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Wednesday 16th February 2005

This Week In Doctor Who - February 16, 2005
(posted 16th Feb 2005, 1:00pm - TWIDW post #0279)
February 16, 2005 - Vol 8, No 7
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
26 March 2005 - 7PM (or 6:45PM) - BBC One - Doctor Who. For months
this has been the most rumoured premiere date for the series. But we
also know that the BBC would not finalize their schedule until late
in the day. This week credible sources began to leak a document from
BBC marketing. The document gave the premiere date and time,
information on the trailers, and lots of press plans including radio
interviews and posters. 8 March looks rather busy. I'll wait for an
official BBC release to post the details (as plans can change). The
premiere date and time are still not official or confirmed, but the
evidence from leaks has approached the point of overwhelming. Expect
Doctor Who on BBC One on 26 March, the day before Easter, and the
evening before clocks get moved ahead in the UK to Daylight Savings
New Zealand's Prime TV will not be airing Doctor Who Confidential, if recent reports on the Tetrap page are correct. Looks like Prime is on course for a "mid-year" premiere of Doctor Who. No repeats of the original series in the lead-up period.
CBC TV will air Doctor Who in Canada.
Right now we know that they have the rights to air Doctor Who
beginning March 1, but cannot air an episode till after it premieres
on BBC One. Normally CBC focuses heavily on the National Hockey
League from April through June for the playoffs
and Stanley Cup. The 2004/2005 season has yet to premiere - a
dispute between the players and team owners has kept the main hockey
league shuttered all season. A press conference is scheduled for
today, February 16, at 1PM Eastern. Unless a deal is reached, the
season is expected to be cancelled at that time, which would 1) be
very sad for the long-suffering hockey fans who have been caught in
the middle and 2) leave a lot of holes on CBC TV's spring schedule.
The CBC has an extensive (if tentative) future schedule on their
site. Click on listings and work through it to find their
information for the next few months. Doctor Who is not on there as
of this writing.
There's an increase of rumors this week about Doctor Who sales.
Probably we'll get some confirmations at the Showcase (don't have
link handy - sorry) press event later this month. The US, Australia,
and "European Countries" have all been rumored this week. (Not the
first time rumors have surfaced about the US and Australia.) If
anything becomes confirmed I'll send out an update.
Iowa Public TV has alerted the Unit-1 Doctor Who fan group that they will not be pledging Doctor Who or Red Dwarf this March during their "Festival" programming (normally they do, with Unit-1 showing up to help out). This is not a surprise, as public TV stations have been losing the rights to air Doctor Who with short notice - trying to get members to give money to keep Doctor Who on the air when they could lose it in short order would not be good for public relations. As of this writing, Iowa Public TV has not reported losing the rights to Doctor Who.
Corrections and updates are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho- , TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo
Messenger. 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: 26 March
Total episodes for first series: 13
45 minute episodes
First broadcaster - BBC One
Tie-In Series - Doctor Who Confidential - weekly on BBC Three right
after each episode's premiere on BBC One.
Overseas Sales
1) CBC Canada
2) Prime TV New Zealand - mid-2005?, not getting Doctor Who Confidential
Doctor Who Episodes:
1 - Rose
2 - The End Of The World
3 - The Unquiet Dead
4 - Aliens Of London
5 - 10 Downing Street
6 - TBA
7 - The Long Game
8 - TBA
9 - The Empty Child
10 - The Doctor Dances
11 - TBA
12 - TBA
13 - The Parting Of The Ways
Doctor Who Confidential Episode Titles:
1) Back From The Future
2) Aliens: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
3) TARDIS Tales


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.
BBC Radio 2
22 & 29 March - "Project: Who?" - 2 part documentary (1 hour per
week) hosted by Patrick Stewart (I,Claudius, Dune, Star Trek: The
Next Generation, The X-Files) going behind the scenes of the new
Doctor Who series.
Coming soon - Doctor Who mini-website on Radio 2's website. Radio 2
is also expected to heavily promote the new series (particularly on
the Steve Wright show 2PM to 5PM weekdays) - dates for those
developments not known.
American Who
Current Episode:
Terrance Dicks is interviewed in part 2 of "The Greatest Generation
of Doctor Who"
Confirmed Future Episodes:
2/18 - Jon Pertwee tribute (abridged encore)
3/15 - 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)
5/15 - John Nathan-Turner tribute (encore)
Sci-Fi Overdrive
on Lifestyle Talk Radio (LTR)
and Business Talk Radio (BTR)
LTR Late Friday Midnight-2AM EST (9-11PM PST, 2-4AM GMT, 1-3AM AEDT)
Live LTR Stream
BTR Late Sun/Early Mon 1-4AM EST (10PM-1AM PST, 6-9AM GMT, 5-8PM
Live BTR Stream
Saturday 8-11PM EST (5-8PM PST) (repeat of
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Hour 1 - News & Comment; Thorn Christopher (Hawk on "Buck Rogers").
Hour 2 - Nominees for the Nebula, Saturn, and Game Developers Choice
Awards. Hour 3 - BTR only. Richard Herd (V, Seaquest DSV, Voyager),
discussion on Enterprise's cancellation.
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 6:05-9AM GMT The Talons of Weng-Chiang movie
Series 14, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker. Leela's first experience with life on Earth is rather similar to life back home - a murder, a cover-up, a knife fight, and trouble with the law. All before she even makes it to the theatre.
Sunday 7-9AM GMT Horror of Fang Rock movie
Series 15, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker. A lighthouse finds itself under siege from a shipwrecked ship, a dangerous alien, and a man in a scarf with his female companion.
26 February - The Invisible Enemy
27 February - Image of the Fendahl
5 March - The Sun Makers
6 March - Underworld
12 March - The Invasion of Time
13 March - The Ribos Operation
19 March - The Pirate Planet
20 March - City of Death
26 & 27 March - pre-empted, Carry On Movie marathon
Thursday 6:03PM The Talons of Weng-Chiang pt 4 of 6
Monday 6:03PM The Talons of Weng-Chiang pt 5 of 6
Tuesday 6:05PM The Talons of Weng-Chiang pt 6 of 6

Series 14, Episodes 24 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
See UKTV Gold for story description.
Wednesday 6:04PM Horror of Fang Rock pt 1 of 4
Series 15, Episode 1. Doctor: Tom Baker.
See UKTV Gold for story description.
2 March - The Invisible Enemy
9 March - Image of the Fendahl
BBC Kids
Daily 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday The Horns of Nimon pts 3+4 of 4
Series 17, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Nimon has all the resources he needs for his own pet project. Now the 4th Doctor, Romana, and the Anethans have to put a stop to it. Will Soldeed provide unexpected help?
Thursday The Leisure Hive pts 1+2 of 4
Friday The Leisure Hive pts 3+4 of 4

Series 18, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The search for a good vacation spot brings the Doctor and Romana to Argolis, a world devastated by war, where the survivors have developed a startling new science. Has someone found the key to young (and old) age?
Saturday The Awakening all 2 pts
Series 21, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Tegan discovers that her Grandfather has disappeared. None of the townsfolk care - May Day celebrations and war games are underway. The Doctor and Tegan suspect something is very wrong. Turlough suspects that people are out to kill him. As usual, he is correct.
Sunday Frontios all 4 pts
Series 21, Episodes 7 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison.
At the end of history, humanity's descendants are running out of supplies and hope. The 5th Doctor is not allowed to intervene, though he may have little choice. Turlough fears he may know the answer to the problems of Frontios, desperately wanting to avoid the problem.
Monday Meglos pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday Meglos pts 3+4 of 4

Series 18, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Meglos traps the TARDIS crew in a trap similar to a time loop so that he can impersonate the Doctor and carry off a daring theft.
23 February - Full Circle
25 February - State of Decay
26 February - Planet of Fire
27 February - The Caves of Androzani
1 March - Warriors' Gate
3 March - The Keeper of Traken
5 March - Destiny of the Daleks (Weekend stories jump to later Tom Baker)
6 March - City of Death
7 March - Logopolis
9 March - Castrovalva
11 March - Four To Domsday
12 March - The Creature from the Pit
13 March - Nightmare of Eden
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
,Saturday 11PM EST The Keys of Marinus ep 3 of 6 (The Screaming Jungle)
Saturday 11:30PM EST The Keys Of Marnius ep 4 of 6 (The Snows Of Terror)
(actually ep 5)
Series 1, Episodes 23 through 24. Doctor: William Hartnell.
Splitting up to locate the keys faster, the TARDIS crew explores Marinus. One key would appear to be in the home of a man being stalked by his plants. Another requires the aid of a very difficult to trust trapper.
26 February - The Keys of Marinus (Sentence Of Death and The Keys Of Marinus)
Final air date TBA
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 Carnival Of Monsters movie
Series 10, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The TARDIS lands in a Mini-Scope, where examples of various primitive lifeforms are kept for examination and public amusement. The Doctor and Jo are in danger of becoming one of the exhibits.
26 February - Frontier In Space (12:30AM, time approximate)
5 March - The Green Death (or Planet of the Daleks)
12 March - The Time Warrior (or The Green Death)
19 March - Invasion of the Dinosaurs (or The Time Warrior)
26 March - Death to the Daleks (or Invasion of the Dinosaurs)
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign DirecTV 12
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Saturday 11:40PM CST Enlightenment pt 3 of 4
Series 20, Episode 19. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Turlough can't even manage to die successfully. He now faces a fate worse than death - Captain Wrack and her crew of "sailors".
26 February - Enlightenment pt 4 (final episode)
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 Time-Flight pts 3+4 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 25 through 26. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Khalid needs to win the support of the Xeraphin to repair his TARDIS and escape Earth's distant past. Tegan considers returning to her job.
26 February - Arc of Infinity 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 Castrovalva pt 4 of 4
Series 19, Episode 4. Doctor: Peter Davison. The 5th Doctor learns the secret of Castrovalva. But those who check in may not be able to check out.
26 February - Four To Doomsday pt 1
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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