This Week In Doctor Who - February 25, 2004
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 25, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 8
Outpost Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com has forwarded
information from the current edition of the UK casting newsletter
PCR (Professional Casting Review). The newsletter claims that Andy
Pryor will be the casting director for the new Doctor Who series. It
also states that shooting for the series "is anticipated for late
Spring". Outpost Gallifrey "speculates that, because of this, an
announcement of a new Doctor is probably due within the next month
or two." Time will tell.
Anyone wanting to send questions to Joey Reynolds (Donovan) for his
interview with Mal Young (controller of drama series at the BBC)
needs to send them to scifiradioguy@... by February 26. The
interview will air on the American Who program on Monday, March 15
at 5AM EST.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca reports that technical problems
affected their run of Peter Davison stories. Kinda (originally
scheduled for February 20 and 23), The Visitation (originally
scheduled for February 24 and 25), and Black Orchid (originally
scheduled for February 26) got skipped, going straight to Time-
Flight. All 3 stories will air in BBC Kids' weekend rotation - Kinda
on February 28, The Visitation on February 29, Black Orchid on March
6. These 3 skipped stories will air on the weekday schedule the next
time BBC Kids airs the Davison stories. At this time, BBC Kids will
return to Robot when the Davison run is completed.
With the ongoing digital transition in the US, low power TV stations
frequently have to move or go off the air to make room for digital
stations. The following repeaters for Doctor Who affiliates seem to
W59AU 59 Utica, NY (repeats WCNY 24 Syracuse, NY)
K65BU 65 Gray's River, WA (repeats KBTC 28 Tacoma, WA)
K32EO 32 Colorado Springs, CO (repeats KBDI 12 Denver, CO)
If anyone can confirm whether those stations are still on the air,
or if they've moved to new frequencies with new call letters, I'd be
very glad to know. I'm also trying to verify the status of the
following repeaters for Iowa Public TV which may or may not be
K14AH 14 Decorah, IA
K44AB 44 Keokuk, IA
K54AF 54 Keosauqua, IA
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.
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)
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon for nearly the entire run of Patrick
Troughton stories) is the guest in the latest installment, airing as
the 4th hour of this weekend's Sci-Fi Overdrive. Will go online in
an archive shortly afterwards. Coming March 15th - an interview with
Mal Young, controller of drama series at the BBC.
Joey interviews India Fisher (Charley in the Big Finish 8th Doctor
audio dramas), recorded at the 2003 Chicago TARDIS convention.
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 - June Lockhart from "Lost In
Space" and Mercedes McNabb from "Buffy", "Angel", and don't forget
she was in the 2 Addams Family movies. Hour 3 - Mauriche LaMarche
of "Tipping The Rift" and Scott Hallock & Kevin Healey, writers and
producers of "Scare Tactics". Hour 4 - American Who, featuring
Frazer Hines "Jamie McCrimmon".
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Sat 7-9AM GMT "The Ark In Space" movie
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry help revive the survivors of
humanity on a space station orbiting near Earth. While humanity was
sleeping, another force came aboard the station, and now it wants to
wipe all humans out.
Sun 7-8AM GMT "The Sontaran Experiment" movie
The TARDIS crew journeys to Earth to determine its suitability for
rehabitation. Slight problem - it's already habited by a familiar
looking monster and his prisoners/experiments. Well, he *would* be a
familiar looking monster if UK Gold hadn't skipped the Jon Pertwee
era on this rotation, including The Time Warrior.
UK Gold + 1
Sat 8-10AM GMT "The Ark In Space" movie
Sun 8-9AM GMT "The Sontaran Experiment" movie
ABC http://www.varos.net/drwho/ http://www.abc.net.au/tv
Thu 6:07PM "The Mind Robber" ep 5 of 5
Don't be surprised if ABC changes their minds and starts this
episode even later - it's only 18 minutes long. It's a very good 18
minutes. The 2nd Doctor and the Master of the Land Of Fiction engage
in a climactic battle where nothing is as it seems, and writing a
happy ending is no guarantee that it will survive last minute
Mon 6:07PM "The Krotons" ep 1 of 4
Tue 6:07PM "The Krotons" ep 2 of 4
Wed 6:07PM "The Krotons" ep 3 of 4
Jamie, Zoe, and the 2nd Doctor uncover a plot to steal the most
intelligent minds from the Gond civilization, keeping the natives
ignorant and the Krotons in hope.
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 "Arc Of Infinity" pts 1+2 of 4
Thu "Arc Of Infinity" pts 3+4 of 4
First time on BBC Kids. Nowadays there is a lot of press about
identity theft. Someone steals your credit card number, or gets
ahold of other information, and you can lose a lot of money and
reputation before the truth rescues you. But suppose the identity
thief steals your actual body and genetics. When the 5th Doctor
falls prey to the ultimate identity theft, the Time Lords are less
than sympathetic. Guest starring Colin Baker as the guard Maxil.
This is the only case to date of an actor playing another role on
Doctor Who before being cast as The Doctor.
Fri "Snakedance" pts 1+2 of 4
First time on BBC Kids. The Mara begins to invade Tegan's dreams
again, causing the 5th Doctor and Nyssa to take drastic steps to
preserve Tegan's sanity.
Sat "Kinda" all 4 pts
First time on BBC Kids. The story to which Snakedance is a sequel.
On the world of Deva Loka, the 5th Doctor and Adric investigate the
secrets of the Kinda people. Meanwhile, Tegan finds herself dreaming
terrible dreams, the puppet of the force known only as Mara.
Sun "The Visitation" all 4 pts
First time on BBC Kids. The 5th Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, and the
Sonic Screwdriver arrive on the grounds that will be Heathrow
Airport in a few centuries. Terrileptils have crash-landed nearby
with dreams of making a new home by wiping out humanity.
Mon "Snakedance" pts 3+4 of 4
The Mara prepares to return to its homeworld on a day of
celebration. The 5th Doctor takes a quest to try to save Tegan and
an entire world.
Tue "Mawdryn Undead" pts 1+2 of 4
First time on BBC Kids. A troubled teen is mentored by the Black
Guardian, who hopes to recruit him to kill off the 5th Doctor once
and for all. Meanwhile, the Doctor runs into an old friend -
Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart - who has no memory of him.
NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
analog 11, 49, 52, 18, 15
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 "Pyramids Of Mars" pt 1 of 4
Earth in the year 1911. Many British explorers search for Pyramids
and tombs in Egypt. When one of the Scarman brothers discovers a
tomb, the dead man he searches for may be himself. NHPTV's online
March listings were incomplete as of publication time, so I do not
know whether part 2 will air next week or not. Typically NHPTV pre-
empts Doctor Who for most weeks of a pledge drive, so don't count on
Who for March 6.
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 4 of 4
Morbius discovers that having a body again isn't as great as it's
wrapped up to be. WCNY will be pre-empting Doctor Who during pledge
season. Next episode airs March 28.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Sat 11PM EST "Resurrection Of The Daleks" 4 ep version, pts 1+2
A time corridor drags the TARDIS to Earth, where the 5th Doctor,
Tegan, and Turlough find the Daleks engaged in another attempt to
rescue Davros. The Daleks have help from human troops. Why would the
Daleks want help from humans?
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 12:02AM EST "The Tomb Of The Cybermen" movie
Time approximate after pledge drive. Archaeologists seek to unearth
the space base believed to be the place where the Cybermen ceased to
exist. They find their efforts hampered by a funny little man and
his two assistants, who fear that reports of the death of the
Cybermen have been greatly exaggerated.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Sat 11PM EST "The Curse Of Fenric" pts 1+2 of 4
The 7th Doctor and Ace traipse right into a top secret military base
in the middle of World War II. The Doctor investigates evidence that
an ancient curse is beginning to be fulfilled. Death is in the air.
Doctor Who will be pre-empted until March 20, when the concluding
episodes will air.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Sat 11:43PM CST "Logopolis" pt 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor brings Adric to Earth for the first time. The Doctor
hopes to use a real Police Box to help measure the TARDIS to restore
its ability to change its appearance. But someone is out to cause
the Doctor pain. Next week Doctor Who will air at 11:30PM, time
approximate after pledge programming.
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 36,7407 (not yet available to subscribers at press
Sat 11:35PM CST "The Pirate Planet" pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana work to end the reign of the Pirate
Captain and Queen Xanxia before they can crush their next planet -
Earth. Pledge specials will pre-empt Doctor Who on March 6 and 20.
The BBV Documentary "The Doctors: 30 Years Of Time Travel And
Beyond" will air March 13 at 11:45PM. The Key To Time season will
return March 27th.
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" ep 6 of 6
The Brigadier stages a rescue at the jail. The Master's plans to use
the Keller Machine come to a head. No 1AM episode this week.
Sat 10:30PM MST "The Claws Of Axos" eps 2,3,+4 of 4
Early start time to finish Claws before pledge season. The 3rd
Doctor and Jo fear that the Axons are planning to feed on Earth
rather than feed Earth. But the world's governments are all smiley
happy people at the prospect of Axon science. The Doctor may wind up
with an unlikely ally - The Master. Doctor Who is pre-empted next
week by pledge drives. Since KBDI only lists two weeks in advance
these days instead of a full month, Doctor Who's return date is TBA.
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
analog 7 digital 7-1 (42-1), 18-1 (18-1), 19-1 (19-1)
Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982 Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
Sat 11:30PM MST "Time-Flight" pt 4 of 4
The Xerons must decide whether to follow the Master or help the 5th
Doctor return the humans to the present day. March schedule not yet
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 War Machines" eps 1+2 of 4
The 1st Doctor and Dodo investigate a scientific breakthrough - the
ability for computers to communicate with each other. The chief
computer may have developed its own intelligence and a desire for
mind control. Next week Doctor Who will only air at 12:30AM due to
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
Patrick Troughton special airs April 3.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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