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Wednesday 1st September 2004

This Week In Doctor Who - September 1, 2004
(posted 1st Sep 2004, 12:31pm - TWIDW post #0247)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - September 1, 2004
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 7, No 35
Maryland Public TV started sending out notices to Doctor Who fans who had enquired about their odd September schedule (skipping 23 Tom Baker stories). The memorable part of the message I received (which you can read in full at was Maryland Public TV claiming that "the BBC is considering terminating PBS' rights to air this series and awarding exclusive rights to the Sci-Fi Channel". According to MPT, while Doctor Who's status is in question, they can only air the 30 episodes (I'm assuming they meant stories) they have on hand.
It is important to note that Maryland Public TV is neither BBC Worldwide Americas nor are they Sci-Fi Channel. BBC Worldwide Americas has said nothing. Joey Reynolds of the American Who radio program checked with a Sr. VP in charge of programming at SciFi, who said: "It's news to me, and I'm the one with whom they would be negotiating, but if we were negotiating, I couldn't discuss it anyway..." Since neither party in a hypothetical negotiation confirm a negotiation, this must be classified as a rumor unless/until any additional evidence or sources appear. Rumors can later be proved accurate (Billie Piper in Doctor Who) or inaccurate (Bill Nighy is The Doctor), but without more information they are rumors.
Meanwhile, the digital revolution slowly continues in the US. Maryland Public TV's Frederick transmitter WFPT-DT is now on the air, which digital TV tuners will find on channel 28 (remapped to 62 on most tuners). Also, it seems that Iowa Public TV's digital simulcast of their analog lineup is on subchannel 2, not subchannel 3 - it's been corrected.
Canadian Doctor Who fans, Monday is when BBC Kids moves Doctor Who from 1AM EDT to 2AM EDT and drops the 3:30AM repeat.
The 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie will air on the US Starz/Encore network
of movies again in October. Here are the confirmed broadcast dates:
Wednesday October 6 8AM EDT/PDT Encore Mystery
Saturday October 9 6:50AM EDT/PDT Encore Mystery
Sunday October 24 8:15AM EDT/PDT Encore Mystery
Friday October 29 6:10AM EDT/PDT Encore Mystery
Friday October 29 7:10AM EDT/PDT Encore MoviePlex
Friday October 29 6:20PM EDT/PDT Encore Mystery
Friday October 29 7:20PM EDT/PDT Encore MoviePlex
Late Friday October 29 12:45AM EDT/PDT Encore Mystery
Late Friday October 29 1:45AM EDT/PDT Encore MoviePlex
Keep an eye out for the early September American Who broadcast. The topic (The Great Dalek
Debate!) sounds interesting, and host Joey is keeping the identity
of the guest secret.
The US/Canadian Region 1 DVD of Pyramids Of Mars coming out on
September 7th . Once again the Howard Da Silva introductions will be
included as an extra. Which brings us to the following two links
from the archives: -
The Howard Da Silva story as detailed by TJ Lubinsky in 2001. Why
was an actor hired to do voice overs for a British TV show coming to
the US in 1978? Compiled shortly before the release of the first
batch of Doctor Who DVDs in the US in 2001, which included The
Robots Of Death. -
Followup with TJ Lubinsky in February 2002 detailing the Howard Da
Silva intros used for The Ark In Space, which was released on DVD in
the US later that year.
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 3
(Episode 2's archive at same link until Episode 3 airs)
The Vipod Mor finds itself on course to encounter destiny.
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:
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 of
previous week's episode, online audio stream)
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-5AM EDT (11PM-2AM PDT, 7-10AM BST, 4-7PM AEST)
Live Stream
Repeat segments for Labor Day. Fantasy Authors Tracy & Laura
Hickman; Eric Reynolds from Fantagraphics on The Complete Peanuts;
Addams Family composer Vic Mizzy.
(All times 1 hour later on UKTV Gold + 1)
Saturday 7:05-9AM BST Mawdryn Undead movie
Series 20, Episodes 9 through 12. Doctor: Peter Davison. 1983 and 1977 collide at a Boys' School in England. The past and present of ex-Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart are threatened by the presence of the 5th Doctor, an alien named Mawdryn, and the return of the Black Guardian.
Sunday 7-9AM BST Terminus movie
Series 20, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Peter Davison. The Black Guardian, still a fashion victim with the bird head hairdo, forces his agent on the TARDIS to commit sabotage. Abandoning ship, the 5th Doctor and company find themselves on the way to Terminus, the hospital at the dead centre of the Universe. A place of terror. And surprisingly clean walls.
Thursday 6:03PM The Time Warrior pt 4 of 4
Series 11, Episode 4. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Lynx prepares his spaceship for launch, endangering the evil schemes of Irongron, along with the lives of anyone who has the misfortune to be near the spaceship at the time.
Monday 6:02PM Invasion pt 1 of 6
Tuesday 6:03PM Invasion of the Dinosaurs pt 2 of 6
Wednesday 6:03PM Invasion of the Dinosaurs pt 3 of 6

Series 11, Episodes 5 through 7. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
Part One is titled simply Invasion, and currently only exists in black & white. I have heard conflicting stories that it either has or has not aired on ABC before. The rest of the story remains in color. This story has sometimes aired as a 5 part version omitting part one and renumbering the other episodes accordingly. The 3rd Doctor and Sarah arrive in London to find it deserted of people but occupied by Dinosaurs. U*N*I*T hasn't found an answer yet. Can the Doctor find the right questions?
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 Sun Makers pts 1+2 of 4
Thursday The Sun Makers pts 3+4 of 4

Series 15, Episodes 13 through 16. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor and Leela try to rally a revolution against an oppressive tax system and the evil alien corporation that runs it. But the oppressed masses are real idiots. Something to offend everybody in a classic Robert Holmes story.
Friday Underworld pts 1+2 of 4
Series 15, Episodes 17 through 18. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Good news and bad news for the Minyans. Bad news - you wasted the gifts the Time Lords gave you and nearly destroyed your race. Good news - you guilt tripped the Time Lords about it enough to geld and wreck their psyche for millenia. Now's your chance to try to guilt trip the Doctor into helping find your race bank to relaunch your species. Will he be smart enough to ignore you? Unlikely, the story is 4 episodes long. What can I say - you guilt trip well.
Saturday The Talons of Weng-Chiang all 6 pts (1AM only)
Series 14, Episodes 21 through 26. Doctor: Tom Baker.
Doctor, Leela, London, Fog, Weng-Chiang, L'Hsen Chang, Mr. Sin, Theatre, Rat. The timeless classic airs another time.
Sunday Horror of Fang Rock all 4 pts
Series 15, Episodes 1 through 4. Doctor: Tom Baker.
A lighthouse is under siege from a jelly-like alien who can impersonate humans and slowly kills the people stranded one foggy night. The 4th Doctor and Leela try to solve the mystery before everyone else is dead.
Monday Underworld pts 3+4 of 4
Series 15, Episodes 19 through 20. Doctor: Tom Baker. (now 2AM only)
Tuesday The Invasion of Time pts 1+2 of 6
Series 15, Episodes 21 through 22. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor returns to Gallifrey and announces he is to be coronated as President. This comes as a big shock to the Time Lords, a bigger shock to Leela, and a ho-hum to K9.
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 September 18.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 35-1 (34-1)
Philadelphia DirecTV 35,909
Philadelphia Dish 35,8162
Saturday 11PM EDT Time and the Rani pts 3+4 of 4
Series 24, Episodes 3 through 4. Doctor: Sylvester McCoy.
The Rani wants the geniuses (with help from the 7th Doctor) to complete an equation to launch an asteroid of Strange Matter. There's got to be an easier way to solve a math problem than to kidnap brilliant minds from Earth. Has anyone suggested a graphing calculator?
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), 62-2 (28-2), 54
DC/Hagerstown, Baltimore DirecTV 22,980
Baltimore Dish 22,8736
Late Saturday Mid EDT The Monster of Peladon movie
Series 11, Episodes 15 through 20. Doctor: Jon Pertwee.
The 3rd Doctor returns to Peladon, this time with Sarah Jane Smith. 50 years have passed, and Peladon still hasn't figured out how to properly handle the Galactic Federation. The Doctor faces Aggedor, angry Peladonians, and shifty Federation operatives.
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 5+6 of 7
Series 7, Episodes 9 through 10. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. The Young Silurian tries to unleash a plague that would wipe out humanity. He desires no peace with Humans.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital 9 - not on air
Champaign Dish 12,7407
Saturday 11:40PM CDT Time-Flight pt 1 of 4
Series 19, Episode 23. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Stunned and saddened, the 5th Doctor and crew finally arrive at Heathrow Airport in the 20th Century. A Concorde has disappeared. Will the 5th Doctor help look for it, or be mistaken for the culprit?
analog 11, 32, 27, 12, 21, 24, 32, 36, 36
digital 11-2 (50-2), 32-2 (35-2), 27-2 (28-2), 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)
Saturday 11:35PM CDT Meglos pts 3+4 of 4
Series 18, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Tom Baker.
The 4th Doctor is accused of the crime of Meglos. Now he may face death unless Romana can clear him and K9 can stop acting like a lawn ornament.
KUED/KUEW-DT/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/St. George/Richfield, UT
analog 7
digital 7-1 (42-1), 18-1, 19-1
Salt Lake City DirecTV 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish 7,8536
Saturday 11:30PM MDT The King's Demons pt 2 of 2
Series 20, Episode 22. Doctor: Peter Davison.
Yup, the same episodes originally scheduled for last week. Next week's schedule is TBA, with Doctor Who definitely airing on September 18.
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 The Mind of Evil eps 3+4 of 6
Series 8, Episodes 7 through 8. Doctor: Jon Pertwee. A villain is exposed, a peace conference is threatened, a machine to cleanse minds starts to kill, and the prints are in black & white because someone destroyed the color version. It's the middle of The Mind of Evil.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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