Doctor Who Gets the Boot

Hmm… the headline should actually read “The Boot Gets Doctor Who,” but we figured, in this case, putting the words in the wrong order might grab your attention!

As we reported back in January, the Great Cowboy Footwear of the Sea, otherwise known as Italy, has been given a special treat this year.  Thanks to a broadcast with a night-to-night television schedule similar to what we all experienced with Torchwood: Children of Earth, but on a much larger and more awesome scale, Italians tuned into Rai 4 have been able to watch Doctor Who nearly every day, from Rose to A Christmas Carol!

We’re bragging a bit, but we think it’s safe to say that we covered France’s experience of Series 5 fairly thoroughly, and it’s only fair that we do the same for Italy!  So, without further ado, the report:

Matt Smith’s Doctor came hopping out of a sideways TARDIS that translated all his speech into Italian for any Rai 4 viewers who might happen to be listening in The Eleventh Hour on Friday, and just this weekend he and Amy fell into the mouth of a space whale who seemed to mistake them for cuisine from Olive Garden in The Beast Below.  Whovians from Italy sadly won’t get anything new today, but from today through next Saturday (except for the Sunday in the middle) the remainder of Series 5 and A Christmas Carol will pan out on Mediterranean screens, concluding on April 9th.  A particular must-see if you’re from the nation in question is Episode 6, The Vampires of Venice, on Thursday March 31st – though it wasn’t filmed in Venice, or even Italy that matter, it’s still a sort-of recognition of your home base!

Rai 4 plans to remain tight-lipped about the ratings this extensive Who run has achieved until after it’s finished, but the channel has mentioned a 1% audience share, which is apparently better than what all the other shows on the two-year-old network are getting.

For a complete list of Doctor Who Series 5 broadcast dates in Italy, visit (assuming you can understand the language)!

(Grazie, Francesco!)

Patrick Riley


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