This Week In Doctor Who - December 17, 2003
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 17, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 51
Welcome to the weekly guide to all known Doctor Who broadcasts.
The Scream Of The Shalka http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/shalka
will be fully online as of the Thursday 18 December addition of
episode 6. If you've missed out on it, or were waiting for the whole
story to be online, it will be online. Scream is an official Doctor
Who animated story done in Flash (animation by Cosgrove Hall)
starring Richard E. Grant as the Doctor and Sir Derek Jacobi as The
Master. How long it will remain online is unknown. There are also
RealPlayer clips of many of the actors discussing their experiences
on the production.
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. We are
keeping an eye out for any rebroadcasts and international airings
that may follow. Nothing apparent yet.
ABC Australia will pre-empt Doctor Who (and just about all regular
shows) on Christmas Day. Pre-emptions are also expected in January.
Varos website editor Jason Fraser reports that ABC will have its
annual live coverage of the Hopman Cup Tennis tournament. The
tournament is held in Perth, 3 hours behind Sydney, and last year
the coverage ran till 7PM AEDT. Stay tuned to
http://www.varos.net/drwho , http://www.abc.net.au/tv , and
http://www.ebroadcast.com.au/tv for developments.
Encore Australia is airing Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D. on Monday
5 January at 5:35AM AEDT, repeating Saturday 17 January at 5:20AM
AEDT. 4:3 pan & scanned aspect ratio.
Dish Network http://www.dishnetwork.com subscribers in the
Champaign/Urbana/Springfield, Illinois TV market are expected to be
able to subscribe to their local channels either today (December 17)
or tomorrow (December 18). This includes WILL 12
http://www.will.uiuc.edu , a Doctor Who affiliate. To receive the
Champaign locals you have to arrange for the installation of a
The American Who http://www.americanwho.net website was down for
much of last week. It is now running again, redirecting people to a
Next week's column will come out on Tuesday, December 23, to get out
before Christmas turns the internet into a ghost town. TWIDW will
return to Wednesdays on December 31.
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 5 online now, episode 6
premieres Thursday 18 December. Fully animated in Flash format. The
Ninth Doctor is haunted. 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. Full story online from Thursday. Richard E. Grant is The
older online drama:
"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.
New Zealand Radio (National Service) http://www.radionz.co.nz/nr/f-
Sun 4:50PM "Slipback" pt 5 of 6
American Who http://www.americanwho.net
Parts 1a and 1b of a December 1987 radio interview on WINZ-AM Miami
from the Jay Michaels midday show. John-Nathan Turner, Nicola
Bryant, and Brian Sloman appeared discussing the final US leg of
the "Doctor Who Celebration and Tour".
Dan Harris discusses the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise.
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
Hour 1 - Sci-Fi news and comment. Hour 2 - Thomas Vitale, senior
Vice-President of Acquisition, Scheduling, and Program Planning for
the US Sci-Fi Channel. Hour 3 - the Lord Of The Rings exhibit and
the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science. Hour
4 - Dr. Stephen Squyers of the NASA Mars Exploration Project.
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Sat 6:10-8AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" movie, pt 1 of 4 (The
The 6th Doctor and Peri arrive on a planet in the far future that
bears a suspicious resemblance to Earth. Little do they know that
their actions will be nitpicked over later as court evidence ...
Sun 6:10-8AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" movie, pt 2 of 4
Still oblivious to being recorded for prosperity, the Doctor and
Peri stumble across a sinister attempt at manipulating life and
death. Will the Doctor be part of the solution, or part of the
problem to be solved?
UK Gold will not air Doctor Who next week due to Christmas
programming. Returns January 3.
UK Gold + 1
Sat 7:10-9AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" movie, pt 1 of 4 (The
Sun 7:10-9AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" movie, pt 2 of 4
ABC http://www.varos.net/drwho/ http://www.abc.net.au/tv
Thu 6:05PM "The Chase - The Death Of Time" ep 2 of 6
Mon 6:05PM "The Chase - Flight Through Eternity" ep 3 of 6
Tue 6:05PM "The Chase - Journey Into Terror" ep 4 of 6
Wed 6:05PM "The Chase - The Death Of Doctor Who" ep 5 of 6
The Daleks really take defeat badly. They've assembled their own
time machine to pursue the 1st Doctor and company through the
universe. Objective - complete and utter slaughter of the TARDIS
The Chase concludes on Monday 29 December.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EST (10PM + 12:30AM PST) - 2 episodes
weekdays, full stories weekends)
The weekday airings will be on a special schedule from Monday 20
December through Friday 2 January.
Wed "Full Circle" pts 3+4 of 4
The Marsh people decide to attack the Starliner under the guidance
of their new leader - Romana.
Thu "State Of Decay" pts 1+2 of 4
Fri "State Of Decay" pts 3+4 of 4
Civilization is crumbling. The best and the brightest are being
selected and disappear. The 4th Doctor and Romana try to free a
world from tyrannical rulers. They didn't count on a stowaway on the
TARDIS getting involved.
Sat "Destiny Of The Daleks" all 4 pts
Skaro. Most unattractive world. All it ever produced was the Thals
and the Kaleds. The Kaleds managed to wipe themselves out with the
Daleks and virtually wipe out the Thals. The Daleks have long since
left Skaro behind, good riddance to a dead world. But now they have
second thoughts. With their existence threatened by a new foe, the
Daleks have returned to Skaro in hopes of discovering what they left
behind. Big mistake.
Sun "City Of Death" all 4 pts
A husband and wife pair of thieves prepare for the greatest crime
yet - nabbing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. Normally, the
basis for a mildly comedic detective drama. But when the 4th Doctor
begins to suspect that the theft may be on a larger scale, the
detective winds up sidekick. First Doctor Who story filmed partially
outside the UK.
Late Mon 3:30AM EST/12:30AM PST "Warriors' Gate" all 4 pts
The circle of life. Hunters become hunted. Wealthy become poor.
Robots become mildly oddball furniture. The 4th Doctor, Romana,
Adric, and K9 are as confused as the audience. But if we don't
figure it out we just get the vague sense that we watched a good TV
show that flew over our heads. If they don't figure it out the
gateway between multiple universes could explode over them.
Late Tue 3:30AM EST/12:30AM PST "The Keeper Of Traken" all 4 pts
Tremas, future intended Keeper of the Union of Traken, is the only
man who will believe the 4th Doctor and Adric when they say that the
current Keeper has sent them to expose an evil that will turn their
peaceful empire into dust. Tremas: Anthony Ainley.
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
Sat 11PM EST "Terror Of The Zygons" pt 1 of 4
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart leads a military investigation while
wearing a kilt.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EST "Pyramids Of Mars" pt 1 of 4
A noted scientist opens a tomb in Egypt, unwittingly opening a door
to Mars, where a leashed evil seeks relief.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Sat 11PM EST "Enlightenment" pts 3+4 of 4
The race turns ever more deadly. An unlikely hero may hold the key
to life and death for the TARDIS crew and the immortals.
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 Dalek Invasion Of Earth" movie (World's End,
The Daleks, Day Of Reckoning, The End Of Tomorrow, The Waking Ally,
22nd Century Earth. The survivors of humanity are hiding from the
Daleks. The 1st Doctor and company wind up in the thick of things,
trying to save the world. For Susan, the stakes get unusually
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Sat 11PM EST "The Happiness Patrol" pts 1+2 of 3
At night, they prowl the streets. Keeping to the shadows. Concealing
themselves. Until they come across other people prowling the streets
and keeping to the shadows. At which point they reveal themselves as
the Happiness Patrol and bring happy death to the glum killjoys. A
Dickensian Christmas tale - everyone's just out to decrease the
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407 - expected available to subscribers on either
Wednesday December 17 or Thursday December 18 - requires Superdish
Sat 11:40PM CST "Warriors' Gate" pt 1 of 4
See BBC Kids for details.
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 "The Two Doctors" 6 pt version, pts 5+6
The 2nd Doctor finds himself the subject of Dastari's latest genetic
experiment. An experiment that goes terribly wrong. Dastari:
Laurence Payne. Trivia - Laurence Payne also played Johnny Ringo in
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
Sat 11PM MST "Inferno" pts 1+2 of 7
The 3rd Doctor's efforts to repair his TARDIS are hampered by
mysterious deaths at the drillsite and a gateway opening between
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 4 of 4
The Terrileptils plan to release rats in London in a plan to
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
Sat 7PM + 12:30AM PST "The Space Museum - The Search" ep 3 of 4
Sat 7:30PM + 1AM PST "The Space Museum - The Final Phase" ep 4 of 4
The 1st Doctor is to become a museum exhibit, with hopes to kill and
freeze dry the rest of the crew later.
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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