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Wednesday 29th October 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - October 29, 2003
(posted 29th Oct 2003, 1:25pm - TWIDW post #0188)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - October 29, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 44
The schedule for The Scream Of The Shalka has come out in the last week. Scream will be 6 episodes, premiering one per Thursday at 12:30PM GMT on November 13. That's 7:30AM EST, 4:30AM PST, 1:30PM CET, 2:30AM CAT (Africa), and 11:30PM AEDT. Scream Of The Shalka, for those who forgot, is BBCi's animated Doctor Who story featuring Richard E. Grant as the official 9th Doctor.
As November approaches, the 40th anniversary plans for TV stations have become fairly clear. US TV stations airing Doctor Who will continue their regular story rotations - no specials planned on any US Doctor Who affiliates. UKTV Australia's November schedule should be clear on Saturday when they finally put their November listings online. And it's too soon to tell if any overseas stations like BBC Prime will bring the Doctor back for the anniversary. Here's what we know of anniversary programming.
The 1996 TV Movie - Future Airings:
22 November? - 9:30AM AEDT UKTV Australia Best Of Run
23 November - 6PM GMT UK Gold Doctor Who @ 40 Weekend
UKTV Australia's Best Of Run
As of publication time, UKTV's November information was not yet online, and info from 8 November onward is an extrapolation.
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 To Be Announced
UK Gold's Doctor Who @ 40 Weekend - 22 and 23 November
The following is rumoured to be the schedule for the Doctor Who weekend - I have not been able to verify this yet. It is not known how much of the weekend will be shown on UK Gold +1 and UK Gold 2.
Sat 22 November:
7:15AM Planet of Fire
9AM The Time Meddler (top 1st Doctor story)
11AM The Tomb of the Cybermen (top 2nd Doctor story)
1PM The Dæmons (top 3rd Doctor story)
3:30PM The Three Doctors
5:30PM Featurette - Carnival Of Monsters
6PM Pyramids of Mars (top 4th Doctor story)
Sun 23 November:
7:15AM The Caves of Androzani (regular series rotation)
9AM The Five Doctors
11AM The Caves of Androzani (top 5th Doctor story)
1PM Attack of the Cybermen (top 6th Doctor story)
3PM Dragonfire (top 7th Doctor story)
4:30PM The Curse Of Fatal Death & featurettes
6PM Doctor Who (1996 movie)
BBC Kids issued a press release on October 16 confirming reports of their 40th anniversary marathon. The full press release is at .
November 23
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
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 - 6 part animated story launching November 13 with Richard E Grant as the Ninth Doctor. New episodes Thursdays at 12:30PM GMT through December 18
older online dramas:
Shada (Online) - starring Paul McGann and Lalla Ward
Real Time - starring Colin Baker and the Cybermen
American Who
From Joey's Interstellar Transmissions show in 2002 - an interview with Eric Luskin, host of several Doctor Who documentaries in the 1980s and an integral part of New Jersey Network programming from 1981 to 1994.
Mark Woda discusses Howard DaSilva.
Tentative schedule for rest of 2003:
November 4 - Dan Harris of the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise
November 18 - 40th Anniversary special with guest Verity Lambert
December 9 + 23 - split over 2 broadcasts, compilation of a December 1987 radio interview on WINZ-AM Miami with John Nathan-Turner, Nicola Bryant, and Brian Sloman during the final stop of the Doctor Who Celebration tour. From the Jay Michaels midday show.
Sci-Fi Overdrive on Business Talk Network
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EST (11PM-3AM PST, 7-11AM GMT, 6-10PM AEDT)
Live Stream
Schedule TBA.


UK Gold
Wed 6PM GMT The Armageddon Factor 3 ep version, pt 1
Thu 6PM GMT The Armageddon Factor 3 ep version, pt 2
Fri 6PM GMT The Armageddon Factor 3 ep version, pt 3

The final segment of The Key To Time is hidden from the 4th Doctor and Romana amidst a nuclear war between 2 worlds. To save the universe, sometimes you have to be more evil than the bad guys.
Sat 7:15-9AM GMT Terminus movie
The Black Guardian's revenge continues as the TARDIS breaks up, forcing the crew to take shelter on a plague ship heading to the center of the universe.
Sat 5PM GMT Inferno eps 3+4 of 7
In a parallel universe, the 3rd Doctor gains evidence that the project to find Stahlmann's gas must be halted at all costs. No one recognizes the Doctor, and no one listens.
Sun 7:20-9AM GMT Enlightenment movie
The Black Guardian sabotages a space race in a final effort to get terrible revenge on the 5th Doctor.
Mon 6PM GMT City of Death 2 ep version, pt 1
Tue 6PM GMT City of Death 2 ep version, pt 2

The 4th Doctor and Romana take a road trip to Paris, where they manage a good 10 minutes worth of vacation before having to deal with murder, mayhem, and a plot to erase history. By my count, this is the second longest on-screen vacation the Doctor actually manages in the series, behind only the Doctor's portion of The Romans.

UK Gold + 1
Wed 7PM GMT The Armageddon Factor 3 ep version, pt 1
Thu 7PM GMT The Armageddon Factor 3 ep version, pt 2
Fri 7PM GMT The Armageddon Factor 3 ep version, pt 3
Sat 6PM GMT Inferno eps 3+4 of 7
Mon 7PM GMT City of Death 2 ep version, pt 1
Tue 7PM GMT City of Death 2 ep version, pt 2

UK Gold 2
Late Sat 3AM GMT Inferno eps 3+4 of 7
Thu 6PM The Sensorites - Kidnap ep 5 of 6
Mon 6PM The Sensorites - A Desperate Venture ep 6 of 6

The City Administrator stoops to murder in an attempt to discredit the Doctor and all humans.
Tue 6PM Planet Of Giants - Planet Of Giants ep 1 of 3
Wed 6PM Planet Of Giants - Dangerous Journey ep 2 of 3

The TARDIS crew arrives in London, only to learn they are 1 inch tall. 25 years before someone shrank the kids, the Doctor and company must get themselves back to normal size and prevent a dangerous fraud from being perpetrated.
Sat 8AM AEDT The Deadly Assassin all 4 pts
Lured back to Gallifrey, the 4th Doctor finds himself accused of murder, running for public office, and living through the longest day of his life. Who does the Doctor think he is - Jack Bauer?
Sat 10AM AEDT Logopolis all 4 pts
All things die. Even Time Lords. Even the Universe. The question is - do you die gracefully, or do you fight it, kicking and screaming?
BBC Kids
7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EST (10PM + 12:30AM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends)
Wed The Sun Makers pts 1+2 of 4
Thu The Sun Makers pts 3+4 of 4

The 4th Doctor, Leela, and K9 discover the survivors of humanity living in fear on Pluto. Pluto the planet, not Pluto the dog. There's not enough room on Doctor Who for 2 dogs at once.
Fri Underworld pts 1+2 of 4
1AM showing pre-empted by the 1989 theatrical version of Batman. The 4th Doctor finds himself taking part in the quest for the P7E, the ship containing the future racebank of the Minyans.
Sat The Talons of Weng-Chiang all 6 pts
3:30AM rerun pre-empted. Murder in 19th Century London brings the 4th Doctor and Leela up against the Tong of the Black Scorpion.
Sun Horror of Fang Rock all 4 pts
Death stalks a lighthouse. The 4th Doctor suspects an alien. The humans suspect themselves. But they keep finding alibis by dying.
Mon Underworld pts 3+4 of 4
The Minyans discover a civilization living in slavery, but the racebank is hidden.
Tue The Invasion of Time pts 1+2 of 6
The 4th Doctor becomes the President of Gallifrey, and chaos ensues.
23 November 10AM - Best Of Marathon
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
Pre-empted for transmitter maintenance. 2 episodes air November 8.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EST Terror of the Zygons pt 4 (?) of 4
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Sat 11PM EST Snakedance pts 1+2 of 4
The Mara returns to invade Tegan's mind once again. The 5th Doctor and Nyssa race to find a way to free Tegan's mind, but the Mara's playing for keeps.
MPT Maryland
analog 22, 67, 31, 28, 62, 36
digital 22-2 (42-2), 67-2 (29-2), 31-2 (44-2), 28-2 (56-2), 28, 54
DC/Hagerstown, Baltimore DirecTV 22,980
Baltimore Dish 22,8736 - coming in November
Late Sat Mid EST An Unearthly Child movie (An Unearthly Child, The Cave Of Skulls, The Forest Of Fear, The Firemaker) indicates that AnUnearthlyChild may be airing in episode format. MPT's website shows the Hartnell stories airing in movie format, but there is enough time allotted for the episodic versions. The first Doctor Who story, where 2 teachers follow a student home from school and get caught up in a journey through time and space.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Sat 11PM EST Time and the Rani pts 3+4 of 4
The Rani hopes to use the 7th Doctor's mind among the geniuses of Earth to complete the formula for Strange Matter. The Doctor also hopes for a meeting of the minds, but with a different goal in mind.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Sat 11:40PM CDT Full Circle pt 2 of 4
Adric proves to be a bit of a handful.
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 CST The Invisible Enemy pts 1+2 of 4
A mental invasion is underway. The Swarm are taking over minds in a part of the galaxy, building forces for an invasion. And the latest mind they've targeted belongs to the 4th Doctor.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12, 32
digital 12-1 (38-1)
Denver DirecTV 12,910
Denver Dish 12,8211
Pre-empted by pledge programming. Doctor Who returns November 7.
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 MST Kinda pt 3 of 4
The 5th Doctor seeks out the secrets of the Kinda people.
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 PST The Rescue: The Powerful Enemy ep 1 of 2
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PST The Rescue: Desperate Measures ep 2 of 2
The 1st Doctor, Ian, and Barbara explore a planet where the dominant life form has a reputation for being loving and peaceful, but apparently wants to kill them. Introducing Maureen O'Brien as Vicki.
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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