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This Week In Doctor Who - March 15, 2006

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    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - US Premiere Week! March 15, 2006 - Vol 9, No 11 The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide. by Benjamin F. Elliott
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      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - US Premiere Week!
      March 15, 2006 - Vol 9, No 11
      The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
      by Benjamin F. Elliott

      Thursday 16 March:
      People + Arts (Spain/Portugal) 10:30PM CET - The Empty Child
      Friday 17 March:
      SciFi US 9PM EST/PST - Rose/The End Of The World (US Premiere!)
      Sunday 19 March:
      Cool TV (Hungary) 7PM - World War Three
      ATV World (Hong Kong) Midnight - World War Three
      Tuesday 21 March:
      Ztélé Canada 8PM - Le Grand Méchant Loop

      This Week In Doctor Who has always had a worldwide focus (to the
      best of my abilities). But I've been wanting what's happening this
      week to happen since long before this column began in 1998, so bear
      with me. :) Also, there may be a fair number of people reading the
      column for the first time this week (hello!) depending on how well
      SciFi advertised Doctor Who's return.

      2 ½ years after news of a new Doctor Who series came out, almost a
      year after it premiered in the UK, and 8 ½ months after the New
      Zealand premiere, the new Doctor Who has finally reached the US.
      March 17th at 9PM Eastern, the first 2 episodes air on the SciFi
      Channel http://www.scifi.com as part of their long-established Sci-
      Fi Friday programming lineup. Episodes will air in their original
      16:9 aspect ratio in a letterbox (there is currently no widescreen
      version of the SciFi Channel). Their website http://www.scifi.com
      now has a preview for the series online titled "Doctor Who: Behind
      The Scenes" - at the moment it is clickable through SciFi's front

      Christopher Eccleston is the Doctor in this 13 episode series.
      Billie Piper plays Rose Tyler, who becomes his companion. There is a
      story arc, but the episodes are standalone (there are 3 2 parters
      and 7 single episodes during the run). If you didn't get a friend to
      send you a copy from a country where it's been broadcast, or you
      didn't buy the DVDs from overseas to play on a multi-region DVD
      player, or you didn't buy the DVDs from Canada, and you haven't seen
      these episodes yet - you are probably in for a very good time. Try
      not to read too much about the storylines in advance. If you have
      seen them before, tune in again for a rewatch (the future of the
      show on US TV depends on the ratings it gets). If you don't have
      cable/satellite or SciFi's been moved to a package you don't have,
      you can still import the DVDs from Canada or overseas or wait for
      the US release of Series One on July 4, 2006.

      Due to the show's success in the UK last year, the BBC renewed it
      for 2 additional 13 episode series (2006 and 2007) and 2 extended
      Christmas episodes (2005 and 2006). SciFi has an option to buy the
      2005 Christmas episode and the 2006 Series, but is not obligated to
      buy them. Doctor Who has also spawned a spinoff show
      called "Torchwood" which will be filmed later this year - presumably
      SciFi and other networks will look at that show once it's been made.

      Regular broadcast times are Fridays at 9PM & Midnight EST East
      Feed/PST West Feed and Sundays at 11PM EST East Feed/PST West Feed.
      With 2 episodes airing on premiere night the schedule on the 17th
      will be off - Rose at 9 and 11PM, The End Of The World at 10PM and
      Midnight. The Sunday repeat time will be fluid until April 2 due to
      special programming. And the first few episodes will have extra
      repeats - see the listings section below for the full broadcast info.

      Figuring out when Doctor Who airs in your Time Zone.
      1) Do you have satellite? If so, you are on the East Coast Feed.
      2) If you live in the Eastern and Central Time Zones and have cable,
      you are probably on the East Coast Feed. In other Time Zones, you
      are probably on the West Coast Feed. If you are at all uncertain,
      check SciFi's online schedule against your print TV listings before
      Doctor Who airs so you know which time it will air.

      9PM EST/PST Friday translates to:
      Time Zone East Feed West Feed
      EST/EDT 9PM 12AM
      CST/CDT 8PM 11PM
      MST/MDT 7PM 10PM
      PST/PDT 6PM 9PM
      Alaska 5PM 8PM
      Hawaii 4PM** 7PM**

      **Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time. As of 2 April, all
      times on Sci-Fi will be 1 hour earlier in Hawaii.

      Iowa Public TV's http://www.iptv.org pledge drive for Doctor Who on
      March 11 was a success. They will continue airing 2 episodes a week
      through at least March 2007. Initial reports were that William
      Hartnell won the pledge voting poll, in which case his stories would
      replace Sylvester McCoy on April 8. However, the station is still
      taking pledges/votes till Festival 2006 ends later this month, and
      results could change.

      Outpost Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com reports that there
      will be a press launch in Cardiff, Wales on 28 March for Series 2 of
      Doctor Who, where the premiere date in the UK should be unveiled and
      the advertising for the show gets underway in earnest. The
      speculation in recent weeks is that Doctor Who will *probably* begin
      its Second series in Mid-April, though if it is like last year the
      BBC will not make a commitment until the last minute. The "Totally
      Doctor Who" kids programme is expected to air on the Fridays before
      new episodes and "Doctor Who Confidential" will air on BBC Three
      after new Who episodes premiere - the start dates for those tie-in
      shows will depend on the date for the main programme.

      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

      CANADA (French):

      Ztélé http://www.ztele.com/index.jsp
      Friday 9PM, Saturday 8AM, Sunday 4PM, Tuesday 2PM EST 1-
      11 "L'explosion De Cardiff"
      Tuesday 8PM EST 1-12 "Le Grand Méchant Loop" pt 1 of 2
      4:3 cropped pan & scan. Same French dub as France 4.
      24 March 9PM EST (and repeats) 1-12 "Le Grand Méchant Loop" pt 1 of 2
      28 March 8PM EST (and repeats) 1-13 "Á La Croisée Des Chemins" pt 2
      of 2


      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 1-09 "The Empty Child" pt 1 of 2
      23 March 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 24 March 6:30AM & 3PM, 25 March 6AM, 2 &
      9:30PM CET 1-10 "The Doctor Dances" pt 2 of 2
      30 March 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 31 March 6:30AM & 3PM CET 1-01? "Rose"?

      HONG KONG:

      ATV World http://www.hkatv.com/world/05
      Late Sunday Midnight 1-05 "World War Three" pt 2 of 2
      Note later than usual start time.

      HUNGARY (airing as Ki Vagi, Doki?):

      Cool TV http://www.cooltv.hu
      Saturday 7PM CET 1-04 "Aliens Of London" pt 1 of 2
      Sunday 7PM & 2:05AM CET 1-05 "World War Three" pt 2 of 2


      Sci-Fi http://www.scifi.com
      "Doctor Who: Behind The Scenes" video preview at SciFi's website
      Satellite customers are on the East Feed regardless of time zone.
      Cable customers - depends where you live.
      Friday 9 & 11PM, Sunday 11:30PM, Monday 10AM EST East Feed/PST West
      Feed 1-01 "Rose" (Series Premiere!)
      Rating: TV-PG-V. Parental guidance suggested, particularly for
      violence concerns.
      Friday 10PM & Midnight, Late Sunday 12:30AM, Monday 11AM EST East
      Feed/PST West Feed 1-02 "The End Of The World"
      Rating: TV-PG-L-V. Parental guidance suggested, particularly for
      language and violence concerns.
      16:9 Letterbox.
      Late 23 March 12AM EST East Feed/PST West Feed 1-01 "Rose"
      Late 23 March 1AM, 24 March 8PM EST East Feed/PST West Feed 1-
      02 "The End Of The World"
      24 March 9PM & Midnight, Late 26 March 12:30AM, 30 March 10AM EST
      East Feed/PST West Feed 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
      31 March 9PM & Midnight EST East Feed/PST West Feed, 2 April 11PM
      EDT East Feed/PDT West Feed 1-04 "Aliens Of London" pt 1 of 2
      7 April 9PM & Midnight, 9 April 11PM EDT East Feed/PDT West Feed 1-
      05 "World War Three" pt 2 of 2
      14 April 9PM & Midnight, 16 April 11PM EDT East Feed/PDT West Feed 1-
      06 "Dalek"
      21 April 9PM & Midnight, 23 April 11PM EDT East Feed/PDT West Feed 1-
      07 "The Long Game"
      28 April 9PM & Midnight, 30 April 11PM EDT East Feed/PDT West Feed 1-
      08 "Father's Day"

      UK Repeats:

      UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      All shows 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1
      14:9 Cropped Letterbox.
      8 April 11AM-5PM "New Series Weekend - Episodes 1 through 6"
      9 April 11AM-6PM "New Series Weekend - Episodes 7 through 13"

      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 6-9AM GMT "Colony In Space" movie
      Season 8, Episodes 15 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      The Time Lords decide to use the Doctor to solve a problem for them,
      sending him, the TARDIS, and Jo to a colony world in the late 25th
      Century, where farmers and miners squabble over a planet while the
      natives living underground guard a device that must never be
      Sunday 6:35-9AM GMT "The Dæmons" movie
      Season 8, Episodes 21 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      An archaeological dig goes awry, leaving a village at the mercy of a
      demonic force and the Master. This story is available in colour.
      UKTV Gold aired it in colour in the mid 1990s and the last time they
      aired it. Several times in the late 1990s and early 2000s they aired
      it in black & white, with only episode 5 in colour. Hopefully they
      will air the right version.
      25 March 7-9AM GMT "The Curse Of Peladon"
      26 March 6-9AM BST "The Sea Devils"
      1 April 6-9AM BST "The Mutants"
      2 April 6:10-9AM BST "The Time Monster"
      8 April 7-9AM BST "The Three Doctors"
      8 & 9 April "Doctor Who 2005 Series 1 Weekend - See New Series
      Section Above"
      9 April 7-9AM BST "Carnival Of Monsters"
      15 April 6-8:45AM BST "Frontier In Space"
      16 April 6-9AM BST "The Green Death"
      22 April 7:10-9AM BST "The Time Warrior"
      23 April 6-9AM BST "Invasion Of The Dinosaurs"
      29 April 6:10-9AM BST "The Monster Of Peladon"
      30 April 6:10-9AM BST "Planet Of The Spiders"

      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.


      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
      Weeknights 2 & 5AM EST (11PM & 2AM PST) - 2 episodes daily
      Weekends 2AM EST (11PM PST) - complete stories
      Wednesday "Kinda" pts 1+2 of 4
      Season 19, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      As Nyssa sleeps off an illness in the TARDIS, the Doctor, Adric, and
      Tegan investigate the world of the Kinda people. Tegan has a strange
      and traumatic dream. Adric discovers power. The Doctor must save the
      day through foolishness.
      Thursday - Pre-empted by a movie
      Friday "Kinda" pts 3+4 of 4
      Season 19, Episodes 11 through 12. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      Saturday "The Sontaran Experiment" all 2 pts
      Season 12, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      Taking the transmat down to Earth, the Doctor, Sarah, and Harry find
      that Earth is quite ready for human life to return. Alas, a Sontaran
      has gotten there first, and he has a plan.
      Sunday "Revenge Of The Cybermen" all 4 pts
      Season 12, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
      Following the traumatic events of Genesis Of The Daleks, which you
      won't get to see due to a contract issue with the estate of Terry
      Nation, the TARDIS crew return to Nerva. As they await the return of
      the TARDIS, a space plague threatens to wipe out everyone on the
      station, and a derelict spaceship is heading for the Beacon with a
      very angry crew.
      Monday "The Visitation" pts 1+2 of 4
      Tuesday "The Visitation" pts 3+4 of 4
      Season 19, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
      The TARDIS arrives at Heathrow Airport - 317 years early. I dread to
      think what the parking fees will be for staying there that long.
      22 March "Black Orchid"
      23 March "Time-Flight"
      25 March "Terror Of The Zygons"
      26 March "Planet Of Evil"
      27 March "Arc Of Infinity"
      29 March "Snakedance"
      31 March "Mawdryn Undead"
      1 April pre-empted, Daylight Savings Time
      2 April "Pyramids Of Mars"


      American Who http://www.americanwho.net
      http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/amwho/index.php (alternate
      Current episode - interview with Lalla Ward (Romana 2).
      Still Online - 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
      April - Patrick Troughton tribute (repeat)
      May - Jon Pertwee tribute (repeat)

      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 - Noel Clarke (Mickey on Doctor
      Who! - new interview, not the one for American Who in 2005); Robert
      Berman and Mark Altman (Free Enterprise). Hour 3 (not in Lifestyle
      Talk Radio broadcast) - last week's interview with Thomas Vitale of
      Sci-Fi Channel US on upcoming programming (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 Midnight-2AM EST "The Dæmons" movie
      Season 8, Episodes 21 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
      Time approximate after pledge specials. Allow extra time. Probably
      the black & white version, as the station never bought the color
      version when it became available in the late 1990s (even though they
      bought the color versions of Doctor Who and the Silurians and Terror
      Of The Autons).
      25 March "The Curse Of Peladon"
      1 April "The Sea Devils"
      8 April "The Mutants"

      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
      Late Saturday Midnight CST "Delta And The Bannermen" pt 2 of 3
      Season 24, Episode 10. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
      The 7th Doctor and Ace continue to have a problematic vacation. The
      Bannermen army arrives in 1959 Wales trying to find and kill Delta.
      Worse, the Doctor may wind up dancing with the girlfriend of the
      local heroic hunk.
      Late Saturday 12:30AM CST "The Five Doctors Special Edition" last 25
      minutes or so
      Season 20, Episode 23 conclusion. Doctors: Peter Davison, Jon
      Pertwee, Pat Troughton, Richard Hurndall, with William Hartnell and
      Tom Baker.
      Apparently they ran out of time last week and were unable to finish
      the Doctor Who broadcast. So here's the concluding section.
      25 March 11:35PM "Delta And The Bannermen" pt 3
      25 March Midnight "Dragonfire" pt 1
      1 April 11:35PM "Dragonfire" pts 2+3
      8 April - the Doctor who won the pledge vote begins airing. Unless
      Sylvester McCoy wins, in which case they can just finish his era.

      Not Yet Airing New Series Or Between Seasons:


      Doctor Who premiere 2006. Channel launches 1 April 2006.


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


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


      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


      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
      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.


      Jimmy http://www.jimmy140.it
      Series One completed.


      Yes Stars
      Series One completed on Yes Weekend. Channel renamed since.

      BELGIUM (& The Netherlands):

      één Network http://www.een.be
      Series One completed.


      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 (start
      date TBA)
      "Totally Doctor Who" - CBBC magazine show to air with Series Two.
      Doctor Who Series 2 Episode Titles
      2-01 "New Earth"
      2-02 "Tooth And Claw"
      2-03 "School Reunion"
      2-04 "The Girl In The Fireplace"
      2-05 "Rise Of The Cybermen" pt 1 of 2
      2-06 "The Age Of Steel" pt 2 of 2
      2-07 "The Idiot's Lantern"
      2-08 "?" pt 1 of 2
      2-09 "The Satan Pit" pt 2 of 2
      2-10 "Love And Monsters"
      2-11 "?"
      2-12 "Army Of Ghosts" pt 1 of 2
      2-13 "Doomsday" pt 2 of 2

      BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree http://www.radiotimes.com
      Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential/
      Sole broadcaster of Doctor Who Confidential (immediately after BBC
      One Series 2 broadcasts, other repeats)
      Time-shifted broadcasts of Series 2 (same weekends as BBC One)
      First broadcaster of Torchwood (coming later this year)
      Doctor Who Confidential Series 2 Episode Titles
      2-01 "New New Doctor"
      2-02 "Fear Factor"
      2-03 "Friends Reunited"
      2-04 "From Script To Screen"

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2006.
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