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Wednesday 22nd December 2004

This Week In Doctor Who - December 22, 2004
(TWIDW post #0267)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 22, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 51
Merry Christmas to Doctor Who fans everywhere. 2005 draws closer and closer. Here's hoping for a Happy New Year with lots of international broadcast deals for Doctor Who episodes new & old. For now, it's the last 2 weeks of the year. Take it easy and relax.
The following message was given before, during, and after KBTC Tacoma, WA's final Doctor Who broadcast on the 18th:

Hello. I'm Paul Jackson, station manager here at KBTC.

It is with deep regret that I announce the end of the long running series Doctor Who. Tonight, we show the final four episodes.

Over the last several months, we've worked hard to keep the series going. But the distributor has decided to retire the broadcast rights.

I want to thank each and every one of you who faithfully supported Doctor Who on KBTC, not only with your money but also your time. It's been a wonderful relationship; one that embodies the true spirit of public broadcasting where PBS stations and their viewers partner closely together to put programs on the air that can't be seen anywhere else.

For now, you'll find British mystery at this time, beginning in January. We'll keep you updated as we move into next year. With any luck, Doctor Who will return in the not too distant future.

Again, thank you very much for your continued support, and enjoy the final broadcast of Doctor Who.

KBTC/KCKA has certainly been one of the strongest supporters of Doctor Who during the length of This Week In Doctor Who's publication history, with barely any pre-emptions and a couple of marathons each year.
I always hate to see a station drop the series, whether by choice or not. This leaves 6 public TV stations in the US still airing Doctor Who as 2005 begins, with the expectation that each will have to drop the series as contracts expire. Hopefully whatever contract negotiations are being worked on for the new series in the US will enable the old episodes to be on the air somewhere, with both reaching as many people as possible.

The remaining 6 US broadcasters (for now):
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Maryland Public TV
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Iowa Public TV
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Future airings of Doctor Who (1996 TV Movie) on the Starz! movie pack:
Late Saturday December 25 2:20AM EST East Feed / PST West Feed
Sunday December 26 9:45AM 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
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
Corrections and updates are always welcome. 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 3 of 5 - archived online until Sunday 26 December.
Sunday 6PM & Midnight GMT The Paradise Of Death pt 4 of 5
4th episode of Jon Pertwee's audio Doctor Who story from 1993. The 3rd Doctor, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and Sarah search for answers on the homeworld of the entertainers. From Monday 27 December this episode can be heard at the same links currently used for episode 3.
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:
12/22? - 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
3 hours of repeats - contents unknown.


(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day 2005, 2 January 2005 - pre-empted for special programming
8 January 2005 - Robot movie
Thursday 6:04PM The Seeds of Doom pt 2 of 6
Monday 6:03PM The Seeds of Doom pt 3 of 6
Tuesday 6:04PM The Seeds of Doom pt 4 of 6
Wednesday 6:04PM The Seeds of Doom pt 5 of 6

Series 13, Episodes 22 through 25. Doctor: Tom Baker. Alien seed pods discovered in Antarctica are brought to life by an eccentric billionaire with a plant fetish. The 4th Doctor rushes to stop the plant before it starts eating on its natural food - people.
3 through 6 January - pre-empted by Hopman Cup Tennis Tournament
10 January - The Masque of Mandragora begins
17 January - The Hand Of Fear begins
BBC Kids
7 Days A Week 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
22 December through 2 January - pre-empted for Christmas programming
4 January - Image of the Fendahl
6 January - The Sun Makers
8 & 9 January - pre-empted, marathons
10 January - Underworld
12 January - The Invasion of Time
15 & 16 January - pre-empted, marathons
17 January - The Ribos Operation
19 January - The Pirate Planet
21 January - The Stones of Blood
22 & 23 January - pre-empted, marathons
25 January - The Androids of Tara
27 January - The Power of Kroll
29 January - Snakedance
30 January - Mawdryn Undead
Starz! WAM! Channel
Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
Late Saturday 2:20AM EST Eastern Time / PST Pacific Time
Sunday 9:45AM EST Eastern Time / PST Pacific Time

After a crash landing in San Francisco on the eve of the year 2000, the Doctor (Paul McGann) finds himself with a new face and a lack of memories. He must pull himself together and stop the Master (Eric Roberts) before the Earth is destroyed in this big budget TV movie. Grace: Daphne Ashbrook. These are the final scheduled showings on WAM! Next month the movie will air on Mystery (with a couple of MoviePlex airings).
Starz! MoviePlex Channel
Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
Sunday 10:45AM EST Eastern Time / PST Pacific Time
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162

Saturday 11PM EST Ghost Light pt 3 of 3
Series 26, Episode 7. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. The 7th Doctor makes a grrrrrave error of judgement, unleashing Light, a loose cannon production who decides to destroy the world over catalog issues.

Saturday 11:30PM EST The Curse of Fenric pt 1 of 4
Series 26, Episode 8. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. The 7th Doctor and Ace pay a visit to a secret military base during World War II. Their timing is excellent - something from the sea is starting to kill people.

1 January - The Curse of Fenric pts 2+3
8 January - The Curse of Fenric pt 4 / Survival pt 1
15 January - Survival 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 Colony In Space movie
Series 8, Episodes 15 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. Jo Grant does not believe in the idea of time travel, or of a blue police telephone box being able to travel through space. So when the 3rd Doctor appears to have fixed his craft and lands her 500 years in the future on a distant planet, she's a trifle annoyed. But there's little choice but to broker peace between a mining company, farmers, and slightly crazed natives before slaughter happens.
1 January - Colony In Space? movie
8 January - The Dæmons? movie
15 January - The Curse of Peladon? movie
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Saturday 11PM EST The Claws of Axos eps 1+2 of 4
Series 8, Episodes 11 through 12. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. The being Axos calls Earth with a message of peace and prosperity. Allowed to land, the Axons quickly charm human authorities. But the Doctor and U*N*I*T remain hesitant to trust, after one too many alien invasions in recent months.
1 January - The Claws of Axos eps 3+4
8 January - Colony In Space eps 1+2
15 January - Colony In Space eps 3+4
22 January - Colony In Space eps 5+6
29 January - The Dæmons eps 1+2
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign DirecTV 12
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Saturday 11:31PM CST Mawdryn Undead pt 3 of 4
Series 20, Episode 11. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Slightly early time this week. The 5th Doctor and company run into Mawdryn and his followers. The Black Guardian fears that 2 iterations of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart will get involved at the same time, creating cosmic chaos, but not the kind he wants.
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 Kinda pts 1+2 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison. While Nyssa sleeps off an illness, the 5th Doctor and company stumble onto the world of the Kinda. An ancient power takes an interest in Tegan.
1 January - Kinda pts 3+4
8 January - The Visitation pts 1+2
15 January - The Visitation pts 3+4
22 January - Black Orchid pts 1+2
29 January - Earthshock 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 Logopolis pt 1 of 4
Series 18, Episode 25. Doctor: Tom Baker. The 4th Doctor and Adric work on measuring the TARDIS to get the Chameleon Circuit fixed. But then, tragedy strikes. Tragedy Jovanka: Janet Fielding.
1 January - pre-empted by New Years specials
8 January - Logopolis pt 2
15 January - Logopolis pt 3
22 January - Logopolis pt 4
29 January - Castrovalva pt 1

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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