THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 5, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 6
UK - Have you noticed anything strange about the McCoy stories on UK Gold?
The music overpowering the dialogue in Ghostlight - more than usual? Music
missing from The Curse Of Fenric? It seems that at least some of the stereo
Doctor Who stories from the last 2 Doctor Who seasons have aired on UK Gold
with only the left channel elements, leaving out the right channel elements.
It's not your TV.
South Africa - If you missed the airings of the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie on
the South African Sci-Fi Channel http://www.uk.scifi.com/
in December and
January, mark your calendar in March. Doctor Who will air on Sunday 2 March
8:00 to 9:30PM, Late Friday 7 March 12:35 to 2:05AM, and Saturday 8 March
6:30 to 8PM. The UK Sci-Fi Channel, owned by the same people, has not
scheduled Doctor Who to air in February or March.
Most US Doctor Who news this week seems to involve satellite dishes.
Boston, MA area - If you subscribe to Dish Network and have the Boston local
channel package, tune in to channel 8781 (or 11, depending on your
receiver). WENH 11 (New Hampshire Public TV) has finally been added to the
Boston local channel package. Anyone with the Boston package who has 2
dishes should be able to see WENH - probably including areas that could
never get NHPTV over the air or on cable before. New Hampshire Public TV has
recently upgraded Doctor Who to Saturdays at 11PM Eastern Time, but
discontinued the late Thursday broadcast. 2 episodes per week. As of this
writing, WENH has not made it onto the DirecTV local channel package. WLED
49 (also New Hampshire Public TV) is in the Burlington, VT TV market, but
has not been added to Dish's Burlington Locals package.
Cedar Rapids, IA Doctor Who fans can get Iowa Public TV as part of the new
Dish Network Cedar Rapids Local package.
KTEH 54 of San Jose is now being uplinked by Dish Network again. As of this
writing, KTEH has not been restored to the San Francisco/San Jose Dish Local
channels package. If it returns, it will be at its old spot - 8234 or 54.
KTEH remains on the DirecTV San Francisco/San Jose Local channels package.
Tyler, TX local channels are now being uplinked by Dish Network, though they
are not available to subscribers. The Tyler DMA does not have a PBS station,
but KERA 13 can be seen there. KERA 13 airs Doctor Who in movie format late
Friday nights (12:30AM starting this week). It is unknown at this time
whether Dish will include KERA in the Tyler locals package or not.
Des Moines, IA and Colorado Springs, CO are among the TV markets that
DirecTV will expand its local channel service into during the first half of
this year. For Des Moines, it means that Doctor Who and other local
programming will eventually be available on both major satellite systems.
For Colorado Springs, you probably won't get Doctor Who on satellite. K32EO
32 is a low power repeater of KBDI 12 in Denver, and does not qualify for
must-carry status. Since there is a full power PBS station in Colorado
Springs, DirecTV will probably ignore K32EO as Dish Network has, even though
both carry KBDI 12 in Denver.
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:
Fri 7PM EST "Interstellar Transmissions"
WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami/West Palm Beach, FL)
Joey Reynolds' weekly radio show for sci-fi news and interviews, which can
be heard online worldwide. Doctor Who news usually discussed during the
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Late Fri 1:40-2:55AM, Sat 7:40-9AM GMT "Survival" movie
The final story of the original TV series. Ace, prodigal child of Perivale,
returns home. It is not a cheerful reunion. Her friends are vanishing one by
one, and a psychotic cat is lurking the streets. Guest starring the
animatronic cat model better known as "Salem" on Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
Late Sat 1:40-3:20AM, Sun 7:20-9AM GMT "Spearhead From Space" movie
UK Gold's new Doctor Who package begins with the 3rd Doctor era. Meteorites
are arriving in clusters in rural England. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart of
U*N*I*T thinks the meteorites are the harbinger of something dangerous. He
thinks he may have some evidence when a familiar spaceship disguised as a
police box arrives at the scene of the meteorites. The ship is the property
of The Doctor, a very strange man. But the occupant of the ship bears no
relation to the man he knows, even though he remembers the Brigadier. Could
the Doctor have found a way to change his appearance, and get on the
Brigadier's nerves more than normal? A new era begins.
UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 2:40-3:55AM GMT "Survival" movie
See UK Gold for story details.
Late Sat 2:40-4:20AM GMT "Spearhead From Space" movie
See UK Gold for story details.
Video On Demand. Now playing:
"Robot" all 4 pts
"The Ark In Space" all 4 pts
"The Sontaran Experiment" both pts
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Weeknights 2 episodes Midnight + 4AM EST (9PM + 1AM PST)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EST (9PM + 12:30AM PST)
Wed "Planet Of Evil" pts 3+4 of 4
The Morestrans try to leave the anti-matter world. But someone has smuggled
anti-matter aboard, and the world will stop at nothing to keep all the
anti-matter where it is. The price to save them all may be to kick somebody
off the ship.
Thu "Pyramids Of Mars" pts 1+2 of 4
Fri "Pyramids Of Mars" pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Sarah continue to try to make it back to U*N*I*T. They
arrive a tad early - 1911. An Egyptologist accidentally unleashed the power
of Sutekh, a being of enormous power. If Sutekh is allowed to escape his
prison on Mars, all life may be destroyed.
Sat "Horror Of Fang Rock" all 4 pts
Leela and the 4th Doctor arrive at a lighthouse trapped in unnatural fog.
Something is stalking the people at the lighthouse. Paranoia and fatalism
run rampant as the number of survivors drops and drops.
Sun "The Invisible Enemy" all 4 pts
The Doctor's mind is infected by a virus. The virus wants to use the Doctor
to lead an army and conquer all life. It's up to Leela and a robotic dog to
help the Doctor recover and battle the growing menace.
Mon "The Brain Of Morbius" pts 1+2 of 4
Tue "The Brain Of Morbius" pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Sarah did get back to U*N*I*T, but BBC Kids already aired
that story out of order. When the Doctor and Sarah arrive on a desolate
world covered in dead spaceships, they find themselves in a turf war between
an immortal sisterhood (who wants them dead) and a mad scientist (who wants
to slice off the Doctor's head). What secret from Gallifrey's past has put
the TARDIS crew in such jeopardy?
Channel numbers in brackets ( ) indicate a digital station that is not on
the air. Low power stations do not currently have digital assignments.
NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
digital 57,48,(49) - not on digital schedule yet
Boston Dish Local 8781,11
Sat 11PM EST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 3+4 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet
In court footage, the 6th Doctor's efforts to free the people of Ravalox
from the tyranny of Drathro, the Miss Havisham of this collapsing
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Sun 5:30PM EST "The Brain Of Morbius" pt 2 of 4
See BBC Kids for details.
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EST "Terror Of The Zygons" pt 2 of 4
Zygons are living near Loch Ness. And they have the ability to impersonate
almost anybody. This time, they will impersonate one of the TARDIS crew.
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org
Pittsburgh DirecTV Local 13,947
Pittsburgh Dish Local 8136,13
Late Sat Mid EST "Enlightenment" pt 2 of 4
The Black Guardian tries to drive Turlough insane, as the 5th Doctor and
Tegan investigate a most unusual race - in space.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital (34) - coming 2003
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 8162,35
Sat 11PM EST "The Armageddon Factor" pts 4+5 of 6
The war is over. All that remains is destruction. To buy time, the Doctor
and Romana must use the Key To Time. But the key is incomplete. Thankfully,
5/6s of absolute power can be very useful in clever hands.
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Late Sat Mid EST "Black Orchid" 50 minute movie
In 1925 England, the 5th Doctor, Nyssa, Adric, and Tegan face a rare threat.
No aliens. No plots of conquest. Just a secret, a lie, and a hidden room.
Tragedy may be about to strike.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
Sat 11PM EST "Resurrection Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, pts 3+4
Stein, a Dalek replicant, suffers confusion as his conscience does battle
with his programming. The 5th Doctor's conscience has a similar battle with
his brain, as he gets a final chance to purge the universe of Davros,
creator of the Daleks.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:40PM CST "The Androids Of Tara" pt 4 of 4
Count Grendel tries to force a wedding between Prince Reynart and Romana in
a last effort to conquer the kingdom.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
Des Moines Dish Local 9116,11
Omaha, NE Dish Local 9146,32
Cedar Rapids Dish Local 9161,12
Sat 11:35PM CST "Robot" pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor's era begins at U*N*I*T HQ, where the Brigadier has been
called upon to solve a series of burglaries. The stolen material and
information could be used to create an weapon of mass destruction.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 8406,13
Late Fri 12:30AM CST "Warriors' Gate" movie
Now seen at this new time. If it seems like the 4th Doctor and Romana know
Adric a bit too well considering he didn't appear to leave with them in the
TARDIS last week, it's because the stories are in production order. State Of
Decay aired several weeks ago. The TARDIS arrives at a gateway between
universes. A way home to the regular universe. But first, greedy humans and
time-sensitive Tharils have a surprising tale to tell.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
digital (38) - under construction
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 8211,12
Late Fri 12:30AM MST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 11+12 of 14 (Terror Of
The Vervoids pts 3+4)
The Vervoids have gotten loose, slowly killing the crew and passengers. But
before the 6th Doctor can deal with them, he has to deal with 2 attempts to
take over the Hyperion III.
Sat 11PM MST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 13+14 of 14 (The Ultimate Foe
New evidence throws the Trial into chaos, endangers Gallifrey, and starts a
mad chase for the truth. Episode 14 is the longest regular episode of the TV
series in its 25 minute format, clocking in at 29 minutes. While not
intended to be the final 6th Doctor story, it was the final episodes that
Colin Baker would appear in as the Doctor.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 8536,7
Sat 11:30PM MST "State Of Decay" pt 1 of 4
Stories are airing in production order. Don't be surprised by Adric's sudden
appearance, followed by his sudden disappearance next month, and then his
first appearance in April.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
digital (27),(19) - under construction
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 7+8 of 14
(Mindwarp pts 3+4)
The Valeyard's evidence portrays the Doctor as a psychopath out only for his
own interests. The Doctor cannot believe the evidence, as he witnesses life
spiraling out of control.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
digital (50),(58) - under construction
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
San Francisco Dish Local 8234,54 - returning soon?
Doctor Who will return soon. A special with Peter Davison airs February 16.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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