This Week In Doctor Who - April 12, 2006
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Series 2 Premiere Week UK
April 12, 2006 - Vol 9, No 14
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Wednesday 12 April:
STS TV (Russia) 4:30PM - The Parting Of The Ways (1st Series Finale)
Thursday 13 April:
BBC One 5PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 1 (Premiere!)
People + Arts (Spain/Portugal) 10:30PM CET - The Unquiet Dead
Friday 14 April:
CBBC 6:30PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 1
SciFi US 9PM EDT/PDT - Dalek
Saturday 15 April:
CBBC 6:30PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 1
BBC One 7:15PM BST - New Earth (Series 2 Premiere!)
BBC Three 8PM BST - Dr Who Confidential - New New Doctor (Series 2
Sunday 16 April:
BBC Three 7:05PM BST - New Earth (repeat)
BBC Three 7:50PM BST - Dr Who Confidential - New New Doctor (repeat)
ATV World (Hong Kong) 11:25PM - The Empty Child
Monday 17 April:
CBBC 1PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 1
BBC Radio Wales 5:32PM BST "DrWho Back In Time" new episode
The Second Series of Doctor Who has its world premiere this weekend
on BBC One (and the BFBS TV service for UK servicemen abroad). It is
David Tennant's first full series as the Doctor (after a cameo in
The Parting Of The Ways, the Children In Need segment, and the
Christmas Invasion episode last year). Billie Piper returns as Rose
This time around, UK viewers get Doctor Who, Doctor Who Confidential
for a behind the scenes look after each episode, and Totally Doctor
Who - a new magazine format show to interest child and teen
Doctor Who episodes premiere on BBC One Saturdays at 7:15PM (last
season was 7PM), with repeats on BBC Three Sundays in the 7PM hour
and Fridays at 9PM (the night before the next BBC One episode).
Doctor Who Confidential episodes premiere on BBC Three Saturdays at
8PM and are expected to be available online after broadcast again. I
expect additional repeats of Confidential will appear at the last
minute. Doctor Who Confidential is now hosted by Mark Gatiss, writer
of series 1 episode The Unquiet Dead. Totally Doctor Who episodes
premiere on BBC One Thursdays at 5PM (2 days before the related
Doctor Who episode), with repeats on CBBC Saturdays at 6:30PM and
Mondays at 1PM (extra Friday 6:30PM broadcast this week). Schedules
(particularly on BBC Three) can be changed on short notice.
As of this writing, the BBC intends to air Doctor Who over 13
straight weeks through 8 July. It is more likely that some episodes
could start late or be rescheduled to start early this year due to
various sports events and Eurovision on 20 May, but Doctor Who is
expected to avoid pre-emption in all these circumstances.
UK military servicemen overseas can see Doctor Who on three of the
BFBS TV Channels - BFBS 1, BFBS 2, and BFBS Navy. BFBS 1 and BFBS
Navy will air the new episodes 1 day after the UK premieres -
Sundays at 7:05PM Central European Time. BFBS 2 will air the new
episodes the following Friday night at 11:15PM Central European
Time, followed by Doctor Who Confidential at Midnight. BFBS Navy
then repeats the Doctor Who and Confidential episodes Saturday
mornings at 5:15 and 6AM Central European Time respectively. The
BFBS services will not be airing Totally Doctor Who as of this
BBC Two http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo will repeat the 1965 Peter
Cushing film "Dr Who & The Daleks" this Thursday at 11:10AM BST as
part of the buildup to the new series. BBC Radio Wales
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/radiowales will air an episode of "Dr Who
Back In Time" on Monday at 5:32PM, Saturday 22 April at 12:31PM, and
Sunday 23 April at 4:32PM BST. .The content of this episode is
unclear (the Radio Time website is using the description of last
year's Dalek episode) - Outpost Gallifrey
http://www.gallifreyone.com reports that it will be a new episode.
ABC Australia http://www.abc.net.au/tv has reported that they will
not air Doctor Who in May, and that their rights to air Series 2
begin on 1 June. If Doctor Who remains in the Saturday 7:30PM
timeslot in Australia, then the earliest possible premiere date is
now 3 June.
CBC Canada http://www.cbc.ca/television has signed on as a Co-
Producer on spinoff series "Torchwood", and is the first broadcaster
outside the UK to confirm they will air the episodes. Torchwood
stars John Barrowman as "Captain Jack" and Eve Myles as "Gwen" and
will premiere on BBC Three this Autumn. CBC is also the Canadian
broadcaster for Series 2 of Doctor Who. Last year episodes aired 10
days after the UK due to the National Hockey League being on strike.
This year episodes will air no earlier than Summer (after the Hockey
playoffs are over) and could be held till Autumn 2006 when ratings
will be higher.
KBTC/KCKA Tacoma/Centralia, WA http://www.kbtc.org might not have a
pledge night to mark Doctor Who's return as previously reported.
Eric Gjovaag of the Emerald City Androgums reports that KBTC's
studios are in the middle of renovation, which could force a delay
of the pledge night until KBTC's regular June pledge season. This is
not supposed to delay the return date of the show to KBTC -
currently 29 April. KBTC's listings still show the pledge night -
hopefully updated information on what they are doing will appear
within the week.
Russian channel STS TV completes its initial weekday run of Doctor
Who today, and I cannot find it on the schedule afterwards. I would
imagine that it will be rerun before too long. The show premiered
weekdays at 4:30PM over a period of 2 ½ weeks.
Hungarian channel Cool TV http://www.cooltv.hu no longer shows
Doctor Who (Ki Vagi, Doki?) on its schedule. It does not look like
it is being pre-empted by Easter themed programming. Unless they
snuck in a marathon without word getting out, Cool TV appears to
have pulled the show without finishing Series 1. Hopefully the
Doctor Who fans in Hungary know what is going on and can get the
word out on the show's status - whatever it is.
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
TARDISode - minute long tie-in segments for each episode to download
on the computer or the mobile phone. Each TARDISode is on the web
page for the relevant Series 2 episode, appearing just after the
previous episode airs on BBC One. Details for mobile phone access on
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential
The 13 episodes from series 1 of the BBC Three series all online via
Real Player. Also, numerous video diaries and trailers. Series 2 may
be appearing here, or may be on the separate Doctor Who Confidential
website expected to premiere soon.
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
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.
"Totally Doctor Who" - CBBC magazine show
Thursday 5PM BST Totally Dr Who 1-01 - first airing of the show.
Saturday 7:15PM BST 2-01 "New Earth"
20 April 5PM BST Totally Dr Who 1-02
22 April 7:15PM BST 2-02 "Tooth And Claw"
27 April 5PM BST Totally Dr Who 1-03
29 April 7:15PM BST 2-03 "School Reunion"
4 May 5PM BST Totally Dr Who 1-04
6 May 7:15PM BST 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 "The Impossible Planet" pt 1 of 2
2-09 "The Satan Pit" pt 2 of 2
2-10 "Love And Monsters"
2-11 "Fear Her"
2-12 "Army Of Ghosts" pt 1 of 2
2-13 "Doomsday" pt 2 of 2
"Totally Doctor Who" second broadcaster
Friday 6:30PM, Saturday 6:30PM, Monday 1PM BST Totally DrWho 1-01 -
22 April 6:30PM, 24 April 1PM BST Totally DrWho 1-02 - encore
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree http://www.radiotimes.com
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential/
Wednesday 7PM BST 1-10 "The Doctor Dances" pt 2 of 2
Wednesday 7:45PM BST 1-11 "Boom Town"
Thursday 7PM BST 1-12 "Bad Wolf" pt 1 of 2
Thursday 7:45PM BST 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways" pt 2 of 2
Saturday 8PM BST DrWho Confidential 2-01 "New New Doctor"
Easter Sunday 7:05PM BST 2-01 "New Earth"
Easter Sunday 7:50PM BST DrWho Confidential 2-01 "New New Doctor"
21 April 9PM BST 2-01 "New Earth"
22 April 8PM BST DrWho Confidential 2-02 "Fear Factor"
23 April 7:15PM BST 2-02 "Tooth And Claw"
First 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)
Future Doctor Who Confidential Series 2 Episode Titles:
2-03 "Friends Reunited"
2-04 "From Script To Screen"
BBC Radio Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/radiowales
Monday 5:32PM, 22 April 12:31PM, 23 April 4:32PM BST "Dr Who Back In
Outpost Gallifrey reports that a new episode of the occasional Welsh
series that explores Doctor Who's past and present will air this
upcoming week. No description of the content is on the BBC Radio
Wales website yet, and the Radio Times http://www.radiotimes.com is
using the description of the Dalek installment from last year, so
the makeup of this episode is a mystery.
Easter Sunday 7:05PM CET 2-01 "New Earth"
21 April 11:15PM CET 2-01 "New Earth"
Late 21 April Midnight CET DrWho Confidential 2-01 "New New Doctor"
Easter Sunday 7:05PM, 22 April 5:15AM CET 2-01 "New Earth"
22 April 6AM CET DrWho Confidential 2-01 "New New Doctor"
STS TV http://www.ctc-tv.ru http://www.ctc-tv.ru/series/DoctorWho
Wednesday 4:30PM 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways" pt 2 of 2 (end of
ATV World http://www.hkatv.com/world/05
Easter Sunday 11:25PM 1-09 "The Empty Child" pt 1 of 2
Friday 9PM & Midnight, Easter Sunday 11PM EDT/PDT 1-06 "Dalek"
21 April 9PM & Midnight, 23 April 11PM EDT/PDT 1-07 "The Long Game"
28 April 9PM & Midnight, 30 April 11PM EDT/PDT 1-08 "Father's Day"
5 May 9PM & Midnight, 7 May 11PM EDT/PDT 1-09 "The Empty Child" pt 1
12 May 9PM & Midnight, 14 May 11PM EDT/PDT 1-10 "The Doctor Dances"
pt 2 of 2
19 May 9PM & Midnight, 21 May Midnight EDT/PDT 1-11 "Boom Town"
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" repeat
20 April 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 21 April 6:30AM & 3PM, 22 April 6AM, 2 &
9:30PM CET 1-04 "Aliens Of London" pt 1 of 2 repeat
27 April 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 28 April 6:30AM & 3PM, 29 April 6AM, 2 &
9:30PM CET 1-05 "World War Three" pt 2 of 2 repeat
HUNGARY (airing as Ki Vagi, Doki?):
Cool TV http://www.cooltv.hu
No longer on schedule.
Thomsonfly Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways,
British Midland Airlines, British Airways, Air New Zealand - various
OTHER TV/RADIO/INTERNET BROADCASTS:
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.
BBC Two http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo
Thursday 11:10AM-12:30PM BST "Dr Who & The Daleks" 1965 movie
Peter Cushing and Roberta Tovey star in this theatrical remake of
the first Dalek story. Eccentric scientist Dr Who builds a time
machine in his back yard, taking his two granddaughters and one of
their suitors on a strange journey to a devastated world. A mutated
species has taken refuge inside metallic casings that provide them
with the ability to kill anyone who annoys them. Say hello to the
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 6-8:45AM GMT "Frontier In Space" movie
Season 10, Episodes 9 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Easter Sunday 6-9AM BST "The Green Death" movie
Season 10, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
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"
6 May BST "The Twin Dilemma"
7 May BST "The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe" - Doctor Who
disappears from schedule after this broadcast.
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)
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Weeknights 2 & 5AM EDT (11PM & 2AM PDT) - 2 episodes daily
Weekends 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - complete stories
Wednesday "Warriors Of The Deep" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Thursday "The Awakening" pts 1+2 of 2
Season 21, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Friday "Frontios" pts 1+2 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Saturday "The Seeds Of Doom" pts 1,2,+3 of 6
Easter Sunday "The Seeds Of Doom" pts 4,5,+6 of 6
Season 13, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Monday "Frontios" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tuesday "Planet Of Fire" pts 1+2 of 4
Season 21, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Peter Davison.
20 April "The Caves Of Androzani"
22 April "The Masque Of Mandragora" (2:15AM start)
23 April "The Hand Of Fear"
24 April "The Twin Dilemma"
26 April "Attack Of The Cybermen"
28 April "Vengeance On Varos"
29 April "The Deadly Assassin"
30 April "The Face Of Evil"
2 May "The Mark Of The Rani"
4 May "The Two Doctors"
6 May "The Robots Of Death" (2:30AM start)
7 May "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang"
9 May "Timelash"
11 May "The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet"
13 May "Horror Of Fang Rock" (2:45AM start)
14 May "The Invisible Enemy"
15 May "The Trial Of A Time Lord: Mindwarp"
17 May "The Trial Of A Time Lord: Terror Of The Vervoids"
19 May "The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe"
20 May "Image Of The Fendahl" (2:30AM start)
21 May "The Sun Makers"
22 May "Time And The Rani"
24 May "Paradise Towers"
26 May "Delta And The Bannermen"
27 May "Underworld"
28 May "The Invasion Of Time"
29 May "Dragonfire" (2:30AM)
31 May "The Happiness Patrol"
1 June "Silver Nemesis" (2:30AM)
3 June "The Ribos Operation" (2:45AM start)
4 June "The Pirate Planet"
5 June "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy"
7 June "Battlefield"
9 June "Ghostlight"
10 June "The Stones Of Blood"
11 June "The Androids Of Tara"
12 June "The Curse Of Fenric" (2:30AM)
14 June "Survival" (2:30AM)
16 June "Spearhead From Space"
17 June "The Power Of Kroll"
18 June "The Armageddon Factor"
20 June "Doctor Who and the Silurians"
23 June "Inferno" (2:30AM)
24 June "City Of Death"
25 June "The Creature From The Pit"
29 June "Terror Of The Autons"
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
March - Lalla Ward on asteroids, acting, and her favorite monster
(not Tom Baker).
January - 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).
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 - Interviews. Hour 3 (not on
Lifestyle Talk Radio) - 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 "The Time Monster" movie
Season 9, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
22 April "The Three Doctors"
29 April "Carnival Of Monsters"
6 May "Frontier In Space"
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 CDT "Robot" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 12, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
22 April "The Ark In Space" pts 1+2
29 April "The Ark In Space" pts 3+4
6 May "The Sontaran Experiment" pts 1+2
KBTC/KCKA Tacoma/Centralia, WA http://www.kbtc.org
analog 28, 15
digital 28-1 (27-1), 15-1 (19-1)
Seattle DirecTV 28,970
Seattle Dish 28,8620
29 April 6:30PM PDT "The Three Doctors" all 4 pts
Return of Doctor Who to KBTC's lineup. Schedule may change.
Not Yet Airing New Series Or Between Seasons:
Doctor Who premiere 2006.
Nederland 3 http://portal.omroep.nl/ned3
Doctor Who premiere 2006. Series 1 & 2 purchased.
Doctor Who premiere September 2006.
ProSieben http://www.prosieben.de http://www.drwho.de
Doctor Who premiere 2006. Series 1 & 2 purchased. Dubbed in German.
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
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
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
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
Series 2 Start Date TBA. Co-producer on Torchwood. First broadcaster
to buy Torchwood.
"The Planet Of The Doctor" exclusive CBC.CA documentary. 6 regular
episodes and 1 special. Approximately 90 minutes.
Series 1 (in French) completed.
Series One completed.
France 4 http://www.france4.tv
Series One completed.
Series One completed.
Series One completed on Yes Weekend. Channel renamed since.
BELGIUM (& The Netherlands):
één Network http://www.een.be
Series One completed.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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