THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 7, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 1
TOM-TIT was the acronym in The Time Monster for the Master's device
to send objects through Interstitial Time. The bit between now and
now. I wonder if 2004 will get a similar footnote in the mind of
Doctor Who fans in years to come. 2003 saw the announcement of a new
series on the way, the 40th anniversary celebrations, and Richard E.
Grant as a new Doctor in a new format on BBCi. 2005 is the probable
premiere year for the new series, when no doubt Doctor Who's public
profile will increase massively. But what of 2004? Are the events of
this year doomed to obscurity between the heavyweights of 03 and 05?
Time will tell.
Encore Australia is airing Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D. on
Saturday 17 January at 5:20AM and Thursday 29 January at 6:45AM AEDT.
ABC Australia pre-empted Doctor Who on the week of 5 January for the
Hopman Cup Tennis Tournament. Episodes shifted back 1 week.
The South American Sci-Fi Channel is airing SF: UK - Trips Through
Time And Space late Monday 16 February at 12:45AM. Matthew De
Abaitua takes a look at 60s Doctor Who, the age of psychedelic sci-
UK Gold's ever erratic weekend morning schedule seems to be shifting
again. It looks like Doctor Who's Sunday broadcast will now end at
11AM GMT (12 Noon on UK Gold +1), 2 hours later then it had been
airing recently. The Saturday showings still end at 9AM GMT (10AM on
UK Gold +1).
Sci-Fi Overdrive has added some additional stations. American Who
will air as the 4th hour of the show every 2nd week starting this
month. The current station list:
WBCF-AM 1240 Florence, AL
KGET-AM 970 Bakersfield, CA
KNRY-AM 1240 Monterey Bay/Salinas/Santa Cruz, CA
KDMN-AM 1450 Buena Vista, CA
KSKE-AM 640 Vail/Breckinridge/Silver Thorn, CO
WGCH-AM 1490 Stamford/Norwalk/Greenwich, CT
WPLC-AM 1050 Washington, DC
WTMY-AM 1280 Sarasota/Bradenton, FL
WKEI-AM 1450 The Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois (new station)
KFRM-AM 550/KSAL-AM 1150 Salina, KS
WBNW-AM 1120 Boston, MA
WPLC-AM 1050 Silver Spring, MD
KCCO-AM 950 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
WHWH-AM 1350 Trenton, NJ
WLIE-AM 540 Nassau/Suffolk, NY (new station)
WVKZ-AM 1240 Albany/Schenectady/Troy, NY
KGWA-AM 960 Enid, OK
KAKC-AM 1300 Tulsa, OK (new station)
KBNP-AM 1410 Portland, OR
WHVR-AM 1280 York, PA
WPSE-AM 1450 Erie, PA
WISW-AM 1320 Columbia, SC
WDXI-AM 1310 Jackson, TN
WHAN-AM 1450 Richmond, VA
KSBN-AM 1230 Spokane, WA
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" - all 6 episodes online. Fully animated
in Flash format. 16:9 widescreen. The Doctor returns to Earth after
a long absence. The elusive Shalka race has set up an advance force
on Earth in hopes of invasion. The Doctor finds himself having to
save the day. Richard E. Grant is The Doctor.
"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.
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Conclusion of the 1987 radio interview with John-Nathan Turner,
Nicola Bryant, and Brian Sloman, conducted at the end of the Doctor
Who Celebration tour. Also, Charles Martin of
rec.arts.drwho.moderated reviews the year 2003 in Doctor Who.
Dan Harris discusses the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise.
Coming later in January, American Who will also air as the 4th hour
of the Sci-Fi Overdrive radio show every 2 weeks.
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 - Sci-Fi News & Commentary. Hour 2 - Michael Shanks. Hour 3 -
author Peter Telep. Hour 4 - Dr. Thomas Duxbury of the NASA Stardust
Comet Sample Return Mission.
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Sat 7:10-9AM GMT "Time And The Rani" movie
Following the traumatic events in the last segment of Trial Of A
Time Lord (which you didn't see - UK Gold skipped it), the Doctor
and Mel resume their adventures in time and space. When the Rani
forces the TARDIS to crash on the planet Lakertya, the Doctor's
sudden regeneration into his 7th incarnation (Sylvester McCoy) makes
it easier for the Rani to con him into helping her complete her
latest master plan.
Sun 9:10-11AM GMT "Paradise Towers" movie
New later start time on Sundays. Richard Briers (Hector in BBC
Dramedy Monarch Of The Glen) plays the Chief Caretaker, head of an
elite police force who patrol the famed Paradise Towers. There
shouldn't be that much to keep an eye on. Most of the anticipated
population never got there, nobody visits, and those who are around
are teens and grannies. But death stalks the halls of the Towers.
Everyone is terrified of the things that go lurking in the night.
Everyone but the Chief Caretaker. Does he know something unknown to
the other residents, or has he simply been working too hard?
UK Gold + 1
Sat 8:10-10AM GMT "Time And The Rani" movie
Sun 10:10AM-Noon GMT "Paradise Towers" movie
ABC http://www.varos.net/drwho/ http://www.abc.net.au/tv
Thu Pre-empted by Tennis Tournament.
Mon 6:05PM "The Time Meddler - Checkmate" ep 4 of 4
The Monk is a member of the Doctor's own species. Is the Monk about
to learn that you can't teach a new dog old tricks?
Tue 6:05PM "The Ark - The Steel Sky" ep 1 of 4
Wed 6:05PM "The Ark - The Plague" ep 2 of 4
Dodo Chaplet's first experience with time travel goes terribly
wrong. Her cold threatens to wipe out the last survivors of the
human race. The first Doctor and Steven must find a way to stop the
cold before it is too late.
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 "Planet Of Evil" pts 1+2 of 4
Thu "Planet Of Evil" pts 3+4 of 4
A scientific expedition discovers the hard way that the anti-matter
universe does not want anti-matter from their side of the border
line brought out for use in the main universe.
Fri "Pyramids Of Mars" pts 1+2 of 4
An expedition in Egypt unleashes the power of the demigod Sutekh,
which had been dormant for millenia.
Sat "Meglos" all 4 pts
Tom Baker plays both the 4th Doctor and Meglos, last survivor of a
species that resemble cacti. Meglos needs the Doctor's identity for
a daring theft that could rebuild his world, and doom another world
to permanent chaos.
Sun "Full Circle" all 4 pts
As the planet Alzarius approaches Mistfall, the air becomes less
habitable and creatures emerge which threaten the Alzarians. But the
Doctor believes that more is going on than meets the eye.
Mon "Pyramids Of Mars" pts 3+4 of 4
If Sutekh escapes his prison on Mars, his hunger will lead him to
suck the life from all worlds. Even Earth.
Tue "The Brain Of Morbius" pts 1+2 of 4
A mad scientist needs the 4th Doctor's head to complete a body for a
brain who lost his own.
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
Sat 11:30PM EST "Terror Of The Zygons" pt 4 of 4
The Loch Ness Monster heads to London on the orders of the Zygons,
creating havoc while the Zygon takeover approaches.
Doctor Who returns to 11PM next week.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EST "Pyramids Of Mars" pt 4 of 4
See BBC Kids for story details.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Sat 11PM EST "The Five Doctors" 4 pt version, eps 3+4
Doctors past and present converge on the Dark Tower of Rassilon. The
Master takes not being trusted very badly.
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 "The Web Planet" movie (The Web Planet, The Zarbi,
Escape To Danger, Crater Of Needles, Invasion, The Centre)
A being of enormous brain power ensnares the TARDIS on the planet
Vortis. The 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki try to free the
inhabitants of Vortis from the control of the Animus.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Sat 11PM EST "Silver Nemesis" pt 3 of 3
The 7th Doctor, the Cybermen, the Nazis, and Lady Peinforte all
converge on the Nemesis statue. No 11:25PM episode.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Sat 11:41PM CST "Warriors' Gate" pt 2 of 4
The humans believe Romana is a time-sensitive.
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 "Underworld" pts 3+4 of 4
The crew of the P7E find the racebank of the Minyan civilization.
But retrieving their species' future is complicated by a looney
computer that is pathologically dedicated to ensuring the racebank
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
Late Fri 12:30AM MST "Inferno" eps 5+6 of 7
Sat 11PM MST "Inferno" ep 7of 7
Tragedy strikes on the alternate Earth, leaving the 3rd Doctor with
an enormous ethical dilemma. Back in the regular world, the drill
project gets ever closer to penetrating the crust of the Earth.
Sat 11:30PM MST "Terror Of The Autons" ep 1 of 4
The Master, an old "friend" of the Doctor, comes to Earth on a
mission of conquest. Roger Delgado makes his first appearance as The
Pre-empted next week. Doctor Who returns late Friday January 23 at
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 "Earthshock" pt 1 of 4
The 5th Doctor and Adric have a falling out. While they fume,
androids in a cave on Earth silently massacre anyone that comes too
close to a box they are guarding.
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 Chase - The Death Of Doctor Who" ep 5 of 6
Sat 7:30PM + 1AM PST "The Chase - The Planet Of Decision" ep 6 of 6
The 1st Doctor and company make a final stand against the Daleks on
the planet Mechanus. Little do they know of the Daleks' secret
weapon - a robotic copy of the Doctor.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
digital 50,58 - not on air
San Francisco DirecTV 54,903
San Francisco Dish 54,8234
Monterey Dish 25,9190
Late Sat January 31 1:30AM PST "Interview With Terry Nation"
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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