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Wednesday 18th June 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - June 18, 2003
(posted 18th Jun 2003, 12:25pm - TWIDW post #0161)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 25
NHPTV New Hampshire got its 3rd and final digital channel (WEKW-DT 49) on the air on June 1, 2003. They are not simulcasting the analog lineup on their digital frequencies at this time, so this does not change the number of places where you can see Doctor Who yet.
DirecTV subscribers in the Des Moines, IA viewing area can now opt to purchase a package of local TV channels including KDIN 11 Des Moines, the Iowa Public TV station. Dish Network subscribers in Des Moines have had that option for several months. DirecTV and Dish Network are adding many local markets this year, so if you're a subscriber to one of those systems in an area where Doctor Who airs keep an eye on their websites to see when/if your market is added.
UK fans who missed Channel 4's recent showing of Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D. (like this column did) may want to contact friends who get S4C out of Wales - the movie is airing there this Sunday at 8:15AM. It will not be airing on S4C Digital, only on the primary S4C, so if you have an S4C clarify which one you have before trying to catch the 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:


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.
All 6 Episodes Now Online!
American Who - Jennifer Adams Kelley
A conversation with a longtime American Doctor Who fan and featured player in many of the "fan videos" produced by The Federation . Currently working on an audio adaptation of The Nightmare Fair, a story originally due to be part of the 1985-1986 series of Doctor Who, which wasn't made, the details of which are at .
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 - worldwide sci-fi news. The other hours - Patrick Lushine from Dracula 2, Jon Mertz from Vampire Lawson, and Andy Arness - listed as "the guy from every thing".


UK Gold
Late Fri 12:25-2:15AM, Sat 7:15-9AM BST The Deadly Assassin movie
The 4th Doctor's efforts to stop an assassination go awry when he is accused of the murder he tried to prevent. The first story set wholly on Gallifrey, with a 25 minute in a realm known as 'The Matrix' decades before the name became part of a popular movie franchise.
Late Sat 2:40-4:30AM, Sun 7:15-9AM BST The Face of Evil movie
The 4th Doctor comes across a planet where he is feared as the Devil. There could be a reason - the local devil thinks he IS the Doctor.

UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 1:25-3:15AM BST The Deadly Assassin movie
Late Sat 3:40-5:30AM BST The Face of Evil movie
S4C Wales (except S4C Digital) - Welsh variant of Channel 4
Sun 8:15-9:45AM BST Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. 1966 Feature Film
Doing further tests on his time-space machine, Dr. Who brings his grand-daughter, his niece, and a policeman they picked up to 22nd Century Earth. Alas, the Daleks have taken over the planet. Now Dr. Who and his family must help humanity fight back. A partial remake of the 1964 TV story The Dalek Invasion of Earth, which has just come out restored on DVD in the UK if you want to compare the two side by side.
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Homechoice has discontinued its Doctor Who service.
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 The Masque of Mandragora pts 3+4 of 4
The Mandragora Helix plots to wipe out all the intellectuals in Europe, even the stupid ones, in hopes of wrecking the upcoming Rennaissance. Time for a party.
Thu The Hand Of Fear pts 1+2 of 4
Fri The Hand Of Fear pts 3+4 of 4

A fossilized hand discovered in a quarry starts to take over the minds of humans, making them obsessed in providing radiation to the hand. What is the secret of the hand? And whose body did it used to be attached to? Elisabeth Sladen's final story portraying Sarah Jane Smith.
Sat The Stones of Blood all 4 pts
The tracer brings the 4th Doctor and Romana to rural England, where an ancient stone circle draws the attention of researchers, 20th century pseudo Druids, and living rocks that feast on people.
Sun The Androids of Tara all 4 pts
Romana finds the 4th segment of the Key To Time, but her resemblence to a Princess set to marry a crown prince leads her into a conspiracy involving doubles, androids, and an evil lord who hopes to steal the throne. All on a planet where computer knowledge is a sign of being a lowly peasant and sword fighting is the realm of the Elite.
Mon The Deadly Assassin pts 1+2 of 4
Tue The Deadly Assassin pts 3+4 of 4

See UK Gold for description.
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
Sat 11PM EDT Time and the Rani pt 2 of 4
Impersonating Mel, the Rani manipulates an amnesiac 7th Doctor into repairing her equipment for reasons unknown.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EDT The Sea Devils(?) ep 5(?) of 6
I suspect this is an error in WCNY's listings, and that part 4 of Robot will air here.
ยป this was Robot: Part Four
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42)
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Seeds of Doom pt 2 of 6
In Antarctica, thugs sent by a party interested in the seed pod plan to steal it from the research team, with no witnesses left alive. Seems the seed pod has the same idea, though it doesn't want to let the thugs live either.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 34-1
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT The Keeper of Traken pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Adric visit Traken, a world of peace and tranquility. So peaceful and tranquil that they don't know how to protect themselves against Evil. Evil has just arrived.
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 Mark of the Rani movie
In the 19th Century, a conference on the Industrial Revolution is hampered by luddites smashing machinery, a deadly figure disguised as a scarecrow, and a woman running a bath house. Add the 6th Doctor and Peri, stir things up, and the danger mounts.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-2
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT The Two Doctors 6 pt version, pts 3+4
In search of the missing 2nd Doctor, the 6th Doctor, Peri, and Jamie follow the trail of the Sontarans to rural Spain, where alarming genetic experiments are underway. Patrick Troughton guest stars as the 2nd Doctor.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (9)
Sat 11:40PM EDT The Creature from the Pit pt 3 of 4
The 4th Doctor discovers a means to communicate with the Creature, much to the terror of Lady Adrasta.
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 11,474
Des Moines Dish Local 11,9116
Cedar Rapids Dish Local 12,9161
Omaha, NE Dish Local 32,9146
Sat 11:35PM CDT The Seeds of Doom pts 3+4 of 6
Back in England, the 4th Doctor and Sarah investigate Harrison Chase, who they think might be the person financing the theft of the dangerous alien seed pod.
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 Terminus movie
The Black Guardian's machinations leaves Nyssa infected with Lazaar's Disease, Turlough and Tegan trapped in a vent, and the 5th Doctor alone trying to figure out how a spaceship could settle down in the exact center of the Universe before it all goes bang.
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 Remembrance of the Daleks pts 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM MDT Remembrance of the Daleks pts 3+4 of 4
The 7th Doctor and Ace find 2 warring bands of Daleks at work on Earth in 1963. How to keep the Daleks and the humans apart until the Daleks get all the killing out of their systems? And why have the Daleks come to Earth anyway? The Doctor knows, and he isn't telling.
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 The Keeper of Traken pt 2 of 4
See WYBE for description.
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 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Ghost Light pt 3 of 3
The Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy sent researches to all the planets they thought they could get to on a cheap budget and leaving in time for big long lunches. Tonight's episode essentially solves the question of what would have happened if, instead of sending a lovable heavy drinker named Ford Prefect to research the Earth, they had sent a psychotic perfectionist with a bad temper and a fervent desire for everybody to just stand still until he finished his research. This is the story of Light - researcher, super-powerful, and mad as a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster which has just discovered it'll be drunk by a Drashig, who won't feel any ill-effects at all.

Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT The Curse of Fenric pt 1 of 4
In 1943, Russian soldiers, British soldiers, code crackers, and a tiny village all felt the ill effects from the discovery of an ancient Viking artifact of enormous power. The 7th Doctor and Ace investigate and hope to stop the course of destiny.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58)
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Monterey Dish Local 25,9190
Doctor Who is on hiatus.

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