THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 8, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 2
Welcome to This Week In Doctor Who, a column covering all known broadcasts
of Doctor Who on TV & radio around the world. Some of you may be reading the
column for the first time on the newly activated rec.arts.drwho.moderated
newsgroup. The column usually begins with any big news regarding Doctor Who
on the TV or radio. Then any radio broadcasts are listed. Finally the TV
broadcasts, organized by country or region of the world. Usually the
broadcast listings include some kind of description of the story, either
humorous or dry like Joe Friday in Dragnet. This Week In Doctor Who began in
July 1998 in the rec.arts.drwho newsgroup, and has published weekly since
At the current time, This Week In Doctor Who is mirrored at the following
1) rec.arts.drwho - a newsgroup
2) rec.arts.drwho.moderated - a moderated newsgroup
- mailing list for the
group and archive of columns back to April 2001
- Shaun Lyon's Outpost Gallifrey website
- Dr. Siobahn Morgan's
Doctor Who website and link resource - one of the oldest and most useful
Doctor Who sites on the net
- Jason Fraser's Doctor Who website in
and on a couple of Doctor Who fan clubs' mailing lists.
While I try to keep the column up to date, I do sometimes miss late changes
to schedules. If you see TWIDW's information getting out of synch with what
your local station is actually airing, let me know ASAP.
Additions and corrections are welcome at
bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:
BBC Radio 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/
digital radio station, simulcast online in RealPlayer and Windows Media
in the Sci-Fi time slot (6PM and Midnight GMT)
Mon "The Paradise Of Death" pt 1 of 5
Tue "The Paradise Of Death" pt 2 of 5
The 3rd Doctor, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, UNIT, and Sarah investigate a
death at a theme park that gets very much out of hand. This story was made
in the 1990s and officially set between The Time Warrior and Invasion Of The
Fri 7PM EST "Interstellar Transmissions"
WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami/West Palm Beach, FL)
Joey Reynolds' weekly radio show for sci-fi news and interviews, which can
be heard online worldwide. Doctor Who news usually discussed during the
show. This week - Kevin Sorbo, star of Andromeda.
UK Sci-Fi Channel http://www.uk.scifi.com/
Mon 8-9:35PM GMT "Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
The TARDIS crash-lands on Earth, and an unfortunate string of events causes
the Doctor to regenerate one more time. Now in his 8th incarnation, the
Doctor has less than 24 hours to save the Earth from the machinations of the
Master, a design flaw of the TARDIS, and the shoes of Grace's boyfriend.
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Late Fri 1:05-2:25AM, Sat 7:40-9AM GMT "Dragonfire" movie
The 7th Doctor says goodbye to Mel and hello to Ace in a race with Sabalom
Glitz to find a mysterious treasure which unlocks the secrets of Iceworld.
Late Sat 12:30-2:15AM, Sun 7:10-9AM GMT "Remembrance Of The Daleks" movie
London, Earth. Late November 1963. Two factions of Daleks are lurking around
the city, waiting for the Doctor. It's a game of cat and mouse and mouse and
mouse, as the 7th Doctor tries to keep the British military and the Dalek
factions away from the truth. It's a trap, but will the right mouse bite on
the cheese? Guest starring the voice of John Leeson in a role other than
UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 2:05-3:25AM GMT "Dragonfire" movie
See UK Gold for details.
Late Sat 1:30-3:15AM GMT "Remembrance Of The Daleks" movie
See UK Gold for details.
Video On Demand. Now playing:
"Robot" all 4 pts
"The Ark In Space" all 4 pts
"The Sontaran Experiment" both pts
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
Wed-Thu "The Leisure Hive" pts 3 - 4 of 4
Accused of murder and accidentally aged, the 4th Doctor is in bad shape.
Romana discovers the truth behind the science of the Leisure Hive.
Fri "Meglos" pt 1 of 4
A superintelligent life form that looks like a cactus traps the 4th Doctor
in a Chronic Hysteresis and steals his identity.
Late Sat 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
"Underworld" all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor, Leela, and K9 help a bunch of cretins - The Minyans -
victimized by their misuse of Time Lord technology in a quest to find a
racebank that can rebuild their civilization.
Late Sun 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
"The Invasion Of Time" all 6 pts
The 4th Doctor becomes President of Gallifrey as a wild plot begins. Is the
Doctor selling out the planet to an alien invasion? Is it all a bluff? And
can Leela find love on a planet of people without emotion?
Mon "Meglos" pt 2 of 4
Tue "Meglos" pts 3+4 of 4
Meglos' impersonation of the Doctor enables him to perform a daring robbery,
threatening a world with extinction. Naturally, the Doctor gets the blame.
Jacqueline Hill, "Barbara" from the early seasons of Doctor Who, guest stars
as the leader of a religious order in her final appearance of the series.
Coming 15 January, BBC Kids will air Doctor Who at these new times.
Weeknights at Midnight and 4AM Eastern (2 episodes a day). Saturdays &
Sundays at Midnight and 3:30AM Eastern (complete stories).
Channel numbers in brackets ( ) indicate a digital station that is not on
the air. Low power stations do not currently have digital assignments.
NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
digital 57,48,(49) - not on digital schedule yet
Late Thu Mid, Late Sat 12:30AM EST "Timelash" 4 pt version, pts 3+4
The Timelash is a vicious corridor that the Borad uses to dump political
dissidents on Earth. Unfortunately for the Borad, it can also be used to
make time devices that the 6th Doctor can use in a revolt. Time may be
running out for the Borad, who may have to settle for a Peri-ic victory.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Sun 5:30PM EST "The Android Invasion" pt 3 of 4
The android duplicates will be used to conquer the Earth. The 4th Doctor and
Sarah must find a way to get to Earth first to warn the world.
Unfortunately, the TARDIS went on to Earth without them. So - how to get to
Earth without a spaceship?
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EST "Genesis Of The Daleks" pt 4 of 6
The Kaleds have been wiped out. But the Thal victory may be short lived, as
the Thal leadership may be the first organized body to ever experience a
full fledged assault - from the Daleks.
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org
Pittsburgh DirecTV Local 13,947
Pittsburgh Dish Local 8136,13
Late Sat Mid EST "Terminus" pt 3 of 4
Nyssa is forced to undergo drastic radiation treatment to try to stop her
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital (34) - coming 2003
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 8162,35
Sat 11PM EST "The Androids Of Tara" pt 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor races to stop a royal wedding and murder. Highlight of the
episode - the swordfight between the 4th Doctor and Count Grendel.
Sat 11:30PM EST "The Power Of Kroll" pt 1 of 4
On a swampy moon, humans mine for methanee, while natives worship an
octopus-like god that they feed prisoners to. Enter Romana - aka potential
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Late Sat Mid EST "Castrovalva" movie
Betrayed by the Master, the Doctor regenerates into his 5th incarnation. The
Doctor retreats into the TARDIS to recover, and the Master tries to send the
TARDIS crew to their deaths in the one story where revenge is truly his only
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
Sat 11PM EST "Frontios" pts 1+2 of 4
There are lines that must never be crossed. Places that the races of the
universe must never go. Realms where we are not welcome. The TARDIS has come
across a point in the future that is such a place. Interference could be
disastrous. So naturally the TARDIS is forced to crash land and the 5th
Doctor winds up intervening.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:41PM CST "The Stones Of Blood" pt 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor tries to defend himself from a death sentence that Justice
Machines want to administer. Romana hunts for evidence linking Vivian Fay to
the original mission of the Machines.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
Des Moines Dish Local 9116,11
Omaha, NE Dish Local 9146,32(?) - coming soon
Pre-empted by the Red Green movie "Duct Tape Forever". Doctor Who returns
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 8406,13
Late Fri 12:20AM CST "The Leisure Hive" movie
Stories are airing in production order. State Of Decay airs next week. Which
means that Adric will mysteriously appear in the TARDIS. And the week
afterwards he will disappear. And after that he will appear for the first
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
digital (38) - under construction
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 8211,12
Late Fri 12:30AM MST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 5+6 of 14 (Mindwarp pts
Sat 11PM MST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 3+4 of 14 (Mindwarp pts 3+4)
The trial continues, as the 6th Doctor gets to watch another terrifying
adventure of his. This time, the Doctor can't remember how it all turned
out. And he begins to think the Matrix has been tampered with. At least - he
hopes it has been tampered with - when he sees himself start acting like a
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 8536,7
Sat 11:30PM MST "The Leisure Hive" pt 1 of 4
The new-ish BBC sci-fi comedy series My Hero has taken the 11PM slot, moving
Doctor Who to 11:30PM.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
digital (27),(19) - under construction
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST "Revelation Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, pts
The 6th Doctor races to stop his own death before chaos breaks out.
Meanwhile, chaos breaks out.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
digital (50),(58) - under construction
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Sun 11PM PST "Planet Of The Spiders" pts 1+2 of 6
The Metebelis crystal starts causing havoc on Earth, and draws the attention
of Spiders from its home planet.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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