This Week In Doctor Who - November 30, 2005
- Just before TWIDW went to press, Sci-Fi Channel's
http://www.scifi.com Sci-Fi Wire broke a news story claiming that
the US would get Doctor Who Series One as a Direct to DVD release on
February 14, 2006. It would be the same contents as the UK boxset
and retail at $99.98 (most stores would sell below this price). Sci-
Fi Wire claims that this release is being done by BBC Worldwide
Americas "in advance of any plans to license Doctor Who for
broadcast in the United States". The story is at
I note that this is the same date as the previously announced (not
announced on Sci-Fi Wire) Canadian release of the Series One boxset.
The original intention had been to release the Series at the same
time in the US and Canada. BBC Worldwide Americas could have gone
back to their old plans. The story hasn't made it to reliable
sources like TVShowsOnDVD http://www.tvshowsondvd.com or Steve
Manfred's Doctor Who DVD & VHS FAQ http://home.comcast.net/~smanfred
at this time, which makes the story suspect. $99.98 is the same
price that HBO has released The Sopranos and Six Feet Under to DVD
at for 13 episode seasons. Be aware that BBC Worldwide Americas has
tried to sell Doctor Who to Bravo, Sci-Fi, and a couple of other
networks - Doctor Who is not on US screens because the networks and
BBC WA disagree on the show's value, not because it is yet to be
offered. The problem is unlikely to be resolved soon.
The truth should be out shortly. If true, then US Doctor Who fans
will have a much easier time getting the new series, though it would
be sad to think that a TV broadcast of the series is indefinitely
delayed. If the story is incorrect, the boxset will still be out in
Canada on February 14. Specialist shops and online stores in Canada
will be selling it, as will regular stores in Canada. And the
Canadian release will play perfectly fine on US DVD players.
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
November 30, 2005 - Vol 8, No 48
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Wednesday 30 November:
NRK 2 Norway - 8:05PM - Krigen Forsetter
Friday 2 December:
Jimmy (Italy) - 9PM - Aliens Of London
Saturday 3 December:
één Network Belgium - 3:35PM - The End Of The World
France 4 - 10:25PM - Drôle De Mort/Le Docteur Danse
BBC One 7PM/BBC Three TBD - "The Christmas Invasion"
CBC Canada 8PM - "The Christmas Invasion"
Broadcast times for Doctor Who - The Christmas Invasion in the UK
and Canada have been confirmed. BBC One airs The Christmas Invasion
on Christmas Day (25 December) at 7PM. Early schedules indicated it
might start at 6:15PM or 7:15PM - those times were probably correct
at the time they were published - the schedule wasn't finalized
then. It is believed that The Christmas Invasion will not be airing
at the same time as Coronation Street on ITV, but that was still
unclear at publication time. In Canada, The Christmas Invasion will
air on Boxing Day (26 December) in a 90 minute slot from 8 to 9:30PM
in all time zones as previously expected (8:30PM Newfoundland). At
this time it looks like these will be the only broadcasters to get
The Christmas Invasion this Christmas. No doubt the BFBS service
will offer The Christmas Invasion to British soldiers soon
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree will also have Doctor Who
material on Christmas Day. I suspect it will be a repeat of The
Christmas Invasion, but we won't know for certain till BBC Three's
Christmas schedule comes out. It will probably become clear in the
Christmas edition of the Radio Times http://www.radiotimes.com
magazine, coming out in the next few days in the UK with a Doctor
Who Christmas theme cover.
I would like to issue an apology to KTEH/KCAH in San
Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org . KTEH has aired sporadic
Doctor Who related specials even after losing the series in 2003. To
celebrate the show's 42nd anniversary, KTEH scheduled the
documentary "Mythmakers: William Hartnell" to air at 7PM on November
23. And they did notify me in advance. With all the other things
going on, I did not remember to put it in the column, only realizing
the error after the special had aired. My apologies to Doctor Who
fans in the KTEH/KCAH area who were unaware of this broadcast, and
to Ken Patterson at KTEH. Hopefully most of the Who fans in the area
caught the broadcast anyway.
The Children In Need Doctor Who segment (Billie Piper, David
Tennant, and the console room) remained online until 9:30PM GMT on
Friday 25 November. It is unknown when/if it will air on television
again. No plans for including it on a DVD release have been
announced, but I would be surprised if it wasn't in the Series 2 set.
BBC7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7 will start airing more new to radio
Doctor Who next Saturday 10 December, in case you'd forgotten.
10 December 9AM to Noon, 8 to 11PM, 3 to 6AM - "Shada", the 2003
remake of the Douglas Adams story. Produced by Big Finish for BBCi.
Starring Paul McGann as the Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana, and John
Leeson as K9. The Shada broadcast will have interviews and a look
back at the making of the original unfinished story. A trailer for
Shada is up at
highlighting the 8PM broadcast.
10 December 6:30PM & 12:30AM GMT - "The Chimes Of Midnight".
Originally released in 2002, this is the 6th Big Finish CD release
starring Paul McGann as the Doctor and India Fisher as Charley. It
looks like it'll be serialized over the next few weeks. It is the
next one in the series after "Invaders In Mars", which recently
aired on BBC7. It is also set around Christmastime.
Één Network http://www.een.be in Belgium and the Netherlands seems
to be using Doctor Who as filler. Last week it premiered at 3:55PM
CET. This week it will air at 3:35PM. If you are watching or taping
this broadcast of the series (English with subtitles), you will need
to check each week for the start time.
France 4 http://www.france4.tv has put up the tentative broadcast
schedule for the rest of Doctor Who series 1 on their channel.
Interestingly, all the episodes except the last (The Parting Of The
Ways) have French episode titles on the website. I wonder if this is
just an oversight, or deliberate (ex: the French title being a
spoiler)? At 2 episodes a week French viewers will know soon - the
last episode airs between 17 and 24 December.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca is getting a bit of attention for
their upcoming Doctor Who schedule. The Curse Of Fenric, originally
announced in their press release as airing late Saturday 17 December
at 2AM EST, now is missing from the schedule. Survival has moved to
the 17th, with the weekend rotation returning to Pertwee stories on
18 December. Hopefully this is just an error and The Curse Of Fenric
will air. But as of press time, Fenric was missing.
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-
email@example.com , 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.
Belgium (& The Netherlands):
één Network http://www.een.be
Saturday 3:35PM CET 1-02 "The End Of The World"
English with Subtitles.
Wednesday 8:05PM CET 1-10 "Krigen Forsetter" pt 2 of 2
16:9 Widescreen Digital; 16:9 Letterbox Analog
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 1-07 "Jeu Interminable"
Saturday 8:50AM CET 1-08 "Fête Des Pères"
Saturday 10:25PM, Monday 3:15PM, & Late Tuesday 12:05AM CET 1-
09 "Drôle De Mort" pt 1 of 2
Saturday 11:15PM, Tuesday 3:10PM & 1AM CET 1-10 "Le Docteur Danse"
pt 2 of 2
Dubbed in French.
10 December 10:20PM, 12 December 3:10PM, 13 December Midnight, 17
December 8AM 1-11 "L'explosion de Cardiff"
10 December 11:10PM, 13 December 3:10PM & 12:50AM, 17 December
8:50AM 1-12 "Le Grand Méchant Loup" pt 1 of 2
17 December 10:25PM, 19 December 3:15PM, 20 December 12:25AM, 24
December 8:30AM 1-13 "Not titled yet" pr 2 of 2
Thursday 10:40PM CET 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
Friday 9PM, Saturday 1:55PM, Sunday 4:50PM + 3:45AM, Tuesday 11:50PM
CET 1-04 "Aliens Of London" pt 1 of 2
8 December ? 1-04 "Aliens Of London" pt 1 of 2
9 December 9PM, 10 December 1:30PM, 11 December 4:30PM 1-05 "World
War Three" pt 2 of 2
Saturday 5PM CET 1-11 "Boom Town"
Sunday 5AM CET 1-11 "Boom Town"
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 4:45PM & 3:50AM GMT 1-06 "Dalek"
14:9 Cropped Letterbox.
9 December 8PM GMT 1-07 "The Long Game"
10 December 6PM GMT 1-07 "The Long Game"
11 December 3:40PM & 3:40AM 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
10 December 9AM-Noon, 8-11PM, 3-6AM GMT "Shada (2003)"
BBCi/Big Finish co-production. Starring Paul McGann as The Doctor
and Lalla Ward As Romana. Also special BBC7 material about Doctor
10 December 6:30PM & 12:30AM GMT "The Chimes Of Midnight" pt 1 of 4
Big Finish Audio 29.
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 4:45PM & 3:50AM GMT "Dalek"
Saturday 7-8:20AM GMT "Delta And The Bannermen" movie
Season 24, Episodes 9 through 11. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
The Doctor and Mel find a vacation to help recover from the trauma
of their last vacation. A holiday in Disneyland in 1959. When the
time travelling tour bus is attacked, the gang of tourists have to
land in Wales instead. The Doctor and Mel must find out why this
tour is under attack, who the target is, and how to protect the
Earth from the fallout. Features lots of 1950s music and a couple of
dances. Not to mention some bees.
Sunday 7-9AM GMT "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy" movie
Season 25, Episodes 11 through 14. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
UKTV Gold skips over more stories whose rights are exhausted in the
current package. The Doctor and Ace receive an ad for the Psychic
Circus, the most famous circus in the galaxy. Not to mention the
most dangerous one to visit.
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 6:03PM "The Caves Of Androzani" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Suffering the effects of a poison, the 5th Doctor and Peri try to
outwit gun runners, the military, Sharaz Jek, and a corrupt
President. The only thing these forces seem to agree on is that
they'd like the Doctor to die. Everyone except Jek has the same view
Friday 6:03PM "The Twin Dilemma" pts 1+2 of 4
Monday 6:04PM "The Twin Dilemma" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 21, Episodes 21 through 24. Doctor: Colin Baker.
The Doctor has regenerated. Peri is unhappy with the result, but
disappointment turns to fear when the Doctor's grip on reality falls
apart. The Doctor struggles to bring himself back from the brink
before he harms anyone. Can the universe get by for a few days
without the Doctor?
Tuesday 6:05PM "Attack Of The Cybermen" pts 1a+1b of 2
Wednesday 6:05PM "Attack Of The Cybermen" pts 2a+2b of 2
Season 22, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Colin Baker. (The 25 minute
versions of season 22 are being used.)
An alien distress signal in London brings the Doctor and Peri into a
plot to steal a time machine. The Cybermen have sinister plans for
Earth. Lytton is back. Lytton. From Resurrection Of The Daleks. You
remember Lytton. Oh. Due to rights issues about Daleks ABC was
unable to air that story. Nevermind.
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 "Kinda" pts 2+3 of 4
Thursday 12&5AM EST"Kinda" pt 4 of 4
Season 19 Episodes 10 through 12. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Mara hopes to use the mind of Tegan to bring a new reign of
terror to the world of Kinda. The Doctor is asked to play the Fool.
Thursday 12:30&5:30AM EST "The Visitation" pt 1 of 4
Friday "The Visitation" pts 2+3 of 4
Season 19, Episodes 13 through 15. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Aliens crash land in Heathrow in 1666, come to like the area, and
decide not to leave. Unfortunately for them, the TARDIS crew come
with the eviction notice.
Saturday "Silver Nemesis" all 3 pts
Season 25, Episodes 8 through 10. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. (BBC Kids
An alien invasion, a powerful sentient weapon, survivors from the
Nazis, and a sorceress from the 17th Century converge on England in
November 1988 in hopes of ultimate power. Who will outplay, outwit,
and outlast the others? The 7th Doctor and Ace interfere in the game.
Sunday "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy" all 4 pts
Season 25, Episodes 11 through 14. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. (BBC
See UKTV Gold for details.
Monday 12&5AM EST "The Visitation" pt 4 of 4
Season 19, Episode 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Monday 12:30&5:30AM EST "Black Orchid" pt 1 of 2
Tuesday 12&5AM EST "Black Orchid" pt 2 of 2
Season 19, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Mistaken for a respected doctor, the Doctor takes part in a game of
cricket, infiltrates a rich English family, and gets involved in a
bizarre case of murder.
Tuesday 12:30&5:30AM EST "Time-Flight" pt 1 of 4
Season 19, Episode 23. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Shell shocked from the events of Earthshock, the TARDIS crew arrive
at Heathrow Airport, where a Concorde has gone missing. As the only
U*N*I*T alumni available, the Doctor soon finds himself involved in
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"
(The original press release for the Colin Baker/Sylvester McCoy
stories included The Curse Of Fenric. It seems to have disappeared
from the list of stories.)
17 December "The Curse Of Fenric" (BBC Kids premiere)/"Survival"?
18 December "Survival" (BBC Kids premiere)/"Spearhead From Space"?
20 December (12:30AM) "Enlightenment"
22 December (12:30AM) "The King's Demons"
23 December (12:30AM) "Warriors Of The Deep"
24 December pre-empted
25 December "Doctor Who and the Silurians"
(There is a hole in the schedule where the 12 and 12:30AM episodes
should be. The 5 & 5:30AM repeats are still listed.)
*27 December (12:30AM*) "The Awakening"
*28 December (12:30AM*) "Frontios"
*30 December (12:30AM*) "Planet Of Fire"
1 January "Inferno"
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Current episode - new interview with Richard Franklin (Captain Mike
Yates) on Jon Pertwee, politics, and bow-wows.
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 - Jason Haigh-Ellery of Big Finish Productions, actress
Maggie Stables (Evelyn Smythe in the Big Finish Doctor Who audios),
and New Series/Big Finish Doctor Who writer Rob Shearman. Hour 2 -
Dan Harris on the history of the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise. 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 12:30-2AM EST "The Tomb Of The Cybermen" movie
Season 5, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
Time approximate after a Fawlty Towers pledge special. The
famous "recovered lost story", missing from the early 1970s to 1992.
The 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria infiltrate an expedition that
want to unearth the tomb where the Cybermen slumber away, oblivious
to time. The Doctor fears the consequences if the tomb is opened.
Some members of the expedition seem far too eager to open everything
10 December "The Dominators"
17 December "The Mind Robber"
Christmas Eve "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), 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)
Pre-empted for pledge drive. Doctor Who returns 10 December.
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, 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 7PM GMT 2-00 "The Christmas Invasion" (1 hour special)
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
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
Monday 26 December Time 8-9:30PM (8:30-10PM Newfoundland) 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. Christmas (Invasion)
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