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Wednesday 8th October 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - October 8, 2003
(posted 8th Oct 2003, 11:20am - TWIDW post #0183)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - October 8, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 41
Yes. It's still real. The BBC really is still planning to have a new Doctor Who TV series. Still expected at some time in 2005. This is not a dream. We just have to wait a while. Makes the wait for The Scream Of The Shalka, BBCi's official Ninth Doctor animated story which premieres in November, seem short and easy.
This Week In Doctor Who is not going to engage in speculation on who the new Doctor will be. Not the focus of this column. Leave that for people much better at speculating than I, like Tom Baker.
BBCi has revealed that the BBC is producing a new Doctor Who documentary to air, probably in December. The Story of Doctor Who - a 1 hour special looking at 40 years of Doctor Who, produced with Kevin Davies (Thirty Years In The TARDIS) as an advisor. I wonder if they'll try to sell this documentary to air in other countries like they have others?
Also from Outpost Gallifrey and BBCi - the BBC will have a repeat run of selected Doctor Who stories in the Saturday timeslot before the new series begins in 2005. No idea on which stories yet or when the run would begin - presumably neither issue will be decided on for a long time.
The new Region 1 Doctor Who DVDs (The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Talons of Weng-Chiang) officially hit shelves on October 7. The Talons disc has a 20 minute feature of special significance to US fans - the Howard DaSilva introductions for the original US broadcasts of this story. For a TWIDW flashback, read about Howard DaSilva and why this would matter in the US in the following articles, produced in collaboration with TJ Lubinsky: - the story of Howard DaSilva, produced in conjunction with the Robots Of Death DVD release, originally published in August 2001 - followup tying in to The Ark In Space, originally published in April 2002 In conjunction with The Talons of Weng-Chiang's release, Joey Reynolds' American Who program has an interview with Mark Woda about Howard DaSilva. Visit his site or read below for the direct link to the show.
The 1996 TV Movie - Future Airings:
Late Wed Oct 8 - 3AM EDT US Sci-Fi Channel
25 October - Noon BST UK Sci-Fi Channel
November? - UKTV Australia Best Of Run
UKTV Australia's 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
1 November - 8AM The Deadly Assassin
1 November - 8AM Logopolis
8 November? - 8AM The Five Doctors
8 November? - 10AM The Caves of Androzani
15 November? - 8AM The Two Doctors
15 November? - 10:30AM The Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe
22 November? - 8AM Survival
22 November? - 9:30AM Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
23 November? - 8:30PM TBA
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 at 10AM EST
10AM EST? - The Ark In Space
Noon EST? - Genesis of the Daleks
3PM EST? - Pyramids of Mars
5PM EST? - The Deadly Assassin
7PM EST? - The Robots of Death
9PM EST? - The Talons of Weng-Chiang
12AM EST? - The Pirate Planet
2AM EST? - City of Death
4AM EST? - Logopolis
WSKG 46 Binghamton, NY has dropped Doctor Who. This brings the number of Doctor Who affiliates in the US down to 10 (11 when/if KTEH is able to resume airing the series). It is the lowest number of US affiliates since I started writing the column in 1998, and probably much longer.
Correction for Cincinnati Doctor Who fans. WCET 48 aired episodes 12 and 13 of The Trial Of A Time Lord last week, not episodes 13 and 14. Episode 14 will air on October 18.
KBDI-DT 38 Denver, CO went on the air last week as part of the analog to digital transition in the US. KBDI 12's analog schedule is currently on subchannel 38-1 (mapped to 12-1 on most digital tuners).
Corrections and updates are always welcome at thisweekindoctorwho- , bfelliott@... , TWIDW on AOL IM , and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:


The Scream Of The Shalka - animated story launching in November
older online dramas:
Shada - starring Paul McGann and Lalla Ward
Real Time - starring Colin Baker and the Cybermen
American Who
Mark Woda discusses Howard DaSilva, the man called upon to offer introductory narrations to the first 98 Tom Baker episodes when they were syndicated in the US in 1978. Also, a preview of Joey Reynolds' interview with original series producer Verity Lambert. 65 minutes.
Reactions to the forthcoming return of Doctor Who to TV. Joey interviews Charles Martin, Benjamin Elliott, and Arnold T. Blumberg in a 78 minute special.
Sci-Fi Overdrive on Business Talk Network
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EDT (11PM-3AM PDT, 7-11AM BST, 4-8PM AEST)
Live Stream
Schedule unconfirmed.


UK Gold
Wed 6PM BST Underworld 2 ep version, pt 1
Thu 6PM BST Underworld 2 ep version, pt 2

The 4th Doctor, Leela, and K9 find themselves on a quest to find the racebank of a dead civilization.
Fri 6PM BST The Invasion of Time 3 ep version, pt 1
The Doctor declares his right to be the President of Gallifrey. But his behaviour upon assuming the position creates fears of insanity.
Sat 7:20-8:25AM BST Black Orchid movie
The 5th Doctor and company enjoy a nice afternoon playing cricket, only to get stuck in a murder mystery. Doctor Who meets Agatha Christie with a double thrown in.
Sat 5PM BST The Ambassadors of Death eps 4+5 of 7
Liz Shaw is taken prisoner, but the 3rd Doctor continues investigating the secrets behind the astronauts. General Carrington continues to get in the way.
Sun 7:10-9AM BST Earthshock movie
The 5th Doctor and Adric have a falling out as the TARDIS arrives on Earth in the 26th Century. An intergalactic conference is going to happen, and security is tight. Not tight enough.
Mon 6PM BST The Invasion of Time 3 ep version, pt 2
Tue 6PM BST The Invasion of Time 3 ep version, pt 3

The 4th Doctor's performance as President, being closer to Caligua than Churchill, is just one of the catalysts behind a revolt. Is the Doctor supporting the efforts to take him out of power?
Doctor Who @ 40 marathon on 22 and 23 November.

UK Gold + 1
Wed 7PM BST Underworld 2 ep version, pt 1
Thu 7PM BST Underworld 2 ep version, pt 2
Fri 7PM BST The Invasion of Time 3 ep version, pt 1
Sat 6PM BST The Ambassadors of Death eps 4+5 of 7
Mon 7PM BST The Invasion of Time 3 ep version, pt 2
Tue 7PM BST The Invasion of Time 3 ep version, pt 3

UK Gold 2
Late Sat 3AM BST The Ambassadors of Death eps 4+5 of 7
Thu 6PM The Keys Of Marinus - The Screaming Jungle ep 3 of 6
Mon 6PM The Keys Of Marinus - The Snows Of Terror ep 4 of 6
Tue 6PM The Keys Of Marinus - Sentence Of Death ep 5 of 6
Wed 6PM The Keys Of Marinus - The Keys Of Marinus ep 6 of 6

The quest continues for the keys that will complete the machine Conscience that can restore order on Marinus. Episodes 3+4 are the first installments in the series where William Hartnell (the Doctor) does not appear, as he is on vacation.
Sat 8AM AEST An Unearthly Child all 4 eps (An Unearthly Child, The Cave Of Skulls, The Forest Of Fear, The Firemaker)
UKTV's best of run hosted by Katy Manning (Jo Grant) begins. The first Doctor Who story, where Ian and Barbara meet Susan and The Doctor for the first time. Two teachers from Coal Hill School learn that travel in time and space is indeed possible. Meanwhile, in the Cave Of Skulls, Kal plots to eliminate Za as the leader of the tribe, while the Old Woman plots against anyone who wants to create fire.
Sat 10AM AEST The War Games eps 1,2,3,4,+5 of 10
Hosted by Katy Manning. The 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe land in the middle of a War Zone. A fleet of War Zones. Sections of wars in human history, all brought together to fight, kill, and create an ultimate army. The Doctor faces an enemy that may be bigger than he can deal with.
BBC Kids
7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EDT (10PM + 12:30AM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends)
Wed The Deadly Assassin pts 1+2 of 4
Thu The Deadly Assassin pts 3+4 of 4

Returning to Gallifrey, the 4th Doctor gets involved with intrigue and assassination. Time Lord civilization comes to its knees as an old enemy returns from the dead.
Fri The Face of Evil pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor lands on a planet where his voice is that of a god and his face is that of the ultimate demon.
Sat The Seeds of Doom all 6 pts (3:30AM rerun pre-empted)
The 4th Doctor and Sarah try to stop a pair of aggressive seed pods from germinating and creating the Krynoid, an intelligent plant that turns other plants into Carnivores.
Sun The Masque of Mandragora all 4 pts
Mandragora Helix seeks humanity at the dawn of the Renaissance. Objective - subjugation and massive death, with fear and terror to follow.
Mon The Face of Evil pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Leela, with the help of an unexpected ally, try to save the Sevateem and the Tesh from the terror of Xoanon.
Tue The Robots of Death pts 1+2 of 4
Murder and mayhem on a desert sandminer.
23 November 10AM EST/7AM PDT - Best Of Marathon
Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
East Feed - Late Wed 3AM EDT (2AM CDT, 1AM MDT, Mid PDT, 11PM Alaska, 9PM Hawaii)
West Feed - Late Wed 3AM PDT (4AM MDT, 2AM Alaska, Mid Hawaii, 5AM CDT, 6AM EDT)

The Doctor is asked to bring the Master's remains to Gallifrey. It goes horribly wrong when the TARDIS crashes in San Francisco, a regeneration occurs, and the Master gets loose. The final official Doctor Who TV story to date, albeit not for that much longer.
NHPTV New Hampshire
analog 11, 49, 52
digital 11-2 (57-2), 49-2 (48-2), 52-2 (49-2)
Boston DirecTV 11,955
Boston Dish 11,8781
Late Sat Mid EDT The Sontaran Experiment pt 2 of 2
The 4th Doctor battles the Sontaran in hand to hand contact to create a distraction for his cunning plan.
Next week Doctor Who returns to 11PM.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EDT Terror of the Zygons pt 1 (?) of 4
WSKG Binghamton, NY
Doctor Who no longer on WSKG's schedule.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 36,8162
Sat 11PM EDT Time-Flight pts 3+4 of 4
The Master's master plan is revealed.
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 22,980
Baltimore Dish 22,8736 - coming October 16
Late Sat Mid EDT Ghost Light movie
The last Doctor Who story filmed, though not the last aired. The 7th Doctor brings Ace to a 19th Century mansion to relive an old nightmare and solve an interplanetary mystery. Will light be shed on the situation? Can the Doctor keep control? Can Ace be ladylike?
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Next episode airs October 18.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Sat 11:42PM CDT Meglos pt 3 of 4
The 4th Doctor is charged and convicted of the crimes of Meglos. And the penalty is rock hard painful.
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 Dish 32,9146
Sat 11:35PM CDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang pts 5+6 of 6
The 4th Doctor, Leela, Henry Gordon Jago, and Professor Litefoot put a crimp in the plans of Magnus Greel to return to the 51st Century.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12, 32
digital 12-1 (38-1)
Denver DirecTV 12,910
Denver Dish 12,8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Doctor Who And The Silurians pts 1+2 of 7
Sat 11PM MDT Doctor Who And The Silurians pts 3+4 of 7
An experimental nuclear power station suffers from power blackouts and nervous breakdown among the workers. The 3rd Doctor discovers evidence of an alien race hibernating in the caves the power station is operating out of. Well, they *had* been hibernating ...
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
Sat 11:30PM MDT Four To Doomsday pt 4 of 4
Biron prepares to release his plague on humanity.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
analog 28,15,65
digital 28-1 (27-1), 19
Seattle DirecTV 28,910
Seattle Dish 28,8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Dalek Invasion of Earth: World's End ep 1 of 6
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT The Dalek Invasion of Earth: The Daleks ep 2 of 6
The 1st Doctor gets Ian and Barbara back to Earth, but in the 22nd Century. Humanity is in hiding, the result of invasion by the Daleks. For Ian and Barbara, this time it's personal.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital 50,58 - not on air
San Francisco DirecTV 54,903
San Francisco Dish 54,8234
Monterey Dish 25,9190
Next Doctor Who broadcast TBA.

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