THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - September 10, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 37
Doctor Who's 40th Anniversary creeps slowly closer.
Australian fans get to party this week. After the Encore movie
channel repeats the Peter Cushing movie "Daleks: Invasion Earth
2150A.D." Sunday at 7:50AM AEST, the Doctor returns to free TV on
Monday. ABC will air 1 episode per day Monday through Thursday at 6PM
all time zones, starting with the William Hartnell stories. Apart
from the TV Movie, this is the first time Doctor Who has aired on
broadcast TV in Australia since the mid-1990s.
Cable & satellite subscribers in Australia can look forward to
additional Doctor Who on Saturday 11 October. Katy Manning will host
a marathon with An Unearthly Child, The War Games, The Three Doctors,
Planet Of The Spiders, The Deadly Assassin, Logopolis, The Five
Doctors, The Caves Of Androzani, The Two Doctors, The Trial Of A Time
Lord: The Ultimate Foe, Survival, Doctor Who (1996 TV Movie). UKTV
also has a Doctor Who broadcast of some as yet undefined nature on
Sunday 23 November at 8:30PM.
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/
Iowa Public TV's http://www.iptv.org/
Doctor Who Celebration on
September 27 is approaching quickly. Two stories from BBV
will be broadcast from 9 to 11:30PM - The
Airzone Solution & Auton. This is their second known presentation in
the US, following KTEH's http://www.kteh.org/
premiere in August. At
last word IPTV was still looking for volunteers to man the phones
that evening. The contact is Darla Hassebroek at 1-515-242-5406 or
. Keep an eye on http://www.sffn.com/
for any updates.
Upcoming airings of the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie:
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
Late Wednesday October 8 3AM EDT US Sci-Fi Channel
Saturday 25 October Noon to 1:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
The second round of voting in UK Gold's http://www.ukgold.tv/
stories for their Doctor Who @ 40 weekend continues. In the poll:
1st - An Unearthly Child, The Time Meddler, The War Machines
2nd - The Tomb Of The Cybermen, The Mind Robber, The War Games
3rd - Inferno, The Daemons, The Sea Devils
4th - Robot, Pyramids Of Mars, City Of Death
5th - Earthshock, Mawdryn Undead, The Caves Of Androzani
6th - Attack Of The Cybermen, The Mark Of The Rani, The Two Doctors
7th - Dragonfire, Silver Nemesis, The Curse Of Fenric
The Curse Of Fatal Death, The Three Doctors, and The Five Doctors
will air. Original material will be included in the weekend (ex:
interviews with cast members & fans, behind the scenes footage).
Depending on where you read this column last week, you may have
encountered an error. I accidentally listed the 1996 Doctor Who movie
as airing on the Encore movie channel in Australia. Jason Fraser of
managed to get this corrected in some areas -
Encore is airing the 1996 Peter Cushing film Daleks: Invasion Earth
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/
It's not online yet, but this week's show is an interview with
Sylvester McCoy recorded in 1996 at the Gallifrey One convention. A
discussion of his time as the Doctor from 1987 to then, when he had
just taken part in the TV Movie.
Older shows online:
Ryan K. Johnson, maker of the famous 7th Doctor fan videos in the mid
Jean Marc-Lofficer's interview is still online for a little bit
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.
SCI-FI UK http://www.uk.scifi.com/
Wed 8-9:35PM, Sun 2-3:35PM, Mon 11AM-12:35PM BST "Doctor Who" 1996 TV
The Doctor is forced to regenerate after an accident that goes
horribly wrong. Now played by Paul McGann, the Doctor has a matter of
hours to regain his memory, fix the TARDIS, and deal with the Master
before the planet Earth is destroyed.
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv/ http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Wed 6PM BST "The Masque Of Mandragora" 2 pt version, ep 2
Mandragora's power grows, as it prepares to enslave humanity.
Thu 6PM BST "The Hand Of Fear" 2 pt version, ep 1
Fri 6PM BST "The Hand Of Fear" 2 pt version, ep 2
A fossilized hand discovered in a gravel quarry takes control of
Sarah, using her to grab control of a nuclear power plant, for
purpose or purposes still unknown.
Late Fri 12:30-2:20AM, Sat 7:10-9AM BST "State Of Decay" movie
Vampires rule a planet where civilization is decaying. But there is a
deeper threat than the vampires. K9 discovers that Adric stowed away
on the TARDIS.
Sat 5PM BST "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 3+4 of 7, movie format
Dr. Quinn knows the truth about the Silurians. Can the 3rd Doctor get
him to come forward before things get out of hand and the death toll
Late Sat 1-2:40AM, Sun 7:20-9AM BST "Warriors' Gate" movie
At the gateway between universes, K9 faces a problematic future. Not
nearly as problematic as that of a crew of humans, whose space ship
is tearing the gateway apart.
Mon 6PM BST "The Deadly Assassin" 2 pt version, ep 1
Tue 6PM BST "The Deadly Assassin" 2 pt version, ep 2
Travelling solo, the 4th Doctor arrives on Gallifrey, where an evil
force plots to assassinate the President, create chaos in the
government, and make the Doctor a scapegoat.
UK Gold + 1
Wed 7PM BST "The Masque Of Mandragora" 2 pt version, ep 2
Thu 7PM BST "The Hand Of Fear" 2 pt version, ep 1
Fri 7PM BST "The Hand Of Fear" 2 pt version, ep 2
Late Fri 1:30-3:20AM BST "State Of Decay" movie
Sat 6PM BST "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 3+4 of 7, movie format
Late Sat 1-3:40AM BST "Warriors' Gate" movie
Mon 7PM BST "The Deadly Assassin" 2 pt version, ep 1
Tue 7PM BST "The Deadly Assassin" 2 pt version, ep 2
UK Gold 2
Late Sat 3AM BST "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 3+4 of 7, movie
ABC Australia http://www.varos.net/drwho/australia/tv/
Monday through Thursday at 6PM AEST, starting 15 September
Mon 6PM "An Unearthly Child - An Unearthly Child" ep 1 of 4
Tue 6PM "An Unearthly Child - The Cave Of Skulls" ep 2 of 4
Wed 6PM "An Unearthly Child - The Forest Of Fear" ep 3 of 4
ABC begins a hope-to-be-complete run of Doctor Who from the
beginning. First up, 2 schoolteachers investigate the strange
behaviour of a new student, only to get involved in an adventure in
Time & Space.
Sun 7:50AM AEST "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D." 1966 Theatrical
Remake of The Dalek Invasion Of Earth. Dr. Who makes another test of
his time ship, again with Susan in tow. After taking on board a
policeman, the crew of TARDIS arrive in London in the year 2150. The
Daleks have conquered the planet and enslaved humanity. What do the
Daleks want? Can Dr. Who save the future of his world? Full screen
version (4:3 aspect ratio - 1:33:1), as opposed to the original
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Weeknights 2 episodes 1AM + 3:30AM EDT (10PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EDT (9PM + 12:30AM
Wed "Genesis Of The Daleks" pts 5+6 of 6
Davros holds the key to the future, a tape recording detailing the
ways the Daleks will be defeated. Unless the 4th Doctor can eliminate
the tape, the Daleks could actually become invincible. Or at least be
able to withstand the enemies that eliminated them before.
Thu "Revenge Of The Cybermen" pts 1+2 of 4
Fri "Revenge Of The Cybermen" pts 3+4 of 4
Back on Nerva Beacon, the 4th Doctor, Sarah, & Harry investigate an
alleged plague which is wiping out the crew. As a derilect space ship
approaches the beacon, the Doctor uncovers evidence that the Cybermen
are still around, and this time they're angry.
Sat "The Sontaran Experiment" both pts
The 4th Doctor and company explore the Earth to determine its
suitability for rehabitation. While there, they find a Sontaran
engaged in torture and evil plotting.
Sun "Genesis Of The Daleks" all 6 pts (no 3:30AM rerun)
Mon "Terror Of The Zygons" pts 1+2 of 4
Tue "Terror Of The Zygons" pts 3+4 of 4
Returning on Earth, the 4th Doctor, Sarah, & Harry try to find the
link between sinking oil rigs, doubles of Scottish officials, the
Brigadier wearing a kilt, and Loch Ness.
For digital channels on air, the mapped channel number is given first
followed by the actual channel number in brackets (if different).
Digital channels not yet known to be on air are listed at the actual
channel number with a * afterwards.
NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
analog 11, 49, 52
digital 11-2 (57-2), 49-2 (48-2), 58-2 (49-2) - simulcast currently
ends before Doctor Who starts
Boston DirecTV Local 11,955
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Ark In Space" pt 2 of 4
The crew of Nerva are awaking, but Sarah may be asleep for thousands
of years due to the mechanics of Nerva's cryo-stasis procedures. Next
week's episode airs at 11PM.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Doctor Who returns September 21.
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital 42* - coming September 2003
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Hand Of Fear" pt 4 of 4
Eldrad's true mission is revealed as the 4th Doctor learns the true
of the planet Kastria. Elisabeth Sladen's final episode playing Sarah
Jane Smith as a regular.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 36,8162 (on 61.5 satellite)
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8171 (on 129 satellite) - simulcast on the
129 satellite to be discontinued 9/30/2003; WYBE will remain on 61.5
Sat 11PM EDT "Black Orchid" both pts
Mistaken for party guests, the 5th Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, & Tegan find
themselves involved in the lives of a wealthy family, deterioriating
from within due to a terrible secret, and a man locked away inside
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
analog 22, 67, 62, 28, 31, 36
digital 22-2 (42-2), 67-2 (29-2), 28*, 56*, 44*, 54* - subchannels
may change 9/15/03
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
(According to the "Charlie Chat" of 9/8/2003 on Dish Network Channel
101, the Baltimore local channels package will become available on
10/16/2003 for subscribers with the soon to be offered Superdish.)
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Happiness Patrol" movie
The 7th Doctor and Ace arrive on the colony world Terra Alpha, where
Helen-A takes the concept of being cruel to be kind far too
literally. Fifi: himself.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Pre-empted. Next episodes air September 20.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
(According to the "Charlie Chat" of 9/8/2003, the Champaign-Urbana,
IL locals will become available later this year to subscribers with
the forthcoming Superdish.)
Sat 11:42PM CDT "The Leisure Hive" pt 3 of 4
Accused of murder and dangerously aged due to an accident, the 4th
Doctor is the latest victim of the Leisure Hive.
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* - 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 Robots Of Death" pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Leela must rally the remaining humans to
stop "Taran Capel", the elusive leader of the rebellious robots.
Slight problem - Taran is almost certainly one of the remaining
humans in disguise.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
analog 13, 44
digital 13-1 (14-1)
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 13,8406
Late Fri 12:30AM CDT "Attack Of The Cybermen" movie
The 6th Doctor and Peri find themselves in the middle of a power play
between an alien mercenary and the Cybermen. At stake - the
Cybermen's ability to travel in time, and the survival of the Earth.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
analog 12, 32
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 12,8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT "The Curse Of Fenric" pts 3+4 of 4
Ace figures out the key to the 7th Doctor's chess game. Fenric's
vampires go to work slaughtering the inhabitants of the town,
softening things up for his power play against the Doctor.
Sat 11PM MDT "Spearhead From Space" pts 1+2 of 4
Now that KBDI has aired all of McCoy's stories, they return to the
start of Jon Pertwee's era. Meteorites and the TARDIS arrive on
Earth, leading the Brigadier to believe that the Doctor has returned.
Pre-empted by pledge drives next week. Will return late Friday
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
analog 7 (and 80+ translators all over Utah)
digital 7-1 (42-1), 19-1
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 7,8536
Sat 11:30PM MDT "Four To Doomsday" pt 1 of 4
An enigmatic alien helms a ship which periodically visits Earth and
collects samples of the culture.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA http://www.kbtc.org
analog 28, 15, 65
digital 28-1 (27-1), 19*
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 28,8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "The Sensorites - Strangers In Space"
ep 1 of 6
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT "The Sensorites - The Unwilling
Warriors" ep 2 of 6
The 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan arrive on a spaceship where
the crew is kept docile and partially insane. Why is the crew being
kept in this bizarre holding pattern? Who are the Sensorites? Deceit
and terror in space.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
analog 54, 25
digital 50*, 58*
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
San Francisco Dish Local 54,8234
Monterey Dish Local 25,9190
Next Doctor Who broadcast TBA. KTEH has announced that their sci-fi
night is relaunching on Saturday nights in October. Whenever Doctor
Who returns, it will most likely now be Saturdays instead of Sundays.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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