This Week In Doctor Who - January 15, 2003
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 15, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 3
For those who complained about BBC Radio 7's http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/
hyping Doctor Who and then not airing it, good news. In addition to airing
The Paradise Of Death this week, BBC Radio 7 will begin airing The Ghosts Of
N-Space on 20 January. The Paradise Of Death and The Ghosts Of N-Space are
Doctor Who radio dramas from the early 1990s that reunited Jon Pertwee,
Nicholas Courtney, and Elisabeth Sladen as the 3rd Doctor, Brigadier
Lethbridge-Stewart, and Sarah Jane Smith. Check BBC 7's web site to find out
how to listen to the live web stream if you live outside the UK or don't
have UK digital radio and/or TV.
More Dish Network subscribers will have the option of watching Doctor Who
via Dish Network in the near future. Dish has scheduled the launch of its
Omaha, Nebraska local TV channels package for January 16. Dish has also
announced that Cedar Rapids, Iowa will tentatively see the launch of a local
TV channels package on January 31. Both the Omaha and Cedar Rapids local
stations packages will include Iowa Public Television, which airs Doctor Who
Saturday nights at 11:35PM Central Time. The Omaha package will not include
some of the local stations due to disputes between stations and Dish
Network. All new local TV station packages on Dish Network are offered on
spotbeams, so they are not useful for someone in say - Hawaii - who wants to
see Doctor Who from Iowa. But if you live in an area where locals are
available, you now can get Doctor Who on satellite, in addition to the
existing options of an antenna or cable.
As DirecTV http://www.directv.com and Dish Network
http://www.dishnewtork.com launch local TV packages in areas where a Doctor
Who affiliate exists, this column will be noting them.
http://www.dbsforums.com and http://echostar.swiki.net/ are good unofficial
reference sites for people interested in satellite TV.
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:
BBC Radio 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/
digital radio station, simulcast online in RealPlayer and Windows Media
in the Sci-Fi time slot (6PM and Midnight GMT)
Wed "The Paradise Of Death" pt 3 of 5
Thu "The Paradise Of Death" pt 4 of 5
Fri "The Paradise Of Death" pt 5 of 5
1990s Radio drama starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor.
Mon "The Ghosts Of N-Space" pt 1 of 6
Tue "The Ghosts Of N-Space" pt 2 of 6
The other 1990s Radio drama starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor.
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 - Scott Carpenter, 4th American in space.
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Late Fri 1:35-2:55AM, Sat 7:40-9AM GMT "The Happiness Patrol" movie
The 7th Doctor and Ace plot to overthrow an evil regime and free a planet in
just one night.
Late Sat 12:20-1:40AM, Sun 7:40-9AM GMT "Silver Nemesis" movie
In 1638, the Doctor launched a dangerous weapon into space orbiting the
Earth, out of reach of anyone ever. Unless, of course, the orbit was a bit
weak. And it started to decay. And it happened to land on the Earth in
November 1988, just in time for evil from the past, New-Age Nazis, and alien
invaders to come looking for it.
UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 2:35-3:55AM GMT "The Happiness Patrol" movie
See UK Gold for details.
Late Sat 1:20-2:40AM GMT "Silver Nemesis" movie
See UK Gold for details.
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 2 episodes Midnight + 4AM EST (9PM + 1AM PST)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EST (9PM + 12:30AM PST)
Wed "Robot" pts 1+2 of 4
Thu "Robot" pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and U*N*I*T investigate a Think Tank that's built an
enormous robot, the prime suspect in robberies that could yield a weapon of
Fri "The Ark In Space" pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry encounter the survivors of humanity on an
Ark in deep space. Someone doesn't want humanity to wake up from a very long
Sat "The Masque Of Mandragora" all 4 pts
The Mandragora Heliz hides some of its energy in the TARDIS in a plot to
subjugate the Earth in 1492 and prevent the Rennaissance. If Mandragora
succeeds, its power will rule the world with an iron fist.
Sun "The Hand Of Fear" all 4 pts
Sarah has a near death experience when she is buried alive by a quarry
explosion. While buried, she discovers a fossilized hand that is millions of
years old. The hand holds the secret of a lost civilization, but will cause
havoc and mayhem as long as it remains on Earth.
Mon "The Ark In Space" pts 3+4 of 4
The Wirrn are on the move, and Noah is starting to succumb to their hive
mind. Meat is back on the menu.
Tue "The Sontaran Experiment" pts 1+2 of 2
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry explore an abandoned Earth, only to find a
Sontaran already there with dreams of invasion.
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, Late Sat 12:30AM EST "Revelation Of The Daleks" 4 pt version,
The 6th Doctor and Peri pay a visit to an old, dear, dead friend of the
Doctor's at Tranquil Repose, the intergalactic Funeral Parlor. Tranquil
Repose not only houses an astonishing number of famous dead people - it also
produces food to solve a galactic famine. Sounds too good to be true. And
with the word 'Daleks' in the title, you know it is.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Sun 5:30PM EST "The Android Invasion" pt 4 of 4
When the androids come to Earth, U*N*I*T sees double. Two Bentons, two
Harrys, and two Doctors.
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EST "Genesis Of The Daleks" pt 5 of 6
Davros tortures Sarah and Harry hoping to get the 4th Doctor to reveal how
the Daleks lose throughout history. Davros' goal - if the Daleks learn what
they got wrong, they can prepare, and conquer the universe for real.
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org
Pittsburgh DirecTV Local 13,947
Pittsburgh Dish Local 8136,13
Late Sat Mid EST "Terminus" pt 3 of 4
Doctor Who did not air last week. Oops. This time Terminus part 3 is
airing - for real.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
digital (34) - coming 2003
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 8162,35
Sat 11PM EST "The Power Of Kroll" pts 2+3 of 4
The Swampies have awakened Kroll, a squid of surprising power and ravenous
appetite. And they want to feed the 4th Doctor, Romana, and a gun dealer to
Kroll, in hopes of blessing. Funny. All the squids I know claim that Time
Lords give them indigestion.
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Late Sat Mid EST "Four To Doomsday" movie
The 5th Doctor and company land on a spaceship run by the Urbankans, a race
of intelligent frogs seeking a new home on Earth. They claim to be peaceful,
and have visited Earth before. Well, they visited Earth before, but as for
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
Sat 11PM EST "Frontios" pts 3+4 of 4
Turlough's mind holds the key to defeating the Tractators. And his mind
Doctor Who is pre-empted on January 25 for pledge programming.
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:40PM CST "The Androids Of Tara" pt 1 of 4
Romana finds the 4th segment of the Key To Time, but gets drawn into a
squabble over the crown of the planet Tara.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
Des Moines Dish Local 9116,11
Omaha, NE Dish Local 9146,32(?) - coming January 16
Cedar Rapids Dish Local TBA - coming January 31
Sat 11:35PM CST "The Curse Of Fenric" pts 2+3 of 4
Fenric's evil power is influencing the villagers, the British army, and a
Russian assault force, bringing paranoia and death to cover its tracks. And
Fenric seems to have a surprising ability to manipulate Ace.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 8406,13
Late Fri 12:20AM CST "State Of Decay" movie
Stories are airing in production order. Meglos airs next week. This week -
Adric the stowaway discovers life as a companion can be rather tricky. He
gets mistaken as an intelligent villager and comes face to face with the
evil vampiric rulers of a backwards world.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
digital (38) - under construction
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 8211,12
Pre-empted by the monthly pledge specials on KBDI. Doctor Who returns late
Friday January 24.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 8536,7
Sat 11:30PM MST "The Leisure Hive" pt 2 of 4
The Argolins have developed a machine that can rejuvenate people. Assuming
it doesn't kill them.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
digital (27),(19) - under construction
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 1+2 of 14 (The
Mysterious Planet pts 1+2 of 4)
Taken out of time and space, the 6th Doctor finds himself on trial for
interfering in the affairs of other worlds. Of particular interest are his
recent activities on Ravalox, a world ruined by flame.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
digital (50),(58) - under construction
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Sun 11PM PST "Planet Of The Spiders" pts 3+4 of 6
The 3rd Doctor and Sarah seek out Lupton, thief of the Metebelis Crystal.
But another thief has stolen the crystal from Lupton. The crystal knows no
master, and soon begins to take action.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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