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This Week In Doctor Who - January 1, 2003

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 1, 2003 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 6, No 1 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 1, 2003
      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 1, 2003
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 6, No 1

      Happy New Year! 2003 is upon us. Doctor Who turns 40 this year. This Week In
      Doctor Who remains here to cover Doctor Who broadcasts around the world
      every week. Here's hoping for a banner year for the series.

      UK - BBC Radio 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/ will soon air a 3rd Doctor radio
      drama from the 1990s - The Paradise Of Death. It will air the week of 13
      January in the sci-fi timeslots of 6PM and Midnight GMT. Radio 7 airs
      science fiction programming 7 days a week at 6PM and Midnight GMT (30
      minutes weekdays, 60 minutes weekends). UK listeners can hear the station on
      digital radio or TV, while fans worldwide can tune in with RealPlayer or
      Windows Media Player. Radio 7 also airs Dead Ringers (which sometimes has
      Doctor Who themed sketches) and The Navy Lark, starring Jon Pertwee. It
      probably has other material that Doctor Who fans would like - check its

      UK - If you have the UK Sci-Fi Channel, and haven't watched the 1996 Doctor
      Who TV movie on it yet, your last chance for a while will be 13 January at
      8PM. It is not scheduled to air in February.

      SOUTH AMERICA - Uniseries http://www.uniseries.com.ar/ has removed Doctor
      Who from its schedule for the month of January. If anyone in South America
      is seeing Doctor Who on another channel, let me know.

      USA - Non-commercial TV stations are required to get their digital signals
      on the air by May 2003 or have some explaining to do to the FCC. All of the
      current US Doctor Who affiliates are non-commercial stations. If you live in
      an area with a Doctor Who station, and have a digital TV, let us know when
      the Who station starts airing its programming in digital. How does the show
      look in digital compared to analog. Especially let us know if they try to
      stretch or crop the image to fill a 16:9 screen. Personally, I've developed
      a love of the Original Aspect Ratio (OAR). 4:3 programming should be 4:3
      (with bars on the sides on a widescreen TV). 16:9 programming should be 16:9
      (with bars on the top and bottom on a traditional 4:3 TV). All Doctor Who
      stories except the 2 1960s Peter Cushing stories (and I think the 1999 Who
      Night material) were made in the traditional 4:3 ratio. Much as widescreen
      movies often have the sides cut off to fill a traditional TV, I fear that
      stations will make a habit of cutting off the top and bottom of 4:3 shows to
      fill a 16:9 TV in the future.

      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:


      BBC Radio 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/
      digital radio station, simulcast online in RealPlayer and Windows Media
      Doctor Who - The Paradise Of Death
      mid 1990s 5 episode radio drama
      with Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, and Elisabeth Sladen
      in the Sci-Fi time slot (6PM and Midnight GMT)
      Monday 13 January through Friday 17 January

      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 - David Kemper and Lani Tapu (Crais & Pilot) discuss



      UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      Sat 7:15-9AM GMT "Paradise Towers" movie
      Murderous cops, possibly murderous gangs, and cannibalistic grannies are all
      in danger from a vicious killer that stalks the corridors of Paradise
      Towers. Can the 7th Doctor and Mel save the residents of Paradise Towers
      from danger and death? Do they want to?
      Late Sat 1:05-2:25AM, Sun 7:40-9AM GMT "Delta And The Bannermen" movie
      The 7th Doctor and Mel win a vacation to Earth with a gang of rock & roll
      aliens. A stowaway tags along, stalked by an army of mercenaries. Rock &
      roll, murder, traitors, a birth, and a rather hyper band of bees are among
      the highlights of this story.

      UK Gold + 1
      Late Sat 2:05-3:25AM GMT "Delta And The Bannermen" movie
      See UK Gold for details.

      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

      South Africa:

      SA Sci-Fi Channel http://www.uk.scifi.com/
      Fri 2:30-4PM "Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
      The Master has been exterminated. The Doctor tries to return his ashes to
      Gallifrey, only to be detoured to Earth, where an accident forces his
      regeneration into his 8th incarnation (Paul McGann). On December 31, 1999,
      the Master wants to kill the Doctor, and the TARDIS may accidentally destroy
      the world. With Daphne Ashbrook as Dr. Grace Holloway and Eric Roberts as


      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
      BBC Kids is on a holiday schedule through Friday 3 January, with complete
      Doctor Who stories airing nightly at 1:30AM Eastern. Regular schedule
      resumes on 4 January.
      Late Wed 1:30AM EST (12:30AM CST, 11:30PM MST, 10:30PM PST, 2:30AM AST, 3AM
      Newfoundland) "The Creature From The Pit" all 4 pts
      A distress call brings the 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 (now voiced by David
      Brierly) to Chloris, a jungle planet. 15 years ago, a visitor came to the
      world, allegedly on a mission of peace. The visitor was never heard from
      again. The Doctor and Romana must learn the secret of the visitor, before
      the fate of Chloris is sealed.
      Late Thu 1:30AM EST (12:30AM CST, 11:30PM MST, 10:30PM PST, 2:30AM AST, 3AM
      Newfoundland) "Nightmare Of Eden" all 4 pts
      A space accident entwines two ships together in a case of dimensional
      instability, drug abuse, and monsters alien & human. Naturally, the 4th
      Doctor gets blamed for everything.
      Late Fri 1:30AM EST (12:30AM CST, 11:30PM MST, 10:30PM PST, 2:30AM AST, 3AM
      Newfoundland) "The Horns Of Nimon" all 4 pts
      Someone has created a black hole without a license. A crumbling empire has
      struck a deal with a devil, and the 4th Doctor must save them from
      Late Sat 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
      "Image Of The Fendahl" all 4 pts
      The 4th Doctor and Leela discover a time scanner at work on Earth. If left
      on, it will destroy the planet. But why is it on? And where did that ancient
      skull come from?
      Late Sun 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland)
      "The Sunmakers" all 4 pts
      In the distant future, all life in the Solar System has moved to Pluto. Now
      humanity are slaves of an intergalactic corporation which is under the
      mistaken belief that if you tax people to death, they will work harder and
      produce more materials. The 4th Doctor, Leela, and K9 decide to teach the
      corporation about one of Thomas Jefferson's teachings - a little Revolution
      every now and then is a good thing.
      Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
      Mon-Tue "The Leisure Hive" pts 1 - 2 of 4
      The 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 (with the return of John Leeson's voice) find
      their efforts at a vacation thwarted. Brighton Beach is too cold. Argolis is
      full of evil plotting, dead-end science, and a dangerous cloning scheme.
      Coming 15 January, BBC Kids will air Doctor Who at these new times.
      Weeknights at Midnight and 4AM Eastern (2 episodes a day). Saturdays &
      Sundays at Midnight and 3:30AM Eastern (complete stories).

      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
      Late Thu + Sat Mid EST "Timelash" 4 pt version, pts 1+2
      The 6th Doctor and Peri bring hope and fear to Karfel, as its vicious leader
      cracks down on the citizens.

      WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
      analog 24,59
      digital 25-1
      Sun 5:30PM EST "The Android Invasion" pt 2 of 4
      All the people in this English village are killer android duplicates. The
      village has no future and no past. The 4th Doctor thinks that something is
      very wrong. And look, Sarah has her scarf back.

      WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
      analog 46
      digital (42) - under construction
      Sat 11:30PM EST "Genesis Of The Daleks" pt 3 of 6
      While the Kaleds dream of destroying the Thals, the Thals may have developed
      a weapon that can destroy the Kaleds. If they can just find a way to break
      through the Kaled Dome.

      WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org
      analog 13,16
      digital 38-1,(26)
      Pittsburgh DirecTV Local 13,947
      Pittsburgh Dish Local 8136,13
      Late Sat Mid EST "Terminus" pt 2 of 4
      Nyssa has been infected with Lazar's Disease, and is en route to Terminus to
      be given a very dangerous treatment. While the 5th Doctor searches for the
      truth, Turlough and Tegan face the worst fate imaginable - being trapped in
      the same room together for hours.

      WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
      analog 35
      digital (34) - coming 2003
      Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
      Philadelphia Dish Local 8162,35
      Sat 11PM EST "The Androids Of Tara" pts 2+3 of 4
      The 4th Doctor must help an android take the throne of Tara after the real
      prince disappears. Count Grendel plots to take the throne with a mixture of
      charm and menace. Romana sees a double.

      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
      DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
      Late Sat Mid EST "Logopolis" movie
      Time runs out for the 4th Doctor. Stalked by a figure in white, the 4th
      Doctor and Adric try to get the Chameleon Circuit of the TARDIS fixed. A
      figure in black is stalking them as well, and he is killing people. Did the
      Master manage to escape Traken? The fate of the universe hangs in the
      balance in the 4th Doctor's final story.

      WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
      analog 48
      digital 34-1
      Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
      Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
      Sat 11PM EST "The Awakening" both pts
      Tegan convinces the 5th Doctor to bring the TARDIS to Earth in 1984 to visit
      her Grandfather. The TARDIS works properly, but her Grandfather is nowhere
      to be found. There is a rift between the 17th and 20th Centuries, though.
      And an evil intelligence. And war games.

      WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
      analog 12
      digital (33) - under construction
      Sat 11:40PM CST "The Stones Of Blood" pt 3 of 4
      Vivian Fay has kidnapped Romana, taking her to a spaceship in another
      dimension. The 4th Doctor and Amelia Rumford try to rescue her while eluding
      the killer Ogri stones.

      KAWE/KAWB Bemidji/Brainerd, MN http://www.lakelandptv.org
      analog 9,22
      digital (18),(28) - under construction
      Doctor Who has been taken off the KAWE/KAWB schedule.

      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)
      Des Moines Dish Local 9116,11
      Omaha, NE Dish Local 9146,32(?) - coming soon
      Sat 11:35PM CST "Ghostlight" pt 3 of 3
      Ace lashes out at the 7th Doctor when dark secrets come out. The residents
      of the Chase mansion see "LIGHT".
      Late Sat Mid CST "The Curse Of Fenric" pt 1 of 4
      In 1943, a remote English village was part of a program to crack German
      cypher codes. Unfortunately for them, Russian spies and a Viking curse are
      causing a great deal of trouble.
      Due to a special airing of the Red Green movie "Duct Tape Forever", Doctor
      Who will return on January 18.

      KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
      analog 13,44
      digital 14-1
      Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
      Dallas Dish Local 8406,13
      Late Fri 12:20AM CST "The Horns Of Nimon" movie
      See BBC Kids for details.

      KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
      analog 12,32
      digital (38) - under construction
      Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
      Denver Dish Local 8211,12
      Late Fri 12:30AM MST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 3+4 of 14 (The
      Mysterious Planet pts 3+4)
      Drathro won't shut down the Black Light system because that will kill him.
      If he doesn't shut it down, the universe itself could perish.
      Sat 11PM MST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 5+6 of 14 (Mindwarp pts 1+2)
      The second segment of the Trial is a dark tale of treachery and deceit. Sil
      and the Mentors are at work on Thoros-Beta trying to change the boundaries
      of life and death. Did the 6th Doctor wander into a mess too big for him to

      KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
      analog 7,19
      digital 42-1,(19)
      Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
      Salt Lake City Dish Local 8536,7
      Sat 11PM MST "The Horns Of Nimon" pt 4 of 4
      See BBC Kids for details.

      KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
      analog 28,15,65
      digital (27),(19) - under construction
      Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
      Seattle Dish Local 8620,28
      Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST "Revelation Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, pts
      The 6th Doctor and Peri plan to visit an old, dear, dead friend of the
      Doctor's. But he might not be in. Bodies have been disappearing from
      Tranquil Repose. Someone is manipulating the facility - and the Daleks.
      (could be pts 3+4 of Timelash instead)

      KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
      analog 54,25
      digital (50),(58) - under construction
      San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
      Sun 11PM PST "The Monster Of Peladon" pts 5+6 of 6
      The Ice Warriors plan to use Peladon to fund an invasion force. The 3rd
      Doctor, Sarah, and Alpha Centauri must stop them before it is too late.


      Uniseries http://www.uniseries.com.ar
      No longer on the Uniseries schedule.

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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