THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - October 2, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 40
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the world.
If you missed it last week - TPT (KTCA 2) in St. Paul, MN has dropped Doctor
Who from its schedule. Over the air viewers are out of luck for Doctor Who
on TV unless they live in a fringe area that pulls in either KAWE/KAWB or
one of the Iowa Public TV transmitters. Satellite subscribers on DirecTV are
out of luck. Satellite subscribers on Dish Network are currently out of
luck, but KAWE 9 is listed as a possible future local channel for the
Minneapolis locals, so maybe you'll get Who back in the future, but no idea
We finally have some word as to what Uniseries http://www.uniseries.com.ar/
is doing with Doctor Who. One of our readers has gotten word that Uniseries
is airing the 4th season of Tom Baker's episodes (1977-1978, The Doctor,
Leela, and the original K9). The episodes are airing in English with Spanish
subtitles. It's still unknown precisely which episodes are airing which
week. Uniseries is seen in South America.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 http://www.wqed.org/
Pittsburgh, PA has apparently launched
its digital channel - WQED-DT 38, according to http://www.100000watts.com/
100000watts.com is reliable most of the time, but WQED's website makes no
mention of their digital plans, so we don't know for sure if the station is
airing or what WQED is doing with the station. All of the current US Doctor
Who affiliates are noncommercial stations, and by current rules they must
have their digital stations on the air by May 1, 2003, or else. Commercial
stations had to be on the air by May 1, 2002, and most did not, and
extensions were generally granted, so who knows if the rule will be strictly
enforced for noncommercial stations.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/
mentions on their website that
they will dedicate their digital signal on Friday, November 8, implying that
November is the month when WYBE-DT 34 will go on air.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/
is back at full power after
being on low power since June. While at reduced power, they made a lot of
progress on their digital signal, and hope to have it on air soon.
Bad news for KTEH viewers who subscribe to Dish Network in the San Francisco
area. Dish Network moved the device that receives the local signals to send
them to the satellite. In the past, Dish could send them an adequate signal
over the air. Now, the signal doesn't reach the relevant device. As a
result, KTEH is off of Dish Network till further notice. KTEH provides its
signal to DirecTV via a fiber feed because its over the air signal never
could reach DirecTV's device. But they do not have money budgeted in to
provide fiber to Dish Network at this time. Although Dish moved their
device, the relevant must-carry rules indicate that it is the station's job
to provide an adequate signal to the satellite provider. If the situation
changes, we'll report. There are several Doctor Who affiliates that probably
qualify for must-carry satellite status in various cities if they could get
their signal to DirecTV or Dish's uplink locations.
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
bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:
"Real Time" - Firstrun Doctor Who Audio Drama. Colin Baker, Cybermen.
6 episode story produced by Big Finish. Illustrations by Lee Sullivan for
fans with fast internet connections. Requires version of RealPlayer to
Fri 7PM EDT (6PM CDT) "Interstellar Transmissions"
WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami/West Palm Beach, FL)
WBYU AM1450 New Orleans, LA http://www.bayou1450.com
Joey Reynolds' weekly radio show for sci-fi news and interviews, broadcast
live over the internet on all 3 websites listed above. Doctor Who news
usually discussed during the broadcast. This week - sci-fi author Timothy
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Late Fri 1:20-2:20AM, Sat 8-9AM BST "Black Orchid" movie
Late Sat 12:30-2:20AM, Sun 7:10-9AM BST "Earthshock" movie
Video On Demand. Now playing:
"Robot" all 4 pts
"The Ark In Space" all 4 pts
"The Sontaran Experiment" both pts
TELE 5 http://www.tele5.pl
Sat-Sun 8:30?AM CET "" pts ? - ? of 4
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EDT (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT)
Wed-Fri "Nightmare Of Eden" pts 2 - 4 of 4
Late Sat 2AM EDT (1AM CDT, Mid MDT, 11PM PDT, 3AM ADT, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
"Warriors' Gate" all 4 pts
New story to BBC Kids.
Late Sun 2AM EDT (1AM CDT, Mid MDT, 11PM PDT, 3AM ADT, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
"The Keeper Of Traken" all 4 pts
New story to BBC Kids.
Mon-Tue "The Horns Of Nimon" pts 1 - 2 of 4
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org
Late Thu + Late Sat Mid EDT "The Twin Dilemma" pts 3+4 of 4
Special late start time on Thursday. Returns to 11:30PM Thursday next week.
WCNY/W59AU 24,59 Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Sun 5:30PM EDT "Planet Of Evil" pt 1 of 4
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org
digital 38 DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Late Sat Mid EDT "Snakedance" pt 1 of 4
According to http://www.100000watts.com/
, WQED-DT 38 went on the air on
September 28. There is no mention yet of WQED-DT's status on the WQED
website. WQED's digital station will be included in the listings until
further information is known.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT "The Sun Makers" pts 2+3 of 4
WYBE's website mentions in its upcoming events that it will have a
dedication of the new digital transmitter on November 8, which implies that
WYBE-DT 34 may be going on the air in November.
MPT Maryland 22,67,28,31,62,36 http://www.mpt.org
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Power Of Kroll" movie
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Pre-empted by special programming. Doctor Who returns October 12.
WCET is back up to full power, so outlying viewers who haven't seen them for
the last few months should be able to see them again. WCET hopes to have its
digital antenna on the air soon, where it will broadcast on WCET-DT 34.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.chicagowho.com http://www.wyin.tv
Sat 11PM CDT "Resurrection Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, pts 3+4
WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
Sat 11:41PM CDT "The Invasion Of Time" pt 6 of 6
KAWE/KAWB 9,22 Bemidji/Brainerd, MN http://www.lakelandptv.org
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CDT "The Brain Of Morbius" pt 4 of 4
**No longer airing Doctor Who.**
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN http://www.tpt.org
digital 16.5 (2.5) DirecTV 2,891 Dish 8576,2
**No longer airing Doctor Who.**
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36 http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
Sat 11:35PM CDT "Delta And The Bannermen" pt 3 of 3
Late Sat Mid CDT "Dragonfire" pt 1 of 3
KERA/K44FI 13,44 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Late Fri 12:20AM CDT "The Invasion Of Time" movie
New very slightly later start time.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT "Vengeance On Varos" 4 pt version, pts 1+2
Sat 11PM MDT "Vengeance On Varos" 4 pt version, pts 3+4
KUED/KUES 7,39 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
digital 42 DirecTV 7,982 Dish 8536,7
Sat 11PM MDT "City Of Death" pt 4 of 4
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Grays River, WA
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "The Caves Of Androzani" pts 3+4 of 4
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
Sun 11PM PDT "The Time Warrior" pts 1+2 of 4
Dish Network moved their setup and KTEH's signal no longer reaches the right
spot to be provided to Dish subscribers. It is unknown when or if the
situation will change. KTEH provides its signal by fiber to DirecTV, so
DirecTV subscribers to the local San Francisco channels should be in no
danger of losing the station.
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA:
Sun 9:30AM, 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
The 4th Doctor and Leela are in action. English with Spanish subtitles.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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