This Week In Doctor Who - December 28, 2005
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
December 28, 2005 - Vol 8, No 52
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Thursday 29 December:
Style UK 9PM UAE - The Unquiet Dead
Friday 30 December:
Jimmy (Italy) - 9PM - Il Padre Di Rose
Style UK 9PM UAE - Aliens Of London
New Years Day 2006:
BBC Three 7PM GMT - "The Christmas Invasion" (encore)
BBC Interactive 8PM GMT "Attack Of The Graske" (interactive mini-
It's the end of 2005. A brand new Doctor has arrived, entranced much
of the world, and departed already. Replaced by another brand new
Doctor who is entrancing audiences again.
The overnight ratings for The Christmas Invasion on BBC One on
Christmas Night were an average of 9.4 million viewers with a peak
of 9.8 million, the best performance since Rose. The final numbers
(including timeshifted viewers) will probably come out an hour or so
*after* next week's column goes out. No ratings for the CBC
broadcast on 26 December had been announced as of this writing.
In the UK, you have another chance to see "The Christmas Invasion"
if you missed it or your VCR/DVR failed you - BBC Three repeats the
episode on New Years Day at 7PM GMT. Interactive
game/episode "Attack Of The Graske" is also available that night
from 8PM to Midnight to UK digital viewers only who press the red
button. NTL cable viewers cannot access the game, apparently.
The Second Series airs in 2006. The BBC didn't decide on the start
date for Series One till just a few weeks before it began. The same
will probably happen this time. Expect it Saturdays at 7PM GMT on
BBC One, with Doctor Who Confidential airing almost immediately
afterwards on BBC Three.
Doctor Who fans in Israel will soon get Series One through Yes
Weekend http://www.yesweekend.co.il . It is expected to premiere the
weekend of 20 January. Exact broadcast time and number of airings
for each episode is unknown. The only website I have found with
listings for Yes Weekend so far is in Hebrew, making searching
The Maltese Rumor. I've seen comments praising that Doctor Who is
being picked up in Malta. Alas, there was no channel or premiere
date to back it up. If anyone knows of an online Maltese TV Guide,
send me an e-mail.
US readers - the broadcast of "The Christmas Invasion" seems to be
causing new questions about whether the US audience has missed
Doctor Who. No one has bought the show yet, so you haven't missed
any episodes unless you had access to CBC TV
http://www.cbc.ca/television and didn't tune in. If you have a multi-
region DVD player you can buy Series One from the UK now. If you
don't have a multi-region player/don't know what you have, Series
One is out in the US and Canada on DVD on February 14, and will play
on players sold in the US. Barring a late miracle, this will count
as the US premiere of the Christopher Eccleston Doctor Who episodes.
BBC 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7 is *not* airing part 3 of The Chimes
Of Midnight this Saturday night. They have special New Years
programming. Part 2 remains online through the listen again page
until the 31st. Part 3 of The Chimes Of Midnight (starring Paul
McGann and India Fisher) makes its radio premiere on 7 January at
6:30PM and 12:30AM GMT.
UKTV Gold is cutting back the number of new series repeats it airs
come January. The last 5 episodes in their weekly repeat run
(starring with The Empty Child) will air just once - late Sunday
afternoons. This is a change from a .pdf file of an earlier January
schedule where episodes aired on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
When this repeat cycle is finished on 5 February, the Christopher
Eccleston episodes will be rested and vanish from the schedule for
now. The earlier seasons will remain on UKTV Gold, with a couple of
leftover episodes repeating before Jon Pertwee stories resume on 19
February. See the classic series section for the full list of
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:
UK First Run:
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree http://www.radiotimes.com
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential/
Special Series One Repeat run through 31 December.
Wednesday 7PM GMT 1-05 "World War Three" pt 2 of 2
Wednesday 7:45PM GMT 1-06 "Dalek"
Thursday 7PM GMT 1-07 "The Long Game"
Thursday 7:45PM GMT 1-08 "Father's Day"
Friday 7PM GMT 1-09 "The Empty Child" pt 1 of 2
Friday 7:45PM GMT 1-10 "The Doctor Dances" pt 2 of 2
New Years Eve 7PM GMT 1-11 "Boom Town"
New Years Eve 7:45PM GMT 1-12 "Bad Wolf" pt 1 of 2
New Years Eve 8:30PM GMT 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways" pt 2 of 2
New Years Day 7PM 2-00 "The Christmas Invasion" (encore)
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 Radio Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales
"Back In Time: New Doctor, New Danger" (via Listen Again)
4th installment of BBC Radio Wales' Back In Time series (the first 3
episodes aired with Series One earlier this year). This edition
gives a Welsh perspective on the new Doctor and the upcoming series.
Should remain online until 31 December.
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.
BBC Radio 2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2
"Doctor Who: Regeneration" documentary
1 hour special looking at the phenomenon of Doctor Who in 2005 and
the issue of how a regeneration this early into the show's run will
affect its future. Interviews with Russell T. Davies, Billie Piper,
new Doctor David Tennant, and more. Still online through listen
Friday 9PM, New Years Eve 2:15PM, Late New Years Day 4:40AM, Tuesday
11:45PM CET 1-08 "Il Padre Di Rose"
5 January 11PM 1-08 "Il Padre Di Rose"
6 January 9PM, 7 January 2PM, 8 January 3:45PM, 10 January 11:45PM,
12 January 10:40PM 1-09 "The Empty Child"
13 January 9PM, 14 January 1:55PM, 15 January 4:15PM, 17 January
11:45PM, 19 January 10:50PM 1-10 "The Doctor Dances"
20 January 9PM 1-11 "Boom Town"
Belgium (& The Netherlands):
één Network http://www.een.be
Pre-empted this week. Yes, we know it's the middle of the Aliens Of
London/World War Three 2 parter. No, we don't know when part 2 is
English with Subtitles.
ARABIA Peninsula/NORTH AFRICA:
Showtime Arabia http://www.showtimearabia.com
Thursday 7PM, Friday 9AM & 4PM UAE 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
Friday 7PM, Saturday 9AM & 4PM UAE 1-04 "Aliens Of London" pt 1 of 2
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
All shows 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1
Series One special daily run continues through 2 January. Weekly
repeat run resumes next weekend.
Thursday 10AM GMT 1-09 "The Empty Child" pt 1 of 2
Friday 10AM GMT 1-10 "The Doctor Dances" pt 2 of 2
New Years Eve 10AM GMT 1-11 "Boom Town"
New Years Day 10AM GMT 1-12 "Bad Wolf" pt 1 of 2
Monday 10AM GMT 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways" pt 2 of 2
8 January 6PM GMT 1-09 "The Empty Child" pt 1 of 2 (new time -
Friday, Saturday, and late Sunday broadcast *all* discontinued)
15 January 6?PM GMT 1-10 "The Doctor Dances" pt 2 of 2
22 January 6?PM GMT 1-11 "Boom Town"
29 January 6?PM GMT 1-12 "Bad Wolf" pt 1 of 2
5 February 5:40PM GMT 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways" pt 2 of 2
Thomsonfly Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways,
British Midland Airlines, British Airways, Air New Zealand - various
OTHER TV/RADIO/INTERNET BROADCASTS:
Big Finish Doctor Who http://www.doctorwho.co.uk
"The Chimes Of Midnight" pt 2 of 4 Big Finish Audio 29.
Paul McGann as the Doctor and India Fisher as Charley Pollard in
this Christmas themed adventure. Episode 2 still available through
the Saturday section of listen again until 31 December. Episode 3
goes up on 7 January following a one week gap for New Years specials.
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)
Now-2 January - daily broadcast of New Series at 10AM continues, pre-
empted Christmas Day and 26 December.
New Years Day 11AM-12:35PM, Monday 7:20-9AM GMT "Doctor Who" (1996)
7 January 7:05-9AM GMT "The Curse Of Fenric"
8 January 7-8:25AM GMT "Survival"
14 January 7-9AM GMT "The Twin Dilemma"
15 January 7-9AM GMT "Vengeance On Varos"
21 January 7-9AM GMT "The Mark Of The Rani"
22 January 7-9AM GMT "Timelash"
28 January 7-9AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Mysterious
29 January 7-9AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord: Mindwarp"
4 February 7-9AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord: Terror Of The
5 February 7-8AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe"
11 February 7-8:25AM GMT "The Happiness Patrol"
12 February 7-8:20AM GMT "Silver Nemesis"
18 February 7-9AM GMT "The Face Of Evil"
19 February 7:05-9AM GMT "Spearhead From Space"
25 February 6-9:10AM GMT "Doctor Who and the Silurians"
26 February 6-9AM GMT "The Ambassadors Of Death"
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 6:04PM "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 11+12 of 14 (Terror
Of The Vervoids pts 3+4)
Season 23, Episodes 11 through 12. Doctor: Colin Baker.
Friday - pre-empted New Years weekend
2 through 6 January - pre-empted for Holman Cup Tennis Tournament
9 January "The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe"
10 January "Time And The Rani"
12 January "Paradise Towers"
16 January "Delta And The Bannermen"
17 January "Dragonfire"
19 January "The Happiness Patrol"
20 January "Silver Nemesis"
24 January "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy"
26 January "Battlefield"
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Weeknights 2 & 5AM EST (11PM & 2AM PST) - 2 episodes daily (2AM EST
repeats begin 2 January)
Weekends 2AM EST (11PM PST) - complete stories
Wednesday 5AM EST "The Awakening" pt 2 of 2
Season 21, Episode 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Wednesday 5:30AM EST "Frontios" pt 1 of 4
Thursday "Frontios" pts 2+3 of 4
Friday 5AM EST "Frontios" pt 4 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 7 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Friday 5:30AM EST "Planet Of Fire" pt 1 of 4
Season 21, Episode 13. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Saturday "Doctor Who and the Silurians" pts 1,2,3,+4 of 7
New Years Night "Doctor Who and the Silurians" pts 5,6,+7 of 7
Season 7, Episodes 5 through 11. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Monday "Planet Of Fire" pts 2+3 of 4 (2AM EST broadcasts begin)
Tuesday 2&5AM EST "Planet Of Fire" pt 4 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 14 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tuesday 2:30&5:30AM EST "The Caves Of Androzani" pt 1 of 4
Season 21, Episode 17. Doctor: Peter Davison.
5 January (2:30AM) "Spearhead From Space"
7 January "Inferno"
9 January (2:30AM) "Doctor Who and the Silurians"
13 January "Inferno"
14 January "Terror Of The Autons"
15 January "The Claws Of Axos"
18 January (2:30AM) "Terror Of The Autons"
20 January (2:30AM) "The Claws Of Axos"
21 January "Colony In Space"
22 January "The Dæmons"
24 January (2:30AM) "Colony In Space"
27 January (2:30AM) "The Dæmons"
28 January "The Sea Devils"
29 January "The Curse Of Peladon"
1 February "The Sea Devils"
4 February "The Mutants"
5 February "The Time Monster"
6 February "The Curse Of Peladon"
8 February "The Mutants"
11 February "Carnival Of Monsters"
12 February "The Three Doctors"
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Current episode - new interview with Richard Franklin (Captain Mike
Yates) on Jon Pertwee, politics, and bow-wows.
December - Carole Ann Ford on her time in the TARDIS; the top 5
Doctor Who stories of 2005 (expected online this weekend)
January - Barry Letts discusses his friend Robert Sloman (recently
deceased) and gives his views on the 2005 Series of Doctor Who.
February - 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 - Felix Silla ("The Addams Family", "Buck Rogers"); Leonard
Stone. Hour 2 - Jason Carter (Babylon 5); Bob May (Lost In Space).
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 New Years Eve Midnight-2:20AM EST "The Seeds Of Death" movie
Season 6, Episodes 23 through 28. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
7 January "The War Games" movie, pt 1 of 2
14 January "The War Games" movie, pt 2 of 2
21 January "Spearhead From Space" movie
28 January "Doctor Who and the Silurians" movie
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)
New Years Eve - pre-empted for New Years Special
7 January "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 7+8 (Mindwarp pts 3+4)
14 January "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 9+10 (Terror Of The
Vervoids pts 1+2)
21 January "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 11+12 (Terror Of The
Vervoids pts 3+4)
28 January "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 13+14 (The Ultimate Foe)
Not Yet Airing New Series Or Between Seasons:
Nederland 3 http://portal.omroep.nl/ned3
Doctor Who premiere January 2006.
Yes Network http://www.yesnetwork.co.il
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 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
Prime TV http://www.primetv.co.nz http://nzdwfc.tetrap.com
"The Christmas Invasion" and Series 2 to air in 2006 (June/July
BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone http://www.radiotimes.com
16:9 Widescreen Digital,14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Primary broadcaster of Doctor Who. Series Two Saturdays 7PM in 2006
(start date TBA)
Programming service for UK military. Episodes air shortly after UK
2006 - "Doctor Who Series Two" 13 episodes
Later 2006 "Torchwood" 13 episodes
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
2006 - Series 2. Start Date TBA.
"The Planet Of The Doctor" exclusive CBC.CA documentary. 6 regular
episodes and 1 special. Approximately 90 minutes.
Series One completed.
France 4 http://www.france4.tv
Series One completed.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care. Happy New Year.
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