This Week In Doctor Who - May 11, 2005
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
May 11, 2005 - Vol 8, No 19
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
CBC British Columbia stations - The Long Game airs 21 May at 5PM (17
May at 8PM everywhere else). BBC One - The Empty Child airs 6:25PM
on 21 May.
Saturday 14 May:
BBC One - 7PM - Doctor Who: Father's Day
BBC Three - 7:45PM + 12:55AM - Doctor Who Confidential: A Time And A
BBC Three - 12:10AM - Doctor Who: Father's Day
Sunday 15 May:
BBC Three - 7PM - Doctor Who: Father's Day
BBC Three - 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: Cut Down: A Time And A
Place (15 minutes)
Tuesday 17 May:
CBC - 8PM - Doctor Who: The Long Game
Saturday 21 May:
ABC Australia - 7:30PM - Doctor Who: Rose (Australian premiere)
UK Overnight Ratings:
BBC 1 7 May - Doctor Who: The Long Game - 7,508,730 average viewers
BBC 3 7 May 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Dark Side -
472,780 average viewers (4.1% share)
BBC 3 7 May 12:10AM - Doctor Who: The Long Game - 157,900 average
BBC 3 7 May 12:55AM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Dark Side -
97,100 average viewers
BBC 3 8 May - Doctor Who: The Long Game (encore) - 654,390 average
viewers (4.7% share)
BBC 3 8 May - Doctor Who Confidential: Cut Down: The Dark Side -
327,230 average viewers (2.2% share)
UK Final Ratings:
BBC 1 23 April - Doctor Who: World War Three - 7.98 million viewers
CBC Canada Ratings:
3 May - Doctor Who: World War Three - 936,000 viewers. #2 in time
slot. Best performance since the premiere of Rose.
British Columbia Doctor Who viewers (and US viewers who get the CBC
from a British Columbia station - probably CBUT Vancouver) - take
note!!! You will not get episode 7 - The Long Game - on May 17th
like the rest of Canada. British Columbia election results will air
instead. You will get The Long Game at 5PM PDT on Saturday May 21st.
All other Canadian Provinces!!! - Doctor Who will air at its regular
time on May 17th. You only need to beware if you have access to time
shifted CBC channels - don't try to catch the show on the Pacific
CBC http://www.cbc.ca/television has finally gotten episode 1 of
their documentary series The Planet Of The Doctor
http://www.cbc.ca/planetofthedoctor online. Expect 5 more episodes
over the next few weeks. The format is much more "retro" than the
BBC's Doctor Who Confidential. Deliberate washed out color with a
clear focus on the show's history. If episode 1 is an example, there
will be few or no clips of Doctor Who from either the old or new
BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone is rearranging its entire
Saturday lineup on 21 May for the annual Eurovision music
competition. Doctor Who (The Empty Child) will go out at 6:25PM so
that the Lottery show can air in full before Eurovision. This is
hoped to be the only time in this run of episodes that Doctor Who
will be forced to air at a special time. BBC Three
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree will thus air Doctor Who Confidential
at 7:20PM to keep it close to Doctor Who's broadcast time. Doctor
Who fares better than other BBC shows that weekend. Casualty gets
pre-empted. Strictly Dance Fever gets bumped to Sunday. Strictly
Come Dancing's bump will affect BBC Three's Sunday repeats - Doctor
Who (The Empty Child) airs at 7:45PM and Doctor Who Confidential:
Cut Down airs at 8:30PM.
Oh, Doctor Who Confidential: Cut Down is the correct name for the 15
minute versions of Confidential that began airing on 1 May.
Apparently the 22 May installment (the one shoved to 8:30PM) will be
the last, with the Sunday version restored to 30 minutes for the
final 4 weeks of the series.
Doctor Who won its time slot again on BBC One
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone Saturday, with roughly 7.51 million
overnight viewers versus Celebrity Wrestling's 2.56 million
overnight viewers. This was a great result for the lightly
advertised episode, as Doctor Who seems to have a large reliable
weekly audience. ITV http://www.itv.co.uk has canceled time period
competitor Celebrity Wrestling after 3 episodes and audiences
shrinking each week against the Doctor. A last Celebrity Wrestling
episode will air this weekend. The remaining 4 episodes may or may
not air somewhere in the future. Starting 21 May Doctor Who will
battle - the Star Wars movies. First up - Episode 1 - The Phantom
Menace - 5:20 to 7:10PM, 7:25PM to 8PM (news broadcast at 7:10, just
as Doctor Who ends that night).
Just 10 days till Doctor Who premieres in Australia on the ABC
http://www.abc.net.au/tv . Probably 9 days by the time Australian
readers get this column due to the time difference. Here's hoping it
succeeds for you like it has for the BBC.
No new networks have bought Doctor Who yet. Still just networks in
the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, and The Netherlands.
When networks buy the show, the news will likely turn up at the BBC
Press Office http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc/pressoffice and C21 Media
Maryland Public TV http://www.mpt.org recently sent a viewer a
letter regarding the current status of their Doctor Who broadcasts.
Recently MPT repeated the Troughton and (most of) the Pertwee
stories, followed by 3 stories from Tom Baker in the Key To Time
season, and now back to Troughton.
"Thank you for contacting Maryland Public Television.
"At present we'll only be airing the 30 episodes of "Dr. Who" that
we currently have in house. The 30 episodes of "Dr. Who" that MPT
has to air now are all Troughton and Pertwee.
"We apologize for the changes to the schedule and hope that you'll
bear with us and allow us some flexibility while we work towards
securing additional episodes.
"If you're a Whovian, you're probably already aware that new
episodes of Dr. Who that are currently in production.
"At this time we don't know if the BBC is going to offer us the
rights to air the new series. I'm awaiting information from the
person in programming that serves as liaison between the station and
"Naturally, we've been inquiring about Dr. Who, and the new
episodes, however ..we haven't reached an answer yet. In all
honesty, I don't anticipate a firm response for at least several
weeks. We've been in a holding pattern for months, unable to air any
episodes save those we had in the last package from the BBC until a
decision is made by the BBC about the program and rights. At this
point our hands are tied. Unfortunately, at this point it appears to
be a game of "wait and see".
"Here is a web link for you to read about the new Dr. Who series:
"This is the main page for the Dr. Who series website:
Viewer Services Coordinator, Maryland Public Television"
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
email@example.com , 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 http://www.radiotimes.com
Saturday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-08 "Father's Day"
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Future Doctor Who Episodes:
21 May - 1-09 "The Empty Child" (6:25PM)
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 1-08 "A Time And A
Late Saturday 12:10AM, Sunday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-08 "Father's Day"
Sunday 7:45PM BST DrWho Confidential: Cut Down 1-08 "A Time And A
Place" (15 minutes)
Further Doctor Who Confidential Episodes:
21 May - 1-09 "FX" (7:20PM)
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"
1-08 "A Time And A Place" - online after BBC Three premiere
Various Video Diaries and trailers.
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
Tuesday 8PM (8:30PM Newfoundland) Doctor Who 1-07 "The Long Game"
(except British Columbia)
16:9 Widescreen Digital, 16:9 Letterbox Analog
21 May 5PM - 1-07 "The Long Game" (British Columbia only)
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
1 - "Who Is The Doctor?" 10 minute episode online
2 - "Fandemonium" trailer online
3 - "The Adventures Of Doctor Who" trailer online
4 - "Time Travel" coming soon
5 - "The Influence Of Doctor Who" coming soon
6 - "Conclusion" coming soon
"Rose" on all in-flight movie systems
Doctor Who premieres 21 May 7:30PM.
16:9 Widescreen Digital; Analogue Apsect ratio unknown.
21 May - 1-01 "Rose"
28 May - 1-02 "The End Of The World"
4 June - 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
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 4 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 3 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 "Kinda" movie
Series 19, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The TARDIS crew (minus the ill Nyssa) explore Deva Loka, the world
of the Kinda people. Insanity is spreading. A malevolent force of
evil is trying to make its presence felt. And an old woman irritates
Sunday 7:05-9AM BST "The Visitation" movie
Series 19, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tegan's hopes of getting to Heathrow Airport are for naught - the
TARDIS lands at the right place - in the 17th Century.
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 6:06PM "The Power Of Kroll" pt 4 of 4
Season 16, Episode 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Kroll decides to eat everyone. The Doctor decides that Kroll needs
to be defeated.
Monday 6:03PM "The Armageddon Factor" pt 1 of 6
Tuesday 6:04PM "The Armageddon Factor" pt 2 of 6
Wednesday 6:03PM "The Armageddon Factor" pt 3 of 6
Season 16, Episodes 21 through 23. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor and Romana discover the more sinister sides of nuclear
21 May "Rose" (new series)
25 May "City Of Death"
28 May "The End Of The World" (new series)
1 June "The Creature From The Pit"
4 June "The Unquiet Dead" (new series)
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Daily 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday "Full Circle" pts 1+2 of 4
Thursday "Full Circle" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 18, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The co-ordinates are for Gallifrey, home planet of the Doctor,
Romana, and the TARDIS. But it's not Gallifrey. It's a planet at the
same location in another universe. The planet where Adric lives.
Friday "State Of Decay" pts 1+2 of 4
Season 18, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A planet in decay comes across the only thing more dangerous than
being ruled by bloodthirsty vampires - a visit by the Doctor,
Romana, K9, and Adric.
Saturday "The Claws Of Axos" all 4 eps BBC Kids premiere
Season 8, Episodes 11 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
An alien spaceship crashes on Earth with the last of the Axon
species. They promise new technology. The Doctor thinks there is
always a price.
Sunday "Colony In Space" all 6 eps BBC Kids premiere
Season 8, Episodes 15 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The Doctor finally returns to Space, arriving on a space colony 500
years in the future. Farmers are threatened by the encroachment of
miners. Help is needed to adjudicate peace before a slaughter
happens. When the Doctor meets the adjudicator, he begins to realize
that he is not there by chance - the Time Lords have sent him on a
Monday "State Of Decay" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 18, Episodes 15 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Tuesday "Warriors' Gate" pts 1+2 of 4
Season 18, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A gateway between universe is threatened by the arrival of a
spaceship made of Dwarf Star Alloy.
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
29 May "The Mutants" BBC Kids premiere
31 May "Kinda"
2 June "The Visitation"
4 June "The Time Monster" BBC Kids premiere
5 June "Carnival Of Monsters" BBC Kids premiere
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
link if the first one isn't working)
Jessica Carney discusses her grandfather William Hartnell, the first
Doctor (last new show of season)
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 - Marina Sirtis discusses her
appearance on the series finale of Enterprise this weekend
(as "Deanna Troi"), and her 18 year Trek history. Hour 3 - BTR only.
Co-host David Durica with Anime 101.
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-2AM EDT "The Dominators" movie
Season 6, Episodes 1 through 5. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
Zoe, Jamie, and the 2nd Doctor come across a planet of pacifism
threatened by 2 aliens who want nothing but war. Fortunately these 2
aliens aren't very good at war - even the Thals in a pacifist era
could take them out. Unfortunately for the natives, they are
extremists at pacifism. Ultimate experts. Make Gandhi look like a
ruthless gun runner. Can the Doctor save the day, and if he does can
he avoid from being told off for doing it too violently?
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 "Enlightenment" pts 1+2 of 4
Season 20, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Peter Davison.
A space race by Eternals is the latest arrival location of the
TARDIS. Turlough is forced to deal with the consequences of siding
with the Black Guardian.
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 "The Visitation" pt 3? of 4
Season 19, Episode 15.? Doctor: Peter Davison.
KUED hopefully got the listings wrong. If they're right, episode 2
of The Visitation will be skipped to go straight to episode 3. I
know you watch Doctor Who on KUED - you're focusing on these
sentences right now. Check and see which episode airs this week.
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?
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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