This Week In Doctor Who - February 9, 2005
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
February 9, 2005 - Vol 8, No 6
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
We don't have a confirmed* date for the UK premiere of Doctor Who
yet, but we do have confirmation on a radio behind the scenes
documentary. "Project: Who" will air in 2 hourlong parts on Tuesdays
22 and 29 March at 8:30PM GMT on BBC Radio 2
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/ . Hosted by veteran actor Patrick
Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dune, X-Men), the
documentary will go behind the scenes of the new series and explore
why Doctor Who is returning now. How will the show be launched and
marketed around the world. A "dramatic" mix of clips, interviews,
archive material, and music. Radio 2 is also promising to have a
countdown to the new TV series, a mini-site devoted to the new show,
and expect Doctor Who material on the Steve Wright afternoon show (2
to 5PM GMT weekdays). Radio 2 can be heard over the airwaves in the
UK, on UK digital TV, online with a live RealPlayer feed, and shows
are available for a week via Listen Again (also RealPlayer).
*Many people - myself included - believe the series will premiere on
BBC One on 26 March. The speculation is that this documentary is
being sandwiched for the Tuesday before and after the premiere. But
until the BBC actually gives a date for the premiere, either in
published TV listings or an announcement, I can't count it as
It has come out that Doctor Who Confidential (BBC3's companion show)
will have individual episode titles. The theme of each episode will
tie into a theme in the Doctor Who episode that just aired and show
how that theme has been explored in the original series. The first
few episode titles for Confidential are now out - "Back From The
Future", "Aliens - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly", "TARDIS tales".
Since most of the Doctor Who episode titles seem confirmed at this
point, we will add them to the column now. TBA = to be announced /
unclear. Titles can always change before broadcast. This Week In
Doctor Who does not consider episode titles to be spoilers - if a
title spoils information, that is the fault of the person on the
production team who decided on the title.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org is the latest US
station to announce that they have lost the rights to the original
series. It is gone effective *March*. WYBE's full statement is at
WYBE has aired Doctor Who since March 1999, running the series from
Tom Baker through Sylvester McCoy twice, and now airing several
early William Hartnell stories. Suspicion is that the last date will
be February 26, though that cannot be confirmed unless WYBE does so
or March listings appear with something else in the time slot.
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
firstname.lastname@example.org , 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.
Doctor Who Episode Titles:
1 - Rose
2 - The End Of The World
3 - The Unquiet Dead
4 - Aliens Of London
5 - 10 Downing Street
6 - TBA
7 - The Long Game
8 - TBA
9 - The Empty Child
10 - The Doctor Dances
11 - TBA
12 - TBA
13 - The Parting Of The Ways
Doctor Who Confidential Episode Titles:
1) Back From The Future
2) Aliens: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
3) TARDIS Tales
"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 Radio 2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2
22 & 29 March - "Project: Who?" - 2 part documentary (1 hour per
week) hosted by Patrick Stewart (I,Claudius, Dune, Star Trek: The
Next Generation, The X-Files) going behind the scenes of the new
Doctor Who series.
Coming soon - Doctor Who mini-website on Radio 2's website. Radio 2
is also expected to heavily promote the new series (particularly on
the Steve Wright show 2PM to 5PM weekdays) - dates for those
developments not known.
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Terrance Dicks is interviewed in part 2 of "The Greatest Generation
of Doctor Who"
Confirmed Future Episodes:
2/15 - Jon Pertwee tribute (abridged encore)
3/15 - Patrick Troughton tribute (new, he would have been 85 that
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, 5-7AM GMT, 4-6PM 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 week's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - News & Comment. Hour 2 - Richard Herd (V, Seaquest DSV,
Voyager); discussion on the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise.
Hour 3 - BTR only. LiningUp.net's charity work, from Star Wars to
Gallifrey One; Felix Silla of Buck Rogers and The Addams Family.
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 7:05-9AM GMT "The Face Of Evil" movie
Series 14, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor's solo adventures may be at an end. There's a savage
helping him investigate an evil god who looks and sounds just like
him. This savage looks like she might be staying around for a while.
Sunday 7:05-9AM GMT "The Robots Of Death" movie
Series 14, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Robophobia - an irrational fear of robots. Once considered a side
effect of watching episodes of "Small Wonder", it is now considered
a genuine mental malady. Having a ship full of robots trying to kill
you and your crew can make your latent issues come into sharp relief
19 February - "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" (6:05-9)
20 February - "Horror Of Fang Rock" (7-9)
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 6:03PM "The Robots Of Death" pt 4 of 4
Series 14, Episode 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
See UKTV Gold for story details.
Monday 6:03PM "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pt 1 of 6
Tuesday 6:03PM "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pt 2 of 6
Wednesday 6:04PM "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pt 3 of 6
Series 14, Episodes 21 through 23. Doctor: Tom Baker.
It was a dark and foggy night in London. A sense of foreboding and
dread is about the place. Leela is having to dress formal for a
night at the Theatre, and she's very annoyed.
23 February - "Horror Of Fang Rock"
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Daily 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday "The Creature From The Pit" pts 1+2 of 4
Thursday "The Creature From The Pit" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 17, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A distress call brings the Doctor, Romana, and K9 to Chloris, a
planet overgrown by vegetation. No one admits to sending a distress
call, but everyone seems to be somewhat alarmed. Meanwhile, the
Doctor tries to learn Tibetan.
Friday "Nightmare Of Eden" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 17, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A space accident traps two ships together, causing instability,
murders, and a sudden drug outbreak.
Saturday "The King's Demons" all 2 pts
Series 20, Episodes 21 through 22. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor and his companions are hailed as demons.
Sunday "Warriors Of The Deep" all 4 pts
Series 21, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
In the 20th Century, humanity stopped both the Silurians and the Sea
Devils from reconquesting the Earth. They had the help of the
Doctor. Now, when both Silurians and Sea Devils turn up again, so
does the Doctor.
Monday "Nightmare Of Eden" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 17, Episodes 15 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Tuesday "The Horns Of Nimon" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 17, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A Black Hole in the middle of nowhere draws the attention of the
17 February - "The Leisure Hive"
19 February - "The Awakening"
20 February - "Frontios"
21 February - "Meglos"
23 February - "Full Circle"
25 February - "State Of Decay"
26 February - "Planet Of Fire"
27 February - "The Caves Of Androzani"
1 March - "Warriors' Gate"
3 March - "The Keeper Of Traken"
5 March - "Destiny Of The Daleks" (Weekend stories jump to later Tom
6 March - "City Of Death"
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Saturday 11PM EST "The Keys Of Marinus" ep 1 of 6 (The Sea Of Death)
Saturday 11:30PM EST "The Keys Of Marinus" ep 2 of 6 (The Velvet Web)
Series 1, Episodes 21 through 22. Doctor: William Hartnell.
A desperate guardian traps the 1st Doctor and his crew out of the
TARDIS. He needs their help to recover keys to operate a machine to
recreate harmony. No, this isn't The Key To Time - this is many
19 February - "The Keys Of Marinus" (The Screaming Jungle and The
Snows Of Terror)
26 February - "The Keys Of Marinus" (Sentence Of Death and The Keys
WYBE has to drop Doctor Who as of March, though they have not
announced a specific final date.
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-1:35AM EST "The Three Doctors" movie
Series 10, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Time Lord civilization is brought to its knees by a malevolent power
operating out of a Black Hole. The 3rd Doctor's help is needed. But
he may need some additional help. Guest starring Patrick Troughton
and William Hartnell as the 2nd and 1st incarnations of the Doctor.
19 February - "Carnival Of Monsters"
26 February - "Frontier In Space"
5 March - "The Green Death" (or "Planet Of The Daleks")
12 March - "The Time Warrior" (or "The Green Death")
19 March - "Invasion Of The Dinosaurs" (or "The Time Warrior")
26 March - "Death To The Daleks" (or "Invasion Of The Dinosaurs")
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign DirecTV 12
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Saturday 11:40PM CST "Enlightenment" pt 2 of 4
Series 20, Episode 18. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Turlough cracks. The Black Guardian is manipulating the race to
eliminate some of the ships. Tegan gains an unwanted admirer.
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 "Time-Flight" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 23 through 24. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Getting to Heathrow Airport was once very important to Tegan. Now
more of a hollow achievement. The shell-shocked TARDIS crew regroup
to help the British airplane industry track down a missing Concorde
and its passengers. Evidence suggests that they may have been taken
millions of years back in time.
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 3 of 4
Series 19, Episode 3. Doctor: Tom Baker.
As the 5th Doctor recovers, he finds that he can't remember the name
of the male member of the TARDIS crew. There's Nyssa, Tegan, and,
um, er ...
19 February - "Castrovalva" pt 4
26 February - "Four To Doomsday" pt 1
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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