THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - April 19, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 16
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the world.
The column was going to begin with a Eulogy, but it seems that the patient
in question may still be alive. http://www.100000watts.com/
is one of the
best sites on the internet. One fan, as a labor of love, has compiled a
complete guide to TV, FM, and AM stations in the United States and
Canadian/Mexican border markets. Locations, networks, web links, transmitter
patterns, power levels, TV & radio markets, and a number of search engines.
When I'm asked about how I put This Week together, I direct people to
as the guide I use to track down US material. It
is the most comprehensive web site I can remember coming across on any
particular subject. On April 15 Chip (the site's creator, owner, and
maintainer) announced that he planned to retire his site, as the site had
grown to the point that he couldn't maintain it to his standards anymore.
Those of us who appreciated Chip's service sent our best wishes for his
future and regrets that his site was leaving the internet.
Thankfully, the story didn't end there. Imagine if Outpost Gallifrey
announced it was going under. There'd be a
lunatic fan or two out there who would offer to take it over and keep it
alive. That has happened with http://www.100000watts.com/
. Chip is
reporting that he has received several offers from people offering to keep
the site alive in one form or another. He is evaluating the offers to see if
any of them will work, and is keeping the site up to date until he reaches a
final decision. No guarantees. http://www.100000watts.com/
might still be
retired, or it might stay open. No one knows yet. I am delighted that the
offers were made, regardless of the outcome. Gives me hope for the future of
sites like his.
UK - It's official. http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
, the main
service I have used to keep track of UK listings, was shut down on 3 April.
I have replaced the link with another, slightly more awkward search engine
that still works. I might use different links there in future weeks until I
settle on one I like.
AUSTRALIA - Jason Fraser's Varos Doctor Who site
has now put up a tentative schedule for the
rest of UKTV Australia's run of Doctor Who. Subject to change as UKTV's
actual schedule info comes out. Right now, it looks like UKTV will end the
current run of Doctor Who in early to mid June. UKTV plans to rest the
series after it finishes the current run. They "rested" the show for a
couple of months twice before, once in 1998 after airing all of the series
once, and again in late 1999-early 2000 after the end of a run of best-of
USA - Dallas, TX - KERA 13/K24AD http://www.kera.org/
is definitely keeping
Doctor Who on the schedule as they enter the Tom Baker stories. Their
schedule search engine indicates that Tom Baker stories will air into May.
It looks like Doctor Who will stay in the same time slot (Late Fri 12:15AM),
but will switch to movie format. Also, it looks like they have mixed up the
production and broadcast order of these stories, so unless changes are made
they will air all the stories in the "Nerva" arc out of order. I have
e-mailed them about that in case there is any chance to fix things - here's
hoping. When KERA picked up Doctor Who last year, the committment was just
for the Jon Pertwee stories, so the presence of the Tom Baker stories
implies that they have received some pledge support from fans. Good to know.
"Interstellar Transmissions", the sci-fi radio show, is changing its
broadcast time effective Friday May 3. It is moving to 7PM EDT (Midnight
BST, 4PM PDT, Sat 9AM AEST if you're tuning in over the web). IT will also
be changing radio stations. It will move from WSBR AM 740 West Palm Beach -
640 watts night-time power, to WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL -
50,000 watts daytime, 2500 watts night-time, and simulcast on WBYU AM1450
New Orleans, LA - 1000 watts day or night.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@...
, bfelliott3 on AIM, or thebfe on
Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:
"Death Comes To Time"
Episode 5A "Death Comes To Time, pt 1 of 3" now online
RealPlayer. Episode 5B goes online 26 April.
WSBR AM740 West Palm Beach, FL http://www.wsbrmoneytalkradio.com/
Fri 11PM EDT "Interstellar Transmissions" http://www.scifiradioguy.com/
Streamed online from both websites. Weekly sci-fi radio show with frequent
Doctor Who content. This week's guest - Lars Pearson. Lars Pearson is best
known for writing "I, Who", "I, Who 2", and the forthcoming "I, Who 3", the
definitive guides to the Virgin & BBC Doctor Who novels. Now, he is
publishing "Prime Targets", the definitive guide to the Transformers TV
series, and its spinoffs Beast Wars and Beast Machines.
"Interstellar Transmissions" moves to Fridays 7PM EDT on May 3rd, on WWNN
AM1470 Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/West Palm Beach, FL, and WBYU AM1450 New
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb/
Sat 6:30-9AM BST "Invasion Of The Dinosaurs" movie
First episode titled "Invasion" and only survives in black & white. The 3rd
Doctor and Sarah return to London, only to find it deserted. Dinosaurs are
roaming the streets, and the city is under military rule. While the Doctor
tries to investigate this strange turn of events, a mysterious group with a
mole inside U*N*I*T works against him.
Sun 7:10-9AM BST "Death To The Daleks" movie
The TARDIS suffers a power loss and lands on a blighted planet in the middle
of nowhere. A human ship has also come to the planet on a mission, only to
wind up marooned as well. When even the Daleks get trapped on the planet,
the Doctor begins to suspect that something on the planet is keeping
everyone from leaving.
Video On Demand. Currently playing:
"Robot" all 4 pts
"The Ark In Space" all 4 pts
"The Sontaran Experiment" both pts
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/
Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4:10PM CET "Paradise Towers" pt 3 of 4
Sat 4:35PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET "Paradise Towers" pt 4 of 4
The Great Architect decides to get his revenge on the residents of Paradise
Towers, killing them all. While you could make a great case for everyone in
those towers *deserving* to die, the 7th Doctor is a good guy, and can't let
this threat go unanswered.
Wed Noon CET "Delta And The Bannermen" pt 1 of 3
Thu Noon CET "Delta And The Bannermen" pt 2 of 3
The 7th Doctor and Mel accidentally qualify for an all expenses paid time
travel vacation back to 1959 Disneyworld in Florida. The story features
extensive location filming in Wales, and they didn't have nearly the budget
to film in Disneyworld when this season was made - methinks the
intergalactic tour bus will not reach its intended destination.
UKTV http://www.varos.com/drwho/uktv/ http://www.foxtel.com.au/
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST "Paradise Towers" all 4 pts
See BBC Prime for details.
Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEST "Delta And The Bannermen" pts 1 - 3 of 3
See BBC Prime for details.
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEST "Dragonfire" pts 1 - 2 of 3
Sabalom Glitz, intergalactic nogoodnik, petty criminal whose hairstyle is
more dangerous than his gun, crosses paths with the Doctor again. This time,
they are both on a vacation resort on Iceworld. Glitz wants the 7th Doctor
to help him search for treasure. Mel wants to stay as far away from Glitz'
ludicrous schemes as possible. And an emotionally disturbed teenager (Sophie
Aldred) is about to find herself dragged into the affairs of time and space
travel. Ace: Sophie Aldred.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca/
weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EDT (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT)
Fri "The Masque Of Mandragora" pt 2 of 4
Mon-Tue "The Masque Of Mandragora" pts 3 - 4 of 4
In the 15th Century, the Mandragora Heliz prepares to create a new Dark Age.
Bad news for the fiery ball of death - when you hitch a ride in the Doctor's
TARDIS, you wind up bringing the Doctor with you. And there is nothing more
dangerous for an evil scheme than letting the Doctor become aware of it.
Well, an evil scheme could cheat on its taxes and get audited, but apart
from that nothing is more dangerous than letting the Doctor get involved.
Wed-Fri "The Hand Of Fear" pts 1 - 3 of 4
Sarah is posessed by a fossilized hand who desires nuclear power. The 4th
Doctor races in to prevent a nuclear catastrophe.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org/
Late Sat Mid EDT "Mawdryn Undead" pts 1+2 of 4
Late Thu Mid EDT "Mawdryn Undead" pts 3+4 of 4
Aliens come to Earth, and link 1977 to 1983. Working in both time periods,
the TARDIS crew try to solve the puzzle of the aliens before someone gets
hurt. Two wild cards - a teenager hired by the Black Guardian to kill the
5th Doctor, and the memory of retired Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, who is
in both time zones. Special guest star - the Blinovitch Limitation Effect.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Visitation" pt 4 of 4
The Terrileptils prepare to release their diseased rats in London and wipe
out the human population.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/
DirecTV 35/909 Dish 8162
Sat 11PM EDT "The Brain Of Morbius" pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor becomes the focus of interest for both a mad scientist and a
female cult. The scientist wants to chop off his head for a hideous
experiment. The ladies just want to burn him alive.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67 http://www.mpt.org/
Late Sat Mid EDT "Genesis Of The Daleks" movie
The 4th Doctor and company are detoured en route back to Nerva. A Time Lord
requests the Doctor's assistance to break all the rules of time - go back
and destroy the Daleks at the moment of their creation, or make them less
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/
DirecTV 48/909 Dish 8356
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Visitation" pts 1+2 of 4
(Could be Four To Doomsday pts 1+2 instead. It is unclear why WCET has
Visitation advertised here. Four To Doomsday 1+2 is listed on WCET's website
as airing on April 27 at 11PM.)
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.chicagowho.com/
Sat 11PM CDT "Time-Flight" pts 3+4 of 4
The Master wants to conquer an alien race and humiliate the 5th Doctor in an
effort to fix his TARDIS and travel through time and space again.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu/
Sat 11:15PM CDT "Horror Of Fang Rock" pt 3 of 4
As the death toll rises, the 4th Doctor and Leela learn that one of the
surviving people in the lighthouse was actually the first to die. The danger
wasn't locked outside - it was locked inside.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN http://www.tpt.org/
digital 16.5 (2.5) DirecTV 2/891 Dish 8576
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT "Meglos" pt 3 of 4
The 4th Doctor is sentenced to death for Meglos' actions. It's up to Romana
to save the day.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org/
Sat 11:35PM CDT "Vengeance On Varos" 4 pt version, pts 1+2
The 6th Doctor and Peri have to land on the planet Varoa to seek Zeiton-7
ore for the TARDIS. Alas, they land during the period when Varos is a brutal
prison planet where executions and torture are the big prime time TV
programming. At the initial time of broadcast the idea of watching "reality"
programming seemed abhorrent. These days - well let's just say that Big
Brother has been renewed for a 3rd season in the US, and I'll bet the folks
in the UK renewed it there too.
KERA/K24AD 13,24 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org/
digital 14.1 DirecTV 13/889 Dish 8406
Late Fri 12:15AM CDT "Planet Of The Spiders" all 6 pts
A blue crystal which the 3rd Doctor gave Jo as a wedding present returns to
him, hotly pursued by giant spiders who want it for power. Note - beginning
next week, it appears KERA will air Doctor Who in movie format.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org/
DirecTV 12/910 Dish 8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT "Warriors Of The Deep" pts 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM MDT "Warriors Of The Deep" pts 3+4 of 4
The Silurians and the Sea Devils team up to conquer Earth using an
underwater sea base. In the past, the 3rd Doctor tried and failed to bring
peace between those species and humanity. Now, the 5th Doctor finds peace
may be impossible forever.
KUED/KUES 7,39 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org/
digital 42 DirecTV 7/982 Dish 8536
Sat 11PM MST "The Androids Of Tara" pt 1 of 4
While the Doctor takes a fishing trip, Romana finds the 4th segment of the
Key To Time in record, er, time. But that's just where the story begins.
Soon she finds herself dealing with monsters, knights, and betrayal.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
DirecTV 28/970 Dish 8620
Sat 7PM PST, Late Sat 12:30AM PST "Snakedance" pts 1+2 of 4
The Mara returns to take over Tegan's mind, unless the 5th Doctor and Nyssa
can stop him.
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org/
DirecTV 54/903 Dish 8234
Pre-empted by The Prisoner. Returns May 5.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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