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Wednesday 24th September 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - September 24, 2003
(posted 24th Sep 2003, 11:43am - TWIDW post #0179)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - September 24, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 39
The 40th anniversary of Doctor Who moves closer, and more TV plans to celebrate reveal themselves.
Iowa Public TV has sent out a press release regarding their BBV night on Saturday September 27th. It includes some new interesting details.


Iowa Public Television needs your help to answer phones and take pledges during our "Doctor Who Celebration" THIS SATURDAY, September 27th from 9 p.m. to midnight. We need at least 13 more fans to come to IPTV's studio in Johnston THIS SATURDAY NIGHT. You'll be supporting Iowa Public Television's ability to remain one of a handful of public broadcasters airing Doctor Who. And you'll have the first opportunities to pledge your support and receive tickets to IPTV's Special Event with Colin Baker. (see below) . If you're able to help, please call Darla at 800-728-2828 as soon as possible or email darla@...

IPTV's "Doctor Who Celebration" is part of our "September Celebration" pledge drive, from the 25th thru the 28th. This Saturday, the 27th we will begin pledging for SCI-FI SATURDAY NIGHT earlier than ever before - 9 pm! AND, IPTV will be airing the worldwide premiere of 2 NEW Doctor Who productions! The Airzone Solution, starring four of the actors who have played Doctor Who, will be following by Auton, a new UNIT adventure. AND we have a Thank You Gift to offer, the likes of which we never have before:

TICKETS to a very special IPTV Event with Colin Baker, the sixth Doctor. This special event will be Friday, December 5th, from 8-11 p.m. at the Des Moines Botanical Center. We're planning some great activities for this event, including contests like: "The Great Doctor Who Look-A-Like Contest", with a "Best Costume Contest", and of course a "Know Your Who Mythology Contest". A scavenger hunt and other fun stuff is in the planning. One ticket to the IPTV Event with Colin Baker will be offered as a Thank You Gift when viewers pledge their support of $100. Two event tickets will be available for a pledge of $150.

So PLEASE help us spread the word, and COME to northwest metropolitan Des Moines, JOHNSTON IOWA, to help Iowa Public Television make this potentially record breaking pledge drive for IPTV's SCI-FI SATURDAY NIGHT a real success. Thanks for your consideration!

Darla Hassebroek
Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator
Friends of Iowa Public Television
PO Box 6400
Johnston, IA 50131
515-242-5406 - office
515-242-5404 - fax
Doctor Who may be returning to New Zealand in the next few months. Sky TV in New Zealand is launching a UKTV Channel on 1 November, which promises to be better than the earlier UKTV they had in the 1990s. It will be airing British programming from most of the major UK broadcasters. People who have seen the list of programs on the docket to air at launch or down the line report that Doctor Who is on the list. Doctor Who is currently not scheduled to air on this new UKTV in November. The situation can be followed at the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club .
Canadian Doctor Who fans get a 40th anniversary marathon from BBC Kids . Details of a 40 episode marathon starting at 10AM EST have been revealed. 9 Tom Baker stories. The complete list:
The Ark In Space
Genesis of the Daleks
Pyramids of Mars
The Deadly Assassin
The Robots of Death
The Talons of Weng-Chiang
The Pirate Planet
City of Death
Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie Upcoming Airings:
Late Wednesday October 8 3AM EDT US Sci-Fi Channel
Saturday 25 October Noon to 1:35PM UK Sci-Fi Channel
November? - UKTV Australia Best Of Run
UKTV in Australia will be airing multiple hours of Doctor Who every Saturday morning beginning 11 October. Katy Manning will host this best of run. There are also reports that UKTV may have something related to Doctor Who on Sunday 23 November.
Here is the schedule for the first 3 weeks of the best of run:
11 October 8 to 10AM - An Unearthly Child
11 October 10AM to 12:10PM - The War Games eps 1 to 5
18 October 8 to 10:05AM - The War Games eps 6 to 10
18 October 10:05 to 12PM - The Three Doctors
25 October 8 to 10:30AM - The Green Death
Continues in November
UK Gold Doctor Who< @ 40 weekend 22 and 23 November.
The Curse Of Fatal Death, The Three Doctors, and The Five Doctors, original material.
Ongoing Poll at the website - one to be picked from each Doctor
1st Doc - An Unearthly Child, The Time Meddler, The War Machines
2nd Doc - The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Mind Robber, The War Games
3rd Doc - Inferno, The Dæmons, The Sea Devils
4th Doc - Robot, Pyramids of Mars, City of Death
5th Doc - Earthshock, Mawdryn Undead, The Caves of Androzani
6th Doc - Attack of the Cybermen, The Mark of the Rani, The Two Doctors
7th Doc - Dragonfire, Silver Nemesis, The Curse of Fenric
And don't forget - in November ...
The Scream Of The Shalka - introducing Richard E. Grant as the 9th Doctor, fully animated and serialized on BBCi
Shortly after last week's edition went to press, it was learned that KERA 13 Dallas, TX has officially discontinued Doctor Who for the rest of 2003, possibly beyond. Budget issues and the merger of KDTN 2 and KERA 13 into one channel are the listed reasons.
Doctor Who is missing from WSKG 46 Binghamton, NY's schedule for the next few weeks. Does anyone in that portion of Southern New York/ Northern Pennsylvania know if this is a temporary or permanent situation?
I'm evaluating the current layout of the column, so you may see a few aspects get tweaked or moved around over the next few weeks. Pardon any dust.
Do you have a correction or an update? Contact me at bfelliott@... , , twidw on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:


Shada - 2003 audio remake of the famous unfinished Douglas Adams' story. Paul McGann is the 8th Doctor.
Real Time - 2002 audio production. Colin Baker is the 6th Doctor in this tale of the Cybermen.
And Coming In November ...
The Scream Of The Shalka - fully animated story introducing Richard E. Grant as the 9th Doctor.
American Who
Steven Hill of the "Federation" Doctor Who fan videos and the Doctor Who Image Archive is featured.
Sylvester McCoy (7th Doctor) in an interview from 1996.
Business Talk Radio Network
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EDT (11PM-3AM PDT, 7-11AM BST, 4-8PM AEST) Sci-Fi Overdrive
Live Windows Media Player link at Business Talk website.
Hour 1 - News & Commentary. Hour 2 - Sci-Fi Author Robert Sawyer. Hour 3 - Michael Stevens of `Hollywood Is Calling'. Hour 4 - Leslie Lowe, a co-ordinator of NASA's Gallileo mission.

TV info:

UK Gold
Wed 6PM BST The Talons of Weng-Chiang 3 pt version, ep 2
Thu 6PM BST The Talons of Weng-Chiang 3 pt version, ep 3
Fri 6PM BST Horror of Fang Rock 2 pt version, ep 1
Late Fri 1:05-2:55AM, Sat 7:10-9AM BST Castrovalva movie
Sat 5PM BST Doctor Who And The Silurians ep 7 (scheduled for 1 hour)
Late Sat 12:30-2:20AM, Sun 7:10-9AM BST Four To Doomsday movie
Mon 6PM BST Horror of Fang Rock 2 pt version, ep 2
Tue 6PM BST The Invisible Enemy 2 pt version, ep 1

UK Gold +1
Wed 7PM BST The Talons of Weng-Chiang 3 pt version, ep 2
Thu 7PM BST The Talons of Weng-Chiang 3 pt version, ep 3
Fri 7PM BST Horror of Fang Rock 2 pt version, ep 1
Late Fri 2:05-3:55AM BST Castrovalva movie
Sat 6PM BST Doctor Who And The Silurians ep 7 (scheduled for 1 hour)
Late Sat 1:30-3:20AM BST Four To Doomsday movie
Mon 7PM BST Horror of Fang Rock 2 pt version, ep 2
Tue 7PM BST The Invisible Enemy 2 pt version, ep 1

UK Gold 2
Late Sat 3AM BST Doctor Who And The Silurians ep 7 (scheduled for 1 hour)
ABC Australia
Thu 6PM The Dead Planet/The Daleks - The Ambush ep 4 of 7
Mon 6PM The Dead Planet/The Daleks - The Expedition ep 5 of 7
Tue 6PM The Dead Planet/The Daleks - The Ordeal ep 6 of 7
Wed 6PM The Dead Planet/The Daleks - The Rescue ep 7 of 7
UKTV Australia
11 October 8AM - Best Of Run begins
23 November 8:30PM - To Be Announced
BBC Kids
7 days a week 1 + 3:30AM EDT (10PM + 12:30AM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends
Wed The Android Invasion pts 3+4 of 4
Thu The Brain of Morbius pts 1+2 of 4
Fri The Brain of Morbius pts 3+4 of 4
Sat Planet of Evil all 4 pts
Sun Pyramid Of Mars all 4 pts
Mon The Seeds of Doom pts 1+2 of 6
Tue The Seeds of Doom pts 3+4 of 6
NHPTV New Hampshire
analog 11, 49, 52
digital 11-2 (57-2), 49-2 (48-2), 52-2 (49-2) - Doctor Who not currently simulcast
Boston DirecTV 11,955
Boston Dish 11,8781
Sat 11PM EDT The Ark In Space pt 4 of 4
Airs at Midnight next week due to "The Blues".
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EDT Revenge of the Cybermen pt 3 (?)
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital 42 - not on air
Doctor Who's timeslot is being given over to movies. Unclear yet if this is a permanent change.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 36,8162 - 61.5 satellite
Philadelphia Dish 35,8171 - 129 satellite - mirror on 129 satellite to be discontinued 9/30/2003
Sat 11PM EDT Earthshock pts 3+4 of 4
MPT Maryland
analog 22, 67, 31, 62, 28, 36
digital 22-2 (42-2), 67-2 (29-2), 31-2 (44-2)
digital 28, 56, 54 - not on air
DC/Hagerstown, Baltimore DirecTV 22,980
Baltimore Dish coming mid-October
Late Sat Mid EDT The Greatest Show in the Galaxy movie
1AM start due to rebroadcast of The Blues next week.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 11+12 of 14 (Terror Of The Vervoids pts 3+4)
WCET's website lists Doctor Who as airing. Zap2it's listings indicate that a version of Little Women will air here, with Doctor Who returning next week.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Sat 11:40PM CDT Meglos pt 1 of 4
analog 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36, 36
digital 11 (50), 45, 25, 18, 28, 33, 35, 35, 34 - not on air
Des Moines DirecTV 11,474
Des Moines Dish 11,9116
Cedar Rapids Dish 12,9161
Omaha, NE Dish 32,9146
Doctor Who Celebration - BBV Pledge Night!
Sat 9 to 10:30PM - The Airzone Solution
Sat 10:30 to 11:30PM - Auton
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
Doctor Who will not return in 2003. Channel being removed from column for time being.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12, 32
digital 38 - not on air
Denver DirecTV 12,910
Denver Dish 11,8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Spearhead From Space eps 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM MDT Spearhead From Space eps 3+4 of 4
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7
digital 7-1 (42-1), 19-1
Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
Sat 11:30PM MDT Four To Doomsday pt 3 of 4
Pre-empted by The Blues next week.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
analog 28, 15, 65
digital 28-1 (27-1)
digital 19 not on air
Seattle DirecTV 28,910
Seattle Dish 28,8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Sensorites: Kidnap ep 5 of 6
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT The Sensorites: A Desperate Venture ep 6 of 6
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54, 25
digital 50, 58 - not on air
San Francisco DirecTV 54,903
San Francisco Dish 25,8234
Monterey Dish 25, 9190
Next Doctor Who broadcast TBA.

That's it for this week. Till next time, take care.

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