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This Week In Doctor Who - April 6, 2005

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  • Benjamin Elliott
    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.
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      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 ...

      Overnight Ratings:
      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
      stayed on.

      "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-
      owner@yahoogroups.com , TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
      Messenger. The listings:


      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"
      16:9 Widescreen
      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


      ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv
      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?


      Jimmy http://www.jimmy140.it
      Doctor Who premiere TBA.



      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-
      horned charlatan.
      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)


      ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv
      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
      Current Episode:
      Patrick Troughton tribute. Interviews with many of the people who
      knew the actor who was the 2nd Doctor.
      Upcoming Episode:
      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
      analog 7
      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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