THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
January 5, 2005 - Vol 8, No 1
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
26 March 2005?? Outpost Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com
report on their news page that their sources are giving 26 March as
the debut date for the new series. Shaun Lyon is fairly certain that
this will be the correct date, but makes it clear that this is NOT
an official announcement - the BBC hasn't said anything. When the
premiere date approaches there will be trailers, including radio
trailers on BBC 7.
The teaser trailer that the Doctor Who website has
appeared in an end of the year
round up on BBC 4 on 31 December and in an altered form on BBC 1 at
9:03PM on 1 January just before a Vicar Of Dibley special. In the
altered version, the new logo zoomed over a space vortex instead of
moving to left across the screen.
US fans - no network has announced a contract for the series yet.
There are no recent rumors on who might pick Doctor Who up. But
there are a couple of sites you may want to keep your eye on for the
next couple of weeks, just in case.
schedule for the cable portion of the Television Critics Association
winter press tour happening next week (January 11 through 14).
Networks will announce projects for the next 6 months (some with
premiere dates) and try to get attention for them. This .pdf file is
expanding as new projects are put on the agenda for the tour.
Currently Doctor Who is not one of these projects. I'd also keep an
eye on http://www.thefutoncritic.com
, as The Futon Critic pays
close attention to the TCA tours and has daily updates on projects
during the tour on his site. Obviously, there won't be any mention
of Doctor Who unless a network signs a contract and picks it up.
Unless you are in the UK, Canada, or New Zealand, no contract has
been announced for the series yet.
Future airings of Doctor Who (1996 TV Movie) on the Starz!
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
Friday January 21 4:05PM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Late Friday January 21 12:20AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
, TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
Messenger. 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 26?
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.
BBC 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7
Digital radio station in UK. Can be heard live online with
RealPlayer or Windows Media Player. Archives on RealPlayer online.
"The Paradise Of Death" pt 5 of 5 - archived online until Sunday 9
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Encore interview with Barry Letts. Branded "The Greatest Generation
of Doctor Who Part One".
Confirmed Future Episodes:
1/15 - Terrance Dicks (new interview - part 2 of "The Greatest
Generation of Doctor Who" theme)
February - Jon Pertwee tribute (abridged encore)
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
Hour 1 - News & Comment. Hour 2 - Arnold T. Blumberg tributes Will
Eisner, a legendary comic artist who passed away this week; Beth
Madera - organizer of MegaCon convention. Hour 3 - Thomas Vitale, VP
of programming at Sci-Fi Channel US on 1st Quarter 2005 programming.
A scheduled interview with the Cast & Crew of Sci-Fi Original movie
Larva is postponed to January 17, and the movie has been delayed
till January 22 to make room for a benefit for victims of the recent
Doctor Who archives:
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 1 (repeat).
Peter Purves and Anneke Wills, compiled from American Who
interviews. Goes offline January 24.
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 2 (repeat).
Robert Shearman, compiled from American Who interview. Goes offline
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 3 (repeat).
Arnold T. Blumberg reflects on 41 years of Doctor Who. Goes offline
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 "Robot" movie
Series 12, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Back to the start of the Tom Baker era. U*N*I*T's investigation into
thefts of top secret plans and equipment are hampered by the
eccentricities of their scientific advisor, whose mind is a tad hazy
from regenerating into a new body. Meanwhile, a giant Robot is
Sunday 7-9AM "The Ark In Space" movie
Series 12, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
In the distant future, mankind flees to an Ark to avoid solar flares
that will make Earth uninhabitable. The human species hibernates
until the danger is past. But they've overslept. When the TARDIS
crew wakes them up, a danger is also stirred.
15 January - "Revenge Of The Cybermen"
16 January - "Terror Of The Zygons"
It appears that UKTV Gold is skipping more than just Dalek stories
this time around. They're skipping The Sontaran Experiment as well,
which goes after The Ark In Space and before Genesis Of The Daleks.
6 January - pre-empted by Hopman Cup Tennis Tournament
Monday 6:03PM "The Masque Of Mandragora" pt 1 of 4
Tuesday 6:03PM "The Masque Of Mandragora" pt 2 of 4
Wednesday 6:03PM "The Masque Of Mandragora" pt 3 of 4
Series 14, Episodes 1 through 3. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Aka the Hitchhiker's Guide To Hijacking a Time Machine, Riding to
Earth, And Engaging in Conquest Via Mind Control.
17 January - "The Hand Of Fear" begins
24 January - "The Deadly Assassin" begins
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
7 Days A Week 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories
Wednesday "Image Of The Fendahl" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 15, Episodes 11 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Fendahl skull prepares to gather its forces to destroy the Earth
and go out into the universe, destroying other planets. And from
there it would destroy more worlds. Not a very satisfying life, but
lots of chances to make things go boom.
Thursday "The Sun Makers" pts 1+2 of 4
Friday "The Sun Makers" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 15, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor and Leela stir thoughts of revolution when they find
humanity suffering on Pluto. Taxation is too high. Government seems
like a business. Everyone is medicated to keep them mellow. No, not
by ritalin - otherwise it'd be real life.
Saturday & Sunday - pre-empted, marathons
Monday "Underworld" pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday "Underworld" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 15, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor is guilt tripped into helping the last surviving Minyans
search for their genetic inheritance. Seems the Minyans took some
technology from the Time Lords, nearly destroyed themselves, and
blamed the Time Lords for their own actions. And the Time Lords
bought it. Spin doctors live.
12 January - "The Invasion Of Time"
15 & 16 January - pre-empted, marathons
17 January - "The Ribos Operation"
19 January - "The Pirate Planet"
21 January - "The Stones Of Blood"
22 & 23 January - pre-empted, marathons
25 January - "The Androids Of Tara"
27 January - "The Power Of Kroll"
29 January - "Snakedance"
30 January - "Mawdryn Undead"
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Wednesday 9:15AM EST Eastern Time / PST Pacific Time
The Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) foolishly agrees to bring the Master's
remains back to Gallifrey. The Master's dead remains don't seem to
interested in that - they'd rather crash the TARDIS on Earth at the
height of Y2K celebrations. Tragic events soon cause the arrival of
a new Doctor (Paul McGann), who faces off against the Master in a
race to save Earth from being sucked inside out. Co-starring Daphne
Ashbrook and Eric Roberts.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Saturday 11PM EST "The Curse Of Fenric" pt 4 of 4
Series 26, Episode 11. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
The final battle between the 7th Doctor and Fenric hinges on the
right chess move and Faith.
Saturday 11:30PM EST "Survival" pt 1 of 3
Series 26, Episode 12. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
The 7th Doctor visits Ace's hometown of Perivale. A cat is stalking
the town, and the teenagers are disappearing. As the Doctor
investigates, he finds an old friend.
15 January - "Survival" pts 2+3
WYBE's website only runs through 9 January, and
does not make it clear about what will be in
the 11PM time slot after the 15th. Sometime in the next week we will
finally know if Doctor Who continues after the 15th.
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-2AM EST "The Daemons" movie
Series 8, Episodes 21 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The 3rd Doctor and Jo intervene when an excavation at Devil's End
unleashes an ancient power and the greed of the Master. MPT
typically airs the black & white version of this story, even though
a color-restored version has been offered to stations since 1998 and
MPT airs Silurians and Terror Of The Autons in color.
15 January - "The Curse Of Peladon" movie
22 January - "The Sea Devils" movie
29 January - "The Mutants" movie
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Saturday 11PM EST "Colony In Space" eps 1+2 of 6
Series 8, Episodes 15 through 16. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The Time Lords operate the TARDIS remotely, giving Jo her first
adventure in Time and Space. The 3rd Doctor lands on a planet where
the farming is failing and a mining operation wants to move in. But
the Time Lords had their own reasons for sending the Doctor, and
they're not land grab related.
15 January - "Colony In Space" eps 3+4
22 January - "Colony In Space" eps 5+6
29 January - "The Daemons" eps 1+2
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign DirecTV 12
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Saturday 11:40PM CST "Terminus" pt 1 of 4
Series 20, Episode 13. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Turlough's sabotage makes the TARDIS unstable. Evacuating, the crew
find themselves on a ship full of lepers heading to Terminus, the
infamous colony at the centre of the universe.
15 January - "Terminus" pt 2
22 January - "Terminus" pt 3
29 January - "Terminus" pt 4 (11:38PM)
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 "The Visitation" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Peter Davison.
An English village has been taken over by the Terrileptils. The 5th
Doctor and company intervene, with the help of an eccentric
15 January - "The Visitation" pts 3+4
22 January - "Black Orchid" pts 1+2
29 January - "Earthshock" 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
Saturday 11:30PM MST "Logopolis" pt 2 of 4
Series 18, Episode 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor and Adric are being stalked by the Master. But they have
a new and greater peril - her name is Tegan.
15 January - "Logopolis" pt 3
22 January - "Logopolis" pt 4
29 January - "Castrovalva" pt 1
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
Benjamin F. Elliott
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