THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - April 7, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 14
A quiet week in the Doctor Who TV world, 39 weeks away from the year
2005. Most of us in the US get a rare chance to see Doctor Who on TV
this week - the Sci-Fi Channel http://www.scifi.com
is repeating the
1996 TV Movie early Monday morning at 3AM Eastern (3AM Pacific West
Feed). American Who's live feed on the Business Talk Radio network
starts at 4AM Eastern instead of 5AM, so if you listen online or
have an actual BTR affiliate where you live you could watch one
Doctor Who broadcast on TV and listen to another on the radio at the
same time, at least in the Eastern part of the US. On the other
hand, UK Doctor Who fans wind up Wholess this weekend so UKTV Gold
can air a Carry On movie marathon (they'll be doing this again on 1
and 2 May).
Upcoming airings of Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D. on Showtime
Greats in Australia (times corrected from last week - Showtime's
website isn't helpful):
All airings Australian Eastern Standard Time:
Late Monday 4 May - 12:10AM
Early Sunday 9 May - 4:45AM
Late Wednesday 12 May - 3:05AM
Early Saturday 22 May - 5:25AM
Late Monday 24 May - 2AM
From 1998 to 2003, WQED/WQEX 13,16 in Pittsburgh, PA aired Doctor
Who on Saturday nights. Since 1997, WQEX has been a full time
simulcast of WQED, even though they broadcast in the same city with
virtually identically broadcast range. This week, WQED finally
announced that the simulcast will end. WQEX will be leased out to
the America's Store home shopping channel, with selected WQED and
PBS kids programming airing as well. For those who were still
Corrections and updates are always welcome at thisweekindoctorwho-
, TWIDW on AOL IM ,
and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:
THE SECOND 40 YEARS:
Doctor: Christopher Eccleston
Rose Tyler: TBA
Written by: Russell T. Davies (8 episodes), Steven Moffatt (2
episodes), Paul Cornell (1 episode), Rob Shearman (1 episode), Mark
Gattiss (1 episode)
Original Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Premieres: 2005 (date TBA)
Total episodes for first series: 13
45 minute episodes
"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
Monday 4AM EDT (1AM PDT, 9AM BST, 6PM AEST)
(not yet online)
(not yet online)
NBC supersized Friends, Coupling, Will and Grace, Scrubs, and Good
Morning Miami. CBS supersized Everybody Loves Raymond and Survivor.
Now Joey Donovan presents a supersized American Who for Easter
Monday. Begins an hour early than normal during the Sci-Fi Overdrive
show, so stations that leave Sci-Fi Overdrive after hour 3 will be
airing American Who for the first time. Features a supersized
interview with Barry Letts, originally planned for March 29. Barry
remembers being producer of Doctor Who from 1970 to 1974, and being
the only executive producer in the run of the show (1980 to 1981),
among other things. Also, a special surprise has been promised for
listeners in the first hour of the show.
Arnold T. Blumberg discusses the casting of Christopher Eccleston as
Charles Martin discusses the writers for the new series.
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon in the 2nd Doctor stories) remembers
Joey interviews India Fisher (Charley in the Big Finish 8th Doctor
audio dramas), recorded at the 2003 Chicago TARDIS convention.
Sci-Fi Overdrive http://www.scifioverdrive.com
on Business Talk Network http://www.businesstalkradio.net
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EDT (11PM-3AM PDT, 7-11AM BST, 4-8PM AEST)
Live Stream http://www.warpradio.com/popTuner.asp?id=14085
Easter vacation brings reruns and a feature length Doctor Who
special. Hour 1 - the people behind Tripping The Rift and Scare
Tactics. Hour 2 - the unforgettable Vic Mizzy, composer behind the
tunes to The Addams Family and Green Acres. Hours 3+4 - firstrun
American Who special - see above.
THE FIRST 40 YEARS:
UKTV Gold http://www.ukgold.tv http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Doctor Who takes Easter Weekend off for a marathon of Carry On
movies. Doctor Who returns on 17 April. But The Face Of Evil is
being skipped ...
UKTV Gold + 1
Whither UKTV Gold goeth, UKTV Gold +1 goeth also.
ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv http://www.varos.net/drwho/
Thursday 6:04PM "The Ambassadors Of Death" ep 3 of 7
Monday 6:04PM "The Ambassadors Of Death" ep 4 of 7
Tuesday 6:05PM "The Ambassadors Of Death" ep 5 of 7
Wednesday 6:04PM "The Ambassadors Of Death" ep 6 of 7
Series 7, Episodes 14 through 17. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. Black & White
version. The 3rd Doctor doesn't think that the astronauts really
returned to Earth. In that case, who did? And why are people
prepared to kill to keep the men in spacesuits isolated from the
space agency and the Doctor? Murder, deception, kidnaping, and a
doomed space launch highlight four classic taut episodes of the
early Jon Pertwee era.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EST (10PM + 12:30AM PST) - 2 episodes
weekdays, full stories weekends) (EDT and PDT from Sunday)
Wednesday "Timeflight" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 19, Episodes 25 through 26. Doctor: Peter Davison. The Master
hopes to revitalize his TARDIS and resume his adventures in Time and
Space. Alas, this would involve enslaving an entire race forever.
Hang on a minute - the Master doesn't mind doing that. No problems
at all, then.
Thursday "Arc Of Infinity" pts 1+2 of 4
Friday "Arc Of Infinity" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 20, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Peter Davison. The 5th
Doctor suffers from interdimensional identity theft. An anti-matter
being wants to cross over into the regular universe and live as the
Doctor. Trouble ensues.
Saturday "The Awakening" both pts
Series 21, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Peter Davison. The quest
for Tegan's grandfather brings the 5th Doctor to the village of
Little Hobcombe, where preparations for War Games make people
unusually agitated. Almost like an Emma Peel Avengers episode, if
real aliens had shown up and messed with time.
Sun "Frontios" all 4 pts
Series 21, Episodes 7 through 10. Doctor: Peter Davison. At the end
of history, humans struggle to survive on a hostile world. Meteors
attack with surprising frequency from the sky. The ground eats them
alive. Turlough may know why it's happening.
Monday "Snakedance" pts 1+2 of 4
Tuesday "Snakedance" pts 3+4 of 4
Series 20, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison. The Mara
invades Tegan's mind again, leaving Tegan in agony and the Doctor in
a race against time to save his companion and an arrogant, decadent
US Sci-Fi Channel http://www.scifi.com
Late Sunday "Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
3AM EDT East Feed, 3AM PDT West Feed
Returning the Master's remains to Gallifrey, the Doctor (Sylvester
McCoy) suddenly faces a timing malfunction in the TARDIS. The Master
has caused a crash-landing on Earth, where events will bring about a
new Doctor (Paul McGann), a new companion (Daphne Ashbrook), and a
24 hour countdown to the end of the world. Set in the near future of
December 31, 1999, Doctor Who tried to bring the sci-fi classic to a
new generation of American audiences. Alas, the ratings were high
everywhere *except* the US.
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 special. Doctor Who returns April 17.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Saturday 11PM EDT "The Twin Dilemma" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 21, Episodes 23 through 24. Doctor: Colin Baker. Several
years ago, WYBE tried to air the Colin Baker episodes of Doctor Who.
Unfortunately, there was a contract renewal in process at the time,
and Colin Baker stories couldn't air in the US. (Usually we never
hear about contract renewals as the episodes that need renewing at a
given moment aren't ones that are about to air anywhere.) WYBE
apparently didn't realize this and managed to air most of the Colin
Baker episodes (sometimes labeled as Sylvester McCoy episodes).
Well, Colin's back, and he's legal. Regeneration leaves the Doctor
in a psychotic state, endangering Peri's life and utterly confusing
a space policeman investigating the disappearance of twins.
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 Saturday Mid EDT "The War Games" movie, pt 2 of 2
Series 6, Episodes 40 through 44. Doctor: Pat Troughton. The 2nd
Doctor and the black & white era go out with a bang. A race bent on
galactic conquest is using primitive TARDISes to bring together
humans from the history of Earth. A fighting force is to be trained.
The Doctor can stop the plot, but can he get everyone home?
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Saturday 11PM EDT "Survival" pt 3 of 3
Series 26, Episode 14. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy. In the final episode
of the original series, everyone returns to Perivale. Ace may never
be the same, and the Master certainly has a new outlook on death.
Next week is listed as Patrick Troughton episodes - exact episodes
not indicated on WCET's website or on zap2it's listings.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Saturday 11:40PM CDT "Castrovalva" pt 2 of 4
Series 19, Episode 2. Doctor: Peter Davison. In search of healing
for the Doctor, the TARDIS travels to the paradise of Castrovalva.
Naturally, the Doctor runs into a hunting party.
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
Saturday 11:35PM CDT "The Androids Of Tara" pts 1+2 of 4
Series 16, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Tom Baker. Ok, this time
the Doctor and Romana really have arrived on Tara. There really will
be a Taran Beast. Count Grendel will have the best looking mustache
of the season. And Romana really will see double. Get real with the
Doctor on IPTV.
KBDI Denver, CO http://www.kbdi.org
digital 12-1 (38-1)
Denver DirecTV 12,910
Denver Dish 12,8211
Late Friday 12:30AM MDT "Colony In Space" eps 1+2 of 6
Saturday 11PM MDT "Colony In Space" eps 3+4 of 6
Series 8, Episodes 15 through 18. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. The TARDIS
travels through time and space for the first time in two years.
Alas, the Time Lords are in control, manipulating the Doctor and Jo
into the middle of a battle between farmers and miners on a disputed
planet. Somebody in the dispute has the knowledge of a Doomsday
Weapon. If discovered, the weapon's power could be cataclysmic.
KUED/KUEW-DT/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/St. George/Richfield, UT
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
Saturday 11:30PM MDT "Arc Of Infinity" pt 4 of 4
Series 20, Episode 4. Doctor: Peter Davison. The Time Lords must
outwit Omega to enable the 5th Doctor to get to Earth. Peter Davison
in a double role.
KBTC/KCKA Tacoma/Centralia, WA http://www.kbtc.org
digital 28-1 (27-1), 15-1 (19-1)
Seattle DirecTV 28,910
Seattle Dish 28,8620
Saturday 7PM + 12:30AM PDT "The Mind Robber" eps 1+2 of 5
Series 6, Episodes 6 through 7. Doctor: Pat Troughton. Escaping a
lava flow, the Doctor and company find themselves pulled outside of
time and space into a land of pure imagination.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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