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Wednesday 8th December 2004

This Week In Doctor Who - December 8, 2004
(posted 8th Dec 2004, 12:27pm - TWIDW post #0265)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 8, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 49
A couple of Doctor Who broadcast developments this week:
Prime TV in New Zealand has picked up the new Doctor Who series to premiere in the "first quarter" of 2005. Here is the press release, with one paragraph excised that contains mild spoilers: `New Doctor Who series licensed to Prime Television

BBC Worldwide announced today the license of the new series of the cult classic Doctor Who to Prime Television New Zealand. Only the second international deal to be finalised, the new series will deliver to Prime Television in the first quarter of 2005.

Starring Christopher Eccleston (The Second Coming, Cracker, Elizabeth) and Bille Piper (Canterbury Tales) and written by a team led by Russell T Davies (Queer As Folk) the series sees Doctor Who, the alien loner and his companion Rose forge a friendship across time and space. Fans out there should brace themselves for some exhilarating experiences and deadly confrontations.

(Paragraph excised)

It has been over 40 years since Doctor Who hit our screens and sparked a fan base that spans the world. International conventions, fan clubs with members numbering in the thousands and books, videos, DVDs and merchandise are just part of the on-going phenomenon that is Doctor Who.

David Vine, BBC Worldwide Managing Director Asia Pacific, says, "This series has been long anticipated. We are very excited that Prime will bring the new Doctor to New Zealand audiences. If you are a long-time Doctor Who fan you won't be disappointed but equally if you are someone who has never heard of a Tardis or a Time Lord you will be able to climb on board and travel through time and space for the first time. Prepare for brand-new, spell-binding adventures."

Prime's Programming Manager Andrew Shaw says, "I am delighted to have acquired this fantastic new drama from the BBC. Doctor Who promises to be an outstanding series.

"We very much look forward to placing it in our primetime schedule. This series will captivate a whole new generation of fans who have never experienced the legend that is Doctor Who."

Longtime readers of this column may remember that Prime aired Doctor Who in 2000 and 2001, showing all of the complete stories from An Unearthly Child through The Horns Of Nimon. Several of the stories had never aired before in New Zealand. The entire broadcast history of Doctor Who in New Zealand is chronicled on the Tetrap web site .

As of the time this column went out, there was an unconfirmed report that Prime had picked up the rights to repeat the original series again when they got the rights to the new episodes. We'll see.
A teaser for the series is now at . It is a 27 second presentation
originally shown to the media as part of an overall description of
upcoming BBC shows. Requires RealPlayer to listen to. It was not
aimed at the general public, but if you want to hear the Doctor and
Rose in character for the first time, and see the new logo run
across the screen, it is available. has an updated list of
dramas commissioned for the BBC, including Doctor Who, giving the
official information on when shows are coming, including month of
premiere when known. Doctor Who is currently noted as Winter 2005,
with no specified month. It is likely that when a final decision is
made on when the show will premiere, a specific month would appear
for Doctor Who on that page.
Future airings of Doctor Who (1996 TV Movie) on the Starz! movie pack:
Tuesday December 14 12:00PM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Wednesday December 15 8:00AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Late Saturday December 25 2:20AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Sunday December 26 9:45AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Saturday December 26 10:45AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Friday January 21 4:05PM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Late Friday January 21 12:20AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Wednesday January 5 9:15AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Monday January 17 1:35PM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Friday January 21 3:05PM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Friday January 21 11:20PM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Tuesday January 25 8:40AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
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: March 2005??
Total episodes for first series: 13
45 minute episodes
First broadcaster - BBC One
Overseas Sales
1) CBC Canada
2) Prime TV New Zealand
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:
Joey Reynolds notes 41 years of Doctor Who. Main feature - KTEH 54's 1983 interview with Tom Baker about his life and Doctor Who.
Future Episode:
12/15 - Barry Letts (encore broadcast)
Sci-Fi Overdrive
on Business Talk Network
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PST) (repeat of
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-5AM EST (11PM-2AM PST, 7-10AM GMT, 6-9PM AEDT)
Live Stream
Hours 1&2 - Sci-Fi News & Comment. Hour 3 - Arne Starr previews
holiday movies and offering for 2005.
Doctor Who related archives: - Doctor Who A Go-
Go. Charles Martin interviews Doctor Who celebrities. Goes offline
December 10. - Sci-Fi
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 1. Peter
Purves and Anneke Wills, compiled from American Who interviews. - Sci-Fi
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 2. Robert
Shearman, compiled from American Who interview. - Sci-Fi
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 3. Arnold
T. Blumberg reflects on 41 years of Doctor Who.
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 7-9AM GMT The Curse of Fenric movie
Series 26, Episodes 8 through 11. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. In the midst of World-War II, a secret international plan to crack German cyphers is underway. Alas, a scientist on the project wants to engage in far more lethal cracking. And an ancient being from beyond time is at work drawing the Doctor and the townspeople together for the final battle between Good and Evil.
Sunday 7:30-9AM GMT Survival movie
Series 26, Episodes 12 through 14. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. In the final chapter of the original series, the 7th Doctor and Ace search for missing people in Perivale. The trail leads them to the world of the Cheetah people, and may lead Ace to a new destiny.
18 December, 19 December, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day 2005, 2 January 2005 - pre-empted for special programming
8 January 2005 - Robot movie
Thursday 6:03PM The Android Invasion pt 2 of 4
Monday 6:03PM The Android Invasion pt 3 of 4
Tuesday 6:04PM The Android Invasion pt 4 of 4

Series 13, Episodes 14 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor and Sarah uncover a plot to use android duplicates of important people to conquer the Earth. Final appearances of John Levene as RSM Benton and Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan.
Wednesday 6:03PM The Brain of Morbius pt 1 of 4
Series 13, Episode 17. Doctor: Tom Baker.
On a dark and stormy night, a mad scientist invites the 4th Doctor and Sarah to dinner, wine, and a possible decapitation.
22 December - The Seeds of Doom begins
3 through 6 January - pre-empted by Hopman Cup Tennis Tournament
10 January - The Masque of Mandragora begins
BBC Kids
7 Days A Week 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday Frontios pts 3+4 of 4
Series 21, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor and crew uncover the secrets of Frontios.
Thursday Planet of Fire pts 1+2 of 4
Friday Planet of Fire pts 3+4 of 4

Series 21, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
After the events of Resurrection Of The Daleks (which BBC Kids doesn't have the right to air), the 5th Doctor comes to suspect that Turlough is hiding information about his background which could determine the fate of a world.
Saturday The Visitation all 4 pts
Series 19, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Aliens land on 17th Century England and take over a small village. The 5th Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, and some highwayman that happens to stumble along investigate.
Sunday Black Orchid all 2 pts
Series 19, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor gets embroiled in murder and lies at an English country estate.
Monday The Caves of Androzani pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday The Caves of Androzani pts 3+4 of 4

Series 21, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor and Peri find Androzani Minor to be a deadly place to visit.
15 December - Horror of Fang Rock
17 December - The Invisible Enemy
18 December - Timeflight
19 December - Arc of Infinity
20 December through 2 January - pre-empted for Christmas programming
Starz! WAM! Channel
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Tuesday Noon EST Eastern Time / PST Pacific Time
Next Wednesday 8AM EST Eastern Time / PST Pacific Time
New Years Eve 1999. A newly regenerated Doctor (Paul McGann) faces
off against the Master (Eric Roberts) one more time in a race to
keep the TARDIS from accidentally sucking the planet inside out.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Saturday 11PM EST Battlefield pts 3+4 of 4
Series 26, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
Morgaine tries to distract the 7th Doctor and U*N*I*T to keep them away from her main objectives.
18 December - Ghost Light pts 1+2
25 December - Ghost Light pt 3 / The Curse of Fenric pt 1
1 January 2005 - The Curse of Fenric pts 2+3
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
Late Saturday Midnight-2:30AM EST The Mind of Evil movie
Series 8, Episodes 5 through 10. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Black & white version. The color prints do not currently exist, believed lost forever. The 3rd Doctor and Jo suspect that the Keller Machine for cleansing the minds of hardened killers has a dark side. U*N*I*T finds that keeping the delegates at a Peace Conference from going to war on each other is tricky when you're also trying to dispose of a nuclear weapon and outwit a saboteur.
ยป it aired 25 minutes later owing to a pledge evening
18 December - The Claws of Axos movie
25 December - Colony In Space movie
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
11 December - pre-empted for pledge programming
18 December - The Mind of Evil eps 5+6
25 December - The Claws of Axos eps 1+2
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign DirecTV 12
Champaign Dish 12,7407
11 December - pre-empted for pledge programming
18 December - Mawdryn Undead pt 2
25 December - Mawdryn Undead pt 3 (11:31PM)
1 January - Mawdryn Undead pt 4
8 January - Terminus pt 1
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 Four To Doomsday pts 1+2 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The TARDIS crew makes contact with seemingly friendly aliens who are coming to Earth in hopes of taking up permanent residence. Adric trusts the aliens, Tegan doesn't, the Doctor investigates, and Nyssa stays non-committal.
18 December - Four To Doomsday pts 3+4
25 December - Kinda pts 1+2
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
11 December - pre-empted for pledge programming
18 December - The Keeper of Traken pt 4
25 December - Logopolis pt 1
1 January - Logopolis pt 2
8 January - Logopolis pt 3
**BBC Worldwide Americas has non-renewed KBTC's contract for Doctor Who. Ends in December 2004.**
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 7:30PM + 12:30AM PST The Mutants eps 1+2 of 6
Series 9, Episodes 15 through 16. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. The 3rd Doctor finds himself manipulated into another mission for the Time Lords. A sphere containing vital documents must get to Ky, a political hothead in the middle of the explosive situation on Solos.
18 December - The Mutants eps 3+4
25 December - pre-empted for Christmas programming. Presumably the end of the run, with no showing for the last 2 episodes of The Mutants.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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