THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
February 23, 2005 - Vol 8, No 8
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
The new series inches ever closer. Which is another way to say that
no news about the series run has come out since the last week's
column. Rumors of course. Film crews from the BBC and the CBC were
at the Gallifrey One convention http://www.gallifreyone.com
presumably getting footage for documentaries or features on the new
show. American Who & Sci-Fi Overdrive http://www.scifioverdrive.com
were also at the convention and were expected to focus part of their
next audio shows on it.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
is saying its goodbyes
to Doctor Who fans as their rights to the series end after the
February 26 broadcast. A commercial is airing on the station saying
how many Doctors and stories they have aired as they bid the show a
fond farewell. In an e-mail to viewers, they wrote:
`Thanks for your e-mail. Unfortunately, Dr. Who is scheduled to end
soon. We no longer have the rights to air it. The BBC has decided to
shop it around to commercial stations. If they have no success, I'm
sure they will offer it again to public television and that WYBE
would be very interested in airing it again.
`I hope you enjoy Red Dwarf!
WYBE Public Television'
Ironically enough, WYBE premiered Doctor Who on Saturday March 6,
1999. WHYY 12 (the better known PBS station in Philadelphia) decided
to premiere the first 5 episodes of Red Dwarf VIII in a marathon at
the same time. Now, Red Dwarf will air 2 episodes on WYBE Saturdays
as Doctor Who's replacement.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
is also saying goodbye
to Doctor Who on February 26 as previously announced. They have
aired the series on its current run since November 2000, and also
had a long run in the 1980s and 90s.
Maryland Public TV http://www.mpt.org
, Iowa Public TV
, and KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
have Doctor Who scheduled into March, and have
not announced the end of their runs as of this writing.
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
, TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
Messenger. The listings:
BROADCASTS RELATED TO NEW SERIES:
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: Saturday 26 March 7:00PM GMT
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 - Saturdays 7:45PM GMT?
1) CBC Canada http://www.cbc.ca/television
2) Prime TV New Zealand http://www.primetv.co.nz
- mid-2005? Prime
will not be airing Doctor Who Confidential.
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.
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
OTHER BROADCASTS TV/RADIO/INTERNET:
BBC Online 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.
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 Invisible Enemy" movie
Series 15, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A parasite invades human minds in hopes of creating an army for his
children to live in. When he finds a mind as powerful as the Doctor,
hope and giddiness jump off the scale. Leela must save the Doctor's
mind if the Doctor is going to save humanity.
Sunday 7:05-9AM GMT "Image Of The Fendahl" movie
Series 15, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A specialized scanner is being used on Earth to learn the secrets of
a 12 million year old skull. Alas, this type of scanner has the side
effect of destroying any world it is used on (rather like the Eye Of
Harmony and far too many objects that destroy planets as minor side
effects). The 4th Doctor and Leela get involved to save the Earth
and battle a menace from the prehistory of the Doctor's race.
5 March - "The Sun Makers" (7:05AM)
6 March - "Underworld" (7:05AM)
12 March - "The Invasion Of Time" (6:05AM)
13 March - "The Ribos Operation" (7:05AM)
19 March - "The Pirate Planet" (7:05AM)
20 March - "City Of Death" (7:05AM)
26 & 27 March - pre-empted, Carry On movie marathon
Thursday 6:03PM "Horror Of Fang Rock" pt 2 of 4
Monday 6:05PM "Horror Of Fang Rock" pt 3 of 4
Tuesday 6:04PM "Horror Of Fang Rock" pt 4 of 4
Series 15, Episodes 2 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A lighthouse is threatened by a Rutan. The only one who can save the
inhabitants is a funny man in a scarf. But he may be too late this
Wednesday 6:05PM "The Invisible Enemy" pt 1 of 4
Series 15, Episode 5. Doctor: Tom Baker.
See UKTV Gold for story details.
9 March - "Image Of The Fendahl"
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Daily 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday "Full Circle" pts 1+2 of 4
Thursday "Full Circle" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Time Lords ordered Romana back to Gallifrey. Will the 4th Doctor
return her or let her escape? He'll have to find a way out of a
pocket universe before any decision can be made. The deciders are
having trouble deciding how to protect the people at the coming of
Mistfall, with everyone boarding a ship that seems unable to fly.
Friday "State Of Decay" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Time Lords ordered ... you already know that. Searching for a
bright point in this rather dull universe, the 4th Doctor and Romana
land on a planet where civilization is decaying and vampires rule.
It all seems dangerously familiar.
Saturday "Planet Of Fire" all 4 pts
Series 21, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
After the events of Resurrection Of The Daleks (which BBC Kids
doesn't have the rights to), the Doctor visits Lanzarote to find
out ... something or other. Honestly this story never made much
sense to me. But you get the introduction of Peri and a return
performance by Kamelion.
Sunday "The Caves Of Androzani" all 4 pts
Series 21, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The climatic end of the 5th Doctor's era. A visit to Androzani Minor
turns tragic. Gun runners, a slightly psychotic robot maker, corrupt
military, and a more corrupt President all make each other's lives
very unpleasant. Worse, everyone seems eager to end the Doctor's
life. But the greatest menace is the one you don't expect. One that
doesn't think, doesn't feel, doesn't live. And it's about to nail a
Time Lord and his companion.
Monday "State Of Decay" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 15 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Tuesday "Warriors' Gate" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Tom Baker.
At the border between universes, the Doctor is looking for a way
home. Romana is just looking.
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"
15 March - "Kinda"
17 March - "The Visitation"
19 March - "The Horns Of Nimon"
20 March - "The Leisure Hive"
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Terrance Dicks is interviewed in part 2 of "The Greatest Generation
of Doctor Who"
Confirmed Future Episodes:
2/24 - 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
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hours 1&2 - News & Comment; Joey discusses this past week's
Gallifrey One convention in LA http://www.gallifreyone.com
of the Region 1 DVD of Doctor Who - The Visitation; guests & segment
order TBA. Hour 3 - BTR only. Nominees for the Nebula, Saturn, and
Game Developers Choice Awards.
**Final broadcast on WYBE**
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 5 of 6 (Sentence Of Death)
Saturday 11:30PM EST "The Keys Of Marnius" ep 6 of 6 (The Keys Of
Series 1, Episodes 25 through 26. Doctor: William Hartnell.
Since episode 5 aired by accident last week instead of episode 4, it
remains unclear exactly which episodes will air. WYBE has a long
proud history of accidentally airing the wrong episodes, and it
seems oddly appropriate that Doctor Who ends its run in mild
confusion. But sit back with some popcorn and some friends and cheer
the Doctor on his final night in the Philadelphia area. And thank
you to WYBE for 6 years of time travelling sci-fi excitement.
**Final broadcast on WYBE**
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 12:30-3AM EST "Frontier In Space" movie
Series 10, Episodes 9 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Start time approximate after pledge drives. Unlikely to have any
pledge drives during the show. The 3rd Doctor and Jo find themselves
accused of being a spy by both sides of an intergalactic war that is
just begging to get loose and slaughter people. Can the Doctor
convince everyone that the Ogrons are the aggressors and find the
mastermind behind it all before the frontier becomes a war zone? And
what shocking cliffhanger will you never see the end of because the
next story will be skipped? Stay up late this Saturday and find out!
5 March - "The Green Death" (12:30AM)
12 March - "The Time Warrior"
19 March - "Invasion Of The Dinosaurs"
26 March - "Death To The Daleks"
**Final broadcast on WILL**
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 4 of 4
Series 20, Episode 20. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Turlough learns the secret of Enlightenment. The 5th Doctor finally
meets the foe who has been stalking him for the past 3 stories. An
air of finality is around, which works just fine - WILL's rights
have run out. 4 1/4 years of airing Doctor Who this time around in
addition to runs in their past.
**Final broadcast on WILL**
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 "Arc Of Infinity" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 20, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Peter Davison.
In time and space, the 5th Doctor's body is attacked by a being from
another dimension who wishes to cross over. In Amsterdam, 2 very
stupid teenagers have disappeared. Fortunately for them, one of them
has a cousin named Tegan Jovanka.
Pre-empted 5,12,+ 19 March for Festival pledge drive.
26 March - "Arc Of Infinity" pts 3+4
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 "Four To Doomsday" pt 1 of 4
Series 19, Episode 5. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan arrive on a space ship on
its way to Earth on a mission of peace. It seems that these beings
have been to Earth before.
5 March - "Four To Doomsday" pt 2
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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