This Week In Doctor Who - UK Series Premiere Week! - March 23, 2005
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - UK SERIES PREMIERE WEEK!
March 23, 2005 - Vol 8, No 12
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Saturday 26 March:
BBC One - 5:25PM - Doctor Who: A New Dimension
BBC One - 7PM - Doctor Who: Rose (series premiere)
BBC Three - 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: Back From The Future
Sunday 27 March (Easter Sunday):
BBC Three - 7PM - Doctor Who: Rose (BBC Three premiere)
Tuesday 5 April:
CBC - 8PM - Doctor Who: Rose (Canada's turn)
Doctor Who picked up in Netherlands, more interviews/specials, BBC
Three repeats, BBC Kids Canada buys more old episodes, good news for
American Who, and end of a streak at MPT Maryland.
The BBC know how to create publicity when they want to. Doctor Who
has practically taken over UK TV and radio (as far as those of us
outside the UK can tell) in the run-up to the series premiere on 26
March. It is amazing to behold, even an ocean away. It is a moment
in Doctor Who history the likes of which we are unlikely to ever see
again. Welcome back, Doctor!
Netherlands public broadcaster Nederland 3
http://portal.omroep.nl/ned3 was revealed on the Dutch CEEFAX
teletext service as having picked up the new Doctor Who series for a
premiere in 2005 or early 2006, marking the 3rd reported sale
outside the UK and the first to a country whose primary language is
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree has put Doctor Who on their
Sunday schedule beginning 27 March at 7PM. Episodes air exactly one
day after their BBC One premieres. No repeats of Doctor Who
Confidential are scheduled - it appears you will have to see that
show the first time or see them when they get to the BBC's Doctor
Who website. A 15 minute repeat briefly appeared on advanced
schedules for Sunday 3 April at 7:45PM - it then disappeared, and
Farscape will air there weekly with Doctor Who as a sci-fi block
beginning 3 April.
BBC Radio 2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2 aired part 1 of
their "Project: Who?" special last night. It is now on their listen
again section. At about 57 minutes in length, it was hosted by
Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Monarch Of The
Glen). The documentary was very well put together, with lots of
interviews. Warning - it contains clips from many episodes of the
series which reveal a fair bit about the show. If you want to avoid
spoilers, wait for the special to hit CD in May. Part 2 airs Tuesday
at 8:30PM BST.
BBC Radio Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales has revealed
that their multi-part documentary on "Dr Who: Back In Time" will air
Saturdays at 1:06PM with repeats Sundays at 5:33PM starting 26
March. Unlike earlier reports, the Radio Wales website claims that
the special is 2 episodes long, not 3.
BBC Southern Counties http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/southerncounties
will see a 4 hour show on the new Doctor Who and debate on UK vs US
Sci-Fi from 9PM to 1AM GMT on 26 March, hosted by Tommy Boyd.
Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper are doing a bunch of
interviews over the next few days. The ones I've spotted are in the
New Series section. There are probably others.
BBC Kids' http://www.bbckids.ca advance schedule has revealed that
the Jon Pertwee stories will begin airing on this Canadian digital
channel Saturday April 16. A deep search of their website showed an
entry for The Trial Of A Time Lord, indicating that they *may* have
bought Colin Baker stories as well. BBC Kids has issued a press
releases, which does not mention Colin Baker, so I wouldn't expect
him in the near future.
BBC Kids' Pertwee Press Release:
Just wanted to pass on to you some information about BBC Kids'
acquisition of The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) stories...
Canadian fans of the classic Doctor Who can watch Tom Baker (1974-
1981) and Peter Davison (1982-1982) episodes on BBC Kids, Monday
through Friday at 2 a.m. ET.
Beginning April 16, for the first time on BBC Kids, viewers can
catch the Jon Pertwee series (1970-1974) on Saturdays and Sundays at
2 a.m. ET on BBC Kids. The first story of this series, "Spearhead
from Space" introduces viewers to the terrifying Autons for the
Please note that for the stories "Doctor Who and the
Silurians", "Terror of the Autons" and "The Daemons", BBC Kids has
acquired the colourized versions.
Additionally, the following stories are unavailable and have not
been acquired by BBC Kids:
-The Ambassadors of Death
-The Mind of Evil
-Day of the Daleks
-Frontier In Space
-Planet of the Daleks
-Invasion of the Dinosaurs
-Death to the Daleks
Please let me know if you have any questions. Cheers,
Program Manager BBC CANADA, BBC Kids & Discovery Health Channel
Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting Inc.
American Who http://www.americanwho.net is not ending after all.
After many emails asking me to keep going (and an appearance at my
front door from a chap with a leather jacket, jeans, and a Northern
accent), I have decided to continue "American Who." However, I will
return to producing the series after taking a four month break.
After doing this show for two years, and also "Sci-fi Overdrive," I
need two immediate things: interviews and rest! Hence, I am going to
CollectorMania to make arrangements with those from the series who
haven't been interviewed. Also, I need to take a break from
both "AmWho" and "Sci-fi Overdrive," as I've been doing shows of
this nature, since 2001, when it all started off as a live local
radio talk program.
As a plus, expect some "Who" flavored hours of "Sci-fi Overdrive"
during the summer months, as I need to educate the populace about
the roots of this new series. And also expect a repeat series
on "AmWho" during May, June, July, and August, at one show per month.
"American Who" will be back- in September. Sorry for the
co-host/co-producer "Sci-fi Overdrive" http://www.scifioverdrive.com
Maryland Public TV http://www.mpt.org made a late change to their
schedule last week, pulling Invasion Of The Dinosaurs in favor of a
pledge free repeat of pledge special "Rock `n' Roll Forever: Ed
Sullivan's Greatest Hits". This sudden action represents the first
time Doctor Who has not aired sometime during the weekend on MPT
since July 4, 1998, a 6 year, 8 month streak that was the longest
continuous run of the series anywhere on the planet, just days
longer than the length this column has existed. Like Cal Ripkin's
baseball streak, I guess MPT's streak had to end eventually. MPT and
TV Guide http://www.tvguide.com `s web sites currently show them
skipping Invasion Of The Dinosaurs in favor of Death To The Daleks
this weekend, while Zap2it http://www.zap2it.com claims Invasion Of
The Dinosaurs will air.
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
email@example.com , TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
Messenger. The listings:
BROADCASTS RELATED TO NEW SERIES:
New Series General Information:
BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone
Good Friday 10:20PM GMT "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross"
Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) is interviewed.
Saturday 5:25PM GMT "Doctor Who: A New Dimension" special
A 30 minute introduction to the new Doctor Who series by the team
behind Doctor Who Confidential.
Saturday 7PM GMT Doctor Who 1-01 "Rose"
16:9 Widescreen Digital
14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Premiere of the new Doctor Who series. Doctor Who: Christopher
Eccleston. Rose Tyler: Bille Piper.
Future Doctor Who Episodes:
2 April - 1-02 "The End Of The World"
9 April - 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
16 April - 1-04 "Aliens Of London"
23 April - 1-05 "World War III"
30 April - 1-06 "Dalek"
7 May - 1-07 "The Long Game"
14 May - 1-08 "Father's Day"
21 May - 1-09 "The Empty Child"
28 May - 1-10 "The Doctor Dances"
4 June - 1-11 "Boom Town"
11 June - 1-12 "TBA"
18 June - 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways"
BBC Radio 1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1
Thursday 10AM-12:45PM GMT "Jo Whiley" - interview with Christopher
BBC Radio 2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2
Thursday 2-5PM GMT "Steve Wright Show" - interview with Billie Piper
(Rose Tyler) (tentative), other Who interviews have been in 4PM hour
Tuesday 8:30PM BST "Project: Who? - Reverse The Polarity"
2 part documentary (1 hour per week) hosted by Anthony Stewart Head
(Big Finish's "Excelsis" series, those Taster's Choice commercials,
and Buffy The Vampire Slayer) going behind the scenes of the new
Doctor Who series. What does it take to bring a TV series back to
"Project: Who? - Bigger On The Inside" is currently available
through Radio 2's listen again feature.
BBC Radio 5 Live http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive
Thursday 2-5PM GMT "Simon Mayo" - interview with Christopher
Eccleston (Doctor Who)
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree
Friday 11:30-11:35PM GMT "Destination Three"
Doctor Who special on the eve of the new series.
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential/
Saturday 7:45PM GMT DrWho Confidential 1-01 "Back From The Future"
1st episode of the documentary series looking at the new Doctor Who
Easter Sunday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-01 "Rose"
16:9 Widescreen. Time-shifted encores of the Doctor Who episodes
Saturday 2 April 7:45PM BST DrWho Confidential 1-02 "Aliens: The
Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
Sunday 3 April 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-02 "The End Of The World"
Further Doctor Who Confidential Episodes:
9 April - 1-03 "TARDIS Tales"
16 April - 1-04 "I Get A Side-Kick Out Of You"
23 April - 1-05 "Life On Earth"
30 April - 1-06 "The Daleks"
7 May - 1-07 "The Dark Side"
14 May - 1-08 "A Time And A Place"
21 May - 1-09 "FX"
28 May - 1-10 "The Weird Science Of Doctor Who"
4 June - 1-11 "Unsung Heroes And Violent Death"
11 June - 1-12 "The Cult Of Who"
18 June - 1-13 "Finale"
Doctor Who series repeats air Sundays 7PM after their BBC One
BBC Radio Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales/
Saturday 1:06PM GMT & Sunday 5:30PM BST "Dr Who Back In Time"
Episode 1 - "How Green Was My TARDIS". Radio documentary on the
return of Doctor Who and its Welsh history, from Terry Nation to the
present. Should be available on Listen Again later.
BBC Southern Counties http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/southerncounties/
Saturday 9PM-1AM GMT "Tommy Boyd Show"
http://www.tommyboydshrine.co.uk/drwho.htm Tommy Boyd's Saturday
night show focuses on Doctor Who the night of the BBC One premiere.
Debating the concept that Doctor Who shows the growth of UK Sci-Fi
while US Sci-Fi is in decline. You can listen live, but no listen
again feature that I could find for this station.
BBC Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential
1-01 "Back From The Future" - expected online after BBC Three
ITV 3 http://www.itv.com
Wednesday 8PM GMT "Parkinson" interview show
Encore of Parkinson interview with Billie Piper (Rose Tyler).
Channel 4 http://www.channel4.com
Good Friday 12:40-2:15PM GMT "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D." 1966
Remake of "The Dalek invasion Of Earth". Dr. Who, his family, and a
policeman who stumbled in find themselves in 22nd Century London,
where Daleks have conquered. Can they help free the world for future
Saturday 12:15-1:50PM GMT "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D." 1966
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv
Saturday 8AM to 7PM GMT "Doctor Who Day" - see listings in "Other
Thursday 10PM GMT "Parkinson" interview show
Friday 2:35PM GMT "Parkinson" interview show
Interview with Billie Piper (Rose Tyler).
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
Doctor Who premieres Tuesday 5 April 8PM nationwide (8:30PM
Aspect ratio unknown.
5 April - 1-01 "Rose
12 April - 1-02 "The End Of The World"
19 April - 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
26 April - 1-04 "Aliens Of London"
Prime TV http://www.primetv.co.nz http://nzdwfc.tetrap.com
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Aspect ratio unknown.
Nederland 3 http://portal.omroep.nl/ned3
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
OTHER TV/RADIO/INTERNET BROADCASTS:
BBC Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/classic.shtml
"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.
"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 corrupt 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?
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 8AM-7PM GMT "Doctor Who Day" - interstitials are mixture of
material from Doctor Who @ 40 Weekend of 2003 and new material
Saturday 8AM GMT "The Doctor Who Story"
Saturday 8:10AM GMT "The Time Meddler" movie (The Watcher, The
Meddling Monk, A Battle Of Wits, Checkmate)
Season 2, Episodes 36 through 39. Doctor: William Hartnell.
Steven encounters time travel for the first time. The Doctor comes
across another time traveller, a rouge from his own race. Without
the Doctor's involvement, this rouge Monk could cause a change of
the outcome of the invasions of 1066 A.D.
Saturday 10:05AM GMT "Who Day Interstitial"
Saturday 10:20AM GMT "The Daemons" movie
Season 8, Episodes 21 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The Doctor and Jo investigate a dig at Devil's End which could cause
the release of an ancient demon and give the Master a new shot of
Saturday 12:50PM GMT "Who Day Interstitial"
Saturday 1:05PM GMT "Pyramids Of Mars" movie
Season 13, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor and Sarah work to keep an ancient Egyptian god imprisoned
and unable to conquer the universe.
Saturday 3PM GMT "Who Day Interstitial"
Saturday 3:10PM GMT "Attack Of The Cybermen" movie
Season 22, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Colin Baker.
The Doctor and Peri deal with the latest time travel machinations of
the Cybermen and the mysterious behaviour of Lytton, a soldier of
fortune who previously worked with the Daleks.
Saturday 5:05PM GMT "Who Day Interstitial"
Saturday 5:25PM GMT "Dragonfire" movie
Season 24, Episodes 12 through 14. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
The Doctor and Mel are pulled into Sabalom Glitz' latest search for
treasure. The secrets of Iceworld hold perils for all of them.
Iceworld is also the temporary home of Ace, a teenager in search of
a new life, who may have found it with the Time Lord and his TARDIS.
Saturday 6:50PM GMT "Doctor Who Short - Future Part 2"
27 March - pre-empted, Carry On movie marathon
2 April - "The Creature From The Pit" (7:05AM)
3 April - "Nightmare Of Eden" (7:05AM)
9 April - "The Horns Of Nimon" (7:20AM)
10 April - "The Leisure Hive" (7:05AM)
16 April - "Meglos" (7:05AM)
17 April - "Full Circle" (7:05AM)
23 April - "State Of Decay" (7:05AM)
24 April - "Warriors' Gate" (7AM)
30 April - "The Keeper Of Traken" (7AM)
Thursday 6:05PM "Underworld" pt 2 of 4
Monday 6:05PM "Underworld" pt 3 of 4
Tuesday 6:05PM "Underworld" pt 4 of 4
Season 15, Episodes 18 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor, Leela, and K9 help the slightly drippy Minyans track
down the race bank that can help revitalize their species. A
computer doesn't want to let the race bank go. Battle ensues.
Wednesday 6:00PM "The Invasion Of Time" pt 1 of 6
Season 15, Episode 21. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor returns to Gallifrey claiming that he should be declared
the President of the Time Lords.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Daily 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday "Time-Flight" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 19, Episodes 25 through 26. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The ancient Xeraphin race is recalled to life as a pawn in Khalid's
efforts to repair a TARDIS.
Thursday "Arc Of Infnity" pts 1+2 of 4
Friday "Arc Of Infinity" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 20, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Identity theft - inter-universal style. A being from a universe of
anti-matter tries to bond with the Doctor to enter this universe and
assume the Doctor's identity. The Time Lord method of dealing with
identity theft is slightly unlike our own - unless it's common to
try to execute the victim.
Saturday "Meglos" all 4 pts
Season 18, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Identity theft - cactus style. The being Meglos traps the Doctor in
a time loop so it can assume his identity to engage in a shocking
piece of villainy.
Sunday "Full Circle" all 4 pts
Season 18, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Romana is unwilling to return to Gallifrey when the Time Lords
demand her presence. But the tables are turned on her when the
TARDIS is sucked into another universe. Now she can't go home.
Adric: Matthew Waterhouse.
Monday "Snakedance" pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday "Snakedance" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 20, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Identity theft - snake style. The Mara returns to invade Tegan's
mind again, hoping to make a return to its homeworld and engage in
30 March - "Mawdryn Undead"
1 April "Terminus"
2 April "State Of Decay"
3 April "Warriors' Gate"
5 April "Enlightenment"
7 April "The King's Demons"
8 April "Warriors Of The Deep"
9 April "The Keeper Of Traken"
10 April "Logopolis"
12 April "The Awakening"
13 April "Frontios"
15 April "Planet Of Fire"
16 April "Spearhead From Space" BBC Kids premiere
17 April "Doctor Who and the Silurians" BBC Kids premiere
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Jon Pertwee tribute. Nicholas Courtney, Barry Letts, Caroline John,
and others remember the 3rd Doctor, Worzel Grummidge, and the other
personas of Jon Pertwee.
3/24? - Patrick Troughton tribute, with Anneke Wills, Fraser Hines,
Deborah Watling, Wendy Padbury, and a 1985 KTEH interview with
4/15 - Jessica Carney, 30 years after the passing of her grandfather
William Hartnell (new, last episode before rerun cycle - episodes
resume September 2005)
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, 7-10AM BST, 5-8PM
Live BTR Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PST) http://www.krradio.com (repeat of
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - Joey Donovan and Charles Martin review "Rose", the first
new Doctor Who episode. Hour 2 - Joseph Pierce, author of "Tolkien:
Man and Myth" and "Tolkien: A Celebration". On Easter Weekend, a
look at the spiritual aspects of JRR Tolkien. Hour 3 - BTR only.
Computers in Science Fiction with Craig Crossman, host of "Computer
Starz! Movie Pack - Mystery http://www.starz.com
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Friday 1 April 2:45 + 11:05PM EST Eastern Feed / PST Western Feed
Thursday 14 April 6:50AM EDT Eastern Feed / PDT Western Feed
Thursday 21 April 7:40AM EDT Eastern Feed / PDT Western Feed
Starz! Movie Pack - MoviePlex
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Friday 1 April 3:45PM + 12:05AM EST Eastern Feed / PST Western Feed
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
Saturday 11:59PM-1:35AM EST "Invasion Of The Dinosaurs" or "Death To
The Daleks" movie
Season 11, Episodes 6 through 10 or 11 through 14. Doctor: Jon
Either the tale of Dinosaurs invading London that was pre-empted
last week or a Dalek visit to the planet Exxilon will air, depending
on who you believe. Allow extra time if it's Dinosaurs. If it is
Invasion Of The Dinosaurs, they will still be skipping the first
2 April - "Death To The Daleks" or "The Monster Of Peladon"
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), 45, 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 (not yet available)
Saturday 11:35PM CST "Arc Of Infinity" pts 3+4
Season 20, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
See BBC Kids for story description.
2 April "Snakedance" pts 1+2
9 April "Snakedance" pts 3+4
16 April "Mawdryn Undead" pts 1+2
23 April "Mawdryn Undead" pts 3+4
30 April "Terminus" pts 1+2
KUED/KUEW-DT/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/St. George/Richfield, UT
digital 7-1 (42-1), 18-1, 19-1
Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
Saturday 11:30PM MST "Four To Doomsday" pt 3 of 4
Season 19, Episode 7. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tegan takes action when she sees Adric siding with Monarch.
2 April "Four To Doomsday" pt 4
Behind every good production, and this column, is the support and
patience of lots of people who have given help or advice over the
years. The Doctor Who broadcast landscape has changed beyond
recognition since 1998. Here are a few of the people whose help,
patience, and generosity have caused This Week to be around today:
Siobahn Morgan (Doctor Who website pioneer)
Shaun Lyon (Outpost Gallifrey dean - a very patient man)
the Northern Virginia Doctor Who Viewing Society
the Unit-1 Society
Lisa Ethington (to be Lisa Elliott)
and to everyone I missed. Thank you.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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