This Week In Doctor Who - May 3, 2006
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
May 3, 2006 - Vol 9, No 18
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Thursday 4 May:
BBC One 5PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 4
People + Arts (Spain/Portugal) 10:30PM CET - The Long Game (repeat)
Friday 5 May:
CBBC 6:30PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 4
BBC Three 9PM BST - School Reunion (repeat)
SciFi US 9PM EDT/PDT - The Empty Child
Saturday 6 May:
CBBC 6:30PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 4
BBC One 7PM BST - The Girl In The Fireplace
BBC Three 7:45PM BST - From Script To Screen
Sunday 7 May:
BBC Three 7PM BST - From Script To Screen (Cut Down)
BBC Three 7:15PM BST - The Girl In The Fireplace (repeat)
ATV World (Hong Kong) 11:45PM - Bad Wolf
BBC Three 3:25AM BST - From Script To Screen
Monday 8 May:
CBBC 1PM BST "Totally Doctor Who" ep 4
School Reunion had overnight ratings of 7.6 million viewers on
Saturday 29 April, the highest rated show on TV that day. The final
ratings for New Earth on 15 April were 8.62 million viewers, an
increase of over 600,000 from its overnight result. Final ratings
for Tooth and Claw were 9.24 million viewers, an increase of over
300,000 from its overnight result.
As of this Saturday (6 May), UK Viewers see Doctor Who on BBC One
return to its "regular" start time of 7PM Saturdays. (It was
scheduled for 7:15PM on 15 and 22 April, 7:20PM on 29 April). BBC
Three's initial airing of Doctor Who Confidential moves to 7:45PM.
These were the regular start times last year during Series 1, and
will be the airing times this week and 13 May, at least. Last year
Eurovision forced Doctor Who to air early - Eurovision is on 20 May
this year, and we should know Friday if it will move the start time
for Doctor Who that day.
BBC Three's repeat schedule is being tweaked again. Cut Down (15
minute) versions of Doctor Who Confidential will now air Sundays at
7PM (starting 7 May) and Fridays at 9:45PM (starting 12 May). Doctor
Who repeats are 7:15PM Sundays and 9PM Fridays. Uncut episodes of
Doctor Who Confidential are bouncing around in the 3AM hour late
Sundays/early Mondays (3:25PM late May 7, 3:30AM late May 14). Last
year BBC Three altered the schedule frequently during the series -
some of these times will almost certainly change again before the
current run finishes in July.
ABC Australia http://www.abc.net.au/tv has scheduled the 6 episode
drama "Rocket Man" to air Saturdays at 7:30PM starting 27 May. It
should run through 1 July. At last word ABC had told the SFSA fan
club that Series 2 (beginning with The Christmas Invasion) would air
Saturdays at 7:30PM. If so, this would mean that the new Doctor Who
episodes will not reach Australia until at least 8 July.
SciFi US http://www.scifi.com has put up schedule information for
June, though not episode titles for TV shows like Doctor Who. The
first 2 weeks of June show Doctor Who airing at its regular times
(Fridays 9PM & Midnight, Sundays 11PM), corresponding with the 2
episodes that will be left in Series 1 (Bad Wolf and The Parting Of
The Ways). A seven hour marathon airs on June 16 starting at 8PM.
Doctor Who is pre-empted on June 23 and 30 to allow other SciFi
Friday shows to have seven hour marathons. An episode of Doctor Who
is scheduled on Sunday June 25 at 11PM Eastern - my guess is that
this will be Rose and the start of a Sunday night repeat airing of
Series 1. SciFi has not made any announcements on whether they will
pick up their option for Series Two - Series One has been one of
their highest rated shows since it launched in March.
Seattle Doctor Who fans will have noticed that KBTC
http://www.kbtc.org did *not* air The Three Doctors last Saturday
evening. It turns out that when they delayed the pledge night for
the show, they also delayed Doctor Who's relaunch on the station
(would have been nice if they'd updated their schedule to show this -
online listings still showed The Three Doctors on April 29 as of
April 28). Here's hoping for a June relaunch.
UKTV Gold is halting its Saturday & Sunday morning Doctor Who movies
after this weekend (The Twin Dilemma and the last 2 episodes of The
Trial Of A Time Lord). At last word the rights to Doctor Who repeats
(1963 to 1989) were up in the air, with BBC Four, UKTV Gold, and
SciFi UK among the parties interested.
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-
firstname.lastname@example.org , 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 Series 1 of 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
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 to air with Series Two.
Thursday 5PM BST Totally DrWho 1-04
Saturday 7PM BST 2-04 "The Girl In The Fireplace"
11 May 5PM BST Totally DrWho 1-05
13 May 7PM BST "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 1-04 -
12 May 6:30PM, 13 May 6:30PM, 15 May 1PM BST Totally DrWho 1-05 -
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree http://www.radiotimes.com
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential/
Friday 9PM BST 2-03 "School Reunion"
Saturday 7:45PM, Late Sunday 3:25AM BST DrWho Confidential 2-
04 "From Script To Screen"
Sunday 7PM BST DrWho Confidential CutDown 2-04 "From Script To
Sunday 7:15PM BST 2-04 "The Girl In the Fireplace"
12 May 9PM BST 2-04 "The Girl In The Fireplace"
12 May 9:45PM BST DrWho Confidential CutDown 2-04 "From Script To
13 May 7:45PM, Late 14 May 3:30AM BST DrWho Confidential 2-
14 May 7PM BST DrWho Confidential Cut Down 2-05 "Cyberman"
14 May 7:15PM BST 2-05 "Rise Of The Cybermen" pt 1 of 2
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)
2-06 "Mickey Smith"
2-07 "The Writer's Tale"
BBC Radio Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales
Saturday 12:31PM, Sunday 4:32PM BST "DrWho Back In Time"
Saturday 8:30AM CET Totally DrWho 1-03
Sunday 6:55PM CET 2-04 "The Girl In The Fireplace"
Friday 11:15PM CET 2-03 "School Reunion"
Late Friday Midnight CET DrWho Confidential 2-03 "Friends Reunited"
12 May 11:15PM CET 2-04 "The Girl In the Fireplace"
Late 5 May Midnight CET DrWho Confidential 2-04 "The Girl In The
Saturday 5:15 & 11:15AM CET 2-03 "School Reunion"
Saturday 6AM & Noon CET DrWho Confidential 2-03 "Friends Reunited"
Sunday 6:55PM, 13 May 5:15 & 11:15AM CET 2-04 "The Girl In The
6 May 6AM & Noon CET DrWho Confidential 2-04 "From Script To Screen"
ATV World http://www.hkatv.com/world/05
Sunday 11:45PM 1-12 "Bad Wolf" pt 1 of 2
Friday 9PM & Midnight, Sunday 11PM EDT/PDT 1-09 "The Empty Child" pt
1 of 2
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"
2 June 9PM & Midnight, 4 June 11PM EDT/PDT 1-12 "Bad Wolf" pt 1 of 2
9 June 9PM & Midnight, 11 June 11PM EDT/PDT 1-13 "The Parting Of The
Ways" pt 2 of 2
16 June 8PM EDT/PDT "7 hour Marathon - Episodes TBA"
25 June 11PM EDT/PDT "Episode TBA"
Digital Plus http://www.plus.es/codigo/default.asp
People + Arts
Thursday 10:30PM & 2:30AM, Friday 6:30AM & 3PM, Sunday 11:30PM CET 1-
11 May 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 12 May 6:30AM & 3PM, 14 May 11:30PM CET 1-
07 "The Long Game"
18 May 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 19 May 6:30AM & 3PM, 21 May 11:30PM CET 1-
08 "Father's Day"
25 May 10:30PM & 2:30AM, 26 May 6:30AM & 3PM, 28 May 11:30PM CET 1-
09 "The Empty Child" pt 1 of 2
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.
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 7-9AM GMT "The Twin Dilemma" movie
Season 21, Episodes 21 through 24. Doctor: Colin Baker.
Sunday 8:10-9:10AM BST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" movie, pt 4 of 4
(The Ultimate Foe)
Season 23, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Colin Baker.
Doctor Who disappears from schedule after these broadcasts.
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 "The Mark Of The Rani" 4 pt version, pts 3+4
Season 22, Episode 6. Doctor: Colin Baker.
Thursday "The Two Doctors" 6 pt version, pts 1+2
Friday "The Two Doctors" 6 pt version, pts 3+4
Season 22, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Colin Baker.
Saturday "The Robots Of Death" all 4 pts (2:30AM start)
Season 14, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Sunday "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" all 6 pts
Season 14, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Monday "The Two Doctors" 6 pt version, pts 5+6
Season 22, Episode 9. Doctor: Colin Baker.
Tuesday "Timelash" 4 pt version, pts 1+2
Season 22, Episode 10. Doctor: Colin Baker.
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) (not up yet)
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 - June Hudson, costume designer on
Doctor Who & Blake's 7; Adam-Troy Castro. 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 EDT "Frontier In Space" movie
Season 10, Episodes 9 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
13 May "The Green Death"
20 May "The Time Warrior"
27 May "Invasion Of The Dinosaurs" (movie version with only the
3 June "Death To The Daleks"?
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 "The Ark In Space" pts 1+2 of 4
Season 12, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Tom Baker.
29 April "The Ark In Space" pts 3+4
6 May "The Sontaran Experiment" pts 1+2
13 May "Revenge Of The Cybermen" pts 1+2
20 May "Revenge Of The Cybermen" pts 3+4
27 May "Terror Of The Zygons" 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
Doctor Who did *not* air on April 29, in spite of the TV listings
showing it scheduled. Premiere postponed till at least June.
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.
STS TV http://www.ctc-tv.ru http://www.ctc-tv.ru/series/DoctorWho
Series 1 Completed.
HUNGARY (airing as Ki Vagi, Doki?):
Cool TV http://www.cooltv.hu
No longer on schedule.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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