TWIDW Update: Doctor Who Running In Mexico and Latin America!
- Big update - several Doctor Who TV Developments.
1) The 2005 Series of Doctor Who has begun airing in Mexico and
Latin America on the People + Arts channel
http://tupeople.com/_home/index.shtml . People + Arts claims to be
co-owned by the BBC and Discovery Channel. Their Doctor Who website
(en espanol) is at http://tupeople.com/dr_who/index.shtml . Episode
4 (Aliens Of London) is running this week. The schedule seems to be
the same for Mexico and other countries, though they give the option
to switch between versions. It is unclear how many countries this
channel is available in, and whether it can be seen in South America.
The website does not make it clear which time zone it is providing
Based on the website, episodes premiere Fridays at 10PM, repeat Late
Friday at 3AM, Saturday at 7AM, Wednesday at 10PM, and Late
Wednesday at 3AM.
Episodes should air weekly (with repeats) through Friday August 25
(or Wednesday August 23 if the source is right). Tentative schedule
if website is right (episodes premiere 2 days earlier otherwise):
30 June - World War Three
7 July - Dalek
14 July - The Long Game
21 July - Father's Day
28 July - The Empty Child
4 August - The Doctor Dances
11 August - Boom Town
18 August - Bad Wolf
25 August - The Parting Of The Ways
My source is reporting that the People + Arts schedule may not be
entirely accurate - episodes may be premiering on Wednesday instead
of Friday, someone should tune in on the 28th and check.
Here's hoping Doctor Who is a big hit in this new territory.
2) UKTV Australia http://www.uktv.com.au has added the following to
their FAQ page:
Q: Are there any plans to screen Doctor Who?
A: Yes, UKTV will be screening the new series of Doctor Who in
October this year.
We're assuming for now that they mean the 13 Christopher Eccleston
episodes from 2005. This would be the second showing of the episodes
in Australia (well, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, maybe more - UKTV likes multiple
airings). To date they have aired one time on ABC TV.
3) CBC Canada's http://www.cbc.ca/television repeat run of Doctor
Who Series 1 *may* be airing at different times on the high
definition channel and the regular channel. There is a report
that "Rose" aired at 11PM.
The HD website unhelpfully has *no* information on any Tuesday night
shows from that night (June 20), and the only thing listed for June
27 is Doctor Who at Midnight.
My suspicion is that there are fewer feeds of the CBC HD channel
available than the regular channel, so people in a timezone without
a native HD feed might be getting one from the next zone over and
thus get everything early from their perspective. Given the scant
level of detail of the HD website, I can also believe that they
actually ran Doctor Who an hour early. Something for fans with
access to the HD and regular CBC feeds to investigate on the 27th.
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