THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - July 21, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 29
Filming is officially underway on the Christopher Eccleston years of
Doctor Who. Outpost Gallifrey Http://www.gallifreyone.com and the
BBC's Doctor Who website http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho
pictures and info on the first days of filming in Cardiff. The BBC
Wales Today regional program on Tuesday showed viewers for the first
time what Christopher Eccleston's prospective Doctor outfit would
be - essentially a leather jacket and black shirt, a change from the
styles of recent Doctors. The Outpost Gallifrey forum has a
sealed "spoilers" section that you can log into and find out the
tidbits of information coming from Cardiff. If you wish to avoid
spoilers, do not access that section of the forum.
This Week will not be a big source of spoilers for the new episodes.
I want people who *don't* want to know what happens before they
watch to be able to use the column to find out when the episodes are
on just like everyone else. If you do want to know what's going to
happen, the aforementioned Outpost Gallifrey forum's spoiler section
is rather good and will no doubt mention other sources of advance
Denver, CO Doctor Who fans - additional confirmation of Doctor Who's
cancellation on KBDI 12 http://www.kbdi.org
. I've been forwarded
the following response to a query on whether the show can return:
"... We have no plans to renew the Dr. Who contract. Channel 12 has
carried the series for 14 years and ran all the story lines several
times in both the movie and episodic versions. We realize there is a
core of very loyal viewers for this series, but over the years the
audience has waned and the response has become lukewarm. Therefore,
KBDI has chosen to end the series at this time and reinvest any
future money in programming with a broader appeal.
"We are aware the BBC is coming out with new episodes, but they will
not make them available to other stations for at least 3 years.
"S. J. Schwein"
The US Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour has been
going on for the last couple of weeks. The cable networks will get
their turn to show off their upcoming programming from July 21 to
July 23. If - and only if - the BBC has already made a deal with a
US cable network to air the new Doctor Who series, the network that
got the show might announce it during their portion of the tour this
week, along with some idea on when it would air. At this point I
suspect that no network deal has been finalized yet. Probably Doctor
Who will not be mentioned by anyone this time. The best sites I've
seen for information on that tour are http://www.thefutoncritic.com
. If anything is announced I'll send
out a note on the TWIDW mailing list.
Corrections and updates are always welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
, TWIDW on AOL IM ,
and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:
THE SECOND 40 YEARS:
Doctor: Christopher Eccleston
Rose Tyler: Billie Piper
Written by: Russell T. Davies (8 episodes), Steven Moffatt (2
episodes), Paul Cornell (1 episode), Rob Shearman (1 episode), Mark
Gattiss (1 episode)
Original Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Premieres: 2005 (date TBA)
Total episodes for first series: 13
First broadcaster - BBC One
45 minute episodes
"Shada" - starring Paul McGann and Lalla Ward. Remake of the classic
unfinished Douglas Adams story. 6 episodes long.
"The Scream Of The Shalka" - starring Richard E. Grant as The
Doctor. 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 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.
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Online news/talk show. Upcoming editions:
Week of July 29 - Lars Pearson of Mad Norwegian Press and the I, Who
Week of August 15 - Keith Barnfather.
Jon Pertwee would be 85 years old this month. In an epic broadcast
the length of The Green Death (2 ½ hours), Joey remembers the man
who was the 3rd Doctor. Includes thoughts on Jon from Caroline John,
Barry Letts, Wendy Padbury, Nicholas Courtney, Elisabeth Sladen,
Katy Manning, fan artist Gail Bennett, sea cruise fellow Dan Harris,
John Levene, and fan comments collected in 1996. Also some comments
on the unsuccessful effort to bring Worzel Gummidge to the USA. This
broadcast is dedicated to Jon Pertwee's favorite charity - the Grand
Order of Water Rats http://www.gowr.net
. The Grand Order of Water
Rats is a UK charity that dates back to the 19th Century which
supports several causes, particularly actors who are no longer able
to act. Joey asks that people join the friends of GOWR and offer
some support. Membership in the GOWR is 30 Pounds UK. If you do,
please make sure to note on the check that you are doing it for Jon
Sci-Fi Overdrive http://www.scifioverdrive.com
on Business Talk Network http://www.businesstalkradio.net
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-5AM EDT (11PM-2AM PDT, 7-10AM BST, 4-7PM AEST)
Live Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
Hour 1 - news & comment. Hour 2 - Wally Schirra, Mercury Astronaut.
Hour 3 - the 30th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons.
THE FIRST 40 YEARS:
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Saturday 7-9AM BST "Logopolis" movie
Series 18, Episodes 25 through 28. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor senses his oncoming demise. While trying to repair the
TARDIS, the Doctor and Adric find themselves on the run from the
Master and bringing a spot of bother to the mathematically inclined
world of Logopolis.
Sunday 7-9AM BST "Castrovalva" movie
Series 19, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Doctor's regeneration fails to stabilize, leaving him
neutralized as the TARDIS crew try to escape the Master. In search
of a place where the Doctor can recover, Nyssa and Tegan head for
Castrovalva, a city where peace and harmony ease healing.
UKTV Gold + 1
Saturday 8-10AM BST "Logopolis" movie
Sunday 8-10AM BST "Castrovalva" movie
Thursday 6:03PM "The Mutants" ep 6 of 6
Series 9, Episode 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Ky and the Marshall meet their destinies. The 3rd Doctor races to
stop Solos from being terraformed in a way that will kill off the
Monday 6:03PM "The Time Monster" ep 1 of 6
Tuesday 6:03PM "The Time Monster" ep 2 of 6
Wednesday 6:03PM "The Time Monster" ep 3 of 6
Series 9, Episodes 21 through 23. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The Doctor's insistence that the Master will return to Earth seems
to be vindicated when a mysterious bearded professor at Cambridge
begins work on Interstitial Time.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EDT (10PM + 12:30AM PDT) - 2 episodes
weekdays, full stories weekends)
Wednesday "The Android Invasion" pts 1+2 of 4
Thursday "The Android Invasion" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 13, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
BBC Kids has this profound belief that Android Invasion must go
between Terror Of The Zygons and Planet Of Evil, probably because
Android is the final story for Harry Sullivan and the "recognizable"
U*N*I*T cast. Anyway, after the events of Planet Of Evil and
Pyramids Of Mars, the 4th Doctor and Sarah arrive back on modern day
Earth. But an English village seems nearly deserted. The people
there seem unreal.
Friday "Planet Of Evil" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 13, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor and Sarah land on a planet on the border between the
realms of matter and anti-matter. A scientific expedition has been
wiped out. A military team wants to know why. The Doctor is afraid
that they'll all find out.
Saturday "Revenge Of The Cybermen" all 4 pts
Series 12, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Cybermen hide invasion plans with a space plague. Can the Doctor
save the remaining humans and stop the Cybermen from striking a
final blow for robotic kind?
Sunday "Terror Of The Zygons" all 4 pts
Series 13, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Brigadier in a kilt. Body doubles. The Loch Ness Monster. And
breathing techniques from the 4th Doctor. One of the better stories.
Monday "Planet Of Evil" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 13, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Tuesday "Pyramids Of Mars" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 13, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Before U*N*I*T HQ was built, the Scarman mansion stood on the
grounds. Evil forces have taken control of the mansion, planning to
release Sutekh the destroyer from his prison on Mars, an act that
would wipe out much of the life in the universe. Which seems a
little counterproductive. If everyone's dead, who are you going to
turn to and say "told you I'd do it"?
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 EDT "The Seeds Of Doom" pt 3 of 6
Series 13, Episode 23. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Back in England, the 4th Doctor and Sarah investigate Harrison
Chase, wealthy eccentric who is the prime suspect in financing the
theft of the Krynoid seed pod.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Saturday 11PM EDT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 5+6 of 14 (Mindwarp
Series 23, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Colin Baker.
The trial takes a darker turn when the Valeyard shows evidence of an
adventure that is largely missing from the 6th Doctor's mind. The
Doctor seems himself acting very oddly on the planet Thoros Beta,
endangering Peri's life and giving hope to the evil Mentors.
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 EDT "Carnival Of Monsters" movie
Series 10, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
His exile lifted, the Doctor takes Jo on a trip aiming for Metebelis
III. Instead, they arrive on a boat in the Indian Ocean. A boat
being menaced by a sea monster. It's a real boat, but they aren't
really where they think they are.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Saturday 11PM EDT "The Seeds Of Death" eps 5+6 of 6
Series 6, Episodes 27 through 28. Doctor: Pat Troughton.
The seed pods are releasing a fungus that will make Earth
uninhabitable for humans. The 2nd Doctor searches for a way to throw
the Ice Warrior invasion fleet off course. Due to rights issues, The
War Games was unable for purchase when WCET bought the Troughton
episodes. Next week - Spearhead From Space.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Saturday 11:40PM CDT "Black Orchid" pt 1 of 2
Series 19, Episode 17. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Peter Davison's cricketing skills were put to the test. The 5th
Doctor and friends are mistaken for guests expected at a dinner
party. While they enjoy 1925 social life, a murder is plotted inside
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 DirecTV 32
Omaha Dish 32,9146
Sioux City Dish 27,7195
Quad Cities Dish 36,7607 (not yet available)
Saturday 11:35PM CDT "The Horns Of Nimon" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 17, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor's ongoing repairs leave the TARDIS unprotected from a
surprise Black Hole near Skonnon space. The black hole doesn't
belong there. What is going on with the once proud Skonnon empire?
KUED/KUEW-DT/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/St. George/Richfield, UT
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 MDT "Enlightenment" pt 3 of 4
Series 20, Episode 19. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Turlough's rash action brings the space race into sharp relief. The
5th Doctor has little choice but to join forces with the Edwardian
Immortals, while the leader of the Pirateers is very interested in
KBTC/KCKA Tacoma/Centralia, WA http://www.kbtc.org
digital 28-1 (27-1), 15-1 (19-1)
Seattle DirecTV 28,910
Seattle Dish 28,8620
Saturday 7PM + 12:30AM PDT "Inferno" eps 1+2 of 7
Series 7, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
While U*N*I*T helps a revolutionary drilling project out with
security, the 3rd Doctor taps into the power supply to see if he can
jumpstart the TARDIS. What he gets is a terrifying vision of death
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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