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Wednesday 6th August 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - August 6, 2003
(posted 6th Aug 2003, 12:18pm - TWIDW post #0170)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - August 6, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 32
Who news tends to come out on Wednesday after this column comes out for some reason. It happened again last week. 3 minutes, 32 seconds of film footage related to the lost Troughton story Fury From the Deep was discovered in a repository for discarded film. It is 16mm mute film footage related to the attack of the weed creature in episode 6. The news articles seem to indicate that the footage is mostly alternate takes, material that wasn't used in the final cut of the story. Steve Roberts of the Restoration Team indicates that the footage will find its way onto the next Troughton story to reach DVD, which is not as some fans assume a promise that a Troughton story will be released in the UK in 2004, merely a promise that whenever the next Troughton DVD comes out the Fury footage will be on it.
Autralian fans can see Doctor Who on the ABC Network starting Monday 15 September. Doctor Who will air 4 days a week in the traditional Australian 6PM timeslot just before the news. This is the first time that Doctor Who (bar the TV movie) has aired on free TV in Australia since March 1994. ABC is planning to begin with the Hartnell stories and claims that they will air the entire series. Unlike the broadcasts on UKTV since 1996, these showings will be commercial free. Due to the timeslot, some fans wonder if ABC will edit episodes for content reasons.
UK Gold is ramping up its broadcasts of Doctor Who. Starting Monday 11 August, 2 Tom Baker episodes will air weekdays at 6PM BST on the primary UK Gold channel. UK Gold +1 will encore the episodes at 7PM. Also starting Saturday 16 August, 2 Jon Pertwee episodes will air Saturdays at 5PM BST on the primary UK Gold Channel, 6PM on UK Gold +1, and 3AM on UK Gold 2. The 2 episodes will be presented as one episode, cutting out the credits between them. The movie format stories currently airing on Saturday and Sunday mornings (with slightly more erratic late night showings) will continue uninterrupted.
Maryland Public TV has done an about face on its Doctor Who plans. MPT was planning to skip the Sylvester McCoy era and go to the William Hartnell stories. The Hartnell stories were to be presented in episode format, forsaking MPT's tradition of airing the movie versions of stories. Over the weekend, readers of the Washington Post noticed that MPT had erroneously sent out info for 2 episodes of The Sea Devils, a 3rd Doctor story. Meanwhile, on MPT's website, the Hartnell stories had been replaced by the Sylvester McCoy stories which logic indicates should have been scheduled in the first place. The McCoy stories will be airing in movie format. Based on MPT's new listed schedule and the fact that it hasn't pre-empted Doctor Who since 1998, the Hartnell stories should theoretically now begin on November 1.
As of August 6, it is 11 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 most of 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.
Dish Network subscribers in the Philadelphia area who get local channels through them can expect to be trading in satellite dishes soon. The non-major network locals (including WYBE 35) have required a special dish to view them at 129 degrees in the sky. Now they are being mirrored on the more standard 61.5 degree dish position, where new subscribers in Philly will be directed to get them. It will still require a second dish to see the Philly locals, but the dish will be able to access whatever services you subscribe to that are available at 61.5 degrees.
TELE 5 in Poland has discontinued its Doctor Who run again. They ran a random 26 episodes from the Tom Baker era.
Upcoming airings of the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie:
Thurday 7 August 8 to 9:25PM - SA Sci-Fi Channel
Friday 8 August 5:25 to 7PM - SA Sci-Fi Channel
Friday 22 August 2 to 4PM - US Sci-Fi Channel
Wednesday 10 September 8 to 9:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
Sunday 14 September 2 to 3:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
Monday 15 September 11AM to 12:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
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 still archived on the website. 30 minute story of the history of the Daleks.
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
No new episodes listed. Currently on the website:
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.
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. A night devoted to sci-fi conventions.


UK Gold
Sat 7:15-9AM BST The Power of Kroll movie
The prime suspect in the disappearance of the 5th segment of the Key To Time is an enormous squid worshipped as a god by some, and thinks of all as food.
Late Sat 1:20-3:55AM, Sun 6:30-9AM BST The Armageddon Factor movie
Agents of the Black Guardian work behind the scenes to foment a war between 2 worlds and trick the Doctor into handing over The Key To Time.
Mon 6PM BST Robot 2 pt version, ep 1
Tue 6PM BST Robot 2 pt version, ep 2

A weeknight run of Tom Baker episodes begins on UK Gold. 2 episodes are edited together into an hourlong block. First up - the new 4th Doctor is called upon to stop a sinister scientific society which is using a Robot in hopes of blackmailing the world.
Meanwhile, a weekend run of Pertwee stories in the same format (2 episodes edited into a one hour block) airs Saturdays at 5PM BST (6PM BST UK Gold +1, Late Saturday 3AM UK Gold 2), starting with Spearhead From Space.

UK Gold + 1
Late Sat 2:20-4:55AM BST The Armageddon Factor movie
Mon 7PM BST Robot 2 pt version, ep 1
Tue 7PM BST Robot 2 pt version, ep 2
TELE 5 Poland
TELE 5 has taken Doctor Who off the air for now.
SA Sci-Fi Channel
Thu 8-9:25PM Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
Fri 5:25-7PM Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie

The 7th Doctor has an unfortunate adventure with a gunfight, the consequences of which bring on a regeneration crisis. Can the Doctor pull himself together enough to deal with the Master one more time and keep Earth from being sucked inside out? Starring Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Daphne Ashbrook, and Eric Roberts.
ABC Australia Monday through Thursday at 6PM AEST, starting 15 September
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 Armageddon Factor pts 1+2 of 6
Thu The Armageddon Factor pts 3+4 of 6
Fri The Armageddon Factor pts 5+6 of 6

See UK Gold for details.
Sat The Keeper of Traken all 4 pts
A plea for help brings the 4th Doctor and Adric to Traken, where a calcified statue of evil is trying to bring about chaos and destruction. The statue seems to know the Doctor all too well.
Sun Logopolis all 4 pts
The Master stalks the 4th Doctor as he tries to repair the TARDIS. Alas, the Master's desire for power goes a little too far this time, and only the Doctor can save the Master's bacon.
Mon Destiny of the Daleks pts 1+2 of 4
Tue Destiny of the Daleks pts 3+4 of 4

Lalla Ward takes over as Romana in a story where the 4th Doctor discovers mystery and evil on the planet Skaro.
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. Next episode airs August 30.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EDT Genesis of the Daleks pt 1 of 6
Revenge of the Cybermen part 1 may air instead.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42) - coming September 2003
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Masque of Mandragora pt 3 of 4
Count Frederico begins to suspect that the astrologer Hieronomyous is not to be trusted. The Count is correct.
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 3+4 of 4
With Adric on their side, the Urbankans prepare to neutralize the TARDIS crew and conquer the Earth, all so their leader can go back in time and meet God, who he believes to be himself.
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 Time and the Rani movie
(MPT made a late change to the schedule and opted to finish their current run of the Doctor with the Sylvester McCoy stories - 1st Doctor and episode format fans will have to wait.) The Rani forces the TARDIS to crash on the planet Lakertya, where she tricks an amnesiac Doctor suffering from a regeneration crisis into helping her on a dangerous experiment.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-2
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Doctor Who returns August 23.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (9)
Sat 11:40PM CDT The Horns of Nimon pt 2 of 4
Romana and the "sacrifices" arrive on Skonnos, where Soldeed the Balding plots the revival of his world's empire, with the help of the Nimon.
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 3+4 of 4
To prove his innocence, the 4th Doctor enters the APC Net of the Time Lords to find the real assassin. Part 3 is one of the most surreal pieces of TV produced while part 4 will leave first time viewers wowed.
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 Resurrection of the Daleks movie
A time corridor drags the TARDIS back to Earth, where the 5th Doctor and company find the Daleks back in action, trying to rescue and manipulate their former leader. Could also be called "Dalek Trek: The Search For Davros", or the premise behind the proposed new Blake's 7 TV-movie, if the Daleks were the new cast of Blake's 7.
Pre-empted by pledge drive next week.
ยป the following week reported this was Planet of Fire instead.
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 drives. Next episodes air 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 Castrovalva pt 1 of 4
Peter Davison is the 5th Doctor. Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan evade authorities to get the Doctor back into the TARDIS to recuperate from his regeneration. But the Master is not through with them, and manipulates the TARDIS to try to kill them. Pre-empted by pledge drives next week.
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 Keys of Marinus: The Sea of Death ep 1 of 6
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT The Keys of Marinus: The Velvet Web ep 2 of 6
The 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan are blackmailed into searching for the Keys to a device that regulates thoughts and keeps peace on the planet Marinus. The first key is hidden in a paradise, where the natives get you anything you want, and you find that you aren't that interested in searching for keys anymore.
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 at 8PM and August 22nd at 11:30PM ...
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 the Autons

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