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Wednesday 10th September 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - September 10, 2003
(posted 10th Sep 2003, 12:19pm - TWIDW post #0176)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - September 10, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 37
Doctor Who's 40th Anniversary creeps slowly closer.
Australian fans get to party this week. After the Encore movie channel repeats the Peter Cushing movie Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D. Sunday at 7:50AM AEST, the Doctor returns to free TV on Monday. ABC will air 1 episode per day Monday through Thursday at 6PM all time zones, starting with the William Hartnell stories. Apart from the TV Movie, this is the first time Doctor Who has aired on broadcast TV in Australia since the mid-1990s.
Cable & satellite subscribers in Australia can look forward to additional Doctor Who on Saturday 11 October. Katy Manning will host a marathon with 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). UKTV also has a Doctor Who broadcast of some as yet undefined nature on Sunday 23 November at 8:30PM.
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.
Iowa Public TV's Doctor Who Celebration on September 27 is approaching quickly. Two stories from BBV will be broadcast from 9 to 11:30PM - The Airzone Solution & Auton. This is their second known presentation in the US, following KTEH's premiere in August. At last word IPTV was still looking for volunteers to man the phones that evening. The contact is Darla Hassebroek at 1-515-242-5406 or darla@... . Keep an eye on for any updates.
Upcoming airings of the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie:
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
Late Wednesday October 8 3AM EDT US Sci-Fi Channel
Saturday 25 October Noon to 1:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
The second round of voting in UK Gold's poll of stories for their Doctor Who @ 40 weekend continues. In the poll:
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
The Curse Of Fatal Death, The Three Doctors, and The Five Doctors will air. Original material will be included in the weekend (ex: interviews with cast members & fans, behind the scenes footage).
Depending on where you read this column last week, you may have encountered an error. I accidentally listed the 1996 Doctor Who movie as airing on the Encore movie channel in Australia. Jason Fraser of managed to get this corrected in some areas - Encore is airing the 1996 Peter Cushing film Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D.
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
It's not online yet, but this week's show is an interview with Sylvester McCoy recorded in 1996 at the Gallifrey One convention. A discussion of his time as the Doctor from 1987 to then, when he had just taken part in the TV Movie.
Older shows online:
Ryan K. Johnson, maker of the famous 7th Doctor fan videos in the mid 1980s.
Jean Marc-Lofficer's interview is still online for a little bit longer.
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.


Wed 8-9:35PM, Sun 2-3:35PM, Mon 11AM-12:35PM BST Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
The Doctor is forced to regenerate after an accident that goes horribly wrong. Now played by Paul McGann, the Doctor has a matter of hours to regain his memory, fix the TARDIS, and deal with the Master before the planet Earth is destroyed.
UK Gold
Wed 6PM BST The Masque of Mandragora 2 pt version, ep 2
Mandragora's power grows, as it prepares to enslave humanity.
Thu 6PM BST The Hand Of Fear 2 pt version, ep 1
Fri 6PM BST The Hand Of Fear 2 pt version, ep 2

A fossilized hand discovered in a gravel quarry takes control of Sarah, using her to grab control of a nuclear power plant, for purpose or purposes still unknown.
Late Fri 12:30-2:20AM, Sat 7:10-9AM BST State of Decay movie
Vampires rule a planet where civilization is decaying. But there is a deeper threat than the vampires. K9 discovers that Adric stowed away on the TARDIS.
Sat 5PM BST Doctor Who And The Silurians eps 3+4 of 7, movie format
Dr. Quinn knows the truth about the Silurians. Can the 3rd Doctor get him to come forward before things get out of hand and the death toll rises?
Late Sat 1-2:40AM, Sun 7:20-9AM BST Warriors' Gate movie
At the gateway between universes, K9 faces a problematic future. Not nearly as problematic as that of a crew of humans, whose space ship is tearing the gateway apart.
Mon 6PM BST The Deadly Assassin 2 pt version, ep 1
Tue 6PM BST The Deadly Assassin 2 pt version, ep 2

Travelling solo, the 4th Doctor arrives on Gallifrey, where an evil force plots to assassinate the President, create chaos in the government, and make the Doctor a scapegoat.

UK Gold + 1
Wed 7PM BST The Masque of Mandragora 2 pt version, ep 2
Thu 7PM BST The Hand Of Fear 2 pt version, ep 1
Fri 7PM BST The Hand Of Fear 2 pt version, ep 2
Late Fri 1:30-3:20AM BST State of Decay movie
Sat 6PM BST Doctor Who And The Silurians eps 3+4 of 7, movie format
Late Sat 1-3:40AM BST Warriors' Gate movie
Mon 7PM BST The Deadly Assassin 2 pt version, ep 1
Tue 7PM BST The Deadly Assassin 2 pt version, ep 2

UK Gold 2
Late Sat 3AM BST Doctor Who And The Silurians eps 3+4 of 7, movie format
ABC Australia
Monday through Thursday at 6PM AEST, starting 15 September
Mon 6PM An Unearthly Child - An Unearthly Child ep 1 of 4
Tue 6PM An Unearthly Child - The Cave Of Skulls ep 2 of 4
Wed 6PM An Unearthly Child - The Forest Of Fear ep 3 of 4

ABC begins a hope-to-be-complete run of Doctor Who from the beginning. First up, 2 schoolteachers investigate the strange behaviour of a new student, only to get involved in an adventure in Time & Space.
Sun 7:50AM AEST Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D. 1966 Theatrical Movie
Remake of The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Dr. Who makes another test of his time ship, again with Susan in tow. After taking on board a policeman, the crew of TARDIS arrive in London in the year 2150. The Daleks have conquered the planet and enslaved humanity. What do the Daleks want? Can Dr. Who save the future of his world? Full screen version (4:3 aspect ratio - 1:33:1), as opposed to the original 2:35:1 ratio.
BBC Kids
Weeknights 2 episodes 1AM + 3:30AM EDT (10PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EDT (9PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Wed Genesis of the Daleks pts 5+6 of 6
Davros holds the key to the future, a tape recording detailing the ways the Daleks will be defeated. Unless the 4th Doctor can eliminate the tape, the Daleks could actually become invincible. Or at least be able to withstand the enemies that eliminated them before.
Thu Revenge of the Cybermen pts 1+2 of 4
Fri Revenge of the Cybermen pts 3+4 of 4

Back on Nerva Beacon, the 4th Doctor, Sarah, & Harry investigate an alleged plague which is wiping out the crew. As a derilect space ship approaches the beacon, the Doctor uncovers evidence that the Cybermen are still around, and this time they're angry.
Sat The Sontaran Experiment both pts
The 4th Doctor and company explore the Earth to determine its suitability for rehabitation. While there, they find a Sontaran engaged in torture and evil plotting.
Sun Genesis of the Daleks all 6 pts (no 3:30AM rerun)
Mon Terror of the Zygons pts 1+2 of 4
Tue Terror of the Zygons pts 3+4 of 4

Returning on Earth, the 4th Doctor, Sarah, & Harry try to find the link between sinking oil rigs, doubles of Scottish officials, the Brigadier wearing a kilt, and Loch Ness.
For digital channels on air, the mapped channel number is given first followed by the actual channel number in brackets (if different). Digital channels not yet known to be on air are listed at the actual channel number with a * afterwards.
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
Late Sat Mid EDT The Ark In Space pt 2 of 4
The crew of Nerva are awaking, but Sarah may be asleep for thousands of years due to the mechanics of Nerva's cryo-stasis procedures. Next week's episode airs at 11PM.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Doctor Who returns September 21.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital 42* - coming September 2003
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Hand Of Fear pt 4 of 4
Eldrad's true mission is revealed as the 4th Doctor learns the true of the planet Kastria. Elisabeth Sladen's final episode playing Sarah Jane Smith as a regular.
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 Black Orchid both pts
Mistaken for party guests, the 5th Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, & Tegan find themselves involved in the lives of a wealthy family, deterioriating from within due to a terrible secret, and a man locked away inside their house.
MPT Maryland
analog 22, 67, 62, 28, 31, 36
digital 22-2 (42-2), 67-1 (29-1), 28*, 56*, 44*, 54*- subchannels may change 9/15/03
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
(According to the "Charlie Chat" of 9/8/2003 on Dish Network Channel 101, the Baltimore local channels package will become available on 10/16/2003 for subscribers with the soon to be offered Superdish.)
Late Sat Mid EDT The Happiness Patrol movie
The 7th Doctor and Ace arrive on the colony world Terra Alpha, where Helen-A takes the concept of being cruel to be kind far too literally. Fifi: himself.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Pre-empted. Next episodes air September 20.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9*
(According to the "Charlie Chat" of 9/8/2003, the Champaign-Urbana, IL locals will become available later this year to subscribers with the forthcoming Superdish.)
Sat 11:42PM CDT The Leisure Hive pt 3 of 4
Accused of murder and dangerously aged due to an accident, the 4th Doctor is the latest victim of the Leisure Hive.
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 4th Doctor and Leela must rally the remaining humans to stop "Taran Capel", the elusive leader of the rebellious robots. Slight problem - Taran is almost certainly one of the remaining humans in disguise.
» actually The Talons of Weng-Chiang pt 1+2
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 Attack of the Cybermen movie
The 6th Doctor and Peri find themselves in the middle of a power play between an alien mercenary and the Cybermen. At stake - the Cybermen's ability to travel in time, and the survival of the Earth.
» 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 3+4 of 4
Ace figures out the key to the 7th Doctor's chess game. Fenric's vampires go to work slaughtering the inhabitants of the town, softening things up for his power play against the Doctor.
Sat 11PM MDT Spearhead From Space pts 1+2 of 4
Now that KBDI has aired all of McCoy's stories, they return to the start of Jon Pertwee's era. Meteorites and the TARDIS arrive on Earth, leading the Brigadier to believe that the Doctor has returned.
Pre-empted by pledge drives next week. Will return late Friday September 26.
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 Four To Doomsday pt 1 of 4
An enigmatic alien helms a ship which periodically visits Earth and collects samples of the culture.
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 Sensorites: Strangers in Space ep 1 of 6
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT The Sensorites: The Unwilling Warriors ep 2 of 6
The 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan arrive on a spaceship where the crew is kept docile and partially insane. Why is the crew being kept in this bizarre holding pattern? Who are the Sensorites? Deceit and terror in space.
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. KTEH has announced that their sci-fi night is relaunching on Saturday nights in October. Whenever Doctor Who returns, it will most likely now be Saturdays instead of Sundays.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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