THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
March 1, 2006 - Vol 9, No 9
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Wednesday 1 March:
Yes Weekend - 9:30PM - Bad Wolf/The Parting Of The Ways
Thursday 2 March:
People + Arts (Spain/Portugal) 10:30PM CET - The Long Game
Saturday 4 March:
één Belgium 3:40PM - The Parting Of The Ways
Sunday 5 March:
Cool TV (Hungary) 7PM - The Unquiet Dead
ATV World (Hong Kong) 11:30PM - The Unquiet Dead
Tuesday 7 March:
Ztélé Canada 8PM - Le Docteur Danse
Friday 17 March:
SciFi US 9PM EST/PST - Rose/The End Of The World (US Premiere!)
GREECE - Newest country to buy Doctor Who!
The BBC and C21Media reported on 28 February that Doctor Who and
hundreds of hours of BBC programming have been sold to the new Greek
TV channel SKAI, which will begin over the air broadcasts on 1 April
2006. From the BBC article:
"BBC Worldwide announced today at BBC Showcase that it has concluded
a two-year agreement with SKAI, the new Greek terrestrial television
channel launching on 1 April 2006, to televise over 500 hours of
drama, factual and news and current affairs programming.
"The titles range from dramas such as Spooks and Doctor Who to
documentaries, including Seven Wonders of the Industrial World,
Space Odyssey - Voyage to the Planets and three history titles
looking at the Ancient Wonders of Jerusalem, Greece and the Holy
Here's hoping that the launch of the SKAI channel is a success and
that Greece will come to enjoy Doctor Who in the near future.
HUNGARY - A slight correction on the information regarding last
week's premiere in Hungary on Cool TV. Doctor Who's Hungarian name
of Ki Vagy, Doki? translates better as "Who Are You, Doctor?"
Evidently RTLKlub was the original buyer of Doctor Who in Hungary,
and somehow the broadcast rights migrated to Cool TV in the
intervening months. No information has reached the English speaking
world yet on whether Doctor Who had decent ratings with its premiere.
USA - SciFi http://www.scifi.com
is beginning to advertise the
upcoming stateside launch of Doctor Who. Text notices about the
premiere were spotted during the Tuesday February 21 broadcast of
Passions on Sci-Fi (episode 7, Timmy goes on sale in a fair and
Tabitha dresses up as a fortune teller, if you're a longtime
Passions viewer). A 15 second ad focusing on the mystery of the
character started airing on Wednesday February 22. This ad did not
mention the series by name but had a fair number of clips - it is
also on the SciFi website. On Friday February 24 the Doctor Who mini-
went live. It is heavily flash
intensive, so it loads slowly on some machines. It has a lot of
Doctor Who information. Sci-Fi also redid their launch plans,
deciding to have a 2 hour premiere for Doctor Who instead of the
original 1 hour launch. It was unclear as of this writing if Sci-Fi
will edit Rose and The End Of The World together like they did with
the Battlestar Galactica and Stargate Atlantis series premieres
(Battlestar Galactica was clearly 2 unrelated episodes that happened
to be sequential) or if they will air as separate episodes. Thomas
Vitale of the Sci-Fi Channel will be on Sci-Fi Overdrive
on the weekend of March 10 to discuss
the launch of Doctor Who and other 2006 programming.
The new premiere plan:
All Times Eastern (adjust for local time and East Coast Feed vs.
West Coast Feed)
Friday March 17:
10PM The End Of The World
Midnight The End Of The World
Sunday March 19:
Midnight The End Of The World
Friday March 24:
8PM The End Of The World (special repeat)
9PM The Unquiet Dead
Midnight The Unquiet Dead
Sunday March 26:
Midnight The Unquiet Dead (special time - Sunday movie runs long)
As of March 31, Doctor Who firmly settles into its regular time
slots. Fridays at 9PM and Midnight Eastern, Sundays at 11PM Eastern.
Yes, the Sunday time is a regular timeslot. So, if you are at work
on Friday night or otherwise unable to watch, you can catch the
Sunday edition. Since the episodes air twice on Friday, if your only
problem watching on Friday is that it'll conflict with other TV
shows you want to see (WWE Smackdown, Las Vegas, Close To Home,
Reba), just watch the broadcast that does not conflict with the show
you want to see. If you have DirecTV or Dish Network, you have the
East Coast version of SciFi no matter where you live in the US - so
9PM Eastern is 6PM Pacific, 11PM Eastern is 8PM Pacific, and
Midnight is 9PM Pacific - could be relevant in avoiding schedule
conflicts with other channels/plans to go out.
A VCR or a DVR like Tivo also can help get around a schedule
conflict. If you have a Tivo (or DirecTivo) and have not disabled
its ability to record suggestions for you, it should be sending
anonymous information back about what shows are watched on it, how
close you watch it to live, and whether you fast forward through any
commercials. Some of these machines have 2 tuners, making it even
easier to see Doctor Who if another network schedules your second
favorite show against it (just have both tuners recording and watch
each show when you get time).
Just 16 days till the US launch. As someone in the US, I'm excited.
UK - We don't have a UK premiere date yet for series 2. It is
unlikely that the BBC has decided on a premiere date yet. But UKTV
seems to believe it will be in mid-April -
they have postponed their Doctor Who Weekend consisting of the 13
episodes from Series One from 18 & 19 March to 8 & 9 April.
Once the new Doctor Who episodes roll out this year, we should have
Doctor Who Friday - kids related Doctor Who tie-in program on BBC
One on Friday nights
Doctor Who - the main show, airing Saturdays at 7 on BBC One with a
couple of BBC Three repeats
Doctor Who Confidential - BBC Three half-hour show airing right
after the Doctor Who BBC One premiere will several repeats
There are rumours of Mobisodes (mini-episodes downloadable to
cellular/mobile phones such as Lost and 24 have done) as well. We'll
see if that happens.
Doctor Who finishes its run through Series One in Belgium on één and
Israel on Yes Weekend this week. Yes Weekend ceases to exist on the
5th, being replaced by Yes Stars, which is expected to air repeats
of Series 1 as well as Series 2 (assuming Yes buys Series 2).
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
BELGIUM (& The Netherlands):
één Network http://www.een.be
Saturday 3:40PM CET 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways" pt 2 of 2 (Series
English with Subtitles.
Yes Weekend http://www.yesweekend.co.il
Wednesday 9:30PM 1-12/1-13 "Boom Town"/"The Parting Of The Ways"
Yes Weekend the channel ceases to exist on 5 March, replaced by Yes
Stars, which my contact suspects will get the rights to repeat this
Friday 9PM, Saturday 8AM, Sunday 4PM, Tuesday 2PM EST 1-09 "Drôle De
Mort" pt 1 of 2
Tuesday 8PM EST 1-10 "Le Docteur Danse" pt 2 of 2
4:3 cropped pan & scan. Same French dub as France 4.
10 March 9PM EST (and repeats) 1-10 "Le Docteur Danse" pt 2 of 2
14 March 8PM EST (and repeats) 1-11 "L'explosion De Cardiff"
21 March 8PM EST (and repeats) 1-12 "Le Grand Méchant Loop" 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 1-07 "The Long Game"
9 March 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 10 March 6:30AM & 3PM, 11 March 6AM, 2 &
9:30PM CET 1-08 "Father's Day"
16 March 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 17 March 6:30AM & 3PM, 18 March 6AM, 2 &
9:30PM CET 1-09 "The Empty Child" pt 1 of 2
23 March 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 24 March 6:30AM & 3PM, 25 March 6AM, 2 &
9:30PM CET 1-10 "The Doctor Dances" pt 2 of 2
30 March 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 31 March 6:30AM & 3PM CET 1-01? "Rose"?
ATV World http://www.hkatv.com/world/05
Sunday 11:30PM 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
HUNGARY (airing as Ki Vagi, Doki?):
Cool TV http://www.cooltv.hu
Saturday 7PM & 1:25AM CET 1-02 "The End Of The World"
Sunday 7PM & 2:05AM CET 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
17 March 9 & 11PM EST/PST 1-01/1-02 "Rose/The End Of The World"
(Series Premiere, Two Hour Movie Version!)
19 March 11PM EST/PST 1-01/1-02 "Rose/The End Of The World" (Movie
24 March 8PM EST/PST 1-02 "The End Of The World" (special repeat)
24 March 9PM & Midnight EST/PST 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
26 March Midnight EST/PST 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
31 March 9PM & Midnight EST/PST 1-04 "Aliens Of London" pt 1 of 2
2 April 11PM EDT/PDT 1-04 "Aliens Of London" pt 1 of 2
7 April 9PM & Midnight EDT/PDT 1-05 "World War Three" pt 2 of 2
9 April 11PM EDT/PDT 1-05 "World War Three" pt 2 of 2
14 April 9PM & Midnight EDT/PDT 1-06 "Dalek"
16 April 11PM EDT/PDT 1-06 "Dalek"
21 April 9PM & Midnight EDT/PDT 1-07 "The Long Game"
23 April 11PM EDT/PDT 1-07 "The Long Game"
28 April 9PM & Midnight EDT/PDT 1-08 "Father's Day"
30 April 11PM EDT/PDT 1-08 "Father's Day"
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.
8 April 11AM-5PM "New Series Weekend - Episodes 1 through 6"
9 April 11AM-6:05PM "New Series Weekend - Episodes 7 through 13"
Postponed from 18 and 19 March, probably based on speculation on the
premiere date for series 2 in the UK.
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.
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 6-9:25AM GMT "Inferno" movie
Season 7, Episodes 19 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The last 7 episode story, so the last time you both have to get up
early and stay later than usual to see the full Doctor Who story -
yes you can sleep in till 7AM if your programming package has UKTV
Gold + 1. The 3rd Doctor uses a drilling project to provide energy
to work on the TARDIS console. An accident sends him to an alternate
Earth, where the project is just slightly further along, and spots
evidence that it is going disastrously wrong. Includes the radio
scene deleted from the original TV broadcast but included in most
repeats - it will be a deleted scene on the DVD release. I wonder if
the Doctor considered that maybe it was the interference of the
TARDIS that was causing the drilling disaster on both Earths in the
first place. It would have been worth checking.
Sunday 7-8:50AM GMT "Terror Of The Autons" movie
Season 8, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Colour-restored version from the early 1990s. Roger Delgado joins
the series as The Master. Richard Franklin joins as Captain Mike
Yates. Katy Manning joins as Jo Grant. The Autons try to rejoin the
show, but the Doctor and U*N*I*T decide to fight them off again.
Guess there's only room for so many regulars at one time. Sorry,
plastic pals. Try again in 34 years.
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"
1 April 6-9AM BST "The Mutants"
2 April 6:10-9AM BST "The Time Monster"
8 April 7-9AM BST "The Three Doctors"
8 & 9 April "Doctor Who 2005 Series 1 Weekend - See New Series
9 April 7-9AM BST "Carnival Of Monsters"
15 April 6-9AM BST "Frontier In Space"
16 April 6-9AM BST "The Green Death"
22 April 7:10-9AM BST "The Time Warrior"
23 April 6-9AM BST "Invasion Of The Dinosaurs"
29 April 6:10-9AM BST "The Monster Of Peladon"
30 April 6:10-9AM BST "Planet Of The Spiders"
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 Monster Of Peladon" pts 1+2 of 6
Thursday "The Monster Of Peladon" pts 3+4 of 6
Friday "The Monster Of Peladon" pts 5+6 of 6
Season 11, Episodes 15 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The 3rd Doctor returns to Peladon. In the 50 years since his last
visit - everything's gone down the drain. The Galactic Federation is
being a nuisance. The peasants are agitating against the royalty.
The royalty doesn't understand the peasants. And an image of Aggedor
is flying around killing people. One of the Doctor's allies is
forced to take decisive action to save the day - sadly, it's the
wrong action and it could get them all killed.
Saturday "Planet Of The Spiders" pts 1,2,+3 of 6
Sunday "Planet Of The Spiders" pts 4,5,+6 of 6
Monday "Planet Of The Spiders" pts 1+2 of 6
Tuesday "Planet Of The Spiders" pts 3+4 of 6
Season 11, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The final Jon Pertwee story (airing by coincidence as both the
weekend and weekday story). A package from former companion Jo Grant
contains the blue Metebelis crystal the Doctor had given her for a
wedding present. It's causing trouble and she's washing her hands of
it. A force on Metebelis has tracked the crystal down. It is
prepared to kill, maim, and steal a car to get it back. Jon Pertwee
gets his best car/plane/boat action sequence in the series. BBC Kids
has the rights to the Tom Baker stories again, which will take over
the weekend schedule next week. The weekday episodes will skip to
Peter Davison on the 9th.
9 March "Castrovalva"
11 March "Robot" (BBC Kids regains the rights to Tom Baker's
12 March "The Ark In Space"
13 March "Four To Doomsday"
15 March "Kinda"
16 March pre-empted, long movie
18 March "The Sontaran Experiment"
19 March "Revenge Of The Cybermen"
20 March "The Visitation"
22 March "Black Orchid"
23 March "Time-Flight"
25 March "Terror Of The Zygons"
26 March "Planet Of Evil"
27 March "Arc Of Infinity"
29 March "Snakedance"
31 March "Mawdryn Undead"
1 April pre-empted, Daylight Savings Time
2 April "Pyramids Of Mars"
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).
March - 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 - Dave Howe (Howe's Who, Telos
Publishing); Natalia Nogulich (Admiral Nechayev on Star Trek). Hour
3 - repeat of previous week's hour 2.
Next Week - Thomas Vitale of Sci-Fi Channel in hour 2 on upcoming
programming. Opening segment of that hour (13 minutes long) will be
on Sci-Fi's launch of the Christopher Eccleston episodes of Doctor
Who on March 17.
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 12:30-2AM EST "The Claws Of Axos" movie
Season 8, Episodes 11 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Time approximate after pledge specials. Allow extra time. The 3rd
Doctor, Jo, and U*N*I*T note the arrival of an alien spacecraft in
England. The inhabitants - Axons - wish to live on our planet and
offer technology to solve all Earth food needs. Has Earth finally
been visited by friendly aliens? Or is this a Hustle?
11 March "Colony In Space"
18 March "The Dæmons"
25 March "The Curse Of Peladon"
1 April "The Sea Devils"?
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
Late Saturday Midnight CST "Delta And The Bannermen" pt 1 of 3
Season 24, Episode 9. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
Time approximate after pledge special. Just one episode this week.
Part 2 airs in 2 weeks. The 7th Doctor and Mel win a contest and get
to take a trip back in time to Earth - Disneyland in 1959. As Doctor
Who's budget was nowhere near enough to manage Disneyland at the
time this story was made, you knew something was going to go wrong
on the route. Sure enough, one of the passengers is being hunted by
an army ...
11 March 11PM "The Five Doctors" pledge special, contest to decide
which Doctor IPTV airs next!
18 March Midnight "Delta And The Bannermen" pt 2
25 March 11:35PM "Delta And The Bannermen" pt 3
25 March Midnight "Dragonfire" pt 1
Not Yet Airing New Series Or Between Seasons:
Doctor Who premiere 2006. Channel launches 1 April 2006.
Nederland 3 http://portal.omroep.nl/ned3
Doctor Who premiere 2006.
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
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 (start
"Doctor Who Friday" - CBBC magazine show to air with Series Two.
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree http://www.radiotimes.com
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential/
Sole 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)
Programming service for UK military. Episodes air shortly after UK
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
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.
Series One completed.
Spring "Doctor Who Series Two" 13 episodes
Later this year "Torchwood" 13 episodes
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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