This Week In Doctor Who - November 12, 2003
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - November 12, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 46
Doctor Who 40th anniversary month keeps on churning. While this
column covers Doctor Who broadcasts, you'll probably also want to
read the news pages at http://www.gallifreyone.com and
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho for everything else going on in
the Who universe. Oh, and http://www.varos.net/drwho for the
Australian perspective. And http://nzdwfc.tetrap.com for the New
Zealand perspective. And others I've probably forgotten but will no
doubt make it in next week.
BBCi http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/ premieres The Scream Of
The Shalka tomorrow (13 November) at 12:30PM GMT, introducing the
world to Richard E. Grant as the Ninth Doctor. BBC7 has aired 3
stereo trailers for the story, which are now available on the BBCi
website. Episodes will premiere on Thursdays through 18 December.
BBCi also now has online the TV trailer for Power Of The Daleks
recently discovered and shown at Panopticon.
BBC 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7 will celebrate Doctor Who's
anniversary by airing all 3 Doctor Who radio stories which they hold
broadcast rights to. The Jon Pertwee stories "Paradise Of Death"
and "Ghosts Of N-Space" will air weeknights at 6PM and Midnight GMT
from Wednesday 19 November through Wednesday 1 December. The Colin
Baker story "Slipback" will air in 3 installments Saturdays at
6:40PM and 12:40AM GMT from Saturday 22 November through Saturday 13
December. BBC 7 is available on digital radio and through digital TV
setups in the UK, and is simulcast on the internet worldwide. Adjust
for local time.
BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/ will have two Doctor Who events on
Friday 21 November. Doctor Who is going to be featured on Blue Peter
(5PM) and a Doctor Who version of The Weakest Link will air during
the Children In Need telethon (7-10PM, 10:35PM-2AM). Anniversary
documentary "The Story Of Doctor Who" is expected to air around
I am currently trying to determine how many broadcasters around the
world air Blue Peter and what the lag time is from UK broadcast to
other broadcasts, to determine when the Doctor Who show will air in
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
http://www.kbtc.org has now announced that they will celebrate
Doctor Who's 40th anniversary with a pledge marathon on December 6.
1 25 minute episode from each of the first seven Doctors, followed
by the regular 2 episodes in their weekly cycle through the William
Dr. Demento http://www.drdemento.com aired the first half of a
Doctor Who tribute in the second hour of his US nationally
syndicated comedic musical show. Featured songs were "The Doctor"
sung by Jim Berl (sp?), "Who Is The Doctor?" sung by Jon
Pertwee, "Time Traveller" sung by Frazer Hines, "Doctorin' The
TARDIS", and "Gallifreyan Buccaneer" sung by Colin Baker. Dr.
Demento gave special recognition to two Who fans for helping dig up
material - Lea Hays, whose material will likely be on the second
broadcast, and someone whose name I regrettably didn't catch. If he
repeats the recognition I'll get your name in next week's column.
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv pulled a late schedule change last
weekend to fit in a retrospective on "Dirty Den" from Eastenders.
The Saturday afternoon airing of the conclusion of "Inferno" aired
approximately in the timeslot listed for "The Kings' Demons",
with "The Kings' Demons" airing afterwards. Beginning this week UK
Gold +1 will air 24 hours a day, so all UK Gold shows will be on UK
Gold +1. UK Gold 2 is redoing its lineup with less repetition of UK
Gold content, so the late Saturday 3AM encores of Pertwee episodes
are now gone. The schedule for the Doctor Who @ 40 weekend that
appeared weeks ago now looks suspect, as the marathon begins and
ends earlier in the day than the earlier notice. As of this writing,
exact start and end times for marathon programming is unknown.
UKTV Australia http://www.uktv.com.au goofed up in its broadcast of
The Five Doctors last weekend. They aired the first three segments
of a four part version of Five Doctors, leaving viewers hanging on
the gripping cliffhanger of the Master walking down a flight of
stairs. Part four did not air, as UKTV went straight into The Caves
UKTV Australia's http://www.uktv.com.au Best Of Run
As of publication time, UKTV's November information was incomplete,
and info from 15 November onward is an extrapolation.
15 November? - 8AM The Two Doctors
15 November? - 10:30AM The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe
22 November? - 8AM Survival
22 November? - 9:30AM Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
23 November - 8:30PM To Be Announced
UK Gold's http://www.ukgold.tv Doctor Who @ 40 Weekend - 22 and 23
Everything airs 1 hour later on UK Gold +1
Sat 22 November (7AM-7PM):
Planet Of Fire
The Time Meddler
The Tomb Of The Cybermen
The Three Doctors
Featurette - Carnival Of Monsters
Pyramids Of Mars
Sun 23 November (7AM-7PM):
The Caves Of Androzani (regular rotation)
The Five Doctors
The Caves Of Androzani (viewer choice)
Attack Of The Cybermen
The Curse Of Fatal Death & featurettes
Doctor Who (1996 movie)
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
10AM EST - The Ark in Space
Noon EST - Genesis Of The Daleks
3PM EST - Pyramids Of Mars
5PM EST - The Deadly Assassin
7PM EST - The Robots Of Death
9PM EST - The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
12AM EST - The Pirate Planet
2AM EST - City Of Death
4AM EST - Logopolis
KBTC/KCKA Tacoma/Centralia, WA 40 Years Of Doctor Who
Saturday December 6 - 6PM-1:30AM PST
An Unearthly Child ep 1
The War Games ep 9
The Daemons ep 4
City Of Death pt 2
Enlightenment pt 1
The Trial Of A Time Lord pt 13 (The Ultimate Foe pt 1)
Silver Nemesis pt 3
The Web Planet eps 5+6 (regular rotation)
Corrections and updates are always welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
firstname.lastname@example.org , bfelliott@... , TWIDW on AOL IM ,
and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/shalka "The Scream Of The Shalka"
Episode 1 goes online 13 November 12:30PM GMT (7:30AM EST, 4:30AM
PST, 1:30PM CET, 11:30PM AEDT). Richard E. Grant is The Doctor.
older online dramas:
"Shada" - starring Paul McGann and Lalla Ward
"Real Time" - starring Colin Baker and the Cybermen
BBC 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7
Weeknights 6PM + Mid GMT - "The Paradise Of Death" - starts
Wednesday 19 November
Saturdays 6:40PM + 12:40AM GMT "Slipback" - starts Saturday 22
Weeknights 6PM + Mid GMT - "The Ghosts Of N-Space" - starts
Wednesday 26 November
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Dan Harris discusses the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise, a sci-fi convention by
boat that started in 1988. Next cruise leaves Miami on December 6.
From Joey's Interstellar Transmissions show in 2002 - an interview
with Eric Luskin, host of several Doctor Who documentaries in the
1980s and an integral part of New Jersey Network programming from
1981 to 1994.
Tentative upcoming schedule:
November 18 - 40th Anniversary special with guest Verity Lambert
December 9 + 23 - split over 2 broadcasts, compilation of a December
1987 radio interview on WINZ-AM Miami with John-Nathan Turner,
Nicola Bryant, and Brian Sloman during the final stop of the Doctor
Who Celebration tour. From the Jay Michaels midday show.
January 5, 2004 - Peter Davison gives his thoughts on the return of
Doctor Who and his involvement in the commentaries on the BBC DVDs
(The Five Doctors Special Edition, The Caves Of Androzani,
Resurrection Of The Daleks, Earthshock, The Visitation, to name the
ones publicly announced).
Sci-Fi Overdrive http://www.scifioverdrive.com
on Business Talk Network http://www.businesstalkradio.net
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EST (11PM-3AM PST, 7-11AM GMT, 6-10PM AEDT)
Live Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
Hours 1+2 - Sci-Fi News & Comment. David Durica & Lauren Urban
discuss "The Matrix Revolutions". Hours 3+4 - Doctor Who's 40th
anniversary. Joey Donovan chats with Arnold T. Blumberg (Cinescape
Magazine, Howe's Transcendental Toybox) to present the 40 year
history of Doctor Who in context to non-fans who may only know of
Tom Baker. It will include several Doctor Who tunes released over
Dr. Demento Show http://www.drdemento.com
2nd week of Doctor Who tribute. Airs Saturday or Sunday in most
markets. It will include several Doctor Who tunes released over the
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Wed 6PM GMT "The Horns Of Nimon" 2 ep version, pt 2
The great journey of life for the Nimon calls for the death of all
the Skonnons. Can the 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 save the Skonnon
empire from the consequences of dreams of conquest? Come to think of
it - why should the TARDIS crew bother?
Thu 6PM GMT "The Leisure Hive" 2 ep version, pt 1
Fri 6PM GMT "The Leisure Hive" 2 ep version, pt 2
While K9's sidelined, the 4th Doctor and Romana vacation on a world
where new experimental science is used as a tourist attraction. When
the science gets out of hand, the 4th Doctor must find the truth,
before it's too late, or he's too old.
Sat 7:20-8:25AM GMT "The Awakening" movie
The search for Tegan's grandfather brings the 5th Doctor to the
village of Little Hodcombe in 1984. War games are in progress.
Unusually realistic war games.
Sat 5PM GMT "Terror Of The Autons" eps 1+2 of 4
An old friend of the 3rd Doctor has come to Earth on a mission to
conquer the planet and subjugate the people. It's the first ever
appearance of The Master (Roger Delgado).
Sun 7:15-9AM GMT "Frontios" movie
The TARDIS is forced to land outside the accepted boundaries of time
travel, leaving the 5th Doctor conflicted on how much he can
intervene to save humanity this time.
Mon 6PM GMT "Meglos" 2 ep version, pt 1
Tue 6PM GMT "Meglos" 2 ep version, pt 2
Meglos the cactus engages in identity theft, impersonating the 4th
Doctor in a plan to steal an artifact that can rebuild his
UK Gold + 1
UK Gold + 1 now broadcasts 24 hours a day, so the morning omnibuses
that previously had not been available on UK Gold + 1 will now air.
Wed 7PM GMT "The Horns Of Nimon" 2 ep version, pt 2
Thu 7PM GMT "The Leisure Hive" 2 ep version, pt 1
Fri 7PM GMT "The Leisure Hive" 2 ep version, pt 2
Sat 8:20-9:25AM GMT "The Awakening" movie
Sat 6PM GMT "Terror Of The Autons" eps 1+2 of 4
Sat 8:15-10AM GMT "Frontios" movie
Mon 7PM GMT "Meglos" 2 ep version, pt 1
Tue 7PM GMT "Meglos" 2 ep version, pt 2
UK Gold 2
UK Gold 2's schedule no longer is a direct replay of UK Gold shows
from earlier in the day. As a result, Doctor Who is not currently on
ABC http://www.varos.net/drwho/australia/tv http://www.abc.net.au/tv
Thu 6PM "The Dalek Invasion Of Earth - The End Of Tomorrow" ep 4 of 6
Mon 6PM "The Dalek Invasion Of Earth - The Waking Ally" ep 5 of 6
Tue 6PM "The Dalek Invasion Of Earth - Flashpoint" ep 6 of 6
The Daleks prepare to finish their activities on the Earth. The
original TARDIS crew works together one final time to try to save
humanity in the 22nd Century.
Wed 6PM "The Rescue - The Powerful Enemy" ep 1 of 2
More tired than usual after the events in 22nd Century Earth, the
1st Doctor is delighted that the TARDIS has arrived on Dido, a
planet where the natives are peaceful and friendly. Evidence begins
to point to the contrary, much to the Doctor's surprise.
Doctor Who 40th Anniversary Best Of Run
Sat 8AM AEDT "The Two Doctors" all 3 pts (45 minute episodes)
The 2nd Doctor, on a mission for the Time Lords, disappears in the
melee when a research station is savagely attacked. The 6th Doctor
and Peri must reconstruct what happened to the Doctor's earlier
incarnation and complete the mission, whatever it was.
Sat 10:30AM AEDT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 13+14 of 14 (The
Ultimate Foe all 2 pts)
The 6th Doctor's trial grinds to a halt when the Master arrives with
shocking revelations. This could be good news for the Doctor, but it
may also be bad news for the future of the universe.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EST (10PM + 12:30AM PST) - 2 episodes
weekdays, full stories weekends)
Wed "City Of Death" pts 3+4 of 4
The theft of the Mona Lisa may provide the money to bankroll a
disastrous trip to rewrite history.
Thu "The Creature From The Pit" pts 1+2 of 4
Fri "The Creature From The Pit" pts 3+4 of 4
The Lady Adrasta runs the planet Chloris in a grip of fear and
terror. The 4th Doctor and Romana battle wits with the lady in black.
Sat "The Sun Makers" all 4 pts
Taxes and bureaucracy leave humanity enslaved and enfeebled on the
planet Pluto. The 4th Doctor and Leela try to bring the human spirit
back to humanity.
Sun "Underworld" all 4 pts
The stupidest prats ever to get ahold of a spaceship emotionally
blackmail the 4th Doctor and Leela into searching for the racebank
that could rebuild their species. Based on the samples of Minyan
life we see, you quickly find yourself rooting for this race's
Mon "Nightmare Of Eden" pts 1+2 of 4
Tue "Nightmare Of Eden" pts 3+4 of 4
A spaceship accident unleashes wild animals and a dangerous narcotic.
23 November 10AM - Best Of Marathon
NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
analog 11, 49, 52
digital 11-2 (57-2), 49-2 (48-2), 52-2 (49-2)
Boston DirecTV 11,955
Boston Dish 11,8781
Pre-empted by auction. Revenge Of The Cybermen concludes November 22.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EST "Planet Of Evil" pt 2 (?) of 4
Pre-empted by pledge drives for at least the next 2 weeks.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Sat 11PM EST "Mawdryn Undead" pts 1+2 of 4
Driven by revenge, the Black Guardian recruits a youth named
Turlough to infiltrate the TARDIS crew and kill the 5th Doctor once
and for all. Ok, twice and for all. Three times and for all. Gosh,
Turlough's not that great an assassin.
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
analog 22, 67, 31, 28, 62, 36
digital 22-2 (42-2), 67-2 (29-2), 31-2 (44-2), 28-2 (56-2), 28, 54
DC/Hagerstown, Baltimore DirecTV 22,980
Baltimore Dish 22,8736
Late Sat Mid EST "The Edge Of Destruction" movie (The Edge Of
Destruction, The Brink Of Disaster)
An explosion in the TARDIS leaves the 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and
Susan with hazy memories and distrust of each other.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Sat 11PM EST "Paradise Towers" pts 3+4 of 4
The 7th Doctor and Mel must get the factions living in the Towers to
stop fighting long enough to keep the enemy from the basement from
killing them all.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Sat 11:40PM CDT "Full Circle" pt 4 of 4
The Alzarians learn the truth about their past, present, and future.
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 - not on air
Des Moines DirecTV 11,474
Des Moines Dish 11,9116
Cedar Rapids Dish 12,9161
Omaha Dish 32,9146
Sat 11:35PM CST "Image Of The Fendahl" pts 1+2 of 4
Scientists stumble across a skull that can unlock the secrets of 5
million years ago, and destroy the world.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
analog 12, 32
digital 12-1 (38-1)
Denver DirecTV 12,910
Denver Dish 12,8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MST "The Ambassadors Of Death" eps 2+3 of 7
Sat 11PM MST "The Ambassadors Of Death" eps 4+5 of 7
As astronauts return to Earth, the 3rd Doctor, Liz Shaw, and UNIT
battle mysterious forces to learn the truth behind what happened to
the men on Mars. Have they really come back?
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
digital 7-1 (42-1), 19-1 (19-1)
Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
Sat 11:30PM MST "The Visitation" pt 1 of 4
In the 17th Century, the 5th Doctor and company run afoul of alien
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA http://www.kbtc.org
digital 28-1 (27-1), 15-1 (19-1)
Seattle DirecTV 28,910
Seattle Dish 28,8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST "The Romans - Conspiracy" ep 3 of 4
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PST "The Romans - Inferno" ep 4 of 4
The 1st Doctor is in Rome, where Nero mistakes him for a famous lyre
player. A lyre player who apparently had a secret agenda. Whatever
it is, the Doctor has no plans to take part.
Doctor Who 40th anniversary marathon December 6.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
digital 50,58 - not on air
San Francisco DirecTV 54,903
San Francisco Dish 54,8234
Monterey Dish 25,9190
Next Doctor Who broadcast TBA.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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