This Week In Doctor Who - February 16, 2005
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
February 16, 2005 - Vol 8, No 7
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
26 March 2005 - 7PM (or 6:45PM) - BBC One - Doctor Who. For months
this has been the most rumoured premiere date for the series. But we
also know that the BBC would not finalize their schedule until late
in the day. This week credible sources began to leak a document from
BBC marketing. The document gave the premiere date and time,
information on the trailers, and lots of press plans including radio
interviews and posters. 8 March looks rather busy. I'll wait for an
official BBC release to post the details (as plans can change). The
premiere date and time are still not official or confirmed, but the
evidence from leaks has approached the point of overwhelming. Expect
Doctor Who on BBC One on 26 March, the day before Easter, and the
evening before clocks get moved ahead in the UK to Daylight Savings
New Zealand's Prime TV http://www.primetv.co.nz will *not* be airing
Doctor Who Confidential, if recent reports on the Tetrap page
http://nzdwfc.tetrap.com are correct. Looks like Prime is on course
for a "mid-year" premiere of Doctor Who. No repeats of the original
series in the lead-up period.
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television will air Doctor Who in Canada.
Right now we know that they have the rights to air Doctor Who
beginning March 1, but cannot air an episode till after it premieres
on BBC One. Normally CBC focuses heavily on the National Hockey
League http://www.nhl.com from April through June for the playoffs
and Stanley Cup. The 2004/2005 season has yet to premiere - a
dispute between the players and team owners has kept the main hockey
league shuttered all season. A press conference is scheduled for
today, February 16, at 1PM Eastern. Unless a deal is reached, the
season is expected to be cancelled at that time, which would 1) be
very sad for the long-suffering hockey fans who have been caught in
the middle and 2) leave a lot of holes on CBC TV's spring schedule.
The CBC has an extensive (if tentative) future schedule on their
site. Click on listings and work through it to find their
information for the next few months. Doctor Who is not on there as
of this writing.
There's an increase of rumors this week about Doctor Who sales.
Probably we'll get some confirmations at the Showcase (don't have
link handy - sorry) press event later this month. The US, Australia,
and "European Countries" have all been rumored this week. (Not the
first time rumors have surfaced about the US and Australia.) If
anything becomes confirmed I'll send out an update.
Iowa Public TV http://www.iptv.org has alerted the Unit-1 Doctor Who
fan group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/unit-1 that they will not be
pledging Doctor Who or Red Dwarf this March during their "Festival"
programming (normally they do, with Unit-1 showing up to help out).
This is not a surprise, as public TV stations have been losing the
rights to air Doctor Who with short notice - trying to get members
to give money to keep Doctor Who on the air when they could lose it
in short order would not be good for public relations. As of this
writing, Iowa Public TV has not reported losing the rights to Doctor
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
Premieres: 26 March
Total episodes for first series: 13
45 minute episodes
First broadcaster - BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone
Tie-In Series - Doctor Who Confidential - weekly on BBC Three right
after each episode's premiere on BBC One.
1) CBC Canada http://www.cbc.ca/television
2) Prime TV New Zealand http://www.primetv.co.nz - mid-2005?, not
getting Doctor Who Confidential
Doctor Who Episodes:
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:
2/18 - 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, 2-4AM GMT, 1-3AM 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; Thorn Christopher (Hawk on "Buck Rogers").
Hour 2 - Nominees for the Nebula, Saturn, and Game Developers Choice
Awards. Hour 3 - BTR only. Richard Herd (V, Seaquest DSV, Voyager),
discussion on Enterprise's cancellation.
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 6:05-9AM GMT "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" movie
Series 14, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Leela's first experience with life on Earth is rather similar to
life back home - a murder, a cover-up, a knife fight, and trouble
with the law. All before she even makes it to the theatre.
Sunday 7-9AM GMT "Horror Of Fang Rock" movie
Series 15, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A lighthouse finds itself under siege from a shipwrecked ship, a
dangerous alien, and a man in a scarf with his female companion.
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 Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pt 4 of 6
Monday 6:03PM "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pt 5 of 6
Tuesday 6:05PM "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pt 6 of 6
Series 14, Episodes 24 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
See UKTV Gold for story description.
Wednesday 6:04PM "Horror Of Fang Rock" pt 1 of 4
Series 15, Episode 1. Doctor: Tom Baker.
See UKTV Gold for story description.
2 March - "The Invisible Enemy"
9 March - "Image Of The Fendahl"
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Daily 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday "The Horns Of Nimon" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 17, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Nimon has all the resources he needs for his own pet project.
Now the 4th Doctor, Romana, and the Anethans have to put a stop to
it. Will Soldeed provide unexpected help?
Thursday "The Leisure Hive" pts 1+2 of 4
Friday "The Leisure Hive" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The search for a good vacation spot brings the Doctor and Romana to
Argolis, a world devastated by war, where the survivors have
developed a startling new science. Has someone found the key to
young (and old) age?
Saturday "The Awakening" all 2 pts
Series 21, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tegan discovers that her Grandfather has disappeared. None of the
townsfolk care - May Day celebrations and war games are underway.
The Doctor and Tegan suspect something is very wrong. Turlough
suspects that people are out to kill him. As usual, he is correct.
Sunday "Frontios" all 4 pts
Series 21, Episodes 7 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
At the end of history, humanity's descendants are running out of
supplies and hope. The 5th Doctor is not allowed to intervene,
though he may have little choice. Turlough fears he may know the
answer to the problems of Frontios, desperately wanting to avoid the
Monday "Meglos" pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday "Meglos" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Meglos traps the TARDIS crew in a trap similar to a time loop so
that he can impersonate the Doctor and carry off a daring theft.
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"
7 March - "Logopolis"
9 March - "Castrovalva"
11 March - "Four To Domsday"
12 March - "The Creature From The Pit"
13 March - "Nightmare Of Eden"
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 3 of 6 (The Screaming
Saturday 11:30PM EST "The Keys Of Marnius" ep 4 of 6 (The Snows Of
Series 1, Episodes 23 through 24. Doctor: William Hartnell.
Splitting up to locate the keys faster, the TARDIS crew explores
Marinus. One key would appear to be in the home of a man being
stalked by his plants. Another requires the aid of a very difficult
to trust trapper.
26 February - "The Keys Of Marinus" (Sentence Of Death and The Keys
Final air date TBA
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 "Carnival Of Monsters" movie
Series 10, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The TARDIS lands in a Mini-Scope, where examples of various
primitive lifeforms are kept for examination and public amusement.
The Doctor and Jo are in danger of becoming one of the exhibits.
26 February - "Frontier In Space" (12:30AM, time approximate)
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 3 of 4
Series 20, Episode 19. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Turlough can't even manage to die successfully. He now faces a fate
worse than death - Captain Wrack and her crew of "sailors".
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 3+4 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 25 through 26. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Khalid needs to win the support of the Xeraphin to repair his TARDIS
and escape Earth's distant past. Tegan considers returning to her
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 4 of 4
Series 19, Episode 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor learns the secret of Castrovalva. But those who check
in may not be able to check out.
26 February - "Four To Doomsday" pt 1
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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