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Wednesday 2nd July 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - July 2, 2003
(posted 2nd Jul 2003, 12:19pm - TWIDW post #0163)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 27
Maryland Public TV is dropping movie format on Doctor Who stories effective August 9th. Instead of one complete story a week, MPT will air 2 25 minute episodes. Maryland Public TV has aired Doctor Who as movies since picking up the series in 1995, with brief experiments with episode format in 1998 and 2000. This move will leave KERA Dallas as the only Doctor Who affiliate in the US currently using the movie versions of the stories. UK Gold airs its own movie compilations in the UK. see note)
Maryland Public TV and New Hampshire Public TV"> are both going to bypass the {p{SylvesterMcCoy era this time around. Maryland Public TV will go from the conclusion of Trial Of A Time Lord on August 2nd to An Unearthly Child on August 9th (when the episode format begins). New Hampshire Public TV is going from Time and the Rani to Robot due to Tom Baker's greater popularity. Robot will begin on July 19th. New Hampshire Public TV has also gone from 2 episodes a week to 1 episode a week as a result of budget shortages. see MPT note)
WCNY 24/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY seems to have episodes from different Doctor Who stories and at least 2 different Doctors listed for this month.
KBDI-DT 38 Denver, CO is now on the air according to the FCC, though other trackers of digital stations do not list it as on the air yet. There is no information on KBDI's website yet about whether they will simulcast the analog lineup on the digital channel.
USA - The Sci-Fi Channel has scheduled the 1996 Doctor Who movie to air Friday August 22nd at 2PM Eastern/Pacific as part of a weeklong set of daytime movies.
South Africa - The SA Sci-Fi Channel also has the Doctor Who movie in August - Thursday 7 August at 8PM, Friday 8 August at 5:25PM.
UK - Outpost Gallifrey reports that UK Gold will have a Doctor Who weekend in November to celebrate Doctor Who's 40th anniversary. UK Gold previously had 2 Dalek Days in May. Four and a half months till then, so no details have been released yet.
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 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. Real Time - the 6th Doctor battles the Cybermen in this illustrated audio story first produced in 2002.
American Who - Peter Davison; Sci-Fi Sea Cruise Contest
Charles Martin interviews Peter Davison at the Gallifrey One convention, then Dan Harris discusses the next Doctor Who Sci-Fi Sea Cruise and a contest for a free ticket.
In the next few days, the next episode is due to go online, with Arnold T. Blumberg of Cinescape Magazine and "Howe's Transcendental Toybox" as the guest on Doctor Who matters.
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 - David Hagberg, author of the Terminator 3 novelization, along with Arnold T. Blumberg discussing the Terminator mythos. Hour 2 - Gwendolyn Grace on adult fandom of the Harry Potter universe. Hour 3 - Robert O'Reilly (Gowron on Star Trek: The Next Generation & Deep Space Nine). Hour 4 - Majel Barret Roddenberry.


UK Gold
Sat 7:15-9AM BST Horror of Fang Rock movie
The TARDIS has a rocky landing near a lighthouse. As a fog sets in, the inhabitants of the lighthouse find themselves stalked by a killer. A killer who may be impersonating one of them.
The Invisible Enemy movie
The 4th Doctor's mind is taken over by a parasite with dreams of empire. Now Leela and a robotic dog are the only beings between the Doctor and the conquest of the galaxy.

UK Gold + 1
Late Sat 12:45-2:30AM BST The Invisible Enemy movie
TELE 5 Poland
Weekdays 7PM CET
The 12th series (Robot through Revenge of the Cybermen) is currently airing dubbed in Polish, apparently in order. Their TV listings are still unusable for people who don't read Polish, and I doubt they're much better for people who do speak Polish.
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 Talons of Weng-Chiang pts 3+4 of 6
Thu The Talons of Weng-Chiang pts 5+6 of 6

The 4th Doctor, Leela, Henry Gordon Jago, and Professor Litefoot search the sewers of London and the dark underbelly of the theatre in search for the mysterious Weng-Chiang, a madman from the future with little knowledge of the true consequences of his power.
Fri Horror of Fang Rock pts 1+2 of 4
See UK Gold for description.
Sat Destiny of the Daleks all 4 pts
Many years ago, the original Dalek bunker was buried in rubble, along with Davros, the creator of the terrible species. Now, the Daleks want to dig him out and use him again. And they're not the only ones. With Lalla Ward as the new Romana.
Sun City of Death all 4 pts
A Parisan vacation for the 4th Doctor and Romana is interrupted by time distortions and the machinations of Count Scarlioni. How can the theft of a painting change all of history? Easy. Just get Douglas Adams to write the story under a pen name.
Mon Horror of Fang Rock pts 3+4 of 4
See UK Gold for description.
Tue The Invisible Enemy pts 1+2 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 57-2,48-2,49-2 - simulcast currently ends before Doctor Who starts
Boston DirecTV Local 11,955
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Sat 11PM EDT Time and the Rani pt 4 of 4
Unless the 7th Doctor can keep the Rani's missile from hitting the Strange Matter, all of time and space will be slaved to the Rani's will, and this first adventure will be his last. Well, it'll be his last on NHPTV regardless. Starting July 19th - the Tom Baker years return with the first episode of Robot. No episode on July 12.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EDT "The Sea Devils(?)" ep 6(?) of 6
An episode of Doctor Who And The Silurians is scheduled for July 13th, and an episode of The Caves of Androzani is scheduled for July 20th. I'm officially stumped.
ยป actually The Ark In Space: Part Two
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42)
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Seeds of Doom pt 4 of 6
Harrison Chase hopes to grow the Krynoid into a full plant, little caring about the consequences. And the death toll begins to rise.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 34-1
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT Logopolis pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor gets a bleak vision of the future from a figure in white, followed by a lethal calling card by the Master.
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 12:01AM EDT Revelation of the Daleks movie
The apocalyptic finale to the 22nd series of Doctor Who. Davros has control of a funeral home, using it for contemptible ends. Everywhere the 6th Doctor turns, death and destruction seem to loom. For MPT viewers, it's 5 weeks till the Hartnell era and episodic format. see note)
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-2
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT The Mark of the Rani 4 pt version, pts 1+2
Batman and Superman. Buffy and Angel. Rosenkranz and Guildenstern. Dangermouse and Count Duckula. History is filled with famous powerful figures who teamed up to do something momentous. Now the Master wants to enter into a partnership with the Rani, another renegade Time Lord, er, Lady. But she has her own schemes in mind. Can the 6th Doctor and Peri find out which piece of evil is part of which plot before the Technological Revolution is destroyed?
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (9)
Sat 11:40PM CDT Nightmare of Eden pt 1 of 4
A traffic accident in space coincides with the sudden return of a dangerous hallucinagenic drug. The 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 wind up in the middle. Well, of course they wind up in the middle - they're the lead characters. Oh, so now you're going to complain about my story descriptions? Well, they're not colorful enough. Oh yeah? Yeah. Well, let me t ... The Management of This Week In Doctor Who would like to apologize for the bickering between the various personalities that are writing the story descriptions. They have been sacked.
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
digital 50,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34) - 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 Masque of Mandragora pts 1+2 of 4
The Hitch-hiker's Guide To Conquest Of The Earth. Step 1 - Be A Multi-dimensional Powerful Ball Of Destruction. Step 2 - Lure an unspecting TARDIS to your part of time and space. Step 3 - Sneak onboard the TARDIS and hitch a lift to Earth. Step 4 - Make sure your TARDIS goes to a key turning point in Earth's history where a bit of chaos could go a long way. Step 5 - Go on a killing spree and take control of the minds of a religious cult who coincidentally happen to worship a being rather like you. Step 6 - Make absolutely certain the TARDIS you hide in isn't the Doctor's TARDIS - he might try to fight you.
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 The King's Demons movie
The 5th Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough are baffled when King John welcomes them as his personal demons in 1215. Since King John is acting very evil at the moment, naturally everyone thinks the Doctor is to blame.
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 Battlefield pts 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM MDT Battlefield pts 3+4 of 4
The 7th Doctor and Ace run into the U*N*I*T of the 1990s. U*N*I*T is dealing with an invasion by Arthurian knights from another dimension, led by the evil Lady Morgaine (guest star Jean Marsh). Like all successful organizations in the 1990s, they find the solution to the new deadly menace - go retro. Re-enter Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Now the Doctor and the Brigadier work together one last time to save the world - no matter the consequences. Special guest starring Bessie as Itself.
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7 (and 80+ translators all over Utah)
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 4 of 4
Melkur takes control as the new Keeper, and unveils his true identity to the 4th Doctor.
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 The Curse of Fenric pt 4 of 4
Ace finds the solution to the chess game. But whose pawns are whose?
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT Survival pt 1 of 3
The 7th Doctor's final story begins in Perivale, Ace's home town. Ace's old friends are disappearing, and the Doctor thinks they may no longer be on Earth.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58)
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Monterey Dish Local 25,9190
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