This Week In Doctor Who - February 11, 2004
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 11, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 6
Bloody Daleks! The ongoing rights issues keeping most Dalek stories
off of TV stations may be about to keep The War Games from airing in
Australia. Basically, stations are not to air any Dalek stories
after the Hartnell era due to the TV contract being up and no new
agreement for TV broadcast of Dalek stories being agreed on yet. The
problem is that a Dalek has a cameo in episode 10 of The War Games.
Yes, The War Games has aired (even in Australia on UKTV in a best-of
run) since the rights issues began. But at this point to air episode
10 of The War Games the ABC network must choose to delete the Dalek
scene. I do not know when the discovery of this problem happened,
but on February 6 Sue Cowley at the BBC confirmed on the Doctor Who
Restoration Team forum that ABC has made the decision not to air The
War Games. The theory being that fans would be more upset at a story
being run with a deliberate cut of material than being skipped. At
this time, should UKTV choose to run The War Games again they would
also have to excise the Dalek scene.
As a follow-up, Matthew Glavin of ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs
responded to e-mails about The War Games on February 10th with a
note confirming that The War Games will be screened. It is assumed
that BBC Worldwide has a better idea of what they can and can't sell
at a given point in time than people at the stations that buy from
them - does anyone else remember when UKTV was certain they were
going to air Shada?
Doctor Who fans watching Maryland Public TV http://www.mpt.org last
weekend (February 7/8) got to see a most unorthodox version of The
Ark. With about 20 minutes left in the story, at the point where
people first land on Refusis, the scene suddenly switched - to that
point in The Gunfighters. Maryland Public TV claims that they aired
what BBC Worldwide Americas sent them - the mistake was at that end.
Their plan is to air The Gunfighters this weekend, with no repeat of
the missing section of The Ark.
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv will not air Doctor Who on Sunday 15
February and Saturday 21 February due to special programming. Doctor
Who returns on Sunday 22 February, as UK Gold cycles back to the
start of the Tom Baker era. Looks like Jon Pertwee gets skipped this
The South African Sci-Fi Channel is airing SF: UK - Trips Through
Time And Space late Monday 16 February at 12:45AM and Monday 8 March
at 11:05AM. Matthew De Abaitua takes a look at 60s Doctor Who, the
age of psychedelic sci-fi.
This Week sends out its regards to everyone heading to the Gallifrey
http://www.gallifreyone.com convention in LA.
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" - Richard E. Grant is The Doctor in a
fully animated 6 episode story. The Shalka prepare to conquer the
Earth from below. Unfortunately for them, the Doctor is back.
"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
Early Mon 5AM EST (2AM PST, 10AM GMT, 9PM AEDT)
In the next installment, Joey interviews India Fisher (Charley in
the Big Finish 8th Doctor audio dramas), recorded at the 2003
Chicago TARDIS convention. Airs as the 4th hour of Sci-Fi Overdrive.
See the link above after the broadcast to find the mp3 archive of
the show. The following American Who episode will air early on March
Shaun Lyon of Outpost Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com is the
featured guest in the latest edition of American Who. The Gallifrey
One convention and other topics are discussed.
The first American Who episode in the current every two week format.
Interviews with the 5th Doctor (Peter Davison) and Jason Haigh-
Ellery of Big Finish Productions (the ongoing original Who audio
Conclusion of a 1987 radio interview with John-Nathan Turner, Nicola
Bryant, and Brian Sloman, conducted at the end of the Doctor Who
Celebration tour. Also, Charles Martin reviews the year in Doctor
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, plus an interview with "Cracked"
magazine publisher Dick Kulpa. Hour 2 - Chris Judge ("Teal'c") of
Stargate SG-1. Hour 3 - sci-fi news and comment plus Forbes March of
Mutant X. Hour 4 - American Who (described above).
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Sat 7:35-9AM GMT "Survival" movie
The 7th Doctor and Ace investigate the disappearance of the youths
of Perivale. Cat-like creatures are pulling them to a decaying world
for food. And a man watches from the shadows.
Sunday episode pre-empted by Eastenders marathon. Doctor Who returns
UK Gold + 1
Sat 8:35-10AM GMT "Survival" movie
SA Sci-Fi Channel http://www.uk.scifi.com
Late Sun 12:45AM "Sci-Fi UK: Trips Through Time And Space"
Doctor Who in the 1960s launches the topic in this special.
ABC http://www.varos.net/drwho/ http://www.abc.net.au/tv
Thu 6:06PM "The Dominators" ep 2 of 5
Mon 6:06PM "The Dominators" ep 3 of 5
Tue 6:06PM "The Dominators" ep 4 of 5
Wed 6:06PM "The Dominators" ep 5 of 5
The Dominators' plan to enslave the Dulcians suffers a setback - the
2nd Doctor is interfering. But it also celebrates a surprise
success - the Dulcians are pacifists.
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 Invisible Enemy" pts 3+4 of 4
Clones of the 4th Doctor and Leela enter the Doctor's brain in a
desperate gamble to sniff out the being that has taken over his mind.
Thu "Image Of The Fendahl" pts 1+2 of 4
Fri "Image Of The Fendahl" pts 3+4 of 4
A skull poisons the mind of Dr. Fendahl, who with a team of
scientists engage in a dangerous quest to unlock the skull's
secrets. The longer he works, the more danger Earth will be in.
Sat "Revenge Of The Cybermen" all 4 pts
Returning to Nerva, the 4th Doctor and company find themselves
dealing with a "space plague", a traitor to humanity, and the
prospect of the return of one of Earth's most dangerous enemies.
Sun "Terror Of The Zygons" all 4 pts
The Brigadier's efforts to solve the sinking of oil rigs in Loch
Ness have been less than successful before the Doctor arrives to
help. But his efforts in finding a kilt that fit are quite
Mon "Castrovalva" pts 1+2 of 4
Tue "Castrovalva" pts 3+4 of 4
BBC Kids begins airing 5th Doctor stories for the first time. The
Doctor's fall at the Pharos Project antenna tower resulted in a
regeneration into a younger form (Peter Davison). The Master is
hunting him, determined to wipe his existence out of the universe.
Can the Doctor escape the Master's traps?
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 "Planet Of Evil" pt 4 of 4
The planet believes the Morestrans have broken the agreement.
Countermeasures are underway. Professor Sorenson's made an awful
mess. Pre-empted by pledge drive next week. Doctor Who returns
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EST "The Brain Of Morbius" pt 2 of 4
The Sisterhood of Karn are prepared to do whatever is necessary to
keep the 4th Doctor from winding up as a lab rat for Professor
Solon. Unfortunately, their plan involves killing the Doctor.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Sat 11PM EST "Frontios" pts 3+4 of 4
The secrets to the Tractators lie in Turlough's mind, a very scary
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 Gunfighters" movie (A Holiday for the Doctor,
Don't Shoot The Pianist, Johnny Ringo, The OK Corral)
Assuming the right tapes run, the 1st Doctor's search for a dentist
brings him to Tombstone, Arizona, USA in 1881. The famed gunfighter
Doc Holiday has set up shop as a dentist, but the Clanton family's
desire for revenge over the death of a relative could force the Doc
to trade his pliers for a six-shooter.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Sat 11PM EST "Ghostlight" pts 1+2 of 3
Ace gets a sense of Deja-vu when the TARDIS brings her to a Mansion
suspiciously like one that used to be in Perivale.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Sat 11:41PM CST "The Keeper Of Traken" pt 3 of 4
Who will be the new keeper of Traken?
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 Ribos Operation" pts 3+4 of 4
Fleeing the wrath of Count Grendel, our heroes make their way into
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 Mind Of Evil" eps 2+3 of 6
Sat 11PM MST "The Mind Of Evil" eps 4+5 of 6
Do not adjust your set. These episodes are in black & white. There
is no surviving color version of The Mind Of Evil. If you do have a
genuine color version of The Mind Of Evil, the Restoration Team's
webpage is http://www.restoration-team.co.uk , and they'd love to
hear from you. The Keller machine grows in strength, baffling its
creator and bringing danger to the residents of Stangmoor Prison.
It's also giving trouble to the international peace conference.
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 "Time-Flight" pt 2 of 4
The 5th Doctor and crew follow the missing Concordes millions of
years back in time.
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 + 12:30AM PST "The Gunfighters - A Holiday for the Doctor"
ep 1 of 4
Sat 7:30PM + 1AM PST "The Gunfighters - Don't Shoot The Pianist" ep
2 of 4
See MPT for 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
Pat Troughton interview in March.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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