THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - August 25, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 34
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the
world. Rather slow week, so probably something big will happen in
September and throw us all for a loop.
For any Canadians who missed it last week, BBC Kids
is moving Doctor Who from 1AM Eastern to 2AM
Eastern effective Monday 6 September. Still 2 episodes weekdays and
complete stories on weekends. The 3:30AM repeat is being
With the US/Canadian Region 1 DVD of Pyramids Of Mars coming out on
September 7th, I'm reminded that once again the Howard Da Silva
introductions to the episodes will be included as an extra. If the
name Howard Da Silva draws a blank, check the following two links
from the archives:
The Howard Da Silva story as detailed by TJ Lubinsky in 2001. Why
was an actor hired to do voice overs for a British TV show coming to
the US in 1978? Compiled shortly before the release of the first
batch of Doctor Who DVDs in the US in 2001, which included The
Robots Of Death.
Followup with TJ Lubinsky in February 2002 detailing the Howard Da
Silva intros used for The Ark In Space, which was released on DVD in
the US later that year.
Corrections and updates are always welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
, TWIDW on AOL IM ,
and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:
THE SECOND 40 YEARS:
Doctor: Christopher Eccleston
Rose Tyler: Billie Piper
Mickey: Noel Clarke (semi-regular?)
Jackie: Camille Coduri (6 episodes)
Written by: Russell T. Davies (8 episodes), Steven Moffatt (2
episodes), Paul Cornell (1 episode), Rob Shearman (1 episode), Mark
Gattiss (1 episode)
Original Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Premieres: 2005 (date TBA)
Total episodes for first series: 13
First broadcaster - BBC One
45 minute episodes
BBC 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7
Windows Player http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/bbc7_asx.shtml
Saturday 6:40PM + 12:40AM BST "Slipback" 3 part version, ep 2
(Episode 1's archive at same link until Episode 2 airs)
More adventures on the Vipod Mor, as the 6th Doctor and Peri run
into two very annoying policemen. Originally episodes 3 and 4 of 6
when aired on the radio in 1985.
"Shada" - starring Paul McGann and Lalla Ward. Remake of the classic
unfinished Douglas Adams story. 6 episodes long.
"The Scream Of The Shalka" - starring Richard E. Grant as The
Doctor. 6 episode story. The Shalka prepare to conquer the Earth
from below. Unfortunately for them, the Doctor is back.
"Real Time" - starring Colin Baker and the Cybermen. 6 episode
illustrated audio tale. The 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.
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Online news/talk show. Upcoming editions:
Week of September 1 - The Great Dalek Debate! Guests TBA.
Keith Barnfather (Reeltime Pictures) discusses researching the US
history of Doctor Who and preserving knowledge for the future. MJ
Simpson (Douglas Adams' biographer) comments on the sci-fi legend's
involvement with Doctor Who.
Sci-Fi Overdrive http://www.scifioverdrive.com
on Business Talk Network http://www.businesstalkradio.net
Saturday 8-11PM EDT (5-8PM PDT) http://www.krradio.com
previous week's episode, live audio stream)
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-5AM EDT (11PM-2AM PDT, 7-10AM BST, 4-7PM AEST)
Live Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
3 hours of news and comment. Tune in to find out why says Joey
Reynolds Donovan. A look at their website shows hour 1 -
"Arrivederci Lauren!", hour 2 - "Final Lauren!", hour 3 - "Be
Forever Lauren!" Considering that one of the features on the site
right now is Lauren Urban saying her goodbyes as she moves to
Buffalo and steps down as a regular co-host, I think we can piece
this edition together.
THE FIRST 40 YEARS:
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Pre-empted by Carry On movie weekend (yup, another Bank Holiday)
Thursday 6:02PM "The Green Death" ep 6 of 6
Series 10, Episode 26. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Will Jo Grant choose a disastrous life with Professor Jones or stay
with the Doctor? Will BOSS be the BOSS of the Earth? Doctor Who, or,
how I learned to stop worrying and love the fungus. But seriously,
have a hankey ready for the last 5 minutes.
Monday 6:04PM "The Time Warrior" pt 1 of 4
Tuesday 6:04PM "The Time Warrior" pt 2 of 4
Wednesday 6:04PM "The Time Warrior" pt 3 of 4
Series 11, Episodes 1 through 3. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The 3rd Doctor discovers that scientists are being taken from the
20th Century back to the 11th Century to repair an alien spaceship.
The Sontaran who owns the spaceship is creating lots of nasty
anachronisms in history. The Doctor heads back to clean things up.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EDT (10PM + 12:30AM PDT) - 2 episodes
weekdays, full stories weekends) - moves to 2AM EDT with no repeats
on Monday 6 September
Wednesday "Horror Of Fang Rock" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 15, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Rutan continues killing off the inhabitants of the Lighthouse,
as the Doctor and Leela seek out its master plan.
Thursday "The Invisible Enemy" pts 1+2 of 4
Friday "The Invisible Enemy" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 15, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Leela must take charge when the 4th Doctor's mind is invaded by a
parasite who is leading a spearhead preparing to conquer the galaxy.
How well will Leela fare solo?
Saturday "The Face Of Evil" all 4 pts
Series 14, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
I suppose after the last 2 descriptions there's no point in calling
Leela a guest star in this story. It's the first encounter of Leela
with the Doctor. Savage and Time Lord - saving each other's skins.
Sunday "The Robots Of Death" all 4 pts
Series 14, Episodes 17 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The crew of a Sand Miner are marked for death one by one. When the
4th Doctor and Leela arrive, they seem ready-made suspects. But
since the crew did not read the title of the story, they did not
consider the other gruesome possibility for murder suspects.
Monday "Image Of The Fendahl" pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday "Image Of The Fendahl" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 15, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor and Leela battle black magic and an ancient skull who
is still alive and out for death. What is the secret behind the
Fendahleen? Can Earth be spared?
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
Saturday 11PM EDT "The Seeds Of Doom" pt 5 of 6
Series 13, Episode 25. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The Krynoid is large and in charge of leading a plant rebellion
against all animal life. Can the Doctor and Sarah get Scorby to help
them long enough to save the world, or will self-preservation lead
to self-destruction? Doctor Who will be pre-empted by pledge drives
on September 4 and 11, with this story concluding on September 18.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Saturday 11PM EDT "Time And The Rani" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 24, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
A surprise regeneration throws both Mel and the evil Rani for a
loop. There's a new Doctor, and no one knows how he will react. Can
the Rani con him into completing a special task? Will Mel be able to
find anyone who believes a word she says? Will the Tetraps get to
show some tongue? Tune in Saturday.
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 Saturday Mid EDT "Death To The Daleks" movie
Series 11, Episodes 11 through 14. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The TARDIS, humans, and the Daleks all get stranded on a planet
where power doesn't corrupt - it drains away. Absolute power drains
away absolutely. Mortal enemies join forces searching for a way to
escape Exxilon before it is too late.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Saturday 11PM EDT "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 3+4 of 7
Series 7, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The 3rd Doctor tries to make contact with the Silurians to negotiate
a peace. But Dr. Quinn is very unhelpful.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Saturday 11:40PM CDT "Earthshock" pt 4 of 4
Series 19, Episode 22. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Cybermen plan to use the freighter to cause mass destruction on
Earth. An unlikely hero emerges to try to save humanity.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org
analog 11, 32, 27, 12, 21, 24, 32, 36, 36
digital 11-3 (50-3), 32-3 (35-3), 27-3 (28-3), 45, 25, 18, 33, 35,
34 - not on air
Des Moines DirecTV 11,474
Des Moines Dish 11,9116
Cedar Rapids Dish 12,9161
Omaha DirecTV 32
Omaha Dish 32,9146
Sioux City Dish 27,7195
Quad Cities Dish 36,7607 (not yet available)
Saturday 11:35PM CDT "Meglos" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Identity theft. Meglos, last of the Zolfa-Thurans and all-around
Cactus, impersonates the 4th Doctor to infiltrate a world where a
valuable artefact is worshipped. To keep the Doctor and Romana from
interfering, Meglos traps them in a chronic hysteresis. Similar to a
time loop, but not quite the same.
KUED/KUEW-DT/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/St. George/Richfield, UT
digital 7-1 (42-1), 18-1 (18-1), 19-1 (19-1)
Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
Saturday 11:30PM MDT "The King's Demons" pt 2 of 2
Series 20, Episode 22. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The Master's plot is revealed.
KBTC/KCKA Tacoma/Centralia, WA http://www.kbtc.org
digital 28-1 (27-1), 15-1 (19-1)
Seattle DirecTV 28,910
Seattle Dish 28,8620
Saturday 7PM + 12:30AM PDT "The Mind Of Evil" eps 1+2 of 6
Series 8, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The 3rd Doctor and Jo want to investigate a new device to experiment
on condemned prisoners. But the Brigadier wants them for an multi-
nation peace conference.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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