This Week In Doctor Who - December 1, 2004
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 1, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 48
BBC One's press release for their winter programming has come out -
Long link - you may have to type it manually. There's a paragraph on
the new series:
`Acclaimed actor Christopher Eccleston hits our screens this winter
as Doctor Who with Billie Piper as the Doctor's companion Rose
Tyler. More details will be released early next year.'
Another BBC press release with slightly more information (two word
minor spoiler in 3rd paragraph which is widely known, but if you're
concerned skip down a bit to be safe) -
`Acclaimed actor Christphoer Eccleston plays Doctor Who in a new
series for BBC ONE next year.
`Billie Piper, who made her acting debut in the critically acclaimed
Canterbury Tales - The Miller's Tale, stars alongside Eccleston as
the Doctor's companion, Rose Tyler.
`Traveling through time and space, the Doctor and Rose come face to
face with a number of new and exciting monsters - as well as
battling the Doctor's arch-enemy, the Daleks.
`The series, which promises to surprise and entertain a new
generation, also features Penelope Wilton, Noel Clarke, Annette
Badland, Camille Coduri and John Barrowman, Bruno Langley and
celebrated theatre, film and television actor Simon Callow.
`Filming in Cardiff until 2005 for transmission on BBC ONE, Doctor
Who is written by Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Paul
Cornell and Robert Shearman.'
UKTV Gold's http://www.ukgold.tv statement on early Doctor Who
stories (e-mailed to multiple people):
`Thank you for your email regarding the early series of Doctor Who.
We currently hold the broadcast rights to only the Tom Baker, Peter
Davidson, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy series so these are the
only series we can show. We did hold the rights to the Jon Pertwee
series but these have expired and we have not secured the rights to
them again as yet.
`At the moment we have no plans to buy the rights to the early
series featuring William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton. The problem
we have with these series is that the BBC have lost or destroyed
many of the episodes and of those that remain, some are no longer of
broadcast quality. If we were to show them, nearly all of the
stories would be incomplete and littered with holes and so to show
a `series' would be impossible. Our current feeling is that it would
be disappointing to viewers to show such incomplete stories so the
only time we would show them is as individual episodes as part of a
special season. This may happen in the future but at the moment we
have no concrete plans.
`I am sorry to have bought disappointing news but hopefully your
queries have been answered.'
No additional information on Doctor Who's future on public TV
stations in the US has emerged since last week. At the moment, KBTC
28 Tacoma, WA definitely loses the rights to the show after December
because the syndicator did not renew the contract. A reasonable
inference, but not confirmed, would be that the other 6 affiliates
(WYBE 35 Philadelphia PA, MPT Maryland, WCET 48 Cincinnati OH, WILL
12 Urbana IL, IPTV Iowa, KUED 7 Salt Lake City UT) will lose their
rights when respective contracts expire. We don't know when those
Future airings of Doctor Who (1996 TV Movie) on the Starz!
http://www.starz.com movie pack:
Late Sunday December 5 2:29AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Monday December 6 12:00PM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Tuesday December 14 12:00PM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Wednesday December 15 8:00AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Late Saturday December 25 2:20AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Sunday December 26 9:45AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Late Sunday December 5 3:29AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Saturday December 26 10:45AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Friday January 21 4:05PM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Late Friday January 21 12:20AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Wednesday January 5 9:15AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Monday January 17 1:35PM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Friday January 21 3:05PM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Friday January 21 11:20PM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Tuesday January 25 8:40AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Corrections and updates are always welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
email@example.com , bfelliott@... , TWIDW on AOL IM ,
and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:
2005 AND BEYOND:
Doctor: Christopher Eccleston
Rose Tyler: Billie Piper
Mickey Smith: Noel Clarke
Jackie Tyler: Camille Coduri
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: March 2005???
Total episodes for first series: 13
45 minute episodes
First broadcaster - BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone
1) CBC Canada http://www.cbc.ca/television
Tie-In Series - Doctor Who Confidential - weekly on BBC Three right
after each episode's premiere on BBC One.
"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
Joey Reynolds notes 41 years of Doctor Who. Main feature - KTEH 54's
1983 interview with Tom Baker about his life and Doctor Who.
12/11 - Barry Letts (encore broadcast)
Sci-Fi Overdrive http://www.scifioverdrive.com
on Business Talk Network http://www.businesstalkradio.net
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PST) http://www.krradio.com (repeat of
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-5AM EST (11PM-2AM PST, 7-10AM GMT, 6-9PM AEDT)
Live Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
Doctor Who related archives:
http://archives.warpradio.com/btr/SciFi/110804.mp3 - Verity Lambert,
the first producer of Doctor Who, interviewed days after the new
series was announced in 2003. Will be removed Monday December 6.
http://archives.warpradio.com/btr/SciFi/111504.mp3 - Doctor Who A Go-
Go, more of Charles Martin's 2003 Sea Cruise interviews - Nicholas
Courtney & Wendy Padbury.
http://archives.warpradio.com/btr/SciFi/112202.mp3 - Sci-Fi
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 1. Peter
Purves and Anneke Wills, compiled from American Who interviews.
http://archives.warpradio.com/btr/SciFi/112203.mp3 - Sci-Fi
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 2. Robert
Shearman, compiled from American Who interview.
http://archives.warpradio.com/btr/SciFi/112204.mp3 - Sci-Fi
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 3. Arnold
T. Blumberg reflects on 41 years of Doctor Who - firstrun.
THE FIRST 8 DOCTORS:
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 7-9AM GMT "Battlefield" movie
Series 26, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is called out of retirement when, in
addition to pan-dimensional soldiers fighting the battles of Camelot
all over again, the 7th Doctor turns up.
Sunday 7:05-9AM GMT "Ghostlight" movie
Series 26, Episodes 5 through 7. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
The 7th Doctor brings Ace to the source of her greatest nightmares.
11 December 7-9AM - "The Curse Of Fenric" movie
12 December 7:30-9AM - "Survival" movie
18 December, 19 December, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day
2005, 2 January 2005 - pre-empted for special programming
8 January 2005 - "Robot" movie
Thursday 6:04PM "Pyramids Of Mars" pt 2 of 4
Monday 6:03PM "Pyramids Of Mars" pt 3 of 4
Tuesday 6:03PM "Pyramids Of Mars" pt 4 of 4
Series 13, Episodes 10 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The ancient god Sutekh has taken over a British estate, hoping to
use the resources to build a rocket to free his body from Mars.
Wednesday 6:03PM "The Android Invasion" pt 1 of 4
Series 13, Episode 13. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor and Sarah find a deserted English village.
15 December - "The Brain Of Morbius" begins
22 December - "The Seeds Of Doom" begins
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
7 Days A Week 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories
Wednesday "The King's Demons" pts 1+2 of 2
Series 20, Episodes 21 through 22. Doctor: Peter Davison.
King John is hanging around disrupting a nobleman's castle when he's
supposed to be off signing the Magna Carta. The 5th Doctor
Thursday "Warriors Of The Deep" pts 1+2 of 4
Friday "Warriors Of The Deep" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 21, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Sea Devils and the Silurians team up to destroy the human race
again in 2084. A seabase desired by both sides of an interplanetary
cold war is the target. Can the 5th Doctor broker peace as
successfully as he did in the 20th Century encounters? Wait a
minute - he failed with those.
Saturday "Four To Doomsday" all 4 pts
Series 19, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Urbankans engage in divide and conquer with the TARDIS crew,
setting them at odds with each other and keeping them from learning
the truth behind the frogpedal species' visit to Earth.
Sunday "Kinda" all 4 pts
Series 19, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Peter Davison.
While Nyssa sleeps off an illness in the TARDIS, the 5th Doctor,
Adric, and Tegan fall afoul of the people of Kinda and an ancient
evil who's trying to compensate for having a non-threatening voice.
Monday "The Awakening" pts 1+2 of 2
Series 21, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Kate Chopin's story of a woman who liberates herself from family
responsibility and begins an ecclectic lifestyle that ends in
trag ... wrong The Awakening. Tegan arrives in Little Hobcombe
looking for her Grandfather. He has disappeared. Meanwhile, alien
energy is influencing war games.
Tuesday "Frontios" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 21, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The survivors of humanity find a new scapegoat for the destruction
being ravaged on their settlement - the Doctor.
9 December - "Planet Of Fire"
11 December - "The Visitation"
12 December - "Black Orchid"
13 December - "The Caves Of Androzani"
15 December - "Horror Of Fang Rock"
17 December - "The Invisible Enemy"
18 December - "Timeflight"
19 December - "Arc Of Infinity"
20 through 26 December - pre-empted for Christmas programming
Starz! WAM! Channel http://www.starz.com
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Late Sunday 2:29AM EST Eastern Time / PST Pacific Time
Monday Noon EST Eastern Time / PST Pacific Time
America has a close encounter with two renegade Time Lords and the
end of the World. The Doctor and The Master have arrived in San
Francisco on the eve of Y2K. The Master's in search of a body - the
Doctor in search of his memories. The Master unwittingly sets Earth
on a course for destruction (again). Starring Paul McGann, Sylvester
McCoy, Daphne Ashbrook, and Eric Roberts.
Starz! MoviePlex Channel http://www.starz.com
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Late Sunday 3:29AM EST Eastern Time / PST Pacific Time
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Saturday 11PM EST "Battlefield" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 26, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
11 December - "Battlefield" pts 3+4
18 December - "Ghostlight" pts 1+2
25 December - "Ghostlight" pt 3 / "The Curse Of Fenric" pt 1
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-
DC/Hagerstown, Baltimore DirecTV 22,980
Baltimore Dish 22,8736
Late Saturday Midnight-1:30AM EST "Terror Of The Autons" movie
Series 8, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Color version. A Time Lord warns the Doctor that an old "friend" of
his is on Earth plotting conquest and the Doctor's death - not
caring which order they come in. This friend is known as The Master.
Roger Delgado's first appearance as the Master, Katy Manning's first
appearance as Jo Grant, and Richard Franklin's first appearance as
Captain Mike Yates.
11 December - "The Mind Of Evil" movie
18 December - "The Claws Of Axos" movie
25 December - "Colony In Space" movie
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
4 & 11 December - pre-empted for pledge programming
18 December - "The Mind Of Evil" eps 5+6
25 December - "The Claws Of Axos" eps 1+2
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign DirecTV 12
Champaign Dish 12,7407
4 & 11 December - pre-empted for pledge programming
18 December - "Mawdryn Undead" pt 2 of 4
25 December - "Mawdryn Undead" pt 3 of 4 (11:31PM)
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)
4 December - pre-empted for pledge programming
11 December - "Four To Doomsday" pts 1+2
18 December - "Four To Doomsday" pts 3+4
25 December - "Kinda" pts 1+2
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
4 & 11 December - pre-empted for pledge programming
18 December - "The Keeper Of Traken" pt 4
25 December - "Logopolis" pt 1
**BBC Worldwide Americas has non-renewed KBTC's contract. The series
ends here in December 2004.**
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
Late Saturday 1AM PST "The Sea Devils" eps 3+4 of 6
The Master tries to team up with the Sea Devils. According to both
KBTC's website and Zap2it.com's website http://www.zap2it.com ,
episodes 5 and 6 of The Sea Devils will not air. If those episodes
are going to air, someone needs to update the schedules again.
11 December - "The Mutants" eps 1+2 (7:30PM & 12:30AM)
18 December - "The Mutants" eps 3+4
25 December - pre-empted for Christmas programming apparently, which
would mean that The Mutants doesn't get episodes 5+6 either.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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