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This Week In Doctor Who - May 25, 2005

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  • Benjamin Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO May 25, 2005 - Vol 8, No 21 The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide. by Benjamin F. Elliott
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      May 25, 2005 - Vol 8, No 21
      The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
      by Benjamin F. Elliott

      South Korea and Finland to join the Doctor Who countries.

      Saturday 28 May:
      BBC One - 7PM - Doctor Who: The Doctor Dances
      ABC Australia - 7:30PM - Doctor Who: The End Of The World
      BBC Three - 7:45PM + 1AM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Weird
      Science Of Doctor Who
      BBC Three - 12:15AM - Doctor Who: The Doctor Dances
      Sunday 29 May:
      BBC Three - 7PM - Doctor Who: The Doctor Dances
      BBC Three - 7:45PM - Doctor Who Confidential: The Weird Science Of
      Doctor Who
      Tuesday 31 May:
      CBC - 8PM - Doctor Who: The Empty Child

      UK Overnight Ratings:
      BBC 1 21 May - Doctor Who: The Empty Child - 6.6 million average
      viewers (34.9% share)
      BBC 3 21 May 7:10PM - Doctor Who Confidential: FX - 405,130 average
      viewers (3.2% share)
      BBC 3 21 May 12:20AM - Doctor Who: The Empty Child - 181,390 average
      viewers (4.2% share)
      BBC 3 21 May 1:05AM - Doctor Who Confidential: FX - 101,510 average
      viewers (3.5% share)
      BBC 3 22 May - Doctor Who: The Empty Child - 669,400 average viewers
      (.% share)

      UK Final Ratings:
      BBC 1 7 May - Doctor Who: The Long Game - 8.01 million viewers

      CBC Canada Ratings:
      17 May - Doctor Who: The Long Game - no figures have come out

      ABC Australia Ratings:
      21 May - Doctor Who: Rose - 1.11 million viewers in the 5 cities
      where ratings have come out, an impressive result on the ABC.

      Outpost Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com reports that South
      Korean public broadcaster KBS http://www.kbs.co.kr has bought rights
      to air the new Doctor Who series on Saturday nights at 11:15PM
      starting 4 June. Outpost Gallifrey did not note whether the Doctor
      would air on KBS1 or KBS2, and as I don't know how to read Korean I
      have not been able to find any announcement on the website about the
      purchase. The listings through 5 June should go up on 30 May at
      which point we can be certain which channel got the show. Here's
      hoping that Doctor Who wins the approval of South Korean viewers.
      KBS has an English language site http://english.kbs.co.kr , but that
      site does not have the TV listings for the channels.

      TV2 in Finland http://www.yle.fi/tv2 has also purchased Doctor Who.
      This public broadcaster airs English language shows in English with
      subtitles. No premiere date yet. The report came out at
      http://www.yle.fi/mobiiliuutiset/uutiset/pop_p7.html (might drop off
      that page soon):

      "BBC:n Doctor Who TV2:lle

      "Yle on hankkinut BBC:lt? aikanaan kulttiohjelmaksi nousseen nuorten
      sci-fi-sarja Doctor Whon. BBC on tuottanut sarjasta n?ytt?v?n uuden
      version, joka n?hd?n TV2:lla."

      Translated into English:

      "BBC's Doctor Who on TV2

      "Yle has purchased the rights to Doctor Who, the cult youth sci-fi
      series, from the BBC. The BBC has produced an impressive new version
      which will be shown on TV2."

      Thanks to Kristopher Lawson for catching this news and the

      Doctor Who performed very well on the ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv
      in Australia, getting between 1.1 and 1.2 million viewers. It won
      its time slot in some cities (how many cities seems to be in dispute
      at the moment while sports results in some regions are being
      tallied). Doctor Who's results are evidently a noticeable increase
      on the results for the past season of Monarch Of The Glen, which co-
      starred ex-Doctor Tom Baker.

      For those who were curious, the ABC aired Doctor Who in 16:9
      widescreen on their HD digital channel (Doctor Who was not in HD),
      while the analogue version of ABC aired Doctor Who in the 14:9
      cropped letterbox version that analogue BBC One viewers get. The
      14:9 compromise cuts a small bit off the left and right sides of the
      image and leaves smaller black bars on the top and bottom of a 4:3
      TV. On a 16:9 TV, you also have black bars on the left and right
      hand side of the screen when watching the analogue transmission of
      the show. Doctor Who is filmed 14:9 safe on the assumption that it
      will air in that format in some countries. The CBC in Canada airs
      Doctor Who in 16:9 for both digital and analogue viewers.

      BBC One's http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone broadcast of The Empty Child
      on 21 May. Yes, it began at 6:30PM as warned. No, nothing was cut
      from the broadcast that was reinstated on later showings - a sound
      effect was cut by the makers of the show some time back as they
      thought it made a scene too intense. The Empty Child would have
      looked the same had it aired at its regular 7PM start time. In spite
      of the unusual start time, Doctor Who achieved overnight ratings of
      6.6 million - the lowest of the series to date, but a very good
      result. It outperformed its primary competition on ITV (Star Wars I:
      The Phantom Menace (repeat airing) - 3.5 million viewers) on the
      weekend Star Wars III premiered in UK theatres (and most of the rest
      of the world). Hopefully good word of mouth and a return to the 7PM
      start time will see even better results for part 2 (The Doctor
      Dances) this Saturday.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/news/drwho/2005/05/23/19514.shtml has a
      casting update for the 2nd season of Doctor Who. If you are trying
      to avoid all news about the 2nd season, do not click on that link.

      KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT http://www.kued.org has put "TBA" (to be
      announced) in the Doctor Who time slot for 11, 18, and 25 June (the
      next 3 times Doctor Who would have aired). It looks like the series
      has been dropped altogether, though we do not have final
      confirmation. Other US stations in recent months were reporting that
      they had been unable to renew contracts with the series. Maryland
      Public TV http://www.mpt.org and Iowa Public TV http://www.iptv.org
      haven't reached the end of their contracts, and those 2 stations
      continue airing Doctor Who into June.

      Last week Joey Reynolds asked for questions for Noel Clarke (Mickey
      on Doctor Who), who he would be interviewing for Sci-Fi Overdrive
      http://www.scifioverdrive.com and American Who
      http://www.americanwho.net . The American Who version of the
      interview may be up as soon as today as a special edition. Any
      version for Sci-Fi Overdrive would be next weekend or later - that
      show is in repeats for Memorial Day in the US.

      Press releases about international Doctor Who sales when they happen
      should appear at the BBC Press Office
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice and C21 Media
      http://www.c21media.net . Having said that, neither one of them has
      caught the South Korea or Finland purchases yet.

      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 http://www.radiotimes.com
      Saturday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-10 "The Doctor Dances"
      16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
      Future Doctor Who Episodes:
      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 & 1AM BST DrWho Confidential 1-10 "The Weird Science
      Of Doctor Who"
      Late Saturday 12:15AM, Sunday 7PM BST Doctor Who 1-10 "The Doctor
      Sunday 7:45PM BST DrWho Confidential Cut Down 1-10 "The Weird
      Science Of Doctor Who" 15 minutes
      16:9 Widescreen
      Further Doctor Who Confidential Episodes:
      4 June - 1-11 "Unsung Heroes And Violent Death"
      11 June - 1-12 "The World Of Who"
      18 June - 1-13 "The Last Battle"
      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 "Dalek"
      1-07 "The Dark Side"
      1-08 "A Time And A Place"
      1-09 "FX"
      1-10 "The Weird Science Of Doctor Who" - online after BBC Three
      Various Video Diaries and trailers.


      CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
      http://www.cbc.ca/doctorwho http://www.dwin.org
      Tuesday 8PM (8:30PM Newfoundland) Doctor Who 1-09 "The Empty Child"
      16:9 widescreen digital, 16:9 letterbox analog
      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" 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


      ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv
      Saturday 7:30PM Doctor Who 1-02 "The End Of The World"
      16:9 Digital; Analogue Apsect ratio unknown.
      4 June - 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
      11 June - 1-04 "Aliens Of London"


      KBS http://www.kbs.co.kr
      http://english.kbs.co.kr (English language site)
      Doctor Who starts Saturday 4 June 11:15PM. Aspect ratio unknown.
      Unknown if on KBS1 or KBS2.

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



      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 7-8:50AM BST "Time-Flight" movie
      Series 19, Episodes 23 through 26. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      Sunday 7-9?AM BST "Arc Of Infinity" movie
      Series 20, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      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)
      2 July "Planet Of Fire" (7:05AM)
      3 July "The Caves Of Androzani" (7AM)
      9 July "The Twin Dilemma" (7:05AM)
      10 July "Attack Of The Cybermen" (7AM)
      16 July "Vengeance On Varos" (7:05AM)
      17 July "The Mark Of The Rani" (7AM)
      23 July "The Two Doctors" (6:05AM)
      24 July "Timelash" (7:05AM)
      30 July "The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet" (7:05AM)
      31 July "The Trial Of A Time Lord: Mindwarp" (7:05AM)


      ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv
      Thursday 6:04PM "City Of Death" pt 2 of 4
      Monday 6:03PM "City Of Death" pt 3 of 4
      Tuesday 6:03PM "City Of Death" pt 4 of 4
      Season 17, Episodes 6 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      Wednesday 6:03PM "The Creature From The Pit" pt 1 of 4
      Season 17, Episode 9. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      4 June "The Unquiet Dead" (see new series)
      8 June "Nightmare Of Eden"
      11 June "Aliens Of London" (see new series)


      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
      Daily 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
      Wednesday "Castrovalva" pts 1+2 of 4
      Thursday "Castrovalva" pts 3+4 of 4
      Season 19, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      Friday "Four To Doomsday" pts 1+2 of 4
      Season 19, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      Saturday "The Curse Of Peladon" all 4 eps BBC Kids premiere
      Season 9, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      Sunday "The Mutants" all 6 eps BBC Kids premiere
      Season 9, Episodes 15 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      Monday "Four To Doomsday" pts 3+4 of 4
      Season 19, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      Tuesday "Kinda" pts 1+2 of 4
      Season 19, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      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"
      10 June "The Three Doctors" BBC Kids premiere
      11 June "The Green Death" 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
      Note: a new special surprise season finale of American Who should go
      up imminently. If you haven't heard the Jessica Carney interview, go
      now. When the new show goes up, the old show will probably go down.

      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)
      Hours 1&2 - The Best of Sci-Fi Overdrive. Hour 3 - BTR only. MJ
      Simpson (Hitch-hiker: the biography of Douglas Adams) on the new
      Hitch-hiker's movie.

      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-1:30AM EDT "The Krotons" movie
      Season 6, Episodes 19 through 22. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
      4 June "The Seeds Of Death"

      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 "The King's Demons" both pts
      Season 20, Episodes 21 through 22. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      4 June "The Five Doctors (Special Edition?)" 4 part version, pts 1+2
      11 June "The Five Doctors (Special Edition?)" 4 part version, pts 3+4
      18 June "Warriors Of The Deep" pts 1+2
      25 June "Warriors Of The Deep" pts 3+4

      **Doctor Who may have been removed from KUED's lineup. Waiting for
      another piece of confirmation.**
      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
      Pre-empted by Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy marathon. Next
      airdate unknown.

      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.


      TV2 http://www.yle.fi/tv2
      Doctor Who premiere TBA.

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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