THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Australian Premiere Week!
May 18, 2005 - Vol 8, No 20
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Saturday 21 May:
CBC British Columbia only - 5PM - Doctor Who: The Long Game
BBC One - 6:30PM - Doctor Who: The Empty Child
BBC Three - 7:10PM + 1:05AM - Doctor Who Confidential: FX
ABC Australia - 7:30PM - Doctor Who: Rose (Australian series
BBC Three - 12:20AM - Doctor Who: The Empty Child
Sunday 22 May:
BBC Three - 7:15PM - Doctor Who: The Empty Child
Tuesday 24 May:
CBC - 8PM - Doctor Who: Father's Day
UK Overnight Ratings:
BBC 1 14 May - Doctor Who: Father's Day - 7,471,900 average viewers
BBC 3 14 May 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: A Time And A Place -
579,660 average viewers (4.6% share)
BBC 3 14 May 12:10AM - Doctor Who: Father's Day - 156,950 average
viewers (3.4% share)
BBC 3 14 May 12:55AM - Doctor Who Confidential: A Time And A Place -
87,000 average viewers (3.18% share)
BBC 3 15 May - Doctor Who: Father's Day - 532,210 average viewers
BBC 3 15 May - Doctor Who Confidential: Cut Down: Father's Day -
297,600 average viewers (2.3% share)
UK Final Ratings:
BBC 1 30 April - Doctor Who: Dalek - 8.63 million viewers
CBC Canada Ratings:
10 May - Doctor Who: Dalek - 695,000 viewers. #2 in time slot.
viewers in British Columbia (and US
fans who get CBC from that Province) can see Doctor Who: The Long
Game this Saturday at 5PM PDT. As previously mentioned in the column
election coverage in that Province pre-empted programming in that
region. No elections this week, so Father's Day will air all through
Canada on 24 May. Part 2 of the Planet Of The Doctor documentary is
now online http://www.cbc.ca/planetofthedoctor
BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone
and BBC Three
have disrupted schedules this week due
to the Eurovision music competition. For Doctor Who (episode 9 - The
Empty Child), this means a 6:30PM start on BBC One Saturday instead
of 7PM. It has only been given a 40 minute time slot. The episode is
41 minutes, 45 seconds long. The episode is likely to begin a little
early or run a little late. Doctor Who Confidential
(episode 9 - FX) is
scheduled to start at 7:10PM on BBC Three. The Sunday airing of
Doctor Who on BBC Three is at 7:15PM instead of 7PM with the Sunday
Confidential repeat pre-empted.
In a touch of irony considering the early start time, The Empty
Child is creating controversy with news reports that it has been
toned down. The BBC has a news report about the matter which
clarifies that a sound effect has been altered. The article features
a couple of major spoilers for the episode, so here's the
explanation if you don't want to go there and have the story
spoiled. If you go to the link, you will see the whole article, and
will have no right to say I didn't warn you.
"Horrible" Doctor Who toned down
"The next episode of Doctor Who has been toned down after producers
decided one scene was "a bit horrible".
"(Spoiler bit) ... but producers have cut out the sound of his skull
cracking. (Next paragraph also cut regarding same spoiler)
"(Phil Collinson) `The whole sound effect that went with that was a
lot more visceral. We watched it for the first time and said that
was crossing over the line because it was a bit too horrible.'
"But he said the episode, titled The Empty Child, was still the
"`It was about time we did a scary one," Mr. Collinson said. `Doctor
Who is well-known for being spooky and scary.'
"News of the episode comes days after the BBC announced the DVD of
the new series - the first since 1989 - would not be available to
children under 12 because of a scene where a Dalek (spoiler outside
is premiering the new Doctor Who series
this Saturday at 7:30PM with episode 1 - Rose. The third country to
see the series.
ABC is also sending out a notice regarding the fact that they are
skipping "Destiny Of The Daleks" in their weekday rotation of the
"Thank you for your email regarding the Daleks in `Doctor Who'.
"The ABC was not able to access every Doctor Who episode from BBC
Worldwide. Sadly `Destiny Of The Daleks' is not available for
broadcast. Our programming department advises that at the time we
acquired the rights to repeat Doctor Who, there were legal issues
surrounding the estate of Terry Nation, Doctor Who writer and
creator of the Daleks. At this point in time the above legal issues
relating to the original Doctor Who series have not been resolved
and are unlikely to be resolved in the near future.
"The resolution of this issues that you mention, was in fact to
enable the Daleks to be featured in the new series. Episode 6 will
be broadcast as normal during Doctor Who; Adventures of the Human
Race commencing at 7:30pm this Saturday.
"Thank you for your interest in the ABC and I hope you enjoy the new
series of Doctor Who.
Melanie Borg, ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs"
May 21 may also be the last day for Doctor Who in Utah. KUED 7
has put up To Be Announced labels on the
Saturday 11:30PM slot for June 11, 18, and 25 (the 11:30PM slot is
being bumped for specials on May 28 and June 4). Episode 4 of The
Visitation will air on May 21. If it's the final night, there will
probably be an on-air announcement. Doctor Who continues on MPT
and IPTV Iowa http://www.iptv.org
Joey Reynolds (Donovan) is interviewing Noel Clarke (Mickey in the
current Doctor Who series) this Sunday for future broadcasts of "Sci-
Fi Overdrive" and "American Who". Joey is asking fans for questions
for Mr. Clarke. If there's anything you wanted to ask, e-mail Joey
If Doctor Who is sold to any additional countries, the news would
likely appear at the BBC Press Office
and C21 Media
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
, 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 6:30-7:10PM BST Doctor Who 1-09 "The Empty Child"
VIEWER ADVISORY - Special Broadcast Time. Allow extra time on each
side of broadcast - episode is 41 minutes, 45 seconds long in a 40
minute slot, so it will run over length on one side, the other, or
both. Part 1 of 2.
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Future Doctor Who Episodes:
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 7:10PM & 1:05AM BST DrWho Confidential 1-09 "FX"
VIEWER ADVISORY - Special Broadcast Times for all BBC Three Who
programming. Also, the Sunday night broadcast of Confidential pre-
empted this week. Better catch it Saturday.
Late Saturday 12:20AM, Sunday 7:15PM BST Doctor Who 1-09 "The Empty
Further Doctor Who Confidential Episodes:
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. Saturday 11:30PM next week.
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"
1-07 "The Dark Side"
1-08 "A Time And A Place"
1-09 "FX" - online after BBC Three premiere
Various Video Diaries and trailers.
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
Saturday 5PM PDT (British Columbia only) Doctor Who 1-07 "The Long
Due to the Provincial Elections in British Columbia, Doctor Who did
not air in that province only on May 17. This is the makeup
broadcast for that province.
Tuesday 8PM (8:30PM Newfoundland) Doctor Who 1-08 "Father's Day"
The whole country is getting this episode. Back to normal.
16:9 widescreen digital, 16:9 letterbox analog
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
Planet Of The Doctor trailer online
1 - "Who Is The Doctor?" 10 minute episode online
2 - "Fandemonium" 13 minute episode online
3 - "The Adventures Of Doctor Who" coming soon
4 - "Time Travel" coming soon
5 - "The Influence Of Doctor Who" coming soon
6 - "Conclusion" coming soon
Saturday 7:30PM Doctor Who 1-01 "Rose"
16:9 Digital; Analogue Aspect ratio unknown.
Premiere of the new era of the series! May it be as successful in
Australia as it has been in the UK. And if anyone is watching on
analogue, is ABC airing the full widescreen version which will have
large black bars on your TV, the cropped 14:9 version where you
still have small bars but part of the picture is gone, or the 4:3
version where you have no black bars and more of the picture is gone?
28 May - 1-02 "The End Of The World"
4 June - 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
"Rose" on all in-flight movie systems
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 5 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 4 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 7-8AM BST "Black Orchid" movie
Series 19, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Doctor and company attend a dinner party, where Nyssa meets a
double, and the Doctor is suspected of murder.
Sunday 7-9AM BST "Earthshock" movie
Series 19, Episodes 19 through 22. Doctor: Peter Davison.
In the 26th Century, an intergalactic conference scheduled for Earth
is in danger. An alien race of old re-emerges with plans to destroy
Earth and assert dominance over all life.
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 6:03PM "The Armageddon Factor" pt 4 of 6
Monday 6:03PM "The Armageddon Factor" pt 5 of 6
Tuesday 6:03PM "The Armageddon Factor" pt 6 of 6
Season 16, Episodes 24 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
It's a countdown to disaster as the Marshall prepares a massive
strike against Zeos. Meanwhile, the Doctor faces off against the
Shadow, a sinister operative of the Black Guardian. With Lalla Ward
as Princess Strella.
Wednesday 6:04PM "City Of Death" pt 1 of 4
Season 17, Episode 5. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor and Romana (now played by Lalla Ward) vacation in Paris,
where Time is being disrupted. If you want to see how Lalla Ward
could now be playing Romana, you want to see Destiny Of The Daleks.
Which, alas, won't be airing. See explanation by the ABC earlier in
28 May "The End Of The World" (see new series)
1 June "The Creature From The Pit"
4 June "The Unquiet Dead" (see new series)
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Daily 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday "Warriors' Gate" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Romana is lured by the power she could wield with the Tharills. The
Doctor tries to tell the humans to "Do Nothing", but no one will
listen to him.
Thursday "The Keeper Of Traken" pts 1+2 of 4
Friday "The Keeper Of Traken" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 18, Episodes 21 through 24. Doctor: Tom Baker.
An old enemy stalks the Doctor as he tries to help the Union of
Traken survive the turbulent change between Keepers.
Saturday "The Daemons" all 5 eps BBC Kids premiere
Season 8, Episodes 21 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Color-restored version. An excavation at Devil's End unleashes
beings that could destroy the Earth. Or, if the Master gets his
wish, help control the Earth. The Master plays for his highest
stakes yet. The Doctor faces the dangers of the Morris Dance.
Sunday "The Sea Devils" all 6 eps BBC Kids premiere
Season 9, Episodes 9 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Day Of The Daleks skipped due to Dalek moratorium. Stories airing in
production order, hence this one coming before The Curse Of Peladon.
Near the Master's prison, rigs are sinking. Strange Sea Devils have
been sighted. Has yet another ancient species been awakened on
Earth? If so, can the Doctor broker peace this time. Special guest
appearance by The Soup Dragon.
Monday "Logopolis" pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday "Logopolis" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 18, Episodes 25 through 28. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor's era comes to an end in this tale of the Master,
math, the TARDIS, and the dangers of tampering with the fabric of
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
6 June "Black Orchid"
7 June "Time-Flight"
9 June "Arc Of Infinity"
11 June "The Three Doctors" BBC Kids premiere
12 June "The Green Death" 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). She is the author of "Who's There?
The Life And Career Of William Hartnell".
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
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - News & Comment; mini-interview with David Chokachi, star of
Sci-Fi original movie "Crimson Force" June 4 at 9PM. Hour 2 - MJ
Simpson, author "Hitchhiker: the Biography of Douglas Adams",
interviewed after the Hollywood movie of Hitchhiker's Guide To The
Galaxy came out. Hour 3 - BTR only. Marina Sirtis reflects on being
Deanna Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the last episode
of Star Trek: Enterprise. And congratulations to Sci-Fi Overdrive on
getting the visual nod (if not a specific mention) on the
Fandemonium segment of Planet Of The Doctor.
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 Mind Robber" movie
Season 6, Episodes 6 through 10. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
Fleeing a lava flow, the TARDIS crew departs our universe and enters
a realm of fantasy. Nothing is as it appears. Be careful, or you may
find yourself part of the fiction.
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 3+4 of 4
Season 20, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Turlough must face his fears and choose between good and evil.
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 4 of 4
Season 19, Episode 16. Doctor: Peter Davison. Last confirmed
broadcast. I hope this is not the end - we'll find out Saturday.
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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