This Week In Doctor Who - April 20, 2005
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
April 20, 2005 - Vol 8, No 16
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
David Tennant Is The Tenth Doctor!
Saturday 23 April:
BBC One - 7PM - Doctor Who: World War Three
BBC Three - 7:45PM + 12:50AM - Doctor Who Confidential: Life On Earth
BBC Three - 12:05AM - Doctor Who: World War Three
Sunday 24 April:
BBC Three - 7PM - Doctor Who: World War Three
BBC Three - 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: Life On Earth
Tuesday 26 April:
CBC - 8PM - Doctor Who: Aliens Of London
UK Overnight Ratings:
BBC 1 16 April - Doctor Who: Aliens Of London - 6.98 million average
viewers (33.9% share)
BBC 3 16 April 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: I Get A Side-Kick
Out Of You - 497,660 average viewers (3.59% share)
BBC 3 16 April 3:25AM - Doctor Who Confidential: I Get A Side-Kick
Out Of You (encore) - no ratings for shows after 2AM, apparently
BBC 3 17 April - Doctor Who: Aliens Of London (encore) - 598,800
average viewers (3.98% share)
BBC 3 17 April - Doctor Who Confidential: I Get A Side-Kick Out Of
You (encore) - 405,030 average viewers (2.54% share)
UK Final Ratings:
BBC 1 2 April - Doctor Who: The End Of The World - 7.97 million
CBC Canada Ratings:
12 April - Doctor Who: The End Of The World - 899,833 viewers. #2 in
At the stroke of Midnight between Friday 15 April and Saturday 16
April, the BBC announced that David Tennant would be the 10th
official TV incarnation of the Doctor and star in the role for the
2nd series (filming starts this summer, episodes air in 2006). 34
years old as of Monday the 18th, Mr. Tennant is the 3rd youngest
actor to get the role (after Peter Davison and Paul McGann). The BBC
announcements were at
and http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/news/drwho/2005/04/18/18639.shtml .
David Tennant's Internet Movie Database entry is at
http://imdb.com/name/nm0855039 . A good summary biography of his
career is in the April 15 section of the Outpost Gallifrey New
Series News Page http://www.gallifreyone.com/newstv.php . He sounds
like he really likes Doctor Who, really wanted this role, and has
been getting good reviews for his acting.
Christopher Eccleston's turn as the Doctor continues to get good
ratings on the BBC and CBC. The final ratings for The End Of The
World on the BBC show that about 600,000 people recorded it to watch
later. The Canadian airing of The End Of The World continued
performing well by CBC standards. The overnight ratings for Aliens
Of London on the BBC held well against a rally by Ant and Dec for
that show's last episode in its current series. 6.98 million
overnight for Who versus 7.12 million overnight for Ant and Dec's
finale. Final ratings will be out in 7 to 8 days, when the number of
people who recorded each show will determine the winner of the time
slot. The final numbers for The Unquiet Dead on the BBC will be
announced by the Barb http://www.barb.co.uk either today or tomorrow.
Beginning this week, the BBC One Doctor Who episodes face -
Celebrity Wrestling http://www.itv.com .
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree has a very flexible schedule
and likes to tinker. The 3:25AM repeat of Doctor Who Confidential
lasted one week (16 April). BBC Three has scheduled a late Saturday
block of Doctor Who and Confidential for this Saturday 23 April
(12:05AM Who, 12:50AM Confidential). Based on the Radio Times
http://www.radiotimes.com these late night airings will be somewhat
permanent, as the block airs at 12:10AM and 12:55AM on 30 April.
Doctor Who programming is doing very well for BBC Three in the
ratings, so the extra series repeat isn't a surprise. It also
appears that the Sunday repeat of Confidential will only be 15
minutes long on 1 May, allowing reality show "Who Rules The Roost"
to air at 8PM.
We should know the ABC Australia http://www.abc.net.au/tv premiere
date for Doctor Who very shortly. Short trailers for the series have
begun to air. The latest speculation is for Saturdays at 7:30PM
starting 21 May. Once a definitive date and time is confirmed by the
ABC, news should spread quickly.
No new broadcasters were announced within the last week. The two
places that tend to have international sales news the fastest are
the BBC Press Office http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice and C21 Media
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 1-05 "World War Three"
16:9 Widescreen Digital, 14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Future Doctor Who Episodes:
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 12:50AM BST DrWho
Confidential 1-05 "Life On Earth"
Late Saturday 12:05AM, Sunday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-05 "World War
Further Doctor Who Confidential Episodes:
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 late Saturdays 12:05AM and Sundays 7PM
after their BBC One premieres.
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"
1-05 "Life On Earth" - online after BBC Three premiere
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 1-04 "Aliens Of London"
16:9 Widescreen Digital, 16:9 Letterbox Analog
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"
7 June - 1-10 "The Doctor Dances"
14 June - 1-11 "Boom Town"
"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 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?
BBC 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7
Sunday 6PM & Midnight BST "The Ghosts Of N-Space" pt 1 of 6
Listen Again - realplayer format, available from Monday
Jon Pertwee's 2nd and final Doctor Who radio drama. Ghostly
appearances at a castle owned by the Brigadier's eccentric uncle
draw the attention of the 3rd Doctor, Sarah, and Jeremy.
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 "State Of Decay" movie
Series 18, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A planet in decay needs the help of a hero. Or a Doctor, Romana, K9,
Sunday 7-8:50AM BST "Warriors' Gate" movie
Series 18, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
At the gateway between universes, action wages war with inaction for
control of reality.
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 Pirate Planet" pt 4 of 4
Season 16, Episode 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
See MPT for story details.
Monday 6:05PM "The Stones Of Blood" pt 1 of 4
Tuesday 6:04PM "The Stones Of Blood" pt 2 of 4
Wednesday 6:04PM "The Stones Of Blood" pt 3 of 4
Season 16, Episodes 9 through 11. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The third segment of the Key To Time appears to be in England
somewhere near a stone circle. But all the Doctor and Romana can
find are two ditzy female researchers, a blood cult, and killer
2 May "The Androids Of Tara"
9 May "The Power Of Kroll"
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Daily 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday "The Caves Of Androzani" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 21, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The tragic end of the life of the 5th Doctor. Peri and he are
poisoned, no medicine to be found, the planet's going mud blast
happy, and two implacable forces prepare to wipe each other out.
Thursday "Destiny Of The Daleks" pts 1+2 of 4
Friday "Destiny Of The Daleks" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 17, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Flash back to the latter days of the 4th Doctor's era. The TARDIS
randomly brings the Doctor and Romana to Skaro, birthplace of the
Daleks. The Daleks are looking for something there. So are people
with weird braided wigs.
Saturday & Sunday - pre-empted by Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy
Monday "City Of Death" pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday "City Of Death" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 17, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor and Romana vacation in Paris. Death and time jumps make
them think that something is amiss. Unless they hurry, they won't
always have Paris.
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
3 May "The Horns Of Nimon"
5 May "The Leisure Hive"
7 May "Inferno" eps 4,5,6,7 BBC Kids premiere
8 May "Terror Of The Autons" BBC Kids premiere
9 May "Meglos"
11 May "Full Circle"
13 May "State Of Decay"
14 May "The Claws Of Axos" BBC Kids premiere
15 May "Colony In Space" pts 1,2,3,4 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.
4/22? - Jessica Carney, 30 years after the passing of her
grandfather William Hartnell (last new show of season, reruns till
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 - Sci-Fi Channel's "Upfront"
presentation on future programming, Charles Martin weighs in on new
Doctor Who actor David Tennant. Hour 3 - BTR only. Andrew Chaikin on
the Apollo 13 mission of 1970.
Starz! Movie Pack - Mystery http://www.starz.com
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Thursday 7:40AM EDT Eastern Feed / PDT Western Feed
Last airing scheduled for now. Not airing in May. If you miss it,
you miss it. The Master's remains cause the TARDIS to land on Earth
at New Years 1999. A regeneration later, the Doctor (Paul McGann)
must stop the Master before the Earth is destroyed.
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 Pirate Planet" movie
Season 16, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The second segment of the Key To Time is elusive. Searching for it,
the Doctor and Romana find a planet that travels through space
murdering and pulverizing other planets.
30 April "The Stones Of Blood"
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 3+4
Season 20, Episodes 11 through 12. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Two Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewarts create trouble for the Doctor,
Turlough, Mawdryn, and the evil Black Guardian.
30 April "Terminus" pts 1+2
7 May "Terminus" pts 3+4
14 May "Enlightenment" pts 1+2
21 May "Enlightenment" pts 3+4
28 May "The King's Demons" both pts
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 3 of 4
Season 19, Episode 11. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Mara begins to move. The Kinda people are kinda in danger.
30 April "Kinda" pt 4
Purchased New Series But Not Airing Yet:
"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.
Aspect ratio unknown.
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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