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Wednesday 13th October 2004

This Week In Doctor Who - October 13, 2004
(posted 13th Oct 2004, 11:47am - TWIDW post #0255)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - October 13, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 41
BBC Three will air Doctor Who Confidential each week immediately following firstrun episodes of the Doctor Who series in 2005. Doctor Who Confidential will be a weekly 30 minute behind the scenes look at the episodes designed for the general public. Each broadcast will have a specific theme. Doctor Who is not the first show to have a special secondary feature on BBC Three about it - 24 and Eastenders have also been used to provide special material for the channel. BBC Three should be available to anyone in the UK who has Freeview, Digital Cable, or Sky Digital. Sky Digital subscribers in Ireland who can see BBC One and Two should also get BBC Three - you may need to manually add the channel, but it's my understanding that the channel is there to get.
New Hampshire Public TV announced on October 12 that they are discontinuing Doctor Who after 24 years on their lineup. The last episode will be November 13 and the last story appears to be The Hand Of Fear. Here is the notice sent to fans who supported Doctor Who on NHPTV:

Dear Doctor Who fans,

We are sorry to inform you that "Doctor Who"'s last appearance on New Hampshire Public Television will be Saturday, November 13th. There are many wonderful programs that NHPTV would like to air and unfortunately, we cannot maintain "Doctor Who" and introduce new programs to our schedule. We are very sorry to disappoint you.

Our contract with the BBC for "Doctor Who" expires this fall and we will not be renewing it. The British programs are extraordinarily expensive and in this tough budget year, we just can't afford them anymore. "Doctor Who" is probably one of the most expensive British programs we air. We realize that NHPTV is the only public televisio in NE that is still airing "Doctor Who." NHPTV is sensitive to our science fiction viewers and we are looking for alternative programs, but we have not found anything comparable yet.

There are at least a few weeks of the good Doctor left to enjoy though. Six different episodes will air this month, with the last episode set for November 13th. Also, many of the "Doctor Who" series are also available on DVD now: .

Again, thank you for your understanding and we hope that you will continue to enjoy and support NHPTV programs that entertain, educate and enrich.

Tamara Hindle
Viewer Services
New Hampshire Public Television

TWIDW editor's note - NHPTV has directed fans to the Region 2 PAL DVD releases. and are two of many DVD sources that will be more relevant if you are getting Region 1 DVDs (US/Canada).
Alas, with the departure of NHPTV that will leave just seven regular broadcasters in the US airing Doctor Who.
While there are rumors of other international broadcasters looking seriously at the new Doctor Who series, the only publicly announced sale as of this writing is with CBC Canada . Hopefully now that the Mipcom conference in France is completed, more sales will occur/be announced. The BBC has announced that they are launching BBC Japan in Japan on 1 December - little is known about the specific programs it will air, though I would not consider it a likely location for the new episodes.
Sky One will air the 1966 theatrical
movie "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD" late Saturday October 23 at
12:45AM BST. This is the colour movie remake of The Dalek Invasion
Of Earth, with Peter Cushing playing Dr. Who.
Upcoming airings of Doctor Who (the 1996 TV Movie) on the
Starz/Encore Movie Pack . Spanish language
audio on secondary channel:
Encore Mystery:
Sunday 24 October 8:15AM EDT East Feed / PDT West Feed
Friday 29 October 6:10AM, 6:20PM, & 12:45AM EDT East Feed / PDT West
Encore MoviePlex:
Friday 29 October 7:10AM, 7:20PM, & 1:45AM EDT East Feed / PDT West
Corrections and updates are always welcome at thisweekindoctorwho- , bfelliott@... , TWIDW on AOL IM ,
and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:
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: 2005 (date TBA)
Total episodes for first series: 13
45 minute episodes
First broadcaster - BBC One
Overseas Sales
1) CBC Canada
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
Current Episode:
Conclusion of the interview with Maureen O'Brien. Her memories of
doing Doctor Who.
Future Episodes:
10/23 - Peter Purves (Steven Taylor), part 1
11/10 - Peter Purves, part 2
11/24 - Tom Baker (audio from 1983 KTEH 54 Special)
12/11 - Barry Letts (encore broadcast)
Sci-Fi Overdrive
on Business Talk Network
Saturday 8-11PM EDT (5-8PM PDT) (repeat of
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-5AM EDT (11PM-2AM PDT, 7-10AM BST, 4-7PM AEST)
Live Stream
Hour 1 - news and comment. Hour 2 - Arnold Blumberg (Overstreet
Price Guide, remembers Christopher Reeve; Austin.
Hour 3 - .
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 7-9AM BST The Mark of the Rani movie
Series 22, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Colin Baker. The 6th Doctor investigates unexplained Luddite activity at the sight of an upcoming 19th Century technology conference. Why can't anyone sleep?
Sunday 6:05-9AM BST The Two Doctors movie
Series 22, Episodes 7 through 9. Doctors: Colin Baker + Pat Troughton. The 2nd Doctor disappears mysteriously while on a mystery for the Time Lords. Events draw the 6th Doctor and Peri onto his trail and into a tail of brain augmentation, Sontaran Invasion, and varied food appetites. Jamie: Frazer Hines.
Thursday 6:03PM Robot pt 2 of 4
Monday 6:03PM Robot pt 3 of 4
Tuesday 6:04PM Robot pt 4 of 4

Series 12, Episodes 2 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor ponders the presence of a giant Robot that seems the prime suspect in the theft of secret information that could launch a nuclear war.
Wednesday 6:03PM The Ark In Space pt 1 of 4
Series 12, Episode 5. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The TARDIS crew arrive on a space ark where the survivors of humanity are slumbering away.
BBC Kids
7 Days A Week 2AM EDT (11PM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday The Leisure Hive pts 1+2 of 4
Thursday The Leisure Hive pts 3+4 of 4

Series 18, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A vacation at a luxury space resort is marred by sabotage endangering a new science and killing people.
Friday Meglos pts 1+2 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor suffers from identity theft. Trapped in a moment in time, the Doctor is out of the way, allowing an imposter to have some fun.
Saturday The Armageddon Factor all 6 pts
Series 16, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The quest for the Key To Time comes to a climax on the planet of Atrios, a world being destroyed by a nuclear war with Zeos. The war and the lives of everyone dying in it are just smokescreens to keep the Doctor off balance. The Black Guardian finally shows his hand.
Sunday Destiny of the Daleks all 4 pts
Series 17, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Daleks return to Skaro on a quest to find the key to breaking stalemate in their war against the Movellans.
Monday Meglos pts 3+4 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Tuesday Full Circle pts 1+2 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Much to Romana's happiness, the TARDIS gets sent through a CVE into a parallel universe. It might never return to the regular universe again.
NHPTV New Hampshire
analog 11, 49, 52
digital 11-2 (57-2), 49-2 (48-2), 52-2 (49-2)
Boston DirecTV 11,955
Boston Dish 11,8781
Saturday 11PM EDT The Masque of Mandragora pt 4 of 4
Series 14, Episode 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The final weeks of Doctor Who on NHPTV after 24 years. The 4th Doctor uses a Masquerade Ball to force Mandragora to show its hand.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Saturday 11PM EDT Remembrance of the Daleks pts 1+2 of 4
Series 25, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
A return to 1963 Earth brings the 7th Doctor face to face with the Daleks, who are looking for an ancient artefact he left there for safe keeping. Alas, it also brings the military to the scene as well, creating a risk of a bloodbath.
MPT Maryland
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), 54
DC/Hagerstown, Baltimore DirecTV 22,980
Baltimore Dish 22,8736
Saturday Midnight-2:30AM EDT The Seeds of Death movie (actually 11:57pm)
Series 6, Episodes 23 through 28. Doctor: Patrick Troughton.
Ice Warriors take control of the T-Mat on Mars, shutting down all Earth commerce. Astronauts are needed to fly to the Moon and retake control. Or if you can't find any astronauts, there's always the 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Saturday 11PM EDT Inferno eps 2+3 of 7
Series 7, Episodes 20 through 21. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. The TARDIS console wants to shift between universes, introducing the 3rd Doctor to an eerie universe surprisingly similar to his own, but where the Inferno project is spiraling out of control.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign DirecTV 12 (now available)
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Saturday 11:40PM CDT Arc of Infinity pt 3 of 4
Series 20, Episode 3. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Some of the Time Lords don't believe that the 5th Doctor has really been executed. And if the Doctor is alive, then the anti-matter creature could emerge into the matter universe.
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 (coming soon?)
Cedar Rapids Dish 12,9161
Omaha DirecTV 32
Omaha Dish 32,9146
Sioux City Dish 27,7195
Quad Cities DirecTV 36 (coming soon?)
Quad Cities Dish 36,7607 (not yet available)
Saturday 11:35PM CDT Warriors' Gate pts 3+4 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Dwarf Star Alloy threatens to destroy the Gateway.
KUED/KUEW-DT/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/St. George/Richfield, UT
analog 7
digital 7-1 (42-1), 18-1, 19-1
Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
Saturday 11:35PM MDT Warriors' Gate pt 1 of 4
Series 18, Episode 17. Doctor: Tom Baker. Episodes are apparently airing in production order. The 4th Doctor, Romana, Adric, and K9 arrive at a Gateway. Next week's episode reportedly starts at 11PM - a one week only situation.
KBTC/KCKA Tacoma/Centralia, WA
analog 28,15
digital 28-1 (27-1), 15-1 (19-1)
Seattle DirecTV 28,910
Seattle Dish 28,8620
Saturday 7PM + 12:30AM PDT Colony In Space eps 5+6 of 6
Series 8, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. The Master tries to take control of the Doomsday Weapon, while the IMC desires Doomsday for the farmers.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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