This Week In Doctor Who - March 16, 2005
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO
March 16, 2005 - Vol 8, No 11
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Doctor Who premieres in 10 days (26 March) on BBC One
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone at 7PM, 20 days (5 April) on the CBC
http://www.cbc.ca/television at 8PM (8:30PM Newfoundland), and at an
undetermined point on Prime TV New Zealand
http://www.primetv.co.nz . Episode 5's title has changed and episode
6 now has a title - see the listings. Trailers on the CBC and BBC
have been wetting audiences' appetites. The BBC trailers have been
showing up on their Doctor Who website
http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho . Since last week's column, more
special programming in the UK has been announced to tie in to the
BBC Two http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo - in addition to The Culture
Show on 17 March and the Doctor Who programming on 19 March, the 18
March edition of Newsnight Review (11PM) will feature a review of
the new series. BBC2W Wales (digital only) will have an interview
with Russell T. Davies on "On Show", an arts show airing 17 March at
BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone - Blue Peter will have a Doctor
Who special on 21 March at 4:55PM (repeated at 6PM on the CBBC
Channel). The Doctor Who Confidential team are doing an additional
30 minute documentary - "Doctor Who - A New Dimension", scheduled to
air at 5:25PM on 26 March, just 95 minutes before the series
premiere. The Wales variation of BBC One will air the "On Show"
interview with Russell T. Davies on 20 March at 11:15PM.
Channel 4 http://www.channel4.com - the 2nd Peter Cushing Dr. Who
movie - "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D." - will air on 25 March at
12:40PM. IF YOU'RE IN WALES, S4C http://www.s4c.co.uk/e-index.html
will air the movie on 26 March at 12:15PM instead.
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv - Instead of pre-empting Doctor Who
on 26 March as previously scheduled, they will have a Doctor Who Day
from 8AM to 7PM that looks remarkably like part of their Doctor Who
@ 40 weekend from 2003. Doctor Who will still be pre-empted on their
channel on 27 March for a Carry On movie marathon.
BBC Radio Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales/ will have a 3
part Doctor Who special starting 26 March. Time TBA.
TV3 http://www.tv3.ie/welcome.htm in Ireland will air the Parkinson
episode with Billie Piper on 24 March at 10PM and 25 March at
2:35PM, which should raise awareness of the new series in Ireland.
Parkinson also airs on M-Net in South Africa, UKTV Australia, and
some other networks - but I don't know the lag time from UK to
The BBC's Doctor Who website http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho will be
ramping up its online content as the series airs, including all 13
episodes of Doctor Who Confidential.
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com stated last year in their FAQ that
they were not planning to buy Doctor Who. They have re-iterated
this, clarifying that they both have no plans to buy the new series
starting in the UK nor do they intend to repeat the old series in
the foreseeable future. While not stated on the site, I suspect that
the BBC wants to sell the new series to as many local broadcasters
in the BBC Prime footprint as possible, and the series would be
worth more if it has not aired yet on BBC Prime.
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
firstname.lastname@example.org , TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
Messenger. The listings:
BROADCASTS RELATED TO NEW SERIES:
New Series General Information:
BBC Two http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo
Thursday 7+11:25PM GMT "The Culture Show" (8+11:25PM Scotland)
The Culture Show previews the imminent return of Doctor Who. Will it
remain true to the spirit of past series?
Friday 11PM GMT "Newsnight Review"
Newsnight Review profiles the new Doctor Who series and their
experts give their opinions. Probably to be avoided if you want to
avoid major series spoilers.
Saturday 3:50-5:10PM GMT "Dr. Who And The Daleks" 1965 theatrical
Eccentric scientist Dr. Who, his grand-daughters, and the hapless
Ian take the first flight in a time-space machine. On the remote
planet Skaro, the Dalek race has been reduced to mutant form living
in metallic casings. In spite of their loathsome appearance, could
they be trustworthy? Or are they hiding deadly secrets? Peter
Cushing stars in this movie remake of the original Dalek story.
Saturday 7:30PM GMT - "The Story Of Doctor Who (BBC Two Doctor Who
This December 2003 documentary tells the story of the original TV
series, focusing on the 7 TV Doctors.
Saturday 8:30PM GMT - "Some Things You Need To Know About Dr. Who
(BBC Two Doctor Who Night)"
Saturday 8:40PM GMT "Dr. Who Mastermind (BBC Two Doctor Who Night)"
In a special edition of the Mastermind quiz show, Doctor Who fans
compete on their Who knowledge. Prize to be handed out by
Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who).
BBC 2W http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/
Digital BBC2 Wales only. Same as BBC Two, plus:
Thursday 9PM GMT "On Show" (special digital premiere - see BBC One
Interview with Russell T. Davies.
BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone
Monday 4:55PM GMT "Blue Peter Doctor Who Special"
The Blue Peter show focuses an episode on the upcoming Doctor Who
Good Friday 25 March 10:20PM GMT "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross"
Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) is interviewed.
Saturday 26 March 5:25PM GMT "Doctor Who: A New Dimension" special
Saturday 26 March 7PM GMT 1-01 "Rose"
16:9 Widescreen Digital
14:9 Cropped Letterbox Analogue
2 April - 1-02 "The End Of The World"
9 April - 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
16 April - 1-04 "Aliens Of London"
23 April - 1-05 "World War Three"
30 April - 1-06 "Dalek"
7 May - 1-07 "The Long Game"
14 May - 1-08 "TBA"
21 May - 1-09 "The Empty Child"
28 May - 1-10 "The Doctor Dances"
4 June - 1-11 "Boom Town"
11 June - 1-12 "TBA"
18 June - 1-13 "The Parting Of The Ways"
BBC One Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales
Same as BBC One, plus:
Sunday 11:15PM GMT "On Show" art program
Russell T. Davies is interviewed on this Wales regional show about
his career and his revival of Doctor Who.
Monday 6PM GMT "Blue Peter Doctor Who Special"
BBC Radio 2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2
Monday 2-5PM GMT - "Steve Wright Show" (9AM-Noon EST, 6-9AM PST, 1-
4AM Tuesday AEDT)
interview with Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who)
Tuesday 22 March 8:30PM GMT - "Project: Who? - Bigger On The Inside"
2 part documentary (1 hour per week) hosted by Anthony Stewart Head
(Big Finish's "Excelsis" series, those Taster's Choice commercials,
and Buffy The Vampire Slayer) going behind the scenes of the new
Doctor Who series. In episode one, how did Russell T. Davies
approach recreating the TV series for a new generation?
Thursday 24 March 2-5PM GMT - "Steve Wright Show" - interview with
Billie Piper (Rose Tyler)
Tuesday 29 March 8:30PM BST - "Project: Who? - Reverse The Polarity"
BBC Three http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree
Doctor Who Confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential/
Saturday 26 March 7:45PM GMT 1-01 "Back From The Future"
2 April - 1-02 "Aliens: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
9 April - 1-03 "TARDIS Tales"
16 April - 1-04 "I Get A Side-Kick Out Of You"
23 April - 1-05 "Life On Earth"
30 April - 1-06 "The Daleks"
7 May - 1-07 "The Dark Side"
14 May - 1-08 "A Time And A Place"
21 May - 1-09 "FX"
28 May - 1-10 "The Weird Science Of Doctor Who"
4 June - 1-11 "Unsung Heroes And Violent Death"
11 June - 1-12 "The Cult Of Who"
18 June - 1-13 "Finale"
BBC Radio Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales/
Saturday 26 March - 3 part documentary on Doctor Who and its Welsh
connections, from Terry Nation to the present. Start time and dates
of the other 2 episodes not yet revealed.
Saturday 10:10PM GMT "Parkinson" interview show
Parkinson interviews Billie Piper (Rose Tyler).
ITV 3 http://www.itv.com
Wednesday 23 March 8PM GMT "Parkinson" interview show
Encore of Parkinson interview with Billie Piper (Rose Tyler).
Channel 4 http://www.channel4.com
Good Friday 25 March 12:40-2:15PM GMT "Daleks: Invasion Earth
2150A.D." 1966 theatrical movie
S4C Wales http://www.s4c.co.uk/e-index.html
Saturday 26 March 12:15-1:50PM GMT "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D."
1966 theatrical movie
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv
Saturday 26 March - "Doctor Who Day" 8AM to 7PM GMT - see listing
in "Other TV/Radio/Internet Broadcasts"
Thursday 24 March 10PM GMT "Parkinson" interview show
Good Friday 25 March 2:35PM GMT "Parkinson" interview show
Parkinson interviews Billie Piper (Rose Tyler).
CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television
Doctor Who premieres Tuesday 5 April 8PM nationwide (8:30PM
Aspect ratio unknown.
5 April - 1-01 "Rose"
12 April - 1-02 "The End Of The World"
19 April - 1-03 "The Unquiet Dead"
26 April - 1-04 "Aliens Of London"
Prime TV http://www.primetv.co.nz http://nzdwfc.tetrap.com
Doctor Who premiere TBA.
Aspect ratio unknown.
OTHER TV/RADIO/INTERNET BROADCASTS:
BBC Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/classic.shtml
"Real Time" - starring Colin Baker and the Cybermen. 6 episodes. The
Doctor and Evelyn Smythe research a temple that has been yanking
scientists out of time, bringing them face to face with the future
of the Cybermen.
"Shada" - starring Paul McGann and Lalla Ward. 6 episodes. A retired
Time Lord in Cambridge needs the Doctor's help to recover a Time
Lord book before the corrupt scientist Skagra can find it.
"The Scream Of The Shalka" - starring Richard E. Grant. 6 episode
story. The Shalka prepare to conquer the Earth from below. Can the
Doctor be convinced to save the day one last time?
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 Pirate Planet" movie
Season 16, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Key To Time quest continues, as the Doctor and Romana have
problems finding the second segment - they have arrived at the right
time, in the right place, but on the wrong planet. Alas, they will
never complete their quest - at least not on UKTV Gold. The network
is skipping the rest of the season.
Sunday 7:05-9AM GMT "City Of Death" movie
Season 17, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor and Romana find that Paris is the home of time
experiments that could bring about the extinction of humanity.
Wouldn't be good for the art treasures of France, either.
Particularly the Mona Lisa. The highest ratings the series ever got -
admittedly helped by ITV being off the air for a strike - but a
well liked story anyway.
26 March - "The Doctor Who Story" (8AM)
26 March - "The Time Meddler" (8:10AM)
26 March - "The Daemons" (10:20AM)
26 March - "Pyramids Of Mars (1:05PM)
26 March - "Attack Of The Cybermen" (3:10PM)
26 March - "Dragonfire" (5:25PM)
27 March - pre-empted, Carry On movie marathon
2 April - "The Creature From The Pit" (7:05AM)
3 April - "Nightmare Of Eden" (7:05AM)
9 April - "The Horns Of Nimon" (7:20AM)
10 April - "The Leisure Hive" (7:05AM)
16 April - "Meglos" (7:05AM)
17 April - "Full Circle" (7:05AM)
23 April - "State Of Decay" (7:05AM)
24 April - "Warriors' Gate" (7AM)
30 April - "The Keeper Of Traken" (7AM)
Thursday 6:00PM "The Sun Makers" pt 2 of 4
Monday 6:00PM "The Sun Makers" pt 3 of 4
Tuesday 6:00PM "The Sun Makers" pt 4 of 4
Season 15, Episodes 14 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor and Leela find themselves instigating a revolution on
Pluto, reigniting the fighting spirit in humanity. Will humans be
able to outwit the taxmen?
Wednesday 6:05PM "Underworld" pt 1 of 4
Season 15, Episode 17. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor and Leela find a ship full of Minyans, a species who had
tragic prior dealings with the Time Lords.
30 March - "The Invasion Of Time"
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Daily 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday "Kinda" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 19, Episodes 11 through 12. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Doctor learns the secrets of the Kinda people from the Old
Woman. The Mara prepares to manifest and conquer all life on Deva
Thursday "The Visitation" pts 1+2 of 4
Friday "The Visitation" pts 3+4 of 4
Season 19, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
In the 17th Century, Heathrow Airport didn't exist yet. There was a
village nearby. A village where an alien spaceship crashed. And took
control. When the Doctor arrives, the villages are hard at work on a
project for the Terrileptil aliens.
Saturday "The Horns Of Nimon" all 4 pts
Season 17, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A manufactured Black Hole nearly destroys the TARDIS and makes the
Doctor aware of strange events on the planet Skonnos. The dying
Skonnon Empire is being promised life again by the Nimon. Who is the
Nimon? Where does he come from? What is the price of power?
Sunday "The Leisure Hive" all 4 pts
Season 18, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A desperate quest for a relaxing vacation brings the Doctor and
Romana to Argolis, a dying world where a new science is being
developed. A science that is going terribly wrong.
Monday "Black Orchid" pts 1+2 of 2
Season 19, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Doctor gets involved in a cricket match, a dinner party, a
murder, and a dark British family secret. 1925 England - a deadly
time to visit.
Tuesday "Time-Flight" pts 1+2 of 4
Season 19, Episodes 23 through 24. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The shell-shocked TARDIS crew return to Heathrow Airport, this time
in the 20th Century. Tegan ponders a chance to resume her career,
while the Doctor is drawn into the disappearance of a Concorde
airplane from time and space.
24 March - "Arc Of Infinity"
26 March - "Meglos"
27 March - "Full Circle"
28 March - "Snakedance"
30 March - "Mawdryn Undead"
1 April "Terminus"
2 April "State Of Decay"
3 April "Warriors' Gate"
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Jon Pertwee tribute. Nicholas Courtney, Barry Letts, Caroline John,
and others remember the 3rd Doctor, Worzel Grummidge, and the other
personas of Jon Pertwee.
3/21 - 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, end of series)
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 - Computers in science fiction, with
Craig Crossman, host of "Computer America". Hour 3 - BTR only.
Expected to be an encore of the Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica)
interview. Next week, hour 1 will be focused on a review of the new
Doctor Who pilot - Rose.
Starz! Movie Pack - Mystery http://www.starz.com
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Friday 1 April 2:45 + 11:05PM EST Eastern Feed / PST Western Feed
Thursday 14 April 6:50AM EDT Eastern Feed / PDT Western Feed
Thursday 21 April 7:40AM EDT Eastern Feed / PDT Western Feed
Starz! Movie Pack - MoviePlex
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Friday 1 April 3:45PM + 12:05AM EST Eastern Feed / PST Western Feed
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-2AM EST "Invasion Of The Dinosaurs
Season 11, Episodes 6 through 10. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
This movie version excises episode 1. The Doctor and Sarah help
U*N*I*T deal with dinosaurs in Central London, a plot to bring Earth
back millions of years through time, and a traitor.
26 March - "Death To The Daleks" (11:59PM)
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)
19 March - pre-empted for Festival Pledge Drive
26 March - "Arc Of Infinity" pts 3+4
2 April - "Snakedance" pts 1+2
9 April - "Snakedance" pts 3+4
16 April - "Mawdryn Undead" pts 1+2
23 April - "Mawdryn Undead" pts 3+4
30 April - "Terminus" 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 "Four To Doomsday" pt 2 of 4
Season 19, Episode 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Adric is falling under the charms of Monarch. Naturally, this causes
Tegan to distrust Monarch.
26 March - "Four To Doomsday" pt 3
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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