This Week In Doctor Who - July 28, 2004
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - July 28, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 30
Production continues on the new series of Doctor Who, though the
outdoor shoots that fans were able to go to and send pictures from
seem to have come to an end for the moment. Outpost Gallifrey
http://www.gallifreyone.com and the Cuttings Archive
http://www.cuttingsarchive.org.uk have lots of pictures, details,
and links to more pictures about last week for those who want to get
early glimpses. The BBC site http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho is
now putting up one photo a day of the new production to slowly tease
No US cable broadcaster yet - nobody came forward at the Television
Critics Association tour and said "we've got Doctor Who". There
probably is not yet enough completed footage for any networks beyond
BBC One to commit. A premiere date in the UK would probably precede
any announcement in other countries as well - so far we have no
official start date. Only rumors (which currently seem to focus on
Another actor has been cast on the new series. Noel Clarke is
playing "Mickey". As of publication time the reports on Outpost
Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com and the BBC's Doctor Who
website http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho do not make it clear
whether Mickey is a regular, a semi-regular, or a guest star. Ran
out of time to edit TWIDW today - Noel Clarke's prior acting roles
are described on those websites and there's not sufficient time to
vet whether Mickey's character description would be too much of a
spoiler for this column. Maybe next week.
Maryland Public TV http://www.mpt.org is repeating Frontier In Space
this weekend, 2 ½ years after dropping the last 20 minutes in a
scheduling error. If you missed the ending last time, watch and have
closure. No, this does not mean that MPT will wisen up and air the
complete version of Planet Of The Daleks next weekend - they will
air the incomplete movie version from the 1980s as always which has
episode 3 and other bits missing. Viewers in the MPT area have made
it very clear that movie format is what they want MPT to do, so
unless a movie version is made incorporating the black & white
episode, they'll just use the old one.
Corrections and updates are always welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
firstname.lastname@example.org , bfelliott@... , TWIDW on AOL IM ,
and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:
THE SECOND 40 YEARS:
Doctor: Christopher Eccleston
Rose Tyler: Billie Piper
Mickey: Noel Clarke (regular/semi-regular/guest star?)
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:
August 1 - Lars Pearson of Mad Norwegian Press and the I, Who books,
interviewed by Charles Martin at Gallifrey in February. Also - Joey
interviews Tom Spilsbury, asst ed. of Doctor Who Magazine. Beginning
with the August 1 edition, the news section will be pared back to
let the interviews start quickly.
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
Hours 1 - News & Comment. Includes Joey's review of the Region 1
DVDs of The Two Doctors and The Curse Of Fenric. Hour 2 - more News
& Comment, plus an interview on the "Duelmasters" CCG. Hour 3 - MJ
Simpson: Author, "Hitch-hiker: The Biography Of Douglas Adams."
THE FIRST 40 YEARS:
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Saturday 7:05-9AM BST "Four To Doomsday" movie
Series 19, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
A spacefaring frog-like race returns to Earth for its final,
permanent visit. They come promising peace. The 5th Doctor suspects
more sinister motives.
Sunday 7-9AM BST "Kinda" movie
Series 19, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Peter Davison.
A paradise is infiltrated by a snake, human explorers, and the
UKTV Gold + 1
Saturday 8:05-10AM BST "Four To Doomsday" movie
Sunday 8-10AM BST "Kinda" movie
Thursday 6:03PM "The Time Monster" ep 4 of 6
Monday 6:03PM "The Time Monster" ep 5 of 6
Tuesday 6:03PM "The Time Monster" ep 6 of 6
Series 9, Episodes 24 through 26. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The Master hopes to take over Atlantis to get the full Time Crystal
and rule all time & space.
Wednesday 6:03PM "The Three Doctors" ep 1 of 4
Series 10, Episode 1. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Anti-matter creatures invade the top secret U*N*I*T headquarters in
search of the 3rd Doctor.
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 "Pyramids Of Mars" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 13, Episodes 11 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Sutekh plans to use the Doctor to release him from the Mars prison.
If released, a reign of devastation will befall the galaxy. The
Thursday "The Brain Of Morbius" pts 1+2 of 4
Friday "The Brain Of Morbius" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 13, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The disgraced Professor Solon continues his scientific experiments
on the backwater world of Karn. When the Doctor learns that Solon is
trying to construct a new body for the infamous Morbius, he tries to
avoid lending a head.
Saturday "The Android Invasion" all 4 pts
Series 13, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A return to Earth sees the 4th Doctor and Sarah matching wits with
aliens, androids, and a nearly deserted village. What happened to
Earth while they've been gone?
Sunday "Planet Of Evil" all 4 pts
Series 13, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A scientific expedition disappears. When the 4th Doctor and Sarah
arrive at the scene where the expedition vanished, suspicion mounts.
Monday "The Seeds Of Doom" pts 1+2 of 6
Tuesday "The Seeds Of Doom" pts 3+4 of 6
Series 13, Episodes 21 through 24. Doctor: Tom Baker.
On a mission for U*N*I*T, the 4th Doctor and Sarah track the
whereabouts of 2 alien seed pods that the Doctor fears could engage
in world conquest & human extinction.
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
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Doctor Who returns August 21.
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 7+8 of 14 (Mindwarp
Series 23, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Colin Baker.
The 6th Doctor is convinced that the evidence being presented
against him is faulty, though his memory problems make it difficult
to prove. On the footage, as the 6th Doctor gets in deeper over his
head, Peri finds romance in an unexpected place.
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 "Frontier In Space" movie
Series 10, Episodes 9 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Ogrons are impersonating Humans and Draconians, trying to start a
war between the two galactic superpowers. The 3rd Doctor and Jo
(naturally) find themselves caught in the middle. The Doctor
believes another power is behind the Ogron activities. Note to MPT
viewers - when this story last aired 2 ½ years ago, a scheduling
error caused them to cut away at about the 1 hour, 58 minute mark
and leave it unfinished. Based on the schedule, Frontier should air
complete this time. But if anyone working at MPT is watching - give
the story 2 ½ hours, not 2 hours. Sorry - next week's movie version
of Planet Of The Daleks will be the usual version (episode 3
missing, episodes 2+4 edited to cover up episode 3'sm absence).
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Saturday 11PM EDT "Spearhead From Space" eps 1+2 of 4
Series 7, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The color era begins. After the events of The War Games (which WCET
couldn't air), the Doctor has been exiled to Earth and regenerated.
Trying to cope with exile, the Doctor aides U*N*I*T in stopping an
invasion force from using Mannequins to cripple the Earth. Pre-
empted by pledge drive next week. The story concludes August 14.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Saturday 11:40PM CDT "Black Orchid" pt 2 of 2
Series 19, Episode 18. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor is accused of murder, while the deranged George is on
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 3+4 of 4
Series 17, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
In the labyrinth where the Nimon dwells, Romana finds evidence that
a cruel hoax is being played on the cruel Skonnon Empire. Meanwhile,
the Anethans try to avoid being the Nimon's after dinner snack.
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
Pre-empted by pledge drive.
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 3+4 of 7
Series 7, Episodes 21 through 22. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Crossing between parallel universes, the 3rd Doctor takes an
interest in the drilling at the Inferno. What is the secret of
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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