THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - July 2, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 27
Maryland Public TV http://www.mpt.org/
is dropping movie format on Doctor
Who stories effective August 9th. Instead of one complete story a week, MPT
will air 2 25 minute episodes. Maryland Public TV has aired Doctor Who as
movies since picking up the series in 1995, with brief experiments with
episode format in 1998 and 2000. This move will leave KERA Dallas as the
only Doctor Who affiliate in the US currently using the movie versions of
the stories. UK Gold airs its own movie compilations in the UK.
Maryland Public TV and New Hampshire Public TV http://www.nhptv.org/
both going to bypass the Sylvester McCoy era this time around. Maryland
Public TV will go from the conclusion of Trial Of A Time Lord on August 2nd
to An Unearthly Child on August 9th (when the episode format begins). New
Hampshire Public TV is going from Time And The Rani to Robot due to Tom
Baker's greater popularity. Robot will begin on July 19th. New Hampshire
Public TV has also gone from 2 episodes a week to 1 episode a week as a
result of budget shortages.
WCNY 24/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org/
seems to have episodes
from different Doctor Who stories and at least 2 different Doctors listed
for this month.
KBDI-DT 38 Denver, CO is now on the air according to the FCC, though other
trackers of digital stations do not list it as on the air yet. There is no
information on KBDI's website yet about whether they will simulcast the
analog lineup on the digital channel.
USA - The Sci-Fi Channel http://www.scifi.com/
has scheduled the 1996 Doctor
Who movie to air Friday August 22nd at 2PM Eastern/Pacific as part of a
weeklong set of daytime movies.
South Africa - The SA Sci-Fi Channel http://www.uk.scifi.com/
also has the
Doctor Who movie in August - Thursday 7 August at 8PM, Friday 8 August at
UK - Outpost Gallifrey reports that UK Gold will have a Doctor Who weekend
in November to celebrate Doctor Who's 40th anniversary. UK Gold previously
had 2 Dalek Days in May. Four and a half months till then, so no details
have been released yet.
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:
"Shada" - new 6 episode version of Douglas Adams' TV story left unfinished
in 1979. Now an audio story with illustrations. Stars Paul McGann as the
Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana, and John Leeson as K9.
"Real Time" - the 6th Doctor battles the Cybermen in this illustrated audio
story first produced in 2002.
American Who http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/who
- Peter Davison;
Sci-Fi Sea Cruise Contest
Charles Martin interviews Peter Davison at the Gallifrey One convention,
then Dan Harris discusses the next Doctor Who Sci-Fi Sea Cruise and a
contest for a free ticket.
In the next few days, the next episode is due to go online, with Arnold T.
Blumberg of Cinescape Magazine and "Howe's Transcendental Toybox" as the
guest on Doctor Who matters.
Business Talk Radio Network http://www.businesstalkradio.net/
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EDT (11PM-3AM PDT, 7-11AM BST, 4-8PM AEST ) "Sci-Fi
station list on the scifioverdrive
in MP3 format
Live audio link at Business Talk website - requires Windows Media Player.
National sci-fi radio talk show, sometimes with Doctor Who content. Easiest
to hear in timezones outside the USA. Hour 1 - David Hagberg, author of the
"Terminator 3" novelization, along with Arnold T. Blumberg discussing the
Terminator mythos. Hour 2 - Gwendolyn Grace on adult fandom of the Harry
Potter universe. Hour 3 - Robert O'Reilly (Gowron on Star Trek: The Next
Generation & Deep Space Nine). Hour 4 - Majel Barret Roddenberry.
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Sat 7:15-9AM BST "Horror Of Fang Rock" movie
The TARDIS has a rocky landing near a lighthouse. As a fog sets in, the
inhabitants of the lighthouse find themselves stalked by a killer. A killer
who may be impersonating one of them.
Sat 11:45PM-1:30AM, Sun 7:15-9AM BST "The Invisible Enemy" movie
The 4th Doctor's mind is taken over by a parasite with dreams of empire. Now
Leela and a robotic dog are the only beings between the Doctor and the
conquest of the galaxy.
UK Gold + 1
Late Sat 12:45-2:30AM BST "The Invisible Enemy" movie
TELE 5 Poland http://www.tele5.pl/
Weekdays 7PM CET
The 12th series (Robot through Revenge Of The Cybermen) is currently airing
dubbed in Polish, apparently in order. Their TV listings are still unusable
for people who don't read Polish, and I doubt they're much better for people
who do speak Polish.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Weeknights 2 episodes Midnight + 4AM EDT (9PM + 1AM PDT)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EDT (9PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Wed "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pts 3+4 of 6
Thu "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pts 5+6 of 6
The 4th Doctor, Leela, Henry Gordon Jago, and Professor Litefoot search the
sewers of London and the dark underbelly of the theatre in search for the
mysterious Weng-Chiang, a madman from the future with little knowledge of
the true consequences of his power.
Fri "Horror Of Fang Rock" pts 1+2 of 4
See UK Gold for description.
Sat "Destiny Of The Daleks" all 4 pts
Many years ago, the original Dalek bunker was buried in rubble, along with
Davros, the creator of the terrible species. Now, the Daleks want to dig him
out and use him again. And they're not the only ones. With Lalla Ward as the
Sun "City Of Death" all 4 pts
A Parisan vacation for the 4th Doctor and Romana is interrupted by time
distortions and the machinations of Count Scarlioni. How can the theft of a
painting change all of history? Easy. Just get Douglas Adams to write the
story under a pen name.
Mon "Horror Of Fang Rock" pts 3+4 of 4
See UK Gold for description.
Tue "The Invisible Enemy" pts 1+2 of 4
See UK Gold for description.
Channel numbers in brackets ( ) indicate a digital station that is not on
the air. All stations currently airing Doctor Who that do not have digital
transmitters on the air have received wavers from the FCC giving them till
November 1, 2003 to go on the air. Low power stations do not currently have
NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
digital 57-2,48-2,49-2 - simulcast currently ends before Doctor Who starts
Boston DirecTV Local 11,955
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Sat 11PM EDT "Time And The Rani" pt 4 of 4
Unless the 7th Doctor can keep the Rani's missile from hitting the Strange
Matter, all of time and space will be slaved to the Rani's will, and this
first adventure will be his last. Well, it'll be his last on NHPTV
regardless. Starting July 19th - the Tom Baker years return with the first
episode of Robot. No episode on July 12.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Sun 5:30PM EDT "The Sea Devils(?)" ep 6(?) of 6
An episode of "Doctor Who and the Silurians" is scheduled for July 13th, and
an episode of "The Caves Of Androzani" is scheduled for July 20th. I'm
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Seeds Of Doom" pt 4 of 6
Harrison Chase hopes to grow the Krynoid into a full plant, little caring
about the consequences. And the death toll begins to rise.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT "Logopolis" pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor gets a bleak vision of the future from a figure in white,
followed by a lethal calling card by the Master.
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 12:01AM EDT "Revelation Of The Daleks" movie
The apocalyptic finale to the 22nd series of Doctor Who. Davros has control
of a funeral home, using it for contemptible ends. Everywhere the 6th Doctor
turns, death and destruction seem to loom. For MPT viewers, it's 5 weeks
till the Hartnell era and episodic format.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT "The Mark Of The Rani" 4 pt version, pts 1+2
Batman and Superman. Buffy and Angel. Rosenkranz and Guildenstern.
Dangermouse and Count Duckula. History is filled with famous powerful
figures who teamed up to do something momentous. Now the Master wants to
enter into a partnership with the Rani, another renegade Time Lord, er,
Lady. But she has her own schemes in mind. Can the 6th Doctor and Peri find
out which piece of evil is part of which plot before the Technological
Revolution is destroyed?
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
Sat 11:40PM CDT "Nightmare Of Eden" pt 1 of 4
A traffic accident in space coincides with the sudden return of a dangerous
hallucinagenic drug. The 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 wind up in the middle.
Well, of course they wind up in the middle - they're the lead characters.
Oh, so now you're going to complain about my story descriptions? Well,
they're not colorful enough. Oh yeah? Yeah. Well, let me t ... The
Management of This Week In Doctor Who would like to apologize for the
bickering between the various personalities that are writing the story
descriptions. They have been sacked.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
digital 50,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34) - simulcast of analog
begins in 2003?
Des Moines DirecTV Local 11,474
Des Moines Dish Local 11,9116
Cedar Rapids Dish Local 12,9161
Omaha, NE Dish Local 32,9146
Sat 11:35PM CDT "The Masque Of Mandragora" pts 1+2 of 4
The Hitch-hiker's Guide To Conquest Of The Earth. Step 1 - Be A
Multi-dimensional Powerful Ball Of Destruction. Step 2 - Lure an unspecting
TARDIS to your part of time and space. Step 3 - Sneak onboard the TARDIS and
hitch a lift to Earth. Step 4 - Make sure your TARDIS goes to a key turning
point in Earth's history where a bit of chaos could go a long way. Step 5 -
Go on a killing spree and take control of the minds of a religious cult who
coincidentally happen to worship a being rather like you. Step 6 - Make
absolutely certain the TARDIS you hide in isn't the Doctor's TARDIS - he
might try to fight you.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 13,8406
Late Fri 12:30AM CDT "The King's Demons" movie
The 5th Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough are baffled when King John welcomes them
as his personal demons in 1215. Since King John is acting very evil at the
moment, naturally everyone thinks the Doctor is to blame.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 12,8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT "Battlefield" pts 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM MDT "Battlefield" pts 3+4 of 4
The 7th Doctor and Ace run into the U*N*I*T of the 1990s. U*N*I*T is dealing
with an invasion by Arthurian knights from another dimension, led by the
evil Lady Morgaine (guest star Jean Marsh). Like all successful
organizations in the 1990s, they find the solution to the new deadly
menace - go retro. Re-enter Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Now the Doctor and
the Brigadier work together one last time to save the world - no matter the
consequences. Special guest starring Bessie as Itself.
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
analog 7 (and 80+ translators all over Utah)
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 7,8536
Sat 11:30PM MDT "The Keeper Of Traken" pt 4 of 4
Melkur takes control as the new Keeper, and unveils his true identity to the
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA http://www.kbtc.org
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 28,8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "The Curse Of Fenric" pt 4 of 4
Ace finds the solution to the chess game. But whose pawns are whose?
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT "Survival" pt 1 of 3
The 7th Doctor's final story begins in Perivale, Ace's home town. Ace's old
friends are disappearing, and the Doctor thinks they may no longer be on
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Monterey Dish Local 25,9190
Doctor Who is on hiatus.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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