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This Week In Doctor Who - February 26, 2003

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    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 26, 2003 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 6, No 9 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
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      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 26, 2003
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 6, No 9
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
      thisweekindoctorwho-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

      Peter Davison and Colin Baker were interviewed at the Gallifrey convention
      by Charles Martin for Sci-Fi Overdrive, a new syndicated sci-fi news/talk
      show airing on the Business Talk Radio network
      http://www.businesstalkradio.net/ . The interview will be a featured segment
      of Sci-Fi Overdrive's next broadcast. It is apparently the first US
      nationwide radio interview for Doctor Who cast members since Larry King's
      interview with Jon Pertwee and others at a Chicago convention in November
      1983. I don't know which hour(s) the interview will air in - keep an eye on
      http://www.scifioverdrive.com/ for any further details. While this is a US
      radio show, it may actually be easier to listen to outside the United
      States, where it can be heard at more convenient hours for listeners. There
      is a live audio feed from the Business Talk Radio website. For those trying
      to tune in:
      Eastern US Time - early Monday 2AM to 6AM
      Central US Time - early Monday 1AM to 5AM
      Mountain US Time - late Sunday Midnight to 4AM
      Pacific US Time - Sunday 11PM to 3AM
      Alaska Time - Sunday 10PM to 2AM
      Hawaii Time - Sunday 9PM to 1AM
      Atlantic Canadian Time - early Monday 3AM to 7AM
      Newfoundland Time - early Monday 3:30AM to 7:30AM
      UK Time - Monday 7AM to 11AM
      Central European Time - Monday 8AM to Noon
      Eastern Australia Time - Monday 6PM to 10PM
      If you live in a different time zone, use those references to find the
      specific time. There will be an archive of the show at some point on the
      Sci-Fi Overdrive website.

      SOUTH AFRICA - The South African Sci-Fi Channel is rerunning the 1996 Doctor
      Who movie several more times in the next two weeks. The 2 March airing is
      already noted in the column. Next week, look for an airing late Friday at
      12:35AM and a rerun Saturday at 6:30PM. The UK Sci-Fi Channel, which is
      co-owned with the South African Sci-Fi Channel and shares the same website,
      has not scheduled any March airings of the Doctor Who movie as of this
      writing. I should know of any April airings within the next week.

      CANADA - Early warning for readers with BBC Kids. From Monday 10 March
      through Friday 14 March, the Midnight Eastern Time Doctor Who broadcasts
      will be pre-empted and replaced by rather lousy American Kids movies from
      the 1990s. Free Willy, Free Willy 2, Dennis The Menace, and worse. The 4AM
      airings of Doctor Who continue that week. Doctor Who returns to Midnight
      weeknight airings on Monday 17 March. There is no explanation for the
      programming move at this time. I understand pre-empting programming you have
      aired before for "new" movies, but these movies are not BBC products. I
      thought it was *BBC* Kids. The movies aren't Canadian either. They ARE kids'
      movies, though I don't see why anyone would want to sully the category by
      exposing the continuing existence of the celluloid in question. Apologies to
      anyone who actually LIKED those films.

      Pledge season is beginning in the US on most PBS stations, resulting in lots
      of pre-emptions for Doctor Who in favor of big pledge events. Most other
      programming on those stations are being pre-empted as well.

      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:

      RADIO/INTERNET:

      BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/
      92-95FM (UK), 198LW (UK and Europe), Live link from website worldwide
      "My Life As A Dalek" - archived till Saturday on the website in RealAudio
      Radio 4 took an affectionate look back at the Daleks, the longest lasting,
      best known villains from Doctor Who. Interviews with the men and women who
      brought the galaxy's most memorable pepperpots to life. Hosted by Mark
      Gattis. Sneak preview interview with John Scott 'Everydalek' Martin at
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2780177.stm . Look for the show on the "Listen
      Again" page.

      Fri 7PM EST "Interstellar Transmissions"
      http://www.interstellartransmissions.com
      WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami/West Palm Beach, FL)
      http://www.wnnhealthtalkradio.com
      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.

      Business Talk Radio Network http://www.businesstalkradio.net/
      Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EST (11PM-3AM PST, 7-11AM GMT, 6-10PM AEDT )
      "Sci-Fi Overdrive" http://www.scifioverdrive.com/ station list on the
      scifioverdrive website
      Live audio link at Business Talk website - requires Windows Media Player.
      Archives expected soon.
      National version of Interstellar Transmissions, though probably easiest to
      hear in timezones outside the USA. Charles Martin has an interview with
      Peter Davison (5th Doctor) and Colin Baker (6th Doctor). George Takei from
      Star Trek and the Mediaeval Baebes will also be on.

      TV:

      UK:

      UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      http://www.telewest.co.uk/flextech/ukgold.htm
      Late Fri 1:15-3:35 AM, Sat 6:30-9AM GMT "The Mind Of Evil" movie
      This story only survives in Black & White. An experimental device that turns
      hardened murderers into productive members of society raises the suspicion
      of the 3rd Doctor. A peace conference on the edge of collapse has the
      Brigadier exasperated. Both events are about to come together in a catacylsm
      which could start World War III.
      Late Sat 12:50-2:35AM, Sun 7:10-9AM GMT "The Claws Of Axos" movie
      Aliens come to Earth in need of fuel and promising prosperity beyond the
      wildest dreams of humanity. But how can you trust aliens who would double
      cross the Master?

      UK Gold + 1
      Late Fri 2:15-4:35AM GMT "The Mind Of Evil" movie
      See UK Gold for story details.
      Late Sat 1:50-3:35AM GMT "The Claws Of Axos" 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

      SOUTH AFRICA:

      SA Sci-Fi Channel http://www.uk.scifi.com/
      Sun 8-9:30PM "Doctor Who" 1996 movie
      The Master cheats death to steal the lives of the Doctor, in a plot to
      destroy the Earth and give himself a new life cycle. Sylvester McCoy hands
      the role of the Doctor over to Paul McGann in this movie intended to revive
      the TV series.

      CANADA/USA:

      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 "The Face Of Evil" pts 3+4 of 4
      The 4th Doctor battles a psychotic clone of his mind trapped in the body of
      a supercomputer.
      Thu "The Robots Of Death" pts 1+2 of 4
      Fri "The Robots Of Death" pts 3+4 of 4
      The robots on a Sandminer have been reprogrammed to infiltrate and destroy
      the human crew. A robot revolution is on the way, and only the 4th Doctor
      can stop it. And Leela. Only the 4th Doctor and Leela can stop it. And Robot
      D86. Only the 4th Doctor, Leela, and Robot D86 can stop it. And a secret
      government agent. Only the 4th Doctor, Leela, Robot D86, and a secret
      government agent can stop it. Anybody else on the list? No? Thank goodness.
      Sat "The Ribos Operation" all 4 pts
      This time on Garron & Unstoffe: Thieves Of Fortune, Garron hopes to use a
      piece of Jethryk and a fake mine to swindle a notorious warlord out of
      billions. But he may have made a mistake this time. The warlord is insane.
      And a pair of suspicious aliens are trailing him. Could this be the end of a
      classic partnership in crime?
      Sun "The Pirate Planet" all 4 pts
      Revenge is a dish best served with quantum mechanics and impossible physics.
      Mon "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pts 1+2 of 6
      Tue "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pts 3+4 of 6
      Leela's cultural education begins in the 19th Century, when the 4th Doctor
      takes her to a London theatre. Apparently, you have to be threatened with
      death twice before the show begins, use magic, and face off against a
      villain from Earth's future. Leela finds the course most ... enlightening.

      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
      Pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns March 8.

      WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
      analog 24,59
      digital 25-1
      Pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns March 30.

      WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
      analog 46
      digital (42) - under construction
      Sat 11:30PM EST "Planet Of Evil" pt 1 of 4
      In the distant future, the 4th Doctor and Sarah land on a world between
      universes. Part of the planet exists in our universe. Another part exists in
      the realm of anti-matter. And woe betide anyone who crosses between the
      parts.

      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
      Pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns March 29.

      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 "Destiny Of The Daleks" pt 4 of 4
      The Movellans plan to use Davros' knowledge and non-robotic instinct to
      conquer the universe. Dunno *how* they planned to use an evil genius to help
      them against his will. Dunno how they thought they could conquer the
      universe in hippy hair and platform shoes either. They come across as
      completely safe and harmless. Wait a minute - *that's* their secret.
      Sat 11:30PM EST "City Of Death" pt 1 of 4
      The 4th Doctor and Romana vacation in Paris, France in 1979 in the first
      Doctor Who story with extensive overseas filming. Julian Glover plays the
      evil Count Scarlioni, a man of mystery. Douglas Adams' most famous story
      (well, the most famous Douglas Adams story made under a psydonym, anyway).

      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 "Arc Of Infinity" movie
      Time approximate. Show may start late due to pledge programming earlier in
      the evening. And that's a shame. The last time Arc aired on MPT, it was on a
      pledge night. MPT ran The Lathe Of Heaven as a lead-in, and delayed the
      start time of Arc to 1AM. Alas, Lathe and its pledge drives ran till 1:40AM.
      Then MPT accidentally joined the story 2 or 3 minutes in progress. And it
      was not MPT's only famous encounter with Arc Of Infinity. In 1997 or so, a
      tape mixup resulted in half of Arc Of Infinity airing, followed by the last
      2 episodes of Trial Of A Time Lord. Arc Of Infinity has Colin Baker playing
      a Gallifreyan guard back before he was cast as the Doctor, and the Doctor is
      on trial during its first half, so Colin suddenly being the Doctor on trial
      must have surprised a lot of viewers. MPT's solution that time was to rerun
      Arc Of Infinity the next Saturday and shove Snakedance later into the
      evening. Hopefully there won't be any problems with the tapes this time, as
      Snakedance is *already* scheduled to start late next week due to pledge
      programming. Can MPT break its Arc Of Infinity curse? Tune in Saturday night
      and find out!!!!!

      WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
      analog 48
      digital 34-1
      Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
      Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
      Pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns March 22.

      WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
      analog 12
      digital (33) - under construction
      Sat 11:55PM CST "The Power Of Kroll" pt 3 of 4
      Late start due to pledge drive. Pre-empted by pledge drive next week.
      Returns March 15.

      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
      Pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns March 22.

      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 "Castrovalva" or "Four To Doomsday" movie OR
      Pre-empted.
      TV Guide Online has Doctor Who scheduled for the time period, but does not
      know the story. Zap2it's online listings has specials saluting British
      comedians John Inman, Patricia Routledge, and Wendy Richards. If Doctor Who
      airs, it is too soon to know if KERA will finally figure out the correct
      order to air the stories. If KERA gets it correct, Castrovalva should air.
      If they continue with production order, Four To Doomsday will air.
      Pre-empted by pledge drive next week. Next airing date of Doctor Who
      unknown.

      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
      Pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns March 22.

      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
      Pre-empted by pledge drive this week and next.

      KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
      http://www.kbtc.org
      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 13+14 of 14
      (The Ultimate Foe both pts)
      A surprise new defense attorney for the 6th Doctor brings witnesses and new
      evidence that blow the trial apart, and could destroy the fabric of Time
      Lord civilization.

      KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
      analog 54,25
      digital (50),(58) - under construction
      San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
      Salinas Dish Local 9190,25
      San Francisco Dish Local 8234,54 - not available to subscribers
      On hiatus. Tentatively set to return in May.

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2003.


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