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This Week In Doctor Who - April 13, 2005

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  • Benjamin Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO April 13, 2005 - Vol 8, No 15 The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide. by Benjamin F. Elliott
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 13, 2005
      April 13, 2005 - Vol 8, No 15
      The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
      by Benjamin F. Elliott

      More good UK ratings, Encouragement in Canada, Doctor Who on Thomson
      Airlines. It's another good week, unless you're waiting for a

      Saturday 16 April:
      BBC One - 7PM - Doctor Who: Aliens Of London
      BBC Three - 7:45PM + 3:25AM - Doctor Who Confidential: I Get A Side-
      Kick Out Of You
      Sunday 17 April:
      BBC Three - 7PM - Doctor Who: Aliens Of London
      BBC Three - 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: I Get A Side-Kick Out
      Of You
      Tuesday 19 April:
      CBC - 8PM - Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead

      UK Overnight Ratings:
      BBC 3 3 April - Doctor Who: The End Of The World (encore) - 402,980
      average viewers (2.78% share)
      BBC 1 9 April - Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead - 8,339,880 average
      viewers (36.67% share)
      BBC 3 9 April - Doctor Who Confidential: TARDIS Tales - 542,470
      average viewers (3.62% share)
      BBC 3 10 April - Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead (encore) - 326,440
      average viewers
      BBC 3 10 April - Doctor Who Confidential: TARDIS Tales (encore) -
      217,550 average viewers

      UK Final Ratings
      BBC 1 26 March - Doctor Who - Rose - 10.81 million viewers!

      CBC Canada Ratings:
      5 April - Doctor Who - Rose - 969,000 viewers. #2 in time slot. Top
      rated CBC show of night.

      Outpost Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com reports that the
      Doctor Who UK premiere of Rose got 10.81 million viewers when video
      recordings were counted in, according to BARB
      http://www.barb.co.uk . This would mean that well over 800,000
      viewers recorded the episode in addition to the original audience.
      Barb will hopefully have final ratings for The End Of The World
      tomorrow (14 April).

      Overnight ratings for The Unquiet Dead on BBC One were about 8.34
      million, higher than BBC One's coverage of the Grand National and
      the Royal Wedding. This performance was mentioned on Monday on US TV
      by Katie Couric on NBC's Today Show
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032633 and Keith Olberman on MSNBC's
      Countdown with Keith Olberman http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677 ,
      with Keith mentioning that he'd rather see Doctor Who than a
      wedding. The BBC did a press release about it at
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/news/drwho/2005/04/10/18419.shtml . Last
      sentence omitted as it is a spoiler for Aliens Of London (April 16

      "Unquiet Audience - 8.3 million makes episode three
      Saturday's top

      "Episode Three of Doctor Who was another strong ratings scorer,
      beating a Royal Wedding (6.2 million), a Grand National (7.3
      million), and Casualty (8.0 million).

      "The Welsh Zombies also saw off Georgie boys Ant and Dec (7.1
      million), gaining a 36.7% per cent audience share.

      "The programme followed the trend of previous weeks, and gained
      a million viewers across the episode, starting at 7.7 and climbing
      to 8.9.

      "The scarier themes proved a hit with audiences - the Doctor Who
      inbox was flooded with praise from parents gleefully reporting their
      offspring still cowering behind various soft furnishings (and even a
      pair of curtains)."

      Meanwhile, Doctor Who's Canadian premiere got a solid 2nd place
      the time period (Tuesday 5 April 8PM). It came in just below the top
      20 ratings for Canada that week (no CBC http://www.cbc.ca/television
      shows made the top 20). Numbers do not include anyone watching from
      the US. The Doctor Who Information Network http://www.dwin.org
      reported in their blog http://www.doctorwhoblog.com :

      "April 07,2005 - FIRST RATE!

      "The premiere of Doctor Who destroyed in the ratings on April the
      5th. Doctor Who did extremely well on the CBC with over 989,000
      viewers. Compared to the 9.9 million in the UK this number might
      seem small...but for Canadian television numbers, and for the CBC
      this is HUGE, and exactly where we wanted the show to come in at.

      "Doctor Who did not win the evenings rating's war across the
      board....it did, however, win for the network. Four shows on other
      major Canadian networks beat Doctor Who. They were American Idol
      (2,508,000) which was in the same time slot, The Amazing Race
      (3,140,000), Law And Order: SVU (1,294,000) and CTV National News
      (1,428,000). Three of those shows are big US productions, with an
      established following while the news is...THE NEWS! :)

      "Put it another way Doctor Who DESTROYED House, Judging Amy,
      News, Jag, The Outer Limits, Blue Jays baseball, and a host of other
      programs in and around that time slot.

      "So this fan is very happy indeed, and I'm sure the CBC is as
      Doctor Who won CBC's night, and reportedly did more than double
      programming that slot normally gets on a Tuesday evening. On any day
      989,000+ viewing the CBC is amazing... I can only think of Hockey
      getting better numbers than Doctor Who. And this number only
      reflects what the industry can measure...so I'm sure the numbers
      even higher here in Canada, as well as in the UK."

      BBC Worldwide announced 2 more Doctor Who broadcasters - Pay TV
      station Jimmy http://www.jimmy140.it (already known) and the
      Thomsonfly airline (!) http://thomson.co.uk . This was done at the
      eve of the MipTV http://www.miptv.com convention in Cannes (11 April
      through 15 April), where the BBC was expected to heavily pitch
      various TV productions, including Doctor Who.


      "Doctor Who takes to the skies with BBC Worldwide

      "On the eve of MIPTV, BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the
      has concluded two major deals for the brand new first series of
      Doctor Who, starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper.

      "Following a deal struck at this year's BBC Showcase,
      (formerly Britannia Airways Ltd) will broadcast episode one of the
      new series to passengers from 1 May on each of its video-equipped
      planes, on all routes around the world.

      "In Italy, the entertainment pay-TV channel Jimmy has added
      Who to a number of programmes recently licensed from BBC Worldwide
      including The Office , Little Britain and League Of Gentlemen.

      "Russell T Davies, who has reinvented television's favourite
      hearted Time Lord for a new generation, said: `Doctor Who has a
      remarkable `fandom' but equally it's the new audience
      that I care
      about. Someone who has never heard of a TARDIS or a Dalek, whether
      in Toronto, Turin or Swansea, will be able to start with this new
      series, climb on board with The Doctor and Rose, and travel the
      whole of time and space.'

      "Doctor Who is a co-production with CBC in Canada and has also
      sold to Prime TV in New Zealand. The first episode was a major
      success for BBC ONE in the UK when 10.5 million viewers tuned into
      watch The Doctor's return on 26 March. The 43% audience share
      dominated the British television schedule.

      "Fans of the world's longest running sci-fi television series
      look forward to 13 brand new episodes in the first series, and the
      welcome return of time-honoured favourites, Daleks and the

      Hopefully, the MipTV Convention http://www.miptv.com mentioned above
      will result in more international sales for Doctor Who. Keep an eye
      on the BBC Press Office http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice and C21
      Media http://www.c21media.net over the next weeks - one or both will
      report on any sales that occur. Current tally - UK, Canada, New
      Zealand, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, and Thomson Airlines.

      Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential
      on BBC Three adds a 3rd weekly broadcast this week - late Saturday
      3:25AM. It already airs Saturdays and Sundays at 7:45PM.

      ABC Australia http://www.abc.net.au/tv will fill out the hour that
      Doctor Who airs in with "Very Little Britain", 15 minute
      portions of
      episodes of comedy Little Britain. Doctor Who is scheduled to begin
      in mid-May, day and time not yet announced. With "Very Little
      Britain" as part of the hour, it could indicate a later start
      as it is considered a fairly adult comedy. As of this writing
      advance listings go through 7 May - no new Who episodes on the
      schedule yet.

      Six episode Radio drama "The Paradise Of Death" starring Jon
      as Doctor Who will repeat weekly on BBC 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7
      starting 24 April at 6PM and Midnight BST. Listeners in the UK can
      get BBC 7 with digital radios or any digital TV setup. In and out of
      the UK it can be heard through BBC 7's website with Windows Media
      Player and RealPlayer, with listen again archives on RealPlayer.

      MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org indicates on their schedule that
      they will air the Key To Time stories starting this Saturday night.
      The last time these were on their schedule (September), they had to
      pull it at the last minute and go back to the start of the Patrick
      Troughton stories, as BBC Worldwide Americas
      http://www.bbcworldwideamericas.com was not allowing US Who
      affiliates to obtain additional stories to broadcast. As of this
      morning, The Ribos Operation is still in all TV listings. Crossing
      fingers for MPT. Though if they're now able to get Tom Baker
      again - what happened to the 23 Tom Baker stories before Key To Time?

      Variations between UK and Canadian broadcast of "The End Of The
      World": 1) Christopher Eccleston introduces the show for a second
      week, with links probably recorded at the same time as the
      links. 2) The clips from "Rose" that started the episode in
      the UK
      were omitted. 3) The "next week" sequence was omitted. 4) 4
      commercial breaks (as expected). 5) Altered closing credits (as
      expected). There were apparently clips from "Doctor Who
      Confidential" running during the closing credits. There were no
      music substitutions between the UK and Canadian broadcasts, for
      those who worried about that matter.

      Reminder to Canadian readers - BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca begins
      airing Jon Pertwee stories this weekend. Late Saturdays and Sundays
      at 2AM EDT (11PM PDT). 3 to 4 episodes a weekend night. Tom Baker
      and Peter Davison stories continue to air late weeknights at the
      same time.

      The new series section is being split this week. Stations in the
      process of airing the stories right now will be in front, with
      stations yet to begin and who have removed the show from the
      schedule between seasons at the end of the column after stations
      airing episodes from earlier eras.

      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 1-04 "Aliens Of London"
      16:9 Widescreen Digital
      14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
      Future Doctor Who Episodes:
      23 April - 1-05 "World War Three"
      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 & Sunday 7:45PM, Late Saturday 3:25AM BST DrWho
      Confidential 1-04 "I Get A Side-Kick Out Of You"
      Sunday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-04 "Aliens Of London"
      16:9 Widescreen
      Further Doctor Who Confidential Episodes:
      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"
      1-04 "I Get A Side-Kick Out Of You" - online after BBC Three
      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)


      CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
      Tuesday 8PM (8:30PM Newfoundland) Doctor Who 1-03 "The Unquiet
      Aspect ratio unknown.
      26 April - 1-04 "Aliens Of London"
      3 May - 1-05 "World War Three"
      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
      Episode 1 online date 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
      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
      story. The Shalka prepare to conquer the Earth from below. Can the
      Doctor be convinced to save the day one last time?

      BBC 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7
      "The Ghosts Of N-Space" - Sundays 6PM & Midnight BST from 24

      UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      (All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
      Saturday 7:05-9AM BST "Meglos" movie
      Series 18, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      Meglos steals the Doctor's identity for a big theft.
      Sunday 7:05-9AM BST "Full Circle" movie
      Series 18, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      The Alzarians find their life going full circle. But what does that
      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 Ribos Operation" pt 4 of 4
      Season 16, Episode 24. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      The Graff Vynda-K hunts the Doctor, Romana, Garroff, and Unstoffe
      through the ice caves.
      Monday 6:03PM "The Pirate Planet" pt 1 of 4
      Tuesday 6:02PM "The Pirate Planet" pt 2 of 4
      Wednesday 6:02PM "The Pirate Planet" pt 3 of 4
      Season 16, Episodes 5 through 7. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      A planet where it doesn't belong causes trouble for the Doctor,
      Romana, and K9.
      25 April "The Stones Of Blood"
      2 May "The Androids Of Tara"


      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
      Daily 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
      Wednesday "Frontios" pts 1+2 of 4
      Thursday "Frontios" pts 3+4 of 4
      Season 20, Episodes 7 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      At the end of time, on a planet at the end of space, the grubby end
      of humanity seems near. But then the TARDIS lands. Will its crew be
      their saviours, or is it already too late?
      Friday "Planet Of Fire" pts 1+2 of 4
      Season 21, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      Kamelion finds himself under an evil influence at the same time that
      Turlough is keeping secrets. The Doctor finds these distractions a
      problem. American student Peri Brown finds herself in the TARDIS.
      Saturday "Spearhead From Space" all 4 eps BBC Kids premiere
      Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's life gets more complex when his
      friend the Doctor reappears - with a new face and personality. Is
      this fanciful twit capable of helping stop an alien invasion? The
      Brigadier's mustache is dubious, but there's no time to get
      Season 7, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      Sunday "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 1,2,3,4 BBC Kids
      Color-restored version. First time this version has aired on a
      Canadian station - SPACE ordered the Black & White version before
      this one became available in North America. The 3rd Doctor, Liz, and
      Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart investigate power failures at an
      experimental underground Nuclear Plant. When the Doctor spots a
      dinosaur, things get more complex.
      Season 7, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      Monday "Planet Of Fire" pts 3+4 of 4
      Season 21, Episodes 15 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      Tuesday "The Caves Of Androzani" pts 1+2 of 4
      Season 21, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      The Doctor and Peri find terror and death sentences on 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
      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. Hour 2 - Andrew Chaikin, author, "A Man
      the Moon", on the Apollo 13 mission (35 years ago this week).
      3 - BTR only. Jacob McMurray, Sr Curator, Science Fiction Museum in
      Seattle; and Arnold T. Blumberg, co-editor of "Howe's
      Toybox", on the Doctor Who BBC PR debacle re: Christopher
      not being in series 2.

      Starz! Movie Pack - Mystery http://www.starz.com
      "Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
      Thursday 6:50AM EDT Eastern Feed / PDT Western Feed
      Thursday 21 April 7:40AM EDT Eastern Feed / PDT Western Feed
      The Master is given a lousy choice of bodies to steal after escaping
      from the wounded Doctor. Stars Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook, and
      some random guy from Mad TV.

      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 12:05-1:40AM EDT "The Ribos Operation"? movie
      Season 16, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      The Doctor is given a lousy choice by the White Guardian.
      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 "Mawdryn Undead" pts 1+2
      Season 20, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      Turlough is given a lousy choice by the Black Guardian.
      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 2 of 4
      Season 19, Episode 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      Tegan is given a lousy choice by the Mara.
      23 April "Kinda" pt 3
      30 April "Kinda" pt 4

      Purchased New Series But Not Airing Yet:

      Thomsonfly Airways http://www.thomson.co.uk
      "Rose" on in-flight movie systems from 1 May


      ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv
      Doctor Who premiere Mid-May.
      16:9 Digital; Analogue Apsect ratio unknown.


      Prime TV http://www.primetv.co.nz http://nzdwfc.tetrap.com
      Doctor Who premiere TBA.


      Nederland 3 http://portal.omroep.nl/ned3
      Doctor Who premiere 2006?


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

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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