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Wednesday 7th January 2004

This Week In Doctor Who - January 7, 2003
(posted 7th Jan 2004, 12:48pm - TWIDW post #0200)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 7, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 1
TOM-TIT was the acronym in The Time Monster for the Master's device to send objects through Interstitial Time. The bit between now and now. I wonder if 2004 will get a similar footnote in the mind of Doctor Who fans in years to come. 2003 saw the announcement of a new series on the way, the 40th anniversary celebrations, and Richard E. Grant as a new Doctor in a new format on BBCi. 2005 is the probable premiere year for the new series, when no doubt Doctor Who's public profile will increase massively. But what of 2004? Are the events of this year doomed to obscurity between the heavyweights of 03 and 05? Time will tell.
Encore Australia is airing Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D. on
Saturday 17 January at 5:20AM and Thursday 29 January at 6:45AM AEDT.
ABC Australia pre-empted Doctor Who on the week of 5 January for the Hopman Cup Tennis Tournament. Episodes shifted back 1 week.
The South American Sci-Fi Channel (actually South Africa) is airing SF: UK - Trips Through Time And Space late Monday 16 February at 12:45AM. Matthew De Abaitua takes a look at 60s Doctor Who, the age of psychedelic sci-fi.
UK Gold's ever erratic weekend morning schedule seems to be shifting again. It looks like Doctor Who's Sunday broadcast will now end at 11AM GMT (12 Noon on UK Gold +1), 2 hours later then it had been airing recently. The Saturday showings still end at 9AM GMT (10AM on UK Gold +1).
Sci-Fi Overdrive has added some additional stations. American Who
will air as the 4th hour of the show every 2nd week starting this
month. The current station list:
WBCF-AM 1240 Florence, AL
KGET-AM 970 Bakersfield, CA
KNRY-AM 1240 Monterey Bay/Salinas/Santa Cruz, CA
KDMN-AM 1450 Buena Vista, CA
KSKE-AM 640 Vail/Breckinridge/Silver Thorn, CO
WGCH-AM 1490 Stamford/Norwalk/Greenwich, CT
WPLC-AM 1050 Washington, DC
WTMY-AM 1280 Sarasota/Bradenton, FL
WKEI-AM 1450 The Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois (new station)
KFRM-AM 550/KSAL-AM 1150 Salina, KS
WBNW-AM 1120 Boston, MA
WPLC-AM 1050 Silver Spring, MD
KCCO-AM 950 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
WHWH-AM 1350 Trenton, NJ
WLIE-AM 540 Nassau/Suffolk, NY (new station)
WVKZ-AM 1240 Albany/Schenectady/Troy, NY
KGWA-AM 960 Enid, OK
KAKC-AM 1300 Tulsa, OK (new station)
KBNP-AM 1410 Portland, OR
WHVR-AM 1280 York, PA
WPSE-AM 1450 Erie, PA
WISW-AM 1320 Columbia, SC
WDXI-AM 1310 Jackson, TN
WHAN-AM 1450 Richmond, VA
KSBN-AM 1230 Spokane, WA
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 - all 6 episodes online. Fully animated in Flash format. 16:9 widescreen. The Doctor returns to Earth after a long absence. The elusive Shalka race has set up an advance force on Earth in hopes of invasion. The Doctor finds himself having to save the day. Richard E Grant is The Doctor.
"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.
American Who
Conclusion of the 1987 radio interview with John-Nathan Turner,
Nicola Bryant, and Brian Sloman, conducted at the end of the Doctor
Who Celebration tour. Also, Charles Martin of
rec.arts.drwho.moderated reviews the year 2003 in Doctor Who.
Dan Harris discusses the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise.
Coming later in January, American Who will also air as the 4th hour
of the Sci-Fi Overdrive radio show every 2 weeks.
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
Hour 1 - Sci-Fi News & Commentary. Hour 2 - Michael Shanks. Hour 3 -
author Peter Telep. Hour 4 - Dr. Thomas Duxbury of the NASA Stardust
Comet Sample Return Mission.


UK Gold
Sat 7:10-9AM GMT Time and the Rani movie
Following the traumatic events in the last segment of Trial Of A Time Lord (which you didn't see - UK Gold skipped it), the Doctor and Mel resume their adventures in time and space. When the Rani forces the TARDIS to crash on the planet Lakertya, the Doctor's sudden regeneration into his 7th incarnation (Sylvester McCoy) makes it easier for the Rani to con him into helping her complete her latest master plan.
Sun 9:10-11AM GMT Paradise Towers movie
New later start time on Sundays. Richard Briers (Hector in BBC Dramedy Monarch Of The Glen) plays the Chief Caretaker, head of an elite police force who patrol the famed Paradise Towers. There shouldn't be that much to keep an eye on. Most of the anticipated population never got there, nobody visits, and those who are around are teens and grannies. But death stalks the halls of the Towers. Everyone is terrified of the things that go lurking in the night. Everyone but the Chief Caretaker. Does he know something unknown to the other residents, or has he simply been working too hard?

UK Gold + 1
Sat 8:10-10AM GMT Time and the Rani movie
Sun 10:10AM-Noon GMT Paradise Towers movie
Thu Pre-empted by Tennis Tournament.
Mon 6:05PM The Time Meddler - Checkmate ep 4 of 4
The Monk is a member of the Doctor's own species. Is the Monk about to learn that you can't teach a new dog old tricks?
Tue 6:05PM The Ark - The Steel Sky ep 1 of 4
Wed 6:05PM The Ark - The Plague ep 2 of 4

Dodo Chaplet's first experience with time travel goes terribly wrong. Her cold threatens to wipe out the last survivors of the human race. The first Doctor and Steven must find a way to stop the cold before it is too late.
BBC Kids
7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EST (10PM + 12:30AM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends)
Wed Planet of Evil pts 1+2 of 4
Thu Planet of Evil pts 3+4 of 4

A scientific expedition discovers the hard way that the anti-matter universe does not want anti-matter from their side of the border line brought out for use in the main universe.
Fri Pyramids of Mars pts 1+2 of 4
An expedition in Egypt unleashes the power of the demigod Sutekh, which had been dormant for millenia.
Sat Meglos all 4 pts
Tom Baker plays both the 4th Doctor and Meglos, last survivor of a species that resemble cacti. Meglos needs the Doctor's identity for a daring theft that could rebuild his world, and doom another world to permanent chaos.
Sun Full Circle all 4 pts
As the planet Alzarius approaches Mistfall, the air becomes less habitable and creatures emerge which threaten the Alzarians. But the Doctor believes that more is going on than meets the eye.
Mon Pyramids of Mars pts 3+4 of 4
If Sutekh escapes his prison on Mars, his hunger will lead him to suck the life from all worlds. Even Earth.
Tue The Brain of Morbius pts 1+2 of 4
A mad scientist needs the 4th Doctor's head to complete a body for a brain who lost his own.
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
Sat 11:30PM EST Terror of the Zygons pt 4 of 4
The Loch Ness Monster heads to London on the orders of the Zygons, creating havoc while the Zygon takeover approaches. Doctor Who returns to 11PM next week.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EST Pyramids of Mars pt 4 of 4
See BBC Kids for story details.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Sat 11PM EST The Five Doctors 4 pt version, eps 3+4
Doctors past and present converge on the Dark Tower of Rassilon. The Master takes not being trusted very badly.
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 Web Planet movie (The Web Planet, The Zarbi, Escape To Danger, Crater Of Needles, Invasion, The Centre)
A being of enormous brain power ensnares the TARDIS on the planet Vortis. The 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki try to free the inhabitants of Vortis from the control of the Animus.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Sat 11PM EST Silver Nemesis pt 3 of 3
The 7th Doctor, the Cybermen, the Nazis, and Lady Peinforte all converge on the Nemesis statue. No 11:25PM episode.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Sat 11:41PM CST Warriors' Gate pt 2 of 4
The humans believe Romana is a time-sensitive.
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 Underworld pts 3+4 of 4
The crew of the P7E find the racebank of the Minyan civilization. But retrieving their species' future is complicated by a looney computer that is pathologically dedicated to ensuring the racebank never leaves.
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 MST Inferno eps 5+6 of 7
Sat 11PM MST Inferno ep 7of 7
Tragedy strikes on the alternate Earth, leaving the 3rd Doctor with an enormous ethical dilemma. Back in the regular world, the drill project gets ever closer to penetrating the crust of the Earth.
Sat 11:30PM MST Terror of the Autons ep 1 of 4
The Master, an old "friend" of the Doctor, comes to Earth on a mission of conquest. Roger Delgado makes his first appearance as The Master.
Pre-empted next week. Doctor Who returns late Friday January 23 at 12:30AM.
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 Earthshock pt 1 of 4
The 5th Doctor and Adric have a falling out. While they fume, androids in a cave on Earth silently massacre anyone that comes too close to a box they are guarding.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
analog 28,15,65
digital 28-1 (27-1), 15-1 (19-1)
Seattle DirecTV 28,910
Seattle Dish 28,8620
Sat 7PM + 12:30AM PST The Chase: The Death of Doctor Who ep 5 of 6
Sat 7:30PM + 1AM PST The Chase: The Planet of Decision ep 6 of 6
The 1st Doctor and company make a final stand against the Daleks on the planet Mechanus. Little do they know of the Daleks' secret weapon - a robotic copy of the Doctor.
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
Late Sat January 31 1:30AM PST Interview With Terry Nation
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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