This Week In Doctor Who - April 27, 2005
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
April 27, 2005 - Vol 8, No 17
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Saturday 30 April:
BBC One - 7PM - Doctor Who: Dalek
BBC Three - 7:45PM + 1AM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Daleks
BBC Three - 12:15AM - Doctor Who: Dalek
Sunday 1 May:
BBC Three - 7PM - Doctor Who: Dalek
BBC Three - 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Daleks (15 minute
Tuesday 3 May:
CBC - 8PM - Doctor Who: World War Three
Saturday 21 May:
ABC Australia - 7:30PM - Doctor Who (Adventures In The Human Race):
Rose (Australian premiere)
Australian premiere date set! Doctor Who solidly beats new ITV
competition! Daleks return this week! BBC Three schedule oddities.
MPT Maryland schedule oddities.
UK Overnight Ratings:
BBC 1 23 April - Doctor Who: World War Three - 7.26 million average
viewers (38.0% share)
BBC 3 23 April 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: Life On Earth -
425,350 average viewers (3.35% share)
BBC 3 23 April 12:05AM - Doctor Who: World War Three - 168,000
BBC 3 23 April 12:50AM - Doctor Who Confidential: Life On Earth - no
BBC 3 24 April - Doctor Who: World War Three (encore) - 477,030
average viewers (3.50% share)
BBC 3 24 April - Doctor Who Confidential: Life On Earth (encore) -
355,500 average viewers (2.34% share)
UK Final Ratings:
BBC 1 9 April - Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead - 8.86 million viewers
CBC Canada Ratings:
19 April - Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead - 878,000 viewers. #2 in
ABC Australia http://www.abc.net.au/tv now has Doctor Who's premiere
on its schedule for Saturday 21 May 2005 at 7:30PM. On the schedule
for 21 May and the episode description linked from that schedule the
series has the tag line "Adventures In The Human Race", indicating
that it may be labeled differently from the earlier 26 years of
Doctor Who, which air on the same station Mondays through Thursdays
at around 6PM. Episodes will air in Australia 8 weeks after their UK
premieres. The 7:30PM Saturday time slot currently features Monarch
Of The Glen series 6 (co-starring Tom Baker). Very Little Britain
(abbreviated versions of Little Britain episodes) will air at
8:15PM. 8:30PM on ABC Saturday is The Bill, a British cop show/soap
that wins its time slot.
Thomsonfly Airlines starts airing "Rose" on their flights starting
this Sunday. If you fly one of their planes, see if there's any
information on how long Rose will air, and when/if they would cycle
to later episodes. Better yet, if you work for this airline, and you
know, please e-mail!
Overnight UK ratings show that Doctor Who: World War Three won its
time slot easily, 7.26 million to 3.8 million for the premiere of
Celebrity Wrestling. Celebrity Wrestling fell noticeably from former
ITV competitor Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway. This week's
episode (Dalek) is being heavily trailed, and is expected to win in
the ratings again. I can only imagine who one of the alien species
in the episode will be.
Final numbers for the 16 April broadcast (Aliens Of London) are
expected today from Barb http://www.barb.co.uk and will reveal if
Doctor Who or the season finale of Ant and Dec won the time slot
that night. In the overnight ratings Ant and Dec had won by a slight
margin (7.12 million to 6.98 million). Video recordings will
determine who wins in the final tally.
BBC Three's http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree schedule remains somewhat
erratic. The late Saturday repeats for "Dalek" and "Doctor Who
Confidential: The Daleks" will now start at 12:15AM and 1AM
respectively. The Sunday repeat of Confidential at 7:45PM will be
abridged to 15 minutes for the premiere of Tiny Tearaways
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/tv/tiny_tearaways/index.shtml . Tiny
Tearways is a special monthly documentary airing 7 days a week on
BBC Three. Sundays through Fridays the episodes air at 8PM with
repeats later in prime time and late night. On Saturdays the
episodes air at 8:15PM (after Doctor Who Confidential). This is
likely to affect the late Saturday repeats in May, as either the
repeats or Tiny Tearaway repeats will have to move on those nights.
The Radio Times http://www.radiotimes.com indicates "to be
announced" for most of 7 May on BBC Three.
No new networks have bought the show since last week. Any sales news
should appear at the BBC Press Office
http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice and C21Media
http://www.c21media.net . And I'd send out an update. And Outpost
Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com and many more Who sites would
publicize it quickly.
Maryland Public TV http://www.mpt.org is going back to Patrick
Troughton again. After 3 weeks of Tom Baker stories from the Key To
Time season, MPT will return to Troughton with The Tomb Of The
Cybermen on Saturday May 7. A quick check of The Pirate Planet last
week showed that, instead of airing the traditional movie version,
MPT had taken a heavily edited episodic version and cut the
cliffhangers together. This would tie in to reports last year that
stations were unable to get new prints of stories - MPT was
experimenting with episodic format the last time they aired the
later Tom Baker stories, and was probably unable to obtain the movie
format prints for this abbreviated run.
BBC7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7 aired the 2003 documentary "My Life
As A Dalek" several times last Sunday. It will be available through
their listen again service until Sunday 1 May. If the listen again
links in the column don't work for you for some reason go to BBC7's
website to access them directly. BBC7 continues airing the Doctor
Who radio story "The Ghosts Of N-Space".
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com updated their FAQ a few weeks back
and I keep forgetting to get their info in here. Their current
information on Doctor Who: "We will be showing the new series of Dr
Who at some point in the future however, we do not currently hold
the rights to the series and they are unlikely to be made available
until the show has been broadcast in the UK. Therefore please keep
an eye on the website for details of possible future transmissions."
BBC Prime is available throughout Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia
as a cable network. Doctor Who is probably going to sell for more
money in each country if the local broadcasters get to air it first,
so there is little incentive to air the show on BBC Prime until they
exhaust local broadcasters who want the show.
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 1-06 "Dalek"
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Future Doctor Who Episodes:
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 1AM BST DrWho Confidential 1-
06 "The Daleks" (Sunday broadcast abridged to 15 minutes)
Late Saturday 12:15AM, Sunday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-06 "Dalek"
Further Doctor Who Confidential Episodes:
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 12ishAM 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"
1-06 "The Daleks" - online after BBC Three premiere
Various Video Diaries and trailers.
BBC Radio Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales
Monday Noon BST (7AM EDT, 4AM PDT, 9PM AEST) - "Dr Who Back In Time"
pt 3 (Dalek Nation)
3rd and final part of BBC Radio Wales' humorous documentary looking
at the return of Doctor Who. In the wake of the Daleks' return, new
fodder for the Welsh history of our favourite time traveler.
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
Tuesday 8PM (8:30PM Newfoundland) Doctor Who 1-05 "World War Three"
16:9 widescreen digital, 16:9 letterbox analog
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 The website keeps insisting April, but
they are running out of month.
"Rose" on in-flight movie systems from 1 May
Doctor Who (Adventures In The Human Race) premieres 21 May 7:30PM.
16:9 Digital; Analogue Apsect ratio unknown.
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 2 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. Part 1 is
available until Sunday at the same links above.
"My Life As A Dalek" - 2003 documentary available at the following
Listen Again streams till Sunday:
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 7-9AM BST "The Keeper Of Traken" movie
Season 18, Episodes 21 through 24. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Union of Traken is endangered. A Melkur refuses to die and is
causing feelings of ill-will. But surely happiness must always be
twinged with sadness? Apparently not on this planet.
Sunday 7-9AM BST "Logopolis" movie
Season 18, Episodes 25 through 28. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A season of foreboding comes to a head. The Master is alive, well,
and hunting. 1981 England and the planet Logopolis become very
dangerous places to be - the Master will destroy anything in his
path to get the Doctor once and for all. But the Master has
forgotten something. Tom Baker's run as the 4th Doctor ends.
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)
4 June "Snakedance" (7:05AM)
5 June "Mawdryn Undead" (7AM)
11 June "Terminus" (7:05AM)
12 June "Enlightenment" (7AM)
18 June "The King's Demons" (8AM)
19 June "Warriors Of The Deep" (7:05AM)
25 June "The Awakening" (8AM)
26 June "Frontios" (7AM)
Thursday 6:05PM "The Stones Of Blood" pt 4 of 4
Season 16, Episode 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
On trial for his life, the Doctor has problems convincing people
that Vivian Fey is the evil mistress mind behind the Stones.
Monday 6:03PM "The Androids Of Tara" pt 1 of 4
Tuesday 6:04PM "The Androids Of Tara" pt 2 of 4
Wednesday 6:04PM "The Androids Of Tara" pt 3 of 4
Season 16, Episodes 13 through 15. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Romana finds the 4th segment of the Key To Time in minutes, leaving
she and the Doctor plenty of time for court intrigue, robot doubles,
a coronation, a wicked wedding, and all the usual things that happen
on medieval planets when the Doctor turns up.
9 May "The Power Of Kroll"
16 May "The Armageddon Factor"
21 May - New series premieres! See new series section.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Daily 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday "The Creature From The Pit" pts 1+2 of 4
Thursday "The Creature From The Pit" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 17, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A distress call leads the Doctor and Romana to Chloris, a world with
too much foliage and not enough metal. The Doctor's not the first to
notice this - that's why the world's in trouble. The cruel Lady
Adrasta is not the greatest threat to the world. And yes, there is a
big creature. In a pit. Walk up to him and he'll have you say hello
on his behalf.
Friday "Nightmare Of Eden" pts 1+2 of 4
Season 17, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Two ships passing in the night crash into each other molecularly. As
the Doctor and Romana try to help, a murderer is busy intoxicating
people on the main ship, leaving them unwilling to deal with the
menaces facing them.
Saturday "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 5,6,+7 of 7 BBC Kids
Season 7, Episodes 9 through 11. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The 3rd Doctor's efforts to make peace with the Silurians are
hindered by military activities, and particularly the militancy of
the Young Silurian, who wants to take control of the Triad. The
Doctor's only prayer to save the Silurians is to keep them from
unleashing a deadly plague on humanity. The humans might take that
as an sign of disrespect.
Sunday "Inferno" eps 1,2+3 of 7 BBC Kids premiere
Season 7, Episodes 12 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
After the events of The Ambassadors Of Death (which you're not
getting - if any of you complain about black & white TV - this is
your fault), the Doctor and U*N*I*T have gotten involved with a
drilling project that nears completion. Soon Britain will be the
first to reach the core of the Earth. Experiments with the TARDIS
console during drilling lead to a very strange adventure for the
Monday "Nightmare Of Eden" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 17, Episodes 15 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Tuesday "The Horns Of Nimon" pts 1+2 of 4
Season 17, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Tom Baker.
An artificial black hole in space. That can only mean one thing. A
Nimon with horns is corrupting the mind of the leader of an empire
to get raw materials for suspicious activity. Can't mean anything
else, as there aren't any Nimons without horns, are there?
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.
Date TBA - 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 - Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy from
MST3K. Hour 3 - BTR only. Sci-Fi Channel's "Upfront" presentation on
future programming, Charles Martin weighs in on new Doctor Who lead
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 12:01-1:35AM EDT "The Stones Of Blood" movie
Season 16, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
See ABC Australia for story details. MPT has been using the badly
edited episodic versions of the Key To Time stories originally
intended for commercial stations. And they've edited them into movie
format (probably the traditional movie print were unavailable). It
is likely (though you can never tell) that the same will happen with
this story. Meanwhile, you won't get to see the end of the Key To
Time. Next week it's back to Patrick Troughton's era.
7 May - "The Tomb Of The Cybermen"
14 May - "The Dominators"
21 May - "The Mind Robber"
28 May - "The Krotons"
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 "Terminus" pts 1+2
Season 20, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Terminus. The place leper's go for treatment that is usually fatal.
The forsaken center of the universe. Naturally, the TARDIS crew find
themselves headed straight for the spot.
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 4 of 4
Season 19, Episode 12. Doctor: Peter Davison.
There is a new Old Woman. The battle between Mara and Doctor is
about to begin. And there is a sneaky suspicion that Nyssa could
wake up soon.
7 May - "The Visitation" pt 1
Purchased New Series But Not Airing Yet:
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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