It is no big surprise that the final David Tennant (as the 10th Doctor) Doctor Who specials, The End of Time, Part 1 and Part 2 will be shown on the BBC in the UK on Christmas Day and New Year's Day respectively. It was pretty much what we have all been expecting ever since the specials were originally announced. Though we have been waiting for an official word from the Beeb on the dates and times of two last specials before Matt Smith takes over the part.
The End of Time, Part One will be on BBC One on Christmas Day at 6pm.
The End of Time, Part Two will be on New Year's Day at 6:40pm on BBC One and runs 75 minutes.
Following suit, BBC America has also announced their date and times for part two (see here for details) as well today.
BBC America has announced the date for the last and final Doctor Who special starring David Tennant as the 10th Doctor (before regenerating into the 11th played by Matt Smith), The End of Time, Part 2 for January 2, 2010 at 8pm ET/PT (note that the other specials are airing at 9pm).
The following is the press release from BBC America:
DAVID TENNANT'S FINAL DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL - U.S. PREMIERE ONLY ON BBC AMERICA
In August 1987, WLIW, a PBS station in Long Island, New York ran the epic Patrick Troughton 10 part story, The War Games as a marathon pledge drive. The Gallifreyan Embassy was there volunteering on the phones throughout the six hour event. We have already posted the first pledge break of the marathon, here are three more, starting with the 4th break (after episode 5, they skipped the break after episode 4) which includes a pre-recorded segment with the then new Doctor, Sylvester McCoy and producer John Nathan-Turner (with NJN's Eric Luskin). Sylvester talks about landing the role of Doctor here.
In the background can be seen Ken Deep of Doctor Who: Podshock among other Gallifreyan Embassy members, Beth, Tim, Monique, Pete, PJ, and others. This pledge break originally ran 17 minutes, but it is has been edited down to under 10 for YouTube.
Last week I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Sci-Fi Party Line podcast. I was invited to come on episode 39 of the podcast hosted by Cat ( @fancyfembot ) and Eric Escamilla ( @Bullitt33 ) (we just had Eric on with us in Doctor Who: Podshock 169).
In it, we discuss The Sarah Jane Adventures episode, The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith which guest stars David Tennant, the preview clip of Dreamland (the new animated Doctor Who adventure), and the upcoming Doctor Who special, Waters of Mars. We even ponder on the upcoming new series starring Matt Smith with Steven Moffat. Plus we touch upon Torchwood as well in this episode.
On the heels of the transmission date for Waters of Mars on the BBC in the UK going public, BBC America has now announced the date they will broadcast it in the US. Doctor Who: Waters of Mars will air on BBC America on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 9pm ET/PT.
Visit the BBC America site for further information on Waters of Mars on BBC America.
This Week In Doctor Who
June 6, 2009 - Vol 12, No 23
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide since 1998.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
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The Gallifreyan Embassy would usually take WLIW (the Long Island PBS station that showed Doctor Who at the time) by storm during their pledge drives volunteering during their British science-fiction line up nights. Here is the gang back in the '80s in this classic black and white photo by Keith. From left to right is the "Anti-Doctor" (Chase), Louis, Andrea, Denise, Pete "Bug", Ken, Brian (standing behind Ken), PJ, Rob (all the way in the back), Al, Amy (next to PJ), Tim (front seated), and Keith himself (standing). Thank you Keith for allowing us to share this photo.