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Wednesday 30th July 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - July 30, 2003
(posted 30th Jul 2003, 12:17pm - TWIDW post #0169)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 31
As of July 30, it is 18 days until The Airzone Solution and Auton have their US broadcast premieres on KTEH 54 San Jose/KCAH 25 Watsonville, CA . If they pledge well, KTEH has the option to air the BBV videos and sell them to other public TV stations. BBV's website is .
Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I, 10th Doctor in The Curse Of Fatal Death) will be the BBC's official Ninth Doctor in a fully animated webcast on BBCi's website in November, the month of Doctor Who's 40th anniversary. Check out for more details.
The BBC Radio 4 Documentary My Life As A Dalek reran on Tuesday 29 July at 11:30PM BST, which I found out too late to get into last week's TWIDW. However, Radio 4 is archiving it online until Tuesday 5 August at , so you can still listen. Mark Gatiss produced this special to commemorate 40 years of the Daleks.
August sees the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie air again in South Africa and the United States. Sci-Fi Channel SA will air Doctor Who from 8 to 9:25PM on Thursday 7 August and 5:25 to 7PM on Friday 8 August. The US Sci-Fi Channel will air the film from 2 to 4PM Eastern Time (adjust for local time and feed) on Friday August 22.
Maryland Public TV sees the end of an era this Saturday night - again. This Saturday sees the final Doctor Who story scheduled to air in movie format (the conclusion to The Trial Of A Time Lord). Maryland Public TV has aired Doctor Who in movie format since they picked up the series in 1985, except for brief experiments in 1998 and 2000 - an 18 year run. Now they will air the series in episode format (2 episodes a week), starting with the William Hartnell episodes. Time will tell if this is a permanent change, or if they will return to airing in movie format in a few months. At the moment, this leaves KERA 13 in Dallas, Texas as the only station in the US still airing Doctor Who in movie format. 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 thisweekindoctorwho- , bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:


BBC Radio 4
My Life As A Dalek 30 minute documentary - archived till at least 5 August
Shada - new 6 episode version of Douglas Adams' TV story. Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor. The 3rd story produced for BBCi.
Real Time - the 6th Doctor battles the Cybermen in this illustrated audio story first produced in 2002. The 2nd story produced for BBCi.
And Coming In November ...
The Scream Of The Shalka - Richard E. Grant as the 9th Doctor in a fully-animated story for the 40th Anniversary. The 4th story produced for BBCi, and the first one to have full animation instead of illustrations.
American Who
In depth interview with Colin Baker (6th Doctor) conducted by Charles Martin at Gallifrey 2003. Colin's career, his family, fighting to eliminate cot death, and thoughts on some UK legislation. Paul Cornell gives Joey Reynolds 20 minutes and discusses some details of the upcoming 9th Doctor story on BBCi this November. Also, Charles Martin tries to clarify and calm the fears involved when new chapters in one's favorite saga comes along. Remember when we heard about new Star Wars films and new Star Trek shows? The future of Doctor Who on American Who.
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. Schedule for this week's show not announced as of publication time.


UK Gold
Sat 7:15-9AM BST The Stones of Blood movie
TARDIS 1980: Romana Discovers Earth. The 3rd segment of the Key To Time is on Earth, hidden in a maze of black magic, killer stones, and hyperspace.
Late Sat 1:50-3:40AM, Sun 7:15-9AM BST The Androids of Tara movie
Count Grendel plans to usurp the throne of Tara. But he has yet to tangle with the likes of the 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9. Count Grendel: Peter Jeffrey.

UK Gold + 1
Late Sat 2:50-4:40AM BST The Androids of Tara 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 Stones of Blood pts 3+4 of 4
See UK Gold for details.
Thu The Androids of Tara pts 1+2 of 4
Fri The Androids of Tara pts 3+4 of 4

See UK Gold for details.
Sat State of Decay all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor and Romana explore a planet ruled by vampires, unaware of a stowaway in the TARDIS.
Sun Warriors' Gate all 4 pts
At the gateway between universes, the 4th Doctor and Romana solve a mystery of the past, present, and future - by doing nothing.
Mon The Power of Kroll pts 1+2 of 4
Tue The Power of Kroll pts 3+4 of 4

A giant Squid is worshipped by natives. Could this be a link to the next segment of the Key To Time? Probably.
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 Robot pt 3 of 4
The 4th Doctor suspects he his making progress on finding out the aims of the SRS when the Giant Robot is programmed to kill him. Pre-empted the next three weeks for pledge specials. Robot concludes August 30.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EDT The Sontaran Experiment pt 2 of 2
The Sontaran finishes his experiments on the humans and prepares to give his invasion report.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42) - coming September 2003
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Masque of Mandragora pt 2 of 4
Something is wrong with Sarah, as the Mandragora Helix continues killing people in 15th Century Italy.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 34-1
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT Four To Doomsday pts 1+2 of 4
The 5th Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan visit a spaceship that has been to Earth 4 times and plans to return - permanently. They come in peace, but can they be believed?
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 4 of 4 (The Ultimate Foe)
Just before a verdict can be announced, a surprise witness throws the trial into chaos. An enemy will be a friend, an acquaintance will be cowardly, and a traitor to Gallifrey and time will be exposed. The final televised chapter of the 6th Doctor's life, with revelations that will astonish first time viewers. Next week, the Hartnell stories and episode format begin. see note)
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-2
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 1+2 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet pts 1+2)
The 6th Doctor finds himself on trial for his life and witnessing an adventure in his past.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (9)
Sat 11:40PM CDT The Horns of Nimon pt 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor tries to do maintenance on the TARDIS in deep space, only to run afoul of a Black Hole.
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 Deadly Assassin pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor travels solo to protect the President of the Time Lords from an unknown assassin. But when the time comes to save the day, the Doctor winds up in exactly the wrong place at exactly the wrong time.
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 Frontios movie
There are places where even Time Lords aren't allowed to travel. Realms of time which are to be left unexplored at all costs. The survivors of humanity live in one such realm of time. And one Time Lord will unwillingly get involved in a place he has no business being in, a place where he is the only hope.
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 Survival pt 1 of 3
Late Fri 1AM, Sat 11PM MDT Survival pts 2+3 of 3
The final story of the original series. The 7th Doctor visits Ace's hometown and discovers that planet hopping cats are devouring the forgotten teens of the town. An old enemy with a problem, a young companion with a terrible choice, and tea cooling down as the final battle of the series occurs. Pre-empted by pledge drives for the next three weeks. The Curse of Fenric begins out of order on August 30.
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 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and the Master must team up to save the universe from destruction when the Master's plans for conquest go tragically awry. One of them may not survive the alliance. Doctor Who will continue next week. I do not know as of publication time if KUED is going to the 5th Doctor or if they will go back to Robot
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 Edge of Destruction: The Edge Of Destruction ep 1 of 2
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT The Edge of Destruction: The Brink of Disaster ep 2 of 2

The TARDIS malfunctions, wiping the memories of the TARDIS crew, leaving them confused and distrustful of each other. As they bicker, their lives are in increasing peril. William Hartnell as The Doctor. With Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58)
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Monterey Dish Local 25,9190
Coming August 17th ...
BBV Comes to US TV with the first known American TV broadcasts
The Airzone Solution - starring Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, and Peter Davison
Auton - starring, well, it's kinda obvious
The BBV Night reruns Friday August 22nd at 11:30PM PDT.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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