(Apologies for the delay. Technical difficulties.)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 25, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 4
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the world. It's
a quiet week, but there are a few things to bring up.
CANADA - BBC Kids' does not have a proper schedule stating which episodes
they are airing on their website, and the online guides in Canada are
getting less precise. They're in the middle of season 14 of Doctor Who, and
they apparently only bought seasons 12 through 14 in their initial ordering
of the show. If anyone has a reliable source of info on BBC Kids' scheduling
plans, please get in touch with me.
UK - UK Gold has stopped airing Doctor Who late Sunday nights after 2 weeks,
so the late Sunday airings could well have been simply time filler. The
Saturday and Sunday morning broadcasts are almost at the end of the series.
It is assumed that UK Gold will go back to the beginning of the 3rd Doctor's
(Jon Pertwee's) stories once they finish the current run.
USA - KERA 13 Dallas, TX Doctor Who fans with Dish Network saw the channel
move without notice last Friday. Dish Network had offered KERA 13, the
primary PBS station in Dallas, on channel 8415, which Dish Network
subscribers need a second satellite dish to receive. KDTA 2, the secondary
PBS station in Dallas, had been airing on channel 8406, which could be
received by a standard Dish Network dish. Sometime on January 18th Dish
Network changed the channel assignments. KERA 13 moved to 8406, where all
subscribers can find it, and KDTN 2 moved to 8415. Note - this just means
that everyone in the Dallas market area with the local channels package can
see KERA without getting a second dish. If you don't have the local channels
package, you'll still need an antenna or cable to get the channel.
USA - There was an error last week regarding New Hampshire Public TV's
pre-empting of the Saturday night Doctor Who broadcast. Doctor Who was pre-e
mpted. But it wasn't pre-empted by a College Basketball game. It was
actually pre-empted by a College Ice Hockey game.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@...
bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:
UK Gold http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
Sat 7:20-9AM GMT "Battlefield" movie
For years they worked together, side by side, battling the most dangerous
enemies Earth faced in the 20th Century. But the Doctor always took the
dominant role, ignoring the contributions of his loyal partner. The
relationship eventually collapsed, as the friendship came to a quiet end,
without even a goodbye. The Doctor stopped returning to Earth, leaving his
old assistant to battle evil alone. But in this story - the reunion. They
team together one last time to battle warriors from another dimension, whose
actions could set off a nuclear warhead in England. But will things ever be
the same between the 7th Doctor ... and Bessie, his yellow roadster.
Sun 7:40-9AM GMT "Ghostlight" movie
The 7th Doctor and Ace visit a mansion straight out of Scooby-Doo. Monsters,
ghosts, weird light, and a villain manipulating it all. Unfortunately, Ace
begins to suspect that the Doctor is the villain.
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/
Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET "Revelation Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, ep 1
Sat 4:30PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET "Revelation Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, ep
Wed Noon CET "Revelation Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, ep 3
Thu Noon CET "Revelation Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, ep 4
Death haunts a mortuary. Dead bodies are going missing, Daleks are patroling
the tunnels, an Assassin has shown up for a visit, the 6th Doctor's sandwich
poisons a fish, and Peri kills a man. It's the beginning of a rather
eventful day at Tranquil Repose. With more plot twists than some James Bond
movies, this story was the last one to air before the 18 month hiatus in
1985, marking the end of 22 consecutive seasons on British TV.
Sun 7:30AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT "Resurrection Of The Daleks" both eps (45
Note the special start time on Sunday morning. 7:30 - not 7:00. The 5th
Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough arrive on Earth in 1985, which has an unusual
link to deep space in the distant future, where a medical prison is fighting
a losing battle to protect their prisoner - Davros - from the beings who
could liberate or kill him - The Daleks.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca/
Weekdays 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
Fri "The Deadly Assassin" ep 2 of 4
Mon-Tue "The Deadly Assassin" eps 3 - 4 of 4
Accused of murdering the President of the Time Lords, the 4th Doctor (Tom
Baker) searches for the Lone Gunmen who really did the evil deed. Episode 3
is one of the highlights of the series, taking place almost entirely within
the theoretical realm of the APC Net.
Wed-Fri "The Face Of Evil" eps 1 - 3 of 4
The 4th Doctor faces a mysterious enemy from his past - himself. With Louise
Jameson as Leela.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org/
Dish Network Boston Local 8781 - not yet offered
Late Sat Mid EST "Kinda" eps 3+4 of 4
Adric and the 5th Doctor try to save the humans, the Kinda, and Tegan from
the mental clutches of The Mara before he can use them to leave the realms
of dreamland and enter the physical world. Zap2it.com's online service
believes that episodes 1+2 of Kinda will air here instead.
Late Thu Mid EST "The Visitation" eps 1+2 of 4
In 1664, aliens, Black Death, a highwayman, and the crew of a blue Police
Telephone Box known as a TARDIS disrupt life in a small village near London.
The potential cost of these interfering forces - the extinction of the human
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 4 of 4
The 5th Doctor has to rescue Nyssa from the Urbankans, convince Adric that
Monarch is evil, and travel through space to retrieve the TARDIS. Another
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/
DirecTV Philadelphia Local 909/35
Dish Network Philadelphia Local 8162
Sat 4AM+5:30PM EST "Genesis Of The Daleks" eps 1+2 of 6
Sat 11PM EST "Genesis Of The Daleks" eps 3+4 of 6
On a mission for the Time Lords, the 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry
investigate the birth of the Daleks. If the Daleks are allowed to thrive,
two races may face extermination, and a wave of death could invade the
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67 http://www.mpt.org/
DirecTV DC+Baltimore Local 980/22
Dish Network DC Local 8083 - not yet offered
Dish Network Pittsburgh Local 8141 - not yet offered
Dish Network Baltimore Local 8736 - Baltimore locals not yet offered at all
Late Sat Mid EST "Frontier In Space" movie
The Humans and the Draconians each believe the other's armies are attacking
their ships in hopes of starting a new war between their peoples. The
differences are irreconcilable. They can only agree on one matter - whatever
is happening, the 3rd Doctor and Jo share in the blame.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/
DirecTV Cincinnati Local 909/48
Dish Network Cincinnati Local 8356
Sat 11PM EST "State Of Decay" ep 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana want to kill a Giant Vampire. All they need is a
wooden stake. A very large wooden stake. Preferably a stake that can go into
Sat 11:30PM EST "Warriors' Gate" ep 1 of 4
A wolf-man guides the TARDIS to a gateway between the universes. Have the
4th Doctor and Romana finally found their way home?
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.chicagowho.com/
Dish Network Chicago Local 8502 - coming soon
Sat 11PM CST "Four To Doomsday" eps 3+4 of 4
See WQED for story details.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu/
Sat 11:20PM CST "The Robots Of Death" ep 1 of 4
On a sand miner where Robots run the machinery and humans relax around doing
next to nothing and being useless (instead of the other way around), robots
appear to be slowly killing off the humans. As the body count and anxieties
rise, the 4th Doctor and Leela arrive.
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 "The Horns Of Nimon" ep 1 of 4
The best scene in this episode is mostly missing in the US episodic version
due to the poor quality of the editing job on the surviving print. I was
horrified when I saw what was cut. Yipes! It's still a good episode, but it
will look so much better whenever the prints are replaced with newer
versions or it comes out on VHS. The 4th Doctor and Romana come across a
ship adrift in space. The ship's destination was Skonnos. The ship's cargo -
was people, being brought to be sacrificed.
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 "Frontios" eps 1+2 of 4
There are borders beyond which time travellers are not allowed to go. Places
of eternity which are off limits. The survivors of humanity are living in
such an area. Will the 5th Doctor and company break the rules of the Time
Lords and intervene? Will they have a choice in the matter?
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 8406 (note new channel number)
Late Fri 12:15AM CST "The Time Monster" all 6 eps
The 3rd Doctor's been seeing the Master in his dreams, leading him to renew
his search for that troublesome bearded Time Lord. Meanwhile, a troublesome
bearded scientist newly employed by Cambridge has developed a machine that
can tamper with the gaps between the seams of time. Between the bits of our
time is a realm filled with danger - a realm that should never be tampered
with. Yup - tampering to occur.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org/
DirecTV Denver Local 910/12
Dish Network Denver Local 8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MST "Snakedance" eps 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM MST "Snakedance" eps 3+4 of 4
The 5th Doctor faces a deadly sequel. The Mara, long thought destroyed,
finds a way to take over Tegan's mind again. It hopes to use a festival on
its homeworld to re-enter the physical world and begin a reign of terror.
And this time, the Mara appears to actually have a coherent plan for
carrying out its return.
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 4 of 4
Jethryk, Jethryk - who has the Jethryk? The 4th Doctor, Romana, K-9, and two
friendly crooks must keep the Jethryk out of the hands of the evil Graff
Vynda-K. The Graff Vynda-K has no relation to Special K cereal, K-Mart, Kay
Jewelers, etc., so don't ask.
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 "Four To Doomsday" eps 3+4 of 4
See WQED 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
Sun 11PM PST "The Sea Devils" eps 3+4 of 6
The 3rd Doctor exposes the Master's secret activities in the prison, forcing
the Master and the Sea Devils to accelerate their plans.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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