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This Week In Doctor Who - December 31, 2003

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  • Benjamin Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 31, 2003 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 6, No 53 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2003
      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 31, 2003
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 6, No 53

      2003 has come to a close. Doctor Who's 40th anniversary year. On
      January 1 I wrote that this column would continue to be here to
      cover the broadcasts around the world. I declared I hoped for a
      banner year for the series. It was a bit of bravado. Too many
      stations had dropped Doctor Who in 2002. It looked like the series
      was fading further away. Even the books were cutting back
      production, from 2 novels a month to one. The future for Who
      broadcasting looked bleak. One thing we all know - you can never
      predict the future. If I were to tell Who fans one year ago what we
      know today about the year in Who broadcasting, no one would believe

      In January 2003, Uniseries in South America and KAWE/KAWB
      Bemidji/Brainerd, MN dropped Doctor Who from their weekly lineups.
      BBC 7 presented the Doctor Who radio story The Paradise Of Death for
      the first time on their channel. BBC Kids in Canada demoted Doctor
      Who out of primetime to late-night airings. KTEH/KCAH San
      Jose/Watsonville, CA took Doctor Who off the air for a short gap,
      unaware that budget woes would keep the show off the air

      February 2003 saw "My Life As A Dalek" premiere on BBC Radio 4. Joey
      Reynolds took his sci-fi show (with part time Who content) national
      in Sci-Fi Overdrive.

      March 2003 saw BBC 7 present Slipback, another Doctor Who radio
      story. And WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh started scheduling Doctor Who, but
      never airing the episodes.

      April 2003 saw the trailers for the new version of Shada on BBCi's
      website. Info leaked on the UK Gold Dalek Days planned for May, as
      we marveled that these marathons would air so early in the year. We
      didn't have long to wonder - news of a Dalek/Terry Nation moratorium
      came out. Mass confusion (that has never truly been resolved) began
      as people tried to figure out exactly which stories couldn't be
      shown due to the contract issues between Terry Nation's estate and
      the BBC. Some stations would pull Dalek stories, other stations have
      completely ignored the moratorium. UK Gold was getting the Dalek
      marathons out of the way before July.

      May 2003. The Dalek Days aired. A remake of the classic unfinished
      story Shada premiered online, with Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor.
      WQED/WQEX was obviously not putting Doctor Who back on. American
      Who, a US based online radio show devoted to the series, premiered
      with archival and new interviews, including a chat with the editor
      of This Week In Doctor Who regarding the Dalek embargo.

      June 2003. Homechoice in the UK ended its video on demand
      presentation of the first 3 Tom Baker stories. Never aired any other
      stories - just those 3.

      July 2003. New Hampshire Public TV abandoned the Sylvester McCoy era
      early to get Tom Baker episodes back on the air, annoying people who
      were close to seeing the end of the series for once. Maryland Public
      TV's schedule indicated that McCoy would be skipped in August in
      favor of Hartnell stories, though McCoy soon wound up back on their
      lineup. UK Gold ran a poll for their 40th anniversary Who
      programming - 2 full days of Who coming in November. KTEH/KCAH
      announced a deal with BBV Video to present Auton and The Airzone
      Solution in August. If a pledge success, the BBV library could be
      syndicated throughout the US, bringing something very much like
      Doctor Who back to TV, if not the series itself. Word broke that
      BBCi would run a fully animated Doctor Who story in November and
      December - The Scream Of The Shalka. It would present Richard E.
      Grant to viewers as the official BBCi Ninth Doctor.

      August 2003. Unused footage from Fury From The Deep surfaced. ABC
      Australia announced that they would air the entire Doctor Who series
      starting in September, 4 days a week just before primetime, the
      first time ABC had the series since 1994. UK Gold started a weekday
      run of the Tom Baker stories for UK fans. BBC Kids moved Doctor Who
      later into the night. KTEH/KCAH aired the two BBV specials. KERA
      Dallas yanked Doctor Who just before the end of the Peter Davison

      September 2003. Iowa Public TV made their own stab at airing the BBV
      specials. Scream Of The Shalka was getting closer. Encore in
      Australia began irregular airings of Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D.
      while UKTV Australia announced plans for a best of Doctor Who
      marathon (we would later learn the marathon would be serialized
      through October and November). BBC Radio 3 reran the
      play "Regenerations", about a bunch of fans unable to let go of the
      dead series. The weekday ABC Australia run began, with surprisingly
      high public praise of 40 year old Hartnell stories. WSKG
      Binghampton, NY dropped the series. And then came the news that
      shocked us all:

      Doctor Who is coming back as a weekly TV series on BBC One in
      2005!!! After all these years, it was real. And Doctor Who was
      mainstream again. Well, future mainstream. Probably Saturday nights.
      Probably 13 episodes at 45 minutes per episode. The biggest story in
      Doctor Who since 1996, and the story that will dominate everyone's
      attention for the forseeable future. At least till the new series
      itself premieres.

      October 2003. UKTV Australia's best of run begins.

      November 2003. Doctor Who's 40th anniversary month. BBC Kids had a
      full day Who marathon. UK Gold had 2 full days of a Who marathon.
      UKTV Australia finished their best of run. The Scream Of The Shalka
      premiered on BBCi. Slipback got a national broadcast in New Zealand,
      one episode a week.

      December 2003. Pledge nights on Iowa Public TV and KBTC/KCKA to
      celebrate the Doctor's 40th. UK Gold drops its weeknight Doctor Who
      run at the end of Tom Baker. BBC One airs The Story Of Doctor Who, a
      documentary about the series' history. The Scream Of The Shalka
      continues online while Shada goes offline. Shalka also gets a
      special presentation as part of the BBC's Interactive services on
      Sky Digital.

      Now, admit it - how many of you went to skimming and eyes glazing
      over after the paragraph about the show's return? Suddenly the day
      to day details and twists go away, and it's probably a good thing.

      Here comes 2004. I'm fairly certain we won't get any more curveballs
      on the scale of a new TV series. But it's going to be an interesting
      year, no doubt.

      The Story Of Doctor Who had no clips from the 1996 TV Movie. A
      caller (ZC TGS in online fandom) to the BBC information desk was
      informed that the production team working on the documentary (not to
      be confused with the Doctor Who Restoration Team) said that the TV
      Movie was not a BBC production, and that it had gotten very low
      ratings when shown on the BBC.

      For anyone curious about reruns and overseas airings, I have not
      found anything planned so far. The overall reaction to Story seemed
      to be that it was a very nice reminder of the old series for the
      general public to whet their appetite in this time before the new
      series. Series clips were clipped to 14:9 aspect ratio and sometimes
      unrestored footage was used when restored footage was available. Tom
      Baker's comments were noted for being very good. Peter Davison,
      Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy reportedly got a fair amount of
      screen time. Here's hoping a large audience tuned in.

      Encore Australia is airing Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D. on Monday
      5 January at 5:35AM, Saturday 17 January at 5:20AM, and Thursday 29
      January at 6:45AM AEDT.

      Corrections and updates are always welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
      owner@yahoogroups.com , bfelliott@... , TWIDW on AOL IM ,
      and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:


      BBCi http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho
      "The Scream Of The Shalka" - all 6 episodes online. Fully animated
      in Flash format. 16:9 widescreen. 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, anyway. Episodes are
      also currently airing on BBC Interactive (see below).
      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.

      American Who http://www.americanwho.net
      The first 2 segments of a 1987 radio interview with John-Nathan
      Turner, Nicola Bryant, and Brian Sloman, conducted at the end of the
      Doctor Who Celebration tour.
      Dan Harris discusses the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise.
      Coming January 2, 2004 - the conclusion of the 1987 interview. Also,
      Charles Martin of rec.arts.drwho.moderated reviews the year 2003 in
      Doctor Who.
      Coming later in January, American Who will also air as the 4th hour
      of the Sci-Fi Overdrive radio show every 2 weeks.

      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 - Arnold T. Blumberg does the year in review in science
      fiction media. Hour 2 - NASA/Mars scientist Jim Gavin (rebroadcast).
      Hour 3 - NASA/Stardust manager Thomas Duxbury (rebroadcast). Hour 4 -
      Arne Starr on the movies of 2004.



      BBC Interactive http://www.bbc.co.uk/digital
      Sky Digital Exclusive for technical reasons
      Wed 7:30PM-Mid GMT "The Scream Of The Shalka" ep 2 of 6 (repeating
      Thu 7:30PM-Mid GMT "The Scream Of The Shalka" ep 3 of 6 (repeating
      Fri 7:30PM-Mid GMT "The Scream Of The Shalka" ep 4 of 6 (repeating
      Sat 7:30PM-Mid GMT "The Scream Of The Shalka" ep 5 of 6 (repeating
      Sun 7:30PM-Mid GMT "The Scream Of The Shalka" ep 6 of 6 (repeating
      Press the red button while on a BBC channel and look for the Shalka
      option. If episode 1 is an example, each episode will be presented
      in 1/4th of the screen pan & scanned to 4:3 aspect ratio. For all
      that, it's a chance to see Shalka on the TV.

      UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      Sat 7-8:45AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" movie version, pt 3 of 4
      (Terror Of The Vervoids)
      The 6th Doctor defends his life by presenting evidence from his own
      future. On a luxury space liner, somebody tripled booked
      unscrupulous scientists, private investigators, and murderers.
      No Sunday story - looks like they're skipping the conclusion of
      Trial Of A Time Lord. Sylvester McCoy's era starts next weekend.

      UK Gold + 1
      Sat 8-9:45AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" movie version, pt 3 of 4
      (Terror Of The Vervoids)


      ABC http://www.varos.net/drwho/ http://www.abc.net.au/tv
      Thu 6:05PM "The Time Meddler - A Battle Of Wits" ep 3 of 4
      Mon 6:05PM "The Time Meddler - Checkmate" ep 4 of 4?
      The Meddling Monk's plots endanger the history of England in the
      Middle Ages. But where did he get his knowledge of the future from?
      Tue 6:05PM "The Ark - The Steel Sky" ep 1 of 4?
      Wed 6:05PM "The Ark - The Plague" ep 2 of 4?
      The TARDIS arrives on a spaceship fleeing a dying planet - Earth.
      Doctor Who: William Hartnell. Steven: Peter Purves.
      Note: TV listings for 5, 6, and 7 January were not available at
      publication time. ABC is airing the Hopman Cup XVI (tennis
      tournament) this week. Extrapolating from the Tennis Channel's
      schedule in the US, it appears that coverage each day is scheduled
      to end at 5:30PM AEDT. But it could run overtime, and the Tennis
      Channel might not have scheduled all of the tournament. Don't be
      surprised by pre-emptions and the episodes being shifted back a few

      Encore Australia
      Mon 5:35AM AEDT "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D." 1966 theatrical
      Presented in 4:3 aspect ratio. Dr. Who and Susan try traveling
      through time once again. This time they wind up on Earth in the 22nd
      Century. The Daleks have conquered the world, but Dr. Who plans to
      get it unconquered. Remake of The Dalek Invasion Of Earth.


      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.
      Late Wed 3:30AM EST/12:30AM PST "Genesis Of The Daleks" pts 3,4,5,+6
      of 6
      Davros unleashes the Daleks on the unsuspecting Thals. When he
      learns that the Doctor has knowledge of the future, he sees a chance
      to make the Daleks all powerful.
      Late Thu 3:30AM EST/12:30AM PST "Revenge Of The Cybermen" all 4 pts
      Returning to Nerva, the 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry learn that the
      space station is being softened up by an invasion from the Cybermen.
      And this time they're angry.
      Late Fri 3:30AM EST/12:30AM PST "Terror Of The Zygons" all 4 pts
      The Loch Ness Monster is the prime suspect when oil rigs start
      sinking in Scotland.
      Sat "The Horns Of Nimon" all 4 pts
      Soldeed and the people of Skonnos can't face the prospect of the
      death of their empire. So they put their trust in a horned creature
      called the Nimon. When the Doctor arrives with talk of a black hole,
      wonders about the Nimon's promise start to surface.
      Sun "The Leisure Hive" all 4 pts
      The 4th Doctor's quest for a vacation leads him to Argolis, home of
      the Leisure Hive. Just in time for murder and mayhem to lower the
      Hive's rating in good travel books. It's the start of Tom Baker's
      final series as the Doctor, and the first hint we get of age.
      Mon "The Android Invasion" pts 1+2 of 4
      Tue "The Android Invasion" pts 3+4 of 4
      Rural England is more deserted than normal. Humans seem to have been
      replaced by androids. A dead man is helping out at the space
      research center. And all the money is new. The 4th Doctor and Sarah
      suspect dirty dealings. Final appearances by Ian Marter as Harry
      Sullivan and John Levene as Benton.

      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 11:30PM EST "Terror Of The Zygons" pt 3 of 4
      See BBC Kids for details.

      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 3 of 4
      What will happen to the Earth if Sutekh isn't stopped?

      WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
      analog 35
      digital 35-1 (34-1)
      Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
      Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
      Sat 11PM EST "The Five Doctors" 4 pt version, eps 1+2
      Taken out of time, multiple incarnations of the Doctor struggle to
      survive in the Death Zone on Gallifrey.

      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 Romans" movie (The Slave Traders, All Roads
      Lead To Rome, Conspiracy, Inferno)
      The TARDIS arrives in Italy in the year A.D.64, giving the Doctor
      and company a chance for a long vacation. When the Doctor and Vicki
      decide to go to Rome, Ian and Barbara stay behind. Or so they plan.
      A man's home is not always his castle.

      WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
      analog 48
      digital 48-2 (34-2)
      Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
      Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
      Sat 11PM EST "Silver Nemesis" pts 1+2 of 3
      The 25th anniversary story. A 17th Century sorceress and 20th
      Century Neo Nazis converge on England on November 23, 1988, the date
      that the comet Nemesis is destined to return to the Earth. Is this
      their chance for power, or a cruel trap set by a man who travels
      through space and time?

      WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
      analog 12
      digital 9 - not on air
      Champaign Dish 12,7407
      Sat 11:44PM CST "Warriors' Gate" pt 3 of 4
      Biroc teaches the 4th Doctor and Romana about the past and future of
      the time sensitive Tharills.

      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 "Underworld" pts 1+2 of 4
      The 4th Doctor and Romana join the quest to find the race bank of a
      dead civilization. Considering what the remainders of the Minyan
      civilization are like, I hope the race bank was adopted.

      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 "Inferno" eps 3+4 of 7
      Sat 11PM MST "Inferno" eps 5+6 of 7
      In a parallel universe, the Stallmann drill project is further
      along, and the world is closer to destruction. The 3rd Doctor must
      convince skeptical variations of the Brigadier, Liz Shaw, and Benton
      to help, or all life will die, and he'll never have the chance to
      return home to stop the project here.

      KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
      analog 7
      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 "Black Orchid" pt 2 of 2
      The 5th Doctor is believed guilty of murder, and scrambles to prove
      his innocence.

      KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA http://www.kbtc.org
      analog 28,15,65
      digital 28-1 (27-1), 15-1 (19-1)
      Seattle DirecTV 28,910
      Seattle Dish 28,8620
      Sat 7PM + 12:30AM PST "The Chase - Flight Through Eternity" ep 3 of 6
      Sat 7:30PM + 1AM PST "The Chase - Journey Into Terror" ep 4 of 6
      Fleeing Aridius, the 1st Doctor and company try to stay one step
      ahead of the Dalek Extermination Squad. Guest starring the Empire
      State Building, a naval boat, and Count Dracula.

      KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
      analog 54,25
      digital 50,58 - not on air
      San Francisco DirecTV 54,903
      San Francisco Dish 54,8234
      Monterey Dish 25,9190
      Late Sat January 31 1:30AM PST "Interview With Terry Nation"

      Thanks for reading. Until 2004, take care.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2003.
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