In July 1999, I stumbled across something interesting at the
A dead PBS station had been purchased by a PBS station in a different
market, and would soon return to the air as a satellite of the other
station. The purchasing station was one which aired Doctor Who. I contacted
my source at the purchasing station. Yes, the station they bought would
eventually get back on the air. And there was a fair chance that it would be
a simulcast of the Doctor Who-carrying station for a while. Which would mean
that Doctor Who would reach the viewers in that new market. But he didn't
want me to draw attention to the situation until the parent station had this
dead station up and running again, and they knew exactly what they were
going to do with the station. So I agreed to wait.
Two and a half years later, I got the word. The station is finally going on
the air, hopefully by this weekend, after a period of life as a constant
color bar test. It will be a simulcast, for now at least. A fair number of
people who haven't had Doctor Who will now be able to see the show. And now,
a drumroll please for the newest Doctor Who affiliate ...
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 11, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 2
KCAH 25 Watsonville/Monterey/Salinas, California - owned by KTEH 54 San
Jose, CA. The Monterey/Salinas market (#118) has been without any PBS
station since KCAH went under several years back. For the time being, KCAH
25 will be a complete simulcast of KTEH 54, including Doctor Who and all the
other international shows. The Monterey/Salinas market is not offered as a
local channel by the satellite services, so KCAH will not be available on
Alas, this is the weekend of the KTEH Travel & Leisure Auction, so most of
their more exotic programming will be pre-empted, and Doctor Who will air
Sunday at Midnight instead of 11PM. So if you live in the area of KCAH, be
prepared to stay up late if you want to celebrate the arrival of Doctor Who.
Even so, welcome aboard, KCAH!
UK - Fans of UK Gold's movie format broadcasts in the UK should be prepared
for some changes. The Saturday and Sunday morning movies are now starting 2
hours earlier - in the 7AM range, so they can finish at 9AM. (Blake's 7 is
moving to the 9AM slot, The A-Team's on at 10AM.) So you'll have to stay up
earlier. Meanwhile, for the next two Sundays late at night, UK Gold is
airing Peter Davison stories (Ressurection Of The Daleks and The Five
Doctors). Are these random specials, or does UK Gold plan to make a habit of
airing a 3rd Doctor Who movie each week? At a minimum, UK Gold is currently
airing more Doctor Who a week than any other station on Earth.
USA - Siobahn Morgan and her Doctor Who home page
have been supporters of
This Week In Doctor Who from the beginning. Now, she's set up a page to help
fans curious of the status of Doctor Who stations on the satellite TV
services, located at http://nitro9.earth.uni.edu/doctor/sat_dish.html
which has the info I had available as of January 1. I'll see if I can get
her updated information for that page as situations develop.
Due to @home's ongoing bankruptcy and liquidation, the various cable
companies who utilized the @home e-mail service are switching subscribers to
other services. Comcast is currently scheduled to switch subscribers where I
live to their @comcast service during the next week. This could disrupt my
e-mail access for a brief period of time. If bfelliott@...
bounces, additions and corrections can be sent to my backup e-mail at
, and I'll find them in the end. And now, the
UK Gold http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
Sat 7:15-9AM GMT "Remembrance Of The Daleks" movie
Beginning with this story, Doctor Who moves earlier in the morning. Don't
sleep in. The 7th Doctor and Ace face twin problems in 1963 London - stop 2
Dalek battle fleets who have turned up, and keep the military out of it.
Sun 7:45-9AM GMT "The Happiness Patrol" movie
One of the most polarizing stories in the show's history. A love it or hate
it tale. But even those who hate it have to admit - Fifi is a fun villian.
With Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor.
Late Sun 12:55-2:45AM GMT "Resurrection Of The Daleks" movie
Is this the beginning of a new late Sunday run of episodes, or just a
special airing? A time corridor leads the TARDIS crew to 1985 London, where
the Daleks are at work substituting androids for humans. Meanwhile, on a
derilect space prison, a prisoner sits frozen in time, awaiting rescue,
rebirth, and retribution. With Peter Davison as the 5th Doctor.
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/
Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET "Timelash" 4 pt version, ep 1
Sat 4:30PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET "Timelash" 4 pt version, ep 2
Wed Noon CET "Timelash" 4 pt version, ep 3
Thu Noon CET "Timelash" 4 pt version, ep 4
The 6th Doctor and Peri cause chaos in a terrorized society already
suffering from the abuses of The Borad, its leader. Is this the end of the
planet Karfel, or the beginning?
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT "Warriors Of The Deep" all 4 eps
The 5th Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough arrive on a seabase in the year 2084,
where the latest Cold War is heated up by the arrival of Sea Devils and
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca/
Weekdays 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
Fri "The Seeds Of Doom" ep 6 of 6
The 4th Doctor and Sarah have to kill a plant before it conquers the Earth.
Mon-Thu "The Masque Of Mandragora" eps 1 - 4 of 4
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In 1493, he sailed again across the
sea. But he didn't travel nearly as far as the Mandragora Helix, which
stowed away on the TARDIS to cross the galaxy and conquer the Earth at the
dawn of the Rennaissance.
Fri "The Hand Of Fear" ep 1 of 4
A rock quarry that looks suspiciously like an alien planet lures Sarah and
the 4th Doctor into a false sense of security. Then an explosion leaves
Sarah buried and in imminent danger of death.
- DirecTV's official web site
- Dish Network's official web site
- fan site with much more useful information on
Dish Network stations
- mirror of the fan site, which
doesn't update as often, but is more likely to work
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org/
Dish Network Boston Local 8781 - not yet provided
Late Sat Mid EST "Four To Doomsday" eps 3+4 of 4
Bygon orders the death of Nyssa. Tegan does something insane. The 5th Doctor
learns the secrets to the spaceship. Does that leave anything left for Adric
to figure out?
Late Thu Mid EST "Kinda" eps 1+2 of 4
Once again - there will be basketball next Saturday. If you miss this
Thursday airing, you won't see these episodes. The 5th Doctor, Tegan, and
Adric arrive on a paradise planet which a snake wants to inhabit.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
DirecTV Pittsburgh Local 947/13
Dish Network Pittsburgh Local 8136
Late Sat Mid EST "Four To Doomsday" ep 2 of 4
The spaceship is being piloted by super-intelligent froglike beings.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/
DirecTV Philadelphia Local 909/35
Dish Network Philadelphia Local 8162
Sat 4AM+5:30PM EST "The Ark In Space" eps 3+4 of 4
Noah discovers that he has been infected by the Wirrn. The 4th Doctor and
Vira work to awaken the humans in time to escape the Wirrn attack.
Sat 11PM EST "The Sontaran Experiment" both eps
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry visit Earth to see if it is capable of
supporting human life yet. Great news - not only is it capable of handling
human life, but it's also able to handle Alien life! Look, one alien is
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67 http://www.mpt.org/
DirecTV DC & Balt. Local 980/22
Dish Network DC Local 8083 - not yet provided
Dish Network Baltimore Local 8736 - Baltimore Locals are not offered by Dish
Network at all yet
Dish Network Pittsburgh Local 8141 - not yet provided
Late Sat 12:01AM EST "The Three Doctors" movie
For years the Third Doctor has been exiled on Earth, stuck helping a very
British military organization fight off alien invasions. The Time Lords have
sent him on occasional errands to other planets, but mostly he has been
trapped in the 20th Century. Now his exile could end in a way he could
neither expect or want - anti-matter creatures are trying to rip him out of
this universe into a dimension that cannot exist. His only hope to escape a
fate worse than exile - his former selves. With William Hartnell and Patrick
Troughton reprising their roles as the 1st and 2nd Doctors.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/
DirecTV Cincinnati Local 909/48
Dish Network Cincinnati Local 8356
Sat 11PM EST "Full Circle" ep 4 of 4
The Starliner prepares to launch, if its crew can survive the marsh-men.
Sat 11:30PM EST "State Of Decay" ep 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana find a world whose life is slowly being sucked out
of it by its leaders. Any young people with evidence of personality are
taken away and never seen again.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.chicagowho.com/
Dish Network Chicago Local 8502 - coming soon
Sat 11PM CST "Castrovalva" eps 3+4 of 4
The 5th Doctor slowly regains his sanity in Castrovalva, only to face a new
WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu/
Sat 11:20PM CST "The Face Of Evil" ep 3 of 4
The 4th Doctor figures out why everyone regards him as a god or a devil. But
he may be too late to stop a catastrophe. The mysterious Xoanon is preparing
the Tesh and the Sevateem to fight each other, and wipe each other out.
TPT St. Paul, MN http://www.tpt.org/
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16.5 (2.5)
DirecTV Minneapolis Local 891/2
Dish Network Minneapolis Local 8576
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CST "Nightmare Of Eden" ep 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor has a plan to separate the ships, and Romana learns the
secret of the Vraxoin.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org/
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 digital KDIN-DT 50 Des Moines, IA
Sat 11:35PM CST "Warriors Of The Deep" eps 3+4 of 4
See UKTV for story details.
KERA/K24AD Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org/
analog 13,24 digital KERA-DT 14.1 Dallas, TX
DirecTV Dallas Local 889/13
Dish Network Dallas Local 8415
Late Fri 12:15AM CST "The Curse Of Peladon" all 4 eps
Episodes airing in production order. The Sea Devils aired last week. The
Time Lords bring the TARDIS to the planet Peladon, where the 3rd Doctor and
Jo help the Galactic Federation find an assassin who is trying to bring
about war. Aggedor - himself.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org/
DirecTV Denver Local 910/12
Dish Network Denver Local 8211
No episodes this week.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org/
analog 7,39 digital KUED-DT 42 Salt Lake City, UT
DirecTV Salt Lake City Local 982/7
Dish Network Salt Lake City Local 8536
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MST "The Ribos Operation" ep 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana discover that the 1st segment of the Key To Time
is being used by two con men to steal money from one of the most dangerous
warlords in the galaxy.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
DirecTV Seattle Local 970/28
Dish Network Seattle Local 8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST "Castrovalva" eps 3+4 of 4
See WYIN for story details.
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Monterey, CA http://www.kteh.org/
DirecTV San Francisco Local 903/54
Dish Network San Francisco Local 8234
Late Sun Mid PST "The Curse Of Peladon" eps 3+4 of 4
See KERA for story details. Late start due to auction. Beginning with these
episodes, KTEH 54 is being simulcasted on KCAH 25 in the Monterey/Salinas,
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2002.