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This Week In Doctor Who - May 4, 2005

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  • Benjamin Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO May 4, 2005 - Vol 8, No 18 The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide. by Benjamin F. Elliott
    Message 1 of 1 , May 4, 2005
      May 4, 2005 - Vol 8, No 18
      The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
      by Benjamin F. Elliott

      Dalek wins in ratings. A clipped Confidential. CBC stories. No
      Destiny for Daleks in Australia.

      Saturday 7 May:
      BBC One - 7PM - Doctor Who: The Long Game
      BBC Three - 7:45PM + 12:55AM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Dark Side
      BBC Three - 12:10AM - Doctor Who: The Long Game
      Sunday 8 May:
      BBC Three - 7PM - Doctor Who: The Long Game
      BBC Three - 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Dark Side (15
      Tuesday 10 May:
      CBC - 8PM - Doctor Who: Dalek
      Saturday 21 May:
      ABC Australia - 7:30PM - Doctor Who: Rose (Australian premiere)

      UK Overnight Ratings:
      BBC 1 30 April - Doctor Who: Dalek - 7.83 million average viewers
      (42.73% share)
      BBC 3 30 April 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Daleks -
      504,051 average viewers (4.1% share)
      BBC 3 30 April 12:15AM - Doctor Who: Dalek - 175,740 average viewers
      (4.0% share)
      BBC 3 30 April 1AM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Daleks - 105,800
      average viewers (3.7% share)
      BBC 3 1 May - Doctor Who: Dalek - 543,960 average viewers (4.6%
      BBC 3 1 May - Doctor Who Confidential: The Daleks - 339,970 average
      viewers (2.7% share)

      UK Final Ratings:
      BBC 1 16 April - Doctor Who: Aliens Of London - 7.63 million viewers

      CBC Canada Ratings:
      26 April - Doctor Who: Aliens Of London - 849,000 viewers. #2 in
      time slot.

      Doctor Who continues as a ratings juggernaut for the BBC. The final
      numbers for BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone 16 April showed that
      Aliens Of London pulled ahead of the season finale of Ant and Dec on
      ITV http://www.itv.co.uk . The overnights for 30 April showed Dalek
      beating Celebrity Wrestling by nearly 5 million viewers and getting
      the highest ratings for any show on TV that night. Repeats on BBC
      Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree continued performing well above
      the average for that channel. 7 more weekends of joy for the BBC
      before the season ends.

      The 15 minute edited version of Doctor Who Confidential on Sundays
      is here to stay. BBC Three wanted a shorter version so that they
      could go to other programming at 8PM. The 15 minute edits will focus
      on the new series, largely dropping the footage from the original
      series in each episode. If you want to see all 30 minutes of
      Confidential, catch one of the two Saturday airings or squint very
      hard at the Realplayer version on the Doctor Who website
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho .

      BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, and BBC News 24 were seen by viewers
      around the world online last weekend. Due to a technical mistake,
      experimental multicast feeds of these channels (available at up to
      365kbs) were online most of the weekend. Personally, I learned of
      this in time to see part of "Dalek" on my own computer live with the
      UK audience. The level of quality for a live online broadcast was
      very impressive. Better - it was a terrific episode. Writer Rob
      Shearman, director Joe Ahearne, and the cast excelled themselves.
      Noticing the mistake, the feeds were taken off public view Sunday
      evening UK time. It's a nice tease for the future of technology.

      Canadian alert 1! Did the beginning of "World War Three" look very
      strange to you last night? Like the pre-opening credits cliffhanger
      resolution was missing? That's because it was missing. The CBC
      omitted it (presumably by accident).

      Canadian alert 2! Elections in British Columbia occur on Tuesday 17
      May. The CBC station in Vancouver that serves British Columbia and
      parts of the Northwest US will air election coverage that evening
      instead of the scheduled Doctor Who episode (1-07 The Long Game). It
      appears that there are no plans to air the episode at another time
      for this part of the country. If you are in the affected part of
      Canada and want to politely contact the CBC
      http://www.cbc.ca/television to request that the episode airs at
      some point, use the following methods. Don't bother any impolite
      contacts - those would not help.

      Audience Relations: 604-662-6920
      Mailing Address:
      CBC British Columbia
      700 Hamilton Street, PO Box 4600
      Vancouver, BC V6B 4A2

      Hopefully the CBC will find some solution to enable everyone to see
      the episode. If you have access to multiple feeds of the CBC, The
      Long Game should air in the rest of the country on 17 May with no

      Addendum. As of this column's publication time the CBC's TV listings
      for Vancouver and the US TV Guide http://www.tvguide.com - zip code
      98405 Comcast Cable CBUT 99 both show that the CBC in British
      Columbia is airing regular programming on the 17th, including Doctor
      Who. If those listings are to be believed, the CBC is not airing any
      election coverage. Hmm.

      ABC Australia http://www.abc.net.au/tv will skip the Dalek
      story "Destiny Of The Daleks" in its weekday run of the series,
      going to "City Of Death" on Wednesday 25 May. This is a surprise as
      the ABC had previously announced a deal to air all the Dalek
      installments from the Pertwee story "Death To The Daleks" onwards.

      Starz http://www.starz.com and Encore http://www.encoretv.com have
      redesigned their web sites in the US. Their combined movie pack no
      longer references the 1996 Doctor Who film as a movie they have.
      That could be by accident, or the movie could be available for
      networks to buy/ignore again. It is not on the schedules of the
      Starz or Encore channels for May or June.

      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 1-07 "The Long Game"
      16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
      Future Doctor Who Episodes:
      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 "Bad Wolf"
      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 7:45PM & 12:55AM BST DrWho Confidential 1-07 "The Dark Side"
      Sunday 7:45PM BST DrWho Confidential 1-07 "The Dark Side" (15 minute
      Late Saturday 12:10AM, Sunday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-07 "The Long Game"
      16:9 Widescreen
      Further Doctor Who Confidential Episodes:
      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"
      1-07 "The Dark Side" - online after BBC Three premiere
      Various Video Diaries and trailers.

      BBC Radio Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales
      Sunday 4:30PM BST (11:30AM EDT, 8:30AM PDT) "Dr Who Back In Time" pt
      3 (Dalek Nation)
      Encore of the 3rd and final part of BBC Radio Wales' documentary
      looking at the return of Doctor Who. This episode focuses on the
      Daleks and works best if you have seen "Dalek" (episode 6).


      CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
      Tuesday 8PM (8:30PM Newfoundland) Doctor Who 1-06 "Dalek"
      16:9 widescreen digital, 16:9 letterbox analog
      17 May - 1-07 "The Long Game" (except British Columbia)
      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"
      21 June - 1-12 "Bad Wolf"
      28 June - 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways"
      "The Planet Of The Doctor" exclusive 6 part CBC.CA documentary
      Episode 1 online date TBA

      Thomsonfly Airlines
      "Rose" on all in-flight movie systems


      ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv
      Doctor Who premieres 21 May 7:30PM.
      16:9 Digital; Analogue Apsect ratio unknown.
      21 May - 1-01 "Rose"
      28 May - 1-02 "The End Of The World"



      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 3 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 2 is
      available until Sunday at the same links above.

      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 "Castrovalva" movie
      Series 19, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      The Doctor's regeneration leaves him weakened and the TARDIS crew
      unprepared for the Master's continued attacks. To save the ship and
      the Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan search for Castrovalva.
      Sunday 7:05-9AM BST "Four To Doomsday" movie
      Series 19, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      Four days from Earth, the four (ok, three) Urbankans running their
      ship meet the 4 members of the TARDIS crew. Four representatives of
      humanity are also on the ship. With 4 different ideas of how to deal
      with the Urbankans, the Doctor and company find that a TARDIS crew
      divided against itself makes a lot of mistakes.
      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)


      ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv
      Thursday 6:03PM "The Androids Of Tara" pt 4 of 4
      Season 16, Episode 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      The 4th Doctor disrupts a wedding and does battle with Count Grendel.
      Monday 6:05PM "The Power Of Kroll" pt 1 of 4
      Tuesday 6:05PM "The Power Of Kroll" pt 2 of 4
      Wednesday 6:05PM "The Power Of Kroll" pt 3 of 4
      Season 16, Episodes 17 through 19. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      A swamp planet holds the 5th segment of the Key To Time. It also
      holds an enormous sea creature that starts to eat the crew of a
      refinery and the native population.
      16 May "The Armageddon Factor"
      21 May "Rose" (see new series section)
      25 May "City Of Death"


      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
      Daily 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
      Wednesday "The Horns Of Nimon" pts 3+4 of 4
      Series 17, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      On the planet Skonnos, the Nimon is making secret plans that could
      cause trouble for the 2nd Skonnan Empire. Only the Anethan
      prisoners, the Doctor, and Romana can save the world from a horned
      Thursday "The Leisure Hive" pts 1+2 of 4
      Friday "The Leisure Hive" pts 3+4 of 4
      Season 18, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      Searching for a place for a good vacation, the 4th Doctor and Romana
      travel to Argolis, home of the Leisure Hive. Scientific experiments
      are underway that could save a species from extinction. Or start a
      galactic war.
      Saturday "Inferno" eps 4,5,6,+7 of 7 BBC Kids premiere
      Season 7, Episodes 22 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      In a parallel universe, the 3rd Doctor faces very different versions
      of his U*N*I*T colleagues. Time is running out to stop the Earth
      from a disaster it would never recover from.
      Sunday "Terror Of The Autons" all 4 eps BBC Kids premiere
      Season 8, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      Color-restored version. The Master (Roger Delgado), a fellow Time
      Lord, arrives on Earth to engage in conquest and destruction. His
      first target is his old friend the Doctor.
      Monday "Meglos" pts 1+2 of 4
      Tuesday "Meglos" pts 3+4 of 4
      Season 18, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      The Doctor is duplicated and kept out of the way as part of a plan
      to steal a device of immense power. The planet that has the device
      with thrive. The other will die.
      11 May "Full Circle"
      13 May "State Of Decay"
      14 May "The Claws Of Axos" BBC Kids premiere
      15 May "Colony In Space" BBC Kids premiere
      17 May "Warriors' Gate"
      19 May "The Keeper Of Traken"
      21 May "The Daemons" BBC Kids premiere
      22 May "The Sea Devils" BBC Kids premiere
      23 May "Logopolis"
      25 May "Castrovalva"
      27 May "Four To Doomsday"
      28 May "The Curse Of Peladon" BBC Kids premiere (they seem to be
      airing Pertwee in production order)
      29 May "The Mutants" BBC Kids premiere


      American Who http://www.americanwho.net
      http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/amwho/index.php (alternate
      link if the first one isn't working)
      Current Episode:
      Jessica Carney discusses her grandfather William Hartnell, the first
      Doctor (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 - Co-host David Durica explains
      Anime 101. Hour 3 - BTR only. Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy from

      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-1:35AM EDT "The Tomb Of The Cybermen" movie
      Season 5, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
      MPT jumps back to the era of the 2nd Doctor, again. Victoria's first
      trip in the TARDIS brings her, Jamie, and the Doctor to Telos, a
      world that was once home to the Cybermen. When a Cyber base is
      uncovered, archaeologists think they can achieve great scientific
      knowledge. But sometimes knowledge should stay buried.
      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 3+4 of 4
      Season 20, Episodes 15 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      It seems that Terminus is at the center of the universe. The Doctor
      thinks that might mean something.
      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
      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 "The Visitation" pt 1 of 4
      Season 19, Episode 13. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      Arriving at Heathrow Airport a mere 315 years early, the TARDIS crew
      keep themselves busy blaming the Doctor and running from alien-
      controlled villagers.
      14 May "The Visitation" pt 3?
      21 May "The Visitation" pt 4?
      28 May pre-empted, Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy marathon

      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?


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

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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