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TWIDW Update 9/19/02 - KTCA, WQED, BBC Kids, and Interstellar Transmissions Alerts

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho/ Well, it had to happen. A bunch of updates/changes/corrections occur within 24 hours after the column comes
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      Well, it had to happen. A bunch of updates/changes/corrections occur within
      24 hours after the column comes out. Here comes the good, the bad, and the
      ugly:

      Bad news - KTCA 2 (TPT) St. Paul, MN http://www.tpt.org/ is cancelling
      Doctor Who at the end of this month. The final broadcast will be part 4 of
      Logopolis - airing at 11:30PM on Saturday, September 28 and 5:30AM on
      Sunday, September 29. TPT was announcing this before last week's Doctor Who
      episode aired. TPT (aka KTCA) resumed airing Doctor Who in 1999, and has run
      through the Tom Baker episodes. Viewers with digital TV have been able to
      see Doctor Who on KTCI-DT 16, subchannel 5 (mapped as 2.5 on most digital
      TVs), a simulcast of KTCA 2. All is not lost for viewers in the far northern
      and western regions of the Minneapolis/St. Paul viewing area. KAWE 9/KAWB 22
      Bemidji/Brainerd, MN http://www.lakelandptv.org/ still airs one Doctor Who
      episode a week - Saturday at 8PM with a rerun Sunday at 11PM. It has been
      suggested (though completely unconfirmed) that Dish Network will eventually
      add KAWE 9 to the local stations package for Minneapolis/St. Paul
      subscribers.

      Good news - WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/ has
      scheduled a special broadcast of Doctor Who for this weekend. Starting at
      Midnight, WQED/WQEX will air both episodes of "Black Orchid", a story which
      apparently suffered from tape problems when it aired recently. WQED/WQEX was
      not originally scheduled to air Doctor Who this weekend. Arc Of Infinity
      part 4 will air next week as scheduled. This might be a good chance for
      Pittsburgh area viewers to thank WQED for keeping Doctor Who on the air.
      Send them an e-mail or write them a letter. Nothing like evidence of
      viewership (and in the case of PBS stations - pledges of money) does more to
      encourage stations when they decide at renewal time which shows to keep
      around.

      Ugly - Oops. I made a mistake on the BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca/
      listings. Canadians will *not* be getting Full Circle late Saturday night.
      Canadians *will* be getting The Leisure Hive in that slot. Full Circle won't
      air till late night on 28 September. While BBC Kids has not been perfect at
      airing stories in order, they *are* airing these stories in order right now.

      Alert - Interstellar Transmissions http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/
      has added a last minute guest for the Friday September 20 show. David
      Kemper, executive producer of Farscape, will be on during the second half of
      this radio sci-fi news/talk show to discuss the current status of the
      Farscape series, recently cancelled by the US Sci-Fi Channel
      http://www.scifi.com/ . If you're a fan of Farscape, you might want to tune
      in. The show airs live at 7PM Eastern Daylight Time US, and should be
      available to listen to on the Interstellar Transmissions site later. IT airs
      on WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach, FL http://www.wnnhealthtalkradio.com/ and WBYU
      AM1450 New Orleans, LA http://www.bayou1450.com/ , with their own live audio
      streams that you can use to catch the show. Interstellar Transmissions' next
      Doctor Who guest will be Lars Pearson on September 27, talking about his
      book I Who 3.

      Finally, there have been reports about a possible revival of Doctor Who next
      year. I've read the reports in several places, and the story tends to vary.
      Naturally I would favor the return of the series, though it would make
      producing This Week In Doctor Who much harder. Time will tell if this is
      anything serious, or just some off the cuff comments. Here is a direct link
      to a transcript of BBC1 chief Lorraine Heggessey's comments -
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/news/02091801.shtml . Also, you can here
      her comments in RealPlayer -
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/clips/heggessey_clip.shtml .

      Until next week, or until more breaking updates happen, this has been This
      Week In Doctor Who.

      Benjamin F. Elliott
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