This Week In Doctor Who - February 18, 2004
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 18, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 7
Top story this week comes from the BBC's Doctor Who website
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho . BBCi has been asked to
postpone making further Doctor Who webcasts. For the past couple of
years, BBCi has been making original audio Doctor Who stories with
illustrations - Death Comes To Time, Real Time, and a remake of
Shada. Most recently BBCi produced The Scream Of The Shalka, a fully
animated story featuring Richard E. Grant as a new Doctor. Quoting
from BBCi's report:
"Initially, the people behind the new series were keen for the
animated adventures to continue in the run-up to the Doctor's return
to TV, but recent developments have made that impossible. The
reasons for this are all Very Good, one of them is Terribly
Exciting... and we hope they'll become apparent in the next few
To be continued, I guess.
Iowa Public TV http://www.iptv.org will air the BBV documentary The
Doctors: 30 Years Of Time Travel And Beyond on Saturday March 13 at
11:45PM CST as the pledge special for Festival. I'm confident that
this special has not aired on TV since 1998 - has it ever aired on
The South African Sci-Fi Channel is airing SF: UK - Trips Through
Time And Space Monday 8 March at 11:05AM. Matthew De Abaitua takes a
look at 60s Doctor Who, the age of psychedelic sci-fi.
Dish Network http://www.dishnetwork.com customers in the Quad Cities
region of Iowa & Illinois (Davenport, IA; Burlington, IA; Rock
Island, IL; Moline, IL) will have the option of subscribing to their
local channels through Dish as of February 19th, including Doctor
Who affiliate KQIN 36 of Iowa Public TV http://www.iptv.org . The
Quad Cities locals require a Superdish installation. If you're
interested in seeing KQIN via Dish Network, you should probably find
out the details about Superdish first. Http://www.dbstalk.com ,
http://www.dbsforums.com , and http://www.satelliteguys.us should
fill in the 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" - 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
Broadcast 2/16/2004. 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 in the next few days for when the mp3 archive of the
show. The next American Who episode will air early on March 1st,
with Fraser Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) as the guest. Patrick
Troughton's 84th anniversary of his birth is coming. Coming early
March 15th, Mal Young (controller of Drama Series at the BBC) is
Joey's guest discussing the upcoming Doctor Who revival. The
interview will be recorded on February 26th. Anyone with questions
for Mal can e-mail Joey at scifiradioguy@... , subject line "Mal
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 & comment. Hour 2 - Across The Pond Comics and
the series "Touch Of Death". Hour 3 - Beth Widera from MegaCon and
from Score Entertainment, makers of collectors cards for genre
shows. Hour 4 - Top Shelf Comics. An illustrated evening.
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Saturday episode pre-empted by Eastenders marathon.
Sun 7:05-9AM GMT "Robot" movie
U*N*I*T calls on the Doctor's help once again. The plans and parts
needed to build a powerful weapon have been stolen. The evidence
suggests the thief was more than human. Has yet another misguided
scientist released yet another deadly giant onto the world? Tom
Baker takes over the role of The Doctor.
UK Gold + 1
Sun 8:05-10AM GMT "Robot" movie
ABC http://www.varos.net/drwho/ http://www.abc.net.au/tv
Thu 6:06PM "The Mind Robber" ep 1 of 5
Mon 6:07PM "The Mind Robber" ep 2 of 5
Tue 6:07PM "The Mind Robber" ep 3 of 5
Wed 6:07PM "The Mind Robber" ep 4 of 5
The TARDIS exits regular time and space only to be trapped and
destroyed. In a realm where imagination becomes reality, the 2nd
Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe find themselves doing battle with fictional
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 "Four To Doomsday" pts 1+2 of 4
Thu "Four To Doomsday" pts 3+4 of 4
First time on BBC Kids. The 5th Doctor, Adric, Tegan, and Nyssa
arrive on a spaceship bound for Earth on a mission of "peace". The
inhabitants of the spaceship have visited Earth several times,
learning more about the planet. Who will be the Monarch of the
Fri "Kinda" pts 1+2 of 4
First time on BBC Kids. A planet of peaceful rarely speaking natives
has been disturbed by a scientific expedition. Unfortunately,
they're not the only ones disturbing the Kinda. The 5th Doctor and
company are around. And so is a strange being with a snake on his
arm. A being invading Tegan's dreams.
Sat "Castrovalva" all 4 pts
The Doctor's regeneration stalls. As Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan try to
get the TARDIS away from the clutches of The Master, the new Doctor
must re-establish his identity.
Sun "Four To Doomsday" all 4 pts
Mon "Kinda" pts 3+4 of 4
To save the Kinda people from the Mara, the Doctor plays the fool.
Tue "The Visitation" pts 1+2 of 4
First time on BBC Kids. Centuries before Heathrow Airport will be
built, the 5th Doctor and company discover that villagers in the
area are under the control of reptilian alien influence.
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 drive. Doctor Who returns February 28.
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 3 of 4
The experiment to attach Morbius to a body commences.
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
Turlough's mind holds the secret to the Tractators, who seem
determined to wipe out all humans on Frontios.
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 War Machines" movie
The final currently complete 1st Doctor story takes place in London
1966. The Doctor is called in to help investigate strange goings on
at the Post Office Tower, where a new computer intended to run an
inter-net of computers seems far too clever for everyone's good.
First (and last) time the original Doctor lets himself go anywhere
near a swinging nightclub.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Sat 11PM EST "Ghostlight" pt 3 of 3
Only one episode this week. The 7th Doctor calls forth the being
Light to solve the mysteries of the Chase Mansion. This was the
Doctor's worst mistake of the night.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Sat 11:42PM CST "The Keeper Of Traken" pt 4 of 4
It is time to choose the new Keeper Of Traken. The wrong choice will
mean disaster for the whole union.
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
Quad Cities Dish 36,7607 (available to subscribers 2/19)
Sat 11:34PM CST "The Pirate Planet" pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana arrive at exactly the right time, in
exactly the right place, but on the wrong planet.
The Doctors: 30 Years Of Time Travel And Beyond airs as a pledge
special March 13th at 11:45PM.
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 4+5 of 6
Sat 11PM MST "The Mind Of Evil" ep 6 of 6
The Keller Machine is going insane. Not content to follow the orders
of The Master, it wants to kill people on its own. Can The Master
convince the Doctor to help him before more people die?
Sat 11:30PM MST "The Claws Of Axos" ep 1 of 4
A spaceship approaches Earth in a suspicious manner. Some parts of
the military suggest blowing it out of the sky. The 3rd Doctor
suggests communication. And while everyone's distracted by this, an
American comes in hopes of tracking down the Master.
Next week, only episode 6 of The Mind Of Evil will air on Friday
night, and 3 episodes will air Saturday, starting at 10:30PM. Looks
like they don't want to pre-empt Doctor Who for March pledge drives
while in mid-story.
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 3 of 4
The crew of the Concordes are being used as slave labor to unearth
the survivors of an ancient race.
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 - Johnny Ringo" ep 3 of 4
Sat 7:30PM + 1AM PST "The Gunfighters - The OK Corral" ep 4 of 4
The Clantons call in Johnny Ringo to help finish off Doc Holliday.
But a sudden killing could give the Earps a new resolve. The 1st
Doctor and company find themselves doomed to take part in the most
famous gunfight of the old West.
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
Late Sat 1:36AM PST "Interview With John Nathan-Turner"
Archival KTEH interview with the 1980s producer of Doctor Who.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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