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163This Week In Doctor Who - July 2, 2003

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
    Jul 2, 2003
      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/ are
      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
      thisweekindoctorwho-owner@yahoogroups.com , bfelliott@... ,
      bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:


      BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/
      "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
      http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/who/62303.mp3 - 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
      Overdrive" http://www.scifioverdrive.com/ station list on the scifioverdrive
      http://www.businesstalkradio.net/weekday_host/Archives/sfo.shtml - archives
      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
      new Romana.
      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
      digital assignments.

      NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
      analog 11,49,52
      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
      analog 24,59
      digital 25-1
      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
      officially stumped.

      WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
      analog 46
      digital (42)
      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
      analog 35
      digital 34-1
      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
      analog 22,67,28,31,62,36
      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
      analog 48
      digital 34-2
      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
      analog 12
      digital (9)
      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
      analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
      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
      analog 13,44
      digital 14-1
      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
      analog 12,32
      digital 38
      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)
      digital 42-1,19-1
      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
      4th Doctor.

      KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA http://www.kbtc.org
      analog 28,15,65
      digital 27-1,(19)
      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
      analog 54,25
      digital (50),(58)
      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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