THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 10, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 50
Welcome to the weekly guide to the known Doctor Who broadcasts
removed Shada from their
website on 8 December as they said they would. This is to enable the
CD release of Shada to have a period of exclusivity. Shada should
return to BBCi's website in mid-2004, and remaining there until 2008.
In case anyone is confused - Shada is the Douglas Adams' story that
has been remade starring Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor. Shalka is
shorthand for The Scream Of The Shalka, the animated story starring
Richard E. Grant currently being serialized on BBCi. Scream Of The
Shalka has *not* been taken off the BBCi website. Shada - gone.
Shalka - still here.
BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone
has scheduled "The Story Of
Doctor Who", the 40th anniversary documentary, to air on Tuesday 30
December at 6:30PM GMT, as part of the Christmas programming. No
rebroadcasts or airings in other countries have been announced at
Encore Australia is airing Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D. on Monday
5 January 2004 at 5:35AM AEDT.
Corrections and updates are always welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
, TWIDW on AOL IM ,
and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:
"The Scream Of The Shalka" - episode 4 online now, episode 5
premieres Thursday 11 December. Fully animated in Flash format. The
Ninth Doctor is a haunted alien. Something happened to him. Now he
dreads the thought of visiting Earth, of fighting evil, of caring
about people. Unfortunately, a Shalka invasion fleet has a base in
rural England, and the Doctor has no choice but to intervene one
more time. Richard E. Grant is The Doctor.
older online drama:
"Real Time" - starring Colin Baker and the Cybermen. 6 episode
illustrated audio tale. The 6th 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. Viewer
discretion advised for the illustrations of episodes 4 through 6.
New Zealand Radio (National Service) http://www.radionz.co.nz/nr/f-
Sun 4:50PM "Slipback" pt 4 of 6
The 6th Doctor and Peri's adventures on the Vipod Mor continue.
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
This "should" be the link to the newest installment, but the website
was down with technical problems when the column was in production.
Part One of Two. Compilation of a 1987 radio interview on WINZ-AM
Miami on the Jay Michaels midday show. John-Nathan Turner, Nicola
Bryant, and Brian Sloman were guests on the final stop of the Doctor
Who Celebration tour.
40th Anniversary special. Joey Reynolds' exclusive interview with
original series producer Verity Lambert, conducted days after the
announcement of the revival of Doctor Who.
Tentative upcoming schedule:
December 23 -conclusion of the December 1987 radio interview on WINZ-
January 5, 2004 - Peter Davison on the return of Doctor Who and
doing the DVD commentaries.
Sci-Fi Overdrive http://www.scifioverdrive.com
on Business Talk Network http://www.businesstalkradio.net
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EST (11PM-3AM PST, 7-11AM GMT, 6-10PM AEDT)
Live Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
Hour 1 - Joey Donovan, Lauren Urban, and David Durica ponder the
future return of Doctor Who. Hour 2 - a representative of the "Save
Farscape" campaign discusses the rescue of Farscape from the
cancellation bin. Hour 3 - Tony Panaccio from Intec Interactive on
Marvel Comics' latest gambit - comics on DVD; Charles Martin from
Orlando City Beat on Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King. Hour
4 - Denise Crosby is making Trekkers 2, a globally oriented sequel
to the documentary Trekkers.
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Sat 6:25-9AM GMT "The Two Doctors" movie
The 6th Doctor investigates the disappearance of his second
incarnation, only to find himself trying to complete the earlier
mission. Guest starring Jacqueline Pearce, who was on Blake's 7.
Sun 7:10-9AM GMT "Timelash" movie
The 6th Doctor investigates the disappearance of mirrors on Karfel,
only to find himself cleaning up a tyrant first opposed by his third
incarnation. Guest starring Paul Darrow, who was on Blake's 7.
According to advance TV listings, Doctor Who will air an hour
earlier next weekend, and is off the air the weekend of 27 and 28
December for Christmas programming.
UK Gold + 1
Sat 7:25-10AM GMT "The Two Doctors" movie
Sun 8:10-10AM GMT "Timelash" movie
ABC http://www.varos.net/drwho/ http://www.abc.net.au/tv
Thu 6:05PM "The Space Museum - The Dimensions Of Time" ep 2 of 4
Mon 6:05PM "The Space Museum -The Search" ep 3 of 4
Tue 6:05PM "The Space Museum - The Final Phase" ep 4 of 4
There's a reason the Space Museum has so few tourist visitors - they
seem to have a strange predilection with killing visitors off,
freeze drying them, and putting them up as exhibits. The 1st Doctor
and company have already forseen this - can they outwit their own
Wed 6:05PM "The Chase - The Executioners" ep 1 of 6
The Daleks launch an offensive against the Doctor, who they blame
for their defeat conquering the Earth. Infiltrate and kill.
Infiltrate and kill. The Beatles: themselves.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EST (10PM + 12:30AM PST) - 2 episodes
weekdays, full stories weekends)
Wed "The Leisure Hive" pts 1+2 of 4
Thu "The Leisure Hive" pts 3+4 of 4
A spectacularly unsuccessful vacation in Brighton inspires the 4th
Doctor and Romana to seek out another vacation destination -
Argolis, home of the Leisure Hive. Naturally, they get suspected of
Fri "Meglos" pts 1+2 of 4
The last survivor of a species of intelligent Cacti impersonates the
4th Doctor to plot the theft of the powerful Dodecahedron.
Sat "The Power Of Kroll" all 4 pts
For centuries, the mighty squid Kroll has slept. As long as it
remains undisturbed, it will continue to sleep. Alas, drilling for
methane all around him is exactly the sort of thing that might wake
Kroll up. And Kroll is a very dangerous squid.
Sun "The Armageddon Factor" all 6 pts (1AM only)
The final segment of the Key To Time is hidden amidst the nuclear
war and annihilation going on between the worlds of Atrios and Zeos.
A dark force is manipulating the paths of the worlds, and knows the
purpose of the Doctor's quest.
Mon "Meglos" pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor is accused of stealing the Dodecahedron, while Meglos
prepares to put it to its original use.
Tue "Full Circle" pts 1+2 of 4
The Time Lords have demanded Romana's return to Gallifrey. To
Romana's horror, the 4th Doctor prepares to comply. But the TARDIS
will find getting to Gallifrey a little harder than expected.
NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
analog 11, 49, 52
digital 11-2 (57-2), 49-2 (48-2), 52-2 (49-2)
Boston DirecTV 11,955
Boston Dish 11,8781
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Terror Of The Zygons begins December 20.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Pyramids Of Mars begins December 21.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Sat 11PM EST "Enlightenment" pts 1+2 of 4
Turlough finds himself backed into a corner. Unable to reveal the
bargain he made with the Black Guardian. Unwilling to complete the
agreement. Uneager to face the Guardian's wrath. And with every
decision he takes, Turlough seems to find himself one step closer to
discovery and death.
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
analog 22, 67, 31, 28, 62, 36
digital 22-2 (42-2), 67-2 (29-2), 31-2 (44-2), 28-2 (56-2), 28, 54
DC/Hagerstown, Baltimore DirecTV 22,980
Baltimore Dish 22,8736
Late Sat Mid EST "Planet Of Giants" movie (Planet Of Giants,
Dangerous Journey, Crisis)
The TARDIS finds its way to present day Earth. But Ian and Barbara
can't go home - they are the size of ants.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Sat 11PM EST "Dragonfire" pts 2+3 of 3
Mel and Ace try to work together, while Glitz and the 7th Doctor
uncover the secrets of Iceworld.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Sat 11:40PM CST "State Of Decay" pt 4 of 4
Ancient Time Lord records may hold the key to defeating the three
vampiric rulers and their true ruler.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org
analog 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36, 36
digital 11 (50), 45, 25, 18, 28, 33, 35, 35, 34 - not on air
Des Moines DirecTV 11,474
Des Moines Dish 11,9116
Cedar Rapids Dish 12,9161
Omaha Dish 32,9146
Sat 11:35PM CST "The Two Doctors" 6 pt version, pts 3+4
The 6th Doctor (Colin Baker) heads in pursuit of his second
incarnation (Patrick Troughton), who has been kidnapped and brought
to Earth. Peri: Nicola Bryant. Jamie: Frazer Hines.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
analog 12, 32
digital 12-1 (38-1)
Denver DirecTV 12,910
Denver Dish 12,8211
Pre-empted this week for pledge drives. Inferno begins December 20.
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
digital 7-1 (42-1), 19-1 (19-1)
Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
Sat 11:30PM MST "The Visitation" pt 3 of 4
The Terrileptils strike a very personal blow against the 5th Doctor.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA http://www.kbtc.org
digital 28-1 (27-1), 15-1 (19-1)
Seattle DirecTV 28,910
Seattle Dish 28,8620
Sat 7PM + 12:30AM PST "The Space Museum - The Space Museum" ep 1 of 4
Sat 7:30PM + 1AM PST "The Space Museum - The Dimensions Of Time" ep
2 of 4
A disruption in the dimensions of time gives the 1st Doctor, Ian,
Barbara, and Vicki a disturbing look into their own futures. When
existing on the wrong time track, no one can hear you scream.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
digital 50,58 - not on air
Next Doctor Who broadcast TBA.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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