This Week In Doctor Who - September 17, 2003
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - September 17, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 38
The latest rundown of upcoming 40th anniversary Doctor Who broadcasts.
Iowa Public TV http://www.iptv.org/ is just 10 days away from its BBV
night, titled "Doctor Who Celebration". The Airzone Solution and
Auton will get their Iowa premiere on this pledge night, tentatively
running from 9 to 11:30PM.
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/ for more
Upcoming airings of the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie:
Late Wednesday October 8 3AM EDT US Sci-Fi Channel
Saturday 11 October (part of marathon) UKTV Australia
Saturday 25 October Noon to 1:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv/ has the longest known Doctor Who event
of the year this fall - Doctor Who @ 40 - 22 and 23 November. The
Curse Of Fatal Death, The Three Doctors, The Five Doctors, and
original material will air. The poll to choose the other stories
continues on their website. Poll options:
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
UKTV - Doctor Who's cable home in Australia from 1996 to 2002 - will
have a marathon hosted by Katy Manning on Saturday 11 October, along
with an as yet unspecified event on Sunday 23 November at 8:30PM. For
the October marathon, the stories will be:
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).
KERA 13 http://www.kera.org/ Dallas, TX has a lot of Doctor Who fans
in its viewing audience. Well, they had a lot of Doctor Who fans.
KERA pulled the 6th Doctor stories off their schedule at the last
minute 2 weeks ago, and I missed the change in last week's column. 90
minute Mystery! episodes have been airing in Doctor Who's timeslot
(late Friday 12:30AM) all month. Last month KERA canceled a pledge
drive for The Caves Of Androzani at the last minute too. The Doctor
has been taken off the schedule for late Friday September 26 a couple
of days ago. We'll keep an eye on KERA's schedule going into October,
to see if Doctor Who returns in a new time period. Thanks to everyone
who alerted me to this situation - this is the biggest reaction I
have seen to a schedule change in the history of this column.
ABC Australia devoted their Monday evening show "New Dimensions with
George Negus" to Doctor Who and Who fandom this past Monday. There
were classic clips from the series, a Tom Baker appearance in
Australia, and more. Reaction from Australian fans online to the
special was favorable.
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-
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. 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/
Featured interview - Sylvester McCoy in 1996, as he hands off the
role of the Doctor to Paul McGann. A look back at 9 years of being
Ryan K. Johnson, creator of the female Doctor fan videos from the
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 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. Hours 1 + 2 - sci-fi
news and comment. Hour 3 - American Who's interview with Ryan K.
Johnson. Hour 4 - Sci-Fi Overtones, pt 1.
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv/ http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Wed 6PM BST "The Face Of Evil" 2 pt version, ep 1
Thu 6PM BST "The Face Of Evil" 2 pt version, ep 2
The 4th Doctor teams up with Leela, a member of the Sevateem tribe,
to solve the mystery of Xoanon before both species on a planet are
wiped out. Clue one - Xoanon's face looks alarmingly familiar.
Fri 6PM BST "The Robots Of Death" 2 pt version, ep 1
The 4th Doctor and Leela arrive on a sandminer that is being stalked
by a killer.
Late Fri 12:45-2:30AM, Sat 7:10-9AM BST "The Keeper Of Traken" movie
The 4th Doctor and Adric answer a distress call from the Keeper of
Traken, who fears that a Melkur will destroy eons of peace and
Sat 5PM BST "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 5+6 of 7, movie format
The Silurians prepare to release a plague on humanity.
Late Sat 1-2:45AM, Sun 7:20-9AM BST "Logopolis" movie
The 4th Doctor's life comes to an end as he tries to save the
universe from the machinations of the Master. The Master's attempt to
control the logic of Logopolis goes horribly wrong.
Mon 6PM BST "The Robots Of Death" 2 pt version, ep 2
The killer robots step up their efforts to wipe out the crew.
Tue 6PM BST "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" 3 pt version, ep 1
Chinese gods, murder, fog, and London Theatre in the 19th Century
highlight one of the most popular Doctor Who stories.
UK Gold + 1
Wed 7PM BST "The Face Of Evil" 2 pt version, ep 1
Thu 7PM BST "The Face Of Evil" 2 pt version, ep 2
Fri 7PM BST "The Robots Of Death" 2 pt version, ep 1
Late Fri 1:45-3:30AM BST "The Keeper Of Traken" movie
Sat 6PM BST "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 5+6 of 7, movie format
Late Sat 2-3:45AM BST "Logopolis" movie
Mon 7PM BST "The Robots Of Death" 2 pt version, ep 2
Tue 7PM BST "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" 3 pt version, ep 1
UK Gold 2
Late Sat 3AM BST "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 5+6 of 7, movie
ABC Australia http://www.varos.net/drwho/australia/tv/
Monday through Thursday at 6PM AEST, starting 15 September
Thu 6PM "An Unearthly Child - The Firemaker" ep 4 of 4
The 1st Doctor and company must escape the tribe of Gum before they
get killed over failing to create fire.
Mon 6PM "The Dead Planet/The Daleks - The Dead Planet" ep 1 of 7
Tue 6PM "The Dead Planet/The Daleks - The Survivors" ep 2 of 7
Wed 6PM "The Dead Planet/The Daleks - The Escape" ep 3 of 7
The TARDIS lands on a planet wiped out by radiation, where the main
species has been forced to adapt to life in robotic casings. Not all
bad - their left arms can viciously kill you. This is the beginning -
of the Daleks.
11 October - Doctor Who Marathon with host Katy Manning
23 November 8:30PM - To Be Announced
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 "Planet Of Evil" pts 1+2 of 4
Thu "Planet Of Evil" pts 3+4 of 4
Matter and anti-matter mix on an explosive planet in the 4th Doctor
and Sarah's latest adventure.
Fri "Pyramids Of Mars" pts 1+2 of 4
An archaeologist inadvertently unleashes the wrath of Sutekh, last of
Sat "Revenge Of The Cybermen" all 4 pts
The emotionless Cybermen get so fed up that they experience emotions
anyway, preparing revenge against Voga, planet of Gold. Beware angry
Sun "Terror Of The Zygons" all 4 pts
Back on Earth, the 4th Doctor and companions face duplicates, the
Loch Ness Monster, and the Zygon menace.
Mon "Pyramids Of Mars" pts 3+4 of 4
The present and future will be destroyed unless the 4th Doctor stops
Sutekh in the past.
Tue "The Android Invasion" pts 1+2 of 4
Sarah and the 4th Doctor find England virtually empty. The only
people there seem less than human.
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
Sat 11PM EDT "The Ark In Space" pt 3 of 4
Noah learns that he is becoming a Wirrn. Vira must awaken the rest of
humanity before the assault begins.
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 2(?) of 4
Does anyone know what WCNY has scheduled?
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital 42* - coming September 2003
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Deadly Assassin" pt 1 of 4
A distress call brings the Doctor home to Gallifrey, racing to
protect the President from an assassination attempt.
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 "Earthshock" pts 1+2 of 4
The 5th Doctor and company uncover a plot to disrupt a peace
conference on Earth via a bomb.
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*
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Baltimore Dish Locals coming mid-October
Late Sat Mid EDT "Silver Nemesis" movie
The 25th anniversary Doctor Who story. Nazis, Cybermen, and a 17th
Century Lady converge on England in 1988 to try to retrieve a
Gallifreyan artefact with links to the Doctor.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 9+10 of 14 (Terror Of The
Vervoids pts 1+2)
The 6th Doctor begins his defense with a case from his future. The
Doctor and Mel answer a distress call, placing them on Hyperion III,
a luxury liner heading towards Earth with a deadly cargo.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
Sat 11:42PM CDT "The Leisure Hive" pt 4 of 4
Pangol prepares to create an army of himself to revive the Argolin
race as a legion of warriors.
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 probably in 2004 - they've asked for 2nd extensions for
their digital stations
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 Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pts 3+4 of 6
Li Hsen Chang has trouble pleasing his god Weng-Chiang.
Next week - The Airzone Solution & Auton have their IPTV premieres in
a pledge night. No Doctor Who October 4. Doctor Who returns October
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
(Doctor Who yanked from schedule. Status unknown.)
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
analog 12, 32
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 12,8211
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Next episodes late Friday September 26.
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 2 of 4
Monarch tries to lure Adric over to his side, while the rest of the
TARDIS crew become suspicious of the Urbankans' motives.
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 - Hidden Danger" ep 3
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT "The Sensorites - A Race Against Death"
ep 4 of 6
The Doctor, Ian, and Susan travel to the Sense Sphere to investigate
the plague that endangers the Sensorite people. But one of the TARDIS
crew will also fall victim, raising the stakes.
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.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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