This Week In Doctor Who - October 9, 2002
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - October 9, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 41
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the world.
WSKG 46 Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com/ began airing Doctor Who on
Saturday, October 5 at 11:30PM. 1 episode per week, starting with Robot
episode 1. Binghamton is one of the smaller TV markets, straddling the
border between New York and Pennsylvania, with viewers on both sides. TWIDW
welcomes WSKG to the Doctor Who community. If you live in that area, you
might want to send WSKG an e-mail or letter thanking them for adding the
STATION THAT PASSED US BY:
I learned yesterday that a TV station in Europe began and stopped airing
Doctor Who without my ever covering it. ART Europe, part of an Arabic
programming package in Europe on Sky Digital, aired a couple of Doctor Who
stories a while back. They aired select stories where Arabic soundtracks
were available. ART Europe programming is widescreen, so the top and bottom
of the image of the Doctor Who episodes was chopped off to make it fit the
16x9 aspect ratio. Supposedly they have stopped airing Doctor Who. A search
of the ART website http://www.art-tv.net/ found nothing that I could
identify as Doctor Who on any of their channels in the next week. It would
be interesting to know if anyone remembers exactly which episodes aired and
in what timeslots they appeared. Apparently the Arabic TV package was free
to air when the Doctor Who episodes were airing, though they are scrambled
The programming package includes Al-Jazeera, the famous/infamous Arabic News
Network which has gotten much attention in the past 13 months. Variants of
this programming package are offered in the United States and Australia. I
have no idea if this means that Arabic Doctor Who episodes could turn up on
US and Australian TV screens or not.
NOT SO LIVE FROM NEW YORK:
On March 16, 2002, Ian McKellan (Gandalf in the Lord Of The Rings movies)
guest-hosted Saturday Night Live (2001-2002 season, show 15). One of the
segments involved a cable access Comic Book show, where Ian McKellan showed
up as "the best Doctor Who impersonator in town". E!, a US Cable/Satellite
network, is premiering the 60 minute version of this edition of Saturday
Night Live today, October 9, at 7PM Eastern/Pacific Time. E! is likely to
repeat the 2001-2002 SNL shows repeatedly in the next few weeks in various
time slots, and I believe they also air in Canada on a network. I don't know
if the "Doctor Who" segment made the cut from 90 minutes to 60 minutes. If
it didn't make the cut, then keep an eye on NBC. NBC has not (to my
knowledge) rerun this edition of SNL yet, so it will probably appear uncut
in the Saturday 11:30PM Eastern/Pacific slot in the next few months, giving
the SNL crew a week off from doing a live program.
TWIDW will give an alert the week that NBC reruns the full SNL show with the
Doctor Who related skit, but given the high number of times E! will air the
edited rerun I am not planning at this time to list E! repeats in the weekly
column. If it was a full fledged Doctor Who parody like "Curse Of Fatal
Death" I might view it differently. But the combination of E!'s airing
schedule and the fact that it's not really a Doctor Who feature as such lead
me to think that one reference of the E! premiere and one reference the week
of the NBC rerun is enough.
BBC KIDS CYCLES BACK:
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca/ has been premiering new to them Doctor Who
stories in late night on the weekends for the last several weeks. The last
new story in the current batch - Logopolis - airs late Saturday October 12.
The late night airings return to the start of the Tom Baker era with Robot
late October 13th. BBC Kids has now (in some time slot or another) aired all
172 Tom Baker episodes in just over 11 months. American fans remember
ruefully that it took BBC America 26 months to premiere the 66 Tom Baker
episodes they aired. BBC Kids viewers who cannot stay up quite so late are
seeing the latter Tom Baker episodes now in the weeknight time slots. I
wonder if they plan to order the Peter Davison episodes as well.
Dish Network http://www.dishnetwork.com/ has activated a new satellite
intended to help them offer local stations. Over the next couple of weeks
Dish will be adding local markets and moving markets around on the
satellites. More of the stations will be switching from national offerings
to spot beams. If any Who affiliates are added late in the week I'll send
out an update - otherwise any changes will be covered next week. Colorado
Springs, CO is apparently the next local market to get its channels on Dish
Network. There is a Doctor Who affiliate in Colorado Springs, but K32EO
http://www.kbdi.org/ is a low power repeater of KBDI. Since it is low power
and a full power PBS is already available, it is unlikely to be offered on
With Digital TV sets increasing in sales, local Digital TV stations popping
up on some cable systems, and stations rushing to get their digital
assignments on the air before FCC deadlines, it's time to begin paying
attention to digital TV. Beginning this week, TWIDW will list *all* the
digital assignments that a US Doctor Who affiliate has. Digital stations not
yet on air will be in brackets, like this - (25). When there is no note
indicating the status of the station, then it is reportedly on air, but I
don't know if they are offering a simulcast of the analog programming (like
Doctor Who) on the digital station yet or not. All the current Doctor Who
affiliates in America are non-commercial stations, who have a May 1, 2003
deadline to get their digital stations on air. The FCC's current plans will
have analog stations go off the air at the end of 2006 or when 85% of the
local TV market can see the digital stations, whichever comes second. All
TVs that are 36 inches or bigger must have digital tuners by 2004, while TVs
13 inches or bigger aren't required to have digital tuners till 2007. I
think Adric would have a problem with that math - it would be possible to
sell analog-only TVs after the point when analog might be turned off. Oh
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
email@example.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.
6 episode story produced by Big Finish. Illustrations by Lee Sullivan for
fans with fast internet connections. Requires version of RealPlayer to
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. This week - open phones at
1-888-565-1470. So the obvious way to make Doctor Who a topic this week is
to call in yourself. Looking ahead - Lalla Ward, the second Romana on Doctor
Who, is listed as a guest for the November 22nd program, which is the same
week as Doctor Who's 39th anniversary.
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Late Fri 1:35-3:25AM, Sat 7:10-9AM BST "Time-Flight" movie
Tegan finally gets to Heathrow Airport. Someone's stealing Concordes, and
the 5th Doctor thinks that this is sinister.
Late Sat 1-2:50AM, Sun 7:10-9AM BST "Arc Of Infinity" movie
A renegade attempts to bond with the 5th Doctor's body, in a daring plan to
cross over from the Anti-Matter Universe to the regular universe. Maxil:
Colin Baker, before he was cast as the 6th Doctor.
Video On Demand. Now playing:
"Robot" all 4 pts
"The Ark In Space" all 4 pts
"The Sontaran Experiment" both pts
Please, Homechoice. Add some more stories. These are the only Doctor Who
stories you have offered for months.
TELE 5 http://www.tele5.pl
Sat-Sun 8:30?AM CET "" pts ? - ? of 4
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EDT (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT)
Wed-Thu "The Horns Of Nimon" pts 3 - 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor, Romana, and Soldeed learn the truth behind the Nimon plan
for "The Great Journey Of Life".
Fri "The Leisure Hive" pt 1 of 4
For Friday only, BBC Kids indicates that the 7:30PM airing will start at
7:32, and the 10:30PM airing will start at 10:31 (EDT). The 4th Doctor and
Romana decide to go to the planet Argolis for a restful vacation.
Late Sat 2AM EDT (1AM CDT, Mid MDT, 11PM PDT, 3AM ADT, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
"Logopolis" all 4 pts
New story to BBC Kids. With a premonition of doom, the 4th Doctor faces the
Master one last time in a high stakes battle for the future of the Universe
Late Sun 2AM EDT (1AM CDT, Mid MDT, 11PM PDT, 3AM ADT, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
"Robot" all 4 pts
Just regenerated, the 4th Doctor helps UNIT solve a mystery. Information
needed for a Doomsday Weapon has been stolen, apparently by a being of
Mon-Tue "The Leisure Hive" pts 2 - 3 of 4
The Doctor is suspected of murder, and a scientific experiment goes terribly
NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
digital 57,48,(49) - not on digital schedule yet
Thu 11:30PM, Late Sat Mid EDT "Attack Of The Cybermen" 4 pt version, pts 1+2
The 6th Doctor finally fixes the Chameleon Circuit in the TARDIS, hoping to
be rid of the Blue Box look for good. Meanwhile, the Cybermen are at work on
Earth in 1985, one year before Mondas, their home planet, had arrived here
and destroyed itself.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
digital (25) - coming this fall
Sun 5:30PM EDT "Planet Of Evil" pt 2 of 4
The planet will not let the rescue party leave the planet - not while any
anti-matter is on the ship.
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EDT "Robot" pt 2 of 4
Sarah discovers that Professor Kettlewell's biggest (literally!) scientific
project is not quite as dismantled as advertised.
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Late Sat Mid EDT "Snakedance" pt 2 of 4
Tegan has been taken over by the Mara, and only the 5th Doctor and Nyssa can
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital (34) - coming November 2002
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT "The Sun Makers" pt 4 of 4
The humans decide to free themselves from the control of The Company, and
the 4th Doctor must make certain the Company has no chance to retaliate.
Sat 11:30PM EDT "Underworld" pt 1 of 4
A ship of exhausted zealots seeks another ship which holds the material to
rebuild their race. This is the story of the people on that ship.
Fortunately, the story forgets those people as often as possible, as their
characters are incredibly boring. Leela, K9, and the Doctor are the ones
carrying this adventure.
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Power Of Kroll" movie
K9 does not appear in this story, but John Leeson (voice of K9) appears as a
human in this story. A rig on a Moon and some meddlesome natives both manage
to awaken a monsterous squid, whose reaction to things it doesn't understand
is to eat them. In the melee, the 4th Doctor and Romana search for the 5th
segment of The Key To Time.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
digital (34) - under construction
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Sat 11PM EDT "Enlightenment" pts 1+2 of 4
Turlough desparately tries to get free from the influence of the Black
Guardian. But the Black Guardian is not willing to let Turlough leave so
easily. One or the other is going to break under the strain, and I don't
think the Black Guardian is under the strain.
WYIN Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.chicagowho.com http://www.wyin.tv
digital (17) - under construction
Sat 11PM CDT "Resurrection Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, pts 3+4
Looks like WYIN pre-empted Doctor Who recently and the schedule was pushed
back a week. Either that, or the website is wrong and pts 1+2 of Planet Of
Fire are airing here.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:41PM CDT "The Ribos Operation" pt 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana begin their partnership with the search for the
1st segment of The Key To Time. On the planet Ribos, two con men try to scam
a powerful warlord into buying a planet they don't own.
KAWE/KAWB Bemidji/Brainerd, MN http://www.lakelandptv.org
digital (18),(28) - under construction
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CDT "The Seeds Of Doom" pt 1 of 6
Two seed pods of devastating power are found in the Antarctic, attracting
the attention of the Doctor and associates of a power-mad plant lover.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
Sat 11:35PM CDT "Dragonfire" pts 2+3 of 3
The 7th Doctor and Sabalom Glitz search for treasure guarded by a dragon,
while Mel and Ace get to know each other better. This is *not* the beginning
of a beautiful friendship.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Late Fri 12:20AM CDT "The Ribos Operation" movie
See WILL for details.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
digital (38) - under construction
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT "Vengeance On Varos" 4 pt version, pts 3+4?
Death and politics on the planet Varos.
Sat 11PM MDT "The Mark Of The Rani" 4 pt version, pts 1+2?
Question marks are in place because these are the episodes that should be
airing. KBDI's website seems to view Vengeance On Varos as a 6 parter, with
The Mark Of The Rani starting next week. So I can't be fully sure of which
episodes are airing. In good news, I think this is the first time in months
that KBDI has Doctor Who listed for a full month without a single
pre-emption for a pledge drive or an auction.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
DirecTV 7,982 Dish 8536,7
Sat 11PM MDT "Destiny Of The Daleks" pt 1 of 4
KUED is airing stories in production order, which is why this story is
airing out of order. Newly regenerated, Romana helps the Doctor explore a
radiation-riddled planet which the Doctor finds disturbingly familiar.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Grays River, WA
digital (27),(19) - under construction
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "The Twin Dilemma" pts 1+2 of 4
The new 6th Doctor suffers a nervous breakdown, turning him into a raving
lunatic. This is a difficult problem for Peri, who has to deal with him.
This could be a good thing for an old friend of the Doctor's, who is engaged
in a bit of kidnapping for a dark purpose.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
digital (50),(58) - under construction
Sun 11PM PDT "The Time Warrior" pts 3+4 of 4
Sarah begins to trust the 3rd Doctor, as a Sontaran learns just how
difficult it is to match wits with the Doctor.
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA:
Sun 9:30AM, 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
The 4th Doctor and Leela are in action. English with Spanish subtitles.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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