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  • Benjamin Elliott
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      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - October 1, 2003
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 6, No 40
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
      thisweekindoctorwho-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

      For the new readers, this column is dedicated to covering all the
      known broadcasts of Doctor Who worldwide each week. Welcome aboard.

      On Thursday night I spotted news that threw me for a shock. BBC1 had
      actually greenlighted a Doctor Who TV series. BBC-1 controller
      Lorraine Heggessey had been serious when she expressed a desire
      months ago to bring Doctor Who back. Julie Gardner and Mal Young
      will produce the show. Russell Davies is assigned to write it. The
      number of episodes hasn't been revealed yet. And it'll premiere in
      2005 most likely.

      Doctor Who is back (soon). And it's probably about 2 years from
      being time.

      Like most fans, I'm delighted at the news. I wish the people making
      the series the best, hope the new show is great, and am even now
      trying to think of ways to see the show quickly if the BBC doesn't
      arrange for it to air worldwide simultaneously. This had to be in
      the works for a long time.

      American Who http://www.americanwho.net interviewed me for a special
      show about the news. To paraphrase what I told Joey Reynolds, "on
      Thursday Doctor Who was considered a dead show focused on by sad
      fanboys. On Friday Doctor Who was a venerable institution which was
      getting a revival." Doctor Who might well become cool again.

      It is too early to know what this will mean for broadcasts of the
      reruns of the existing series. My hope and theory is that they
      should continue and become more prominent. What better trailer can a
      new series have than the original series. Whatever happens, we'll
      all be along for the ride.

      Outpost Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com and BBCi
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho have been keeping busy with news
      on the series. This Week In Doctor Who will continue publishing on
      Wednesday, doing special reports when/if situations warrant it.

      The new series may be coming in 2005, but we still get the BBC
      declared official Ninth Doctor this fall. "The Scream Of The
      Shalka", a full animated serial with Richard E. Grant as the Doctor,
      premieres on BBCi http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho in November.

      The Doctor Who DVDs rarely get discussed here, but The Dalek
      Invasion Of Earth and The Talons Of Weng-Chiang get their
      US/Canadian releases this coming Tuesday October 7. The Talons
      release is notable for having a Region 1 only extra - the Howard
      DaSilva introductions for all 6 episodes. Who is Howard DaSilva, you
      may ask. Take a look at these TWIDW articles from the past,
      collaborated with TJ Lubinsky when The Robots Of Death and The Ark
      In Space came out on DVD in Region 1.
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho/message/110 - the
      story of Howard DaSilva & info on The Robots Of Death (originally
      prepared in August 2001)
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho/message/111 -
      details on The Ark In Space (originally prepared in April 2002)
      American Who http://www.americanwho.net is planning to interview
      Mark Woda about Howard DaSilva and the ongoing restoration of the
      introductions for relevant DVD releases. That episode should go
      online early next week.

      Iowa Public TV http://www.iptv.org is still accepting pledges for
      Doctor Who as a followup to the BBV night last weekend. People
      interested in making a late pledge and attending IPTV's event with
      Colin Baker on Friday December 5 from 8 to 11PM can go to
      http://www.iptv.org/scifi for details.

      An update on the new UKTV channel in New Zealand. As discovered last
      week by the folks at the NZDWFC http://nzdwfc.tetrap.com/ last week,
      UKTV New Zealand will launch in November, and one of the shows it
      has the rights to is Doctor Who. It is not known when or if Doctor
      Who may come to UKTV, but it will definitely not be in November. The
      official word from UKTV, without comment from me - "Since the BBC
      won't have anything official for the BBC anniversary available for
      transmission until December, [UKTV] is not keen on doing anything in
      November"

      The 1996 TV Movie - Future Showings:
      Late October 8 - 3AM EDT US Sci-Fi Channel
      25 October - Noon BST UK Sci-Fi Channel
      November? - UKTV Australia Best Of Run

      UKTV Australia's Doctor Who Best Of Run:
      11 October - 8AM An Unearthly Child
      11 October - 10AM The War Games eps 1-5
      18 October - 8AM The War Games eps 6-10
      18 October - 10:05AM The Three Doctors
      25 October - 8AM The Green Death
      with more in November

      UK Gold's Doctor Who @ 40 Weekend - 22 & 23 November
      The Curse Of Fatal Death, The Three Doctors, The Five Doctors,
      original material
      Best Of Poll. Choosing between:
      1st Doc - An Unearthly Child, The Time Meddler, The War Machines
      2nd Doc - The Tomb Of The Cybermen, The Mind Robber, The War Games
      3rd Doc - Inferno, The Daemons, The Sea Devils
      4th Doc - Robot, Pyramids Of Mars, City Of Death
      5th Doc - Earthshock, Mawdryn Undead, The Caves Of Androzani
      6th Doc - Attack Of The Cybermen, The Mark Of The Rani, The Two
      Doctors
      7th Doc - Dragonfire, Silver Nemesis, The Curse Of Fenric

      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca/ in Canada Doctor Who marathon
      November 23:
      The Ark In Space
      Genesis Of The Daleks
      Pyramids Of Mars
      The Deadly Assassin
      The Robots Of Death
      The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
      The Pirate Planet
      City Of Death
      Logopolis

      Another plea about WSKG 46 Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com . Does
      anyone know what the status of Doctor Who is there? It certainly
      appears right now that WSKG has dropped the series.

      Do you have a correction or an update? Contact me at
      bfelliott@... , thisweekindoctorwho-owner@yahoogroups.com ,
      twidw on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:


      AUDIO/ONLINE:

      BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/
      "Shada" - 2003 audio remake of the famous unfinished Douglas Adams'
      story. Paul McGann is the 8th Doctor.
      "Real Time" - 2002 audio production. Colin Baker is the 6th Doctor
      in this tale of the Cybermen.
      Coming In November ...
      "The Scream Of The Shalka" - fully animated story introducing
      Richard E. Grant as the 9th Doctor.

      American Who http://www.americanwho.net/
      http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/who/92803a.mp3
      Special edition dealing with the first reactions to the revival of
      Doctor Who. With info from Outpost Gallifrey
      http://www.gallifreyone.com , Charles Martin (moderator of
      rec.arts.drwho.moderated), Benjamin Elliott (writer of some web
      column), and Arnold T. Blumberg of Cinescape (co-editor of Howe's
      Transcendental Toybox). Approx 78 minutes.
      http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/who/92103.mp3
      Steven Hill of fan video fame and the Doctor Who Image Archive.
      Coming next week - Mark Woda speaks on the Howard DaSilva
      introductions as The Talons Of Weng-Chiang hits Region 1 DVD.
      Coming the week of November 19 - Joey Reynolds' exclusive interview
      with original series producer Verity Lambert on the eve of Doctor
      Who's 40th anniversary. Includes her full opinions on the BBC's
      decision to revive the series. To read extracts of this interview in
      advance, check http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho and
      http://www.gallifreyone.com . The American Who website is reportedly
      experiencing a large increase in traffic since news of the interview
      came out, so it might take longer to get on the site than normal.

      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/
      Live Windows Media Player link at Business Talk website.
      Hour 1 - Sci-Fi News & Commentary. Hour 2 - Gidget Gein of
      Screamfest 2003 (a horror festival), followed by Arnold T. Blumberg
      on the revival of Doctor Who. Hour 3 - Bill Mumy (Will Robinson on
      Lost In Space, Lennier on Babylon 5). Hour 4 - Dr. Guion S. "Guy"
      Bluford, astronaut.

      TV:

      UK:

      UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      Wed 6PM BST "The Invisible Enemy" 2 pt version, ep 2
      Carbon copies of the 4th Doctor and Leela enter the Doctor's mind to
      fight the virus before it can destroy the Doctor and lead an army of
      conquest.
      Thu 6PM BST "Image Of The Fendahl" 2 pt version, ep 1
      Fri 6PM BST "Image Of The Fendahl" 2 pt version, ep 2
      A human scientist inadvertently creates a Time Scanner, a device
      that will destroy the planet if left running too long. As the Doctor
      and Leela try to shut it down, a mysterious power works against
      them, wanting the scientist to be completely successful.
      Sat 7:10-9AM BST "Kinda" movie
      The 5th Doctor investigates the secrets of the Kinda planet, where
      natives are slowly coming under the influence of the same demon who
      is infecting Tegan's dreams.
      Sat 5PM BST "The Ambassadors Of Death" eps 2+3 of 7
      The episodes will probably be in black & white, as I doubt they'll
      have optioned the color/black & white hybrid restored version
      produced for the VHS release.
      Sun 7:10-9AM BST "The Visitation" movie
      The TARDIS brings Tegan back to Heathrow Airport a mere 317 years
      early. But it's just in time to deal with an alien invasion a
      plague, and a Highwayman who likes to overact. But get out your
      hankies - someone's gonna die.
      Mon 6PM BST "The Sun Makers" 2 pt version, ep 1
      Tue 6PM BST "The Sun Makers" 2 pt version, ep 2
      The 4th Doctor and Leela discover the remnants of humanity living as
      slaves on the planet Pluto, taxed to death by a corporation that is
      also the government.

      UK Gold +1
      Wed 7PM BST "The Invisible Enemy" 2 pt version, ep 2
      Thu 7PM BST "Image Of The Fendahl" 2 pt version, ep 1
      Fri 7PM BST "Image Of The Fendahl" 2 pt version, ep 2
      Sat 6PM BST "The Ambassadors Of Death" eps 2+3 of 7
      Mon 7PM BST "The Sun Makers" 2 pt version, ep 1
      Tue 7PM BST "The Sun Makers" 2 pt version, ep 2

      UK Gold 2
      Late Sat 3AM BST "The Ambassadors Of Death" eps 2+3 of 7

      AUSTRALIA:

      ABC Australia http://www.varos.net/drwho/australia/tv
      http://www.abc.net.au/tv
      Thu 6PM "The Edge Of Destruction - The Edge Of Destruction" ep 1 of 2
      Mon 6PM "The Edge Of Destruction - The Brink Of Disaster" ep 2 of 2
      An explosion in the TARDIS leaves the crew with cloudy memories and
      a growing mistrust of each other. Will paranoia leave them all dead?
      Tue 6PM "The Keys Of Marinus - The Sea Of Death" ep 1 of 6
      Wed 6PM "The Keys Of Marinus - The Velvet Web" ep 2 of 6
      After a long adventure with Marco Polo (currently missing from the
      BBC Archives), the 1st Doctor and company are blackmailed into a
      scavenger hunt. Four keys which will complete a planet governing
      machine are needed to restore balance and stop the evil Voord.

      Encore Australia
      Late Mon/Early Tue 4:35-6AM AEST "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D."
      1966 feature film
      Another chance to see the Peter Cushing remake of "The Dalek
      Invasion Of Earth", a William Hartnell story. Pan & scan version of
      the movie.

      UKTV http://www.uktv.com.au
      11 October 8AM - Best Of Run begins
      23 November 8:30PM - To Be Announced

      CANADA/USA:

      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
      7 days a week 1 + 3:30AM EDT (10PM + 12:30AM PDT) - 2 episodes
      weekdays, full stories weekends
      Wed "The Seeds Of Doom" pts 5+6 of 6
      The Krynoid comes to full height, takes control of the plants of the
      world, and prepares to have children. Can the 4th Doctor and Sarah
      save the animal life of Earth from becoming a dinner buffet?
      Thu "The Masque Of Mandragora" pts 1+2 of 4
      Fri "The Masque Of Mandragora" pts 3+4 of 4
      The 14th series of Doctor Who launches with a new Console room, a
      wild ride through 15th Century Italy, and the prospect of the
      Mandragora Helix stopping the Renaissance from beginning.
      Sat "Pyramids Of Mars" all 4 pts
      1911 Earth. An archaeologist accidentally unleashes the power of
      Sutekh. Egyptian god. Powerful destroyer of worlds. All-around
      looney. The 4th Doctor has to stop this menace - Sutekh is operating
      out of a house on the grounds where UNIT HQ is supposed to be built
      later in the century.
      Sun "The Brain Of Morbius" all 4 pts
      Morbius' brain is very much alive. But little else is left of him.
      At the very least, he needs a head. Preferably a gullible Time
      Lord's head. About the Doctor's size. Professor Solon hopes to
      demonstrate his medical skills with very sharp equipment.
      Mon "The Hand Of Fear" pts 1+2 of 4
      Tue "The Hand of Fear" pts 3+4 of 4
      A quarry blast unearths a fossilized hand that is millions of years
      old. And alive. And dangerous. Elisabeth Sladen departs the series
      after this story.
      23 November 10AM EST - Doctor Who marathon

      NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
      analog 11, 49, 52
      digital 11-2 (57-2), 49-2 (48-2), 52-2 (49-2) - Doctor Who not
      currently simulcast
      Boston DirecTV 11,955
      Boston Dish 11,8781
      Late Sat 12:30AM EDT "The Sontaran Experiment" pt 1 of 2
      The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry return to Earth to discover if it
      is safe for rehabitation. The good news - Earth is inhabited. The
      bad news - a Sontaran is active causing trouble.

      WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
      analog 24, 59
      digital 24-1 (25-1)
      Sun 5:30PM EDT "Revenge Of The Cybermen" pt 4 (?)

      WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
      analog 46
      digital 42 - not on air
      Doctor Who's status on this station is unknown. :( WSKG's status in
      the column is pending while I wait to get the full October schedule.

      WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
      analog 35
      digital 35-1 (34-1)
      Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
      Philadelphia Dish 36,8162 - now only on 61.5 satellite
      Sat 11PM EDT "Time-Flight" pts 1+2 of 4
      In shock & mourning, the TARDIS crew lands at Heathrow Airport.
      Concordes are being taken out of time, leaving many people missing
      and Heathrow's on-time flight schedule in great jeopardy. The 5th
      Doctor must investigate, whether the military wants his help or not.

      MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
      analog 22, 67, 31, 62, 28, 36
      digital 22-2 (42-2), 67-2 (29-2), 31-2 (44-2), 28, 56, 54 - stations
      without subchannels showing not on air
      DC/Hagerstown, Baltimore DirecTV 22,980
      Baltimore Dish coming mid-October
      Late Sat 1AM EDT "Battlefield" movie
      "The Blues" is at it again, causing a late start in this case.
      Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart returns in a UNIT story for the 1990s.

      WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.cetconnect.org
      analog 48
      digital 48-2 (34-2)
      Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
      Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
      Sat 11PM EDT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 13+14 of 14 (The
      Ultimate Foe pts 1+2)
      The Master interrupts the Trial with shocking evidence that brings
      the courtroom into chaos. Doctor: Colin Baker. Master: Anthony
      Ainley. Mel: wearing blue. Glitz: seeing gold.
      Pre-empted next week.

      WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
      analog 12
      digital 9 - not on air
      Sat 11:40PM CDT "Meglos" pt 2 of 4
      Can the 4th Doctor and Romana escape the Chronic Hysteresis? Can the
      4th Doctor and Romana escape the Chronic Hysteresis?

      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, NE Dish 32,9146
      Pre-empted by pledge drive. Doctor Who returns October 11.

      KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
      analog 12, 32
      digital 38 - not on air
      Denver DirecTV 12,910
      Denver Dish 11,8211
      Late Fri 12:30AM MDT "Spearhead From Space" eps 3+4 of 4
      The Nestene Consciousness plan to unleash an army of Autons to
      disable the British Government and conquer the world.
      Sat 11PM MDT "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 1+2 of 7
      The 3rd Doctor and Liz are called in to solve the mystery behind
      power shortages and nervous breakdowns in the workers.

      KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org/
      analog 7
      digital 7-1 (42-1), 19-1 (19-1)
      Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982
      Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
      Pre-empted by "The Blues". Doctor Who returns October 11.

      KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA http://www.kbtc.org
      analog 28, 15, 65
      digital 28-1 (27-1), 19 - KCKA-DT not on air
      Seattle DirecTV 28,910
      Seattle Dish 28,8620
      Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "Planet Of Giants - Planet Of Giants"
      ep 1 of 3
      Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT "Planet Of Giants - Dangerous Journey"
      ep 2 of 3
      Sat 8PM, Late Sat 1:30AM PDT "Planet Of Giants - Crisis" ep 3 of 3
      Probably the first time the TARDIS crew returns to present day
      Earth. Shrunk to an inch in size, the 1st Doctor and company uncover
      a dangerous pesticide that kills anything it touches.

      KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
      analog 54, 25
      digital 50, 58 - not on air
      San Francisco DirecTV 54,903
      San Francisco Dish 25,8234
      Monterey Dish 25, 9190
      Next Doctor Who broadcast TBA.

      That's it for this week. Till next time, take care.

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