This Week In Doctor Who - March 3, 2004
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - March 3, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 9
It's March. Pledge season for most US public TV stations, so since
Doctor Who is not a big fund-raising tool these days, most of the
stations that do still run it will shove it aside for pledge
specials. The only station that seems to be using Doctor Who to
raise money this time is Iowa Public TV, which will air the BBV
documentary "The Doctors" on March 13. Probably the situation will
change a bit when the new series makes it to the USA. If it winds up
anywhere except being syndicated to public TV stations, pledge
drives will not be a factor. Should the new series be offered to
public TV stations, it'd be new programming that they'd probably
showcase in such seasons, like in the 1980s. The TARDIS mug, the
TARDIS car sun shield, PBS program directors wearing hideously bad
Tom Baker scarves, movie format double features that ran all
afternoon - memories.
Still trying to verify the continued existence of the following low-
power repeaters of Doctor Who affiliates. If anyone who works at the
stations knows the current status, I'd appreciate the info:
W59AU 59 Utica, NY - repeater of WCNY 24 Syracuse, NY
K65BU 65 Gray's River, WA - repeater of KBTC 28 Tacoma, WA
K32EO 32 Colorado Springs, CO - repeater of KBDI 12 Denver, CO
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.
The US Sci-Fi Channel will repeat the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie with
Paul McGann late Sunday April 11 (early Monday April 12) at 3AM EDT.
Mark your calendars.
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
March 1 show - Frazer Hines was the guest. Should be online at the
American Who website in the next few days. Next episode airs as hour
4 of Sci-Fi Overdrive on March 15th. The interview scheduled with
Mal Young for that date has been canceled. Previous shows:
Joey interviews India Fisher (Charley in the Big Finish 8th Doctor
audio dramas), recorded at the 2003 Chicago TARDIS convention. The
following American Who episode will air early on March 1st.
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 - News and comment. Hour 2 - Thomas Vitale, programming high
muckity-muck at the Sci-Fi Channel to discuss the new Sci-Fi
Thursday, particularly Tripping The Rift and the controversial Mad,
Mad House. Also Stuart Goldman of "Sky and Telescope". Hour 3 -
Virginia Hey - Zhaan on "Farscape" and Warrior Woman of "Mad Max
II". Hour 4 - Roland Poindexter - high muckity-muck of action-
adventure properties for Warner Bros. animation.
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Sat 7:05-9AM GMT "Revenge Of The Cybermen" movie
Fresh off their adventure with the (alien menace whose stories can't
be shown on TV at the moment), the 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry use
the Time Ring to return to Nerva in search of the TARDIS. A space
plague is killing off the crew of the station. The Doctor doesn't
believe it. And a lonely spaceship approaches the station with a
crew intent on waging one last blow for an enemy believed wiped out.
Sun 7:05-9AM GMT "Terror Of The Zygons" movie
Loch Ness. Scotland. Earth. U*N*I*T is searching for the
person/persons/aliens responsible for the sinking of oil rigs (and
their operators). As the 4th Doctor investigates, Harry learns that
shape-changing Zygons may play a role in the affair. Special
appearance by the Loch Ness Monster.
UK Gold + 1
Sat 8:05-10AM GMT "Revenge Of The Cybermen" movie
Sun 8:05-10AM GMT "Terror Of The Zygons" movie
SA Sci-Fi Channel http://uk.scifi.com
Mon 11:05AM "SF:UK - Trips Through Time And Space"
Matthew De Abaitua looks at 60s Sci-Fi, particularly Doctor Who. Who
spiked his adventures with LSD?
ABC http://www.varos.net/drwho/ http://www.abc.net.au/tv
Thu 6:07PM "The Krotons" ep 4 of 4
The Krotons prepare to blast off and absorb (destroy) all the Gonds.
Mon 6:07PM "The Seeds Of Death" ep 1 of 6
Tue 6:07PM "The Seeds Of Death" ep 2 of 6
Wed 6:04PM "The Seeds Of Death" ep 3 of 6
The Ice Warriors (previously seen in the story The Ice Warriors,
well they would have been seen in that story if someone hadn't
lost/destroyed episodes 2+3 - never-mind) begin an elaborate plot to
conquer 21st Century Earth using the T-Mat service, the modern means
of Earth-Moon transportation. The 2nd Doctor and friends must find
an alternate way to get to the Moon before the Earth is doomed.
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 "Mawdryn Undead" pts 3+4 of 4
First time on BBC Kids. Mawdryn makes the 5th Doctor an offer he
can't refuse. The Black Guardian fears that with two time zones in
flux, different versions of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart could meet,
causing a different cataclysm to the one he has in mind.
Thu "Terminus" pts 1+2 of 4
Fri "Terminus" pts 3+4 of 4
First time on BBC Kids. Turlough remains an only partially willing
operative for the Black Guardian. Sabotage forces the TARDIS crew to
abandon ship, leading the 5th Doctor to the centre of the Universe
and Nyssa to a dangerous medical treatment for Lazar's Disease, the
hot leprosy equivalent of that era in time.
Sat "Black Orchid" both pts
Murder, a madman, and a family secret lead the 5th Doctor into
something very much like an Agatha Christie novel, with the Doctor
as prime suspect when the bodies pop up. Includes a cricket match,
for fans of that sport.
Sun "Time-Flight" all 4 pts
Shell-shocked after recent events, the 5th Doctor and company make
it back to Earth just in time to deal with the disappearance of
Concordes. Tegan must make a choice on her future.
Mon "Enlightenment" pts 1+2 of 4
Tue "Enlightenment" pts 3+4 of 4
First time on BBC Kids. The Black Guardian manipulates events again.
A space race is disrupted by a plot to kill the competitors and the
arrival of the 5th Doctor. A most unlikely suitor tries to romance
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. Next episode airs March 20.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Pre-empted by pledge drive. 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 3+4
Betrayed and captured by the Daleks, the 5th Doctor must keep them
from copying him in a plot to conquer Gallifrey. Meanwhile, Davros
has his own ideas on thwarting Dalek plans. Turlough finds himself
trapped among a group of suicidal medics who plan to destroy their
own ship to stop the Daleks. Is anybody on the Daleks' side? Can
anyone save them?
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 Dominators" movie
(Time approximate after pledge drive.) A world of pacifists find
their utopia shattered when two warlords crash land and prepare to
destroy the planet to create a new fuel source. The 2nd Doctor,
Jamie, and Zoe interfere, much to the unhappiness of the pacifist
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Next episode airs March 20.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Sat 11:30PM CST "Logopolis" pt 2 of 4
Time approximate after pledge drives. The presence of the Master
notwithstanding, the 4th Doctor and Adric prepare to head to
Logopolis to get the TARDIS fixed. The sense of doom deepens.
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 - not available to subscribers
Pre-empted by pledge drive. The Doctors: 30 Years Of Time Travel And
Beyond airs March 13.
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
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Return date TBA.
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
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
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Doctor Who returns March 20.
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
Late Sat 12:30AM PST "The War Machines" eps 3+4 of 4
7PM airing pre-empted by pledge drive. The 1st Doctor takes control
of the military operation, working as much as possible to keep them
out of the way while he battles WOTAN. Will the world's smartest
computer conquer the Earth? Next week - the 2nd Doctor's era begins.
And you can thank the 108 missing episodes for that.
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
April 3 - Patrick Troughton special.
US Sci-Fi Channel http://www.scifi.com
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
East Coast & Satellite Feed - Late Sun Apr 11 3AM EDT (2AM CDT, 1AM
MDT, Mid PDT, 11PM Alaska, 9PM Hawaii)
West Coast Feed - Late Sun Apr 11 3AM PDT (4AM MDT, 2AM Alaska, Mid
Hawaii, 5AM CDT, 5AM EST)
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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