THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 8, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 49
A couple of Doctor Who broadcast developments this week:
Prime TV http://www.primetv.co.nz
in New Zealand has picked up the
new Doctor Who series to premiere in the "first quarter" of 2005.
Here is the press release, with one paragraph excised that contains
`New Doctor Who series licensed to Prime Television
`BBC Worldwide announced today the license of the new series of the
cult classic Doctor Who to Prime Television New Zealand. Only the
second international deal to be finalised, the new series will
deliver to Prime Television in the first quarter of 2005.
`Starring Christopher Eccleston (The Second Coming, Cracker,
Elizabeth) and Bille Piper (Canterbury Tales) and written by a team
led by Russell T Davies (Queer As Folk) the series sees Doctor Who,
the alien loner and his companion Rose forge a friendship across
time and space. Fans out there should brace themselves for some
exhilarating experiences and deadly confrontations.
`It has been over 40 years since Doctor Who hit our screens and
sparked a fan base that spans the world. International conventions,
fan clubs with members numbering in the thousands and books, videos,
DVDs and merchandise are just part of the on-going phenomenon that
is Doctor Who.
`David Vine, BBC Worldwide Managing Director Asia Pacific,
says, "This series has been long anticipated. We are very excited
that Prime will bring the new Doctor to New Zealand audiences. If
you are a long-time Doctor Who fan you won't be disappointed but
equally if you are someone who has never heard of a Tardis or a Time
Lord you will be able to climb on board and travel through time and
space for the first time. Prepare for brand-new, spell-binding
`Prime's Programming Manager Andrew Shaw says, "I am delighted to
have acquired this fantastic new drama from the BBC. Doctor Who
promises to be an outstanding series.
` "We very much look forward to placing it in our primetime
schedule. This series will captivate a whole new generation of fans
who have never experienced the legend that is Doctor Who."'
Longtime readers of this column may remember that Prime aired Doctor
Who in 2000 and 2001, showing all of the complete stories from An
Unearthly Child through The Horns Of Nimon. Several of the stories
had never aired before in New Zealand. The entire broadcast history
of Doctor Who in New Zealand is chronicled on the Tetrap web site
As of the time this column went out, there was an unconfirmed report
that Prime had picked up the rights to repeat the original series
again when they got the rights to the new episodes. We'll see.
A teaser for the series is now at
. It is a 27 second presentation
originally shown to the media as part of an overall description of
upcoming BBC shows. Requires RealPlayer to listen to. It was not
aimed at the general public, but if you want to hear the Doctor and
Rose in character for the first time, and see the new logo run
across the screen, it is available.
has an updated list of
dramas commissioned for the BBC, including Doctor Who, giving the
official information on when shows are coming, including month of
premiere when known. Doctor Who is currently noted as Winter 2005,
with no specified month. It is likely that when a final decision is
made on when the show will premiere, a specific month would appear
for Doctor Who on that page.
Future airings of Doctor Who (1996 TV Movie) on the Starz!
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
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-
, 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
2) Prime TV New Zealand http://www.primetv.co.nz
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.
12/15 - 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
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
Hours 1&2 - Sci-Fi News & Comment. Hour 3 - Arne Starr previews
holiday movies and offering for 2005.
Doctor Who related archives:
- Doctor Who A Go-
Go. Charles Martin interviews Doctor Who celebrities. Goes offline
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 1. Peter
Purves and Anneke Wills, compiled from American Who interviews.
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 2. Robert
Shearman, compiled from American Who interview.
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 3. Arnold
T. Blumberg reflects on 41 years of Doctor Who.
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 "The Curse Of Fenric" movie
Series 26, Episodes 8 through 11. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
In the midst of World-War II, a secret international plan to crack
German cyphers is underway. Alas, a scientist on the project wants
to engage in far more lethal cracking. And an ancient being from
beyond time is at work drawing the Doctor and the townspeople
together for the final battle between Good and Evil.
Sunday 7:30-9AM GMT "Survival" movie
Series 26, Episodes 12 through 14. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
In the final chapter of the original series, the 7th Doctor and Ace
search for missing people in Perivale. The trail leads them to the
world of the Cheetah people, and may lead Ace to a new destiny.
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 6:03PM "The Android Invasion" pt 2 of 4
Monday 6:03PM "The Android Invasion" pt 3 of 4
Tuesday 6:04PM "The Android Invasion" pt 4 of 4
Series 13, Episodes 14 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor and Sarah uncover a plot to use android duplicates of
important people to conquer the Earth. Final appearances of John
Levene as RSM Benton and Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan.
Wednesday 6:03PM "The Brain Of Morbius" pt 1 of 4
Series 13, Episode 17. Doctor: Tom Baker.
On a dark and stormy night, a mad scientist invites the 4th Doctor
and Sarah to dinner, wine, and a possible decapitation.
22 December - "The Seeds Of Doom" begins
3 through 6 January - pre-empted by Hopman Cup Tennis Tournament
10 January - "The Masque Of Mandragora" begins
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
7 Days A Week 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories
Wednesday "Frontios" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 21, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor and crew uncover the secrets of Frontios.
Thursday "Planet Of Fire" pts 1+2 of 4
Friday "Planet Of Fire" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 21, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
After the events of Resurrection Of The Daleks (which BBC Kids
doesn't have the right to air), the 5th Doctor comes to suspect that
Turlough is hiding information about his background which could
determine the fate of a world.
Saturday "The Visitation" all 4 pts
Series 19, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Aliens land on 17th Century England and take over a small village.
The 5th Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, and some highwayman that
happens to stumble along investigate.
Sunday "Black Orchid" all 2 pts
Series 19, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor gets embroiled in murder and lies at an English
Monday "The Caves Of Androzani" pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday "The Caves Of Androzani" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 21, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor and Peri find Androzani Minor to be a deadly place to
15 December - "Horror Of Fang Rock"
17 December - "The Invisible Enemy"
18 December - "Timeflight"
19 December - "Arc Of Infinity"
20 December through 2 January - pre-empted for Christmas programming
Starz! WAM! Channel http://www.starz.com
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Tuesday Noon EST Eastern Time / PST Pacific Time
Next Wednesday 8AM EST Eastern Time / PST Pacific Time
New Years Eve 1999. A newly regenerated Doctor (Paul McGann) faces
off against the Master (Eric Roberts) one more time in a race to
keep the TARDIS from accidentally sucking the planet inside out.
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 3+4 of 4
Series 26, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
Morgaine tries to distract the 7th Doctor and U*N*I*T to keep them
away from her main objectives.
18 December - "Ghostlight" pts 1+2
25 December - "Ghostlight" pt 3 / "The Curse Of Fenric" pt 1
1 January 2005 - "The Curse Of Fenric" pts 2+3
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-2:30AM EST "The Mind Of Evil" movie
Series 8, Episodes 5 through 10. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Black & white version. The color prints do not currently exist,
believed lost forever. The 3rd Doctor and Jo suspect that the Keller
Machine for cleansing the minds of hardened killers has a dark side.
U*N*I*T finds that keeping the delegates at a Peace Conference from
going to war on each other is tricky when you're also trying to
dispose of a nuclear weapon and outwit a saboteur.
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
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
11 December - pre-empted for pledge programming
18 December - "Mawdryn Undead" pt 2
25 December - "Mawdryn Undead" pt 3 (11:31PM)
1 January - "Mawdryn Undead" pt 4
8 January - "Terminus" pt 1
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)
Saturday 11:35PM CST "Four To Doomsday" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The TARDIS crew makes contact with seemingly friendly aliens who are
coming to Earth in hopes of taking up permanent residence. Adric
trusts the aliens, Tegan doesn't, the Doctor investigates, and Nyssa
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
11 December - pre-empted for pledge programming
18 December - "The Keeper Of Traken" pt 4
25 December - "Logopolis" pt 1
1 January - "Logopolis" pt 2
8 January - "Logopolis" pt 3
**BBC Worldwide Americas has non-renewed KBTC's contract for Doctor
Who. Ends 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
Saturday 7:30PM + 12:30AM PST "The Mutants" eps 1+2 of 6
Series 9, Episodes 15 through 16. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The 3rd Doctor finds himself manipulated into another mission for
the Time Lords. A sphere containing vital documents must get to Ky,
a political hothead in the middle of the explosive situation on
18 December - "The Mutants" eps 3+4
25 December - pre-empted for Christmas programming. Presumably the
end of the run, with no showing for the last 2 episodes of The
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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