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This Week In Doctor Who - March 19, 2003

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - March 19, 2003 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 6, No 12 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 19, 2003
      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - March 19, 2003
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 6, No 12

      As of this writing, a war to remove Saddam Hussein from Iraq is imminent. TV
      programming (especially in the USA) will be heavily disrupted for days when
      the war begins, with lesser disruptions thereafter. UK Gold and BBC Kids,
      due to the thematic structure of the channels, will likely continue their
      regular programming. The US public TV stations are more likely to air
      regular programming than major network stations would be, but pre-emptions
      for special programming may still occur. If I become aware of stations
      moving Doctor Who broadcasts, I will send out a supplement Saturday morning
      US Time with any known changes.

      BTW, thanks to the many readers who informed me about late schedule changes
      on New Hampshire Public TV and KERA Dallas. New Hampshire Public TV aired
      part 9 of Trial Of A Time Lord twice on March 8, so they scheduled a special
      airing of part 10 late March 15th at 12:30AM. KERA never noted it on its
      website, but the Doctor Who story Castrovalva aired Saturday March 15th from
      10:30PM to 12:30AM as a pledge special. Doctor Who has been airing on that
      station late Friday nights at 12:30AM. I have gotten remarks from readers
      who found out about these special broadcasts in time because you told me
      about them.

      'Slipback', the 1985 radio story with Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor, will
      make its first appearance in This Week In Doctor Who since the column began
      in 1998. On 29 and 30 March, BBC Radio 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/ will air
      a 2 part version of Slipback in the Science Fiction timeslot. Slipback
      originally aired as 6 10 minute episodes. Part 1 will air at 6PM and
      Midnight UK Time on 29 March, while Part 2 will air at 6PM and Midnight UK
      Time on 30 March. BBC Radio 7 can be heard on digital radios and TVs in the
      UK, while the rest of the world can listen in RealAudio on the BBC's
      website. Warning - the UK and much of Europe switches to Daylight Savings
      Time on 30 March, and much of the Southern Hemisphere switches from Daylight
      to Standard Time. The US and Canada don't switch till 6 April. If you want
      to listen to Slipback and you are not in a part of the world that switches
      to Daylight Savings Time on 30 March, you'll have to pay attention to the
      time change to make sure you know when to tune in for part 2.

      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
      show. This week - Majel Barrett Roddenberry. WWNN does not have a news
      department, so this program should remain on the schedule no matter what.

      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
      http://www.businesstalkradio.net/weekday_host/Archives/sfo.shtml - archives
      in MP3 format
      Live audio link at Business Talk website - requires Windows Media Player.
      National version of Interstellar Transmissions, though probably easiest to
      hear in timezones outside the USA. This week - Buddy Nelson, French Stewart
      (Inspector Gadget 2), Kathryn Leigh Scott from Dark Shadows, and the Majel
      Barrett Roddenberry interview from Interstellar Transmissions. Business Talk
      Radio is unlikely to disrupt its regular programming lineup in the event of
      a shooting war, though individual stations might.



      UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      Late Fri 1:20-3:55AM, Sat 6:30-9AM GMT "The Sea Devils" movie
      The Master's prison is an island that has attracted the attention of
      mysterious creatures who sink oil rigs. The 3rd Doctor and Jo must help the
      Navy stop a not-quite-alien invasion.
      Late Sat 12:25-3AM, Sun 6:30-9AM GMT "The Mutants" movie
      The 3rd Doctor is sent on a mission by the Time Lords to deliver a box to a
      radical on a world threatened with extinction. A colonial overlord with a
      weapon of mass restruction plans to make Solos uninhabitable for its
      natives, but prime real estate for Earth.

      UK Gold + 1
      Late Fri 2:20-4:55AM GMT "The Sea Devils" movie
      Late Sat 1:25-4AM GMT "The Mutants" movie

      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 "Underworld" pts 3+4 of 4
      The quest for the future of the Minyan civilization comes to an end.
      Thu "The Invasion Of Time" pts 1+2 of 6
      Fri "The Invasion Of Time" pts 3+4 of 6
      The 4th Doctor becomes President of Gallifrey, flaunting tradition and
      sending the galactic order into chaos. Why has the ultimate maverick decided
      to make a power play for ultimate power? Should Leela help the Doctor, or
      fight him as the greatest enemy the galaxy has ever known?
      Sat "Destiny Of The Daleks" all 4 pts
      The 4th Doctor and a newly regenerated Romana learn that the Daleks have
      returned to their home planet of Skaro. What are they looking for? What
      could scare the Daleks - besides the Doctor, of course.
      Sun "City Of Death" all 4 pts
      A vacation in Paris leads the Doctor and Romana into a web of theft, deceit,
      death, and time travel. Julian Glover guest stars in the Doctor Who story
      that got the highest firstrun ratings for the series in its entire run.
      Mon "The Invasion Of Time" pts 5+6 of 6
      Andred finds himself falling into slight attraction with Leela as the
      invasion continues. What profiteth a man if he save the whole universe yet
      lose his soul?
      Tue "The Ribos Operation" pts 1+2 of 4
      A shady character that calls himself a Guardian hires the 4th Doctor, K9,
      and a Time Lord acolyte to find the segments of a Key that is reported to be
      able to restore order in the universe. First on the list of places to search
      for the Key segments is Ribos.

      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 11+12 of 14 (Terror Of The
      Vervoids pts 3+4)
      Multiple conspirators battle the 6th Doctor and themselves in hopes of
      taking control of the Hyperion III and using it for their own various evil
      ends. But none of them are prepared for a hidden menace which wants to kill
      them all. The plant creatures are on the move.

      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 "Pyramids Of Mars" pt 1 of 4
      An Egyptologist opens a tomb which unleashes a being of utter evil and

      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 "The Creature From The Pit" pts 2+3 of 4
      The 4th Doctor, stuck in a pit with an Astrologer and a large green being,
      tries to figure out what Lady Adrasta's big secret is. Hint - it's probably
      large and green.

      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 "Terminus" movie
      Under orders from the Black Guardian, Turlough causes the TARDIS to break
      apart. In search of safety, Nyssa finds herself on a leper ship, where her
      odds of survival are very low. And the 5th Doctor's investigations lead him
      to a secret as old as the Universe.

      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 Caves Of Androzani" pts 1+2 of 4
      The 5th Doctor and Peri run afoul of drug smugglers, a corrupt army, a
      political power play, and the love a disfigured half-crazed zealot on a
      mission of revenge. That's a lot of people to annoy in a very short period
      of time.

      WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
      analog 12
      digital (33) - under construction
      Sat 11:40PM CST "The Armageddon Factor" pt 1 of 6
      The 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 arrive on a radioactive world in search of
      the 6th segment of the Key To Time. There's a war going on, which could make
      the search harder. Plus - the Doctor's not the only one in search of the

      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 "The Ark In Space" pts 3+4 of 4
      Noah finds himself turning into the Swarm Leader of the Wirrn, as they plot
      to take control of the Ark and use the sleeping humans as a food supply.

      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
      Pre-empted by pledge drive. Next airdate TBA.

      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
      No Friday episodes this week.
      Sat 11PM MST "Delta And The Bannermen" pts 1+2 of 3
      The 7th Doctor and Mel win spots on a tour group vacation to Disneyland in
      1959. Diverted off course to Wales, the Doctor and Mel find themselves drawn
      to a passenger with precious cargo. Meanwhile, a mercenary army is also on
      its way to Wales, with designs of their own on the cargo ...

      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 "Meglos" pt 1 of 4
      Stories are airing in production order. I know you saw Adric last week, but
      he hasn't arrived yet. A superintelligent cactus decides to impersonate the
      4th Doctor to carry out a mission of evil. But how to stop the real Doctor
      from getting involved?

      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 "Paradise Towers" pts 1+2 of 4
      Society has broken down at Paradise Towers. The parents are gone. The
      children are gangs. The police are insane. The grannies are overly desirous
      of attention and company. And a basement terror lurks with plans to kill
      them one by one. The 7th Doctor and Mel must save the Towers from its own
      phobias and neurocies.

      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
      Due to situations largely beyond their control, Doctor Who is on hiatus on
      KTEH/KCAH. Doctor Who will return ASAP.

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2003.

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