This Week In Doctor Who - April 13, 2005
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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-
firstname.lastname@example.org , 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 1-04 "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"
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
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
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)
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
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. 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
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
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?
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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