This Week In Doctor Who - April 30, 2003
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - April 30, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 18
SHADA! The latest Doctor Who story to premiere on the BBC's Doctor Who
website, and a remake of the famous unfinished 4th Doctor story, begins this
Friday. 6 episodes will be serialized on Fridays, and stay online for later
The first of UK Gold's two Dalek Days runs this Bank Holiday Monday in the
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
firstname.lastname@example.org , bfelliott@... ,
bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:
"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.
Fri 2 May - Episode 1 premieres. Episodes will premiere on Fridays.
BBC Radio 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/
Digital radio & TV in UK, live realplayer link on website for worldwide use
Sat 6PM+ Mid BST (7PM+1AM CET, 1+7PM EDT, 10AM+4PM PDT, Sun 3+9AM AEST) "The
Ghosts Of N-Space" pt 4 of 6
Sun 6PM+Mid BST (7PM+1AM CET, 1+7PM EDT, 10AM+4PM PDT, Mon 3+9AM AEST) "The
Ghosts Of N-Space" pt 5 of 6
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.
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Fri 11:40PM-2:15AM, Sat 6:30-9AM BST "Planet Of The Spiders" movie
The 3rd Doctor's life comes to a halt in a story with mind reading, a "car"
chase of James Bond proportions, the return of a friend, the admonition of a
mentor, and the trouble caused by a Blue Crystal.
Sat 11:55PM-1:45AM, Sun 7:20-9AM BST "Robot" movie
Tom Baker becomes the 4th Doctor. A group of mad scientists and
intellectuals used a hyper intelligent Robot to bring the world to
blackmail. That was their first mistake.
Mon 7:20-10:45AM BST "The Dead Planet" aka "The Daleks" aka "The Mutants
Dalek Day One begins on UK Gold. Ian and Barbara arrive on an alien world
for the first time. The world appears dead, but two life forms survive. One
species looks and sounds a bit like mildly dopey humans. The other species
has pulled back into a city, hidden away in anti-radiation armour, bitter
over the war. Despite the better judgement of Ian, Barbara, and Susan, the
1st Doctor will get them stuck between the two forces.
Mon 10:45AM-1:35PM BST "The Dalek Invasion Of Earth" movie
Dalek Day. The 1st Doctor finally gets Ian and Barbara back to London. But
the city is deserted and devastated. The Daleks have taken control of all
Earth. As humanity faces its possible twilight, the TARDIS crew joins the
remnants in a last ditch battle for survival.
Mon 1:35-3:25PM BST "The Day Of The Daleks" movie
Dalek Day. The 3rd Doctor's exile on 20th Century Earth is interrupted by
rebels from the future, trying to justify assassination attempts with
stories of a world under alien control. It seems the Daleks have changed
history. The Doctor has to put history back on its original course.
Mon 3:25-6:05PM BST "Planet Of The Daleks" movie
Dalek Day. Wounded and ill after the events of Frontier In Space, the 3rd
Doctor convinces the Time Lords to send the TARDIS in pursuit of the Daleks.
On a jungle world, Thals hunt the Daleks, unaware of the Dalek plans for
invasion. Part 3 is in black & white.
Mon 6:05-8PM BST "Death To The Daleks" movie
Dalek Day concludes. The 3rd Doctor and Sarah find their vacation
interrupted by a power drain on the TARDIS. Also affected - a human ship and
a Dalek ship, both in search of the same cure for a rare disease. The Doctor
and the Daleks may have found a force more powerful than they are - a
UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 12:40-3:15AM BST "Planet Of The Spiders" movie
Late Sat 12:55AM-2:45AM BST "Robot" movie
UK Gold 2
Mon 6-7:45PM BST "The Dead Planet" aka "The Daleks" aka "The Mutants (1963)"
Mon 7:45-10:35PM BST "The Dalek Invasion Of Earth" movie
Mon 10:35PM-12:25AM BST "The Day Of The Daleks" movie
Late Mon 12:25-3AM BST "Planet Of The Daleks" movie
Sci-Fi Channel UK http://www.uk.scifi.com/
Mon 7:20-9PM BST "Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Before the Daleks exterminated him, the Master asked the 7th Doctor to
return him to Gallifrey. Alas for the Doctor, sometimes death isn't as final
as it should be. Forced to land on Earth and the victim of a surprise
regeneration, the new 8th Doctor (Paul McGann) must save the world from the
evil schemes of a dead man.
Video On Demand. Now playing:
"Robot" all 4 pts
"The Ark In Space" all 4 pts
"The Sontaran Experiment" both pts
Sci-Fi Channel SA http://www.uk.scifi.com/
Sat 4:25PM "SF:UK - Trips Through Time And Space"
Was 1960s Doctor Who the product of LSD? Host Matthew De Abaitua looks at
1960s Doctor Who in apparently a whole new light.
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 "Meglos" pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor is blamed for the crimes of Meglos, leaving Romana to save
him. Tom Baker in a dual role.
Thu "Full Circle" pts 1+2 of 4
Fri "Full Circle" pts 3+4 of 4
A smart but misguided teen named Adric stumbles across a traveler known as
The Doctor, who seems to know an awful lot about the coming Mistfall, and
may be the only person who can save the Starliner from destruction.
Sat "The Masque Of Mandragora" all 4 pts
BBC Kids' weekend rotation skips to Tom Baker's 3rd season instead of
returning to Robot. It's the Hitch-hiker's Guide To Human Domination, as the
feared Mandragora Helix hitches a ride to 15th Century Earth in the TARDIS,
planning to conquer the planet and prevent the Rennaissance.
Sun "The Hand Of Fear" all 4 pts
Under alien control, Sarah sets a nuclear reactor on overload. After all -
Eldrad Must Live.
Mon "State Of Decay" pts 1+2 of 4
Tue "State Of Decay" pts 3+4 of 4
On a decaying world ruled by vampires, the 4th Doctor and Romana find
evidence of a Being the Time Lords tried to wipe out generations ago.
Channel numbers in brackets ( ) indicate a digital station that is not on
the air. Low power stations do not currently have digital assignments.
NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
digital 57,48,(49) - not on digital schedule yet
Boston Dish Local 8781,11
Pre-empted by auction. Doctor Who returns May 24.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Sun 5:30PM EDT "The Seeds Of Doom" pt 6 of 6
The Chase mansion is destroyed by the Krynoid monster, now in control of
Britain's plantlife and getting ready to give birth to offspring.
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Android Invasion" pt 1 of 4
Written by Terry Nation. If this fact causes the episode to be pulled, The
Brain Of Morbius pt 1 would likely air here. The 4th Doctor and Sarah find
England deserted, and U*N*I*T is at work in a small village.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT "The Leisure Hive" pts 2+3 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana find their vacation interrupted by murder and a
perversion of science.
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Pre-empted for first time in years. Doctor Who returns May 10.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
Pre-empted by auction. Doctor Who returns May 10.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital (9) - under construction
Sat 11:40PM CDT "Destiny Of The Daleks(?)" pt 1 of 4
I am putting a question mark on this story since WILL has only given it 2
weeks to air and the last few PBS stations to schedule Dalek stories then
pulled them from their schedules. If Destiny is pulled, City Of Death pt 1
would air here.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
Des Moines Dish Local 9116,11
Omaha, NE Dish Local 9146,32
Cedar Rapids Dish Local 9161,12
Sat 11:35PM CDT "Planet Of Evil" pts 1+2 of 4
A scientific expedition is wiped out by mysterious forces on a planet of
Anti-Matter. Now the rescue team and the TARDIS crew face a similar fate.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 8406,13
Late Fri 12:30AM CDT "Black Orchid" movie
50 minutes long. The 5th Doctor, Adric, Tegan, and Nyssa get involved in a
murder mystery in 1920s England. Sarah Sutton gets a double role, playing
both Nyssa and Ann Chaplet.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
digital (38) - under construction
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 8211,12
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT "Time And The Rani" pts 3+4 of 4
The Rani plans to use the great scientists of Human history to create a
device to manipulate the course of History. Yes, I know a TARDIS can help
you do that, but you know these Scientists. They always want to invent a way
to do things faster and with less effort. Only the 7th Doctor and Mel stand
in her way. The Lakertyans won't lift a finger to help themselves.
Sat 11PM MDT "The Happiness Patrol" pts 1+2 of 3
KBDI is skipping Remembrance Of The Daleks. On a world where Happiness is
the rule and sadness is lethal, the 7th Doctor and Ace arrive with a plan to
bring frowns to peoples' faces.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 8536,7
Sat 11:30PM MDT "Full Circle" pt 3 of 4
See BBC Kids for story detail.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
digital (27),(19) - under construction
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "The Happiness Patrol" pt 3 of 3
Helen A struggles to remain happy.
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT "Silver Nemesis" pt 1 of 3
The 7th Doctor's alarm clock reminds him that Earth is facing iminent
destruction. Special guest starring the 17th Century and South American
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
digital (50),(58) - under construction
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Salinas Dish Local 9190,25
San Francisco Dish Local 8234,54 - not available to subscribers
Due to situations largely beyond their control, Doctor Who is on hiatus on
KTEH/KCAH. Doctor Who will return ASAP.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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