TWIDW Update: Season 2 On SciFi US September 29th?
- Lee Whiteside of the SFTV mailing list http://www.sftv.org has come
across the NBC Insider Cable schedule for SciFi for September 2006.
See the link here:
Cut and paste the link into your browser if it didn't come through
clearly. On September 29, it shows Doctor Who (NEW) airing at 9 and
10PM, with repeats at 11PM and Midnight (Eastern Time). There are no
episode titles. SciFi's website now has episode titles for
everything airing in September (including the daytime Doctor Who
marathon on September 29), but no titles for that 4 hour block.
So good news - it appears that Doctor Who has its US season premiere
on September 29 at 9PM.
Bad news - The Christmas Invasion is 59 minutes long without
commercials, so it would either have to be a) skipped and shown
later or b) have 15 1/2 minutes chopped out of it to fit SciFi's
schedule as currently displayed. It does have an extended trailer
for Series 2 that could be cut and the credits will always get
squeezed, but that still leaves 13 minutes unaccounted for.
SciFi has always felt willing to change their schedule at a moment's
notice, so things can always change. They could air Christmas
Invasion complete and have filler to finish the 2 hours. But for
now, we must assume one of the following 2 scenarios:
9PM - The Christmas Invasion (edited)
10PM - New Earth
11PM - The Christmas Invasion (edited)
Midnight - New Earth
9PM - New Earth
10PM - Tooth And Claw
11PM - New Earth
Midnight - Tooth And Claw
The Christmas Invasion isn't required to enjoy Series 2, but some
references (notably at the end of the series) make more sense if you
see it, and as David Tennant's debut story it helps establish the
kind of Doctor he is.
One last thing - the Daytime marathon on September 29 is the last 8
episodes of Series 1, which makes sense to lead into the new
episodes. All times Eastern:
8AM - Dalek
9AM - The Long Game
10AM - Father's Day
11AM - The Empty Child
Noon - The Doctor Dances
1PM - Boom Town
2PM - Bad Wolf
3PM - The Parting Of The Ways
Benjamin F. Elliott - This Week In Doctor Who