This Week In Doctor Who - November 16, 2005
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Children In Need Week!
November 16, 2005 - Vol 8, No 46
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Wednesday 16 November:
NRK 2 Norway - 8:20PM - Sjokkartet Møte Med Fortiden
Friday 18 November:
BBC One 9:06PM GMT/BBC Prime/BFBS 1 & Navy live simulcast - Children
In Need Doctor Who sketch 2005
Jimmy (Italy) - 9PM - The End Of The World
Saturday 19 November:
France 4 - 10:20PM - Troisième Guerre Mondiale/Dalek
BBC One - Christmas Special Episode "The Christmas Invasion"
Friday night at 9:06PM GMT (tentative, and adjust for your own time
zone), a Doctor Who segment (apparently starring Billie Piper and
David Tennant) airs as part of Children In Need 2005 (7PM to 1AM
GMT). The fundraiser has previously been home to the UK premiere
of "The Five Doctors" in 1983 and the 1993 charity
special "Dimensions In Time".
As noted in previous weeks, Children In Need airs live on BBC One,
BBC Prime*, and 2 BFBS stations (BFBS 1 and BFBS Navy) to serve
British military personnel.
It escaped my attention, but there are *2* BBC Primes with very
different TV schedules. The traditional BBC Prime
http://www.bbcprime.com serves Europe, Africa, Greenland, Iceland,
and the Middle East. BBC Prime Asia http://www.bbcprime.com/asia has
a schedule that looks like BBC Japan http://www.bbcjapan.tv . BBC
Prime Asia will *NOT* be airing Children In Need. Countries with BBC
Prime Asia are:
Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore,
South Korea, Thailand
If you are in one of those countries and were looking forward to the
Doctor Who scene (along with the rest of Children In Need), you're
out of luck.
BBC Prime Asia's FAQ section has the same information on Doctor Who
as the original BBC Prime - they expect to get it in the future, but
not right now. It is entirely possible that down the road both BBC
Prime channels could pick up Doctor Who, probably not airing it at
the same time, and certainly causing confusion for people who don't
know which Prime they have.
BBC America http://www.bbcamerica.com and BBC Canada
http://www.bbccanada.ca will not air the Children In Need special.
If you don't have BBC One, the main version of BBC Prime, or the
BFBS service, you will *not* be able to watch Children In Need and
the Doctor Who sketch.
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv has made another change to their new
series Doctor Who repeats. Effective immediately, the Wednesday
night 11PM repeats have been pulled off the air. Repeats continue
Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 6PM, Sunday afternoons (time varies),
and late Sunday nights (time varies). Hopefully this will be the
last schedule change in this run of the series - 2 demotions in 2
weeks is a little disappointing.
BBC7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7 has announced the acquisition of 2
more Big Finish Doctor Who audios for their radio station. These are
being added after the success of the first 4 Paul McGann audios
presented on their station, a run that ends this Saturday with the
conclusion of "Invaders From Mars".
1) "Shada (2003)". On Saturday 10 December the usual 3 hour Comedy
Controller spot (9AM & 8PM GMT) will be given to "Shada", a 2003 co-
production between the BBCi Doctor Who website and Big
Finish. "Shada" was a unique effort to remake the unfinished 1979
Tom Baker story "Shada", keeping Douglas Adams' script but adding a
few tweaks to try to make both versions official. Paul McGann as the
8th Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana, and John Leeson as K9.
2) "The Chimes Of Midnight". On Saturday 17 December (Time TBA) the
next Paul McGann/India Fisher Doctor Who audio story after "Invaders
From Mars" will make its radio premiere. The Chimes Of Midnight has
a Christmas theme.
The BBC Press Office http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice and C21 Media
http://www.c21media.net often announce when a Doctor Who
international sale occurs. Worth keeping an eye on, just in case.
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 Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential
The 13 episodes from the BBC Three series all online via Real
Player. Also, numerous video diaries and trailers.
UK First Run:
BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone http://www.radiotimes.com
Friday 7PM-10PM, 10:35PM-2AM GMT "Children In Need Telethon"
Doctor Who segment with Billie Piper & David Tennant scheduled for
the 9:06PM, specially produced for this charity fundraiser. Rumours
and reports have ranged from 3 ½ minutes long to 30 minutes. Could
start early or late.
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Christmas Day (time TBA) 2-00 "The Christmas Invasion" (1 hour
Primary broadcaster of Doctor Who. Series Two Saturdays 7PM in 2006
(start date TBA)
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com
18 November 8PM CET/9PM CAT "Children In Need Telethon"
simulcast of BBC One broadcast. Doctor Who segment expected
approximately 10:06PM CET/11:06PM CAT. Adjust for local time zone.
FAQ page says they will probably get Series 1 in the future, after
it has aired on other networks in the countries BBC Prime services.
BBC Prime Asia (see Country list above) will not air Children In
Friday 8PM CET "Children In Need Telethon" - Doctor Who segment
expected 10:06PM CET
Saturday 5PM CET 1-09 "The Empty Child"
Friday 8PM CET "Children In Need Telethon" - Doctor Who segment
expected 10:06PM CET.
Sunday 5AM CET 1-09 "The Empty Child" (1 day earlier than previous
Wednesday 8:20PM CET 1-08 "Sjokkartet Møte Med Fortiden"
16:9 Widescreen Digital; 16:9 Letterbox Analog
English with subtitles.
23 November 1-09 "Ny Helt For Rose?" pt 1 of 2
30 November 1-10 "Krigen Forsetter" pt 2 of 2
7 December 1-11 "Boom Town"
14 December 1-12 "Bad Wolf" pt 1 of 2
France 4 http://www.france4.tv
Saturday 8AM CET 1-03 "Des Mortes Inassouvies"
Saturday 8:50AM CET 1-04 "L'humanité En Péril" pt 1 of 2
Saturday 10:20PM, Monday 3:05PM, & Late Tuesday 12:10AM CET 1-
05 "Troisième Guerre Mondiale" pt 2 of 2
Saturday 11:10PM, Tuesday 2:55PM & 1AM CET 1-06 "Dalek"
Dubbed in French.
26 November 10:20PM 1-07 "Jeu Interminable"
26 November 11:10PM 1-08 "Fête Des Pères"
3 December 10:25PM 1-09 "Drôle De Mort" pt 1 of 2
3 December 11:15PM 1-10 "Le Docteur Danse" pt 2 of 2
Thursday 10:50PM CET 1-01 "Rose"
Thursday 11:40PM CET "Speciale Doctor Who"
Friday 9PM, Saturday 2PM, Sunday 4:55PM + 4AM, Tuesday 11:30PM CET 1-
02 "The End Of The World"
24 November 10:55PM CET 1-02 "The End Of The World"
25 November 9PM/26 November 1:45PM CET 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
All shows 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1
Friday 8PM, Saturday 6PM, Sunday 5:15PM & 4:15AM GMT 1-04 "Aliens Of
London" pt 1 of 2
14:9 Cropped Letterbox.
25 November 8PM GMT 1-05 "World War Three"
26 November 6PM GMT 1-05 "World War Three"
27 November 4:30PM & 4AM GMT 1-05 "World War Three"
2 December 8PM GMT 1-06 "Dalek"
3 December 6PM GMT 1-06 "Dalek"
4 December 4:30PM? & 3:50AM GMT 1-06 "Dalek"
9 December 8PM GMT 1-07 "The Long Game"
10 December 6PM GMT 1-07 "The Long Game"
11 December 4:30PM? & 3:40AM GMT "1-07 "The Long Game"
16 December 8PM GMT 1-08 "Father's Day"
BBC Radio 2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2
20 December 8:33PM GMT "Doctor Who: Regeneration" documentary
Radio 2 explores the ramifications of Christopher Eccleston's
departure and the arrival of David Tennant as the new Doctor. 58
minutes long. Also, how Doctor Who became the most talked about TV
show of the year.
"Rose" on all in-flight movie systems
"Rose" on channel 28 of video on demand service
Virgin Atlantic Airways
"The End Of The World" on V-Hot channel. Cropped to 4:3 aspect
ratio. Next Episode caption removed. Otherwise unedited.
British Midland Airlines, British Airways, Air New Zealand - various
OTHER TV/RADIO/INTERNET BROADCASTS:
Big Finish Doctor Who http://www.doctorwho.co.uk
Saturday 6:30PM & 12:30AM GMT "Invaders From Mars" pt 4 of 4
Big Finish Story 32. CD release 2002. Radio premiere. Conclusion of
Paul McGann Doctor Who season on BBC 7. To save the world from angry
aliens, the 8th Doctor, Charley, and the mafia need the help of
10 December 9AM & 8PM GMT "Shada (2003)"
17 December Time TBA "The Chimes Of Midnight"
BBC Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/index.shtml
"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 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?
"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.
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Friday 8PM, Saturday 6PM, Sunday 5:15PM & 4:15AM GMT "Aliens Of
London" pt 1 of 2
Saturday 7-8:55AM GMT "Planet Of Fire" movie
Season 21, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
After the events of Resurrection Of The Daleks (which you won't get
to see), the TARDIS crew vacations on a European island, where an
artefact reminds Turlough of his past while bringing a teenage
American to her future.
Late Saturday 4:30-5:15AM GMT "Adventures In Space And Time"
Late Saturday 5:15-5:45AM GMT "Carnival Of Monsters" (documentary)
2 documentaries from the 1999 BBC Two Doctor Who Night bringing the
history and fun of Doctor Who's past to a modern audience. Well, a
modern audience of 6 years ago.
Sunday 7-9AM GMT "The Caves Of Androzani" movie
Season 21, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Doctor finds death while Peri finds dangerous love on an
explosive volcanic planet. A planet that the forces of Androzani
Major are fighting over.
26 November 7-8:55AM GMT "Time And The Rani"
27 November 7:05-9AM GMT "Paradise Towers"
3 December 7-8:20AM GMT "Delta And The Bannermen"
4 December 7-9AM GMT "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy"
10 December 7-8:55PM GMT "Battlefield"
11 December 7-8:20PM GMT "Ghostlight"
On Demand Channel C1
All 13 Series 1 (2005) episodes - cropped to 4:3
The Three Doctors - all 4 episodes
The Deadly Assassin - all 4 episodes
The Caves Of Androzani - all 4 episodes
Timelash - 4 part version, all 4 episodes
The Curse Of Fenric - all 4 episodes
First Great Western Railway (Volo TV)
Thursday 6:03PM "The Awakening" pt 2 of 2
Season 21, Episode 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
1643 and 1984 converge in a dangerous way, as an alien entity hopes
for freedom to destroy all in its path.
Monday 6:04PM "Frontios" pt 1 of 4
Tuesday 6:04PM "Frontios" pt 2 of 4
Wednesday 6:04PM "Frontios" pt 3 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 7 through 9. Doctor: Peter Davison.
In the distant future, the survivors of humanity fight to survive on
the planet of Frontios. When a blue police box arrives, they
naturally assume that trouble is coming. They are right.
28 November "Planet Of Fire" (now 2 episodes daily, episodes also
30 November "The Caves Of Androzani"
2 December "The Twin Dilemma"
6 December "Attack Of The Cybermen" (the 25 minute versions of
season 22 are being used)
8 December "Vengeance On Varos"
12 December "The Mark Of The Rani"
14 December "The Two Doctors"
19 December "Timelash
21 December "The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet"
23 December - pre-empted Christmas weekend
26 December "The Trial Of A Time Lord: Mindwarp"
28 December "The Trial Of A Time Lord: Terror Of The Vervoids"
30 December - pre-empted?
2 January through 6 January - pre-empted for Holman Cup Tennis
coverage like they did in 2004 and 2005
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Weeknights Midnight & 5AM EST (9PM & 2AM PST) - 2 episodes daily
Weekends 2AM EST (11PM PST) - complete stories
Wednesday "The Monster Of Peladon" pts 2+3 of 6
Thursday "The Monster Of Peladon" pts 4+5 of 6
Friday 12&5AM EST "The Monster Of Peladon" pt 6 of 6
Season 11, Episodes 16 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
See MPT Maryland for episode details.
Friday 12:30&5:30AM EST "Planet Of The Spiders" pt 1 of 6
Season 11, Episode 21. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The final Pertwee story brings a blue crystal the Doctor gave to Jo
into sharp relief. Power hungry spiders want the crystal, and will
cause all sorts of havoc on Earth to get it.
Saturday "Paradise Towers" all 4 pts
Season 24, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. (BBC Kids
Mel convinces the Doctor to vacation at Paradise Towers.
Surprisingly, they are the only visitors. More surprisingly,
visitors are not welcome. Still more surprisingly, some architect
thought that an Apartment Complex could be considered high art. A
wild, wooly story where characters hold disturbing secrets.
Sunday "Delta And The Bannermen" all 3 pts
Season 24, Episodes 9 through 11. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. (BBC Kids
Mel convinces the Doctor to take a vacation he wins at an
interstellar Toll Booth. One of their fellow holiday makers is
running from military thugs who will destroy everything in Wales to
get at their prey. The Doctor needs to stop letting Mel pick the
Monday "Planet Of The Spiders" pts 2+3 of 6
Tuesday "Planet Of The Spiders" pts 4+5 of 6
Season 11, Episodes 22 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
23 November (12:30AM) "Castrovalva"
25 November (12:30AM) "Four To Doomsday"
26 November "Dragonfire" (BBC Kids premiere)
27 November "The Happiness Patrol" (BBC Kids premiere)
29 November (12:30AM) "Kinda"
1 December (12:30AM) "The Visitation"
3 December "Silver Nemesis" (BBC Kids premiere)
4 December "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy" (BBC Kids premiere)
5 December (12:30AM) "Black Orchid"
6 December (12:30AM) "Time-Flight"
8 December (12:30AM) "Arc Of Infinity"
10 December "Battlefield" (BBC Kids premiere)
11 December "Ghost Light" (BBC Kids premiere)
12 December (12:30AM) "Snakedance"
14 December (12:30AM) "Mawdryn Undead"
16 December (12:30AM) "Terminus"
17 December "The Curse Of Fenric" (BBC Kids premiere)/"Survival"?
18 December "Survival" (BBC Kids premiere)/"Spearhead From Space"?
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Current episode - Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates) in a new
interview. (Expected online today.)
November - Carole Ann Ford
December - Lalla Ward
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 EST (9-11PM PST, 5-7AM GMT, 4-6PM AEDT)
Live LTR Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14175
BTR Late Sun/Early Mon 1-4AM EST (10PM-1AM PST, 6-9AM GMT, 5-8PM
Live BTR Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
Monday 7-10PM EST (12-3AM GMT http://www.cityviberadio.co.uk (UK
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PST) http://www.krradio.com (repeat of
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - News & Comment. Hour 2 - James Kakalios, author of "The
Physics Of Superheroes"; Adam-Troy Castro commentary. Hour 3 -
Repeat of last week's Hour 2.
Doctor Who: Podshock http://www.gallifreyanembassy.org/portal
Weekly chat show with US and UK Doctor Who fans done in podcast
Starz/Encore channels in US November TV Movie Airings:
Friday 4AM, 4:45PM, & 11:45PM EST/PST
Tuesday 9:05AM EST/PST
Friday 5AM, 5:45PM, & 12:45AM EST/PST
"Doctor Who" (1996) Paul McGann stars as the Doctor in this TV Movie
continuation of the classic series. An untimely regeneration addles
the Doctor's memory, leaving him unaware of the nature of the threat
facing Earth in just a few hours. These are the last broadcasts
scheduled in 2005 - if you miss it, don't expect to see the movie
again in 2005.
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 12:02-2:30AM EST "The Monster Of Peladon" movie
Season 11, Episodes 15 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
A return visit to Peladon shows the Doctor that 50 years in the
Galactic Federation is not enough to ensure peace and prosperity.
Old allies return, but someone's allegiance may have changed.
26 November "Planet Of The Spiders"
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), 12-2 (45-2), 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 CST "Timelash" pts 1a+1b of 2
Season 22, Episode 10. Doctor: Colin Baker.
An ambitious project - making a sequel to a non-existent story.
Since the Doctor last visited Karfel, the evil Borad has come to
power, bringing death and interplanetary war. Peri discovers a trap.
26 November "Timelash" pts 2a+2b
Not Yet Airing New Series Or Between Seasons:
Nederland 3 http://portal.omroep.nl/ned3
Doctor Who premiere January 2006.
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Doctor Who premiere 2006? Thursday 8PM?
ProSieben http://www.prosieben.de http://www.drwho.de
Doctor Who premiere 2006. Series 1 & 2 purchased. Dubbed in German.
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
DENMARK: Broadcaster TBA.
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree http://www.radiotimes.com
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential/
December 2005 2-00 "The Christmas Invasion" - airdate TBA, sometime
after BBC One broadcast
Sole broadcaster of Doctor Who Confidential (immediately after BBC
One Series 2 broadcasts, other repeats)
Time-shifted broadcasts of Series 2 in 2006 (same weekends as BBC
First broadcaster of Torchwood (coming later in 2006)
Series 1 completed.
Series 1 completed. Expected to buy "The Christmas Invasion" and
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
Monday 26 December Time TBA - 2-00 "The Christmas Invasion" hosted
by Billie Piper
2006 - Series 2. Start Date TBA.
"The Planet Of The Doctor" exclusive CBC.CA documentary. 6 regular
episodes and 1 special. Approximately 90 minutes.
Prime TV http://www.primetv.co.nz http://nzdwfc.tetrap.com
"The Christmas Invasion" and Series 2 to air in 2006 (June/July
Christmas Day - "The Christmas Invasion"
2006 - "Doctor Who Series Two" 13 episodes
Later 2006 "Torchwood" 13 episodes
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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