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Wednesday 11th February 2004

This Week In Doctor Who - February 11, 2004
(posted 11th Feb 2004, 1:14pm - TWIDW post #0207)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 11, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 6
Bloody Daleks! The ongoing rights issues keeping most Dalek stories off of TV stations may be about to keep The War Games from airing in Australia. Basically, stations are not to air any Dalek stories after the Hartnell era due to the TV contract being up and no new agreement for TV broadcast of Dalek stories being agreed on yet. The problem is that a Dalek has a cameo in episode 10 of The War Games. Yes, The War Games has aired (even in Australia on UKTV in a best-of run) since the rights issues began. But at this point to air episode 10 of The War Games the ABC network must choose to delete the Dalek scene. I do not know when the discovery of this problem happened, but on February 6 Sue Cowley at the BBC confirmed on the Doctor Who Restoration Team forum that ABC has made the decision not to air The War Games. The theory being that fans would be more upset at a story being run with a deliberate cut of material than being skipped. At this time, should UKTV choose to run The War Games again they would also have to excise the Dalek scene.
As a follow-up, Matthew Glavin of ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs responded to e-mails about The War Games on February 10th with a note confirming that The War Games will be screened. It is assumed that BBC Worldwide has a better idea of what they can and can't sell at a given point in time than people at the stations that buy from them - does anyone else remember when UKTV was certain they were going to air Shada?
Doctor Who fans watching Maryland Public TV last weekend (February 7/8) got to see a most unorthodox version of The Ark. With about 20 minutes left in the story, at the point where people first land on Refusis, the scene suddenly switched - to that point in The Gunfighters. Maryland Public TV claims that they aired what BBC Worldwide Americas sent them - the mistake was at that end. Their plan is to air The Gunfighters this weekend, with no repeat of the missing section of The Ark.
UK Gold will not air Doctor Who on Sunday 15 February and Saturday 21 February due to special programming. Doctor Who returns on Sunday 22 February, as UK Gold cycles back to the start of the Tom Baker era. Looks like Jon Pertwee gets skipped this time.
The South African Sci-Fi Channel is airing SF: UK - Trips Through Time And Space late Monday 16 February at 12:45AM and Monday 8 March at 11:05AM. Matthew De Abaitua takes a look at 60s Doctor Who, the age of psychedelic sci-fi.
This Week sends out its regards to everyone heading to the Gallifrey convention in LA.
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 - Richard E Grant is The Doctor in a fully animated 6 episode story. The Shalka prepare to conquer the Earth from below. Unfortunately for them, the Doctor is back.
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
Early Mon 5AM EST (2AM PST, 10AM GMT, 9PM AEDT)
In the next installment, Joey interviews India Fisher (Charley in
the Big Finish 8th Doctor audio dramas), recorded at the 2003
Chicago TARDIS convention. Airs as the 4th hour of Sci-Fi Overdrive.
See the link above after the broadcast to find the mp3 archive of
the show. The following American Who episode will air early on March
Shaun Lyon of Outpost Gallifrey is the
featured guest in the latest edition of American Who. The Gallifrey
One convention and other topics are discussed.
The first American Who episode in the current every two week format.
Interviews with the 5th Doctor (Peter Davison) and Jason Haigh-
Ellery of Big Finish Productions (the ongoing original Who audio
Conclusion of a 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 reviews the year in Doctor
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 and comment, plus an interview with "Cracked"
magazine publisher Dick Kulpa. Hour 2 - Chris Judge ("Teal'c") of
Stargate SG-1. Hour 3 - sci-fi news and comment plus Forbes March of
Mutant X. Hour 4 - American Who (described above).


UK Gold
Sat 7:35-9AM GMT Survival movie
The 7th Doctor and Ace investigate the disappearance of the youths of Perivale. Cat-like creatures are pulling them to a decaying world for food. And a man watches from the shadows. Sunday episode pre-empted by Eastenders marathon. Doctor Who returns 22 February.

UK Gold + 1
Sat 8:35-10AM GMT Survival movie
SA Sci-Fi Channel
Late Sun 12:45AM Sci-Fi UK: Trips Through Time And Space
Doctor Who in the 1960s launches the topic in this special.
Thu 6:06PM The Dominators ep 2 of 5
Mon 6:06PM The Dominators ep 3 of 5
Tue 6:06PM The Dominators ep 4 of 5
Wed 6:06PM The Dominators ep 5 of 5

The Dominators' plan to enslave the Dulcians suffers a setback - the 2nd Doctor is interfering. But it also celebrates a surprise success - the Dulcians are pacifists.
BBC Kids
7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EST (10PM + 12:30AM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends)
Wed The Invisible Enemy pts 3+4 of 4
Clones of the 4th Doctor and Leela enter the Doctor's brain in a desperate gamble to sniff out the being that has taken over his mind.
Thu Image of the Fendahl pts 1+2 of 4
Fri Image of the Fendahl pts 3+4 of 4

A skull poisons the mind of Dr. Fendahl, who with a team of scientists engage in a dangerous quest to unlock the skull's secrets. The longer he works, the more danger Earth will be in.
Sat Revenge of the Cybermen all 4 pts
Returning to Nerva, the 4th Doctor and company find themselves dealing with a "space plague", a traitor to humanity, and the prospect of the return of one of Earth's most dangerous enemies.
Sun Terror of the Zygons all 4 pts
The Brigadier's efforts to solve the sinking of oil rigs in Loch Ness have been less than successful before the Doctor arrives to help. But his efforts in finding a kilt that fit are quite successful.
Mon Castrovalva pts 1+2 of 4
Tue Castrovalva pts 3+4 of 4

BBC Kids begins airing 5th Doctor stories for the first time. The Doctor's fall at the Pharos Project antenna tower resulted in a regeneration into a younger form (Peter Davison). The Master is hunting him, determined to wipe his existence out of the universe. Can the Doctor escape the Master's traps?
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 Planet of Evil pt 4 of 4
The planet believes the Morestrans have broken the agreement. Countermeasures are underway. Professor Sorenson's made an awful mess. Pre-empted by pledge drive next week. Doctor Who returns February 28.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24, 59
digital 24-1 (25-1)
Sun 5:30PM EST The Brain of Morbius pt 2 of 4
The Sisterhood of Karn are prepared to do whatever is necessary to keep the 4th Doctor from winding up as a lab rat for Professor Solon. Unfortunately, their plan involves killing the Doctor.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Sat 11PM EST Frontios pts 3+4 of 4 (actually pts 1+2)
The secrets to the Tractators lie in Turlough's mind, a very scary place.
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 Gunfighters movie (A Holiday for the Doctor, Don't Shoot The Pianist, Johnny Ringo, The OK Corral)
Assuming the right tapes run, the 1st Doctor's search for a dentist brings him to Tombstone, Arizona, USA in 1881. The famed gunfighter Doc Holiday has set up shop as a dentist, but the Clanton family's desire for revenge over the death of a relative could force the Doc to trade his pliers for a six-shooter.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Sat 11PM EST Ghost Light pts 1+2 of 3
Ace gets a sense of Deja-vu when the TARDIS brings her to a Mansion suspiciously like one that used to be in Perivale.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Sat 11:41PM CST The Keeper of Traken pt 3 of 4
Who will be the new keeper of Traken?
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 Ribos Operation pts 3+4 of 4
Fleeing the wrath of Count Grendel, our heroes make their way into the catacombs.
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 The Mind of Evil eps 2+3 of 6
Sat 11PM MST The Mind of Evil eps 4+5 of 6
Do not adjust your set. These episodes are in black & white. There is no surviving color version of The Mind of Evil. If you do have a genuine color version of The Mind of Evil, the Restoration Team's webpage is , and they'd love to hear from you. The Keller machine grows in strength, baffling its creator and bringing danger to the residents of Stangmoor Prison. It's also giving trouble to the international peace conference.
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 Time-Flight pt 2 of 4
The 5th Doctor and crew follow the missing Concordes millions of years back in time.
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 Gunfighters: A Holiday for the Doctor ep 1 of 4
Sat 7:30PM + 1AM PST The Gunfighters: Don't Shoot the Pianist ep 2 of 4
See MPT for 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
Pat Troughton interview in March.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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