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Thursday 22nd May 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - May 21/22, 2003
(posted 22nd May 2003, 12:06pm - TWIDW post #0157)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - May 21/22, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 21
The second of the two UK Gold Dalek Days airs this Bank Holiday Monday (26 May) in the UK. This time the stories guest starring Davros air.
South African Doctor Who fans get at least one more chance to see the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie on Saturday 24 May at 6:35PM. Technical problems with my ISP kept this column from going out on time, so hopefully you remembered earlier columns and saw the movie when it aired yesterday, 21 May.
Those of us in the US who stay up late or know how to set VCRs - the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie is airing here on the US Sci-Fi Channel late Sunday June 15th at 1AM EDT East Feed / 1AM PDT West Feed.
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:


Shada - new 6 episode 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.
In a change last week, BBCi began serializing the episodes, with segments being released daily. Current status:
Episode 1 - online
Episode 2 - online
Episode 3 - online
Episode 4, pts 1 through 6 online
Episode 4, pt 7 - online Friday 23 May

Episode 5 - serialized through the rest of the week, check their website
American Who - Wendy Padbury from 1999 and Charles Martin in a new episode - MP3 format
The latest episode of Joey Reynolds' Doctor Who show, with news and Who related interviews. The Charles Martin interview concerns growing up as a UK Doctor Who fan, and then being a fan in the US.
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 sci-fi radio talk show, sometimes with Doctor Who content. Easiest to hear in timezones outside the USA.


UK Gold
Late Fri 12:40-2:25AM, Sat 7:10-9AM BST Terror of the Zygons movie
The TARDIS crew returns to Earth, where the 4th Doctor and Sarah help U*N*I*T battle shape-shifting aliens who can impersonate anyone. Harry might never travel in time and space again.
Late Sat 12:30-2:20AM, Sun 7:20-9AM BST Planet of Evil movie
The TARDIS plops the 4th Doctor and Sarah down on a planet at the far end of reality, where the universes of matter and anti-matter converge. Infringe in the space of anti-matter, and doom is sure to follow. Infringement has occured.
Mon 9:50AM-12:35PM BST Genesis of the Daleks movie
Dalek Day 2 begins on this bank holiday Monday. Davros makes his first appearance as the 4th Doctor faces off with the Daleks at the dawn of their existence.
Mon 12:35-2:30PM BST Destiny of the Daleks movie
The 4th Doctor and a rejuvenated Romana find themselves on Skaro, abandoned home world of the Daleks. The Daleks have returned, along with the Movellan race, in search of an artefact of vital importance to the destruction of the universe.
Mon 2:30-4:20PM BST Resurrection of the Daleks movie
The Daleks engage in a gambit to rescue Davros from human custody, in a bid to prevent their extinction and relaunch their dreams of intergalactic conquest. But Davros is not the kind of "figurehead" the Daleks imagine. Peter Davison plays the 5th Doctor in a tale of blood and gore, sacrifice and loss, and the redemption of a dead man.
Mon 4:20-6:10PM BST Revelation of the Daleks movie
The 6th Doctor and Peri visit the Tranquil Repose funeral home in search of an old friend. Instead they find Daleks and an old enemy. How well can the Doctor handle playing second fiddle?
Mon 6:10-8PM BST Remembrance of the Daleks movie
Ages ago, the Doctor left an object of immense power on 20th Century Earth. Now the Daleks are after it, and the 7th Doctor hopes to hold down the carnage with the biggest bluff in history.

UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 1:40-3:25AM BST Terror of the Zygons movie
Late Sat 1:30-3:20AM BST Planet of Evil movie

UK Gold 2
Mon 6-8:45PM BST Genesis of the Daleks movie
Mon 8:45-10:40PM BST Destiny of the Daleks movie
Mon 10:40PM-12:30AM BST Resurrection of the Daleks movie
Mon 12:30-2:20AM BST Revelation of the Daleks movie
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment both pts
Sci-Fi Channel SA
Wed 8-9:25PM, Sat 6:35-8PM Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
Before the Daleks killed the Master, he asked for the Doctor to return his dessicated remains to Gallifrey. As two Doctors will soon learn, death just isn't able to hold the Master back. Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor. Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor. Daphne Ashbrook as Dr. Grace Holloway. And Eric Roberts as The Mazda! (Sorry about that last bit - it's how he pronounced the name. Just watch the show.)
Wed 9:25-10PM SF:UK - Trips Through Time And Space
Is Doctor Who fandom the result of LSD? Is all of this just a drug-induced fantasy? SF: UK investigates.
BBC Kids
Weeknights 2 episodes Midnight + 4AM EDT (9PM + 1AM PDT)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EDT (9PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Wed The Sontaran Experiment pts 1+2 of 2
Earth. Home planet of humanity. 3rd Rock From The Sun. And now the latest base for Sontaran research into more efficient invasion techniques.
Thu Genesis of the Daleks pts 1+2 of 6
Fri Genesis of the Daleks pts 3+4 of 6

See UK Gold for description.
Sat Horror of Fang Rock all 4 pts
The Rutans. Oft-mentioned rival race of the Sontarans. Before the night at a Lighthouse is over, a Rutan will make its first appearance on Doctor Who. Will any of the guest cast live to tell the tale?
Sun The Invisible Enemy all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor's mind is taken over by a parasite, forcing Leela to lead the mission to save humanity, and to retake the Doctor's brain.
Mon Genesis of the Daleks pts 5+6 of 6
See UK Gold for description.
Tue Revenge of the Cybermen pts 1+2 of 4
Back on Space Stateion Nerva, the TARDIS crew find evidence of a faked space plague and a traitor selling the station out to an alien force.
Channel numbers in brackets ( ) indicate a digital station that is not on the air. All stations currently airing Doctor Who that do not have digital transmitters on the air have received wavers from the FCC giving them till November 1, 2003 to go on the air. Low power stations do not currently have digital assignments.
NHPTV New Hampshire
analog 11,49,52
digital 57,48,(49) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003?
Boston DirecTV Local 11,
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Late Sat Mid EDT Paradise Towers pt 4 of 4
Postponed from April. The 7th Doctor and Mel must unite the Caretakers, Oldsters, Kangs, and Pex in a desparate battle to defeat the Great Architect and live. Pledge programming will delay the next Doctor Who episode till the middle of June. It will be the out of sequence broadcast of Time and the Rani, the first 7th Doctor story.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EDT The Masque of Mandragora pt 3 of 4
What is the secret of Hieronomous. Is the evil Count Frederico in greater danger from his allies than from the 4th Doctor?
» actually Robot: Part Three
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42)
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Android Invasion pt 4 of 4
When the 4th Doctor and Sarah find a way to Earth, they find it a bit difficult to alert U*N*I*T to the ultimate danger. Final appearances of Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan) and John Levene (RSM Benton) in the series.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 34-1
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT State of Decay pts 1+2 of 4
The TARDIS lands on a planet run by vampires. While the 4th Doctor and Romana investigate, K9 finds a stowaway on board.
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 Twin Dilemma movie
Time approximate after Independent Eye. The Doctor's poison-induced regeneration goes about as well as one could expect a poison-induced regeneration to go. Insanity. The new 6th Doctor struggles to pull himself together so his first adventure won't be his last. I've never been a fan or seen the point to the main plot in this story (the twins), but think of it like Star Trek: The Next Generation, where the focus is on the lead characters instead of the actual plot. In this case, if you focus on that, it works quite well. Better than it frequently worked on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-2
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT Vengeance on Varos 4 pt version, pts 1+2
The 6th Doctor and Peri land on Varos in search of a mineral that will fix the TARDIS. They find themselves in the middle of the ultimate reality TV show. Maybe not as gory as Fear Factor, but with a twist - you're supposed to die live for the audience's entertainment. We'd never do that here - except that I recently heard of a network commissioning a live game of Russian Roulette ...
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (9)
Sat 11:40PM CDT The Brain of Morbius pt 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Morbius battle it out Time Lord to Time Lord for survival. Morbius has little left to lose, and a lot of anger.
» waa actually City of Death: Part Four.
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
digital 50,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003?
Des Moines DirecTV Local coming soon
Des Moines Dish Local 11,9116
Cedar Rapids Dish Local 12,9161
Omaha, NE Dish Local 32,9146
Sat 11:35PM CDT Pyramids of Mars pts 3+4 of 4
Sutekh plots to escape his prison by any means necessary. A TARDIS would fit the bill nicely. IPTV will be skipping The Android Invasion (written by Terry Nation) and go directly to The Brain of Morbius next week.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 14-1
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 13,8406
Late Fri 12:30AM CDT Arc of Infinity movie
The 5th Doctor and Nyssa find themselves on the receiving end of the Time Lords' despicable plan to keep a creature of Anti-Matter from invading our universe. Someone on the High Council of the Time Lords may be helping the creature in its plans.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12,32
digital (38)
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 12,8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Silver Nemesis pts 2+3 of 3
The Cybermen, Nazis, and a 17th Century sorceress battle it out for control of Nemesis, a comet come to Earth courtesy of the 7th Doctor. And he alone knows the secrets of Nemesis. But someone now knows the secrets of the Doctor.
Sat 10PM MDT The Greatest Show in the Galaxy all 4 pts
The famous Psychic Circus is auditioning new acts. Be feted as a star. Have all your needs attended to. Be turned into ashes if you don't keep the audience happy. Now the Circus wants to audition - the 7th Doctor. Doctor Who will be pre-empted next week by pledge drives.
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7
digital 42-1,19-1
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 7,8536
Sat 11:30PM MDT Warriors' Gate pt 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor learns that not all of his crew will be able to return to the normal universe. The humans hope to use Romana as a Time Sensitive to power their ship and escape.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
analog 28,15,65
digital 27-1,(19)
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 28,8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Greatest Show in the Galaxy pts 3+4 of 4
See KBDI for details.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58)
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Salinas Dish Local 25,9190
Doctor Who is on hiatus.

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