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Wednesday 15th December 2004

This Week In Doctor Who - December 15, 2004
(posted 15th Dec 2004, 12:39pm - TWIDW post #0266)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 15, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 50
KBTC/KCKA 28,15 Tacoma/Centralia, WA is airing 4 episodes of Who this weekend (last 4 of The Mutants) to complete their current story before their rights to the series expire. KBTC has provided Doctor Who to the Seattle area since 1987, one of the last 7 over the air US broadcasters to keep the show on the air. December 18th will be the final broadcast, as BBC Worldwide Americas has non-renewed KBTC's contract. That leaves 6 stations airing the show on the old syndication contracts going into January 2005. No US buyers for new or old series rights have been announced at this time.
BBC Kids and UKTV Gold are both replacing Doctor Who with special programming over Christmas and New Years. Monday 20 December through Sunday January 2 on BBC Kids, Saturday 18 December through Sunday January 2 on UKTV Gold. BBC Kids' advance schedules indicate that the Saturday and Sunday complete story broadcasts are ending for a while for weekend marathons of other programs.
Maryland Public TV had some recent glitches airing Doctor Who stories. On November 27 the movie of Inferno had no sound for the first 54 minutes (at least on the WMPT 22 transmitter) and a scene appearing out of order about 80 minutes in. The December 11 showing of The Mind of Evil aired about 25 minutes late due to a pledge special running long. Pledge season is over, so there shouldn't be any more late starts.
Future airings of Doctor Who (1996 TV Movie) on the Starz! movie pack:
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.
Digital radio station in UK. Can be heard live online with
RealPlayer or Windows Media Player. Archives on RealPlayer online.
"The Paradise Of Death" pt 2 of 5 - archived online until Sunday 19
Sunday 6PM & Midnight GMT "The Paradise Of Death" pt 3 of 5
3rd episode of Jon Pertwee's audio Doctor Who story from 1993. Weird
goings on at a funfair bring danger for the Doctor. From Monday 20
December this episode can be heard at the same links currently used
for episode 2.
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:
12/17 - 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
Hour 1 - SciFi News & Comment. Hour 2 - More News & Comment, 30th
anniversary of Starfleet. Hour 3 - Leonard David of
Doctor Who related archives: - Sci-Fi
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 1. Peter
Purves and Anneke Wills, compiled from American Who interviews. Goes
offline December 20. - Sci-Fi
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 2. Robert
Shearman, compiled from American Who interview. Goes offline
December 20. - Sci-Fi
Overdrive celebrates Doctor Who's 41st anniversary, hour 3. Arnold
T. Blumberg reflects on 41 years of Doctor Who - firstrun. Goes
offline December 20.
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
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 Brain of Morbius pt 2 of 4
Monday 6:03PM The Brain of Morbius pt 3 of 4
Tuesday 6:04PM The Brain of Morbius pt 4 of 4

Series 13, Episodes 18 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Sisterhood of Karn and Professor Solon battle for the Doctor. Both sides want him dead - one to bring about a great evil, the other to prevent it (though with a dose of revenge thrown in).
Wednesday 6:04PM The Seeds of Doom pt 1 of 4
Series 13, Episode 21. Doctor: Tom Baker.
U*N*I*T sends the Doctor and Sarah to Antarctica to investigate the discovery of alien plant pods.
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 Horror of Fang Rock pts 1+2 of 4
Thursday Horror of Fang Rock pts 3+4 of 4

Series 15, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
BBC Kids jumps to the middle of the 4th Doctor's era. The TARDIS lands in a mysterious fog near a lighthouse in Edwardian England. The people at the lighthouse are being slowly murdered by an unseen force.
Friday The Invisible Enemy pts 1+2 of 4
Series 15, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Doctor's mind is taken over by a parasite with dreams of intergalactic conquest. Leela must save the universe this time. Concludes 3 January.
Saturday Time-flight all 4 pts
Series 19, Episodes 23 through 26. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Saddened by the events of Earthshock (which BBC Kids doesn't have the rights to show), the TARDIS crew finally arrives at Heathrow Airport. Concordes are disappearing. The 5th Doctor investigates, bringing him 140 million years into the past and up against an old foe.
Sunday Arc of Infinity all 4 pts
Series 20, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Time Lords use the Doctor as a scapegoat when an alien attempts to use the Doctor's body as a means to cross over to this universe.
20 December through 2 January - pre-empted for Christmas programming
4 January - Image of the Fendahl
6 January - The Sun Makers
8 through 9 January - pre-empted for Top Of The Pops marathon
10 January - Underworld
12 January - The Invasion of Time
15 through 16 January - pre-empted for more marathons
17 January - The Ribos Operation
19 January - The Pirate Planet
21 January - The Stones of Blood
Starz! WAM! Channel
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Wednesday 8AM EST Eastern Time / PST Pacific Time
The Doctor (Paul McGann) and the Master (Eric Roberts) do battle in
San Francisco during New Years 1999. The Master wants the Doctor's
remaining lives - the Doctor wants to keep the Earth from being
destroyed. At least one of them will lose.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Saturday 11PM EST Ghost Light pts 1+2 of 3
Series 26, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
To Ace's horror, the 7th Doctor has brought her back in time to the source of her greatest nightmares.
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), 36-2 (54-2)
DC/Hagerstown, Baltimore DirecTV 22,980
Baltimore Dish 22,8736
Late Saturday Midnight-1:35AM EST The Claws of Axos movie
Series 8, Episodes 11 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
An American agent obsessed with finding the Master gets ensnared in U*N*I*T's latest adventure - gold aliens have arrived offering to solve world hunger. The 3rd Doctor is skeptical. The American finds proof of the aliens' intent from a surprising source.
25 December - Colony In Space movie
1 January - Colony In Space? movie
8 January - The Dæmons? movie
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Saturday 11PM EST The Mind of Evil eps 5+6 of 6
Series 8, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. The Master engineers a dastardly robbery, but the Keller Machine proves unwilling to be mastered. Can the Doctor save the Master from his own invention?
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
Saturday 11:40PM CST Mawdryn Undead pt 2 of 4
Series 20, Episode 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Turlough finds himself a pawn of the Black Guardian, who wants the Doctor dead. The 5th Doctor finds himself in 1983 while Nyssa and Tegan are in 1977, both working with Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
25 December - Mawdryn Undead pt 3 (11:31PM)
1 January - Mawdryn Undead pt 4
8 January - Terminus pt 1
15 January - Terminus pt 2
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 3+4 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor learns the truth behind the Urbankan plans for Earth. But events have spiraled out of control, causing Adric and Tegan to take drastic steps.
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
Saturday 11:30PM MST The Keeper of Traken pt 4 of 4
Series 18, Episode 24. Doctor: Tom Baker. Melkur reveals his true identity to the Doctor. A new Keeper will rule Traken.
25 December - Logopolis pt 1
1 January - Logopolis pt 2 (or pre-empted)
8 January - Logopolis pt 3 (or 2)
15 January - Logopolis pt 4 (or 3)
**FINAL WEEK! BBC Worldwide Americas has non-renewed KBTC's contract for Doctor Who.**
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 7-9PM + 12:30-2:30AM PST The Mutants eps 3,4,5,+6 of 6
Series 9, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. The Marshall of Solos hopes to change the atmosphere to favor human life, but not the life of the native inhabitants. The atmosphere is changing anyway for other reasons, and the 3rd Doctor plans to figure out why.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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