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This Week In Doctor Who - December 8, 2004

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  • Benjamin Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 8, 2004 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 7, No 49 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 8, 2004
      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
      mild spoilers:
      `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.

      `(Paragraph excised)

      `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
      http://nzdwfc.tetrap.com .

      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
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho . 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.

      http://www.bbc.tv/drama/coming_up.shtml 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!
      http://www.starz.com movie pack:
      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-
      owner@yahoogroups.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
      Overseas Sales
      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.


      BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho
      "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
      Current Episode:
      Joey Reynolds notes 41 years of Doctor Who. Main feature - KTEH 54's
      1983 interview with Tom Baker about his life and Doctor Who.
      Future Episode:
      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 (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
      Hours 1&2 - Sci-Fi News & Comment. Hour 3 - Arne Starr previews
      holiday movies and offering for 2005.
      Doctor Who related archives:
      http://archives.warpradio.com/btr/SciFi/111504.mp3 - Doctor Who A Go-
      Go. Charles Martin interviews Doctor Who celebrities. Goes offline
      December 10.
      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.



      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


      ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv
      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
      country estate.
      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
      analog 35
      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-
      2), 54
      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
      analog 48
      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
      analog 12
      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
      stays non-committal.
      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
      analog 7
      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
      analog 28,15
      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.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2004.
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