THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 4, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 49
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
TELE 5 in Poland dropped Doctor Who from its schedule during November. They
aired 26 Tom Baker episodes several times in a somewhat random order.
BBC Radio 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/ has put its 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
Pledge drive season is in full gear at 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. KBTC's 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/ .
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.
Some extra airings of the Doctor Who TV Movie (starring Paul McGann) have
popped up in December 2002 and now January 2003.
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
*Fri 3 January 2:30-4PM CAT
*Sun 26 January 4-5:30PM CAT
Sci-Fi Channel (UK) http://www.uk.scifi.com/ airings of the 1996 Doctor Who
Thu 26 December 8-9:40PM GMT
*Mon 13 December 8-9:35PM 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
email@example.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. Doctor Who news usually discussed during the
show. This week's guest - Andy Chaikin.
Coming December 15th:
BBC Radio 7 (Simulcast on BBC Radio 4)
Doctor Who will air as part of the launch party of Radio 7 on Sunday 15
December - 9 to 11PM GMT. Simulcast online.
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Late Fri 1:10-3:40AM, Sat 6:30-9AM GMT "The Two Doctors" movie
When the 2nd Doctor is kidnapped by a scientist bent on learning the secrets
of time travel, the 6th Doctor, Jamie, and Peri travel to Spain and back to
rescue him. Patrick Troughton's final on-screen portrayal of the 2nd Doctor.
Late Sat 1-2:45AM, Sun 7:15-9AM GMT "Timelash" movie
The 6th Doctor returns to Karfel, where he was once famous but is now a
Video On Demand. Now playing:
"Robot" all 4 pts
"The Ark In Space" all 4 pts
"The Sontaran Experiment" both pts
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
Wed-Fri "Genesis Of The Daleks" pts 1 - 3 of 6
The Time Lords send the 4th Doctor on a quest to change the history of the
Daleks, before all of time and space can be conquered by the beasties.
Late Sat 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
"The Robots Of Death" all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor and Leela are accused of murder on a sandminer, where the
Robots are running amok.
Late Sun 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
"The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" all 6 pts
19th Century London. When London ruled the world. When theatre ruled London.
When death haunts theatre. One of the most popular Doctor Who stories, with
twists, turns, and homages to Sherlock Holmes.
Mon-Tue "Genesis Of The Daleks" pts 4 - 5 of 6
Nightly late night Doctor Who marathons begin 21 December.
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
Late Sat Mid EST "The Mark Of The Rani" 4 pt version, pts 1+2
The Master regenerates into a Tivo, where he takes control of his fellow
Tivos in a plot to spy on their owners and sell the information to the
highest bidder, and it's absolutely legal - wait a minute, that was the
story on the Tuesday evening news. In this story the Master tries to team up
with the Rani in the 19th Century, where Luddites are trying to destroy
machines and end technology, out of fear that someday their Tivos could be
used to collect personal information on them ... darn, that story just hangs
on the brain. Set your VCR to watch the story at a convenient time. Or set
your Tivo ...
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 4 of 4
Noah has become the queen of the Wirrn, leading the assault to devour
Episodes airing in production order. Pledge marathon airing of Revenge Of
The Cybermen next Saturday.
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
21. WQED has been known to air surprise Doctor Who specials during Members
Choice segments, and a Members Choice segment will begin at the regular time
of late Saturday at Midnight.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital (34) - coming December 2002?
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EST "The Pirate Planet" pts 2+3 of 4
What is the secret of the Pirate Captain? And will K9 and a Polyphase
Avatron be able to find true love? These questions and more will be answered
on the next exciting episodes of - Doctor Who!
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
Late Sat 12:15AM EST "Full Circle" movie
Time approximate after pledge special. The 4th Doctor and Romana find their
argument interrupted when the TARDIS is yanked into another universe. Before
they can find their way back, they get involved with a troubled teen, a
people with a mission to escape a cursed planet, and a surprising life
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 3+4 of 4
The 5th Doctor's efforts to bring peace between Sea Devils, Silurians, and
Humans hit a snag - the Sea Devils and Silurians don't want peace - they
just want to kill everyone. If the Doctor can't find peace soon, at least
one race will be wiped out.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:50PM CST "The Stones Of Blood" pt 1 of 4
The 3rd segment of the Key To Time is on the Doctor's favorite planet -
Earth. A scientist and her pet friend are surprised by the arrival of the
Doctor and Romana, just when they are investigating a stone circle where the
number of stones seem to change periodically.
Time approximate after pledge programming. Next episode airs December 28.
KAWE/KAWB Bemidji/Brainerd, MN http://www.lakelandptv.org
digital (18),(28) - under construction
Sat 4AM CST "The Masque Of Mandragora" pt 2 of 4
The machinations of the Helix energy result in more deaths and grave danger
Special very early time due to pledge programming. No, the episode is not
getting a Sunday rerun.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
Des Moines Dish 9116,11
Sat 11PM-12:26AM CST "Sci-Fi Saturday Ballot"
Vote to decide which sci-fi shows will air on IPTV next year. Doctor Who is
among the options. There are no details about what IPTV will air during this
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Pre-empted by pledge special. Stories are airing in production order.
Destiny Of The Daleks airs next.
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
Sat 11PM MST "Nightmare Of Eden" pt 4 of 4
Romana learns the truth behind the drug plot, right before the ships can be
separate and the true culprits can escape.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
digital (27),(19) - under construction
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
Sat 6PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST "The Two Doctors" 6 pt version, pts 1+2
See UK Gold for story details.
Sat 7PM PST "The Dalek Invasion Of Earth" all 6 eps (World's End, The
Daleks, Day Of Reckoning, The End Of Tomorrow, The Waking Ally, Flashpoint)
The 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan arrive on Earth in the mid-22nd
Century. The Daleks have invaded, and humanity is in danger of extinction.
The battle to save a world has begun. And when it finishes, not everybody
will be leaving in the TARDIS.
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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