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This Week In Doctor Who - March 24, 2004

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  • Benjamin Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - March 24, 2004 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 7, No 12 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 24, 2004
      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - March 24, 2004
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 7, No 12

      Christopher Eccleston is The Doctor!

      For six months, Doctor Who fandom has engaged in rampant speculation
      over who would be cast as the Doctor in the upcoming revival of the
      show. This past weekend the speculation ended. Recently nominated
      for a BAFTA for his work in the miniseries "The Second Coming"
      (written by Russell T. Davies - who is the primary writer for the
      new Doctor Who series), Chris Eccleston will be the ninth official
      TV Doctor. It is expected that there will be no onscreen
      regeneration from Paul McGann, the 8th Doctor in the 1996 TV Movie.
      Filming will begin this spring with the 13 episode first series
      premiering sometime in 2005. Full details on Eccleston's casting can
      be found at the homes of the usual suspects: Outpost Gallifrey
      http://www.gallifreyone.com and the BBC's Doctor Who homepage
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho .

      Reaction to Chris Eccleston's casting among online fandom has been
      nearly universally positive. It also looks like a good choice in the
      eyes of the British public (who are the most important arbiters of
      the show's success - if they don't watch it won't last long). For
      people like myself who'd never heard of Mr. Eccleston, we're just
      glad that an actor is cast and that those who know him think he's a
      good choice. If you want to see samples of his work before the new
      series begins, look for these movies and TV shows:
      Let Him Have It (1991)
      Cracker (UK version) - co-star in first 2 seasons
      Shallow Grave (1994)
      Our Friends In The North (1996)
      Hillsborough (1997)
      Elizabeth (1998)
      Clocking Off (2000)
      Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000)
      The Others (2001)
      Flesh and Blood (2002)
      Othello (2002)
      24 Hour Party People (2002)
      28 Days Later (2002)
      The Second Coming (2003)
      and probably other stuff

      American Who will be focusing on the casting of Christopher
      Eccleston on their March 29 broadcast - see American Who further
      down in this column for details.

      Now that an actor is cast and filming will begin soon, I'm starting
      to tweak the column to try to make it more useful for the fans the
      new series brings in. I'm adding a section for the new series with
      the vital statistics and noting the networks that will air the
      series (as we learn who they are). The section formerly called TV
      will now be The Original Series. In addition to giving the episode
      titles, I will now include the series number and what episodes they
      were in that particular series (what those of us in America would
      call seasons), as well as the name of the actor playing the Doctor.
      I may make a few more tweaks as I go along - feedback is always

      WCNY 24 Syracuse, NY appears to have discontinued Doctor Who. It is
      no longer on the schedule, replaced by other programming. One less
      US outlet for the original series. If anyone knows that WCNY will be
      returning Doctor Who to the lineup, please get in touch.

      Australian newspapers reported this week that Day Of The Daleks will
      not air on ABC due to the Dalek/Terry Nation estate contract renewal
      talks with the BBC. It is expected that no further Dalek stories
      will appear on ABC until a new contract is agreed upon. Contracts
      vary by country, so a story that is ok to air in one place may be
      unable to air in another place.

      The "UK" suite of channels in the UK were rebranded on Monday 8
      March. Most of the channels whose names began with UK had the prefix
      changed to UKTV. So instead of UK Gold and UK Gold + 1, we have UKTV
      Gold and UKTV Gold + 1. Oooookay .....................

      Australian viewers can see "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D." again
      several times in May on the Showtime Greats channel
      http://www.showtimeaustralia.com . This is the 4:3 transfer that ran
      on the Encore channel last year which has been rebranded as
      Showtime. Times listed are:
      Tuesday 4 May - 4:10PM
      Saturday 8 May - 8:45PM
      Wednesday 12 May - 7:05PM
      Friday 21 May - 9:25PM
      Monday 24 May - 6:00PM
      All these airings, and no appearances of Dr. Who and the Daleks.

      Many people in the Northern Hemisphere will be changing their clocks
      this weekend to go from Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time. Many
      people in the Southern Hemisphere will be changing their clocks this
      weekend to go from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time. These
      changes will occur late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. If you
      live in the US or Canada, most of you won't go to Daylight Savings
      Time until next weekend. Pay attention to the time changes if they
      could affect something you plan to watch/listen to. Definitely pay
      attention if you plan to listen to the American Who program covering
      Chris Eccleston, as the time changes could trip you up.

      Corrections and updates are always welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
      owner@yahoogroups.com , bfelliott@... , TWIDW on AOL IM ,
      and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:


      Name: Doctor Who
      Doctor: Christopher Eccleston
      Written by: Russell T. Davies (8 episodes), Steven Moffat ( 2
      episodes), Paul Cornell (1 episode), Rob Shearman (1 episode), Mark
      Gatiss (1 episode)
      Original Aspect Ratio - 16:9
      Premieres: 2005 (date TBA)
      Total episodes for first series: 13
      45 minute episodes

      Known Broadcasters:
      BBC One (all regions, analogue and digital) - start date TBA


      BBCi http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho
      "The Scream Of The Shalka" - Richard E. Grant is The Doctor in a
      fully animated 6 episode story. The Shalka prepare to conquer the
      Earth from below. Unfortunately for them, the Doctor is back.
      "Real Time" - starring Colin Baker and the Cybermen. 6 episode
      illustrated audio tale. The 6th Doctor and Evelyn Smythe research a
      temple that has been yanking scientists out of time. The secrets of
      the temple threaten the future and past of two species. Viewer
      discretion advised for the illustrations of episodes 4 through 6.

      American Who http://www.americanwho.net
      Monday 5AM EST (2AM PST, 11AM BST, 8PM AEST)
      http://archives.warpradio.com/btr/SciFi/032905.mp3 (link not active
      Airs "live" as hour 4 of Sci-Fi Overdrive (see streaming audio link
      under Sci-Fi Overdrive.) Arnold T. Blumberg is the guest on a
      special edition examining the casting of Christopher Eccleston as
      The Doctor on the new Doctor Who series. The Barry Letts interview
      is postponed to the April 12 broadcast. The US will still be
      operating on Standard Time. The UK and most of Europe will have
      switched to Daylight Savings Time. Australia will have switched from
      Daylight to Standard Time. If you have to change your clocks, check
      to make sure you're listening at the right time to catch American
      Who. Most of the US will go to Daylight Savings Time the next
      weekend, mixing online listening up once again.
      Charles Martin discusses the recently announced writers for the new
      series. Next episode airs as hour 4 of Sci-Fi Overdrive on March 29.
      Older programs:
      Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon in the 2nd Doctor stories) remembers
      Patrick Troughton.
      Joey interviews India Fisher (Charley in the Big Finish 8th Doctor
      audio dramas), recorded at the 2003 Chicago TARDIS convention.

      Sci-Fi Overdrive http://www.scifioverdrive.com
      on Business Talk Network http://www.businesstalkradio.net
      Late Sunday/Early Monday 2-6AM EST (11PM-3AM PST, 8AM-Noon BST, 5-
      9PM AEST)
      Live Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
      Hour 1 - Sci-Fi News and comment. Hour 2 - Brian Green of Columbia
      University discusses String Theory. Hour 3 - Butch Hartman discusses
      new TV show Danny Phantom. Hour 4 - American Who - Arnold T.
      Blumberg discusses Christopher Eccleston.



      UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      Saturday 6-9AM GMT "The Seeds Of Doom" movie
      Series 13, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker. Alien seed
      pods are discovered in Antarctica. The Doctor fears that, if allowed
      to germinate, the seeds will conquer the Earth. This is the story of
      two seeds who try to make it in a world of humans. Meat is back on
      the menu.
      Sunday 7-9AM BST "The Masque Of Mandragora" movie
      Series 14, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker. The entity
      Mandragora uses the TARDIS to travel to Earth and engage in a
      hostile takeover. If successful, human progress ends in the year

      UKTV Gold + 1
      Saturday 7-10AM GMT "The Seeds Of Doom" movie
      Sunday 8-10AM BST "The Masque Of Mandragora" movie


      ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv http://www.varos.net/drwho/
      Thursday 6:05PM "Doctor Who and the Silurians" ep 2 of 7
      Monday 6:06PM "Doctor Who and the Silurians" ep 3 of 7
      Tuesday 6:04PM "Doctor Who and the Silurians" ep 4 of 7
      Wednesday 6:05PM "Doctor Who and the Silurians" ep 5 of 7
      Series 7, Episodes 6 through 9. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. Black & White
      version. The Silurians, hibernating for millions of years under
      rural England, are starting to wake up. Used to being the dominant
      species on Earth, they find humanity's presence to be a trifle -
      unsettling. Can the Doctor create peace before tragedy occurs?


      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
      7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EST (10PM + 12:30AM 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 weekday
      run jumps back to Davison's first episodes, where regeneration
      instability leaves the Doctor weakened and the TARDIS crew in
      danger. The Master continues his efforts to wipe out the Doctor once
      and for all.
      Friday "Four To Doomsday" pts 1+2 of 4
      Series 19, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Peter Davison. A spaceship
      is winding its way to Earth. When the TARDIS arrives on the ship,
      they find three aliens on their way with all their luggage in hopes
      of moving in. Does Earth have room for the Urbankans?
      Saturday "Terminus" all 4 pts
      Series 20, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison. Sabotage
      renders the TARDIS uninhabitable. Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough, and the
      Doctor flee onboard a shuttle bound for Terminus, a station
      literally in the middle of nowhere. And everywhere.
      Sunday "Enlightenment" all 4 pts
      Series 20, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison. A space
      race entangles the TARDIS crew in deceit and debt. One of the racing
      teams is engaging in murder. Whichever team wins the race may gain
      the ultimate knowledge. And Turlough must resolve his loyalties once
      and for all.
      Monday "Four To Doomsday" pts 3+4 of 4
      Series 19, Episodes 7 through 8. As the story continues, Monarch and
      his Urbankans get closer to Earth, while a rift in the TARDIS crew
      grows deeper.
      Tuesday "Kinda" pts 1+2 of 4
      Series 19, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison. The Kinda
      people are kinda peaceful, while scientists exploring the world are
      kinda aggressive. But the power of Mara may kinda shift the balances.

      NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
      analog 11, 49, 52
      digital 11-2 (57-2), 49-2 (48-2), 52-2 (49-2)
      Boston DirecTV 11,955
      Boston Dish 11,8781
      Saturday 11PM EST "Pyramids Of Mars" pt 3 of 4
      Series 13, Episode 11. Doctor: Tom Baker. Sarah gets a glimpse of
      life in the year 1980 if Sutekh is not defeated.

      WCNY Syracuse, NY http://www.wcny.org
      analog 24
      digital 24-1 (25-1)
      Removed from schedule? WCNY will be removed unless/until Doctor Who

      WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
      analog 35
      digital 35-1 (34-1)
      Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
      Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
      Saturday 11PM EST "The Caves Of Androzani" pts 1+2 of 4
      Series 21, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison. The 5th
      Doctor's final story begins on a barren world which grows a spice
      that extends life and mudblasts that take life away. The battle for
      the spectrox places the Doctor and Peri between gun runners, the
      military, and the insane Sharaz Jek.

      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), 28, 54
      DC/Hagerstown, Baltimore DirecTV 22,980
      Baltimore Dish 22,8736
      Late Saturday Mid EST "The Seeds Of Death" movie
      Series 6, Episodes 23 through 28. Doctor: Pat Troughton. The Ice
      Warriors conquer the Moon. Alas, humanity ended all space travel and
      set up all world commerce and transportation to occur via T-Mat, an
      immediate transit service run from - the Moon. Naturally, you humans
      bought the cheap version of T-Mat that didn't have any Earth-based
      over-rides. We at the T-Mat Sales Corporation would like to point
      out that we offered a version that could be run from Earth, but you
      purchasers didn't want a version that required ugly D-Cell batteries
      in its remote control. You humans should call in the first time
      traveler named the Doctor that you can find to clean up this mess.
      Your warranty with us expired last week. Your own fault for not
      buying the deluxe version, if you ask me.

      WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
      analog 48
      digital 48-2 (34-2)
      Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
      Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
      Saturday 11PM EST "The Curse Of Fenric" pts 3+4 of 4
      Series 26, Episodes 10 through 11. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
      Postponed from last week. Fenric and the 7th Doctor must complete
      their game of chess. Winner take all. Loser and many more will die.

      WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
      analog 12
      digital 9 - not on air
      Champaign Dish 12,7407
      Saturday 11:30PM EST "Logopolis" pt 4 of 4
      Series 18, Episode 28. Doctor: Tom Baker. The Doctor and the Master
      are forced to team up to save the universe from extinction as the
      CVEs close and galaxies dissolve. The final episode of the 4th
      Doctor ends dramatically, paving the way for the Peter Davison era,
      which starts next week on WILL.

      IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org
      analog 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36, 36
      digital 11 (50), 45, 25, 18, 28, 33, 35, 35, 34 - not on air
      Des Moines DirecTV 11,474
      Des Moines Dish 11,9116
      Cedar Rapids Dish 12,9161
      Omaha Dish 32,9146
      Saturday 11:35PM CST "The Stones Of Blood" pts 1+2 of 4
      Series 16, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Tom Baker. Romana finds
      the 4th segment of the Key To Time quickly, but she is mistaken for
      a robot, launching a series of mistaken identities and assassination

      KBDI Denver, CO http://www.kbdi.org
      analog 12
      digital 12-1 (38-1)
      Denver DirecTV 12,910
      Denver Dish 12,8211
      Pre-empted for pledge special. Doctor Who returns April 2.

      KUED/KUEW-DT/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/St. George/Richfield, UT
      analog 7
      digital 7-1 (42-1), 18-1 (18-1), 19-1 (19-1)
      Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982
      Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
      Saturday 11:30PM MST "Arc Of Infinity" pt 2 of 4
      Series 20, Episode 2. Doctor: Peter Davison. The 5th Doctor is
      called before a tribunal by the Time Lords. A dangerous creature
      bonded with the Doctor in hopes of crossing over to our universe.
      The Time Lords believe that the only way to stop the crossing is to
      execute the Doctor before his identity can be used. Guest starring
      Colin Baker as the guard Maxil, the only instance to date of an
      actor playing a different role on the Doctor Who TV series before
      being cast as The Doctor. Since KUEW-DT 18 is apparently a full
      power repeater of KUED, it is added to the listings.

      KBTC/KCKA Tacoma/Centralia, WA http://www.kbtc.org
      analog 28,15
      digital 28-1 (27-1), 15-1 (19-1)
      Seattle DirecTV 28,910
      Seattle Dish 28,8620
      Saturday 7PM + 12:30AM PST "The Dominators" eps 1+2 of 5
      Series 6, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Pat Troughton. A peaceful
      backwater planet is invaded by aliens, and for once the planet isn't
      Earth. The Dominators want to travel through space and conquer. But
      first they must fix their ship, by whatever means necessary.

      KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
      analog 54,25
      digital 50,58 - not on air
      San Francisco DirecTV 54,903
      San Francisco Dish 54,8234
      Monterey Dish 25,9190
      Late Saturday April 3 1:37AM PDT "Interview with Patrick Troughton"

      US Sci-Fi Channel http://www.scifi.com
      Late Sunday April 11 - "Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
      3AM EDT East Feed, 3AM PDT West Feed

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2004.
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