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This Week In Doctor Who - October 9, 2002

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - October 9, 2002 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 5, No 41 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
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      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - October 9, 2002
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 5, No 41
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
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      Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the world.

      NEW STATION:
      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
      show.

      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
      now.

      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.

      SATELLITE SHIFTING:
      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
      satellite.

      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
      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:

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/
      "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
      see/hear.

      Fri 7PM EDT (6PM CDT) "Interstellar Transmissions"
      http://www.interstellartransmissions.com
      WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami/West Palm Beach, FL)
      http://www.wnnhealthtalkradio.com
      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.

      TV:

      UK:

      UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      http://www.telewest.co.uk/flextech/ukgold.htm
      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.

      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
      Please, Homechoice. Add some more stories. These are the only Doctor Who
      stories you have offered for months.

      POLAND:

      TELE 5 http://www.tele5.pl
      Sat-Sun 8:30?AM CET "" pts ? - ? of 4

      CANADA/USA:

      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
      itself.
      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
      superhuman strength.
      Mon-Tue "The Leisure Hive" pts 2 - 3 of 4
      The Doctor is suspected of murder, and a scientific experiment goes terribly
      wrong.

      NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
      analog 11,49,52
      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
      analog 24,59
      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.

      **NEW AFFILIATE**
      WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
      analog 46
      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
      analog 13,16
      digital 38-1,(26)
      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
      save her.

      WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
      analog 35
      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
      analog 22,67,28,31,62,36
      digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
      DirecTV 22,980
      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
      analog 48
      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
      analog 56
      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
      analog 12
      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
      analog 9,22
      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
      analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
      digital 50-1,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34)
      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
      analog 13,44
      digital 14-1
      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
      analog 12,32
      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
      analog 7,19
      digital 42-1,(19)
      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
      http://www.kbtc.org
      analog 28,15,65
      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
      analog 54,25
      digital (50),(58) - under construction
      DirecTV 54,903
      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:

      Uniseries http://www.uniseries.com.ar
      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.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2002.


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