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Wednesday 23rd February 2005

This Week In Doctor Who - February 23, 2005
(posted 23rd Feb 2005, 12:13pm - TWIDW post #0280)
February 23, 2005 - Vol 8, No 8
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
The new series inches ever closer. Which is another way to say that
no news about the series run has come out since the last week's
column. Rumors of course. Film crews from the BBC and the CBC were
at the Gallifrey One convention ,
presumably getting footage for documentaries or features on the new
show. American Who & Sci-Fi Overdrive
were also at the convention and were expected to focus part of their
next audio shows on it.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA is saying its goodbyes to Doctor Who fans as their rights to the series end after the February 26 broadcast. A commercial is airing on the station saying how many Doctors and stories they have aired as they bid the show a fond farewell. In an e-mail to viewers, they wrote:

Thanks for your e-mail. Unfortunately, Dr. Who is scheduled to end soon. We no longer have the rights to air it. The BBC has decided to shop it around to commercial stations. If they have no success, I'm sure they will offer it again to public television and that WYBE would be very interested in airing it again.

I hope you enjoy Red Dwarf!

Donna Grims
Programming Coordinator
WYBE Public Television

Ironically enough, WYBE premiered Doctor Who on Saturday March 6, 1999. WHYY 12 (the better known PBS station in Philadelphia) decided to premiere the first 5 episodes of Red Dwarf VIII in a marathon at the same time. Now, Red Dwarf will air 2 episodes on WYBE Saturdays as Doctor Who's replacement.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL is also saying goodbye to Doctor Who on February 26 as previously announced. They have aired the series on its current run since November 2000, and also had a long run in the 1980s and 90s.
Maryland Public TV , Iowa Public TV , and KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT have Doctor Who scheduled into March, and have not announced the end of their runs as of this writing.
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: Saturday 26 March 7:00PM GMT
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 - Saturdays 7:45PM GMT?
Overseas Sales
1) CBC Canada
2) Prime TV New Zealand - mid-2005? Prime will not be airing Doctor Who Confidential.
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.
Doctor Who Episode Titles:
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
BBC Online
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.
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 7:05-9AM GMT The Invisible Enemy movie
Series 15, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker. A parasite invades human minds in hopes of creating an army for his children to live in. When he finds a mind as powerful as the Doctor, hope and giddiness jump off the scale. Leela must save the Doctor's mind if the Doctor is going to save humanity.
Sunday 7:05-9AM GMT Image of the Fendahl movie
Series 15, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker. A specialized scanner is being used on Earth to learn the secrets of a 12 million year old skull. Alas, this type of scanner has the side effect of destroying any world it is used on (rather like the Eye Of Harmony and far too many objects that destroy planets as minor side effects). The 4th Doctor and Leela get involved to save the Earth and battle a menace from the prehistory of the Doctor's race.
5 March - The Sun Makers (7:05AM)
6 March - Underworld (7:05AM)
12 March - The Invasion of Time (6:05AM)
13 March - The Ribos Operation (7:05AM)
19 March - The Pirate Planet (7:05AM)
20 March - City of Death (7:05AM)
26 & 27 March - pre-empted, Carry On Movie marathon
Thursday 6:03PM Horror of Fang Rock pt 2 of 4
Monday 6:05PM Horror of Fang Rock pt 3 of 4
Tuesday 6:04PM Horror of Fang Rock pt 4 of 4

Series 15, Episodes 2 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker. A lighthouse is threatened by a Rutan. The only one who can save the inhabitants is a funny man in a scarf. But he may be too late this time.
Wednesday 6:05PM The Invisible Enemy pt 1 of 4
Series 15, Episode 5. Doctor: Tom Baker.
See UKTV Gold for story details.
9 March - Image of the Fendahl
BBC Kids
Daily 2AM EST (11PM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wednesday Full Circle pts 1+2 of 4
Thursday Full Circle pts 3+4 of 4

Series 18, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Time Lords ordered Romana back to Gallifrey. Will the 4th Doctor return her or let her escape? He'll have to find a way out of a pocket universe before any decision can be made. The deciders are having trouble deciding how to protect the people at the coming of Mistfall, with everyone boarding a ship that seems unable to fly.
Friday State of Decay pts 1+2 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Time Lords ordered ... you already know that. Searching for a bright point in this rather dull universe, the 4th Doctor and Romana land on a planet where civilization is decaying and vampires rule. It all seems dangerously familiar.
Saturday Planet of Fire all 4 pts
Series 21, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison.
After the events of Resurrection Of The Daleks (which BBC Kids doesn't have the rights to), the Doctor visits Lanzarote to find out ... something or other. Honestly this story never made much sense to me. But you get the introduction of Peri and a return performance by Kamelion.
Sunday The Caves of Androzani all 4 pts
Series 21, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The climatic end of the 5th Doctor's era. A visit to Androzani Minor turns tragic. Gun runners, a slightly psychotic robot maker, corrupt military, and a more corrupt President all make each other's lives very unpleasant. Worse, everyone seems eager to end the Doctor's life. But the greatest menace is the one you don't expect. One that doesn't think, doesn't feel, doesn't live. And it's about to nail a Time Lord and his companion.
Monday State of Decay pts 3+4 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 15 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Tuesday Warriors' Gate pts 1+2 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Tom Baker.
At the border between universes, the Doctor is looking for a way home. Romana is just looking.
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
15 March - Kinda
17 March - The Visitation
19 March - The Horns of Nimon
20 March - The Leisure Hive
American Who
Current Episode:
Terrance Dicks is interviewed in part 2 of "The Greatest Generation
of Doctor Who"
Confirmed Future Episodes:
2/24 - 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)
Hours 1&2 - News & Comment; Joey discusses this past week's
Gallifrey One convention in LA ; review
of the Region 1 DVD of Doctor Who - The Visitation; guests & segment
order TBA. Hour 3 - BTR only. Nominees for the Nebula, Saturn, and
Game Developers Choice Awards.
**Final broadcast on WYBE**
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 5 of 6 (Sentence Of Death) (actually ep 4)
Saturday 11:30PM EST The Keys Of Marnius ep 6 of 6 (The Keys Of Marinus)

Series 1, Episodes 25 through 26. Doctor: William Hartnell.
Since episode 5 aired by accident last week instead of episode 4, it remains unclear exactly which episodes will air. WYBE has a long proud history of accidentally airing the wrong episodes, and it seems oddly appropriate that Doctor Who ends its run in mild confusion. But sit back with some popcorn and some friends and cheer the Doctor on his final night in the Philadelphia area. And thank you to WYBE for 6 years of time travelling sci-fi excitement.
**Final broadcast on WYBE**
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 12:30-3AM EST Frontier In Space movie
Series 10, Episodes 9 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Start time approximate after pledge drives. Unlikely to have any pledge drives during the show. The 3rd Doctor and Jo find themselves accused of being a spy by both sides of an intergalactic war that is just begging to get loose and slaughter people. Can the Doctor convince everyone that the Ogrons are the aggressors and find the mastermind behind it all before the frontier becomes a war zone? And what shocking cliffhanger will you never see the end of because the next story will be skipped? Stay up late this Saturday and find out!
5 March - The Green Death (12:30AM)
12 March - The Time Warrior
19 March - Invasion of the Dinosaurs
26 March - Death to the Daleks
**Final broadcast on WILL**
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign DirecTV 12
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Saturday 11:40PM CST Enlightenment pt 4 of 4
Series 20, Episode 20. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Turlough learns the secret of Enlightenment. The 5th Doctor finally meets the foe who has been stalking him for the past 3 stories. An air of finality is around, which works just fine - WILL's rights have run out. 4 1/4 years of airing Doctor Who this time around in addition to runs in their past.
**Final broadcast on WILL**
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 Arc of Infinity pts 1+2 of 4
Series 20, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Peter Davison.
In time and space, the 5th Doctor's body is attacked by a being from another dimension who wishes to cross over. In Amsterdam, 2 very stupid teenagers have disappeared. Fortunately for them, one of them has a cousin named Tegan Jovanka.
Pre-empted 5,12,+ 19 March for Festival pledge drive.
26 March - Arc of Infinity pts 3+4
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 Four To Doomsday pt 1 of 4
Series 19, Episode 5. Doctor: Peter Davison. The 5th Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan arrive on a space ship on its way to Earth on a mission of peace. It seems that these beings have been to Earth before.
5 March - Four To Doomsday pt 2
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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