This Week In Doctor Who - April 6, 2005
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - The Week After Everything Happened!
April 6, 2005 - Vol 8, No 14
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
A second series and Christmas special! An Australian sale! Canadian
premiere and online documentary! And a change my dear, but it seems
just a moment too soon ...
BBC1 2 April - Doctor Who - The End Of The World - 7.27 million
average (36.05% share)
BBC3 2 April - Doctor Who Confidential - Aliens: The Good, The Bad,
And The Ugly - 761,341 average
BBC3 3 April - Doctor Who - The End Of The World - no ratings
located as of press time
Doctor Who won its timeslot again, beating Ant and Dec by over a
million viewers in the overnight ratings.
Wednesday 30 March brought news - Doctor Who's getting a second
"Second season is go! BBC commissions second season and Christmas
"According to the Guardian, Jane Tranter has commissioned more
Doctor Who. "I want to make Doctor Who again," she said. She claimed
to be shocked by the first episode's popularity.
"`I told myself I'd be completely and utterly thrilled if it got 6.5
million, but there was a little voice inside whispering `4.5
million',' she admitted.
"She also revealed that the show had scored a good 81 out of 100 in
audience appreciation research.
"While other writers are still to be confirmed, Russell T. Davies
will be penning the 60 minute Christmas special.
"`It's fantastic news,' said Russell. `It's been a tense and jittery
time because the production team has been working on plans for
Series Two - scripts are being written already! - without ever
knowing if it would ever get made. We could all have ended up
unemployed. But now we can put all those plans into action and get
"`It's particularly good for BBC Wales. This is a major flagship
show for the region, and their staff and crews are the best you
could find. It's a tribute to them that Doctor Who is returning.
Cymru am byth!'"
ABC Australia http://www.abc.net.au/tv announced their purchase of
the series on Wednesday 6 April, making them the 6th country on
board. They could be the third country to air the show, as a May
premiere is expected. The report from the Sydney Morning Herald:
"ABC snaps up rights to new Dr Who series April 6, 2005 - 11:51AM
"Dr Who fans have cause for celebration after the ABC snapped up the
rights to the new series of the hit British sci-fi show.
"The broadcaster today announced it would screen the latest series
of the popular program from mid May.
"Doctor Who first aired on the BBC in 1963 with the last episode
screening in 1989.
"The latest series made a triumphant return to British screens last
week, attracting a television audience of more than 10.5 million
"Previous series of Doctor Who aired on the ABC but the new series
was yet to be acquired by an Australian broadcaster up until now.
"`This is Doctor Who, 21st century-style, and it most definitely
will appeal to people who are new to the Doctor Who phenomenon, as
well as long-term fans,' said ABC's Head of Programming Marena
"`I am in no doubt that a whole new Australian audience will be
attracted to the series.'
"`Doctor Who is one of the most significant BBC dramas of the year,'
said BBC Worldwide's Head of Sales for Australiasia, Julie Dowding.
"`It's the ultimate adventure series with the ultimate cast. We're
very happy that it's come to earth in Australia.'
"The new series stars Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who while
singer Billie Piper plays his young assistant, Rose tyler."
ABC's announcement of the purchase is at
The CBC premiered Doctor Who on Tuesday 5 April with Christopher
Eccleston hosting the night's programming. Viewers noted that the
episode aired apparently uncut. The analogue version had altered
credits, like all CBC broadcasts. The digital version had the
original credits squished on the bottom third of the screen. During
both versions of the closing credits, Christopher Eccleston was
handling Doctor Who trivia. Some viewers report that the episode ran
over the 1 hour mark, delaying the start of the 9PM show. VCR timers
http://www.cbc.ca/planetofthedoctor As part of the CBC Doctor Who
site relaunch, a trailer and web page for their upcoming 6 part
documentary "The Planet Of The Doctor" went up. The documentary
apparently will only be on the website. http://www.cbc.ca/doctorwho
also has a contest to go to the Doctor Who set, info on the new
series from the Doctor Who Information Network http://www.dwin.org ,
and the knowledge that the series is being sponsored in Canada by
Hours after the announcement that Doctor Who was renewed, the BBC
revealed that Christopher Eccleston would not be returning as the
Doctor for the second series. The news article gave Mr. Eccleston's
reported reasons and a quote from him supporting the show. Reactions
across fandom were passionate and, at times, unfortunate. And it
turned out that most of the reactions were based on faulty
information, as the BBC issued a clarification and apology on Monday
4 April. We are presenting the BBC's correction in full as
corrections rarely get the same level of press as the mistakes that
caused them, but they should to protect all parties.
Thanks to Christopher Eccleston for starring in this series of
Doctor Who (the first full series since 1989), thanks to the BBC for
trying to set the record straight, and here's hoping for great
things from the next actor to play the Doctor, whoever he or she is.
"BBC admits Dr Who actor blunder. The BBC failed to speak to actor
Christopher Eccleston before revealing he was going to quit Dr Who
after the first series, it has admitted.
"It was originally claimed the actor feared being typecast if he
"In a statement, the BBC quoted Eccleston as saying `he hoped
viewers continued to enjoy the series'.
"But the BBC has admitted it did not consult him about that
statement and also broke its agreement not to reveal he planned to
film just one series.
"Head of drama and commissioning Jane Tranter said: `The BBC regrets
not speaking to Christopher before it responded to the press
questions on Wednesday 30 March.
"The BBC further regrets that it falsely attributed a statement to
Christopher and apologises to him.
"A BBC spokesman said a mutual agreement was made between the
corporation and Eccleston in January that the fact he was not making
a second series would not be made public.
"But after journalists questioned the press office, the news was
"A further series of the show has now been commissioned.
"The BBC confirmed it was in talks with actor David Tennant, the
star of BBC Three drama Casanova, as a possible replacement for
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree has added repeats of Doctor
Who Confidential to their lineup starting this weekend. Episodes now
air at 7:45PM Sundays following their Saturday premiere. There also
appears to be yet another showing of Doctor Who Confidential late
Saturday April 16 at 3:40AM, giving episode 4 of Confidential three
Note: As of publication time, some listings have the April 16
edition of Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three starting at 7:55PM
BST instead of 7:45PM due to the length of its lead-in that
night, "Liquid Assets". Other listings have the "Strictly Dance
Fever" tie in show airing at 7PM and Doctor Who Confidential at
BBC Radio Wales' http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/radiowales documentary
on Doctor Who is 3 episodes long after all. The 3rd episode,
focusing on the Daleks, will air on Monday 2 May.
Outpost Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com noticed something odd
about the upcoming schedule of the National Lottery on BBC One.
Http://www.bbc.co.uk/lottery/cahago.shtml is an article noting that
Julian Clary hosts "The National Lottery Come And Have A Go",
starting Saturday 23 April at *7:20PM*. The "Come And Have A Go"
website is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/comeandhaveago/index.shtml , and
also claims the show will begin 23 April at *7:20PM*. If this is
true, then Doctor Who will have to move to a new timeslot beginning
with that episode (World War III - Episode 5 - part 2 of the first 2
parter). It is the first week after Ant and Dec's Takeaway programme
ends. No doubt the BBC Press Packs for the week of 23-29 April
(coming out this Friday) will clarify the situation. Look at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/proginfo/index.shtml that day.
There were a couple of very interesting rumors going around in the
last few days which there has not been time to properly check out.
If anything major comes out of them there will be a TWIDW Update on
the mailing list.
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
Saturday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
16:9 Widescreen Digital; 14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Future Doctor Who Episodes:
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 Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential/
Saturday and Sunday 7:45PM GMT DrWho Confidential 1-03 "TARDIS Tales"
Beginning this week, BBC Three is airing Doctor Who Confidential
episodes twice - Saturday and Sunday. Episode 3 of the tie-in
Sunday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
Further Doctor Who Confidential Episodes:
16 and 17 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 Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential
1-01 "Back From The Future"
1-02 "Aliens: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
1-03 "TARDIS Tales" - online after BBC Three broadcast
"Project: Who" (audio) - pt 2 only, could be offline soon
Various Video Diaries and trailers.
BBC Radio Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales
Monday 2 May - "Dr Who Back In Time" pt 3 Dalek Nation
Dalek themed conclusion to the documentary, delayed till after the
Dalek episode airs.
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
Tuesday 8PM (8:30PM Newfoundland) Doctor Who 1-02 "The End Of The
16:9 Widescreen Digital; 16:9 Letterbox Analogue
19 April - 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
26 April - 1-04 "Aliens Of London"
3 May - 1-05 "World War III"
10 May - 1-06 "Dalek"
17 May - 1-07 "The Long Game"
24 May - 1-08 "Father's Day"
31 May - 1-09 "The Empty Child"
"The Planet Of The Doctor" exclusive 6 part CBC.CA documentary
Chapter 1 - Who Is Doctor Who? (premieres April ?)
Chapter 2 - The Mania Of Doctor Who
Chapter 3 - The Adventures Of Doctor Who
Chapter 4 - Time Travel
Chapter 5 - The Influence Of Doctor Who
Chapter 6 - Conclusion
Doctor Who premiere Mid-May.
Aspect ratio unknown.
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 2006?
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 7:20-9:20AM BST "The Horns Of Nimon" movie
Series 17, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A black hole where it doesn't belong draws the Doctor's attention to
Skonnos, where a decaying empire has been given false hope by a two-
Sunday 7:05-9AM BST "The Leisure Hive" movie
Series 18, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor and Romana's quest for a good vacation nearly kills K9
and coincides with dangerous developments at a leisure
centre/scientific research base on Argolis.
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)
1 May "Logopolis" (7AM)
7 May "Castrovalva" (7:05AM)
8 May "Four To Doomsday" (7:05AM)
14 May "Kinda" (7:05AM)
15 May "The Visitation" (7:05AM)
21 May "Black Orchid" (7AM)
22 May "Earthshock" (7AM)
28 May "Time-Flight" (7AM)
29 May "Arc Of Infinity" (7AM)
Thursday 6:03PM "The Invasion Of Time" pt 6 of 6
Season 15, Episode 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor's final solution to Gallifrey's problems with invasions
shocks all the Time Lords. Leela discovers that the course of true
love runs very drippily.
Monday 6:03PM "The Ribos Operation" pt 1 of 4
Tuesday 6:03PM "The Ribos Operation" pt 2 of 4
Wednesday 6:03PM "The Ribos Operation" pt 3 of 4
Season 16, Episodes 1 through 3. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Two con men try to cheat the Graff Vynda-K, making life very complex
for the Doctor and Romana when they search for the 1st segment of
the Key To Time.
18 April "The Pirate Planet"
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Daily 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday "Enlightenment" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 20, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Turlough's actions come back to haunt him. The space race comes to a
shocking end. The White Guardian and Black Guardian reveal their
presence, and no one notices.
Thursday "The King's Demons" pts 1+2 of 2
Season 20, Episodes 21 through 22. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Why is King John making sport at someone's castle instead of signing
the Magna Carta? The Doctor and company investigate.
Friday "Warriors Of The Deep" pts 1+2 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Peter Davison.
A deep sea base proves to be unable to escape the fighting between
groups of humanity, an invasion by Silurians and Sea Devils, and the
presence of the Doctor.
Saturday "The Keeper Of Traken" all 4 pts
Season 18, Episodes 21 through 24. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Keeper Of Traken is dying. The 4th Doctor's efforts to help with
the transition merely cause him and Adric to be the prime suspects
in all the trouble. Tremas: Anthony Ainley.
Sunday "Logopolis" all 4 pts
Season 18, Episodes 25 through 28. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The climax of the 4th Doctor's era. Stalked by the Master and a
sense of impending doom, the Doctor and Adric try to get the TARDIS
Monday "Warriors Of The Deep" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tuesday "The Awakening" pts 1+2 of 2
Season 21, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Doctor gets Tegan to 20th Century Earth on purpose for once. She
wants to visit her Grandfather. But he is missing.
13 April "Frontios"
15 April "Planet Of Fire"
16 April "Spearhead From Space" BBC Kids premiere
17 April "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 1,2,3,4 BBC Kids premiere
19 April "The Caves Of Androzani"
21 April "Destiny Of The Daleks"
23 & 24 April Pre-empted by Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy
25 April "City Of Death"
27 April "The Creature From The Pit"
29 April "Nightmare Of Eden"
30 April "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 5,6,7 BBC Kids premiere
1 May "Inferno" eps 1,2,3 BBC Kids premiere
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Patrick Troughton tribute. Interviews with many of the people who
knew the actor who was the 2nd Doctor.
4/15 - Jessica Carney, 30 years after the passing of her grandfather
William Hartnell (last new show of season, reruns till September)
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 EDT (9-11PM PDT, 5-7AM BST, 2-4PM AEST)
Live LTR Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14175
BTR Late Sun/Early Mon 1-4AM EDT (10PM-1AM PDT, 6-9AM BST, 3-5PM
Live BTR Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PDT) http://www.krradio.com (repeat of
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - News & Comment, including the last week's Doctor Who
developments. Hour 2 - Jacob McMurray, Sr Curator, Science Fiction
Museum in Seattle; and Arnold T. Blumberg, co-editor of "Howe's
Transcendental Toybox", on the Doctor Who BBC PR debacle mentioned
earlier in the column. Hour 3 - BTR only. Leonard David of Space.com.
Starz! Movie Pack - Mystery http://www.starz.com
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Thursday 14 April 6:50AM EDT Eastern Feed / PDT Western Feed
Thursday 21 April 7:40AM EDT Eastern Feed / PDT 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
Late Saturday Midnight-2:20AM EDT "Planet Of The Spiders" movie
Season 11, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
In a previous adventure, the Doctor took a crystal from Metebelis
III. Alas, the spiders of Metebelis III want it back for their own
dark purposes. And anyone who gets in their way will be killed.
16 April "The Ribos Operation" (12:05AM)
23 April "The Pirate Planet" (12:05AM)
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 CDT "Snakedance" pts 3+4
Season 20, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
To save Tegan and a civilization, the Doctor does the dance of the
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 MDT "Kinda" pt 1 of 4
Season 19, Episode 9. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Nyssa's illness leaves her in the TARDIS, unable to keep the Doctor,
Adric, and Tegan out of trouble.
16 April "Kinda" pt 2
23 April "Kinda" pt 3
30 April "Kinda" pt 4
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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