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Wednesday 3rd December 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - December 3, 2003
(posted 3rd Dec 2003, 12:44pm - TWIDW post #0195)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 3, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 49
BBC1 has scheduled "The Story Of Doctor
Who", the 40th anniversary documentary, to air on Tuesday 30
December at 6:30PM GMT, as part of the Christmas programming. No
rebroadcasts or airings in other countries have been announced at
this time.
BBCi has announced that the Shada webcast is being taken offline as of 8 December due to the upcoming CD release. If you're like myself, you may have intended to watch/listen to this story for months, and never gotten around to doing it. Well, after Monday, your chance to see the story with the illustrations will be gone, at least for the time being. Shada is expected to be back online in mid 2004.
For any UK fans who missed the previous announcements, UK Gold has discontinued the 6PM weekday run of Tom Baker stories following the 2 December airing of the conclusion of Logopolis. The Saturday and Sunday morning Doctor Who movies continue, though Doctor Who will not air on the weekend of December 27 and 28.
KBTC Tacoma, WA and Iowa Public TV are celebrating Doctor Who's 40th anniversary with pledge specials. See below for details.
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 - episode 3 online now, episode 4 premieres Thursday 4 December. Fully animated in Flash format. The Ninth Doctor is a haunted alien. Something happened to him. Now he dreads the thought of visiting Earth, of fighting evil, of caring about people. Unfortunately, a Shalka invasion fleet has a base in rural England, and the Doctor has no choice but to intervene one more time. Richard E Grant is The Doctor. What's left of him, anyway.
older online dramas:
Shada - starring Paul McGann and Lalla Ward. Douglas Adams' script is remade as an illustrated audio tale for the 8th Doctor. The 8th Doctor suspects that he and Romana failed to take part in events in Cambridge 1979 that they were supposed to witness. Professor Chronotis wanted their help to return a book to Gallifrey before evil forces can steal it. In this case, the evil force is a scientist named Skagra who wants the book to locate the infamous Saliavin. This 6 episode webcast is going offline on 8 December so the CD release of this story can have an exclusive window. Shada will go back online in June 2004, and BBCi has the rights to the webcast until 2008.
"Real Time" - starring Colin Baker and the Cybermen. 6 episode
illustrated audio tale. The 6th Doctor and Evelyn Smythe research a
temple that has been yanking scientists out of time. The secrets of
the temple threaten the future and past of two species. Viewer
discretion advised for the illustrations of episodes 4 through 6.
Wed 6PM + Mid GMT "The Ghosts Of N-Space" pt 6 of 6
Conclusion of the 2nd and final Jon Pertwee radio story.
Sat 6:40PM + 12:40AM GMT "Slipback" 3 pt version, pt 3
The 6th Doctor and Peri learn the secret of the Vipod Mor.
New Zealand Radio (National Service)
Sun 4:50PM "Slipback" pt 3 of 6
Police inspectors cause trouble with the Doctor and Peri.
American Who
40th Anniversary special. Joey Reynolds' exclusive interview with
original series producer Verity Lambert, conducted days after the
announcement of the revival of Doctor Who.
Dan Harris discusses the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise.
Tentative upcoming schedule:
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.
January 5, 2004 - Peter Davison on the return of Doctor Who and
doing the DVD commentaries.
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 not announced at press time.


UK Gold
Sat 7:15-9AM GMT Vengeance on Varos movie
The TARDIS is in vital need of Zeiton-7 ore, a mineral which the 6th Doctor and Peri can only find on the prison planet of Varos. Introducing the character of Sil, played by Nabil Shaban.
Sun 7:10-9AM GMT The Mark of the Rani movie
The TARDIS is pulled off course (again), bringing the 6th Doctor into the sights of the Master (again). But the Master's just out for revenge - someone else is the villain this time. This is the first Doctor Who story by the writing team of Pip & Jane Baker.

UK Gold + 1
Sat 8:15-10AM GMT Vengeance on Varos movie
Sun 8:10-10AM GMT The Mark of the Rani movie
Thu 6:05PM The Web Planet - Crater Of Needles ep 4 of 6
Mon 6:05PM The Web Planet - Invasion ep 5 of 6
Tue 6:05PM The Web Planet - The Centre ep 6 of 6

The Menoptera try to retake their world, while the 1st Doctor matches wits with the evil Animus. Written by Bill Strutton (1923- 2003).
Wed 6:05PM The Space Museum - The Space Museum ep 1 of 4
Immediately after the adventures with the Saracens and King Richard, the TARDIS crew freeze in time. Awakening, they find themselves outside the normal boundaries of time and space, privy to events in their own future.
BBC Kids
7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EST (10PM + 12:30AM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends)
Wed The Creature from the Pit pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor seeks the truth from an angry green blob and the lady dictator of Chloris. Between the knowledge hidden within the two of them lies the future of everybody on the planet.
Thu Nightmare of Eden pts 1+2 of 4
Fri Nightmare of Eden pts 3+4 of 4

The 4th Doctor and Romana pose as insurance adjusters to investigate the unlikely collision of two ships in space. The death toll mounts when creatures no one can account for get loose on one of the ships.
Sat The Stones of Blood all 4 pts
Romana discovers Earth. The 3rd segment to the Key To Time is tied in with a stone circle in rural England. Trouble with this stone circle - some of the stones kill.
Sun The Androids of Tara all 4 pts
Androids, swashbuckling, dopplegangers, and court intrigue. Finding the 4th segment of the Key To Time is easy. Getting off the planet Tara alive is another matter. Romana: Mary Tamm. Princess Strella: Mary Tamm. Monstrous killer robot fiend: Mary Tamm.
Mon The Horns of Nimon pts 1+2 of 4
Tue The Horns of Nimon pts 3+4 of 4

A black hole in space brings the 4th Doctor, Romana, and K-9 to the planet Skonnos, where an evil empire is being cruelly deceived by a more evil empire. Unless the Doctor saves the day, an evil empire will be destroyed. Erm ...
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 by pledge drives. Terror of the Zygons begins December 20. It looks like NHPTV is now running the digital signal 24 hours a day, in which case Doctor Who will now be part of the digital simulcast on subchannel 2 when the pledge drive ends.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EST Planet of Evil pts 3+4 of 4
Doctor Who gets a pledge drive on WCNY. Episode title provided by . WCNY's website is not giving a story title or the next airdate for the series.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Sat 11PM EST Terminus pts 3+4 of 4
Nyssa undergoes a dangerous radiation treatment to seek a cure from Lazar's Disease.
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
Late Sat Mid EST The Sensorites movie (Strangers In Space, The Unwilling Warriors, Hidden Danger, A Race Against Death, Kidnap, A Desperate Venture)
The 1st Doctor, Susan, and company try to broker peace between a ship of paranoid humans and more paranoid aliens. Fear is the enemy that can kill them all.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Dragonfire continues on December 13.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Sat 11:40PM CST State of Decay pt 3 of 4
Adric tries a cunning plan to outwit the vampires.
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
Fri 10PM CST The Two Doctors 6 pt version, pts 1+2
Pledge special. Iowa Public TV has Colin Baker at a special event in Des Moines to celebrate Doctor Who's 40th anniversary. To tie in to the event, IPTV is airing a story from his era. The 6th Doctor and Peri investigate the mysterious disappearance of the Doctor's 2nd incarnation (Patrick Troughton), who was investigating unorthodox time travel and genetics experiments. Jamie: Frazer Hines. The remaining segments of this story will air in the normal Saturday time over the following two weeks before IPTV resumes the Tom Baker stories and concludes The Sun Makers.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12, 32
digital 12-1 (38-1)
Denver DirecTV 12,910
Denver Dish 12,8211
Pre-empted this week and next for pledge drives. Inferno begins December 20.
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 for pledge drive. The Visitation part 3 airs December 13.
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
KBTC celebrates the 40th anniversary of Doctor Who with a 4 hour pledge marathon. One 25 minute episode from each Doctor. Pledge night. Times approximate.
Sat 6PM PST An Unearthly Child ep 1 of 4
The very first episode broadcast. Two schoolteachers investigate the eccentricities of a student, bringing them into conflict with the teen's grandfather, and launching the most extraordinary adventure of their lives.
Sat 6:35PM PST The War Games ep 9 of 10
The 2nd Doctor and the humans launch their attacks upon the War Games. But even if the Doctor ends the slaughter, he may not have the ability to get everyone home. Not without help he is pathologically afraid of using.
Sat 7:10PM PST The Dæmons ep 4 of 5
The Master turns the village against the 3rd Doctor and Jo. The Daemon Bok bides his time.
Sat 7:45PM PST City of Death pt 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana investigate Count Scarlioni. A scruffy detective investigates the Doctor.
Sat 8:20PM PST Enlightenment pt 1 of 4
Turlough rejects the Black Guardian, who vows revenge. The 5th Doctor and the TARDIS crew arrive on a very strange ship. And an old friend tries to manifest.
Sat 8:55PM PST The Trial Of A Time Lord pt 13 of 14 (The Ultimate Foe pt 1)
The trial comes to a halt when an old *acquaintance* arrives with surprise witnesses and evidence that could bring Gallifrey to its knees.
Sat 9:30PM PST Silver Nemesis pt 3 of 3
The Cybermen, the Nazis, and Lady Peinforte battle over the fate of Nemesis, double crossing each other, scheming against each other, rather like crabs fighting each other in the bucket ensuring none can escape being boiled.
Late Sat 12:30AM PST The Web Planet: Invasion ep 5 of 6
Late Sat 1AM PST The Web Planet: The Centre ep 6 of 6
See ABC Australia for story details.
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.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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