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Wednesday 3rd September 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - September 3, 2003
(posted 3rd Sep 2003, 11:51am - TWIDW post #0174)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - September 3, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 36
As Doctor Who's 40th anniversary nears, we'll try to have the rundown on special programming that various stations may do to celebrate.
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.
Hot on the heels of KTEH's presentation of BBV stories, Iowa Public TV will be the 2nd US broadcaster to present BBV to the USA as a Doctor Who Celebration. The Airzone Solution (1993 eco-thriller starring Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy) and Auton (1997 drama starring the Autons & UNIT) will air on Saturday September 27 at 9PM CDT for everyone who gets Iowa Public TV. According to the Sci-Fi Saturday Website , IPTV is looking for phone volunteers for that night from 9PM to Midnight. Contact Darla Hassebroek @ Friends Of IPTV 1-515-242-5406 or darla@... and try to mention Airzone Solution & Auton.
UK Gold announced the results of their first round of voting for the Doctor Who @ 40 weekend of 22 and 23 November, and the second round of voting continues on their website.
The finalist stories for each Doctor to choose from:
1st - An Unearthly Child, The Time Meddler, The War Machines
2nd - The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Mind Robber, The War Games
3rd - Inferno, The Dæmons, The Sea Devils
4th - Robot, Pyramids of Mars, City of Death
5th - Earthshock, Mawdryn Undead, The Caves of Androzani
6th - Attack of the Cybermen, The Mark of the Rani, The Two Doctors
7th - Dragonfire, Silver Nemesis, The Curse of Fenric
UK Gold will have original material including interviews with cast members & fans, along with behind the scenes footage. The Curse Of Fatal Death, The Three Doctors, and The Five Doctors will definitely air.
Two additional channels in Australia are getting on the 40th anniversary bandwagon. Encore (pay movie channel) will present the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie commercial free on 10 September and 14 September). UKTV (which ran Doctor Who from 1996 to 2002) will have a special Doctor Who day (weekend?) on 11 October with a best of Who marathon (stories in the Australian section below). UKTV also wants viewers to tune in at 8:30PM AEDT on Sunday 23 November for something not revealed as of this time. Encore and UKTV air programming at the same time nationwide if you have cable, but adjust for time zone differences on satellite. ABC Australia, of course, begins a run of Doctor Who stories on 10042Monday 15 September at 6PM, 4 days a week, and its programming will air at the same time in all time zones regardless of how you watch it.
Upcoming airings of the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie:
Wednesday 10 September 5:20PM Encore Australia (actually confirmed as Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
Wednesday 10 September 8 to 9:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
Sunday 14 September 7:50AM Encore Australia (as above)
Sunday 14 September 2 to 3:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
Monday 15 September 11AM to 12:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
Late Wednesday October 8 3AM EDT US Sci-Fi Channel
Saturday 11 October ? UKTV Australia
Saturday 25 October Noon to 1:35PM 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 3
Sun 7 Sep 10PM BST (adjust for local time) Regenerations
The 2001 Radio Drama about Doctor Who fans at a convention being stalked by a traitor. Tom Baker guest stars as the Doctor. Advisory - some adult content and very strong language, not be suitable for younger children. Was recently dropped from the Doctor Who at the BBC CD collection. Scheduled to run 1 hour.
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
Ryan K. Johnson, creator of the famous 7th Doctor fan videos in the 1980s (the first to have a female Doctor). This is his turn for an interview.
Jean-Marc Lofficer, writer of the Doctor Who Programme Guide.
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 - sci-fi news & comment with Joey Donovan, David Durica, Erich Landstrom, & Lauren Urban. Hour 2 - Star Trek turns 37 today, as Roger Nygard finishes photograhy on Trekkies 2. Hour 3 - Arnold T. Blumberg looks back at the 2002-2003 sci-fi year and ahead to 2003-2004. Hour 4 - Charles Martin looks back at the life of Douglas Adams.


UK Gold
Wed 6PM BST The Brain of Morbius 2 pt version, ep 2
Morbius is reassembled. Can the 4th Doctor stop a Time Lord from the past from mucking up the future?
Thu 6PM BST The Seeds of Doom 3 pt version, ep 1
Fri 6PM BST The Seeds of Doom 3 pt version, ep 2

Some sow, others water, others reap. Millions of years ago some krynoid wiping out animal life on a planet sowed two seeds, that drifted through space to Earth. The seeds were watered/incubated till roughly the start of this story when they were thawed out. Now the Doctor, Sarah, U*N*I*T, and all mankind will reap the consequences.
Late Fri 12:25-2:30AM, Sat 7:20-9AM BST Meglos movie
The 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 are trapped in a Chronic Hysteresis, enabling a daring robbery to occur. You'll never look at a cactus the same way again.
Sat 5PM BST Doctor Who And The Silurians eps 1+2 of 7, movie format
Colour restored version - hopefully. The 3rd Doctor and Liz are asked by U*N*I*T to investigate the cause of power failures at an experimental nuclear station. The answer seems to lie in the caves the station is built into, with evidence of prehistoric life.
Late Sat 1-2:35AM, Sun 7:20-9AM BST Full Circle movie
Operation Return Romana To Gallifrey Right Now To Avoid The Wrath Of The Time Lords gets off to a bad start when the TARDIS gets stuck on a planet in a parallel universe where the inhabitants of a spaceship seem incapable of getting their ship off the ground.
Mon 6PM BST The Seeds of Doom 3 pt version, ep 3
Same seeds, more doom.
Tue 6PM BST The Masque of Mandragora 2 pt version, ep 1
The Mandragora Helix plots to turn the Earth into its plaything by playing with history in 1492 Italy.
Coming 22 and 23 November - Doctor Who at 40 Weekend.

UK Gold + 1
Wed 7PM BST The Brain of Morbius 2 pt version, ep 2
Thu 7PM BST The Seeds of Doom 3 pt version, ep 1
Fri 7PM BST The Seeds of Doom 3 pt version, ep 2
Late Fri 1:25-3:30AM BST Meglos movie
Sat 6PM BST Doctor Who And The Silurians eps 1+2 of 7, movie format
Late Sat 2-3:35AM BST Full Circle movie
Mon 7PM BST The Seeds of Doom 3 pt version, ep 3
Tue 7PM BST The Masque of Mandragora 2 pt version, ep 1

UK Gold 2
Late Sat 3AM BST Doctor Who And The Silurians eps 1+2 of 7, movie
ABC Australia
Monday through Thursday at 6PM AEST, starting 15 September
Wed 10 Sep 5:20PM AEST Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
The Master's dying request leads the Doctor into death and danger on Earth at the turn of the Millennium.
» this was corrected to be Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
Doctor Who Marathon Saturday 11 October
An Unearthly Child, The War Games, The Three Doctors, Planet of the Spiders, The Deadly Assassin, Logopolis, The Five Doctors, The Caves of Androzani, The Two Doctors, The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe, Survival, Doctor Who (1996 TV Movie)
Sunday 8:30PM AEDT 23 November - To Be Announced
BBC Kids
Weeknights 2 episodes 1AM + 3:30AM EDT (10PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories 1AM + 3:30AM EDT (10PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Wed The Ark In Space pts 1+2 of 4
Thu The Ark In Space pts 3+4 of 4

The sleepers of humanity must be awakened before the Wirrn go for a midnight snack.
Fri The Sontaran Experiment both pts
A Sontaran scout plots the use of Earth as a staging ground for intergalactic war.
Sat Robot all 4 pts
BBC Kids flips the weekend stories back to the beginning of Tom Baker's run, just 3 weeks after they did it last time. Probably due to Doctor Who's time change. The new Doctor investigates funny goings-on at a Think Tank.
Sun The Ark In Space all 4 pts
Mon Genesis of the Daleks pts 1+2 of 6
Tue Genesis of the Daleks pts 3+4 of 6

The 4th Doctor gets a chance to alter history and remove the Daleks from existence. But would Terry Nation allow that to happen to the characters he created? Writer of this story: Terry Nation.
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.
(actually those with * are not on the air currently)
NHPTV New Hampshire
analog 11, 49, 52
digital 11-2 (57-2), 49-2 (48-2), 52-2 (49-2) - simulcast currently ends before Doctor Who starts
Boston DirecTV Local 11,955
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Ark In Space pt 1 of 4
Next week's episode airs at Midnight.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EDT Genesis of the Daleks pts 5+6 of 6?
Sun 6:30PM EDT Revenge of the Cybermen pt 1 of 4?

Next episode airs September 21.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital 42* - coming September 2003
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Hand Of Fear pt 3 of 4
Eldrad convinces the 4th Doctor and Sarah to bring her back to her home planet to rebuild her civilization.
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) - simulcast on the 129 satellite to be discontinued 9/30/2003; WYBE will remain on 61.5
Sat 11PM EDT The Visitation pts 3+4 of 4
The 5th Doctor suffers a loss as the Terrileptils prepare to wipe out humanity.
MPT Maryland
analog 22, 67, 62, 28, 31, 36
digital 22-2 (42-2), 67-1 (29-1), 28*, 56*, 44*, 54* - subchannels may move 9/15/03 when MPT's digital services relaunch
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Sat 11:59PM EDT Remembrance of the Daleks movie
The 7th Doctor and Ace team up with a secret military organization in 1963 to keep the Daleks from slaughtering humans while they are on their scavenger hunt. What are the Daleks scavenging for?
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 7+8 of 14 (Mindwarp pts 3+4)
Possibly the most shocking episodes of the series on their first UK broadcast. The 6th Doctor watches with horror as the Valeyard presents a tale of the Doctor's lunatic behavior on the planet Thoros-Beta, which may have endangered the universe, and certainly endangered those he cared about. Is the evidence for real? And how did the matter get resolved? Next episodes air September 20.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9*
Sat 11:40PM CDT The Leisure Hive pt 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana investigate the science of Argolis.
analog 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36, 36
digital 11 (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 Robots of Death pts 3+4 of 4
The robots decide to end the subterfuge and start killing en masse. Dask ponders the risks of trying makeup.
Saturday September 27 at 9PM CDT - Doctor Who Celebration, with The Airzone Solution & Auton.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13, 44
digital 13-1 (14-1)
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 13,8406
Late Fri 12:30AM CDT The Twin Dilemma movie
Colin Baker is the 6th Doctor. Peri thought she was going to see the universe with your typical everyday Time Lord with just a bit of charm. But the Doctor's regeneration forces her to reconsider traveling in the TARDIS. The Doctor's aggressive, dangerous new personality may be more than she can handle.
» it was later reported that this broadcast had been cancelled.
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 The Curse of Fenric pts 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM MDT The Curse of Fenric pts 3+4 of 4
The first story filmed for the 26th season of Doctor Who, 3rd to air in England, but appearing out of sequence as the end of KBDI's rotation before they go back to the 3rd Doctor. An ancient evil is unleashed in 1943. It knows the 7th Doctor of old, and seems to be one step ahead of everybody. Even Ace.
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 4 of 4
The 5th Doctor uncovers the truth behind the world of Castrovalva. Meanwhile, the Master springs a trap.
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 Aztecs: The Bride of Sacrifice ep 3 of 4
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT The Aztecs: The Day of Darkness ep 4 of 4
Tltoxl plots to prove that Barbara is not a god. And he'll kill all of her "servants" to prove it. Barbara faces the consequences of trying to alter history.
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
Next Doctor Who broadcast TBA.

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