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This Week In Doctor Who - February 1, 2006

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  • Benjamin Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO February 1, 2006 - Vol 9, No 5 The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide. by Benjamin F. Elliott
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2006
      February 1, 2006 - Vol 9, No 5
      The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
      by Benjamin F. Elliott

      Thursday 2 February:
      Style UK 9PM UAE - The Parting Of The Ways (1st Series Finale)
      People + Arts (Spain/Portugal) 10:30PM CET - Aliens Of London
      Friday 3 February:
      Yes Weekend - 6:20 & 10:53PM - Aliens Of London/World War Three
      Jimmy (Italy) - 9PM - The Parting Of The Ways (1st Series Finale)
      Saturday 4 February:
      één Belgium 4:15PM - The Empty Child
      Tuesday 7 February:
      Ztélé Canada 8PM - Dalek
      Friday 17 March:
      SciFi US 9PM EST/PST - Rose (US Premiere!)

      This week marks the end of regular Doctor Who episodes in certain
      parts of the world.

      The Middle East and North Africa (via Showtime Arabia's Style UK)
      get The Parting Of The Ways on 2 and 3 February, with no more
      episodes airing this month.

      Italians (via Canal Jimmy) also get The Parting Of The Ways
      beginning 3 February (final broadcast on 9 February). There seems to
      be a hole on 10 February - not sure what's airing there. All of
      Doctor Who's timeslots go to the Joss Whedon series "Firefly"
      beginning 17 February.

      Australians say goodbye to the late afternoon/early evening repeats
      of the Classic Doctor Who episodes this Friday 3 February. A few
      stories have been skipped for various rights issues, but ABC has
      gone through the original run of the series. This run began in
      September 2003 (just before the new series was announced), and has
      continued for nearly 29 months. ABC has no plans to air the old
      Doctor Who episodes again at this time. I would not be surprised if
      UKTV Australia http://www.uktv.com.au picked up the old episodes
      again at some point, as they aired the classic series several times
      between 1996 and 2003. No sign of them airing classic Doctor Who in
      February or March. ABC still has repeat rights for the 2005 Series
      (repeats not scheduled at this time), and there is no doubt that
      Australia will get The Christmas Invasion and Series Two this year.

      USA - The countdown to the premiere of the 2005 episodes (with
      Christopher Eccleston) on SciFi http://www.scifi.com continues. The
      Doctor Who SciFi site http://www.scifi.com/doctorwho still hasn't
      launched. An additional repeat for episode 2 - The End Of The World -
      has appeared on the schedule late Sunday March 26 at Midnight. This
      is one hour later than the repeat for Rose on March 19 - it implies
      that Sunday repeats could be a regular thing on the channel (a plus
      for Doctor Who fans who work on Friday nights). The film "Jurassic
      Park" eliminates the 11PM time period on the 26th, so Doctor Who
      might be airing at Midnight for that reason - or it could be the
      regular repeat time - too soon to tell.

      UK - Not this week, but next Friday 9 February at 9PM GMT BBC Three
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree will repeat "The Christmas Invasion",
      the 2005 Christmas special linking Series One to Series Two and
      introducing David Tennant as the Doctor. No special meaning apparent
      in this sudden repeat, unless they wanted to tie-in to UKTV Gold's
      completion of the Series One repeat run 5 days earlier at 5:35PM GMT.

      UKTV Gold will have a Doctor Who Weekend on 18 and 19 March at 11AM
      each day, airing the 13 Series One episodes again.

      The BBC has not announced a premiere date for Series Two, with
      speculation falling anywhere from 11 March to 15 April. If it is
      handled like Series One, there should be between 2 to 3 weeks notice
      of the actual start date, because that is when they will actually
      decide "we're starting the series on x-date". There is no evidence
      that a decision on the Saturday of the premiere has been made yet.

      The new episode of American Who http://www.americanwho.net with
      tributes to Robert Sloman and Gary Downie is online - see the link

      Congratulations to Outpost Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com on
      reaching 10 years of age this week. The home site for the Gallifrey
      One conventions and perhaps the most notable fan Doctor Who site out
      there. (And it's one of the places where this column is mirrored -
      though it would merit the mention anyway.) The best source for
      Doctor Who news for years, and a fast way to get out to most of the
      other great Doctor Who websites around. Kudos to Shaun Lyon and
      those who have helped that site over the years.

      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-
      owner@yahoogroups.com , TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
      Messenger. The listings:


      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.
      Attack Of The Graske - interactive game available to UK residents
      only as part of the trials of the BBC broadband service, starring
      David Tennant as the Doctor and you as the companion


      Jimmy http://www.jimmy140.it
      Thursday 10:50PM CET 1-12 "Bad Wolf" pt 1 of 2
      Friday 9PM, Saturday 1:40PM, Sunday 3:30PM, Tuesday 11:50PM CET 1-
      13 "The Parting Of The Ways" pt 2 of 2
      Dubbed in Italian.
      9 February10:40PM CET 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways" pt 2 of 2
      The series "Firefly" takes over Doctor Who's timeslots beginning 17
      February. I do not know what is airing on 10 February yet.

      ARABIA Peninsula/NORTH AFRICA:

      Showtime Arabia http://www.showtimearabia.com
      Style UK
      Thursday 7PM, Friday 11AM & 4PM UAE 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways"
      pt 2 of 2
      Adjust for local time. Last scheduled broadcast at this time.

      BELGIUM (& The Netherlands):

      één Network http://www.een.be
      Saturday 4:15PM CET 1-09 "The Empty Child" pt 1 of 2
      English with Subtitles.

      CANADA (French):

      Ztélé http://www.ztele.com/index.jsp
      Friday 9PM, Saturday 8AM, Sunday 4PM, Tuesday 2PM EST 1-
      05 "Troisiéme Guerre Mondiale" pt 2 of 2
      Tuesday 8PM EST 1-06 "Dalek"
      4:3 cropped pan & scan. Same French dub as France 4.
      10 February 9PM EST (and repeats) 1-06 "Dalek"
      14 February 8PM EST (and repeats) 1-07 "Un Jeu Interminable"
      21 February 8PM EST (and repeats) 1-08 "Fête Des Pères"


      Digital Plus http://www.plus.es/codigo/default.asp
      People + Arts
      Thursday 10:30PM & 2:30AM, Friday 6:30AM & 3PM, Saturday 6AM, 2 &
      9:30PM CET 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
      9 February 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 10 February 6:30AM & 3PM, 11 February
      6AM, 2 & 9:30PM 1-04 "Aliens Of London" pt 1 of 2
      16 February 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 17 February 6:30AM & 3PM, 18 February
      6AM, 2 & 9:30PM 1-05 "World War Three" pt 2 of 2
      23 February 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 24 February 6:30AM & 3PM, 25 February
      6AM, 2 & 9:30PM 1-06 "Dalek"


      Yes Weekend http://www.yesweekend.co.il
      Wednesday 9:30PM & 12:40AM 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
      Friday 6:20 & 10:53PM, Saturday 1:56PM, Tuesday 9:30PM & 12:40AM 1-
      04 "Aliens Of London" pt 1 of 2
      Friday 7:10 & 11:48PM, Saturday 2:46PM 1-05 "World War Three" pt 2
      of 2
      2 episodes a week. Time approximate based on last week's broadcasts.
      Tentative future schedule:
      10 February 1-06 "Dalek"/1-07 "The Long Game"
      17 February 1-08 "Father's Day"/1-09 "The Empty Child"
      24 February 1-10 "The Doctor Dances"/1-11 "Boom Town"
      3 March 1-12 "Bad Wolf"/1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways"


      Sci-Fi http://www.scifi.com
      17 March 9PM & Midnight EST/PST 1-01 "Rose" (Series Premiere!)
      19 March 11PM, 24 March 8PM EST/PST 1-01 "Rose" (special repeats)
      24 March 9PM & Midnight EST/PST 1-02 "The End Of The World"
      26 March Midnight EST/PST 1-02 "The End Of The World" (special
      31 March 9PM & Midnight EST/PST 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"

      UK Repeats:

      UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      All shows 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1
      Sunday 5:35PM GMT 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways" pt 2 of 2
      14:9 Cropped Letterbox.
      18 March 11AM-5PM "New Series Weekend - Episodes 1 through 6"
      19 March 11AM-6:05PM "New Series Weekend - Episodes 7 through 13"

      BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree http://www.radiotimes.com
      Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential/
      Friday 10 February 9PM GMT 2-00 "The Christmas Invasion"
      16:9 widescreen
      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)

      Thomsonfly Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways,
      British Midland Airlines, British Airways, Air New Zealand - various



      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)
      Saturday 7:05-9AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord: Terror Of The
      Vervoids" movie
      Season 23, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Colin Baker.
      Sunday 7-8:10AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe"
      Season 23, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Colin Baker.
      Sunday 5:35PM GMT 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways" pt 2 of 2
      11 February 7-8:20AM 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"
      4 March 6-9:25AM GMT "Inferno"
      5 March 7-8:50AM GMT "Terror Of The Autons"
      11 March 6-9AM GMT "The Mind Of Evil"
      12 March 7-9AM GMT "The Claws Of Axos"
      18 March 6-9AM GMT "Colony In Space"
      19 March 6:35-9AM GMT "The Dæmons"
      25 March 7-9AM GMT "The Curse Of Peladon"
      26 March 6-9AM BST "The Sea Devils"

      Homechoice http://www.homechoice.co.uk
      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)
      Episodes unknown.


      ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv http://www.sfsa.org.au
      Thursday 6:05PM "The Curse Of Fenric" pt 4 of 4
      Season 26, Episode 11. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
      Thursday 6:30PM "Survival" pt 1 of 3
      Friday 6:05PM "Survival" pts 2+3 of 3
      Season 26, Episodes 12 through 14. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
      Note - if by some chance you don't know the plotline of Survival and
      don't know who appears in it - do not find out in advance. This
      story flows much better when you don't know what's happening next.
      This is the end of the classic series run on ABC. They have no plans
      at this time to air these episodes again. ABC has purchased the
      Christmas Invasion and the 2006 series starring David Tennant, and
      still has the rights to repeat the Christopher Eccleston episodes
      from 2005. No broadcast dates have been revealed at this time.


      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
      Weeknights 2 & 5AM EST (11PM & 2AM PST) - 2 episodes daily
      Weekends 2AM EST (11PM PST) - complete stories
      Wednesday "The Sea Devils" eps 1+2 of 6
      Thursday "The Sea Devils" eps 3+4 of 6
      Friday "The Sea Devils" eps 5+6 of 6
      Season 9, Episodes 9 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      Saturday "The Mutants" all 6 eps
      Season 9, Episodes 15 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      Sunday "The Time Monster" all 6 eps
      Season 9, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      Monday "The Curse Of Peladon" eps 1+2 of 4
      Tuesday "The Curse Of Peladon" eps 3+4 of 4
      Season 9, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      8 February "The Mutants"
      11 February "Carnival Of Monsters"
      12 February "The Three Doctors"
      13 February "The Time Monster"
      16 February "Carnival Of Monsters"
      18 February "The Time Warrior"
      19 February "The Green Death"
      20 February "The Three Doctors"
      22 February "The Green Death"
      25 February "?
      26 February "?
      27 February "The Time Warrior"
      1 March "The Monster Of Peladon"
      4 March "?
      5 March "?
      6 March "Planet Of The Spiders"
      9 March "Castrovalva"
      11 March "?
      12 March "?
      13 March "Four To Doomsday"


      American Who http://www.americanwho.net
      http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/amwho/index.php (alternate
      Current episode - Barry Letts discusses his friend Robert Sloman
      (recently deceased) and gives his views on the 2005 Series of Doctor
      Who. Dan Harris discusses Gary Downie (recently decased).
      Upcoming episodes
      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 - News & Comment. Hour 2 - Tim Powers, one of the judges for
      the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future competition; Adam-Troy
      Castro. Hour 3 - Repeat of last week's Hour 2.
      Feb 25/27 - Thomas Vitale of Sci-Fi Channel in hour 2 discussing
      upcoming shows, including Doctor Who.

      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 12:03-2:45AM EST "The Ambassadors Of Death" movie
      Season 7, Episodes 12 through 18. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      Note - this is the movie version compiled in the mid 1980s. In
      addition to being entirely in black & white, the section that
      represents episode 5 (beginning about 90 minutes into the movie) is
      very poor quality - somewhat muted sound with fuzz, terrible
      picture, etc. Picture quality improves with the 6th episode. To my
      knowledge, this is the only version of The Ambassadors Of Death
      offered in the US since the 1980s. It should not be taken as
      evidence of the quality of the title on VHS if you want to buy it
      before the leftover copies disappear. Episode 5 on the VHS is very
      good quality, and is fully restored to color by the Restoration
      Team. Just - do not panic when you see the picture quality drop on
      MPT - your TV is not acting up.
      11 February "Inferno" (Midnight by MPT's listings, 11:30PM according
      to Tivo, ought to be 11:40PM based on the length of the Vicar Of
      Dibley episode that will be the lead-in)
      18 February "Terror Of The Autons"
      25 February "The Mind Of Evil"

      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
      Saturday 11:35PM CST "Time And The Rani" pts 1+2 of 4
      Season 24, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
      11 February "Time And The Rani" pts 3+4
      18 February "Paradise Towers" pts 1+2
      25 February "Paradise Towers" pts 3+4

      Not Yet Airing New Series Or Between Seasons:


      Nederland 3 http://portal.omroep.nl/ned3
      Doctor Who premiere 2006.


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


      RTLKlub http://rtlklub.hu
      Doctor Who premiere 2006? Thursday 8PM?

      HONG KONG:

      ATV World http://www.hkatv.com/world/05
      Doctor Who premieres 19 February.


      ProSieben http://www.prosieben.de http://www.drwho.de
      Doctor Who premiere 2006. Series 1 & 2 purchased. Dubbed in German.


      SVT http://www.svt.se
      Doctor Who premiere TBA.


      Danmarks Radio
      Doctor Who premiere TBA.

      JAPAN - 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


      KBS2 http://www.kbs.co.kr
      Series 1 completed.


      ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv http://www.sfsa.org.au
      "The Christmas Invasion" and Series 2 to air in 2006.


      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)
      "Doctor Who Friday" - CBBC magazine show to air with Series Two.


      BFBS http://www.ssvc.com/bfbs/tv/bfbs1listing/Look_Ahead_Frameset.htm
      Programming service for UK military. Episodes air shortly after UK


      CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
      http://www.cbc.ca/doctorwho http://www.dwin.org
      2006 - Series 2. Start Date TBA.
      "The Planet Of The Doctor" exclusive CBC.CA documentary. 6 regular
      episodes and 1 special. Approximately 90 minutes.


      NRK2 http://www.nrk.no
      Series One completed.


      France 4 http://www.france4.tv
      Series One completed.

      2006 - "Doctor Who Series Two" 13 episodes
      Later 2006 "Torchwood" 13 episodes

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2006.
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