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This Week In Doctor Who - November 20, 2002

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - November 20, 2002 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 5, No 47 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 20, 2002
      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - November 20, 2002
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 5, No 47

      Well, it's that time of year again. Doctor Who is about to get a year older.
      On Saturday 23 November 2002, Doctor Who will turn 39. Doctor Who premiered
      on Saturday 23 November 1963. Happy anniversary to the series. Next year is
      the big 4-0. Unless Doctor Who decides to start lying about its age. I've
      never heard of a TV show hiding its age, but Doctor Who was spotted having a
      quick conversation with 39 year old Jack Benny regarding the subject of age.

      In case anyone hasn't heard yet, Shada is coming to the internet in Spring
      2003. Just hours after last week's column came out, BBCi announced that the
      third full length Doctor Who audio drama to be produced for the internet
      would be a remake of the Douglas Adams story Shada. It will star Paul McGann
      as the 8th Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana, John Leeson as K9, with a full
      cast. It will be serialized on the BBC's Doctor Who website
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/ just like Death Comes To Time and Real Time
      were. It will be offered in the RealPlayer/RealOne format. Illustrations for
      the high speed internet version will be done by Lee Sullivan.

      Originally intended to finish the 1979-1980 season, Shada was 2/3rds filmed
      when an industrial strike made completing the story impossible. A VHS
      release of Shada including the completed material and linking sections
      hosted by Tom Baker came out in the early 1990s, and can still be purchased
      in NTSC format from the US. Clips from Shada were used in The Five Doctors.
      Shada has never been televised anywhere, though UKTV in Australia did
      schedule it once (it was yanked from the schedule at the last minute).

      Meanwhile, the countdown continues to the launch of BBC Radio 7
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio7/ . As mentioned last week, BBC Radio 7 will
      feature comedies and dramas from the dawn of the BBC to today. Doctor Who
      will be part of the lineup, starting with the Pertwee radio stories from the
      1990s. If you're in the UK, you'll need a digital radio, digital TV, or
      RealPlayer/RealOne on your computer to hear the channel. Outside the UK, you
      still need RealPlayer/RealOne, but obviously the rest of us don't get Radio
      7 on the TV or radio. BBC Radio 7 will be on the air 18 hours a day,
      probably 7AM to 1AM UK Time. A 2 hour launch of Radio 7 will be simulcast on
      BBC Radio 4 from 8 to 10PM on 15 December 2002. Doctor Who will be part of
      that launch.

      Pledge drive season is approaching for PBS stations. So expect some stations
      to pre-empt Doctor Who. Several stations are also going to feature Doctor
      Who in their pledge drives.

      November 24th - KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA
      http://www.kteh.org/ .
      8 to 11PM PST - Tom Baker Preview.
      (408) 795-5454 - local pledge number
      (800) 225-5454 - toll-free pledge number anywhere in the USA
      5 selected episodes from Tom Baker's best stories as the Doctor (check
      KTEH's regular listing for specific episodes and tentative start times).
      KTEH is trying to raise the money to purchase the 4th Doctor stories, which
      would start for them in February. The *tentative* list of items available
      for people to pledge for:
      The Key To Time DVD set
      the 6 individual stories from The Key To Time on DVD
      The Robots Of Death DVD
      Exclusive KTEH DVD (details being worked on)
      The Androids Of Tara VHS
      Pyramids Of Mars VHS
      Genesis Of The Daleks VHS
      The Talons Of Weng-Chiang VHS
      Robot VHS
      The Brain Of Morbius VHS
      The Deadly Assassin VHS
      Shada VHS
      Logopolis VHS
      The Tom Baker Years VHS
      Who On Earth Is Tom Baker VHS
      Sarah Jane Smith - The Tao Connection CD
      Sarah Jane Smith - Test Of Nerve CD
      Sarah Jane Smith - Ghost Town CD
      Doctor Who The Scripts 1974-1975 BOOK
      Dalekmania 2003 CALENDAR
      Passes To Gallifrey 14 CONVENTION TICKETS
      Diamond Logo X & XL T-Shirts (1989)
      Davros XL T-Shirt (1970s)
      Dalek XL T-Shirt (1970s)
      Dalek War Zone XL T-Shirt (1970s)
      Paul McGann XL T-Shirt
      More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS VHS
      The Caves Of Androzani VHS (autographed)
      Terminus VHS (autographed)
      The Curse Of The Fatal Death VHS
      Decalog 1 & 2 BOOK
      Doctor Who Cookbook
      Complete Enclyclopedia
      Doctor Who: History Of The Universe BOOK
      How To Make A Dalek Pamphlet (1978)
      December 2002 TV Zone Magazine including VCD of Resurrection Of The Daleks
      pt 1

      December 7 - KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
      http://www.kbtc.org/ will be toasting the Daleks with The Dalek Invasion Of
      Earth as the main feature. Their pledge goal is $15,000, though they're
      willing to accept more.

      December 7 - Iowa Public TV http://www.iptv.org/ is giving weekly reminders
      during Sci-Fi Saturday Night that they will have a special pledge night for
      its sci-fi programming. Starts at 10PM. Only the sci-fi programming will be
      pledged. Red Dwarf is already renewed for 2003-2004. In an interesting
      twist, they are handling other sci-fi shows (including Doctor Who) the way
      the show Survivor handles contestants. When people pledge on December 7th,
      they'll be asked to vote for a sci-fi program (Doctor Who, The Prisoner,
      Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy, old sci-fi movies). Be warned. You are
      voting for the show that you want IPTV *not* to air in 2003-2004. More
      details at the fan site http://www.sffn.com/ .

      Some extra airings of the Doctor Who TV Movie (starring Paul McGann) have
      popped up in December.

      Sci-Fi Channel (South Africa) http://www.uk.scifi.com/ airings of the 1996
      Doctor Who Movie:
      Fri 27 December 6:30-8PM CAT
      Sun 29 December 1:20-2:50PM CAT
      Tue 31 December 5-6:30PM CAT

      Sci-Fi Channel (UK) http://www.uk.scifi.com/ airing of the 1996 Doctor Who
      Thu 26 December 8-9:40PM GMT

      Sci-Fi Channel (US) http://www.scifi.com/ airing of the 1996 Doctor Who
      EAST & SATELLITE FEED - Late Sun December 15 3-5AM EST
      WEST FEED - Late Sun December 15 3-5AM PST

      WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/ had a cryptic comment on their
      website that they would have a Digital Launch party on November 15th. If
      they had it, they didn't tell anybody, and there are no reports of WYBE-DT
      34 going on the air yet. Now the words digital launch party are listed for
      December, with no date attached.

      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:


      Fri 7PM EST "Interstellar Transmissions"
      WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami/West Palm Beach, FL)
      Joey Reynolds' weekly radio show for sci-fi news and interviews, which can
      be heard online worldwide. This week's show is a tribute to Doctor Who's
      39th anniversary. Lars Pearson, the author of "I Who, 3", and Keith
      Barnfather of the Myth Maker videos are the advertised guests.



      UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      Late Fri 1:45-3:30AM, Sat 7:10--9AM GMT "The Twin Dilemma" movie
      The new Doctor suffers a nervous breakdown, leaving Peri to pick up the
      pieces. In other news, genius twins are kidnapped by evil forces. My
      sympathies for the evil forces.
      Late Sat 2:15-3:55AM, Sun 7:10-9AM GMT "Attack Of The Cybermen" movie
      The Cybermen plot to alter the course of history, and the 6th Doctor is out
      to stop them. But there's a wild card. Lytton, former leader of the Dalek
      Task Force, is operating on Earth. And no one knows where his loyalties lie.
      For Lytton's character, this story is a sequel to Resurrection Of The
      Daleks, which UK Gold didn't air last week after all.

      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


      TELE 5 http://www.tele5.pl
      Sat-Sun 8:30?AM CET "" pts ? - ? of 4
      English with a Polish narrator "explaining" the episodes.


      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
      Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
      Wed-Fri "Robot" pts 1 - 3 of 4
      BBC Kids cycles back to the start of the Tom Baker era. The new Doctor
      investigates a series of burglaries and murders. Someone is stealing the
      information to make an ultimate weapon. But will they use the weapon for
      good or evil?
      Late Sat 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
      "The Masque Of Mandragora" all 4 pts
      15th Century Italy. The trees are green. The salami is red. The Count plans
      to murder his nephew. A death cult is on the loose. But when the TARDIS
      arrives, so does the Mandragora Helix, and all those other forces will now
      find themselves in terrible danger. Even the death cult.
      Late Sun 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
      "The Hand Of Fear" all 4 pts
      Under the control of a fossilized hand, Sarah goes rambo and takes control
      of a nuclear power station.
      Mon "Robot" pt 4 of 4
      The SRS is in danger of losing to the Doctor, but there is a hidden threat
      to the world that even the SRS could not predict.
      Tue "The Ark In Space" pt 1 of 4
      The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry find the survivors of the human race
      suspended in stasis.

      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
      Thu 11:30PM, Late Sat Mid EST "The Two Doctors" 6 pt version, pts 5+6
      An experiment to give Time Lord DNA to androgums turns the 2nd Doctor into a
      carnivorous animal - albeit a cultured one. Now the 6th Doctor must stop his
      former self from munching on Spain, while he himself starts to feel some of
      the side effects. Androgum Dessert - Fraser Hines.

      WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
      analog 24,59
      digital 25-1
      Sun 5:30PM EST "Pyramids Of Mars" pt 4 of 4
      Sutekh wants the Doctor to free him from the prison on Mars so that a new
      reign of death and terror can consume the galaxy.

      WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
      analog 46
      digital (42) - under construction
      Sat 11:30PM EST "The Ark In Space" pt 2 of 4
      The humans begin to awake, but so does a phantom menace.

      WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org
      analog 13,16
      digital 38-1,(26)
      DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
      Pre-empted by pledge specials. Part 4 of Mawdryn Undead will presumably air
      in December.

      WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
      analog 35
      digital (34) - coming December 2002?
      DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
      Sat 11PM EST "The Ribos Operation" pts 2+3 of 4
      A psychotic general becomes the victim of an intergalactic con job, creating
      chaos just as the Doctor and Romana try to search for segment number 1 of
      the Key To Time.

      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 EST "The Leisure Hive" movie
      Season 18 begins. When their first attempt at a vacation spot nearly
      destroys K9, the Doctor and Romana try to vacation somewhere else - a planet
      where a new science is being developed.

      WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
      analog 48
      digital (34) - under construction
      DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
      Pre-empted by pledge specials. Doctor Who returns November 30.

      WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
      analog 12
      digital (33) - under construction
      Sat 11:41PM CST "The Pirate Planet" pt 3 of 4
      There is only one planet that can supply the necessary elements to repair
      pirate world Xanak. The planet's name is Earth. And we all know how Xanak
      gets minerals. Since this story was written at the same time as the original
      radio version of Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy, I wonder if Douglas
      Adams was thinking of the Vogan Destructor Fleet at this moment in script

      KAWE/KAWB Bemidji/Brainerd, MN http://www.lakelandptv.org
      analog 9,22
      digital (18),(28) - under construction
      Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CST "The Masque Of Mandragora" pt 1 of 4
      See BBC Kids for description.
      Pre-empted by pledge drives next week. For the first 2 weeks of December,
      Doctor Who will air Saturday at 4AM with no repeat. Don't miss those
      broadcasts, because they will be parts 2 and 3 of this story.

      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 CST "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy" pts 1+2 of 4
      In a satire of the fickle nature of the viewing public, the 7th Doctor and
      Ace run across a circus where popular acts get renewed and unpopular acts
      are wiped out - lethally. Can the Doctor defeat the ratings' system before
      he is "cancelled"?

      KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
      analog 13,44
      digital 14-1
      DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
      Late Fri 12:25AM CST "The Creature From The Pit" movie
      David Brierly takes over the role of K9 in a tale of betrayal and revenge. A
      15 year old secret leaves a world enslaved, and may soon get it destroyed.
      Stories are airing in production order. City Of Death airs next week.

      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 MST "Timelash" 4 pt version, pts 3+4
      The 6th Doctor takes control of the Timelash, much to the dismay of the
      Sat 11PM MST "Revelation Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, all 4 pts
      The 6th Doctor goes to visit a dead friend, learns of his own death, and
      learns the truth about life and death in a mortuary. The Daleks lurk in the
      shadows, as does an old foe.
      Doctor Who will be pre-empted next week. It will return in December.

      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 MST "Nightmare Of Eden" pt 3 of 4
      Suspected of drug running, the 4th Doctor and Romana must elude the
      authorities while continuing to search for the real source of the Vraxoin.
      More importantly, where are the killer monsters coming from?
      Doctor Who will be pre-empted next week. Nightmare Of Eden will conclude in

      KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
      analog 28,15,65
      digital (27),(19) - under construction
      DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
      Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST "The Mark Of The Rani" 4 pt version, pts 1+2
      The 6th Doctor and the Master run into their most dangerous adversary yet -
      The Rani.

      KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
      analog 54,25
      digital (50),(58) - under construction
      DirecTV 54,903
      Tom Baker Preview Pledge Night - 8 to 11PM
      Local Line - (408) 795-5454
      National Line - (800) 225-5454
      All start times are approximate, and episodes could start later.
      Sun 8PM PST "The Androids Of Tara" pt 3 of 4
      This version of the episode is a KTEH premiere. KTEH has spliced the edited
      episodic and unedited movie versions together to recreate the original
      length of the episode.
      Sun 8:25PM PST "Pyramids Of Mars" pt 4 of 4
      Sun 9:02PM PST "Genesis Of The Daleks" pt 5 of 6
      Sun 9:39PM PST "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pt 2 of 6
      Sun 10:16PM PST "City Of Death" pt 4 of 4
      This episode has also been reconstructed by KTEH, and this version first
      aired on KTEH in 2001.


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