"Benjamin F. Elliott"

09/07/2003 5:09 AM

This Week In Doctor Who - July 9, 2003

by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 28
[email protected]

Quiet week overall. That usually means that some big surprise is coming.
That or it's Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and everyone is mentally on
vacation. This Week In Doctor Who will be turning 5 years old next week. The
initial column went out on July 13, 1998. What flavor cake do you get an
online column - blue ink? Black ink?

KBTC 28 Tacoma, WA is finally going to run some of the
William Hartnell stories in their regular Doctor Who rotation, having
skipped them multiple times (except as pledge specials). The Hartnell
stories begin on July 19th, when all 4 episodes of An Unearthly Child will
air at 7PM with the first 2 episodes rerunning at 12:30AM. (The 7PM showing
will be pre-empted on the 26th - hence the variation.)

Maryland Public TV will also go to the early Hartnell
stories starting August 9. In MPT's case, they will be skipping the
Sylvester McCoy stories.

While I try to keep the column up to date, I do sometimes miss late changes
to schedules. If you see TWIDW's information getting out of synch with what
your local station is actually airing, let me know ASAP.

Additions and corrections are welcome at
[email protected] , [email protected] ,
bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:


"Shada" - new 6 episode version of Douglas Adams' TV story left unfinished
in 1979. Now an audio story with illustrations. Stars Paul McGann as the
Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana, and John Leeson as K9.
"Real Time" - the 6th Doctor battles the Cybermen in this illustrated audio
story first produced in 2002.

American Who
No new episode scheduled in next 7 days. The most recent episodes: - Arnold T. Blumberg
An interview with Arnold T. Blumberg, co-author of "Howe's Transcendental
Toybox", a guide to Doctor Who merchandise over the decades. - Peter Davison;
Sci-Fi Sea Cruise Contest
Charles Martin interviews Peter Davison at the Gallifrey One convention,
then Dan Harris discusses the next Doctor Who Sci-Fi Sea Cruise and a
contest for a free ticket.

Business Talk Radio Network
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EDT (11PM-3AM PDT, 7-11AM BST, 4-8PM AEST ) "Sci-Fi
Overdrive" station list on the scifioverdrive
website - archives
in MP3 format
Live audio link at Business Talk website - requires Windows Media Player.
National sci-fi radio talk show, sometimes with Doctor Who content. Easiest
to hear in timezones outside the USA. Hour 1 - News/Comment/Gabe Benson of
Beckett Comics discusses the comic of "Terminator 3". Hour 2 - Gemini 11 and
Apollo 12 astronaut Richard Gordon. Hour 3 - Apollo 12 and Skylab 2
astronaut Alan Bean. Hour 4 - Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell.



UK Gold
Sat 7:20-9AM BST "Image Of The Fendahl" movie
An ancient skull warps the minds of a scientific research team, leading them
ever closer to the secrets of a dead civilization, and the certain doom of
the Earth.
Sun 7:15-9AM BST "The Sun Makers" movie
The 4th Doctor and Leela find humanity down and out on the planet Pluto in a
world that the IRS could only dream of.

UK Gold + 1
No time shifted Who this week. Next up is late Saturday 19 July - The
Invasion Of Time.


TELE 5 Poland
Weekdays 7PM CET
The 12th series (Robot through Revenge Of The Cybermen) is currently airing
dubbed in Polish, apparently in order. Their TV listings are still unusable
for people who don't read Polish, and I doubt they're much better for people
who do speak Polish.


BBC Kids
Weeknights 2 episodes Midnight + 4AM EDT (9PM + 1AM PDT)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EDT (9PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Wed "The Invisible Enemy" pts 3+4 of 4
Cloned* versions of the 4th Doctor and Leela enter the Doctor's mind to free
him of the virus before he can be used to conquer the cosmos.
Thu "Image Of The Fendahl" pts 1+2 of 4
Fri "Image Of The Fendahl" pts 3+4 of 4
See UK Gold for details.
Sat "The Creature From The Pit" all 4 pts
With a new voice (David Brierly), K9 emerges from the TARDIS again to help
the 4th Doctor and Romana as they do battle against evil and folks who think
they're evil but are merely just clever enough to be ludicrously dangerous.
Next on the list of evil is the Lady Adrasta, who runs her world with an
iron fist and kills anyone who gets between her and precious metal.
Sun "Nightmare Of Eden" all 4 pts
Two ships collide, starting a chain of deception, death, and mind-altering
Mon "The Sun Makers" pts 1+2 of 4
Tue "The Sun Makers" pts 3+4 of 4
See UK Gold for details.

Channel numbers in brackets ( ) indicate a digital station that is not on
the air. All stations currently airing Doctor Who that do not have digital
transmitters on the air have received wavers from the FCC giving them till
November 1, 2003 to go on the air. Low power stations do not currently have
digital assignments.

NHPTV New Hampshire
analog 11,49,52
digital 57-2,48-2,49-2 - simulcast currently ends before Doctor Who starts
Boston DirecTV Local 11,955
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Pre-empted by pledge drive. The Tom Baker era begins July 19.

WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EDT "The Ark In Space" pt 3 of 4
Noah discovers that the Wirrn are taking over control of his mind and body.
Since this information matches information I received on the station from a
reader a few weeks ago, and makes more sense than random Pertwee and Davison
episodes, I am going to believe it.

WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42)
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Seeds Of Doom" pt 5 of 6
The Krynoid takes control of the situation and uses the plants to try to
take over the world.

WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 34-1
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT "Logopolis" pts 3+4 of 4
The Master's plan to conquer the universe goes a bit askew. Seems instead of
taking control he accidentally destroyed it. Now the 4th Doctor has to put
it back together again, whatever the cost.

MPT Maryland
analog 22,67,28,31,62,36
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003?
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" movie, pt 1 of 4 (The Mysterious
Yanked out of time, the 6th Doctor finds himself on trial for interfering in
the affairs of other worlds. First up - the 6th Doctor unravels the secrets
of Ravalox, which seems to really tick off the prosecutor.

WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-2
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT "The Mark Of The Rani" 4 pt version, pts 3+4
The Rani plots to drain the fluid from human miners in the 19th Century.
Fortunately, the 6th Doctor and Peri are around to try to stop her.
Unfortunately, the Master is out for vengeance and getting in everyone's

WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (9)
Sat 11:40PM CDT "Nightmare Of Eden" pt 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana are framed for drug smuggling.

analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
digital 50,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34) - simulcast of analog
begins in 2003?
Des Moines DirecTV Local 11,474
Des Moines Dish Local 11,9116
Cedar Rapids Dish Local 12,9161
Omaha, NE Dish Local 32,9146
Sat 11:35PM CDT "The Masque Of Mandragora" pts 3+4 of 4
Count Frederico begins to suspect that he is not the only person in town
with an evil agenda. Now his agenda is threatened by the power of

KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 14-1
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 13,8406
Late Fri 12:30AM CDT "The Five Doctors"
It is unknown at publication time if KERA will air the original version of
this story (90 minutes long) or the special edition with new effects and
reworked scenes made for VHS in 1995 (102 minutes long). Not to be confused
with the DVD version, which is nearly identical to the VHS Special Edition,
but has 5.1 sound.

KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12,32
digital (38)
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 12,8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT "Battlefield" pts 3+4 of 4
Morgaine's desire to regain Arthur and Excalibur leads her to summon one of
the most dangerous beings in the universe. With Nicholas Courtney as
Alaistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.
Sat 11PM MDT "Ghostlight" pts 1+2 of 3
The 7th Doctor brings Ace back to the 19th Century in a very familiar
looking mansion where nothing is as it seems. Among all the grotesque
charicatures of people is a lurking danger, which gives Ace a sense of
No episodes next week. Doctor Who returns late Friday July 25.

KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7 (and 80+ translators all over Utah)
digital 42-1,19-1
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 7,8536
Sat 11:30PM MDT "Logopolis" pt 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Adric travel to Earth to get the TARDIS measured for

KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
analog 28,15,65
digital 27-1,(19)
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 28,8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "Survival" pts 2+3 of 3
Trapped on the planet of the Kitlings, the 7th Doctor, Ace, and an old
"friend" must keep their sanity and find a way back to Earth. The longer
they remain, the more they change. Last story broadcast in the original TV
Next week, KBTC goes back to the beginning, with a run of William Hartnell

KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58)
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Monterey Dish Local 25,9190
Doctor Who will return.

*Well, not precisely cloned, as they mention in the story. If they were
really cloned, they wouldn't be wearing any clothes, as the clothes don't
get cloned. Come to think of it, real clones would have to be germinated for
9 months, then be born as babies. It'd be many years before they grow up,
and since they would live a different life with different experiences, the
clones would almost certainly bear little resemblence to the originals. Good
thing they didn't really use clones, then.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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[email protected] (Howls Atthe Moon)

in reply to "Benjamin F. Elliott" on 09/07/2003 5:09 AM

14/07/2003 11:46 AM

"Benjamin F. Elliott" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - July 9, 2003
> by Benjamin F. Elliott
> Vol 6, No 28
> [email protected]
> Quiet week overall. That usually means that some big surprise is coming.
> Maryland Public TV will also go to the early Hartnell
> stories starting August 9. In MPT's case, they will be skipping the
> Sylvester McCoy stories.

Not only that, but it also looks like they're switching over to
episode format, two per week. S'gonna be a loooonnngggg time til
Creature from the Pit comes around agin...


"Benjamin F. Elliott"

in reply to [email protected] (Howls Atthe Moon) on 14/07/2003 11:46 AM

15/07/2003 4:18 AM

<[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> In article <[email protected]>,
> Alan S. Wales <[email protected]> wrote:
> >Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. I thought McCoy was just as popular as all the
> >Doctors, esp. in the MD/DC area.
> I'm afraid they've also skipped Hartnell through Pertwee on rather more
> occasions...
Going from my memory ...

The earliest run of Doctor Who on MPT I remember was the 4th Doctor and 5th
Doctor from 1985-1986 on Sunday afternoons (moving to Saturday late night in
September 1986 with Warriors Of The Deep). In late October 1986 they went
back to the 4th Doctor. In 1987 they went directly from the 4th Doctor to
the complete 6th Doctor run, including Trial Of A Time Lord. The 3rd Doctor
followed from the fall of 1987 through April of 1988. Sylvester McCoy's
first season followed from April to May 1988 (Time And The Rani also aired
in a pledge night in March 1988).

In May 1988 MPT then went back to Tom Baker, aired Tom, Peter, and Colin in
order (interrupting the run in March 1989 to air all of Sylvester McCoy's
second season in a three week pledge drive). Sylvester McCoy's 2 available
seasons finished the run in October through December 1989.

At this point (December 1989), MPT premiered the Hartnell/Troughton stories
for the first time. MPT had a number of all night Who nights in 1990. The
series aired in order (except for March 1990 when there was a 3 week break
to premiere McCoy's third and final season) from Hartnell to McCoy, ending
in early 1992. The series ran again from early 1992 to mid 1994 (with Tomb
Of The Cybermen airing once during the Pertwee run and once during the McCoy

In 1994, they bypassed the early Doctors and did the run from Tom Baker
through Sylvester McCoy. They did this either once or twice more. Late in
1997 they finally went back to the start of the Pertwee run, then in summer
of 1998 they went back to Hartnell and did a run all the way from Hartnell
through McCoy (including another run of Pertwee). They then began another
run of the whole series, which would have finished this year if they weren't
skipping McCoy.

Probably someone has more detailed information. I've probably got a more
detailed version somewhere in the archives of rec.arts.drwho from several
years ago when it was fresher in my mind. All the stories have aired a
number of times, though Tom Baker through Sylvester McCoy have generally
gotten the better treatment - until now.

Benjamin F. Elliott

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[email protected] (Alan S. Wales)

in reply to [email protected] (Howls Atthe Moon) on 14/07/2003 11:46 AM

14/07/2003 12:12 PM

>"Benjamin F. Elliott" <[email protected]> wrote

> THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - July 9, 2003

> Maryland Public TV will also go to the early Hartnell
> stories starting August 9. In MPT's case, they will be skipping the
>Sylvester McCoy stories.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. I thought McCoy was just as popular as all the other
Doctors, esp. in the MD/DC area. Oh well, viewers will be better off with the
Hartnell stories.

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