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Wednesday 20th August 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - August 20, 2003
(posted 20th Aug 2003, 12:19pm - TWIDW post #0172)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - August 20, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 34
On August 17, 2003, KTEH 54 San Jose, CA/KCAH 25 Watsonville, CA presented the US premiere of the BBV sci-fi stories The Airzone Solution & Auton. If KTEH raises enough money between that broadcast and an encore August 22nd at 11:30PM, they plan to enter into a contract to be the US distributor of the BBV stories, offering them to all interested public TV stations. Following the broadcast on Sunday, Ken Patterson of KTEH sent this notice out to KTEH's sci-fi mailing list :

Not a complete dissappointment, but not as strong as we hoped. We made about 80% of our target. If we can do well on the Friday repeat we might be able to pull this one off.

So... If you were watching Stephen King, Charmed or that documentary on Nefertitti instead then make sure you call in on Friday. AirZone starts at 11:30pm (right after Kavanagh QC) with Auton at 1:00am.

This isn't just a vote of confidence for the BBV package. This is a vote of confidence for Sci-Fi programming on KTEH in general. We desparately need to get through our current fiscal year (which ends in September) If we can't do that, then cuts in programming will occurr (which I don't like at all...) and the non PBS fare is going to be the first to go.

I really would like to see the BBV deal happen. It's the shot in the arm Sci-FI night needs to get going again. If you have friends and family who also like Sci-Fi on KTEH, but aren't on this list - let them know about the repeat airing on Friday.

Well, enough of the pitching for one night... Time to go home, get some sleep and come to work tomorrow morning. BCNU Ken Patterson

If you want to pledge to KTEH, the phone number for the August 22nd repeat, the best times to call, and the pledge items are all noted under KTEH's listing at the end of the column.
Iowa Public TV purchased the rights to air The Airzone Solution and Auton separately from all this for a pledge night on September 27 from 9 to 11:30PM.
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.
Upcoming airings of the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie:
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
Fans of Joey Reynolds (aka Joey Donovan) and his Sci-Fi Overdrive show (with periodic inclusions of American Who material) have another station to listen to his show on. WPLC AM1050 Silver Spring, MD (Washington, DC) is now a 24 hour affiliate of the Business Talk Radio network. Warning - their night power is currently just 44 watts, so most of the DC area (even the sections that get WPLC in the daytime) will not be able to tune into Joey's show just 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 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 as of publication time. Currently on the website:
Jean-Marc Lofficier, writer of the famous Doctor Who Programme Guide, sits down for an interview.
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.
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Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EDT (11PM-3AM PDT, 7-11AM BST, 4-8PM
AEST ) InterstellarTransmissions/SFO=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 and comment. Hour 2 - A look at the Hugo awards with Hugo nominee Adam-Troy Castro. Hour 3 - The 8/12 American Who interview with Jean-Marc Lofficier. Hour 4 - repeat interview with Apollo 12 astronaut Dick Gordon. WPLC AM1050 Silver Spring, MD (DC radio market) is not on the station list yet but is a new affiliate of Business Talk Radio. Their overnight radio power is just 44 watts, so listeners outside the immediate Silver Spring and Northwest DC area probably won't be able to tune in to this station.


UK Gold
Wed 6PM BST Terror of the Zygons 2 pt version, ep 1
Thu 6PM BST Terror of the Zygons 2 pt version, ep 2

Back on Earth, the 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry join the U*N*I*T team to stop an alien menace that is sinking oil rigs in Loch Ness, killing the inhabitants and keeping people confused before the start of an invasion.
Fri 6PM BST Planet of Evil 2 pt version, ep 1
The 4th Doctor and Sarah arrive for an appointment 36,000 years late and on the wrong side of the universe, where matter meets anti-matter and a scientific expedition has disappeared.
Late Fri 1:10-2:55AM BST The Power of Kroll movie
The search for the Key To Time continues as the mysterious Kroll, squid god of the savages of Delta Magma, holds the key to finding the next segment of the Key. The late Friday broadcast appears to have officially separated itself from the Saturday morning broadcast.
Sat 7:15-9AM BST The Creature from the Pit movie
Some people are never satisfied. You have a planet full of lush vegetation, and all people want is precious metals. You have a planet full of precious metals, and all the people there want is vegetation. Too bad they can't just work together and satisfy themselves.
The Saturday 5PM Doctor Who broadcast is being pre-empted for a Carry On Movie Marathon. Spearhead From Space will conclude on UK Gold, UK Gold +1, and UK Gold 2 next Saturday.
Late Sat 2-3:50AM, Sun 7:15-9AM BST Nightmare of Eden movie
The 4th Doctor finds himself in the role of insurance claim adjuster when two spaceships collide with each other, their structures hopelessly stuck together. Can the ships be separated? And what caused the accident in the first place?
Mon 6PM BST Planet of Evil 2 pt version, ep 2
Accused of having killed off a scientific expedition, the 4th Doctor and Sarah struggle to survive the "justice" of the Morestrans while trying to save them from destruction.
Tue 6PM BST Pyramids of Mars 2 pt version, ep 1
Mars Attacks. Jack Nicholson and Pierce Brosnan not expected to appear. (was shown on Wednesday)

UK Gold + 1
Wed 7PM BST Terror of the Zygons 2 pt version, ep 1
Thu 7PM BST Terrorr Of The Zygons 2 pt version, ep 2
Fri 7PM BST Planet of Evil 2 pt version, ep 1
Late Fri 2:10-3:55AM BST The Power of Kroll movie
Late Sat 3-4:50AM BST Nightmare of Eden movie
Mon 7PM BST Planet of Evil 2 pt version, ep 2
Tue 7PM BST Pyramids of Mars 2 pt version, ep 1
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 Nightmare of Eden pts 3+4 of 4
See UK Gold for details.
Thu The Horns of Nimon pts 1+2 of 4
Fri The Horns of Nimon pts 3+4 of 4

In the Great Journey of Life, the Skonnans and Anethans are merely pawns in the game of the Nimon. David Brierly's last appearance as the voice of K9.
Sat The Sontaran Experiment all 2 pts
Abandoned for millenia, the Earth finds itself with 3 sets of visitors. The 4th Doctor and company, popping down by T-Mat. A group of humans from another colony who survived the flares. And a Sontaran scientist with evil intentions.
Sun Genesis of the Daleks all 6 pts (3:30AM airing pre-empted)
The 4th Doctor is ordered to change history to save the universe from destruction at the hands of the Daleks. If he succeeds, the Daleks will never have existed.
Mon The Leisure Hive pts 1+2 of 4
Tue The Leisure Hive pts 3+4 of 4

A vacation for the Doctor and Romana brings them to a planet where a new science is being abused with deadly consequences.
Doctor Who - 1996 TV Movie
East Feed Fri 2PM EDT (1PM CDT, Noon MDT, 11AM PDT, 10AM Alaska, 8AM Hawaii)
West Feed Fri 2PM PDT (3PM MDT, 1PM Alaska, 11AM Hawaii, 4PM CDT, 5PM EDT)
(Apologies to anyone who saw this blurb in last week's column. This week it is airing. Odds are you will only have one version of the channel - use Sci-Fi's schedule information and your TV listings to determine which version you have.) The Doctor's efforts to return the Master's remains to Gallifrey leads to a crash landing, a regeneration, and the end of the Earth on December 31, 1999. Paul McGann is the 8th Doctor.
Digital channels with a * are not yet on the air. If a digital channel is "remapped", the mapped number appears first, followed by the actual number in brackets.
NHPTV New Hampshire
analog 11,49,52
digital 11-2 (57-2), 49-2 (48-2), 52-2 (49-2) - NHPTV not currently on the air in Doctor Who's timeslot
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 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EDT Genesis of the Daleks pt 3 of 6
See BBC Kids for details.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital 42* - coming September 2003
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Hand Of Fear pt 1 of 4
A quarry explosion leaves Sarah in the hospital and susceptible to the power of a crystalline hand that has been buried for millions of years. Whose hand is it, and what is the hand's agenda?
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 36,8162 (on 61.5 satellite)
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8171 (on 129 satellite) - to be
discontinued Sep 30 2003
Sat 11PM EDT Kinda pts 3+4 of 4
Does the 5th Doctor have a plan to destroy the Mara, save Tegan's mind, and protect the humans from certain death? Kinda.
MPT Maryland
analog 22,67,62,28,31,36
digital 22-2 (42-2), 67-1 (29-1), 28*, 56*, 44*, 54*
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Late Sat Mid EDT Delta and the Bannermen movie
The 7th Doctor and Mel stumble across an all-expense paid trip to Disneyland in the USA in 1959. When the tour bus is forced to crash in Wales, the 7th Doctor finds himself caught in the crossfire between agents of the US government, friendly party aliens, a woman with a secret, psychotic aliens, and a bizarre bee-keeper.
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 3+4 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet pts 3+4)
The 6th Doctor is annoyed that evidence at his trial is being censored for reasons kept unknown to him. In the footage, Drathro the robot takes the news of his upcoming demise rather badly, deciding to let the rest of humanity die with him.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9*
Sat 11:40PM CDT The Horns of Nimon pt 4 of 4
See BBC Kids for details.
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 Face of Evil pts 3+4 of 4
Xoanon lures the Sevateem into the land of the Tesh, preparing to let the two sides wipe each other out. Can the 4th Doctor cure Xoanon of its insanity?
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 13-1 (14-1)
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 13,8406
Sat 10PM-Mid CDT The Caves of Androzani movie
Special day and time. KERA brings Doctor Who to nearly prime time for pledging. The 5th Doctor goes out with a bang on the planet Androzani, where drug smugglers, government troops, and evil politician, and a man named "Jek" all converge with ill will towards each other. With no good guys, the Doctor and Peri just hope to come out of it alive.
ยป it was reported the following week that this wasn't shown.
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 7-1 (42-1), 19-1
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 7,8536
Sat 11:30PM MDT Castrovalva pt 2 of 4
Nyssa and Tegan find Castrovalva, a place of peace where they hope the Doctor can recover from his troubled regeneration. But where is Adric?
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
analog 28,15,65
digital 28-1 (27-1), 19*
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 28,8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Keys of Marinus: Sentence of Death ep 5 of 6
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT The Keys of Marinus: The Keys Of Marinus ep 6 of 6
Ian is accused of murder, forcing the 1st Doctor to be the galactic equivalent of Perry Mason and Horace Rumpole. Clearing Ian is the only way to complete the key and regain the TARDIS.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital 50*, 58*
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
San Francisco Dish Local 54,8234
Monterey Dish Local 25,9190
Fri 11:30PM PDT The Airzone Solution BBV story, 50 minutes long
The secrets of the Airzone Corporation will be exposed.
Late Fri 1AM PDT Auton BBV story, 60 minutes long
U*N*I*T's containment team is need to prevent the revival of the Autons.
Pledge phone number - 1-800-771-5834.
Pledge break start times (best times to call)
Airzone - 11:50PM, 12:24AM, 12:57AM PDT
Auton - 1:27AM, 1:54AM, 2:24AM PDT (times approximate)
DVDs ($150 pledge each) - The KTEH Doctor Who Interviews, The Airzone Solution, the first 2 Stranger stories, The Doctors
VHS ($120 pledge each) - The Auton stories, PROBE: The Ghost Of Winterbourne, The Airzone Solution (unconfirmed)
CDs ($90 pledge each) - Republica, Stranger: The Last Mission

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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