This Week In Doctor Who - November 23, 2005
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Belgium! Netherlands! 42!
November 23, 2005 - Vol 8, No 47
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Doctor Who is 42 today. There were 42 episodes in the first season.
There were 42 episodes in the Sylvester McCoy era. The most watched
story on original broadcast was City Of Death, co-written by Douglas
Adams, who was about to become famous around the world writing
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, a story oddly focused around 42.
What does this mean? Absolutely nothing, but there's an information
overload this week and this paragraph is a nice break from trying to
put it all together.
Wednesday 23 November:
NRK 2 Norway - 8:05PM - Ny Helt For Rose?
Friday 25 November:
Jimmy (Italy) - 9PM - The Unquiet Dead
Saturday 26 November:
één Belgium (Netherlands) - 3:55PM - Rose (Series Premiere!)
France 4 - 10:20PM - Jeu Interminable/Fête Des Pères
BBC One/BBC Three - Christmas Special Episode "The Christmas
CBC Canada - Christmas Special Episode "The Christmas Invasion"
The Children In Need sketch
currently being offered online to the world for free in realplayer
format at that link. This scene occurs right after The Parting Of
The Ways and leads into The Christmas Invasion (due to premiere in
the UK and Canada in December). For many people, particularly in the
US, this is your first (completely legitimate) way to see a piece of
new Doctor Who. It is roughly 7 minutes long, plus one minute of
material David Tennant and Billie Piper recorded asking people to
donate to Children In Need. BTW, if you plan to watch, please donate
to Children In Need. It is unknown how long the segment will remain
on the website.
Belgium & The Netherlands - één Network http://www.een.be , a public
network in Belgium, has bought the rights to air Doctor Who. It
premieres this Saturday at 3:55PM CET, with one episode airing per
week (no repeats). Één is apparently available in the Netherlands,
so 2 countries get Doctor Who through this deal. Episodes will air
in English with Flemish subtitles. Nederland 3 in the Netherlands is
due to air Doctor Who as well starting in January.
We need to get a list of spillover countries where you can see
Doctor Who from neighboring countries' broadcasts. We know the CBC
reaches border areas of the US. BBC One and BBC Three reach parts of
Ireland, France, and several other European countries. Hopefully a
full list can be compiled before The Christmas Invasion airs.
The Christmas Invasion will premiere on Christmas Day (Sunday 25
December) on BBC One, repeating later on BBC Three. Broadcast time
to be determined. The BBC Press Office
http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice has put up details of the shows
scheduled on the BBC channels on Christmas Day, though they do not
have times yet. There is a nice picture of the TARDIS in the snow
with a Christmas wreath on the doors. BBC Three has "Doctor Who"
listed with no details. I am assuming it will be The Christmas
Invasion, though it could be repeats of Series One or Doctor Who
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv will have special Doctor Who
programming for the Christmas & New Years period. Series One will
air one episode a day from Monday 19 December with pre-emptions on
Christmas Day and Boxing Day (26 December), airing 11 episodes
through 31 December (date of last 2 episodes to be announced). The
1996 TV Movie starring Paul McGann will air Christmas Day starting
ABC Australia http://www.abc.net.au/tv goes to 2 episodes a day 5
days a week from Monday 28 November. Which is this coming Monday.
Don't be caught off guard.
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org will cycle back to the Patrick
Troughton stories (again) next week, as their contract to air
classic Doctor Who continues but they are not being allowed to buy
any stories they do not yet already have. This will be the 4th time
in a row through the Troughton and Pertwee stories.
Various reports on BBC7's http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7 December plans
came out this week. Shada (2003 Big Finish/BBCi remake of the
unfinished TV story) will apparently air with material discussing
Douglas Adams. Shada will be the CD audio release version, which is
very slightly different from the version still online at the BBC's
Doctor Who website
http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/index.shtml . My Life As A
Dalek, the Radio 4 documentary by Mark Gattiss exploring the metal
monsters, will get another broadcast. And it's previously been
reported that The Chimes Of Midnight (Big Finish 8th Doctor/Charley
audio story) will air in December as well.
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.
Best wishes to everyone attending the Chicago TARDIS Doctor Who
convention in Chicago this weekend.
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 Children In Need http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey
Doctor Who Children In Need Sketch
David Tennant and Billie Piper star in this 7 minute Doctor Who
scene made for Children In Need. It is set immediately between The
Parting Of The Ways and The Christmas Invasion. It is still online
at this time. Remember to donate - this was made to help Children In
Need. Picture and sound quality are mediocre, at least outside the
UK. It is unlikely to air on TV again, though one hopes it will
eventually see DVD. For now, it is a chance for anyone with internet
connections to see new Doctor Who around the world.
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.
Wednesday 8:05PM CET 1-09 "Ny Helt For Rose?" pt 1 of 2
16:9 Widescreen Digital; 16:9 Letterbox Analog
30 November 1-10 "Krigen Forsetter" pt 2 of 2
7 December 1-11 "Verden I Fare"
14 December 1-12 "Bad Wolf" pt 1 of 2
21 December 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways" pt 2 of 2
France 4 http://www.france4.tv
Saturday 8AM CET 1-05 "Troisième Guerre Mondiale" pt 2 of 2
Saturday 8:50AM CET 1-06 "Dalek"
Saturday 10:20PM, Monday 3:20PM, & Late Tuesday 12:10AM CET 1-
07 "Jeu Interminable"
Saturday 11:10PM, Tuesday 3:05PM & 1AM CET 1-08 "Fête Des Pères"
Dubbed in French.
3 December 10:25PM & 5 December 3:15PM 1-09 "Drôle De Mort" pt 1 of 2
3 December 11:15PM & 8 December 3:10PM 1-10 "Le Docteur Danse" pt 2
Thursday 10:55PM CET 1-02 "The End Of The World"
Friday 9PM, Saturday 1:45PM, Sunday 5:05PM + 3:25AM, Tuesday 11:30PM
CET 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
Saturday 3:55PM CET 1-01 "Rose" (Series Premiere!)
English with Flemish subtitles. This over the air Belgian station is
apparently easy to see in the Netherlands. Unlike the French and
Italian stations it appears that één does not repeat programmes so
you will have one chance at tuning in.
Saturday 5PM CET 1-10 "The Doctor Dances" pt 2 of 2
Sunday 5AM CET 1-10 "The Doctor Dances" pt 2 of 2
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 4:30PM & 4AM GMT 1-05 "World War
Three" pt 2 of 2
14:9 Cropped Letterbox.
2 December 8PM GMT 1-06 "Dalek"
3 December 6PM GMT 1-06 "Dalek"
4 December 4:45PM & 3:50AM GMT 1-06 "Dalek"
7 December 11PM 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"
14 December 11PM GMT 1-07 "The Long Game"
16 December 8PM GMT 1-08 "Father's Day"
19 December 10AM GMT 1-01 "Rose"
20 December 10AM GMT 1-02 "The End Of The World"
21 December 10AM GMT 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
22 December 10AM GMT 1-04 "Aliens Of London" pt 1 of 2
23 December 10AM GMT 1-05 "World War Three" pt 2 of 2
Christmas Eve 10AM GMT 1-06 "Dalek"
27 December 10AM GMT 1-07 "The Long Game"
28 December 10AM GMT 1-08 "Father's Day"
29 December 10AM GMT 1-09 "The Empty Child" pt 1 of 2
30 December 10AM GMT 1-10 "The Doctor Dances" pt 2 of 2
New Years Eve 10AM GMT 1-11 "Boom Town"
"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
"Invaders From Mars" pt 4 of 4 - still at the listen again links
above until Saturday
10 December 9AM-11:30AM, 8PM, 3AM GMT "Shada (2003)"
BBCi/Big Finish co-production. Starring Paul McGann as The Doctor
and Lalla Ward As Romana.
10 December 11:30AM, 10:30PM?, 5:30AM? GMT "My Life As A Dalek"
17 December Time TBA "The Chimes Of Midnight" Big Finish Audio 33.
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 4:30PM & 4AM GMT "World War Three"
pt 2 of 2
Saturday 7-8:55AM GMT "Time And The Rani" movie
Season 24, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
UKTV Gold skips the Colin Baker stories this time to complete this
truncated run of leftover Doctor Who broadcasts before the end of
the year. They bought the rights to air stories a certain number of
times under their last contract, and some stories didn't get aired
as much. Those are the ones you are getting now as they get their
money's worth from the old deal. The Doctor regenerates in an
accident while the TARDIS is dragged off course by the Rani. Taking
advantage of his weakened mental state, she uses him to help with a
dangerous scientific experiment.
Sunday 7:05-9AM GMT "Paradise Towers" movie
Season 24, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
Mel wants a vacation to recover from their last vacation, so the
Doctor brings her to Paradise Towers, home to a highly regarded
swimming pool, an insane police who think their military, dangerous
grandmothers, troubled teens, and death lurking at every corner. Mel
will want another vacation to recover from this vacation.
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"
19-31 December - daily broadcast of New Series at 10AM, pre-empted
Christmas Day and 26 December.
Christmas Day 8:20AM GMT "Doctor Who" (1996)
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 6:05PM "Frontios" pt 4 of 4
Season 21, Episode 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Gravis underestimates the Doctor, with dire results for his
plans of conquest.
Monday 6:05PM "Planet Of Fire" pts 1+2 of 4 (now 2 episodes daily -
Tuesday 6:04PM "Planet Of Fire" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 21, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The secrets of Turlough's past and Kamelion's present threaten the
Doctor and the world of Sarn.
Wednesday 6:03PM "The Caves Of Androzani" pts 1+2 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor and Peri find themselves suspected of gun smuggling
on the very dangerous world of Androzani Minor.
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 12&5AM EST "Planet Of The Spiders" pt 6 of 6
Season 11, Episode 26. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The 3rd Doctor must face his fears, returning to Metebelis III to
defeat the Great Spider and save two worlds. Final 3rd Doctor
episode, leading to Robot, the first 4th Doctor story, which has
aired on BBC Kids many, many times. BBC Kids doesn't have the rights
to it anymore, though.
Wednesday 12:30&5:30AM EST "Castrovalva" pt 1 of 4
Thursday "Castrovalva" pts 2+3 of 4
Friday 12&5AM EST "Castrovalva" pt 4 of 4
Season 19, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The new 5th Doctor is suffering from the effects of his troubled
regeneration. The TARDIS crew seek a place where he can rest and
recover his wits.
Friday 12:30&5:30AM EST "Four To Doomsday" pt 1 of 4
Season 19, Episode 5. Doctor: Peter Davison.
A space ship carrying the survivors of the Urbankan race is heading
to Earth in hopes of living there in "peace" with humanity.
Saturday "Dragonfire" all 3 pts
Season 24, Episodes 12 through 14. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. (BBC
Sabalom Glitz, intergalactic con artist, runs into the 7th Doctor
and Mel again at a space port. He needs their help to find "buried
treasure" that could make him very rich and settle dangerous debts
he has accrued.
Sunday "The Happiness Patrol" all 3 pts
Season 25, Episodes 5 through 7. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. (BBC Kids
Another Dalek story unavailable due to rights problems. The 7th
Doctor and Ace, seemingly on a bet, land on the most inefficient
dictator led world in the Galaxy and see just how fast they can
cause a revolution. Someone will be very unhappy before this night
Monday "Four To Doomsday" pts 2+3 of 4
Tuesday 12&5AM EST "Four To Doomsday" pt 4 of 4
Season 19, Episodes 6 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tuesday 12:30&5:30AM EST "Kinda" pt 1 of 4
Season 19, Episode 9. Doctor: Peter Davison.
While Nyssa sleeps off an illness in the TARDIS, Tegan finds far
more alarming dreams on the world of the 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 - new interview with Richard Franklin (Captain Mike
Yates) on Jon Pertwee, politics, and bow-wows. It went online late
due to a hurricane, so it might not be up long. If you want to tune
in, tune now.
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, 3-6PM
Live BTR Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
Monday 7-10PM EST (12-3AM GMT) http://www.cityviberadio.co.uk
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PST) http://www.krradio.com (repeat of
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - Gary Graham (Enterprise, Alien Nation); Arne Star previews
upcoming movies for December 05 and 2006. Hour 2 - Billy West (Ren
And Stimpy, Futurama); Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).
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
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-2:30AM EST "Planet Of The Spiders" movie
Season 11, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The final Jon Pertwee story. A wild, wooly epic. Car chases, fear
facing, an old friend turned enemy turned friend. A surprise visitor
that we've heard about for some time. A message from Jo. The end of
an era. May start late due to Greatful Dead pledge concert.
3 December (12:30AM) "The Tomb Of The Cybermen" - 4th cycle through
the Troughton/Pertwee stories in a row, since the contract's still
running but BBC Worldwide Americas isn't letting the station get
more stories. Time approximate after Fawlty Towers pledge special.
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 2a+2b of 2
Season 22, Episode 11. Doctor: Colin Baker.
The 6th Doctor and Herbert must use the powers of the Timelash to
outwit the Borad, rescue Peri, and stop a possible war with the
Bandrils. Guest starring Paul Darrow.
3 December - pre-empted for pledge drive
10 December "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 1+2
17 December "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 3+4
Christmas Eve "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 5+6
New Years Eve - pre-empted for New Years Special
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 (probably
Christmas Day), 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)
BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone http://www.radiotimes.com
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
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
Series 1 completed.
Series 1 completed. Expected to buy "The Christmas Invasion" and
Series 2. Has not done so at this time.
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. Hockey is back, which could affect
when they air Series 2.
"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. Don't panic.
Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2005.