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This Week In Doctor Who - January 29, 2003

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 29, 2003 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 6, No 5 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 29, 2003
      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 29, 2003
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 6, No 5

      The biggest Who TV development this week comes from Canada. BBC Kids
      http://www.bbckids.ca/ , which has been marketed as a digital
      cable/satellite network, has been added to the primary 'Kids' package of
      satellite provider Bell Expressvu, joining YTV, Teletoon, Family Channel,
      Treehouse, and Game Show Channel. If this change is permanent, many more
      viewers in Canada (plus any Americans who are subscribing to Bell Expressvu
      on the sly) will be able to see Doctor Who 7 days a week. BBC Kids currently
      has the rights to the Tom Baker episodes. 2 episodes air weeknights at
      Midnight and 4AM Eastern Time. Complete stories air Saturdays and Sundays at
      Midnight and 3:30AM Eastern Time. Adjust for your local time zone. Thanks to
      Tom for the alert.

      Shortly after last week's column went out, word about UK Gold's plans for
      Doctor Who in February came out. Instead of going back to the beginning of
      the series as indicated last year, UK Gold will start its next run of Doctor
      Who stories with Spearhead From Space, the first adventure with Jon Pertwee.

      RADIO - BBC Radio 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/ will not be airing any Doctor
      Who material this week. Science fiction programming does air on Radio 7
      every day at 6PM and Midnight UK Time. Also, this weekend a Blake's 7
      special (including the 2 radio plays) will run from 8AM to 11AM and 9PM to
      Midnight UK Time. If you live in the UK and have a digital radio or TV, or
      if you have realplayer on your computer anywhere on Earth, you can tune in.
      Audio is mono.

      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. Doctor Who news usually discussed during the



      UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      Late Fri 1:20-2:40AM, Sat 7:40-9AM GMT "Ghostlight" movie
      In the last story produced, but not the last one aired, the 7th Doctor seeks
      out the mysteries of a 19th Century mansion where the guests sleep in the
      cupboards and death lurks the hallways. Ace comes down with a terrible
      feeling of deja-vu.
      Late Sat 12:45-2:35AM, Sun 7:10-9AM GMT "The Curse Of Fenric" movie
      The 7th Doctor does battle with a Viking curse that is bringing the British
      and Russian armies together in a small village, along with vampiric
      reincarnations of the dead. Ace comes down with a terrible feeling of
      Coming 9 February - the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who.

      UK Gold + 1
      Late Fri 2:20-3:40AM GMT "Ghostlight" movie
      See UK Gold for story details.
      Late Sat 1:45-3:35AM GMT "The Curse Of Fenric" movie
      See UK Gold for story 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


      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 "Terror Of The Zygons" pts 1+2 of 4
      Thu "Terror Of The Zygons" pts 3+4 of 4
      The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry return to Earth, where the Brigadier wants
      their health to stop oil rigs from sinking in Loch Ness, killing the
      operators and not doing the economy much good either. Can the Doctor save
      the day before the British wind up having to import more foreign oil?
      Fri "The Android Invasion" pts 1+2 of 4
      BBC Kids keeps airing this story out of order, and I think I've figured out
      why. Harry Sullivan is in this story, while he is not in Planet Of Evil or
      Pyramids Of Mars. Either they believe that viewers would be confused by
      Harry disappearing and reappearing, or the person who ordered the show for
      BBC Kids got confused by Harry disappearing and reappearing, and assumes
      this is the correct order.
      Sat "The Robots Of Death" all 4 pts
      Leela and the 4th Doctor stalk robotic killers aboard a Sandminer in this
      fast paced psychological thriller written by Chris Boucher.
      Sun "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" all 6 pts (no 3:30AM rerun)
      19th Century London - stage, song, and murder. Theatregoers and ladies of
      the night are being murdered by a phantom of a magic show - the opera left
      town already. The 4th Doctor and Leela wander into the situation, and learn
      that even phantoms can be annoyed when you offer them jelly babies.
      Mon "The Android Invasion" pts 3+4 of 4
      Android replicas are being primed to replace key citizens on Earth.
      Politicians, military people, pub owners. Yes, definitely a British TV
      series. Honestly. Would an American sci-fi series have ever had the bravado
      to suggest that an alien invader would take the time to create replicas of
      the Cheers gang to help with an invasion? I think not.
      Tue "Planet Of Evil" pts 1+2 of 4
      The TARDIS misses its destination (it finally arrives in The Android
      Invasion). The 4th Doctor and Sarah reluctantly join a rescue mission
      seeking out the survivors of a scientific expedition to a planet on the
      border of two universes. The realms of matter and anti-matter.

      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, Sat 11PM EST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 1+2 of 14 (The
      Mysterious Planet pts 1+2)Based on February listings, the earlier Saturday
      time appears to be permanent!!! Alas, the Thursday time slot may be
      disappearing - NHPTV's listings are a little sketchy there - hopefully there
      will be an update next week to clarify. This week - the 6th Doctor is yanked
      out of time sans part of his memory, finding himself on trial for meddling
      in galactic affairs. The prosecutor, aka The Valeyard, presents evidence
      against the Doctor in the form of a recent adventure with Peri on the
      forgotten world Ravalox.

      WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
      analog 24,59
      digital 25-1
      Sun 5:30PM EST "The Brain Of Morbius" pt 1 of 4
      Karn. A desolate world not too far away from Gallifrey. Ships come to Karn,
      but they don't leave. If you arrive on this world, you wind up dead. The
      latest arrival - a blue Police Telephone Box. Occupants - 750 year old Time
      Lord and his human assistant. Time to first attempt to kill them - about 12

      WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
      analog 46
      digital (42) - under construction
      Sat 11:30PM EST "Terror Of The Zygons" pt 1 of 4
      See BBC Kids for details.

      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 "Enlightenment" pt 1 of 4
      Turlough turns on the Black Guardian, complicating the Guardian's efforts to
      kill the 5th Doctor. The TARDIS has arrived on a ship engaged in a rather
      avant guard sailing race.

      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 Armageddon Factor" pt 2+3 of 6
      The Marshall is torn on whether to kill the 4th Doctor, get his help, or
      both. The Doctor comes up with a way to protect Atrios from Zeos, but no one
      will go for it.

      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 "The Visitation" movie
      The 5th Doctor gets Tegan to Heathrow airport. A little early. After all,
      many airports want you to arrive two hours early for international flights.
      Er, Doctor. That's 2 hours early. Not 318 years early. Easy mistake to make,
      but not the best way to placate Tegan.

      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 "Resurrection Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, pts 1+2
      WCET's website erroneously lists Revelation Of The Daleks as the story
      airing here. It is unlikely that WCET would have ordered a story from the
      6th Doctor package to air here out of order with no pledge drive going on. A
      prison ship holds just one prisoner. A madman. An evil genius that must
      never be allowed to leave the ship. A Dalek assault force is coming to
      rescue the prisoner. Oh expletive.

      WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
      analog 12
      digital (33) - under construction
      Sat 11:40PM CST "The Androids Of Tara" pt 3 of 4
      An android has been crowned king. The 4th Doctor must keep the android
      operating long enough to find and rescue the real king. Romana plots an
      escape from Count Grendel's dungeon.

      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
      Cedar Rapids Dish Local 9161,12 - coming January 30
      Sat 11:35PM CST "Survival" pts 2+3 of 3
      The 7th Doctor, Ace, various Perivale residents, and the theoretical villain
      of this story are trapped on the Cheetah Planet. Humanoid Cheetahs are
      catching and eating them one by one. There's no clear way to return to
      Earth. And there's another problem. When you spend too long on the planet,
      you begin to lose your humanity. You begin to turn into a Cheetah. And
      nobody is immune. The final story of the original series, where nobody's
      future is safe from destruction.
      Next week - back to the 4th Doctor, starting with Robot.

      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 "Full Circle" movie
      The TARDIS is trapped in a parallel universe, arriving on a planet with the
      same co-ordinates as Gallifrey. The 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 face a riddle
      of life cycles. Humans, primitives, and spiders. A civilization that forgets
      its past is doomed to repeat it and come Full Circle.
      Stories are airing in production order, so Warriors' Gate airs next week.
      Also, due to schedule changes, Doctor Who's start time moves to 12:30AM
      effective next week.

      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 9+10 of 14 (Terror Of
      The Vervoids pts 1+2)
      Sat 11PM MST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 11+12 of 14 (Terror Of The
      Vervoids pts 3+4)
      The 6th Doctor's unorthodox defense strategy involves providing evidence
      from an adventure he hasn't happened yet - he's going to get better.
      Unfortunately, the evidence is still being tampered with, and soon it
      becomes hard to tell what is reality and what isn't. Special guest star
      Honor Blackman - Cathy Gale in The Avengers and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.

      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 11:30PM MST "The Leisure Hive" pt 4 of 4
      An army of Pangol is cloned in an effort to create a new version of the
      Argolin race.

      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 "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 5+6 of 14
      (Mindwarp pts 1+2)
      The Valeyard begins the next portion of his evidence. The 6th Doctor and
      Peri have arrived on Thoros-Beta, a world enslaved by the Mentors where
      experiments into the nature of life and death are threatening to reveal the
      secret of Eternal life.

      KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
      analog 54,25
      digital (50),(58) - under construction
      San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
      Doctor Who will return soon. A special with Peter Davison airs February 16.

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2003.

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