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Thursday 5th June 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - June 4/5, 2003
(posted 5th Jun 2003, 11:20am - TWIDW post #0159)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - June 4/5, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 23
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.
KBTC Tacoma, WA is airing a Doctor Who pledge special on June 7 from 7 to 10PM, featuring The Three Doctors.
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.
Episodes 1,2,3,4,+5 - online
Episode 6 - online Friday 6 June at Noon BST
American Who
(Apparently no new episode this week - information same as last week) - Jon Pertwee; Gail Bennett
First, a 1982 interview that South Florida broadcaster Chuck Zinc had with Jon Pertwee discussing Doctor Who, Worzel Grummidge, and other acting topics. The second part of the show has Joey Reynolds' 2001 interview with Gail Bennett, fan illustrator whose artwork got used on the UK editions of the Doctor Who Find Your Fate books of the 1980s, in a discussion remembering Jon Pertwee. The 5/19 edition with Wendy Padbury and Charles Martin is still online at the American Who website.
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. Hour 1 - Sci-Fi news. Hour 2 - some guy from LucasFilm. Hour 3 - Jerry Doyle (Babylon 5). Hour 4 - Walter Cunningham.


UK Gold
Late Fri 12:25-2:20AM, Sat 7:15-9AM BST The Brain of Morbius movie
On the planet Karn, a Mad Scientist, madder religious priestesses, a downright angry manservant, and a 'Patient' whose anger makes all the rest of them look like members of the Legion Of Sanity, all pose problems to the 4th Doctor and Sarah.
Late Sat 12:50-3:30AM, Sun 6:30-9AM BST The Seeds of Doom movie
A dangerous plant plots world domination, ushering in an age where all 'meat' creatures are devoured. Only John Steed and Emma Peel can save the day. Unfortunately, they're not available. Would U*N*I*T mind terribly much if the 4th Doctor and Sarah were loaned over to investigate the situation?

UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 1:25-3:20AM BST The Brain of Morbius movie
Late Sat 1:50-4:30AM BST The Seeds of Doom movie
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment both pts
TELE 5 Poland
Weekdays 4:40PM CET "Tom Baker episodes with Polish subtitles"
TELE 5 ran 26 Tom Baker episodes last year, and has been rerunning them on weekdays for the last few weeks. Their website is of little use in determining which stories are airing, and the episode order was largely random, so seeing part 4 of, say, The Brain of Morbius, would give you no clue as to what the next story would be. The link to their schedule is now
BBC Kids
Weeknights 2 episodes Midnight + 4AM EDT (9PM + 1AM PDT)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EDT (9PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Wed Pyramids of Mars pts 1+2 of 4
Thu Pyramids of Mars pts 3+4 of 4

I was at a Doctor Who meeting just this week and we discussed a scenario much like this one (a different Who story). If you think your brother is an evil madman who must be locked away forever, and assuming that you do not intend to kill him to ensure he remains gone, why bother providing him a means to escape? If you provide an escape route, someday he will find a way to use it. Perhaps you could put a killer booby trap in the escape mechanism as a cruel joke of false hope. But an escape route? I can only conclude that the folks who locked Sutekh away are just as evil as Sutekh is. Certainly just as sadistic. And their calculated move gives Sutekh the chance to escape in 1911 and endanger the Earth.
Fri The Android Invasion pts 1+2 of 4
What happened to the people of Earth? Why are the trees made of fake wood? And when is a suicide not a suicide?
Sat Underworld all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor and Leela join the mission of Jackson and his heroic crew of sicophants, hoping to relaunch the only civilization stupid enough to use Time Lord technology to wipe themselves out of existence.
Sun The Invasion of Time all 6 pts (no 3:30AM rerun)
This is an epic tale of love and betrayal. Death and hope. Lead and jelly babies. The 4th Doctor's wildest plan yet is executed as he becomes President of Gallifrey. It's one Presidency the planet will never forget.
Mon The Android Invasion pts 3+4 of 4
The truth revealed, the 4th Doctor and Sarah race to warn humanity of danger. Harry Sullivan and RSM Benton appear for the final time.
Tue The Brain of Morbius pts 1+2 of 4
See UK Gold for details.
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 11,955
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Pledge season. Next episode airs Late Saturday June 14 at Midnight.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Next episode June 22nd. Oddly enough, WCNY had gone back to Robot instead of airing The Masque of Mandragora. The listings claim that episodes of The Sea Devils will air next month, though in theory Robot episode 4 should air next.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42)
Sat 11PM EDT The Brain of Morbius pts 2+3 of 4
See UK Gold for details. New earlier start time, but only for this week and next.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 34-1
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT Warriors' Gate pts 1+2 of 4
The way out of E-Space is a gateway. A gateway whose secrets fascinate the 4th Doctor and endanger the future of the TARDIS crew.
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 Vengeance on Varos movie
Advisory - pledge night. Programming could start late. MPT is known for changing Doctor Who's start time at the last minute, as viewers have observed for the last few weeks when Independent Eye ran over-length. Two things are certain in life - death and taxes. Looks like Varos doesn't have a lot of taxes. But it has plenty of Death.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-2
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Next episode June 14.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (9)
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Next episode (The Creature from the Pit pt 2) airs June 14.
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 The Brain of Morbius pts 3+4 of 4
See UK Gold for details.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 14-1
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 13,8406
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Next episode airs Late Friday June 13.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12,32
digital (38)
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 12,8211
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Next episodes air Late Friday June 13.
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 4 of 4
The only way for the 4th Doctor and Romana to save the universes - do nothing.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 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 6PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Battlefield pts 3+4 of 4
Looks like KBTC aired the first half of Battlefield last week after all. The 7th Doctor, Ace, and the Brigadier must stop Morgaine and her followers from setting off a nuclear missile. The Arthurian legend as never seen before.
Sat 7-10PM PDT The Three Doctors all 4 eps
Pledge special. A mysterious force operating within a black hole attacks the 3rd Doctor and endangers the Time Lords' home planet. The solution - send the 2nd Doctor forward in time to meet himself and provide assistance. When that doesn't work either, it's time to send in the 1st Doctor. With three versions of the Doctor at work, it can only mean one thing. The universes are doomed.
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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