THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - July 30, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 31
As of July 30, it is 18 days until "The Airzone Solution" and "Auton"
have their US broadcast premieres on KTEH 54 San Jose/KCAH 25
Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org/
. If they pledge well, KTEH has
the option to air the BBV videos and sell them to other public TV
stations. BBV's website is http://www.bbvonline.co.uk/
Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I, 10th Doctor in The Curse Of Fatal
Death) will be the BBC's official Ninth Doctor in a fully animated
webcast on BBCi's website in November, the month of Doctor Who's 40th
anniversary. Check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/
The BBC Radio 4 Documentary "My Life As A Dalek" reran on Tuesday 29
July at 11:30PM BST, which I found out too late to get into last
week's TWIDW. However, Radio 4 is archiving it online until Tuesday 5
August at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/rams/dalek.ram
, so you
can still listen. Mark Gatiss produced this special to commemorate 40
years of the Daleks.
August sees the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie air again in South Africa
and the United States. Sci-Fi Channel SA http://www.uk.scifi.com/
will air "Doctor Who" from 8 to 9:25PM on Thursday 7 August and 5:25
to 7PM on Friday 8 August. The US Sci-Fi Channel will air the film
from 2 to 4PM Eastern Time (adjust for local time and feed) on Friday
Maryland Public TV sees the end of an era this Saturday night -
again. This Saturday sees the final Doctor Who story scheduled to air
in movie format (the conclusion to The Trial Of A Time Lord).
Maryland Public TV has aired Doctor Who in movie format since they
picked up the series in 1985, except for brief experiments in 1998
and 2000 - an 18 year run. Now they will air the series in episode
format (2 episodes a week), starting with the William Hartnell
episodes. Time will tell if this is a permanent change, or if they
will return to airing in movie format in a few months. At the moment,
this leaves KERA 13 in Dallas, Texas as the only station in the US
still airing Doctor Who in movie format.
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
Additions and corrections are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
, bfelliott3 on AOL IM,
or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:
BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/
"My Life As A Dalek" 30 minute documentary - archived till at least 5
"Shada" - new 6 episode version of Douglas Adams' TV story. Paul
McGann as the 8th Doctor. The 3rd story produced for BBCi.
"Real Time" - the 6th Doctor battles the Cybermen in this illustrated
audio story first produced in 2002. The 2nd story produced for BBCi.
And Coming In November ...
"The Scream Of The Shalka" - Richard E. Grant as the 9th Doctor in a
fully-animated story for the 40th Anniversary. The 4th story produced
for BBCi, and the first one to have full animation instead of
American Who http://www.americanwho.net/
In depth interview with Colin Baker (6th Doctor) conducted by Charles
Martin at Gallifrey 2003. Colin's career, his family, fighting to
eliminate cot death, and thoughts on some UK legislation.
Paul Cornell gives Joey Reynolds 20 minutes and discusses some
details of the upcoming 9th Doctor story on BBCi this November. Also,
Charles Martin tries to clarify and calm the fears involved when new
chapters in one's favorite saga comes along. Remember when we heard
about new Star Wars films and new Star Trek shows? The future of
Doctor Who on American Who.
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 Overdrive" http://www.scifioverdrive.com/
on the scifioverdrive website
archives in MP3 format
Live audio link at Business Talk website - requires Windows Media
National sci-fi radio talk show, sometimes with Doctor Who content.
Easiest to hear in timezones outside the USA. Schedule for this
week's show not announced as of publication time.
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv/ http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Sat 7:15-9AM BST "The Stones Of Blood" movie
TARDIS 1980: Romana Discovers Earth. The 3rd segment of the Key To
Time is on Earth, hidden in a maze of black magic, killer stones, and
Late Sat 1:50-3:40AM, Sun 7:15-9AM BST "The Androids Of Tara" movie
Count Grendel plans to usurp the throne of Tara. But he has yet to
tangle with the likes of the 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9. Count
Grendel: Peter Jeffrey.
UK Gold + 1
Late Sat 2:50-4:40AM BST "The Androids Of Tara" 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
Wed "The Stones Of Blood" pts 3+4 of 4
See UK Gold for details.
Thu "The Androids Of Tara" pts 1+2 of 4
Fri "The Androids Of Tara" pts 3+4 of 4
See UK Gold for details.
Sat "State Of Decay" all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor and Romana explore a planet ruled by vampires, unaware
of a stowaway in the TARDIS.
Sun "Warriors' Gate" all 4 pts
At the gateway between universes, the 4th Doctor and Romana solve a
mystery of the past, present, and future - by doing nothing.
Mon "The Power Of Kroll" pts 1+2 of 4
Tue "The Power Of Kroll" pts 3+4 of 4
A giant Squid is worshipped by natives. Could this be a link to the
next segment of the Key To Time? Probably.
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 digital assignments.
NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
digital 57-2,48-2,49-2 - simulcast currently ends before Doctor Who
Boston DirecTV Local 11,955
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Sat 11PM EDT "Robot" pt 3 of 4
The 4th Doctor suspects he his making progress on finding out the
aims of the SRS when the Giant Robot is programmed to kill him.
Pre-empted the next three weeks for pledge specials. Robot concludes
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Sun 5:30PM EDT "The Sontaran Experiment" pt 2 of 2
The Sontaran finishes his experiments on the humans and prepares to
give his invasion report.
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital (42) - coming September 2003
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Masque Of Mandragora" pt 2 of 4
Something is wrong with Sarah, as the Mandragora Helix continues
killing people in 15th Century Italy.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT "Four To Doomsday" pts 1+2 of 4
The 5th Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan visit a spaceship that has
been to Earth 4 times and plans to return - permanently. They come in
peace, but can they be believed?
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" movie, pt 4 of 4 (The
Just before a verdict can be announced, a surprise witness throws the
trial into chaos. An enemy will be a friend, an acquaintance will be
cowardly, and a traitor to Gallifrey and time will be exposed. The
final televised chapter of the 6th Doctor's life, with revelations
that will astonish first time viewers.
Next week, the Hartnell stories and episode format begin.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 1+2 of 14 (The Mysterious
Planet pts 1+2)
The 6th Doctor finds himself on trial for his life and witnessing an
adventure in his past.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
Sat 11:40PM CDT "The Horns Of Nimon" pt 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor tries to do maintenance on the TARDIS in deep space,
only to run afoul of a Black Hole.
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 Deadly Assassin" pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor travels solo to protect the President of the Time
Lords from an unknown assassin. But when the time comes to save the
day, the Doctor winds up in exactly the wrong place at exactly the
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 "Frontios" movie
There are places where even Time Lords aren't allowed to travel.
Realms of time which are to be left unexplored at all costs. The
survivors of humanity live in one such realm of time. And one Time
Lord will unwillingly get involved in a place he has no business
being in, a place where he is the only hope.
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 "Survival" pt 1 of 3
Late Fri 1AM, Sat 11PM MDT "Survival" pts 2+3 of 3
The final story of the original series. The 7th Doctor visits Ace's
hometown and discovers that planet hopping cats are devouring the
forgotten teens of the town. An old enemy with a problem, a young
companion with a terrible choice, and tea cooling down as the final
battle of the series occurs.
Pre-empted by pledge drives for the next three weeks. The Curse Of
Fenric begins out of order on August 30.
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 "Logopolis" pt 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and the Master must team up to save the universe from
destruction when the Master's plans for conquest go tragically awry.
One of them may not survive the alliance.
Doctor Who will continue next week. I do not know as of publication
time if KUED is going to the 5th Doctor or if they will go back to
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 Edge Of Destruction - The Edge Of
Destruction" ep 1 of 2
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT "The Edge Of Destruction - The Brink Of
Disaster" ep 2 of 2
The TARDIS malfunctions, wiping the memories of the TARDIS crew,
leaving them confused and distrustful of each other. As they bicker,
their lives are in increasing peril. William Hartnell as The Doctor.
With Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Monterey Dish Local 25,9190
Coming August 17th ...
BBV Comes to US TV with the first known American TV broadcasts
8PM PDT "The Airzone Solution" - starring Sylvester McCoy, Colin
Baker, and Peter Davison
9:30PM PDT "Auton" - starring, well, it's kinda obvious
The BBV Night reruns Friday August 22nd at 11:30PM PDT.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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