9AM GMT "The Dæmons"
25 March 7-9AM GMT "The Curse Of Peladon"
26 March 6-9AM BST "The Sea Devils"
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)
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Weeknights 2 & 5AM EST (11PM & 2AM PST) - 2 episodes daily
Weekends 2AM EST (11PM PST) - complete stories
Wednesday "The Sea Devils" eps 1+2 of 6
Thursday "The Sea Devils" eps 3+4 of 6
Friday "The Sea Devils" eps 5+6 of 6
Season 9, Episodes 9 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Saturday "Carnival Of Monsters" all 4 eps
Season 10, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Sunday "The Three Doctors" all 4 eps
Season 10, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Monday "The Time Monster" eps 1+2 of 6
Tuesday "The Time Monster" eps 3+4 of 6
Season 9, Episodes 21 through 24. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
16 February "Carnival Of Monsters"
18 February "The Time Warrior"
19 February "The Green Death"
20 February "The Three Doctors"
22 February "The Green Death"
25 February "Carnival Of Monsters"
26 February "The Monster Of Peladon"
27 February "The Time Warrior"
1 March "The Monster Of Peladon"
4 March "?
5 March "?
6 March "Planet Of The Spiders"
9 March "Castrovalva"
11 March "?
12 March "?
13 March "Four To Doomsday"
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
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).
February - Lalla Ward
Sci-Fi Overdrive http://www.scifioverdrive.com
on Lifestyle Talk Radio (LTR) http://www.lifestyletalkradio.com
and Business Talk Radio (BTR) http://www.businesstalkradio.net
LTR Late Friday Midnight-2AM EST (9-11PM PST, 5-7AM GMT, 4-6PM AEDT)
Live LTR Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14175
BTR Late Sun/Early Mon 1-4AM EST (10PM-1AM PST, 6-9AM GMT, 3-6PM
Live BTR Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
Monday 7-10PM EST (12-3AM GMT) http://www.cityviberadio.co.uk
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PST) http://www.krradio.com
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - News & Comment. Hour 2 - Billy West (Futurama, Ren &
Stimpy); Adam-Troy Castro. Hour 3 - Repeat of last week's Hour 2.
February 25/27 - Thomas Vitale of Sci-Fi Channel in hour 2
discussing upcoming shows, including Doctor Who.
Doctor Who: Podshock http://www.gallifreyanembassy.org/portal
Weekly chat show with US and UK Doctor Who fans done in podcast
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
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-2:35AM EST "Inferno" movie
Season 7, Episodes 19 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
18 February "Terror Of The Autons"
25 February "The Mind Of Evil"
4 March "The Claws Of Axos"?
11 March "Colony In Space"
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org
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 "Time And The Rani" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 24, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
18 February "Paradise Towers" pts 1+2
25 February "Paradise Towers" pts 3+4
11 March "The Five Doctors" pledge special, contest to decide which
Doctor IPTV airs next!
Not Yet Airing New Series Or Between Seasons:
Nederland 3 http://portal.omroep.nl/ned3
Doctor Who premiere 2006.
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Doctor Who premiere 2006? Thursday 8PM?
ATV World http://www.hkatv.com/world/05
Doctor Who premieres 19 February.
ProSieben http://www.prosieben.de http://www.drwho.de
Doctor Who premiere 2006. Series 1 & 2 purchased. Dubbed in German.
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
JAPAN - broadcaster TBA.
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com
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.
ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv http://www.sfsa.org.au
"The Christmas Invasion" and Series 2 to air in 2006.
Prime TV http://www.primetv.co.nz http://nzdwfc.tetrap.com
"The Christmas Invasion" and Series 2 to air in 2006 (June/July
BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone http://www.radiotimes.com
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Primary broadcaster of Doctor Who. Series Two Saturdays 7PM in 2006
(start date TBA)
"Doctor Who Friday" - CBBC magazine show to air with Series Two.
Programming service for UK military. Episodes air shortly after UK
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
2006 - 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 http://www.france4.tv
Series One completed.
2006 - "Doctor Who Series Two" 13 episodes
Later 2006 "Torchwood" 13 episodes
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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