This Week In Doctor Who - November 27, 2002
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - November 27, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 48
Here in the US, it's Thanksgiving weekend. Many of us will be getting
together with family and friends, hopefully remembering all the things we
have to be thankful for. Many Doctor Who fans are gathering in Chicago for
the Chicago TARDIS convention, or will race up there after Thanksgiving
dinners. For the rest of the world - keep an eye on the internet while we're
vacationing, ok? Now, back to the column.
BBC Radio 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/ now has its regular schedule online.
Radio 7 is a digital station launching on 15 December that UK citizens with
digital radios and TVs can listen to, as can people worldwide with some
version of RealPlayer. The schedule is at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/comedy/schedule.shtml , for those who want full
details. Doctor Who - presumably starting with the 2 Jon Pertwee radio
stories from the 1990s - was going to be one of the shows airing in the
sci-fi programming block (The 7th Dimension). The 7th Dimension will air at
the following times (all times UK, adjust for where you live):
Weeknights - 6PM to 6:30PM, Midnight to 12:30AM
Saturdays & Sundays - 6PM to 7PM, Midnight to 1AM
The drama section of BBC Radio 7
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/comedy/drama.shtml has the following blurb for The
7th Dimension, BTW: "7th Dimension leaves planet earth and enters the world
of aliens, daleks, dragons and heroes - The Foundation Trilogy (Issac
Asimov), Dr. Who, Tales Of The Bizarre (Ray Bradbury), Guards, Guards (Terry
Pratchett), Pet Semetary (Stephen King), Blake's 7, and horror stories from
'The Man in Black'." When the page fully loads, a photo appears under the
description with the TARDIS, Jon Pertwee in 'Doctor' pose, the radio cast
from Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy reading a script, and a gold Dalek.
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. WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH went first with a Doctor
Who drive in late October. KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA had
their pledge drive on November 24. Several pledge drives are still to come.
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 11PM. 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/ . Interestingly, IPTV's website
does not mention Doctor Who in the list of shows on the ballot. Hopefully
they will have more information by next week.
December 14 - WSKG 46 Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.org/ is giving Revenge
Of The Cybermen an all evening party from 9PM to Midnight. This is the first
Doctor Who pledge drive on WSKG since this run of the series began.
Since the merger efforts between DirecTV http://www.directv.com/ and Dish
Network http://www.dishnetwork.com/ were thwarted by regulators, the two
satellite providers have started adding some of the local channels to their
services that they said would have to wait till after the merger. On
November 21st, two US TV markets where Doctor Who airs were added to Dish
Network's service - Des Moines, Iowa and Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you
live in the Des Moines area, you now have the option to get your local
channels from Dish (including KDIN 11, the Iowa Public TV affiliate). In
Colorado Springs, you can get local channels from Dish, but you *WON'T* get
the Doctor Who affiliate, because K32EO is a low power repeater of KBDI 12
Denver, and satellite providers offering local channels to an area are not
required to carry low power stations. KBDI 12 is carried in the Denver local
channels package of both DirecTV and Dish Network. As of this writing, I am
not aware of DirecTV's new cities including any markets where Doctor Who is
on the air.
Doctor Who fans in the Omaha, Nebraska area with Dish Network should also be
able to subscribe to Iowa Public TV in the near future as well. Omaha is one
of three new markets which Dish started uplinking to their system this week,
and the stations include Iowa Public TV. No date for the availability of the
Omaha locals has been announced yet. Info about stations on satellite coming
from http://www.dbsforums.com/ and http://echostar.swiki.net/52 (when it is
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org , 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. Doctor Who news usually discussed during the
show. This week's guests - Joss Whedon and Amber Benson from Buffy The
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Late Fri 1:25-3:05AM, Sat 7:15-9AM GMT "Vengeance On Varos" movie
Late Sat 12:45-2:25AM, Sun 7:10-9AM GMT "The Mark Of The Rani" movie
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 "The Ark In Space" pts 2 - 4 of 4
Late Sat 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
"The Deadly Assassin" all 4 pts
Late Sun 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
"The Face Of Evil" all 4 pts
Mon-Tue "The Sontaran Experiment" pts 1 - 2 of 2
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
digital 57,48,(49) - not on digital schedule yet
Thu 11:30PM EST "The Mark Of The Rani" 4 pt version, pts 1+2
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Pre-empted by pledge specials. Doctor Who returns December 29.
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EST "The Ark In Space" pt 3 of 4
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Pre-empted by pledge specials. Next currently scheduled episode is December
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital (34) - coming December 2002?
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EST "The Ribos Operation" pt 4 of 4
Sat 11:30PM EST "The Pirate Planet" pt 1 of 4
I have heard a report that WYBE did not air Doctor Who on November 16, in
which case they would be airing The Ribos Operation parts 2+3 this week.
However, I got another report claiming that WYBE *did* air Doctor Who on
that night, and that they are still on schedule.
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
Late Sat 12:15AM EST "Meglos" movie
Time approximate after pledge special.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
digital (34) - under construction
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Sat 11PM EST "Warriors Of The Deep" pts 1+2 of 4
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:41PM CST "The Pirate Planet" pt 4 of 4
KAWE/KAWB Bemidji/Brainerd, MN http://www.lakelandptv.org
digital (18),(28) - under construction
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Doctor Who airs at special very early Saturday
morning timeslot of 4AM the first 2 weeks of December - fair warning.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
Des Moines Dish 9116,11
Sat 11:35PM CST "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy" pts 3+4 of 4
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Late Fri 12:20AM CST "City Of Death" movie
Stories are airing in production order. Destiny Of The Daleks in December.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
digital (38) - under construction
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Doctor Who returns December 20.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
DirecTV 7,982 Dish 8536,7
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Nightmare Of Eden will conclude in December.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
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 3+4
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
digital (50),(58) - under construction
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Doctor Who returns December 22.
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA:
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.
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