THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - August 6, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 32
Who news tends to come out on Wednesday after this column comes out
for some reason. It happened again last week.
3 minutes, 32
seconds of film footage related to the lost Troughton story Fury From
The Deep was discovered in a repository for discarded film. It is
16mm mute film footage related to the attack of the weed creature in
episode 6. The news articles seem to indicate that the footage is
mostly alternate takes, material that wasn't used in the final cut of
the story. Steve Roberts of the Restoration Team indicates that the
footage will find its way onto the next Troughton story to reach DVD,
which is not as some fans assume a promise that a Troughton story
will be released in the UK in 2004, merely a promise that whenever
the next Troughton DVD comes out the Fury footage will be on it.
Autralian fans can see Doctor Who on the ABC Network
starting Monday 15 September. Doctor Who will
air 4 days a week in the traditional Australian 6PM timeslot just
before the news. This is the first time that Doctor Who (bar the TV
movie) has aired on free TV in Australia since March 1994. ABC is
planning to begin with the Hartnell stories and claims that they will
air the entire series. Unlike the broadcasts on UKTV since 1996,
these showings will be commercial free. Due to the timeslot, some
fans wonder if ABC will edit episodes for content reasons.
UK Gold is ramping up its broadcasts of Doctor Who. Starting Monday
11 August, 2 Tom Baker episodes will air weekdays at 6PM BST on the
primary UK Gold channel. UK Gold +1 will encore the episodes at 7PM.
Also starting Saturday 16 August, 2 Jon Pertwee episodes will air
Saturdays at 5PM BST on the primary UK Gold Channel, 6PM on UK Gold
+1, and 3AM on UK Gold 2. The 2 episodes will be presented as one
episode, cutting out the credits between them. The movie format
stories currently airing on Saturday and Sunday mornings (with
slightly more erratic late night showings) will continue
Maryland Public TV http://www.mpt.org/
has done an about face on its
Doctor Who plans. MPT was planning to skip the Sylvester McCoy era
and go to the William Hartnell stories. The Hartnell stories were to
be presented in episode format, forsaking MPT's tradition of airing
the movie versions of stories. Over the weekend, readers of the
Washington Post noticed that MPT had erroneously sent out info for 2
episodes of The Sea Devils, a 3rd Doctor story. Meanwhile, on MPT's
website, the Hartnell stories had been replaced by the Sylvester
McCoy stories which logic indicates should have been scheduled in the
first place. The McCoy stories will be airing in movie format. Based
on MPT's new listed schedule and the fact that it hasn't pre-empted
Doctor Who since 1998, the Hartnell stories should theoretically now
begin on November 1.
As of August 6, it is 11 days until "The Airzone Solution"
and "Auton" have their US broadcast premieres on KTEH 54 San
Jose/KCAH 25 Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org/
. If they pledge
well, KTEH has the option to air most of the BBV videos and sell them
to other public TV stations. BBV's website is
Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I, 10th Doctor in The Curse Of Fatal
Death) will be the BBC's official Ninth Doctor in a fully animated
webcast on BBCi's website in November, the month of Doctor Who's 40th
anniversary. Check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/
Dish Network subscribers in the Philadelphia area who get local
channels through them can expect to be trading in satellite dishes
soon. The non-major network locals (including WYBE 35) have required
a special dish to view them at 129 degrees in the sky. Now they are
being mirrored on the more standard 61.5 degree dish position, where
new subscribers in Philly will be directed to get them. It will still
require a second dish to see the Philly locals, but the dish will be
able to access whatever services you subscribe to that are available
at 61.5 degrees.
TELE 5 in Poland http://www.tele5.pl/
has discontinued its Doctor Who
run again. They ran a random 26 episodes from the Tom Baker era.
Upcoming airings of the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie:
Thurday 7 August 8 to 9:25PM - SA Sci-Fi Channel
Friday 8 August 5:25 to 7PM - SA Sci-Fi Channel
Friday 22 August 2 to 4PM - US Sci-Fi Channel
Wednesday 10 September 8 to 9:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
Sunday 14 September 2 to 3:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
Monday 15 September 11AM to 12:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
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
Additions and corrections are welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
, bfelliott3 on AOL IM,
or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:
BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/
"My Life As A Dalek" - still archived on the website. 30 minute story
of the history of the Daleks.
"Shada" - new 6 episode version of Douglas Adams' TV story. Paul
McGann as the 8th Doctor. The 3rd story produced for BBCi.
"Real Time" - the 6th Doctor battles the Cybermen in this illustrated
audio story first produced in 2002. The 2nd story produced for BBCi.
And Coming In November ...
"The Scream Of The Shalka" - Richard E. Grant as the 9th Doctor in a
fully-animated story for the 40th Anniversary. The 4th story produced
for BBCi, and the first one to have full animation instead of
American Who http://www.americanwho.net/
No new episodes listed. Currently on the website:
In depth interview with Colin Baker (6th Doctor) conducted by Charles
Martin at Gallifrey 2003. Colin's career, his family, fighting to
eliminate cot death, and thoughts on some UK legislation.
Paul Cornell gives Joey Reynolds 20 minutes and discusses some
details of the upcoming 9th Doctor story on BBCi this November. Also,
Charles Martin tries to clarify and calm the fears involved when new
chapters in one's favorite saga comes along.
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/
on the scifioverdrive website
archives in MP3 format
Live audio link at Business Talk website - requires Windows Media
National sci-fi radio talk show, sometimes with Doctor Who content.
Easiest to hear in timezones outside the USA. A night devoted to sci-
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv/ http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Sat 7:15-9AM BST "The Power Of Kroll" movie
The prime suspect in the disappearance of the 5th segment of the Key
To Time is an enormous squid worshipped as a god by some, and thinks
of all as food.
Late Sat 1:20-3:55AM, Sun 6:30-9AM BST "The Armageddon Factor" movie
Agents of the Black Guardian work behind the scenes to foment a war
between 2 worlds and trick the Doctor into handing over The Key To
Mon 6PM BST "Robot" 2 pt version, ep 1
Tue 6PM BST "Robot" 2 pt version, ep 2
A weeknight run of Tom Baker episodes begins on UK Gold. 2 episodes
are edited together into an hourlong block. First up - the new 4th
Doctor is called upon to stop a sinister scientific society which is
using a Robot in hopes of blackmailing the world.
Meanwhile, a weekend run of Pertwee stories in the same format (2
episodes edited into a one hour block) airs Saturdays at 5PM BST (6PM
BST UK Gold +1, Late Saturday 3AM UK Gold 2), starting with Spearhead
UK Gold + 1
Late Sat 2:20-4:55AM BST "The Armageddon Factor" movie
Mon 7PM BST "Robot" 2 pt version, ep 1
Tue 7PM BST "Robot" 2 pt version, ep 2
TELE 5 Poland http://www.tele5.pl/
TELE 5 has taken Doctor Who off the air for now.
SA Sci-Fi Channel http://www.uk.scifi.com/
Thu 8-9:25PM "Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Fri 5:25-7PM "Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
The 7th Doctor has an unfortunate adventure with a gunfight, the
consequences of which bring on a regeneration crisis. Can the Doctor
pull himself together enough to deal with the Master one more time
and keep Earth from being sucked inside out? Starring Paul McGann,
Sylvester McCoy, Daphne Ashbrook, and Eric Roberts.
ABC Australia http://www.abc.net.au/
Monday through Thursday at 6PM AEST, starting 15 September
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
Wed "The Armageddon Factor" pts 1+2 of 6
Thu "The Armageddon Factor" pts 3+4 of 6
Fri "The Armageddon Factor" pts 5+6 of 6
See UK Gold for details.
Sat "The Keeper Of Traken" all 4 pts
A plea for help brings the 4th Doctor and Adric to Traken, where a
calcified statue of evil is trying to bring about chaos and
destruction. The statue seems to know the Doctor all too well.
Sun "Logopolis" all 4 pts
The Master stalks the 4th Doctor as he tries to repair the TARDIS.
Alas, the Master's desire for power goes a little too far this time,
and only the Doctor can save the Master's bacon.
Mon "Destiny Of The Daleks" pts 1+2 of 4
Tue "Destiny Of The Daleks" pts 3+4 of 4
Lalla Ward takes over as Romana in a story where the 4th Doctor
discovers mystery and evil on the planet Skaro.
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
digital 57-2,48-2,49-2 - simulcast currently ends before Doctor Who
Boston DirecTV Local 11,955
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Next episode airs August 30.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Sun 5:30PM EDT "Genesis Of The Daleks" pt 1 of 6
Revenge Of The Cybermen part 1 may air instead.
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital (42) - coming September 2003
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Masque Of Mandragora" pt 3 of 4
Count Frederico begins to suspect that the astrologer Hieronomyous is
not to be trusted. The Count is correct.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT "Four To Doomsday" pts 3+4 of 4
With Adric on their side, the Urbankans prepare to neutralize the
TARDIS crew and conquer the Earth, all so their leader can go back in
time and meet God, who he believes to be himself.
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Late Sat Mid EDT "Time And The Rani" movie
(MPT made a late change to the schedule and opted to finish their
current run of the Doctor with the Sylvester McCoy stories - 1st
Doctor and episode format fans will have to wait.) The Rani forces
the TARDIS to crash on the planet Lakertya, where she tricks an
amnesiac Doctor suffering from a regeneration crisis into helping her
on a dangerous experiment.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Doctor Who returns August 23.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
Sat 11:40PM CDT "The Horns Of Nimon" pt 2 of 4
Romana and the "sacrifices" arrive on Skonnos, where Soldeed the
Balding plots the revival of his world's empire, with the help of the
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
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 Deadly Assassin" pts 3+4 of 4
To prove his innocence, the 4th Doctor enters the APC Net of the Time
Lords to find the real assassin. Part 3 is one of the most surreal
pieces of TV produced while part 4 will leave first time viewers
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 "Resurrection Of The Daleks" movie
A time corridor drags the TARDIS back to Earth, where the 5th Doctor
and company find the Daleks back in action, trying to rescue and
manipulate their former leader. Could also be called "Dalek Trek: The
Search For Davros", or the premise behind the proposed new Blake's 7
TV-movie, if the Daleks were the new cast of Blake's 7.
Pre-empted by pledge drive next week.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 12,8211
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Next episodes air August 30.
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
analog 7 (and 80+ translators all over Utah)
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 7,8536
Sat 11:30PM MDT "Castrovalva" pt 1 of 4
Peter Davison is the 5th Doctor. Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan evade
authorities to get the Doctor back into the TARDIS to recuperate from
his regeneration. But the Master is not through with them, and
manipulates the TARDIS to try to kill them.
Pre-empted by pledge drives next week.
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 "The Keys Of Marinus - The Sea Of
Death" ep 1 of 6
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT "The Keys Of Marinus - The Velvet Web"
ep 2 of 6
The 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan are blackmailed into
searching for the Keys to a device that regulates thoughts and keeps
peace on the planet Marinus. The first key is hidden in a paradise,
where the natives get you anything you want, and you find that you
aren't that interested in searching for keys anymore.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Monterey Dish Local 25,9190
Coming August 17th at 8PM and August 22nd at 11:30PM ...
BBV Comes to US TV with the first known American TV broadcasts
"The Airzone Solution" - starring Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, and
"Auton" - starring the Autons
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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