THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - April 9, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 15
The trailer for the new version of "Shada" is now online. It runs a minute
or so, with clips from the story, illustrated by Lee Sullivan. The trailer
plays in an endless loop, well endless until you leave the webpage. There is
a high qualiy and a low quality version of the trailer available, depending
on the ability of your browser. The visuals are the same, but the sound
quality is better on the high quality version if your computer can handle
it. The direct links are:
- high quality audio
- low quality audio
"Shada", a remake of the Douglas Adams story that wasn't finished in 1979,
will be serialized on the BBC's Doctor Who website in the same way that
Death Comes To Time and Real Time were. The new version features Paul McGann
as The Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana, John Leeson as K9, and Sean Biggerstaff
as Chris Parsons. The first segment of Shada will go online on Friday 2 May.
Iowa Public TV http://www.iptv.org/
issued a statement last weekend
regarding the lack of Genesis Of The Daleks on their station. Announcer Mike
Frisbee reportedly stated: "We planned to whack you with the Daleks tonight,
but it appears the estate of Terry Nation has the Beeb tied up in court
which prevents any broadcasts of Dalek do's and don'ts until the money issue
This Week In Doctor Who has no information on this situation besides IPTV's
statement. Whatever the situation - it does not seem to be affecting Canada,
where BBC Kids will air Destiny Of The Daleks on 11 and 14 April. Maryland
Public TV has currently scheduled Resurrection Of The Daleks to air late
Saturday April 25 at Midnight, though they are skipping The Five Doctors and
WQED/WQEX 13/16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
has been pulling
scheduled Doctor Who broadcasts at the last minute. I do not know if Doctor
Who will continue to air on WQED. I did hear from a contact last year that
Doctor Who had been performing disastrously on WQED/WQEX in pledge drives.
Take your worst case scenario and you're still too optimistic. Last I knew,
WQED did have the rights to all the Peter Davison episodes, though stations
usually have to use their rights in a certain amount of time or they expire.
WQED's website still has an episode scheduled for Late Saturday April 19 at
Midnight, though tvguide.com and zap2it.com have the spot listed as part of
a members choice night. If I hear any information regarding WQED's current
status regarding Doctor Who, I'll announce it in next week's column. In the
meantime, viewers who live somewhat close to the Maryland border might want
to use an antenna on the TV and see if you can pull in WGPT 36 Oakland, MD,
one of the Maryland Public TV transmitters - where Doctor Who airs in movie
format late Saturdays at Midnight.
Over in the UK, UK Gold will have "Dalek Days" on the May Bank Holidays. 10
of the 11 complete Dalek stories will air - 5 stories per Bank Holiday. Only
"The Chase" is being skipped. It is too soon to be sure how much of the
marathons will air on UK Gold 2 or UK Gold +1. These will be UK Gold's
existing prints of stories, and not remastered versions. Here's the lineup:
Monday 5 May
7:20AM BST "The Dead Planet" aka "The Daleks" aka "The Mutants"
10:45AM BST "The Dalek Invasion Of Earth"
1:35PM BST "The Day Of The Daleks"
3:25PM BST "Planet Of The Daleks"
6:05PM BST "Death To The Daleks"
Monday 26 May
9:50AM BST "Genesis Of The Daleks"
12:35PM BST "Destiny Of The Daleks"
2:30PM BST "Resurrection Of The Daleks"
4:20PM BST "Revelation Of The Daleks"
6:10PM BST "Remembrance Of The Daleks"
The UK Sci-Fi Channel http://www.uk.scifi.com/
will be airing the 1996
Doctor Who TV Movie in May. Alas, apparently Sci-Fi and UK Gold don't
co-ordinate their schedules - "Doctor Who" airs on 5 May from 7:20 to 9PM,
overlapping with Death To The Daleks. Months and months with no Doctor Who
on Mondays in Britain, and then two channels air it at the same time. If you
want to watch both this movie and the UK Gold marathons, your best bet is to
catch the April showing on the 20th (Easter) at 1:10PM, immediately
following a broadcast of the documentary "Dalekmania", which begins at Noon
The South African Sci-Fi Channel http://www.uk.scifi.com/
- yes, the same
website - will air both the 1996 Doctor Who movie and a new Doctor Who
special in May. The special is part of a series profiling UK Science fiction
shows called "SF:UK". Here's the lineup:
Saturday 3 May 4:25PM "SF:UK - Trips Through Time And Space" (first airing?)
Wednesday 21 May 8PM "Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
Wednesday 21 May 9:25PM "SF:UK - Trips Through Time And Space"
Saturday 24 May 6:35PM "Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
BBC Radio 7 listeners - my apologies for the note in last week's column. I
meant to say that "Slipback" had aired on 29 and 30 March. I did not intend
to say that BBC Radio 7 had aired "Shada" - but if you were paying
attention, I unfortunately did spell Slipback as S-H-A-D-A. My apologies. As
far as anyone knows, neither the new version of Shada nor the incomplete Tom
Baker version from the 1979/1980 series are going to air on BBC Radio 7.
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:
BBC Radio 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/
Digital radio & TV in UK, live realplayer link on website for worldwide use
Sat 6PM+ Mid BST (7PM+1AM CET, 1+7PM EDT, 10AM+4PM PDT, Sun 3+9AM AEST) "The
Paradise Of Death" pt 3 of 5
Sun 6PM+Mid BST (7PM+1AM CET, 1+7PM EDT, 10AM+4PM PDT, Mon 3+9AM AEST) "The
Paradise Of Death" pt 4 of 5
Fri 7PM EDT "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
Business Talk Radio Network http://www.businesstalkradio.net/
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EDT (11PM-3AM PDT, 7-11AM BST, 4-8PM AEST ) "Sci-Fi
station list on the scifioverdrive
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.
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Late Fri 12:40-3:15AM, Sat 6:30-9AM BST "Planet Of The Daleks" movie
Late Sat 1-3:50AM, Sun 6-9AM BST "The Green Death" movie
UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 1:40-4:15AM BST "Planet Of The Daleks" movie
Late Sat 2-4:50AM BST "The Green Death" 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 EDT (9PM + 1AM PDT)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EDT (9PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Wed "The Armageddon Factor" pts 3+4 of 6
Thu "The Armageddon Factor" pts 5+6 of 6
Fri "Destiny Of The Daleks" pts 1+2 of 4
Sat "Meglos" all 4 pts
Sun "Full Circle" all 4 pts
Mon "Destiny Of The Daleks" pts 3+4 of 4
Tue "City Of Death" pts 1+2 of 4
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 EDT "Paradise Towers" pt 2(?) of 4
I am operating under the assumption that NHPTV aired part 1 twice last week.
If both parts 1+2 aired last week, then this will be part 3.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Sun 5:30PM EDT "The Seeds Of Doom" pt 3 of 6
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital (42) - under construction
Pre-empted by auction. Next episode airs April 19.
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org
Pittsburgh DirecTV Local 13,947
Pittsburgh Dish Local 8136,13
Pre-empted this week. Currently scheduled to return April 19 according to
the WQED website.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital (34) - coming 2003
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT "Nightmare Of Eden" pt 4 of 4
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Horns Of Nimon" pt 1 of 4
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 EDT "Warriors From The Deep" movie
MPT has skipped The Five Doctors. Reason unknown.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
Sat 11PM EDT "The Twin Dilemma" pts 1+2 of 4
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:40PM CDT "The Armageddon Factor" pt 4 of 6
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 CDT "Revenge Of The Cybermen" pts 3+4 of 4
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 8406,13
Late Fri 12:30AM CDT "??"
Doctor Who is supposed to be back on this night in this slot, with either
Castrovalva or Four To Doomsday. But it is not appearing in the online TV
listings on KERA's website, TVGuide.com, or zap2it.com . Hopefully Doctor
Who will be on, as they have a blank 90 minute slot followed by programming
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
digital (38) - under construction
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 8211,12
Pre-empted by pledge drive. Doctor Who returns April 19.
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 MDT "Meglos" pt 4 of 4
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 PDT "Delta And The Bannermen" pt 3 of 3
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT "Dragonfire" pt 1 of 3
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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