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Wednesday 18th August 2004

This Week In Doctor Who - August 18, 2004
(posted 18th Aug 2004, 11:41am - TWIDW post #0244)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - August 18, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 33
BBC7 will air Slipback, the Colin
Baker/Nicola Bryant Doctor Who audio drama, on 3 successive
Saturdays at 6:40PM and 12:40AM British Standard Time. See links
below to listen live with realplayer or windows media player or to
hear an archive on realplayer.
BBC Kids has released their fall schedule. As of Monday 6 September, Doctor Who will move to 2AM EDT (1AM CDT, Midnight MDT, 11PM PDT, 3AM ADT, 3:30AM Newfoundland). 2 episodes weekdays, complete stories weekends. Only one airing per day, not two. Catch the 2AM Eastern showing, or none at all. Unlike the last time BBC Kids changed time slots, they will not be going back to the start of Tom Baker's era again. Instead, they will be continuing the current run of stories.
Maryland Public TV has two interesting Doctor Who developments on their September schedule. Starting September 18, episodes will have variable start times so they can end at 1:30AM EDT (11:55PM start time September 18, 11:53PM start time September 25). More significantly, the schedule shows them skipping the first 4 seasons of Tom Baker, going straight from Planet of the Spiders to The Ribos Operation. MPT has skipped Doctors in their rotation before, but never the majority of a Tom Baker run before.
UKTV Gold (and UKTV Gold + 1) will be pre- empting Doctor Who on the weekend of August 28/29. Yup, yet another Bank Holiday weekend. And yup, they're pre-empting Who with a Carry On movie marathon. Eventually they're going to air Doctor Who on a Bank Holiday weekend and throw us for a loop.
Slight correction to last week's report on Iowa Public TV's launch of digital signals. The simulcast of the regular IPTV lineup seems to be on subchannel 3, not subchannel 1. If you want to watch Doctor Who on one of the digital IPTV stations (see list in IPTV entry), turn to subchannel 3.
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Monterey, CA is trying to drum up support to relaunch their Sunday sci-fi night with a 3 hour (4 episode) marathon of Red Dwarf on Sunday. Selected episodes (Back To Reality, Stoke Me A Clipper, Backwards, Gunmen Of The Apocalypse) will air. Here's hoping the night is successful. Maybe they can bring back the Doctor if they hear that the support is out there.
Corrections and updates are always welcome at thisweekindoctorwho- , bfelliott@... , TWIDW on AOL IM ,
and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. Here are the listings:
Doctor: Christopher Eccleston
Rose Tyler: Billie Piper
Mickey: Noel Clarke (semi-regular?)
Jackie: Camille Coduri (6 episodes)
Written by: Russell T. Davies (8 episodes), Steven Moffatt (2
episodes), Paul Cornell (1 episode), Rob Shearman (1 episode), Mark
Gattiss (1 episode)
Original Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Premieres: 2005 (date TBA)
Total episodes for first series: 13
First broadcaster - BBC One
45 minute episodes


Windows Player
Saturday 6:40PM + 12:40AM BST "Slipback" 3 part version, ep 1
BBC 7 encores the 1985 Doctor Who radio play with Colin Baker and
Nicola Bryant (originally aired in 6 episodes). The 6th Doctor and
Peri land on a rather eccentric space ship.
(The BBC Doctor Who website is being renovated. If you have saved
links to any pages there, see if your links need updating.)
Shada - starring Paul McGann and Lalla Ward. Remake of the classic
unfinished Douglas Adams story. 6 episodes long.
"The Scream Of The Shalka" - starring Richard E. Grant as The
Doctor. 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 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.
American Who
Online news/talk show. Upcoming editions:
Week of September 1 - The Great Dalek Debate! Guests TBA.
Current episode: (update later)
Keith Barnfather (Reeltime Pictures) discusses researching the US
history of Doctor Who and preserving knowledge for the future. MJ
Simpson (Douglas Adams' biographer) comments on the sci-fi legend's
involvement with Doctor Who.
Sci-Fi Overdrive
on Business Talk Network
Saturday 8-11PM EDT (5-8PM PDT) (repeat, live
streams on site)
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-5AM EDT (11PM-2AM PDT, 7-10AM BST, 4-7PM AEST) -
new show
Live Stream
Hour 1 - News & comment. Hour 2 - News & comment; Bob Schultz of the
Glamourcon convention of August 28 & 29 .
Hour 3 - Steven Hill of the Fay Wray website discusses her passing; Rod
Roddenberry remembers his dad Gene Roddenberry .
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 7-9AM BST Arc of Infinity movie
Series 20, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Peter Davison. Tegan, living a normal Earth life again, investigates the disappearance of her cousin in Amsterdam. The cousin seems to have gotten involved in the machinations of an anti-matter being who wants to bond with the Doctor and re-enter our universe. Tegan's normal life may be disrupted again.
Sunday 7-9AM BST Snakedance movie
Series 20, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Peter Davison. The evil entity Mara decides to use a human mind to invade the regular universe again. This time the Mara's home world of Manussa is under threat. Based on their reactions to the 5th Doctor and company, the Doc should have left them to their fate. But he's a good guy, so he doesn't.
Pre-empted by a Carry On movie marathon next weekend.
Thursday 6:02PM The Green Death ep 2 of 6
Monday 6:03PM The Green Death ep 3 of 6
Tuesday 6:02PM The Green Death ep 4 of 6
Wednesday 6:03PM The Green Death ep 5 of 6

Series 10, Episodes 22 through 25. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Jo's militant support for the work of the Nuthutch draws her away from the 3rd Doctor, close to young Doctor Jones, and into deadly danger. It's "that story with the maggots"!
BBC Kids
7 Days A Week 1 + 3:30AM EDT (10PM + 12:30AM PDT) - 2 episodes weekdays, full stories weekends) - moves to 2AM EDT with no repeats on Monday 6 September
Wednesday The Robots of Death pts 3+4 of 4
Series 14, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The one good robot teams up with the 4th Doctor and Leela to protect the surviving humans on the Sandminer. But one of the humans may be a traitor.
Thursday The Talons of Weng-Chiang pts 1+2 of 6
Friday The Talons of Weng-Chiang pts 3+4 of 6

Series 14, Episodes 21 through 24. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Who 1880 - Leela Discovers Earth. Leela trades in the leather skins for Victorian theatre-going attire. After a knife fight, several attempts on her life, and multiple trips through the sewers, it is hardly surprising that she goes back to the skins in later stories.
Saturday The Hand Of Fear all 4 pts
Series 14, Episodes 5 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Sarah is taken over by the essence of Eldrad, a silicon life form desperate to return to its homeworld, with no cares on how many humans must die to get home.
Sunday The Deadly Assassin all 4 pts
Series 14, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Tom Baker.
No companion. No one believing him. No way to escape. Isolated, the 4th Doctor tries to prevent the destruction of his home planet Gallifrey while a Presidential succession crisis is underway. A crisis blamed on the Doctor.
Monday The Talons of Weng-Chiang pts 5+6 of 6
Series 14, Episodes 25 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Tuesday Horror of Fang Rock pts 1+2 of 4
Series 15, Episodes 1 through 2. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A green alien infiltrates a Lighthouse and slowly kills the inhabitants.
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
Saturday 11PM EDT The Seeds of Doom pt 4 of 6
Series 13, Episode 24. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor is running out of time to stop a Krynoid from being born. If the Krynoid comes to life, all plant life will declare war on the rest of us.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Saturday 11PM EDT The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 13+14 of 14 (The Ultimate Foe pts 1+2)
Series 23, Episodes 13 through 14. Doctor: Colin Baker.
The Master (Anthony Ainley) interrupts the trial with information that may benefit the 6th Doctor, much to the Doctor's surprise and horror. The Doctor's darkest hour. Note: part 14 is 29 minutes long. Do not assume you can set the VCR/DVDr for 25 minutes and get it all in.
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 Saturday Mid EDT Invasion of the Dinosaurs movie
Series 11, Episodes 6 through 10. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Part 1 (episode 5 of the season) only survives in black & white, and is not included in the movie version. The 3rd Doctor and Sarah help U*N*I*T track down the organization that is bringing Dinosaurs to Downtown London for nefarious purposes. Suspicions mount that someone is a traitor. Somehow, the Doctor once again winds up prime suspect.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 48-2 (34-2)
Cincinnati DirecTV 48,909
Cincinnati Dish 48,8356
Saturday 11PM EDT Doctor Who And The Silurians eps 1+2 of 7
Series 7, Episodes 5 through 6. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. An experimental nuclear power station is wracked with power outages and mental breakdowns. The 3rd Doctor and Liz are asked to investigate, much to the annoyance of the station's administrator.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Saturday 11:40PM CDT Earthshock pt 3 of 4
Series 19, Episode 21. Doctor: Peter Davison.
The 5th Doctor and Adric find themselves as prime suspects in a murder, hampering their efforts to stop the Cybermen from taking over the ship.
analog 11, 32, 27, 12, 21, 24, 32, 36, 36
digital 11-3 (50-3), 32-3 (35-3), 27-3 (28-3), 45, 25, 18, 33, 35, 34
Des Moines DirecTV 11,474
Des Moines Dish 11,9116
Cedar Rapids Dish 12,9161
Omaha DirecTV 32
Omaha Dish 32,9146
Sioux City Dish 27,7195
Quad Cities Dish 36,7607 (not yet available)
Pre-empted by coverage of the Iowa State Fair. Doctor Who returns August 28.
KUED/KUEW-DT/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/St. George/Richfield, UT
analog 7
digital 7-1 (42-1), 18-1 (18-1), 19-1 (19-1)
Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
Saturday 11:30PM MDT The King's Demons pt 1 of 2
Series 20, Episode 21. Doctor: Peter Davison. King John declares that the 5th Doctor is a demon to be honored, much to the annoyance of his Christian subjects. It annoys the Doctor and companions too - everyone wants to burn them.
KBTC/KCKA Tacoma/Centralia, WA
analog 28,15
digital 28-1 (27-1), 15-1 (19-1)
Seattle DirecTV 28,910
Seattle Dish 28,8620
Saturday 7PM + 12:30AM PDT Terror of the Autons eps 3+4 of 4
Series 8, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. The 3rd Doctor and Jo try to stop the Master before he gives the Nestene Intelligence control of the Earth.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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