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Wednesday 18th February 2004

This Week In Doctor Who - February 18, 2004
(posted 18th Feb 2004, 2:51pm - TWIDW post #0209)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 18, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 7
Top story this week comes from the BBC's Doctor Who website . BBCi has been asked to postpone making further Doctor Who webcasts. For the past couple of years, BBCi has been making original audio Doctor Who stories with illustrations - Death Comes To Time, Real Time, and a remake of Shada. Most recently BBCi produced The Scream Of The Shalka, a fully animated story featuring Richard E Grant as a new Doctor. Quoting from BBCi's report:
"Initially, the people behind the new series were keen for the
animated adventures to continue in the run-up to the Doctor's return
to TV, but recent developments have made that impossible. The
reasons for this are all Very Good, one of them is Terribly
Exciting... and we hope they'll become apparent in the next few
To be continued, I guess.
Iowa Public TV will air the BBV documentary The Doctors: 30 Years Of Time Travel And Beyond on Saturday March 13 at 11:45PM CST as the pledge special for Festival. I'm confident that this special has not aired on TV since 1998 - has it ever aired on TV?
The South African Sci-Fi Channel is airing SF: UK - Trips Through Time And Space Monday 8 March at 11:05AM. Matthew De Abaitua takes a look at 60s Doctor Who, the age of psychedelic sci-fi.
Dish Network customers in the Quad Cities region of Iowa & Illinois (Davenport, IA; Burlington, IA; Rock Island, IL; Moline, IL) will have the option of subscribing to their local channels through Dish as of February 19th, including Doctor Who affiliate KQIN 36 of Iowa Public TV . The Quad Cities locals require a Superdish installation. If you're interested in seeing KQIN via Dish Network, you should probably find out the details about Superdish first. Http:// , , and should fill in the 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 - 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
Broadcast 2/16/2004. 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 in the next few days for when the mp3 archive of the
show. The next American Who episode will air early on March 1st,
with Fraser Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) as the guest. Patrick
Troughton's 84th anniversary of his birth is coming. Coming early
March 15th, Mal Young (controller of Drama Series at the BBC) is
Joey's guest discussing the upcoming Doctor Who revival. The
interview will be recorded on February 26th. Anyone with questions
for Mal can e-mail Joey at scifiradioguy@... , subject line "Mal
Young Question".
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 & comment. Hour 2 - Across The Pond Comics and
the series "Touch Of Death". Hour 3 - Beth Widera from MegaCon and
from Score Entertainment, makers of collectors cards for genre
shows. Hour 4 - Top Shelf Comics. An illustrated evening.


UK Gold
Saturday episode pre-empted by Eastenders marathon.
Sun 7:05-9AM GMT Robot movie
U*N*I*T calls on the Doctor's help once again. The plans and parts needed to build a powerful weapon have been stolen. The evidence suggests the thief was more than human. Has yet another misguided scientist released yet another deadly giant onto the world? Tom Baker takes over the role of The Doctor.

UK Gold + 1
Sun 8:05-10AM GMT Robot movie
Thu 6:06PM The Mind Robber ep 1 of 5
Mon 6:07PM The Mind Robber ep 2 of 5
Tue 6:07PM The Mind Robber ep 3 of 5
Wed 6:07PM The Mind Robber ep 4 of 5

The TARDIS exits regular time and space only to be trapped and destroyed. In a realm where imagination becomes reality, the 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe find themselves doing battle with fictional characters.
BBC Kids
7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EST (10PM + 12:30AM PST) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends)
Wed Four To Doomsday pts 1+2 of 4
Thu Four To Doomsday pts 3+4 of 4

First time on BBC Kids. The 5th Doctor, Adric, Tegan, and Nyssa arrive on a spaceship bound for Earth on a mission of "peace". The inhabitants of the spaceship have visited Earth several times, learning more about the planet. Who will be the Monarch of the spaceship?
Fri Kinda pts 1+2 of 4
First time on BBC Kids. A planet of peaceful rarely speaking natives has been disturbed by a scientific expedition. Unfortunately, they're not the only ones disturbing the Kinda. The 5th Doctor and company are around. And so is a strange being with a snake on his arm. A being invading Tegan's dreams.
Sat Castrovalva all 4 pts
The Doctor's regeneration stalls. As Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan try to get the TARDIS away from the clutches of The Master, the new Doctor must re-establish his identity.
Sun Four To Doomsday all 4 pts
Mon Kinda pts 3+4 of 4
To save the Kinda people from the Mara, the Doctor plays the fool.
Tue The Visitation pts 1+2 of 4
First time on BBC Kids. Centuries before Heathrow Airport will be built, the 5th Doctor and company discover that villagers in the area are under the control of reptilian alien influence.

ยป it was later reported that Kinda and The Visitation were pre-empted
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 drive. 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 3 of 4
The experiment to attach Morbius to a body commences.
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
Turlough's mind holds the secret to the Tractators, who seem determined to wipe out all humans on Frontios.
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 War Machines movie
The final currently complete 1st Doctor story takes place in London 1966. The Doctor is called in to help investigate strange goings on at the Post Office Tower, where a new computer intended to run an inter-net of computers seems far too clever for everyone's good. First (and last) time the original Doctor lets himself go anywhere near a swinging nightclub.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Sat 11PM EST Ghost Light pt 3 of 3
Only one episode this week. The 7th Doctor calls forth the being Light to solve the mysteries of the Chase Mansion. This was the Doctor's worst mistake of the night.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Sat 11:42PM CST The Keeper of Traken pt 4 of 4
It is time to choose the new Keeper Of Traken. The wrong choice will mean disaster for the whole union.
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
Quad Cities Dish 36,7607 (available to subscribers 2/19)
Sat 11:34PM CST The Pirate Planet pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana arrive at exactly the right time, in exactly the right place, but on the wrong planet. The Doctors: 30 Years Of Time Travel And Beyond airs as a pledge special March 13th at 11:45PM.
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 4+5 of 6
Sat 11PM MST The Mind of Evil ep 6 of 6
The Keller Machine is going insane. Not content to follow the orders of The Master, it wants to kill people on its own. Can The Master convince the Doctor to help him before more people die?
Sat 11:30PM MST The Claws of Axos ep 1 of 4
A spaceship approaches Earth in a suspicious manner. Some parts of the military suggest blowing it out of the sky. The 3rd Doctor suggests communication. And while everyone's distracted by this, an American comes in hopes of tracking down the Master.
Next week, only episode 6 of The Mind of Evil will air on Friday night, and 3 episodes will air Saturday, starting at 10:30PM. Looks like they don't want to pre-empt Doctor Who for March pledge drives while in mid-story.
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 3 of 4
The crew of the Concordes are being used as slave labor to unearth the survivors of an ancient race.
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: Johnny Ringo ep 3 of 4
Sat 7:30PM + 1AM PST The Gunfighters: The O.K. Corral ep 4 of 4
The Clantons call in Johnny Ringo to help finish off Doc Holliday. But a sudden killing could give the Earps a new resolve. The 1st Doctor and company find themselves doomed to take part in the most famous gunfight of the old West.
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 1:36AM PST Interview With John Nathan-Turner
Archival KTEH interview with the 1980s producer of Doctor Who.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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