This Week In Doctor Who - January 26, 2005
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
January 26, 2005 - Vol 8, No 4
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
No additional stations for the new series announced this past week.
Since the previous column went to press:
Thursday January 20:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho/message/272 - WILL
12 Urbana, IL confirms they are dropping Doctor Who on February 26
for financial reasons, positive news that WCET plans to continue
airing Doctor Who, and the correction that Tom Baker is actually 71.
Right after that:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho/message/273 - WCET
48 Cincinnati, OH breaks news that they've now learned that they're
losing Doctor Who rights on January 22, ending a 20 year run.
The next day:
Detailed report from WCET 48 on the loss of Doctor Who from their
station, thanking fans for all the many years of support for the
series and clarifying that WCET did not want to lose Doctor Who. It
includes this statement they were given by BBC Worldwide Americas:
"Unfortunately, we won't be able to proceed with a renewal of Doctor
Who at this time. The new series of Doctor Who is currently being
shopped around to various commercial broadcasters. For this reason,
we have been asked not to make any syndication agreements on this
title until further notice. I'm sorry if this has caused you
inconvenience. Our sales department has been under strong pressure
to get this new, glossy series highly placed. Unfortunately, this
was a commercial strategy decision, and we do not have enough of an
existing PBS user base to bid against cable or the commercial
giants, some of which are taking the new series in consideration.
Thank you for understanding."
With WCET's contract ended, this leaves 5 over the air US stations
still airing the series - 4 when WILL's contract ends at the end of
February. As of this writing, none of those other 4 stations (WYBE,
Maryland Public TV, Iowa Public TV, KUED) are known to be facing the
end of their contracts just yet.
Some better news happened Saturday night. WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
http://www.wybe.org aired the first 2 episodes of An Unearthly
Child, the first Doctor Who story. Considering that no other Doctor
Who affiliates have been allowed to purchase stories they didn't
already have this was a surprising but welcome turn of events.
Early Tuesday Reuters had a story about BBC Worldwide Americas
making a deal with Akimbo On Demand Services http://www.akimbo.com
to offer some comedies, documentaries, dramas, and more to US
audiences through their internet service. Titles mentioned included
Porridge, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Blue Boy, Secrets Of World War II,
The Secret Garden, and more. Doctor Who was not mentioned in the
article. Here is a BBC press release on the deal:
eases/2005/01_january/akimbo.shtml . C21 media has their own report
on the deal (link may work better) at
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
email@example.com , TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
Messenger. The listings:
2005 AND BEYOND:
DOCTOR WHO http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho
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
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
Encore interview with Barry Letts. Branded "The Greatest Generation
of Doctor Who Part One".
Current plan is for monthly episodes with the previous episode
staying online for a bit after the new show go up.
Confirmed Future Episodes:
1/26 - Terrance Dicks (new interview - part 2 of "The Greatest
Generation of Doctor Who" theme)
2/15 - Jon Pertwee tribute (abridged encore)
3/15 - Patrick Troughton tribute (new, he's 85 that month)
4/15 - Jessica Carney, 30 years after the passing of her grandfather
William Hartnell (new)
5/15 - John Nathan-Turner tribute (encore)
Sci-Fi Overdrive http://www.scifioverdrive.com
on Lifestyle Talk Radio (LTR) http://www.lifestyletalkradio.com
and Business Talk Radio (BTR) http://www.businesstalkradio.net
LTR Late Friday Midnight-2AM EST (9-11PM PST, 2-4AM GMT, 1-3PM AEDT)
Live LTR Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14175
BTR Late Sun/Early Mon 1-4AM EST (10PM-1AM PST, 6-9AM GMT, 5-8PM
Live BTR Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PST) http://www.krradio.com (repeat of
previous weekend's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - News & Comment; voice actor/artist Doug Smith. Hour 2 -
Richard Hatch (1970s Battlestar Galactica & Current Battlestar
Galactica). Hour 3 - BTR only. Terry Ronin of "Students of the
Unusual" and Jim McLauchlin, doing fundraising for ACTOR, an
organization to benefit comics down on their luck.
Now premieres on Lifestyle Talk Radio first, can air on any station
anytime during the weekend, and the recent time change for Business
Talk Radio noted.
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 6-9AM GMT "The Seeds Of Doom" movie
Series 13, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
On a special mission for U*N*I*T, the Doctor and Sarah hunt
extraterrestrial seed pods which, if allowed to germinate, could
wage a war against humanity.
Sunday 7-9AM GMT "The Masque Of Mandragora" movie
Series 14, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Demonic balls of hate are all the rage in a small Italian kingdom in
5 February - "The Hand Of Fear" (6AM new regular start time)
6 February - "The Deadly Assassin"
12 February - "The Face Of Evil"
13 February - "The Robots Of Death"
19 February - "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang"
20 February - "Horror Of Fang Rock"
26 February - "The Invisible Enemy"
27 February - "Image Of The Fendahl"
5 March - "The Sun Makers"
6 March - "Underworld"
12 March - "The Invasion Of Time"
13 March - "The Ribos Operation"
19 March - "The Pirate Planet"
20 March - "City Of Death"
26 & 27 March - pre-empted, Carry On Movie marathon
Thursday 6:04PM "The Deadly Assassin" pt 4 of 4
Series 14, Episode 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Unmasking the traitor isn't enough - the Doctor must stop his whole
world from being destroyed.
Monday 6:03PM "The Face Of Evil" pt 1 of 4
Tuesday 6:04PM "The Face Of Evil" pt 2 of 4
Wednesday 6:04PM "The Face Of Evil" pt 3 of 4
Series 14, Episodes 13 through 15. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor finds himself the victim of identity theft - on an
isolated world, his face is known as the face of ultimate evil.
7 February - "The Robots Of Death"
14 February - "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang"
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
7 Days A Week 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories
Wednesday "The Androids Of Tara" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 16, Episodes 15 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor finds himself the kingmaker - the side he goes over to
will gain control of Tara. Meanwhile, Romana's life remains in
danger, as do the lives of the princess who looks just like her and
various androids that look just like the princess.
Thursday "The Power Of Kroll" pts 1+2 of 4
Friday "The Power Of Kroll" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 16, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
K9's out of action, as he can't operate on a swampy planet with no
good ramps. But his voice is still around - John Leeson plays one of
the gas miners. Doctor Who - when big Swamp Monsters attack.
Saturday "Snakedance" all 4 pts
Series 20, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tegan's mind becomes a battlefield between the Mara and the Doctor.
Nyssa finally has a plotline for 2 stories in a row.
Sunday "Mawdryn Undead" all 4 pts
Series 20, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Revenge is a dish best served through a third party. Revenge is a
dish best not served when the Brigadier's around. Well, the Black
Guadian got it half right.
Monday "The Armageddon Factor" pts 1+2 of 6
Tuesday "The Armageddon Factor" pts 3+4 of 6
Series 16, Episodes 21 through 24. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Why did the Black Guardian want revenge in Mawdryn Undead? Tune in
and find out.
3 February - "Destiny Of The Daleks"
5 February - "Terminus"
6 February - "Enlightenment"
7 February - "City Of Death"
9 February - "The Creature From The Pit"
11 February - "Nightmare Of Eden"
12 February - "The King's Demons"
13 February - "Warriors Of The Deep"
15 February - "The Horns Of Nimon"
17 February - "The Leisure Hive"
19 February - "The Awakening"
20 February - "Frontios"
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Saturday 11PM EST "An Unearthly Child" ep 3 of 4 (The Forest Of Fear)
Saturday 11:30PM EST "An Unearthly Child" ep 4 of 4 (The Firemaker)
Series 1, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: William Hartnell.
Ian, Barbara, Susan, and the Doctor must work together to escape the
cavemen and find their way back to the ship. The first ever Doctor
Who story concludes.
5 February - "The Dead Planet" eps 1+2?
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), 36-2 (54-2)
DC/Hagerstown, Baltimore DirecTV 22,980
Baltimore Dish 22,8736
Late Saturday Midnight-2:30AM EST "The Mutants" movie
Series 9, Episodes 15 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The Doctor and Jo find themselves on another hare-brained mission
for the Time Lords. They must deliver a box to a terrorist who is
about to start a war against a lunatic. Soon the Doctor finds
himself in the middle of disputes over mutation, life cycles,
terraforming, and how many locals you can squeeze in a Transmat
device at one time.
5 February - "The Time Monster"
**WCET's rights to the series have been non-renewed by BBC Worldwide
Americas. January 22nd was the final broadcast.**
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
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 4 of 4
Series 20, Episode 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
To escape Terminus, the Doctor has to save the universe and help the
people who have been trying to kill him.
5 February - "Enlightenment" pt 1
12 February - "Enlightenment" pt 2
19 February - "Enlightenment" pt 3
26 February - "Enlightenment" pt 4 (final episode)
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 "Earthshock" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor and Adric's falling out results in their paying scant
attention while a military expedition looks for killers.
5 February - "Earthshock" pts 3+4
12 February - "Time-Flight" pts 1+2
19 February - "Time-Flight" pts 3+4
26 February - "Arc Of Infinity" 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 "Castrovalva" pt 1 of 4
Series 19, Episode 1. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Doctor's fall from a great height has forced a premature and
troubled regeneration. Retreating to the TARDIS, the crew find
themselves playing a deadly game with the Master.
5 February - "Castrovalva" pt 2
12 February - "Castrovalva" pt 3
19 February - "Castrovalva" pt 4
26 February - "Four To Doomsday" pt 1
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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