THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - May 7, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 19
Doctor Who joins the world of talk radio this week. Joey Reynolds has
started a new weekly online radio show, this time exclusively focused on
Doctor Who. Titled "American Who", it will be released on the internet every
week or two in MP3 format. The show starts with a news roundup, then goes
into interviews. The pilot show (online now) features an interview with John
Nathan-Turner from 1993 and a chat with Benjamin Elliott regarding the
Daleks. The website is http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/who
link to the pilot is at
May 1, 2003 was the date by which non-commercial TV stations in the US were
supposed to begin transmitting in digital in addition to their analog
broadcasts. Like the commercial stations last year, many of them got
extensions, but the transition is beginning to happen. KBTC-DT 27 Tacoma, WA
and KUES-DT 19 Richfield, UT have apparently gone on the air in the last
week, bringing Doctor Who in digital without ghosts. In the case of KUES,
they would have had to turn off the analog signal, which was also on 19.
KUES was more of a repeater for KUED 7, so hopefully people without digital
TV in the Richfield area can still get KUED 7.
Maryland Public TV surprised viewers last weekend. On what was going to be
the first non-Who weekend in 5 years, they suddenly scheduled Ressurrection
Of The Daleks to air late Saturday May 3 starting at 12:57AM. It was not on
their online schedule first thing Saturday morning, but it was there
Saturday evening. The story did air.
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:
"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. A retired Time Lord
asks the Doctor and Romana to find and return a dangerous book that he
borrowed from Gallifrey.
Fri 9 May - Episode 2 premieres. Episodes will premiere on Fridays.
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
Ghosts Of N-Space" pt 6 of 6
American Who http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/who
- Pilot episode
presented in MP3 format
Joey Reynolds hosts a weekly talk show exclusively covering Doctor Who. In
this first episode, Joey covers the news of the week, interviews John
Nathan-Turner in an archival interview from 1993, and chats with Benjamin
Elliott from This Week In Doctor Who regarding the Daleks' upcoming
disappearance from TV. Episodes should appear weekly.
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 sci-fi radio talk show, sometimes with Doctor Who content. Easiest
to hear in timezones outside the USA. Hour 1 - news. Hour 2 - Ralph Winter,
producer of X2. Hour 3 - discussion. Hour 4 - the Matrix and hats.
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Fri 11:50PM-1:45AM, Sat 7:05-9AM BST "The Ark In Space" movie
While humanity slept, a dangerous force prepared to eat them as food. The
4th Doctor and company decide to make a change to the dinner menu.
Late Sat 1:55-2:55AM, Sun 8-9AM BST "The Sontaran Experiment" movie
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry investigate the abandoned planet Earth to
ensure it is safe for the return of Humanity. It is - they just have to get
rid of a squatter first.
UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 12:50-2:45AM BST "The Ark In Space" movie
Late Sat 2:55-3:55AM BST "The Sontaran Experiment" 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 "Warriors' Gate" pts 1+2 of 4
Thu "Warriors' Gate" pts 3+4 of 4
A gateway between universes bring time sensitive beings, humans out for
profit, and the crew of the TARDIS. Most of them will not leave the gateway
alive. And only 2 of the 4 in the TARDIS will leave the gateway unchanged.
Fri "The Keeper Of Traken" pts 1+2 of 4
The Keeper of a solar system of peaceful worlds asks the Doctor to find the
evil force that is threatening his paradise.
Sat "The Deadly Assassin" all 4 pts
An old enemy frames the Doctor for the murder of the President of the Time
Lords in a power play to punish Gallifrey. The Doctor's only chance to
live - run for public office.
Sun "The Face Of Evil" all 4 pts
The Doctor's past comes back to haunt him on a world where his voice is
worshipped and his face is feared.
Mon "The Keeper Of Traken" pts 3+4 of 4
With paradise seemingly destroyed, the Doctor and Tremas race to save the
Traken empire from total desolation. Tremas: Anthony Ainley.
Tue "Logopolis" pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Adric try to measure the exterior of the TARDIS, in hopes
of restoring its ability to change its appearance. The most complext math in
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
Pre-empted by auction. Doctor Who returns May 24.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Sun 5:30PM EDT "The Masque Of Mandragora" pt 1 of 4
There are corners of the universe that have bred the most terrible monsters.
Creatures that stand against everything we believe in. One of these
creatures has decided to hitch a lift in the TARDIS, go to 15th Century
Earth, and terrorize Italy on the eve of the Rennaissance.
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Android Invasion" pt 2 of 4
Sarah is duplicated. Will the 4th Doctor be duped?
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT "The Leisure Hive" pt 4 of 4
An army of Pangol clones plan to rebuild the Argolin race as an
intergalactic army. Brings a new meaning to the "An Army Of One" ads the US
Sat 11:30PM EDT "Meglos" pt 1 of 4
Meglos, last survivor of his race, plots to impersonate the 4th Doctor and
steal a priceless artefact that can change the course of his own world. But
how to keep the real Doctor from interfering?
Next week - a Doctor Who marathon from 8PM to Midnight to raise money for
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 12:40AM EDT "Planet Of Fire" movie
Late start due to an episode of the Independent Eye anthology series.
Turlough's true origin is revealed as an artefact found on Earth leads the
5th Doctor to a world in terrible danger. This is the introduction of
Perpeguillium Brown (Peri).
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
Sat 11PM EDT "Attack Of The Cybermen" 4 pt version, pts 1+2
Commander Lytton, still trapped on Earth after the defeat of the Daleks,
calls for help from the Cybermen. But is he really on the side of the
straight and evil? Or is he deceitfully trying to help the side of sunshine
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital (9) - under construction
Sat 11:40PM CDT "Destiny Of The Daleks(?)" pt 2 of 4
Question mark remains in place due to WILL scheduling City Of Death to start
next week. The Daleks and the Movellans are battling each other, and nobody
really knows which side they want to win.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
digital 50,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34) - simulcast of analog
begins in 2003
Des Moines Dish Local 9116,11
Omaha, NE Dish Local 9146,32
Cedar Rapids Dish Local 9161,12
Sat 11:35PM CDT "Planet Of Evil" pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor has struck a deal with the Anti-Matter Universe to spare the
lives of the Morestrans. But the deal is compromised, putting everyone back
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 "Earthshock" movie
The Doctor Who story that broke the rules when it premiered in 1982. The 5th
Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan get involved with the search to find a
missing survey crew. The parties responsible desire to wipe out the Earth in
the 26th Century. This is the movie version, so you'll have to insert the
cliffhanger in your mind about 23 minutes in when (CENSORED) arrives. And if
you have anyone watching with you who doesn't know the ending - don't tell
them. Let them see for themselves.
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 MDT "The Happiness Patrol" pts 1+2 of 3
Sat 11PM MDT "The Happiness Patrol" pt 3 of 3
The 7th Doctor and Ace plot to destroy a civilization where happiness is
required at gunpoint. Several people play harmonicas in this story, the only
Doctor Who story I can recall with a harmonica in it.
Sat 11:30PM MDT "Silver Nemesis" pt 1 of 3
1638 and 1988 converge when a device the 7th Doctor sent into space returns
KUED/KUES-DT 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 "Full Circle" pt 4 of 4
The crew of the Starliner can never return to Terradon.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
digital 27-1,(19) - under construction
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "Silver Nemesis" pts 2+3 of 3
A 17th Century woman believes she knows the secrets of the Doctor, secrets
that she can use in the power play to take control of the dangerous Nemesis
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
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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