THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - March 19, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 12
As of this writing, a war to remove Saddam Hussein from Iraq is imminent. TV
programming (especially in the USA) will be heavily disrupted for days when
the war begins, with lesser disruptions thereafter. UK Gold and BBC Kids,
due to the thematic structure of the channels, will likely continue their
regular programming. The US public TV stations are more likely to air
regular programming than major network stations would be, but pre-emptions
for special programming may still occur. If I become aware of stations
moving Doctor Who broadcasts, I will send out a supplement Saturday morning
US Time with any known changes.
BTW, thanks to the many readers who informed me about late schedule changes
on New Hampshire Public TV and KERA Dallas. New Hampshire Public TV aired
part 9 of Trial Of A Time Lord twice on March 8, so they scheduled a special
airing of part 10 late March 15th at 12:30AM. KERA never noted it on its
website, but the Doctor Who story Castrovalva aired Saturday March 15th from
10:30PM to 12:30AM as a pledge special. Doctor Who has been airing on that
station late Friday nights at 12:30AM. I have gotten remarks from readers
who found out about these special broadcasts in time because you told me
'Slipback', the 1985 radio story with Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor, will
make its first appearance in This Week In Doctor Who since the column began
in 1998. On 29 and 30 March, BBC Radio 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/
a 2 part version of Slipback in the Science Fiction timeslot. Slipback
originally aired as 6 10 minute episodes. Part 1 will air at 6PM and
Midnight UK Time on 29 March, while Part 2 will air at 6PM and Midnight UK
Time on 30 March. BBC Radio 7 can be heard on digital radios and TVs in the
UK, while the rest of the world can listen in RealAudio on the BBC's
website. Warning - the UK and much of Europe switches to Daylight Savings
Time on 30 March, and much of the Southern Hemisphere switches from Daylight
to Standard Time. The US and Canada don't switch till 6 April. If you want
to listen to Slipback and you are not in a part of the world that switches
to Daylight Savings Time on 30 March, you'll have to pay attention to the
time change to make sure you know when to tune in for part 2.
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
show. This week - Majel Barrett Roddenberry. WWNN does not have a news
department, so this program should remain on the schedule no matter what.
Business Talk Radio Network http://www.businesstalkradio.net/
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EST (11PM-3AM PST, 7-11AM GMT, 6-10PM AEDT )
"Sci-Fi Overdrive" http://www.scifioverdrive.com/
station list on the
in MP3 format
Live audio link at Business Talk website - requires Windows Media Player.
National version of Interstellar Transmissions, though probably easiest to
hear in timezones outside the USA. This week - Buddy Nelson, French Stewart
(Inspector Gadget 2), Kathryn Leigh Scott from Dark Shadows, and the Majel
Barrett Roddenberry interview from Interstellar Transmissions. Business Talk
Radio is unlikely to disrupt its regular programming lineup in the event of
a shooting war, though individual stations might.
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Late Fri 1:20-3:55AM, Sat 6:30-9AM GMT "The Sea Devils" movie
The Master's prison is an island that has attracted the attention of
mysterious creatures who sink oil rigs. The 3rd Doctor and Jo must help the
Navy stop a not-quite-alien invasion.
Late Sat 12:25-3AM, Sun 6:30-9AM GMT "The Mutants" movie
The 3rd Doctor is sent on a mission by the Time Lords to deliver a box to a
radical on a world threatened with extinction. A colonial overlord with a
weapon of mass restruction plans to make Solos uninhabitable for its
natives, but prime real estate for Earth.
UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 2:20-4:55AM GMT "The Sea Devils" movie
Late Sat 1:25-4AM GMT "The Mutants" movie
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 "Underworld" pts 3+4 of 4
The quest for the future of the Minyan civilization comes to an end.
Thu "The Invasion Of Time" pts 1+2 of 6
Fri "The Invasion Of Time" pts 3+4 of 6
The 4th Doctor becomes President of Gallifrey, flaunting tradition and
sending the galactic order into chaos. Why has the ultimate maverick decided
to make a power play for ultimate power? Should Leela help the Doctor, or
fight him as the greatest enemy the galaxy has ever known?
Sat "Destiny Of The Daleks" all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor and a newly regenerated Romana learn that the Daleks have
returned to their home planet of Skaro. What are they looking for? What
could scare the Daleks - besides the Doctor, of course.
Sun "City Of Death" all 4 pts
A vacation in Paris leads the Doctor and Romana into a web of theft, deceit,
death, and time travel. Julian Glover guest stars in the Doctor Who story
that got the highest firstrun ratings for the series in its entire run.
Mon "The Invasion Of Time" pts 5+6 of 6
Andred finds himself falling into slight attraction with Leela as the
invasion continues. What profiteth a man if he save the whole universe yet
lose his soul?
Tue "The Ribos Operation" pts 1+2 of 4
A shady character that calls himself a Guardian hires the 4th Doctor, K9,
and a Time Lord acolyte to find the segments of a Key that is reported to be
able to restore order in the universe. First on the list of places to search
for the Key segments is Ribos.
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 11+12 of 14 (Terror Of The
Vervoids pts 3+4)
Multiple conspirators battle the 6th Doctor and themselves in hopes of
taking control of the Hyperion III and using it for their own various evil
ends. But none of them are prepared for a hidden menace which wants to kill
them all. The plant creatures are on the move.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns March 30.
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EST "Pyramids Of Mars" pt 1 of 4
An Egyptologist opens a tomb which unleashes a being of utter evil and
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org
Pittsburgh DirecTV Local 13,947
Pittsburgh Dish Local 8136,13
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns March 29.
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 Creature From The Pit" pts 2+3 of 4
The 4th Doctor, stuck in a pit with an Astrologer and a large green being,
tries to figure out what Lady Adrasta's big secret is. Hint - it's probably
large and green.
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 "Terminus" movie
Under orders from the Black Guardian, Turlough causes the TARDIS to break
apart. In search of safety, Nyssa finds herself on a leper ship, where her
odds of survival are very low. And the 5th Doctor's investigations lead him
to a secret as old as the Universe.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
Sat 11PM EST "The Caves Of Androzani" pts 1+2 of 4
The 5th Doctor and Peri run afoul of drug smugglers, a corrupt army, a
political power play, and the love a disfigured half-crazed zealot on a
mission of revenge. That's a lot of people to annoy in a very short period
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:40PM CST "The Armageddon Factor" pt 1 of 6
The 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 arrive on a radioactive world in search of
the 6th segment of the Key To Time. There's a war going on, which could make
the search harder. Plus - the Doctor's not the only one in search of the
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 "The Ark In Space" pts 3+4 of 4
Noah finds himself turning into the Swarm Leader of the Wirrn, as they plot
to take control of the Ark and use the sleeping humans as a food supply.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 8406,13
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Next airdate TBA.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
digital (38) - under construction
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 8211,12
No Friday episodes this week.
Sat 11PM MST "Delta And The Bannermen" pts 1+2 of 3
The 7th Doctor and Mel win spots on a tour group vacation to Disneyland in
1959. Diverted off course to Wales, the Doctor and Mel find themselves drawn
to a passenger with precious cargo. Meanwhile, a mercenary army is also on
its way to Wales, with designs of their own on the cargo ...
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 "Meglos" pt 1 of 4
Stories are airing in production order. I know you saw Adric last week, but
he hasn't arrived yet. A superintelligent cactus decides to impersonate the
4th Doctor to carry out a mission of evil. But how to stop the real Doctor
from getting involved?
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 "Paradise Towers" pts 1+2 of 4
Society has broken down at Paradise Towers. The parents are gone. The
children are gangs. The police are insane. The grannies are overly desirous
of attention and company. And a basement terror lurks with plans to kill
them one by one. The 7th Doctor and Mel must save the Towers from its own
phobias and neurocies.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
digital (50),(58) - under construction
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Salinas Dish Local 9190,25
San Francisco Dish Local 8234,54 - not available to subscribers
Due to situations largely beyond their control, Doctor Who is on hiatus on
KTEH/KCAH. Doctor Who will return ASAP.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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