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Wednesday 17th September 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - September 17, 2003
(posted 17th Sep 2003, 12:19pm - TWIDW post #0177)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - September 17, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 38
The latest rundown of upcoming 40th anniversary Doctor Who broadcasts.
Iowa Public TV is just 10 days away from its BBV night, titled "Doctor Who Celebration". The Airzone Solution and Auton will get their Iowa premiere on this pledge night, tentatively running 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:
Late Wednesday October 8 3AM EDT US Sci-Fi Channel
Saturday 11 October (part of marathon) UKTV Australia
Saturday 25 October Noon to 1:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
UK Gold has the longest known Doctor Who event of the year this fall - Doctor Who< @ 40 - 22 and 23 November. The Curse Of Fatal Death, The Three Doctors, and The Five Doctors, and original material will air. The poll to choose the other stories continues on their website. Poll options:
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
UKTV - Doctor Who's cable home in Australia from 1996 to 2002 - will have a marathon hosted by Katy Manning on Saturday 11 October, along with an as yet unspecified event on Sunday 23 November at 8:30PM. For the October marathon, the stories will be: 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)
KERA 13 Dallas, TX has a lot of Doctor Who fans in its viewing audience. Well, they had a lot of Doctor Who fans. KERA pulled the 6th Doctor stories off their schedule at the last minute 2 weeks ago, and I missed the change in last week's column. 90 minute Mystery! episodes have been airing in Doctor Who's timeslot (late Friday 12:30AM) all month. Last month KERA canceled a pledge drive for The Caves of Androzani at the last minute too. The Doctor has been taken off the schedule for late Friday September 26 a couple of days ago. We'll keep an eye on KERA's schedule going into October, to see if Doctor Who returns in a new time period. Thanks to everyone who alerted me to this situation - this is the biggest reaction I have seen to a schedule change in the history of this column.
ABC Australia devoted their Monday evening show "New Dimensions with George Negus" to Doctor Who and Who fandom this past Monday. There were classic clips from the series, a Tom Baker appearance in Australia, and more. Reaction from Australian fans online to the special was favorable.
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:


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
Featured interview - Sylvester McCoy in 1996, as he hands off the role of the Doctor to Paul McGann. A look back at 9 years of being the Doctor.
Ryan K. Johnson, creator of the female Doctor fan videos from the 1980s.
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. Hours 1 + 2 - sci-fi news and comment. Hour 3 - American Who's interview with Ryan K. Johnson. Hour 4 - Sci-Fi Overtones, pt 1.


UK Gold
Wed 6PM BST The Face of Evil 2 pt version, ep 1
Thu 6PM BST The Face of Evil 2 pt version, ep 2

The 4th Doctor teams up with Leela, a member of the Sevateem tribe, to solve the mystery of Xoanon before both species on a planet are wiped out. Clue one - Xoanon's face looks alarmingly familiar.
Fri 6PM BST The Robots of Death 2 pt version, ep 1
The 4th Doctor and Leela arrive on a sandminer that is being stalked by a killer.
Late Fri 12:45-2:30AM, Sat 7:10-9AM BST The Keeper of Traken movie
The 4th Doctor and Adric answer a distress call from the Keeper of Traken, who fears that a Melkur will destroy eons of peace and harmony.
Sat 5PM BST Doctor Who And The Silurians eps 5+6 of 7, movie format
The Silurians prepare to release a plague on humanity.
Late Sat 1-2:45AM, Sun 7:20-9AM BST Logopolis movie
The 4th Doctor's life comes to an end as he tries to save the universe from the machinations of the Master. The Master's attempt to control the logic of Logopolis goes horribly wrong.
Mon 6PM BST The Robots of Death 2 pt version, ep 2
The killer robots step up their efforts to wipe out the crew.
Tue 6PM BST The Talons of Weng-Chiang 3 pt version, ep 1
Chinese gods, murder, fog, and London Theatre in the 19th Century highlight one of the most popular Doctor Who stories.

UK Gold + 1
Wed 7PM BST The Face of Evil 2 pt version, ep 1
Thu 7PM BST The Face of Evil 2 pt version, ep 2
Fri 7PM BST The Robots of Death 2 pt version, ep 1
Late Fri 1:45-3:30AM BST The Keeper of Traken movie
Sat 6PM BST Doctor Who And The Silurians eps 5+6 of 7, movie format
Late Sat 2-3:45AM BST Logopolis movie
Mon 7PM BST The Robots of Death 2 pt version, ep 2
Tue 7PM BST The Talons of Weng-Chiang 3 pt version, ep 1

UK Gold 2
Late Sat 3AM BST Doctor Who And The Silurians eps 5+6 of 7, movie format
ABC Australia
Monday through Thursday at 6PM AEST, starting 15 September
Thu 6PM An Unearthly Child - The Firemaker ep 4 of 4
The 1st Doctor and company must escape the tribe of Gum before they get killed over failing to create fire.
Mon 6PM The Dead Planet/The Daleks - The Dead Planet ep 1 of 7
Tue 6PM The Dead Planet/The Daleks - The Survivors ep 2 of 7
Wed 6PM The Dead Planet/The Daleks - The Escape ep 3 of 7

The TARDIS lands on a planet wiped out by radiation, where the main species has been forced to adapt to life in robotic casings. Not all bad - their left arms can viciously kill you. This is the beginning - of the Daleks.
11 October - Doctor Who Marathon with host Katy Manning
23 November 8:30PM - To Be Announced
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 Planet of Evil pts 1+2 of 4
Thu Planet of Evil pts 3+4 of 4

Matter and anti-matter mix on an explosive planet in the 4th Doctor and Sarah's latest adventure.
Fri Pyramids of Mars pts 1+2 of 4
An archaeologist inadvertently unleashes the wrath of Sutekh, last of the Osirans.
Sat Revenge of the Cybermen all 4 pts
The emotionless Cybermen get so fed up that they experience emotions anyway, preparing revenge against Voga, planet of Gold. Beware angry Cybermen.
Sun Terror of the Zygons all 4 pts
Back on Earth, the 4th Doctor and companions face duplicates, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Zygon menace.
Mon Pyramids of Mars pts 3+4 of 4
The present and future will be destroyed unless the 4th Doctor stops Sutekh in the past.
Tue The Android Invasion pts 1+2 of 4
Sarah and the 4th Doctor find England virtually empty. The only people there seem less than human.
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 11PM EDT The Ark In Space pt 3 of 4
Noah learns that he is becoming a Wirrn. Vira must awaken the rest of humanity before the assault begins.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EDT Revenge of the Cybermen pt 2(?) of 4
Does anyone know what WCNY has scheduled?
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital 42* - coming September 2003
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Deadly Assassin pt 1 of 4
A distress call brings the Doctor home to Gallifrey, racing to protect the President from an assassination attempt.
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 Earthshock pts 1+2 of 4
The 5th Doctor and company uncover a plot to disrupt a peace conference on Earth via a bomb.
MPT Maryland
analog 22, 67, 31, 62, 28, 36
digital 22-2 (42-2), 67-2 (29-2), 31-2 (44-2), 28*, 56*, 54*
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Baltimore Dish Locals coming mid-October
Late Sat Mid EDT Silver Nemesis movie
The 25th anniversary Doctor Who story. Nazis, Cybermen, and a 17th Century Lady converge on England in 1988 to try to retrieve a Gallifreyan artefact with links to the Doctor.
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 9+10 of 14 (Terror Of The Vervoids pts 1+2)
The 6th Doctor begins his defense with a case from his future. The Doctor and Mel answer a distress call, placing them on Hyperion III, a luxury liner heading towards Earth with a deadly cargo.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9*
Sat 11:42PM CDT The Leisure Hive pt 4 of 4
Pangol prepares to create an army of himself to revive the Argolin race as a legion of warriors.
analog 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36, 36
digital 11 (50), 45*, 25*, 18*, 28*, 33*, 35*, 35*, 34* - simulcast of analog probably in 2004 - they've asked for 2nd extensions for their digital stations
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 Talons of Weng-Chiang pts 3+4 of 6
Li Hsen Chang has trouble pleasing his god Weng-Chiang.
Next week - The Airzone Solution & Auton have their IPTV premieres in a pledge night. No Doctor Who October 4. Doctor Who returns October 11.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
(Doctor Who yanked from schedule. Status unknown.)
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 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 2 of 4
Monarch tries to lure Adric over to his side, while the rest of the TARDIS crew become suspicious of the Urbankans' motives.
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: Hidden Danger ep 3 of 6
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT The Sensorites: A Race Against Death ep 4 of 6
The Doctor, Ian, and Susan travel to the Sense Sphere to investigate the plague that endangers the Sensorite people. But one of the TARDIS crew will also fall victim, raising the stakes.
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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