This Week In Doctor Who - December 3, 2003
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 3, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 49
BBC1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone has scheduled "The Story Of Doctor
Who", the 40th anniversary documentary, to air on Tuesday 30
December at 6:30PM GMT, as part of the Christmas programming. No
rebroadcasts or airings in other countries have been announced at
BBCi http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho has announced that the
Shada webcast is being taken offline as of 8 December due to the
upcoming CD release. If you're like myself, you may have intended to
watch/listen to this story for months, and never gotten around to
doing it. Well, after Monday, your chance to see the story with the
illustrations will be gone, at least for the time being. Shada is
expected to be back online in mid 2004.
For any UK fans who missed the previous announcements, UK Gold
http://www.ukgold.tv has discontinued the 6PM weekday run of Tom
Baker stories following the 2 December airing of the conclusion of
Logopolis. The Saturday and Sunday morning Doctor Who movies
continue, though Doctor Who will not air on the weekend of December
27 and 28.
KBTC Tacoma, WA http://www.kbtc.org and Iowa Public TV
http://www.iptv.org are celebrating Doctor Who's 40th anniversary
with pledge specials. See below for details.
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:
"The Scream Of The Shalka" - episode 3 online now, episode 4
premieres Thursday 4 December. Fully animated in Flash format. The
Ninth Doctor is a haunted alien. Something happened to him. Now he
dreads the thought of visiting Earth, of fighting evil, of caring
about people. Unfortunately, a Shalka invasion fleet has a base in
rural England, and the Doctor has no choice but to intervene one
more time. Richard E. Grant is The Doctor. What's left of him,
older online dramas:
"Shada" - starring Paul McGann and Lalla Ward. Douglas Adams' script
is remade as an illustrated audio tale for the 8th Doctor. The 8th
Doctor suspects that he and Romana failed to take part in events in
Cambridge 1979 that they were supposed to witness. Professor
Chronotis wanted their help to return a book to Gallifrey before
evil forces can steal it. In this case, the evil force is a
scientist named Skagra who wants the book to locate the infamous
Saliavin. This 6 episode webcast is going offline on 8 December so
the CD release of this story can have an exclusive window. Shada
will go back online in June 2004, and BBCi has the rights to the
webcast until 2008.
"Real Time" - starring Colin Baker and the Cybermen. 6 episode
illustrated audio tale. The 6th Doctor and Evelyn Smythe research a
temple that has been yanking scientists out of time. The secrets of
the temple threaten the future and past of two species. Viewer
discretion advised for the illustrations of episodes 4 through 6.
BBC 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7
Wed 6PM + Mid GMT "The Ghosts Of N-Space" pt 6 of 6
Conclusion of the 2nd and final Jon Pertwee radio story.
Sat 6:40PM + 12:40AM GMT "Slipback" 3 pt version, pt 3
The 6th Doctor and Peri learn the secret of the Vipod Mor.
New Zealand Radio (National Service) http://www.radionz.co.nz/nr/f-
Sun 4:50PM "Slipback" pt 3 of 6
Police inspectors cause trouble with the Doctor and Peri.
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
40th Anniversary special. Joey Reynolds' exclusive interview with
original series producer Verity Lambert, conducted days after the
announcement of the revival of Doctor Who.
Dan Harris discusses the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise.
Tentative upcoming schedule:
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 on the return of Doctor Who and
doing the DVD commentaries.
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
Schedule not announced at press time.
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Sat 7:15-9AM GMT "Vengeance On Varos" movie
The TARDIS is in vital need of Zeiton-7 ore, a mineral which the 6th
Doctor and Peri can only find on the prison planet of Varos.
Introducing the character of Sil, played by Nabil Shaban.
Sun 7:10-9AM GMT "The Mark Of The Rani" movie
The TARDIS is pulled off course (again), bringing the 6th Doctor
into the sights of the Master (again). But the Master's just out for
revenge - someone else is the villain this time. This is the first
Doctor Who story by the writing team of Pip & Jane Baker.
UK Gold + 1
Sat 8:15-10AM GMT "Vengeance On Varos" movie
Sun 8:10-10AM GMT "The Mark Of The Rani" movie
ABC http://www.varos.net/drwho/ http://www.abc.net.au/tv
Thu 6:05PM "The Web Planet - Crater Of Needles" ep 4 of 6
Mon 6:05PM "The Web Planet - Invasion" ep 5 of 6
Tue 6:05PM "The Web Planet - The Centre" ep 6 of 6
The Menoptera try to retake their world, while the 1st Doctor
matches wits with the evil Animus. Written by Bill Strutton (1923-
Wed 6:05PM "The Space Museum - The Space Museum" ep 1 of 4
Immediately after the adventures with the Saracens and King Richard,
the TARDIS crew freeze in time. Awakening, they find themselves
outside the normal boundaries of time and space, privy to events in
their own future.
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 "The Creature From The Pit" pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor seeks the truth from an angry green blob and the lady
dictator of Chloris. Between the knowledge hidden within the two of
them lies the future of everybody on the planet.
Thu "Nightmare Of Eden" pts 1+2 of 4
Fri "Nightmare Of Eden" pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana pose as insurance adjusters to investigate
the unlikely collision of two ships in space. The death toll mounts
when creatures no one can account for get loose on one of the ships.
Sat "The Stones Of Blood" all 4 pts
Romana discovers Earth. The 3rd segment to the Key To Time is tied
in with a stone circle in rural England. Trouble with this stone
circle - some of the stones kill.
Sun "The Androids Of Tara" all 4 pts
Androids, swashbuckling, dopplegangers, and court intrigue. Finding
the 4th segment of the Key To Time is easy. Getting off the planet
Tara alive is another matter. Romana: Mary Tamm. Princess Strella:
Mary Tamm. Monstrous killer robot fiend: Mary Tamm.
Mon "The Horns Of Nimon" pts 1+2 of 4
Tue "The Horns Of Nimon" pts 3+4 of 4
A black hole in space brings the 4th Doctor, Romana, and K-9 to the
planet Skonnos, where an evil empire is being cruelly deceived by a
more evil empire. Unless the Doctor saves the day, an evil empire
will be destroyed. Erm ...
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 pledge drives. Terror Of The Zygons begins December
20. It looks like NHPTV is now running the digital signal 24 hours a
day, in which case Doctor Who will now be part of the digital
simulcast on subchannel 2 when the pledge drive ends.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EST "Planet Of Evil" pts 3+4 of 4
Doctor Who gets a pledge drive on WCNY. Episode title provided by
zap2it.com . WCNY's website is not giving a story title or the next
airdate for the series.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Sat 11PM EST "Terminus" pts 3+4 of 4
Nyssa undergoes a dangerous radiation treatment to seek a cure from
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 Sensorites" movie (Strangers In Space, The
Unwilling Warriors, Hidden Danger, A Race Against Death, Kidnap, A
The 1st Doctor, Susan, and company try to broker peace between a
ship of paranoid humans and more paranoid aliens. Fear is the enemy
that can kill them all.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Dragonfire continues on December 13.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Sat 11:40PM CST "State Of Decay" pt 3 of 4
Adric tries a cunning plan to outwit the vampires.
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
Fri 10PM CST "The Two Doctors" 6 pt version, pts 1+2
Pledge special. Iowa Public TV has Colin Baker at a special event in
Des Moines to celebrate Doctor Who's 40th anniversary. To tie in to
the event, IPTV is airing a story from his era. The 6th Doctor and
Peri investigate the mysterious disappearance of the Doctor's 2nd
incarnation (Patrick Troughton), who was investigating unorthodox
time travel and genetics experiments. Jamie: Frazer Hines. The
remaining segments of this story will air in the normal Saturday
time over the following two weeks before IPTV resumes the Tom Baker
stories and concludes The Sun Makers.
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
Pre-empted this week and next for pledge drives. Inferno begins
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
Pre-empted for pledge drive. The Visitation part 3 airs December 13.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA http://www.kbtc.org
digital 28-1 (27-1), 19
Seattle DirecTV 28,910
Seattle Dish 28,8620
KBTC celebrates the 40th anniversary of Doctor Who with a 4 hour
pledge marathon. One 25 minute episode from each Doctor. Pledge
night. Times approximate.
Sat 6PM PST "An Unearthly Child - An Unearthly Child" ep 1 of 4
The very first episode broadcast. Two schoolteachers investigate the
eccentricities of a student, bringing them into conflict with the
teen's grandfather, and launching the most extraordinary adventure
of their lives.
Sat 6:35PM PST "The War Games" ep 9 of 10
The 2nd Doctor and the humans launch their attacks upon the War
Games. But even if the Doctor ends the slaughter, he may not have
the ability to get everyone home. Not without help he is
pathologically afraid of using.
Sat 7:10PM PST "The Daemons" ep 4 of 5
The Master turns the village against the 3rd Doctor and Jo. The
Daemon Bok bides his time.
Sat 7:45PM PST "City Of Death" pt 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana investigate Count Scarlioni. A scruffy
detective investigates the Doctor.
Sat 8:20PM PST "Enlightenment" pt 1 of 4
Turlough rejects the Black Guardian, who vows revenge. The 5th
Doctor and the TARDIS crew arrive on a very strange ship. And an old
friend tries to manifest.
Sat 8:55PM PST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pt 13 of 14 (The Ultimate
Foe pt 1)
The trial comes to a halt when an old *acquaintance* arrives with
surprise witnesses and evidence that could bring Gallifrey to its
Sat 9:30PM PST "Silver Nemesis" pt 3 of 3
The Cybermen, the Nazis, and Lady Peinforte battle over the fate of
Nemesis, double crossing each other, scheming against each other,
rather like crabs fighting each other in the bucket ensuring none
can escape being boiled.
Late Sat 12:30AM PST "The Web Planet - Invasion" ep 5 of 6
Late Sat 1AM PST "The Web Planet - The Centre" ep 6 of 6
See ABC Australia for story details.
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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