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150This Week In Doctor Who - April 2, 2003

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
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      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - April 2, 2003
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 6, No 14
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
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      May looks to be a busy month for Doctor Who broadcasts.

      On 2 May, the new version of "Shada" premieres on the BBC's Doctor Who
      website http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/ . It stars Paul McGann as the 8th
      Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana, and John Leeson as K9. More info on how it
      will be serialized when that info comes out.

      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
      that day.

      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

      In the US, multiple stations (KBDI and NHPTV so far) have skipped Time And
      The Rani, the first 7th Doctor story, only to reschedule it to air at a
      later date. No known reason why.

      Maryland Public TV will pre-empt Doctor Who on May 3rd, as an installment of
      their spring documentary series Independent Eye will start late and run
      long. This will be the first time I can recall Maryland Public TV not airing
      Doctor Who at some hour during the week since July 6, 1998, before this
      column began. I don't know if that is the longest consecutive week run that
      Doctor Who has had on a TV station without a single pre-emption, but it is
      certainly a long run. A big round of applause for Maryland Public TV.

      Meanwhile, let us scratch our heads in confusion at Maryland Public TV and
      Iowa Public TV, which are about to skip Doctor Who stories for reasons
      unknown. Iowa Public TV is bypassing Genesis Of The Daleks. Maryland Public
      TV is skipping The Five Doctors and Frontios.

      As of this week, New Hampshire Public TV is airing just 1 Doctor Who episode
      a week - Saturdays at 11PM Eastern.

      BBC Radio 7 listeners - it appears that the broadcast of Shada last weekend
      was not the only Doctor Who on the immediate agenda. The Jon Pertwee story
      The Paradise Of Death begins being serialized in the 7th Dimension sci-fi
      slot this weekend.

      Time Zone changes continue this weekend. Most places around the world that
      did not go to Daylight Savings or Standard Time last weekend will switch
      this weekend. Some places will not switch at all. Make sure you know whether
      or not you need to change your clock and change it in the right direction.
      If you plan to listen to anything online that comes from another country,
      make sure you know whether they are on Daylight or Standard Time as well.

      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
      thisweekindoctorwho-owner@yahoogroups.com , bfelliott@... ,
      bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:

      RADIO/INTERNET:

      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, Noon+6PM EST, 9AM+3PM PST, Sun 3+9AM AEST)
      "The Paradise Of Death" pt 1 of 5
      Sun 6PM+Mid BST (7PM+1AM CET, 1+7PM EDT, 10AM+4PM PDT, Mon 3+9AM AEST) "The
      Paradise Of Death" pt 2 of 5
      A mysterious death at a theme park draws the attention of UNIT. The 3rd
      Doctor thinks that something is seriously wrong with "Experience Reality".
      Set between The Time Warrior and Invasion Of The Dinosaurs. Starring Jon
      Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, and Elisabeth Sladen. Produced for the radio in
      1993.

      Fri 7PM EST "Interstellar Transmissions"
      http://www.interstellartransmissions.com
      WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami/West Palm Beach, FL)
      http://www.wnnhealthtalkradio.com
      Joey Reynolds' weekly radio show for sci-fi news and interviews, which can
      be heard online worldwide. Doctor Who news usually discussed during the
      show. This week - Samuel R. Delany on diversity in science fiction.

      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
      Overdrive" http://www.scifioverdrive.com/ station list on the scifioverdrive
      website
      http://www.businesstalkradio.net/weekday_host/Archives/sfo.shtml - archives
      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. This week - two hours of sci-fi
      news/talk, repeat of the Interstellar Transmissions talk with Samuel R.
      Delany on diversity in science fiction, and Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman,
      Time Squad) in the last hour.

      TV:

      UK:

      UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      Late Fri 1:35-3:35AM, Sat 7:10-9AM BST "Carnival Of Monsters" movie
      The 3rd Doctor and Jo find themselves shrunk down to size in an electronic
      zoo where license paying customers can watch multiple channels of reality
      programming. Nah. Who'd watch that?
      Late Sat 1:10-3:35AM, Sun 6:35-9AM BST "Frontier In Space" movie
      An old enemy is fomenting hatred between Earth and Draconia, in hopes of
      starting an intergalactic war. No one will listen to our heros, no matter
      what outfit Jo is wearing.

      UK Gold + 1
      Late Fri 2:35-4:35AM BST "Carnival Of Monsters" movie
      Late Sat 2:10-4:35AM BST "Frontier In Space" movie

      Homechoice http://www.homechoice.co.uk
      Video On Demand. Now playing:
      "Robot" all 4 pts
      "The Ark In Space" all 4 pts
      "The Sontaran Experiment" both pts

      CANADA/USA:

      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
      Weeknights 2 episodes Midnight + 4AM Eastern Time (9PM + 1AM Pacific Time)
      Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM Eastern Time (9PM +
      12:30AM Pacific Time)
      Wed "The Androids Of Tara" pts 1+2 of 4
      Thu "The Androids Of Tara" pts 3+4 of 4
      To rescue Romana and the 4th segment of the Key To Time, the 4th Doctor
      becomes involved in court intrigue, as a Count plots to steal control of the
      kingdom of Tara from the rightful Prince on Coronation Day.
      Fri "The Power Of Kroll" pts 1+2 of 4
      The 4th Doctor is mistaken for a gun-runner.
      Sat "The Horns Of Nimon" all 4 pts
      A decaying empire has struck a devils' bargain with a horn-wearing creature.
      Not only will an innocent world suffer, but the empire itself could be
      destroyed by its own bargain. Only the 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 can set
      things right.
      ***BBC Kids is officially switching to Daylight Savings Time half-way
      through The Horns Of Nimon. Horns will therefore end at 3AM Eastern Time, 30
      minutes before its second airing. In the Pacific Time Zone, where Daylight
      Savings Time will not have started yet, the 12:30AM rerun will begin at
      11:30PM that night only. Adjust the information for your local time zone. At
      1AM late Saturday/early Sunday in your timezone, it becomes 2AM.***
      Sun "The Leisure Hive" all 4 pts
      The 4th Doctor's continuing search for a good holiday spot brings the TARDIS
      to Argolis, where scientific experiments may have found a way to reverse the
      effects of aging and extend life.
      Mon "The Power Of Kroll" pts 3+4 of 4
      A giant squid is mistaken for a god.
      Tue "The Armageddon Factor" pts 1+2 of 6
      The final segment of the Key To Time is hidden somewhere on Atrios, a world
      being devastated by a nuclear war.

      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
      analog 11,49,52
      digital 57,48,(49) - not on digital schedule yet
      Boston Dish Local 8781,11
      Thu 11:30PM, Sat 11PM EST "Paradise Towers" pt 1 of 4
      Beginning this week, NHPTV airs just one episode a week. This is the only
      week a Thursday airing is listed. It is possible that the Thursday episode
      is part 1 and the Saturday episode is part 2, because the online schedule
      thinks that Time And The Rani will begin (out of order) on April 26, giving
      just 3 weeks for the 4 episodes of Paradise Towers.

      WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
      analog 24,59
      digital 25-1
      Sun 5:30PM EDT "The Seeds Of Doom" pt 2 of 6
      Goons hired to steal the seed pod plan to kill everyone at the South Pole to
      cover their tracks. But a pod has already claimed a researcher, and is even
      now turning into a monster.

      WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
      analog 46
      digital (42) - under construction
      Pre-empted by auction. Next episode airs April 19.

      WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org
      analog 13,16
      digital 38-1,(26)
      Pittsburgh DirecTV Local 13,947
      Pittsburgh Dish Local 8136,13
      Late Sat Mid EST "The Five Doctors" 4 pt version, pt 1? of 4
      Last week's Doctor Who broadcast was replaced at the last minute by a Doo
      Wop special. Tonight's episode is still scheduled, though next week Doctor
      Who is now listed as pre-empted again. Doctor Who will return April 19.

      WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
      analog 35
      digital (34) - coming 2003
      Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
      Philadelphia Dish Local 8162,35
      Sat 11PM EST "Nightmare Of Eden" pts 2+3 of 4
      A dangerous drug is putting the crews of the ships into a stupor, unable to
      deal with the growing menace. The 4th Doctor and Romana are the prime
      suspects in this latest problem.

      MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
      analog 22,67,28,31,62,36
      digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
      DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
      Late Sat Mid EST "The King's Demons" movie
      The 5th Doctor and company arrive in 13th Century England, where King John
      hails them as Demons. The Five Doctors should logically air next week, but
      MPT will skip it and go to Warriors From The Deep. Unless their online
      listings are wrong.

      WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
      analog 48
      digital 34-1
      Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
      Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
      Sat 11PM EST "The Five Doctors Special Edition" 102 minutes
      This special 1995 revamp of the Five Doctors airs this week before WCET
      moves into the Colin Baker era. With new special effects, more scenes, and
      several alternate takes, it still essentially follows the original story.
      Doctors past and present along with Companions are taken out of time by a
      villain who wants them to solve a mystery, without them knowing why they're
      doing it.

      WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
      analog 12
      digital (33) - under construction
      Sat 11:40PM CST "The Armageddon Factor" pt 3 of 6
      The 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 learn the secret of the planet Zeos.

      IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
      analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
      digital 50-1,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34)
      Des Moines Dish Local 9116,11
      Omaha, NE Dish Local 9146,32
      Cedar Rapids Dish Local 9161,12
      Sat 11:35PM CST "Revenge Of The Cybermen" pts 1+2 of 4
      IPTV skipped Genesis Of The Daleks. Returning to Nerva after dealing with
      the Daleks, the 4th Doctor learns that they have arrived too early. Before
      the TARDIS catches up with them, a space "plague" and an intergalactic
      traitor get in the way.

      KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
      analog 13,44
      digital 14-1
      Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
      Dallas Dish Local 8406,13
      Pre-empted a final time. Doctor Who returns Late Friday April 11 at 12:30AM.

      KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
      analog 12,32
      digital (38) - under construction
      Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
      Denver Dish Local 8211,12
      No Friday episodes this week.
      Late Fri 12:30AM MST "Dragonfire" pt 1 of 3
      Late Fri 1AM MST, Sat 11PM MST "Dragonfire" pts 2+3 of 3
      Sabalom Glitz tries to get the 7th Doctor to help him in a quest to find an
      ancient treasure. Mel is left babysitting her worst nightmare - a troubled
      teenager called Ace.
      Pre-empted by pledge drive next week. In two weeks, Time And The Rani will
      finally air, albeit out of order.

      KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
      analog 7,19
      digital 42-1,(19)
      Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
      Salt Lake City Dish Local 8536,7
      Sat 11:30PM MST "Meglos" pt 3 of 4
      The 4th Doctor's life is imperiled, as he is blamed for Meglos' evil deeds.
      His only hope is for Romana to find the real long-coated, flowing scarfed
      villain.

      KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
      http://www.kbtc.org
      analog 28,15,65
      digital (27),(19) - under construction
      Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
      Seattle Dish Local 8620,28
      Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST "Delta And The Bannermen" pts 1+2 of 3
      The 7th Doctor and Mel win a vacation to Disneyland in 1959. Doctor Who
      didn't have the budget in 1987 to go out of the country, so a space accident
      moves the vacation to Wales. One of the passengers carries a secret which
      could end the vacation early, and bring an alien invasion to a summer camp.

      KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
      analog 54,25
      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.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2003.


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