THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
March 9, 2005 - Vol 8, No 10
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
It's been a wild week for Doctor Who TV news, but before we begin:
The American Who show http://www.americanwho.net
is ending. Host
Joey Reynolds announced Tuesday in various forums:
"I regret to inform you that, after the April broadcast of `American
Who', that the programme will end its run. I'd like to thank those
individuals who have helped out in the past. There are some things
that I need to prioritize immediately."
American Who has been a fun, amusing radio show these past 2 years.
I think we should all applaud Joey for bringing us all these new and
classic interviews with so many people involved in the past and
present of the Doctor Who series. It has been a unique feature that
has enhanced Doctor Who fandom. Thanks for all the memories.
Hours after last week's edition came out, Canadian fans spotted
Doctor Who on the CBC TV schedules http://www.cbc.ca/television
Tuesdays at 8PM starting April 5, which meant that we had a
confirmed premiere date for Canada before we had one for the UK.
Friday saw news that BBC Two plans a Doctor Who night for later this
month (now known for 19 March) which will feature an encore of the
2003 documentary "The Story Of Doctor Who" (7:30PM), trivia
special "Some Things You Need To Know About Doctor Who" (8:30PM),
and the previously announced special edition of quiz show Mastermind
(8:40PM). The 1965 Peter Cushing film "Dr. Who And The Daleks" will
air earlier that day at 3:50PM.
Monday saw the UK premiere date and time of Saturday 26 March 7PM
confirmed by Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4
Row". A change in the narrator for "Project: Who?" on Radio 2
was announced - Anthony Stewart Head
(Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Taster's Choice commercials, Little
Britain) is replacing Patrick Stewart.
Tuesday 8 March was the start of the big press for the series. BBC
Radio Five Live http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive
and Chris Moyles'
breakfast show on Radio 1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1
new theme tune in the morning. The Doctor Who website "regenerated" -
the new series is focused at http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho
old series matters are at
. Trailers started
to air on BBC One and Two - the trailers are also on the website,
along with a web interview with Murray Gold on the reasoning behind
the new music. Radio Two's Doctor Who mini-site
launched. It includes a
documentary on the history of the theme tune and will update with
details on Doctor Who related events during the month. Russell T.
Davies, Christopher Eccleston, and Billie Piper started to appear on
various TV and radio shows. Of note was BBC One's 6PM news and BBC
Wales Today at 6:30PM, which had clips from "Rose" and highlighted
the upcoming series. CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
press release backing up the April 5 at 8PM premiere date for the
series in Canada and added their own Doctor Who homepage
Today (9 March) has seen interviews with Christopher Eccleston and
Billie Piper on BBC Breakfast
and extensive press
discussion. Interview schedules and special programming over the
next few weeks have been popping up, and I have included everything
I know of in the New Series section below. It is certain that more
interview events will pop up after the column goes to press. I'll be
reserving TWIDW mailing list updates for actual programmes focused
on Doctor Who instead of interviews.
The only thing that hasn't happened in the past week is that no
additional broadcasters have been announced as airing the show.
Hopefully that situation will change soon. For now, great happiness
in the UK and Canada as the premiere rapidly approaches, and
speculation in New Zealand on when Prime will start the show.
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
, TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
Messenger. The listings:
BROADCASTS RELATED TO NEW SERIES:
New Series General Information:
- recently remodeled, take a look
BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone
Doctor Who premieres Saturday 26 March 7PM GMT
16:9 Widescreen Digital
14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
Friday 25 March 10:20PM GMT "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross"
Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) is interviewed.
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree
Doctor Who Confidential premieres Saturday 26 March 7:45PM GMT
BBC Radio 2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2
Thursday 2-5PM GMT - "Steve Wright Show" (9AM-Noon EST, 6-9AM PST, 1-
4AM Friday AEDT)
Steve Wright interviews Russell T. Davies (series producer) during
Monday 21 March 2-5PM GMT - "Steve Wright Show" - interview with
Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who)
Thursday 24 March 2-5PM GMT - "Steve Wright Show" - interview with
Billie Piper (Rose Tyler)
Tuesday 22 March 8:33PM GMT - "Project: Who? - Bigger On The Inside"
Tuesday 29 March 8:33PM BST - "Project: Who? - Reverse The Polarity"
2 part documentary (1 hour per week) hosted by Anthony Stewart Head
(Big Finish's "Excelsis" series, those Taster's Choice commercials,
and Buffy The Vampire Slayer) going behind the scenes of the new
Doctor Who series.
BBC Two http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo
Thursday 17 March 7+11:25PM "The Culture Show" (8+11:25PM Scotland
The Culture Show previews the imminent return of Doctor Who. Will it
remain true to the spirit of past series?
Saturday 19 March 3:50-5PM GMT "Dr. Who And The Daleks" 1965
Saturday 19 March 7:30-9:10PM GMT - "BBC Two Doctor Who Night"
7:30PM - "The Story Of Doctor Who" 2003 documentary on the series
8:30PM - "Some Things You Need To Know About Doctor Who" trivia
8:40PM - "Dr. Who Mastermind" 4 Doctor Who aficionados put through
their paces by Mastermind host John Humphrys, with prize presented
by new Doctor Christopher Eccleston.
Saturday 19 March 10:15PM GMT "Parkinson"
Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) is interviewed.
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
Doctor Who premieres Tuesday 5 April 8PM nationwide (8:30PM
16:9 Widescreen Digital (CBC HD)
14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue (probable)
Prime TV http://www.primetv.co.nz http://nzdwfc.tetrap.com
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Aspect ratio unknown.
Doctor Who Series 1 Episodes:
101 - Rose
102 - The End Of The World
103 - The Unquiet Dead
104 - Aliens Of London
105 - 10 Downing Street
106 - TBA
107 - The Long Game
108 - TBA
109 - The Empty Child
110 - The Doctor Dances
111 - TBA
112 - TBA
113 - The Parting Of The Ways
Doctor Who Confidential Series 1 Episodes:
101 - Back From The Future
102 - Aliens: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
103 - TARDIS Tales
104 - I Get A Side-Kick Out Of You
105 - Life On Earth
106 - The Daleks
107 - The Dark Side
108 - A Time And A Place
109 - FX
110 - The Weird Science Of Doctor Who
111 - Unsung Heroes And Violent Death
112 - The Cult Of Who
113 - Finale
OTHER TV/RADIO/INTERNET BROADCASTS:
BBC Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/classic.shtml
"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.
"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 corrupt 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?
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 6:05-9AM GMT "The Invasion Of Time" movie
Series 15, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The story of the Doctor's return to Gallifrey, where he assumes the
Presidency and creates chaos. Today's hero is tomorrow's idiot.
Today's villian is tomorrow's friend. And slimy Castellan Kellner -
ok, he is the same throughout.
Sunday 7:05-9AM GMT "The Ribos Operation" movie
Series 16, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Two con men operating on Ribos hope to make a lot of money off the
insane warlord Graff Vynda-K. The stakes are high. They're about to
get higher, when the Doctor and Romana come searching for the object
being used to con the warlord.
19 March - "The Pirate Planet" (7:05AM)
20 March - "City Of Death" (7:05AM)
26 & 27 March - pre-empted, Carry On movie marathon
2 April - "The Creature From The Pit" (7:05AM)
3 April - "Nightmare Of Eden" (7:05AM)
9 April - "The Horns Of Nimon" (7:20AM)
10 April - "The Leisure Hive" (7:05AM)
16 April - "Meglos" (7:05AM)
17 April - "Full Circle" (7:05AM)
23 April - "State Of Decay" (7:05AM)
24 April - "Warriors' Gate" (7AM)
30 April - "The Keeper Of Traken" (7AM)
Thursday 6:03PM "Image Of The Fendahl" pt 2 of 4
Monday 6:04PM "Image Of The Fendahl" pt 3 of 4
Tuesday 6:05PM "Image Of The Fendahl" pt 4 of 4
Series 15, Episodes 10 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Fendahl skull continues to manipulate the scientists, causing
them to die one by one and help in an effort to recreate a dead
Wednesday 6:05PM "The Sun Makers" pt 1 of 4
Series 15, Episode 13. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor and Leela find a world where taxation is punitive and
fear is rampant.
23 March - "Underworld"
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Daily 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday "Castrovalva" pts 1+2 of 4
Thursday "Castrovalva" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Doctor's regeneration has problems, leaving him confused and
vulnerable as the Master continues trying to kill him. Adric's
disappearance causes further problems. Nyssa and Tegan try to find a
place for the Doctor to relax and recuperate. Castrovalva sounds
like the answer they seek.
Friday "Four To Doomsday" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Monarch, leader of the Urbankans, is bringing his people to Earth
again. He hopes to stay this time. Should he be welcomed? The Doctor
investigates Monarch's odd history.
Saturday "The Creature From The Pit" all 4 pts
Series 17, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A distress call from an egg lures the 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9
into a turf war between a female dictator and the odd green creature
she has trapped in her caves to feed troublemakers to.
Sunday "Nightmare Of Eden" all 4 pts
Series 17, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A space accident destabilizes two ships, causing a dangerous drug
and a dangerous monster problem to each be unleashed.
Monday "Four To Doomsday" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tuesday "Kinda" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tegan's dreams draw the attention of the Mara, a being who wishes to
cross over from dreams to reality.
17 March - "The Visitation"
19 March - "The Horns Of Nimon"
20 March - "The Leisure Hive"
21 March - "Black Orchid"
22 March - "Time-Flight"
24 March - "Arc Of Infinity"
26 March - "Meglos"
27 March - "Full Circle"
28 March - "Snakedance"
30 March - "Mawdryn Undead"
1 April "Terminus"
2 April "State Of Decay"
3 April "Warriors' Gate"
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Jon Pertwee tribute. Nicholas Courtney, Barry Letts, Caroline John,
and others remember the 3rd Doctor, Worzel Grummidge, and the other
personas of Jon Pertwee. Encore presentation of a program to benefit
the Grand Order of Water Rats http://www.gowr.net
3/15 - Patrick Troughton tribute (new, he would have been 85 that
4/15 - Jessica Carney, 30 years after the passing of her grandfather
William Hartnell (new, end of series)
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, 5-8PM
Live BTR Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PST) http://www.krradio.com
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - News & Comment. Hour 2 - TBA. Hour 3 - BTR only, TBA.
Starz! Movie Pack - Mystery http://www.starz.com
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Friday 1 April 2:45 + 11:05PM EST Eastern Feed / PST Western Feed
Thursday 14 April 6:50AM EDT Eastern Feed / PDT Western Feed
Thursday 21 April 7:40AM EDT Eastern Feed / PDT Western Feed
Starz! Movie Pack - MoviePlex
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Friday 1 April 3:45PM + 12:05AM EST Eastern Feed / PST Western Feed
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 12:30-2AM EST "The Time Warrior" movie
Series 11, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The Doctor tracks the disappearance of scientists to the 11th
Century, where a stranded Sontaran is using them as disposable
labour to repair his spacecraft. Before he can rescue them, he has
peasants, warlords, and nobles to deal with.
19 March - "Invasion Of The Dinosaurs" (Midnight)
26 March - "Death To The Daleks" (11:59PM)
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), 45, 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 (not yet available)
12+19 March - pre-empted for Festival Pledge Drive
26 March - "Arc Of Infinity" pts 3+4
KUED/KUEW-DT/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/St. George/Richfield, UT
digital 7-1 (42-1), 18-1, 19-1
Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
12 March - pre-empted for Pledge Drive
19 March - "Four To Doomsday" pt 2
26 March - "Four To Doomsday" pt 3
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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