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This Week In Doctor Who - August 14, 2002

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - August 14, 2002 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 5, No 33 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
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      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - August 14, 2002
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 5, No 33

      Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who on Television.

      First, a big apology to Shaun Lyon at Outpost Gallifrey. Last week I
      inadvertently listed Outpost Gallifrey's website as
      http://www.outpostgallifrey.com/ when it is really
      http://www.gallifreyone.com/ . The perils of writing a column while

      EUROPE/AFRICA - BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/ has aired Doctor Who
      since the channel began in 1995. This week, after 7 years, BBC Prime
      finishes its first run of the series with the last 2 episodes of Survival.
      According to the website, The Five Doctors (skipped during the 5th Doctor
      episodes) will begin airing next week. It is unclear which version of The
      Five Doctors will be used, though the 4 part version is most likely given
      BBC Prime's time slots for Doctor Who. BBC Prime also skipped Earthshock and
      Attack Of The Cybermen, and I do not know if those will be airing. Also
      unknown is what BBC Prime's future plans for Doctor Who are. Will BBC Prime
      go back to the Hartnell/Troughton episodes, which they have not aired yet?
      Will BBC Prime go back to the Pertwee episodes? The Tom Baker episodes? Will
      they be taking the show off the air altogether? If anyone at BBC Prime wants
      to leak advance word, let me know. Otherwise, we'll have to watch their
      website week by week.

      USA - WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/ ran the 2000
      National Doctor Who Night special last Saturday at Midnight, and not a
      regular 25 minute episode as indicated here. That was the special with
      Sylvester McCoy in the studio and Remembrance Of The Daleks as the featured

      USA - Due to recent FCC rulings, viewers may have heard that new TVs in
      upcoming years will be required to have digital tuners included in them.
      Almost all full power TV stations are being required to get digital stations
      on the air in the not-too distant future. If you're curious about what
      channel your Doctor Who affiliate's digital signal will be on - read the
      column today. I've listed all the assigned digital channels, as well as what
      I know about their timetable for getting the digital stations active. A good
      resource for keeping up on digital TV and all things TV/radio related in the
      US is http://www.100000watts.com/ .

      HOWARD DASILVA - In 1978, when the Tom Baker Doctor Who episodes were first
      syndicated to the US, they were edited for commercial television and had
      introductions written to explain the show for the American audience. Howard
      DaSilva narrated these introductions. These introductions have been
      recreated and included on the relevant US Doctor Who DVD releases produced
      so far - The Robots Of Death and The Ark In Space. You can read about the
      story of the DaSilva introductions at
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho/message/110 and
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho/message/111 . TJ Lubinsky,
      the man who has been recreating/restoring the DaSilva introductions as
      extras for the US DVDs, wants to address some concerns about the way they
      are being presented.

      "THE DASILVA FEATURETTE - what's the deal?

      "Some people have asked why the DaSIlva featurette on The Ark In Space
      contains such long episode recaps and scene extensions, here are the

      "1. This was the first ever and likely only opportunity to digitally
      preserve Howard's contributions to the series. Remember these versions were
      all but
      destroyed in the American vaults over a decade ago.

      "2. What made these "commercially formatted" versions unique to America are
      not just his narrations, but the specific effects and edits that were
      selected for the syndication package. Very often topics of discussion for us
      old timers that used to spend hours on the phone and at conventions debating
      such decisions (like why sometimes on the Tom Baker movies you see the logo
      and sometimes you don't - and how often you'd get a bad edit frame of "Part
      One" on many movie versions).

      "3. As the US DVD releases are likely the only possibility to digitally
      preserve these uniquely American versions, created by American videotape
      editors in 1978 for the syndication launch of Tom's first 98 episodes - the
      decision was made to faithfully recreate each episode's distinctly created
      formatting, exactly as first screened here in the US.

      "4. That is beyond the voice overs, are the unique edits to the end credits
      (logo flying back) followed by preview scenes, and the fades to and from
      black where the original commercial breaks were placed.

      "5. The original editors spent hours trying to figure out how best to format
      these shows for commercial television. So when you this featurette, you're
      also seeing a faithful recreation of the original syndication reformatting,
      in addition to the scripts written for Howard that he read in three hours
      back in 1978.

      "6. From opening credits to the end of the first commercial
      break...sometimes these segments are short, sometimes these are longer. That
      depends on when
      the original scenes were faded for commercial break insertion.

      "7. These edits have been matched frame for frame for the DVD featurette.
      From where the logo flies back during the teaser, to the font size and style
      used to credit Howard and Time/Life at the end.

      "8. The Ark In Space for example was one of four episodes where the original
      editors compensated for late music cues by shortening some of the actual
      actors credits from 2 seconds - where they were originally 4 seconds, these
      details are what make the recreations special - beyond Howard's voice - so
      the whole unique American experience of seeing Dr. Who in the 70's can be
      relived when taking this personal Tardis timetrip back to America's Who past
      on commercial television.

      "If these efforts are appreciated, I also hope to include original stills
      (such as the image used on Robots Of Death) from the PBS stations that aired
      these during the :15 second black segments intended for commercial spots.

      "While it may seem a bit excessive to showcase these details in every
      episode for the casual interest Who fan, us old-time hard core folks that
      and love revisiting these shows from Saturday morning on Channel 9 really
      enjoy the attention to detail.

      "If you don't want to sit through the recaps, the fast forward option is
      always there - for those of us that remember these little details as part of
      the "experience" of the original broadcast of the series in the US - these
      little differences are special and important, not to feature them would be
      less than respectful.

      "We don't have to agree on this point, but I hope this reasoning makes some

      "Yours in Gallifrey (10-0-11-00-by - 0 - 2)

      "TJ Lubinsky
      Howard DaSilva DVD Featurette dude"

      While I try to keep the column up to day, 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:


      "Real Time" - Firstrun Doctor Who Audio Drama. Colin Baker, Cybermen.
      Episode 1 and 2 - still online
      Episode 3 - goes online Noon Friday 16 August
      Produced by Big Finish. Illustrations by Lee Sullivan for fans with fast
      internet connections. Requires version of RealPlayer to see/hear.

      Fri 7PM EDT (6PM CDT) "Interstellar Transmissions"
      WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami/West Palm Beach, FL)
      WBYU AM1450 New Orleans, LA http://www.bayou1450.com
      Joey Reynolds' weekly radio show for sci-fi news and interviews, broadcast
      live over the internet on all 3 websites listed above. Doctor Who news
      usually discussed during the broadcast.



      UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      Sat 7:10-9AM BST "City Of Death" movie
      Sun 7:10-9AM BST "The Creature From The Pit" 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


      BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com
      Wed Noon CET, Late Fri 12:35AM, Sat 4PM CET "Survival" pt 2 of 3
      Thu Noon CET, Sat 4:25PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET "Survival" pt 3 of 3
      Wed Noon CET "The Five Doctors" 4 pt version?, pt 1 of 4?
      Question marks in place because a detailed schedule for next Wednesday was
      not yet available at press time. This was based on BBC Prime's schedule
      search engine.

      TELE 5 Poland http://www.tele5.pl
      Sat+Sun 8:35AM CET "The Brain Of Morbius" pt 3 - 4 of 4
      TWIDW is not certain that we have the episodes right. TELE 5 does not give
      episode information. Airing in Polish.


      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
      Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EDT (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT)
      Saturdays 3:30PM, 10:30PM EDT (12:30PM, 7:30PM PDT) - complete stories
      Sundays 3:30PM, 10:30PM EDT (12:30PM, 7:30PM PDT) - complete stories
      Wed-Fri "Genesis Of The Daleks" pts 3 - 5 of 6
      Sat "Robot" all 4 pts
      Sun "The Ark In Space" all 4 pts
      Mon "Genesis Of The Daleks" pt 6 of 6
      Tue "Revenge Of The Cybermen" pt 1 of 4

      NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org
      Due to pledge drives, next Doctor Who episodes air August 29.
      WENH-DT 57 Durham, NH - on air, not currently simulcasting analog lineup
      WLED-DT 48 Littleton, NH - on air, not currently simulcasting analog lineup
      WEKW-DT 49 Keene, NH - scheduled to launch 2003

      WCNY/W59AU 24,59 Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
      Pre-empted by pledges. Doctor Who returns August 25.
      WCNY-DT 25 Syracuse, NY - under construction

      WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org
      DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
      Pledge drives pre-empt Doctor Who for the rest of August. Returns in
      WQED-DT 38 Pittsburgh, PA - to be built using money from sale of WQEX
      WQEX-DT 26 Pittsburgh, PA - being sold, will not air Doctor Who

      WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
      DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
      Sat 11PM EDT "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pt 6 of 6
      Sat 11:30PM EDT "Horror Of Fang Rock" pt 1 of 4
      WYBE-DT 34 Philadelphia, PA - scheduled to launch October 2002

      MPT Maryland 22,67,28,31,62,36 http://www.mpt.org
      DirecTV 22,980
      Late Sat Mid-2AM EDT "The Sun Makers" movie
      Time approximate after pledge programming - and will apparently have pledge
      drives too.
      WMPT-DT 42 Annapolis, MD - on air, simulcasting analog mid-2003
      WMPB-DT 29 Baltimore, MD - launching fall 2002, simulcasting analog mid-2003
      WCPB-DT 56 Salisbury, MD - launching fall 2002, simulcasting analog mid-2003
      WWPB-DT 44 Hagerstown, MD - launching fall 2002, simulcasting analog
      WFPT-DT 28 Frederick, MD - launching spring 2003, simulcasting analog
      WGPT-DT 54 Oakland, MD - launching spring 2003, simulcasting analog mid-2003

      WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
      DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
      Doctor Who pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns August 24.
      WCET-DT 34 Cincinnati, OH - under construction

      WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.chicagowho.com http://www.wyin.tv
      Doctor Who pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns August 24.
      WYIN-DT 17 Gary, IN - under construction

      WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
      Sat 11:40PM CDT "Underworld" pt 3 of 4
      WILL-DT 33 Urbana, IL - under construction

      KAWE/KAWB 9,22 Bemidji/Brainerd, MN http://www.lakelandptv.org
      Sun 11PM CDT "The Android Invasion" pt 1 of 4
      KAWE-DT 18 Bemidji, MN - under construction
      KAWB-DT 28 Brainerd, MN - under construction

      TPT 2 St. Paul, MN http://www.tpt.org
      digital 16.5 (2.5) DirecTV 2,891 Dish 8576,2
      Pre-empted by pledges on August 17.
      KTCA-DT 34 St. Paul, MN - scheduled to launch 2003
      currently carried on KTCI-DT subchannel 16.5 (aka 2.5)

      IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36 http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
      Sat 11:36PM CDT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 13+14 of 14 (The Ultimate Foe
      both pts)
      Reminder to viewers - part 14 is 29 minutes long, as opposed to the usual 24
      to 26 minutes. If you are taping the show to watch later, set a few extra
      minutes to make sure you don't miss the ending.
      Pre-empted due to special schedule caused by State Fair Aug 24. Doctor Who
      returns Aug 31.
      KDIN-DT 50 Des Moines, IA - on air
      KIIN-DT 45 Iowa City, IA - under construction
      KTIN-DT 25 Fort Dodge, IA - under construction
      KYIN-DT 18 Mason City, IA - under construction
      KSIN-DT 28 Sioux City, IA - under construction
      KRIN-DT 35 Waterloo/Cedar Rapids, IA - under construction
      KBIN-DT 33 Council Bluffs, IA - under construction
      KHIN-DT 35 Red Oak, IA - under construction
      KQCT-DT 34 Davenport, IA - under construction

      KERA/K44FI 13,44 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
      DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
      Late Fri Mid CDT "The Robots Of Death" movie
      Special time due to pledge season. Probably being pledged. Next week's story
      begins at 11PM CDT!!!!!
      KERA-DT 14 Dallas, TX - on air, Doctor Who on 14.1

      KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
      DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
      Schedule change - pledge drive continues. Doctor Who returns later in the
      KBDI-DT 38 Broomfield/Denver, CO - under construction

      KUED/KUES 7,39 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
      digital 42 DirecTV 7,982 Dish 8536,7
      Doctor Who pre-empted by pledge drive. Doctor Who returns August 24.
      KUED-DT 42 Salt Lake City, UT - on air
      KUES-DT 19 Richland, UT - supposed to flip direct from analog to digital in

      KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Grays River, WA
      DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
      Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "Frontios" pts 1+2 of 4
      KBTC-DT 27 Tacoma, WA - under construction
      KCKA-DT 19 Centralia, WA - under construction

      KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
      DirecTV 54,903 Dish 8234,54
      Doctor Who pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns in September.
      KTEH-DT 50 San Jose, CA - under construction
      KCAH-DT 58 Watsonville, CA - under construction


      Uniseries http://www.uniseries.com.ar
      Sun 9:30AM, 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
      Another adventure for the errant Time Lord.

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2002.
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