This Week In Doctor Who - June 18, 2003
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - June 18, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 25
NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org/ got its 3rd and final digital
channel (WEKW-DT 49) on the air on June 1, 2003. They are not simulcasting
the analog lineup on their digital frequencies at this time, so this does
not change the number of places where you can see Doctor Who yet.
DirecTV http://www.directv.com/ subscribers in the Des Moines, IA viewing
area can now opt to purchase a package of local TV channels including KDIN
11 Des Moines, the Iowa Public TV station. Dish Network
http://www.dishnetwork.com/ subscribers in Des Moines have had that option
for several months. DirecTV and Dish Network are adding many local markets
this year, so if you're a subscriber to one of those systems in an area
where Doctor Who airs keep an eye on their websites to see when/if your
market is added.
UK fans who missed Channel 4's recent showing of "Daleks: Invasion Earth
2150A.D." (like this column did) may want to contact friends who get S4C out
of Wales - the movie is airing there this Sunday at 8:15AM. It will *not* be
airing on S4C Digital, only on the primary S4C, so if you have an S4C
clarify which one you have before trying to catch the movie.
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
email@example.com , 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.
All 6 Episodes Now Online!
American Who http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/who
http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/who/612703.mp3 - Jennifer Adams
A conversation with a longtime American Doctor Who fan and featured player
in many of the "fan videos" produced by The Federation
http://www.fedvideo.net/ . Currently working on an audio adaptation of "The
Nightmare Fair", a story originally due to be part of the 1985-1986 series
of Doctor Who, which wasn't made, the details of which are at
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 - worldwide sci-fi news. The
other hours - Patrick Lushine from Dracula 2, Jon Mertz from Vampire Lawson,
and Andy Arness - listed as "the guy from every thing".
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Late Fri 12:25-2:15AM, Sat 7:15-9AM BST "The Deadly Assassin" movie
The 4th Doctor's efforts to stop an assassination go awry when he is accused
of the murder he tried to prevent. The first story set wholly on Gallifrey,
with a 25 minute in a realm known as 'The Matrix' decades before the name
became part of a popular movie franchise.
Late Sat 2:40-4:30AM, Sun 7:15-9AM BST "The Face Of Evil" movie
The 4th Doctor comes across a planet where he is feared as the Devil. There
could be a reason - the local devil thinks he IS the Doctor.
UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 1:25-3:15AM BST "The Deadly Assassin" movie
Late Sat 3:40-5:30AM BST "The Face Of Evil" movie
S4C Wales (except S4C Digital) - Welsh variant of Channel 4
Sun 8:15-9:45AM BST "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D." 1966 Feature Film
Doing further tests on his time-space machine, Dr. Who brings his
grand-daughter, his niece, and a policeman they picked up to 22nd Century
Earth. Alas, the Daleks have taken over the planet. Now Dr. Who and his
family must help humanity fight back. A partial remake of the 1964 TV story
"The Dalek Invasion Of Earth", which has just come out restored on DVD in
the UK if you want to compare the two side by side.
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Homechoice has discontinued its Doctor Who service.
TELE 5 Poland http://www.tele5.pl/
Weekdays 4:40PM CET
TELE 5 ran 26 Tom Baker episodes last year, and has been rerunning them on
weekdays for the last few weeks. Their website is of little use in
determining which stories are airing, and the episode order was largely
random, so seeing part 4 of, say, The Brain Of Morbius, would give you no
clue as to what the next story would be. The link to their schedule is now
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 Masque Of Mandragora" pts 3+4 of 4
The Mandragora Helix plots to wipe out all the intellectuals in Europe, even
the stupid ones, in hopes of wrecking the upcoming Rennaissance. Time for a
Thu "The Hand Of Fear" pts 1+2 of 4
Fri "The Hand Of Fear" pts 3+4 of 4
A fossilized hand discovered in a quarry starts to take over the minds of
humans, making them obsessed in providing radiation to the hand. What is the
secret of the hand? And whose body did it used to be attached to? Elisabeth
Sladen's final story portraying Sarah Jane Smith.
Sat "The Stones Of Blood" all 4 pts
The tracer brings the 4th Doctor and Romana to rural England, where an
ancient stone circle draws the attention of researchers, 20th century pseudo
Druids, and living rocks that feast on people.
Sun "The Androids Of Tara" all 4 pts
Romana finds the 4th segment of the Key To Time, but her resemblence to a
Princess set to marry a crown prince leads her into a conspiracy involving
doubles, androids, and an evil lord who hopes to steal the throne. All on a
planet where computer knowledge is a sign of being a lowly peasant and sword
fighting is the realm of the Elite.
Mon "The Deadly Assassin" pts 1+2 of 4
Tue "The Deadly Assassin" pts 3+4 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
NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
digital 57,48,49 - simulcast of analog begins in 2003?
Boston DirecTV Local 11,955
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Sat 11PM EDT "Time And The Rani" pt 2 of 4
Impersonating Mel, the Rani manipulates an amnesiac 7th Doctor into
repairing her equipment for reasons unknown.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Sun 5:30PM EDT "The Sea Devils(?)" ep 5(?) of 6
I suspect this is an error in WCNY's listings, and that part 4 of Robot will
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Seeds Of Doom" pt 2 of 6
In Antarctica, thugs sent by a party interested in the seed pod plan to
steal it from the research team, with no witnesses left alive. Seems the
seed pod has the same idea, though it doesn't want to let the thugs live
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT "The Keeper Of Traken" pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Adric visit Traken, a world of peace and tranquility. So
peaceful and tranquil that they don't know how to protect themselves against
Evil. Evil has just arrived.
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
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Mark Of The Rani" movie
In the 19th Century, a conference on the Industrial Revolution is hampered
by luddites smashing machinery, a deadly figure disguised as a scarecrow,
and a woman running a bath house. Add the 6th Doctor and Peri, stir things
up, and the danger mounts.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT "The Two Doctors" 6 pt version, pts 3+4
In search of the missing 2nd Doctor, the 6th Doctor, Peri, and Jamie follow
the trail of the Sontarans to rural Spain, where alarming genetic
experiments are underway. Patrick Troughton guest stars as the 2nd Doctor.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
Sat 11:40PM EDT "The Creature From The Pit" pt 3 of 4
The 4th Doctor discovers a means to communicate with the Creature, much to
the terror of Lady Adrasta.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
digital 50,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35) - simulcast of analog begins
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 Seeds Of Doom" pts 3+4 of 6
Back in England, the 4th Doctor and Sarah investigate Harrison Chase, who
they think might be the person financing the theft of the dangerous alien
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 13,8406
Late Fri 12:30AM CDT "Terminus" movie
The Black Guardian's machinations leaves Nyssa infected with Lazaar's
Disease, Turlough and Tegan trapped in a vent, and the 5th Doctor alone
trying to figure out how a spaceship could settle down in the exact center
of the Universe before it all goes bang.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 12,8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT "Remembrance Of The Daleks" pts 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM MDT "Remembrance Of The Daleks" pts 3+4 of 4
The 7th Doctor and Ace find 2 warring bands of Daleks at work on Earth in
1963. How to keep the Daleks and the humans apart until the Daleks get all
the killing out of their systems? And why have the Daleks come to Earth
anyway? The Doctor knows, and he isn't telling.
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 7,8536
Sat 11:30PM MDT "The Keeper Of Traken" pt 2 of 4
See WYBE for description.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA http://www.kbtc.org
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 28,8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "Ghostlight" pt 3 of 3
The Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy sent researches to all the planets
they thought they could get to on a cheap budget and leaving in time for big
long lunches. Tonight's episode essentially solves the question of what
would have happened if, instead of sending a lovable heavy drinker named
Ford Prefect to research the Earth, they had sent a psychotic perfectionist
with a bad temper and a fervent desire for everybody to just stand still
until he finished his research. This is the story of Light - researcher,
super-powerful, and mad as a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster which has just
discovered it'll be drunk by a Drashig, who won't feel any ill-effects at
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT "The Curse Of Fenric" pt 1 of 4
In 1943, Russian soldiers, British soldiers, code crackers, and a tiny
village all felt the ill effects from the discovery of an ancient Viking
artifact of enormous power. The 7th Doctor and Ace investigate and hope to
stop the course of destiny.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
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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