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Wednesday 1st October 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - October 1, 2003
(posted 1st Oct 2003, 11:42am - TWIDW post #0182)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - October 1, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 40
For the new readers, this column is dedicated to covering all the known broadcasts of Doctor Who worldwide each week. Welcome aboard.
On Thursday night I spotted news that threw me for a shock. BBC1 had actually greenlighted a Doctor Who TV series. BBC-1 controller Lorraine Heggessey had been serious when she expressed a desire months ago to bring Doctor Who back. Julie Gardner and Mal Young will produce the show. Russell Davies is assigned to write it. The number of episodes hasn't been revealed yet. And it'll premiere in 2005 most likely.

Doctor Who is back (soon). And it's probably about 2 years from being time.

Like most fans, I'm delighted at the news. I wish the people making the series the best, hope the new show is great, and am even now trying to think of ways to see the show quickly if the BBC doesn't arrange for it to air worldwide simultaneously. This had to be in the works for a long time.

American Who interviewed me for a special show about the news. To paraphrase what I told Joey Reynolds, "on Thursday Doctor Who was considered a dead show focused on by sad fanboys. On Friday Doctor Who was a venerable institution which was getting a revival." Doctor Who might well become cool again.

It is too early to know what this will mean for broadcasts of the reruns of the existing series. My hope and theory is that they should continue and become more prominent. What better trailer can a new series have than the original series. Whatever happens, we'll all be along for the ride.
Outpost Gallifrey and BBCi have been keeping busy with news on the series. This Week In Doctor Who will continue publishing on Wednesday, doing special reports when/if situations warrant it.
The new series may be coming in 2005, but we still get the BBC declared official Ninth Doctor this fall. The Scream Of The Shalka, a full animated serial with Richard E. Grant as the Doctor, premieres on BBCi in November.
The Doctor Who DVDs rarely get discussed here, but The Dalek Invasion of Earth and The Talons of Weng-Chiang get their US/Canadian releases this coming Tuesday October 7. The Talons release is notable for having a Region 1 only extra - the Howard DaSilva introductions for all 6 episodes. Who is Howard DaSilva, you may ask. Take a look at these TWIDW articles from the past, collaborated with TJ Lubinsky when The Robots of Death and The Ark In Space came out on DVD in Region 1. - the story of Howard DaSilva & info on The Robots of Death (originally prepared in August 2001) - details on The Ark In Space (originally prepared in April 2002) American Who is planning to interview Mark Woda about Howard DaSilva and the ongoing restoration of the introductions for relevant DVD releases. That episode should go online early next week.
Iowa Public TV is still accepting pledges for Doctor Who as a followup to the BBV night last weekend. People interested in making a late pledge and attending IPTV's event with Colin Baker on Friday December 5 from 8 to 11PM can go to for details.
An update on the new UKTV channel in New Zealand. As discovered last week by the folks at the NZDWFC last week, UKTV New Zealand will launch in November, and one of the shows it has the rights to is Doctor Who. It is not known when or if Doctor Who may come to UKTV, but it will definitely not be in November. The official word from UKTV, without comment from me - "Since the BBC won't have anything official for the BBC anniversary available for transmission until December, [UKTV] is not keen on doing anything in November"
The 1996 TV Movie - Future Showings:
Late October 8 - 3AM EDT US Sci-Fi Channel
25 October - Noon BST UK Sci-Fi Channel
November? - UKTV Australia Best Of Run
UKTV Australia's Doctor Who Best Of Run:
11 October 8AM - An Unearthly Child
11 October 10AM - The War Games eps 1 to 5
18 October 8AM - The War Games eps 6 to 10
18 October 10:05AM - The Three Doctors
25 October 8AM - The Green Death
with more 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.
Best Of Poll. Choosing between:
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
BBC Kids in Canada Doctor Who marathon November 23:
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
Another plea about WSKG 46 Binghamton, NY . Does anyone know what the status of Doctor Who is there? It certainly appears right now that WSKG has dropped the series.
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.
Coming In November ...
The Scream Of The Shalka - fully animated story introducing Richard E. Grant as the 9th Doctor.
American Who
Special edition dealing with the first reactions to the revival of Doctor Who. With info from Outpost Gallifrey , Charles Martin (moderator of rec.arts.drwho.moderated), Benjamin Elliott (writer of some web column), and Arnold T. Blumberg of Cinescape (co-editor of Howe's Transcendental Toybox). Approx 78 minutes.
Steven Hill of fan video fame and the Doctor Who Image Archive.
Coming next week - Mark Woda speaks on the Howard DaSilva introductions as The Talons of Weng-Chiang hits Region 1 DVD.
Coming the week of November 19 - Joey Reynolds' exclusive interview with original series producer Verity Lambert on the eve of Doctor Who's 40th anniversary. Includes her full opinions on the BBC's decision to revive the series. To read extracts of this interview in advance, check and . The American Who website is reportedly experiencing a large increase in traffic since news of the interview came out, so it might take longer to get on the site than normal.
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 - Sci-Fi News & Commentary. Hour 2 - Gidget Gein of Screamfest 2003 (a horror festival), followed by Arnold T. Blumberg on the revival of Doctor Who. Hour 3 - Bill Mumy (Will Robinson on Lost In Space, Lennier on Babylon 5). Hour 4 - Dr. Guion S. "Guy" Bluford, astronaut.


UK Gold
Wed 6PM BST The Invisible Enemy 2 pt version, ep 2
Carbon copies of the 4th Doctor and Leela enter the Doctor's mind to fight the virus before it can destroy the Doctor and lead an army of conquest.
Thu 6PM BST Image of the Fendahl 2 pt version, ep 1
Fri 6PM BST Image of the Fendahl 2 pt version, ep 2

A human scientist inadvertently creates a Time Scanner, a device that will destroy the planet if left running too long. As the Doctor and Leela try to shut it down, a mysterious power works against them, wanting the scientist to be completely successful.
Sat 7:10-9AM BST Kinda movie
The 5th Doctor investigates the secrets of the Kinda planet, where natives are slowly coming under the influence of the same demon who is infecting Tegan's dreams.
Sat 5PM BST The Ambassadors of Death eps 2+3 of 7
The episodes will probably be in black & white, as I doubt they'll have optioned the color/black & white hybrid restored version produced for the VHS release.
Sun 7:10-9AM BST The Visitation movie
The TARDIS brings Tegan back to Heathrow Airport a mere 317 years early. But it's just in time to deal with an alien invasion a plague, and a Highwayman who likes to overact. But get out your hankies - someone's gonna die.
Mon 6PM BST The Sun Makers 2 pt version, ep 1
Tue 6PM BST The Sun Makers 2 pt version, ep 2

The 4th Doctor and Leela discover the remnants of humanity living as slaves on the planet Pluto, taxed to death by a corporation that is also the government.

UK Gold +1
Wed 7PM BST The Invisible Enemy 2 pt version, ep 2
Thu 7PM BST Image of the Fendahl 2 pt version, ep 1
Fri 7PM BST Image of the Fendahl 2 pt version, ep 2
Sat 6PM BST The Ambassadors of Death eps 2+3 of 7
Mon 7PM BST The Sun Makers 2 pt version, ep 1
Tue 7PM BST The Sun Makers 2 pt version, ep 2

UK Gold 2
Late Sat 3AM BST The Ambassadors of Death eps 2+3 of 7
ABC Australia
Thu 6PM The Edge Of Destruction - The Edge Of Destruction ep 1 of 2
Mon 6PM The Edge Of Destruction - The Brink Of Disaster ep 2 of 2

An explosion in the TARDIS leaves the crew with cloudy memories and a growing mistrust of each other. Will paranoia leave them all dead?
Tue 6PM The Keys Of Marinus - The Sea Of Death ep 1 of 6
Wed 6PM The Keys Of Marinus - The Velvet Web ep 2 of 6

After a long adventure with Marco Polo (currently missing from the BBC Archives), the 1st Doctor and company are blackmailed into a scavenger hunt. Four keys which will complete a planet governing machine are needed to restore balance and stop the evil Voord.
Encore Australia
Late Mon/Early Tue 4:35-6AM AEST Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D.
1966 feature film
Another chance to see the Peter Cushing remake of The Dalek Invasion of Earth, a William Hartnell story. Pan & scan version of the movie.
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 Seeds of Doom pts 5+6 of 6
The Krynoid comes to full height, takes control of the plants of the world, and prepares to have children. Can the 4th Doctor and Sarah save the animal life of Earth from becoming a dinner buffet?
Thu The Masque of Mandragora pts 1+2 of 4
Fri The Masque of Mandragora pts 3+4 of 4

The 14th series of Doctor Who launches with a new Console room, a wild ride through 15th Century Italy, and the prospect of the Mandragora Helix stopping the Renaissance from beginning.
Sat Pyramids of Mars all 4 pts
1911 Earth. An archaeologist accidentally unleashes the power of Sutekh. Egyptian god. Powerful destroyer of worlds. All-around looney. The 4th Doctor has to stop this menace - Sutekh is operating out of a house on the grounds where UNIT HQ is supposed to be built later in the century.
Sun The Brain of Morbius all 4 pts
Morbius' brain is very much alive. But little else is left of him. At the very least, he needs a head. Preferably a gullible Time Lord's head. About the Doctor's size. Professor Solon hopes to demonstrate his medical skills with very sharp equipment.
Mon The Hand Of Fear pts 1+2 of 4
Tue The Hand Of Fear pts 3+4 of 4

A quarry blast unearths a fossilized hand that is millions of years old. And alive. And dangerous. Elisabeth Sladen departs the series after this story.
23 November 10AM EST - Doctor Who marathon
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
Late Sat 12:30AM EDT The Sontaran Experiment pt 1 of 2
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry return to Earth to discover if it is safe for rehabitation. The good news - Earth is inhabited. The bad news - a Sontaran is active causing trouble.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EDT Revenge of the Cybermen pt 4 (?)
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital 42 - not on air
Doctor Who's status on this station is unknown. :( WSKG's status in the column is pending while I wait to get the full October schedule.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 36,8162 - now only on 61.5 satellite
Sat 11PM EDT Time-Flight pts 1+2 of 4
In shock & mourning, the TARDIS crew lands at Heathrow Airport. Concordes are being taken out of time, leaving many people missing and Heathrow's on-time flight schedule in great jeopardy. The 5th Doctor must investigate, whether the military wants his help or not.
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 - stations without subchannels showing not on air
DC/Hagerstown, Baltimore DirecTV 22,980
Baltimore Dish coming mid-October
Late Sat 1AM EDT Battlefield movie
The Blues is at it again, causing a late start in this case. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart returns in a UNIT story for the 1990s.
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 13+14 of 14 (The
Ultimate Foe pts 1+2)
The Master interrupts the Trial with shocking evidence that brings the courtroom into chaos. Doctor: Colin Baker. Master: Anthony Ainley. Mel: wearing blue. Glitz: seeing gold.
Pre-empted next week.
» next edition reported episodes 12 and 13 were shown in error. Episode 14 aired on 18th October instead
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Sat 11:40PM CDT Meglos pt 2 of 4
Can the 4th Doctor and Romana escape the Chronic Hysteresis? Can the 4th Doctor and Romana escape the Chronic Hysteresis?
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
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Doctor Who returns October 11.
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 3+4 of 4
The Nestene Consciousness plan to unleash an army of Autons to disable the British Government and conquer the world.
Sat 11PM MDT Doctor Who And The Silurians eps 1+2 of 7
The 3rd Doctor and Liz are called in to solve the mystery behind power shortages and nervous breakdowns in the workers.
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7
digital 7-1 (42-1), 19-1 (19-1)
Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
Pre-empted by The Blues. Doctor Who returns October 11.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
analog 28, 15, 65
digital 28-1 (27-1), 19 - KCKA-DT not on air
Seattle DirecTV 28,910
Seattle Dish 28,8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Planet Of Giants: Planet Of Giants ep 1 of 3
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT Planet of Giants: Dangerous Journey ep 2 of 3
Sat 8PM, Late Sat 1:30AM PDT Planet of Giants: Crisis ep 3 of 3
Probably the first time the TARDIS crew returns to present day Earth. Shrunk to an inch in size, the 1st Doctor and company uncover a dangerous pesticide that kills anything it touches.
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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