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This Week In Doctor Who - February 5, 2003

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 5, 2003 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 6, No 6 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
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      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 5, 2003
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 6, No 6

      UK - Have you noticed anything strange about the McCoy stories on UK Gold?
      The music overpowering the dialogue in Ghostlight - more than usual? Music
      missing from The Curse Of Fenric? It seems that at least some of the stereo
      Doctor Who stories from the last 2 Doctor Who seasons have aired on UK Gold
      with only the left channel elements, leaving out the right channel elements.
      It's not your TV.

      South Africa - If you missed the airings of the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie on
      the South African Sci-Fi Channel http://www.uk.scifi.com/ in December and
      January, mark your calendar in March. Doctor Who will air on Sunday 2 March
      8:00 to 9:30PM, Late Friday 7 March 12:35 to 2:05AM, and Saturday 8 March
      6:30 to 8PM. The UK Sci-Fi Channel, owned by the same people, has not
      scheduled Doctor Who to air in February or March.

      Most US Doctor Who news this week seems to involve satellite dishes.

      Boston, MA area - If you subscribe to Dish Network and have the Boston local
      channel package, tune in to channel 8781 (or 11, depending on your
      receiver). WENH 11 (New Hampshire Public TV) has finally been added to the
      Boston local channel package. Anyone with the Boston package who has 2
      dishes should be able to see WENH - probably including areas that could
      never get NHPTV over the air or on cable before. New Hampshire Public TV has
      recently upgraded Doctor Who to Saturdays at 11PM Eastern Time, but
      discontinued the late Thursday broadcast. 2 episodes per week. As of this
      writing, WENH has not made it onto the DirecTV local channel package. WLED
      49 (also New Hampshire Public TV) is in the Burlington, VT TV market, but
      has not been added to Dish's Burlington Locals package.

      Cedar Rapids, IA Doctor Who fans can get Iowa Public TV as part of the new
      Dish Network Cedar Rapids Local package.

      KTEH 54 of San Jose is now being uplinked by Dish Network again. As of this
      writing, KTEH has not been restored to the San Francisco/San Jose Dish Local
      channels package. If it returns, it will be at its old spot - 8234 or 54.
      KTEH remains on the DirecTV San Francisco/San Jose Local channels package.

      Tyler, TX local channels are now being uplinked by Dish Network, though they
      are not available to subscribers. The Tyler DMA does not have a PBS station,
      but KERA 13 can be seen there. KERA 13 airs Doctor Who in movie format late
      Friday nights (12:30AM starting this week). It is unknown at this time
      whether Dish will include KERA in the Tyler locals package or not.

      Des Moines, IA and Colorado Springs, CO are among the TV markets that
      DirecTV will expand its local channel service into during the first half of
      this year. For Des Moines, it means that Doctor Who and other local
      programming will eventually be available on both major satellite systems.
      For Colorado Springs, you probably won't get Doctor Who on satellite. K32EO
      32 is a low power repeater of KBDI 12 in Denver, and does not qualify for
      must-carry status. Since there is a full power PBS station in Colorado
      Springs, DirecTV will probably ignore K32EO as Dish Network has, even though
      both carry KBDI 12 in Denver.

      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 1:40-2:55AM, Sat 7:40-9AM GMT "Survival" movie
      The final story of the original TV series. Ace, prodigal child of Perivale,
      returns home. It is not a cheerful reunion. Her friends are vanishing one by
      one, and a psychotic cat is lurking the streets. Guest starring the
      animatronic cat model better known as "Salem" on Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
      Late Sat 1:40-3:20AM, Sun 7:20-9AM GMT "Spearhead From Space" movie
      UK Gold's new Doctor Who package begins with the 3rd Doctor era. Meteorites
      are arriving in clusters in rural England. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart of
      U*N*I*T thinks the meteorites are the harbinger of something dangerous. He
      thinks he may have some evidence when a familiar spaceship disguised as a
      police box arrives at the scene of the meteorites. The ship is the property
      of The Doctor, a very strange man. But the occupant of the ship bears no
      relation to the man he knows, even though he remembers the Brigadier. Could
      the Doctor have found a way to change his appearance, and get on the
      Brigadier's nerves more than normal? A new era begins.

      UK Gold + 1
      Late Fri 2:40-3:55AM GMT "Survival" movie
      See UK Gold for story details.
      Late Sat 2:40-4:20AM GMT "Spearhead From Space" 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 "Planet Of Evil" pts 3+4 of 4
      The Morestrans try to leave the anti-matter world. But someone has smuggled
      anti-matter aboard, and the world will stop at nothing to keep all the
      anti-matter where it is. The price to save them all may be to kick somebody
      off the ship.
      Thu "Pyramids Of Mars" pts 1+2 of 4
      Fri "Pyramids Of Mars" pts 3+4 of 4
      The 4th Doctor and Sarah continue to try to make it back to U*N*I*T. They
      arrive a tad early - 1911. An Egyptologist accidentally unleashed the power
      of Sutekh, a being of enormous power. If Sutekh is allowed to escape his
      prison on Mars, all life may be destroyed.
      Sat "Horror Of Fang Rock" all 4 pts
      Leela and the 4th Doctor arrive at a lighthouse trapped in unnatural fog.
      Something is stalking the people at the lighthouse. Paranoia and fatalism
      run rampant as the number of survivors drops and drops.
      Sun "The Invisible Enemy" all 4 pts
      The Doctor's mind is infected by a virus. The virus wants to use the Doctor
      to lead an army and conquer all life. It's up to Leela and a robotic dog to
      help the Doctor recover and battle the growing menace.
      Mon "The Brain Of Morbius" pts 1+2 of 4
      Tue "The Brain Of Morbius" pts 3+4 of 4
      The 4th Doctor and Sarah did get back to U*N*I*T, but BBC Kids already aired
      that story out of order. When the Doctor and Sarah arrive on a desolate
      world covered in dead spaceships, they find themselves in a turf war between
      an immortal sisterhood (who wants them dead) and a mad scientist (who wants
      to slice off the Doctor's head). What secret from Gallifrey's past has put
      the TARDIS crew in such jeopardy?

      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
      Boston Dish Local 8781,11
      Sat 11PM EST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 3+4 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet
      pts 3+4)
      In court footage, the 6th Doctor's efforts to free the people of Ravalox
      from the tyranny of Drathro, the Miss Havisham of this collapsing

      WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
      analog 24,59
      digital 25-1
      Sun 5:30PM EST "The Brain Of Morbius" pt 2 of 4
      See BBC Kids for details.

      WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
      analog 46
      digital (42) - under construction
      Sat 11:30PM EST "Terror Of The Zygons" pt 2 of 4
      Zygons are living near Loch Ness. And they have the ability to impersonate
      almost anybody. This time, they will impersonate one of the TARDIS crew.

      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 2 of 4
      The Black Guardian tries to drive Turlough insane, as the 5th Doctor and
      Tegan investigate a most unusual race - in space.

      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" pts 4+5 of 6
      The war is over. All that remains is destruction. To buy time, the Doctor
      and Romana must use the Key To Time. But the key is incomplete. Thankfully,
      5/6s of absolute power can be very useful in clever hands.

      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 "Black Orchid" 50 minute movie
      In 1925 England, the 5th Doctor, Nyssa, Adric, and Tegan face a rare threat.
      No aliens. No plots of conquest. Just a secret, a lie, and a hidden room.
      Tragedy may be about to strike.

      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 3+4
      Stein, a Dalek replicant, suffers confusion as his conscience does battle
      with his programming. The 5th Doctor's conscience has a similar battle with
      his brain, as he gets a final chance to purge the universe of Davros,
      creator of the Daleks.

      WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
      analog 12
      digital (33) - under construction
      Sat 11:40PM CST "The Androids Of Tara" pt 4 of 4
      Count Grendel tries to force a wedding between Prince Reynart and Romana in
      a last effort to conquer the kingdom.

      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
      Sat 11:35PM CST "Robot" pts 1+2 of 4
      The 4th Doctor's era begins at U*N*I*T HQ, where the Brigadier has been
      called upon to solve a series of burglaries. The stolen material and
      information could be used to create an weapon of mass destruction.

      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 12:30AM CST "Warriors' Gate" movie
      Now seen at this new time. If it seems like the 4th Doctor and Romana know
      Adric a bit too well considering he didn't appear to leave with them in the
      TARDIS last week, it's because the stories are in production order. State Of
      Decay aired several weeks ago. The TARDIS arrives at a gateway between
      universes. A way home to the regular universe. But first, greedy humans and
      time-sensitive Tharils have a surprising tale to tell.

      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 11+12 of 14 (Terror Of
      The Vervoids pts 3+4)
      The Vervoids have gotten loose, slowly killing the crew and passengers. But
      before the 6th Doctor can deal with them, he has to deal with 2 attempts to
      take over the Hyperion III.
      Sat 11PM MST "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pts 13+14 of 14 (The Ultimate Foe
      pts 1+2)
      New evidence throws the Trial into chaos, endangers Gallifrey, and starts a
      mad chase for the truth. Episode 14 is the longest regular episode of the TV
      series in its 25 minute format, clocking in at 29 minutes. While not
      intended to be the final 6th Doctor story, it was the final episodes that
      Colin Baker would appear in as the Doctor.

      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 "State Of Decay" pt 1 of 4
      Stories are airing in production order. Don't be surprised by Adric's sudden
      appearance, followed by his sudden disappearance next month, and then his
      first appearance in April.

      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 7+8 of 14
      (Mindwarp pts 3+4)
      The Valeyard's evidence portrays the Doctor as a psychopath out only for his
      own interests. The Doctor cannot believe the evidence, as he witnesses life
      spiraling out of control.

      KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
      analog 54,25
      digital (50),(58) - under construction
      San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
      San Francisco Dish Local 8234,54 - returning soon?
      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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