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Wednesday 16th April 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - April 16, 2003
(TWIDW post #0152)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - April 16, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 16
As of this writing, it is confirmed that all Dalek and Terry Nation stories are unavailable to US TV stations to purchase for broadcast. There are rights issues between Terry Nation's estate and the BBC (at least in America) temporarily preventing stories from being shown. The issues are being worked on, and it is hoped that the stories will become available for broadcast again soon.

Existing Doctor Who stories that are not available right now:
The Dead Planet aka The Daleks aka The Mutants (1963)
The Keys of Marinus
The Dalek Invasion of Earth
The Chase
Day of the Daleks
Planet of the Daleks
Death to the Daleks
Genesis of the Daleks
The Android Invasion
Destiny of the Daleks
The Five Doctors (?)
Resurrection of the Daleks
Revelation of the Daleks
Remembrance of the Daleks

Existing Doctor Who stories that might not be available right now - it's unclear:
The Space Museum (Dalek shell appears in episode 2, full version of episode 4 has Dalek cameo at end)
The War Games (Dalek appears in cameo in episode 10)
Frontier In Space (Daleks appear extensively in episode 6)
Maryland Public TV has removed Resurrection of the Daleks from its schedule for April 26 and has replaced it with Frontios, which had been missing. MPT also skipped The Five Doctors, where a Dalek has an extended cameo, so I have tentatively placed that story in the list of now unavailable stories.
KERA 13 Dallas, TX did resume airing Doctor Who late Friday April 4 at 12:30AM. Having aired the 3rd and 4th Doctor stories in production order, they now are airing stories in broadcast order. Castrovalva aired April 4th. Four To Doomsday aired April 11th.
I have no new information regarding WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA. WQED's website lists a Doctor Who episode airing this Saturday, while TV Guide and Zap2it's websites list members' choice pledge specials in the slot.
Over in the UK, UK Gold will have "Dalek Days" on the May Bank Holidays. 10 of the 11 complete Dalek stories will air - 5 stories per Bank Holiday. Only The Chase is being skipped. It is too soon to be sure how much of the marathons will air on UK Gold 2 or UK Gold +1. These will be UK Gold's existing prints of stories, and not remastered versions. Here's the lineup:

Monday 5 May
7:20AM BST The Dead Planet aka The Daleks aka The Mutants
10:45AM BST The Dalek Invasion of Earth
1:35PM BST The Day Of The Daleks
3:25PM BST Planet of the Daleks
6:05PM BST Death to the Daleks

Monday 26 May
9:50AM BST Genesis of the Daleks
12:35PM BST Destiny of the Daleks
2:30PM BST Resurrection of the Daleks
4:20PM BST Revelation of the Daleks
6:10PM BST Remembrance of the Daleks
The UK ci-Fi Channel will be airing the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie on 5 May from 7:20 to 9PM.
The South African Sci-Fi Channel - yes, the same website - will air both the 1996 Doctor Who movie and a new Doctor Who special in May. The special is part of a series profiling UK Science fiction shows called SF:UK. Here's the lineup:
Saturday 3 May 4:25PM SF:UK - Trips Through Time And Space (first airing?)
Wednesday 21 May 8PM Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
Wednesday 21 May 9:25PM SF:UK - Trips Through Time And Space
Saturday 24 May 6:35PM Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
While I try to keep the column up to date, I do sometimes miss late changes to schedules. If you see TWIDW's information getting out of synch with what your local station is actually airing, let me know ASAP.
Additions and corrections are welcome at , bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:


BBC Shada - new version of Douglas Adams' TV story left unfinished in 1979. Now an audio story with illustrations. Stars Paul McGann as the Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana, and John Leeson as K9. Begins 2 May 2003.
BBC Radio 7
Digital radio & TV in UK, live realplayer link on website for worldwide use
Sat 6PM+ Mid BST (7PM+1AM CET, 1+7PM EDT, 10AM+4PM PDT, Sun 3+9AM AEST) The Paradise Of Death pt 5 of 5
The conclusion to the 1993 Jon Pertwee Doctor Who audio story.
Sunday - unknown.
BBC Radio 7 doesn't have a schedule for this Sunday showing on the website. It's Easter Sunday - maybe they're taking the day off. More likely - special programming. If they are airing regular programming, I'll go out on a limb and guess that part 1 of The Ghosts of N Space airs at 6PM and Midnight BST.
Fri 7PM EDT InterstellarTransmissions
WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami/West Palm Beach, FL)
Joey Reynolds' weekly radio show for sci-fi news and interviews, which can be heard online worldwide. Doctor Who news usually discussed during the show. This week - Mike McCafferty from The Invisible Man.
Business Talk Radio Network
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EDT (11PM-3AM PDT, 7-11AM BST, 4-8PM AEST ) Sci-Fi Overdrive station list on the scifioverdrive website - archives in MP3 format
Live audio link at Business Talk website - requires Windows Media Player.
National version of Interstellar Transmissions, though probably easiest to hear in timezones outside the USA. Hour 1 - Sci-Fi News & Content. Hour 2 - the Mike McCafferty interview from Interstellar Transmissions. Hour 3 - SIRTF (whatever that means). Hour 4 - Sophie Aldred & Sylvester McCoy.


UK Gold
Late Fri 2-3:55AM, Sat 7:10-9AM BST The Time Warrior movie
A meddlesome journalist takes an unintended trip in the TARDIS and endangers the 3rd Doctor's efforts to find scientists taken out of time. This story introduces the Sontarans, one of the most popular Doctor Who monsters.
Late Sat 1:25-4:20AM, Sun 6-9AM BST Invasion/Invasion Of The Dinosaurs movie
Part 1 of this story is titled "Invasion" to keep the appearance of the Dinosaurs secret. Part 1 only survives in black & white because someone erased the colour version.

UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 3-4:55AM BST The Time Warrior movie
Late Sat 2:25-5:20AM BST Invasion/Invasion Of The Dinosaurs movie
Sci-Fi Channel UK
Sun Noon-1:10PM BST Dalekmania
The story of the Daleks, particularly in relation to the 2 Peter Cushing feature films - Dr Who and the Daleks and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
Sun 1:10-2:45PM BST Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
The Doctor's efforts to return the Master to Gallifrey are sidelined by a crash landing in San Francisco, a sudden regeneration, and the imminent demise of the planet Earth. Starring Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook, and Eric Roberts.
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment both pts
BBC Kids
Weeknights 2 episodes Midnight + 4AM EDT (9PM + 1AM PDT)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EDT (9PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Wed City of Death pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor discovers Count Scarlioni in multiple time zones, as time runs out of time. John Cleese makes an uncredited cameo.
Thu The Creature from the Pit pts 1+2 of 4
Fri The Creature from the Pit pts 3+4 of 4

The 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 answer a distress call from an egg shell. The shell was part of a space ship bringing an ambassador to a jungle planet. What happened to the ambassador, and why would any world let a woman with such odd fashion sense rule over them as a dictator?
Sat State of Decay all 4 pts
Adric stowed away in the TARDIS. Now he is in the 4th Doctor and Romana's way as they do battle with the vampiric rulers of a backwards world.
Sun Warriors' Gate all 4 pts
The TARDIS has found the exit from E-Space. But not all of the crew will return to our universe.
Mon Nightmare of Eden pts 1+2 of 4
Tue Nightmare of Eden pts 3+4 of 4

The 4th Doctor and Romana encounter the darker side of drug smuggling when a traffic accident in space releases dangerous creatures and reveals the existence of Vraxoin.
Channel numbers in brackets ( ) indicate a digital station that is not on the air. Low power stations do not currently have digital assignments.
NHPTV New Hampshire
analog 11,49,52
digital 57,48,(49) - not on digital schedule yet
Boston Dish Local 8781,11
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Doctor Who returns April 26.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EDT The Seeds of Doom pt 4 of 6
The 4th Doctor and Sarah investigate the home of Harrison Chase in search of the seed pod. It is already too late.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EDT Pyramids of Mars pt 3 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Sarah try to stop Sutekh the Destroyer from escaping his prison on Mars.
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA
analog 13,16
digital 38-1,(26)
Pittsburgh DirecTV Local 13,947
Pittsburgh Dish Local 8136,13
Late Sat Mid EDT The Five Doctors 4 pt version, pt 1 of 4??
Viewer Advisory - WQED/WQEX's website lists a Doctor Who episode airing here. and lists it as members' choice.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital (34) - coming 2003
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT The Horns of Nimon pts 2+3 of 4
The TARDIS is being drawn into a gravity whirlpool. The 4th Doctor and K9 have to escape alive in order to search for Romana.
MPT Maryland
analog 22,67,28,31,62,36
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Late Sat Mid EDT The Awakening movie
The 5th Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough search for Tegan's grandfather in a sleepy English village, where war games seem to be bringing the 17th and 20th Centuries together in a joint bloodletting. Viewer advisory - MPT's spring independent film series Independent Eye begins its new season next Saturday at 11PM. Expect late starts for Doctor Who virtually every week till mid-June.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-2
*WCET-DT has moved its simulcast of the analog station to subchannel 2 as they ramp up their digital operations. See WCET's website for details. It appears at this time that imported shows like Doctor Who and Red Green will not get additional airings on WCET subchannels.*
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
Sat 11PM EDT The Twin Dilemma pts 3+4 of 4
The 6th Doctor's continued emotional instability hinders his efforts to rescue the twins and stop a race of powerful slugs from invading the galaxy. Pre-empted by auction next week. Doctor Who returns May 3.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:40PM CDT The Armageddon Factor pt 5 of 6
K9, now under the control of the Shadow, sets a trap for the Doctor.
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
digital 50-1,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34)
Des Moines Dish Local 9116,11
Omaha, NE Dish Local 9146,32
Cedar Rapids Dish Local 9161,12
Sat 11:35PM CDT Terror of the Zygons pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry return to Earth to help U*N*I*T. Oil rigs are being destroyed in the North Sea. The Doctor isn't interested in oil rigs, but the Brigadier points out the human casualties. Surprised no one thought about what might happen if the oil escaped and started spilling all over the place. These must be non-spill oil rigs.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 14-1
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 8406,13
Late Fri 12:30AM CDT Kinda movie
Do the 5th Doctor, Adric, and Tegan have what it takes to protect a peaceful tribal people from the return of the evil force known as the Mara? Kinda.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12,32
digital (38) - under construction
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 8211,12
No Friday episodes this week.
Sat 11PM MDT Time and the Rani pts 1+2 of 4
KBDI airs this story out of order, having already shown the other 3 stories of the 1987 season. A sudden regeneration leaves the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) disoriented, at the mercy of the manipulations of the Rani. In her latest scheme, the Rani impersonates Mel to trick the Doctor into repairing a machine needed for ... for ... well, she needs it for something evil.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7,19
digital 42-1,(19)
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 8536,7
Sat 11:30PM MDT Full Circle pt 1 of 4
The TARDIS becomes trapped in a pocket universe. Where Gallifrey should be is a planet going full circle.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
analog 28,15,65
digital (27),(19) - under construction
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Dragonfire pt 2+3 of 3
Mel and Ace try to stay one step ahead of Kane's army, while the 7th Doctor and Sabalom Glitz search for the Dragon's treasure. Bonnie Langford's final appearance in the series as Mel.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58) - under construction
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Salinas Dish Local 9190,25
San Francisco Dish Local 8234,54 - not available to subscribers
Due to situations largely beyond their control, Doctor Who is on hiatus on KTEH/KCAH. Doctor Who will return ASAP.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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