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Wednesday 9th July 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - July 9, 2003
(posted 9th Jul 2003, 12:09pm - TWIDW post #0164)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 28
Quiet week overall. That usually means that some big surprise is coming. That or it's Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and everyone is mentally on vacation. This Week In Doctor Who will be turning 5 years old next week. The initial column went out on July 13, 1998. What flavor cake do you get an online column - blue ink? Black ink?
KBTC 28 Tacoma, WA is finally going to run some of the William Hartnell stories in their regular Doctor Who rotation, having skipped them multiple times (except as pledge specials). The Hartnell stories begin on July 19th, when all 4 episodes of An Unearthly Child will air at 7PM with the first 2 episodes rerunning at 12:30AM. (The 7PM showing will be pre-empted on the 26th - hence the variation.)
Maryland Public TV will also go to the early Hartnell stories starting August 9. In MPT's case, they will be skipping the Sylvester McCoy stories. see note)
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
No new episode scheduled in next 7 days. The most recent episodes: - Arnold T. Blumberg
An interview with Arnold T. Blumberg, co-author of Howe's Transcendental Toybox, a guide to Doctor Who merchandise over the decades. - 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.
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 - News/Comment/Gabe Benson of
Beckett Comics discusses the comic of Terminator 3. Hour 2 - Gemini 11 and Apollo 12 astronaut Richard Gordon. Hour 3 - Apollo 12 and Skylab 2 astronaut Alan Bean. Hour 4 - Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell.


UK Gold
Sat 7:20-9AM BST Image of the Fendahl movie
An ancient skull warps the minds of a scientific research team, leading them ever closer to the secrets of a dead civilization, and the certain doom of the Earth.
Sun 7:15-9AM BST The Sun Makers movie
The 4th Doctor and Leela find humanity down and out on the planet Pluto in a world that the IRS could only dream of.

UK Gold + 1
No time shifted Who this week. Next up is late Saturday 19 July - The Invasion of Time.
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 Invisible Enemy pts 3+4 of 4
Cloned* versions of the 4th Doctor and Leela enter the Doctor's mind to free him of the virus before he can be used to conquer the cosmos.
Thu Image of the Fendahl pts 1+2 of 4
Fri Image of the Fendahl pts 3+4 of 4

See UK Gold for details.
Sat The Creature from the Pit all 4 pts
With a new voice (David Brierly), K9 emerges from the TARDIS again to help the 4th Doctor and Romana as they do battle against evil and folks who think they're evil but are merely just clever enough to be ludicrously dangerous. Next on the list of evil is the Lady Adrasta, who runs her world with an iron fist and kills anyone who gets between her and precious metal.
Sun Nightmare of Eden all 4 pts
Two ships collide, starting a chain of deception, death, and mind-altering drugs.
Mon The Sun Makers pts 1+2 of 4
Tue The Sun Makers pts 3+4 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 57-2,48-2,49-2 - simulcast currently ends before Doctor Who starts
Boston DirecTV Local 11,955
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Pre-empted by pledge drive. The Tom Baker era begins July 19.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EDT The Ark In Space pt 3 of 4
Noah discovers that the Wirrn are taking over control of his mind and body. Since this information matches information I received on the station from a reader a few weeks ago, and makes more sense than random Pertwee and Davison episodes, I am going to believe it.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42)
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Seeds of Doom pt 5 of 6
The Krynoid takes control of the situation and uses the plants to try to take over the world.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 34-1
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT Logopolis pts 3+4 of 4
The Master's plan to conquer the universe goes a bit askew. Seems instead of taking control he accidentally destroyed it. Now the 4th Doctor has to put it back together again, whatever the cost.
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 Trial Of A Time Lord movie, pt 1 of 4 (The Mysterious Planet)
Yanked out of time, the 6th Doctor finds himself on trial for interfering in the affairs of other worlds. First up - the 6th Doctor unravels the secrets of Ravalox, which seems to really tick off the prosecutor.
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 3+4
The Rani plots to drain the fluid from human miners in the 19th Century. Fortunately, the 6th Doctor and Peri are around to try to stop her. Unfortunately, the Master is out for vengeance and getting in everyone's way.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (9)
Sat 11:40PM CDT Nightmare of Eden pt 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana are framed for drug smuggling.
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 3+4 of 4
Count Frederico begins to suspect that he is not the only person in town with an evil agenda. Now his agenda is threatened by the power of Mandragora.
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 Five Doctors
It is unknown at publication time if KERA will air the original version of this story (90 minutes long) or the special edition with new effects and reworked scenes made for VHS in 1995 (102 minutes long). Not to be confused with the DVD version, which is nearly identical to the VHS Special Edition, but has 5.1 sound.
ยป a later report inferred that this was the Special Edition
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 3+4 of 4
Morgaine's desire to regain Arthur and Excalibur leads her to summon one of the most dangerous beings in the universe. With Nicholas Courtney as Alaistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.
Sat 11PM MDT Ghost Light pts 1+2 of 3
The 7th Doctor brings Ace back to the 19th Century in a very familiar looking mansion where nothing is as it seems. Among all the grotesque charicatures of people is a lurking danger, which gives Ace a sense of deja-vu.
No episodes next week. Doctor Who returns late Friday July 25.
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 Logopolis pt 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Adric travel to Earth to get the TARDIS measured for repairs.
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 Survival pts 2+3 of 3
Trapped on the planet of the Kitlings, the 7th Doctor, Ace, and an old "friend" must keep their sanity and find a way back to Earth. The longer they remain, the more they change. Last story broadcast in the original TV series. Next week, KBTC goes back to the beginning, with a run of William Hartnell stories.
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 will return.
*Well, not precisely cloned, as they mention in the story. If they were really cloned, they wouldn't be wearing any clothes, as the clothes don't get cloned. Come to think of it, real clones would have to be germinated for 9 months, then be born as babies. It'd be many years before they grow up, and since they would live a different life with different experiences, the clones would almost certainly bear little resemblence to the originals. Good thing they didn't really use clones, then.

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