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Friday 8th February 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - February 8, 2002
(posted 8th Feb 2002, 12:55pm - TWIDW post #0072)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 8, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 6
First up this week isn't exactly TV news. The Warner NTSC R1 Doctor Who DVD releases for August have been announced. Warner will be releasing The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Ark In Space in the US & Canada. The Ark In Space will have a R1 exclusive extra - the Howard Da Silva introductions from the 1978 US syndicated version of the story, remastered by TJ Lubinsky.

TJ Lubinsky has kindly provided This Week In Doctor Who with transcripts and some exclusive info about the Da Silva intros made for TheArkInSpace. This material will be posted to the TWIDW mailing list shortly after today's column goes out.
Also, later this weekend I will be reprinting a special article on the story of the Da Silva intros which was originally included in the August 24, 2001 edition of This Week In Doctor Who . Due to the length of that article, it will be reprinted Saturday to avoid overload for those reading the group in digest format.
Once both articles have gone to the mailing list, I'll provide links to them in the other places where This Week In Doctor Who is read. While I strongly advise people to subscribe to the TWIDW mailing list, subscribing is not necessary to read the articles on the website.
Remember Death Comes To Time, the online Doctor Who drama whose first episode premiered on the BBC's Doctor Who site back in July? Episode 2 is finally coming out this coming Thursday, 14 February. Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred star in this story, originally intended to be carried on BBC Radio 4. Later this year, after all the episodes have premiered online, Death Comes To Time will be released on CD. To listen to episode 1, or listen to episode 2 come the 14th, visit .
UK - BCB Radio aired The Who Review yesterday.
Alas, those of us who were going to listen with the new RealOne Player had connection problems, and it was impossible to tune in. I don't know if the older RealPlayer devices could tune it in, as I made the mistake of upgrading before the show. BCB reports to being aware about the problem with the audio stream and hope to fix it soon. BCB Radio also airs in the Bradford, UK area on Cable radio and will broadcast on the open airwaves in that area full time beginning 1 March at 96.7FM.
The common link in Doctor Who TV news this week seems to involve disappearances. Doctor Who is acting like The Invisible Man:
1) USA - KUED/KUES 7,39 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT appears to have taken Doctor Who and much of their programming off the air for the duration of the Winter Olympics, with specials airing in their place. I guess they didn't want to waste regular programming in the city where the Olympics were being held, assuming that most people will be attending the games in person or watching them on the NBC station. So, all you Doctor Who fans who used the excuse of the Olympics to go to Salt Lake City and see Doctor Who on TV every weekend - bad news, you've been rumbled.
2) USA - WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) was off the air for much of last weekend, so Doctor Who did not air. It is unclear what WYIN will do this weekend as a result. Will they air Kinda episodes 1+2, which they have scheduled for this weekend? Will they air episodes 3+4 of Four To Doomsday, which were scheduled to air last weekend, even though they already aired January 26? Will they air episodes 1+2 of Four To Doomsday, which were skipped altogether last month? No clue.
3) USA - WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH pre-empted Doctor Who last weekend due to pledge specials. I think the specials must have been scheduled at the last minute, because I recall they had Warriors' Gate 2+3 on last weekend's schedule at one point. At the moment, their online listings have Doctor Who airing for the rest of this month, but if they are correct those episodes will be skipped altogether, and WCET will go straight to Warriors' Gate 4 and The Keeper of Traken 1.
4) USA - WMPT 22 Annapolis, MD, one of the six transmitters in the MPT network, has been sporadically on and off the air the last several days to enable work on their digital transmitter. The work is scheduled to end today, in which case Doctor Who won't be affected at all. The maintenance work is expected to occur sporadically throughout 2002. Viewers of MPT on DirecTV were experiencing periods of no signal, while most cable companies using WMPT 22's signal were feeding in other MPT signals instead, with varying degrees of success.
Next week's column will go out on Thursday, February 14 instead of the Friday, since much of the regular readership will probably be traveling to the Gallifrey convention in Los Angeles.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:

Firstrun Online Drama:

Death Comes To Time - Episode 2
Premieres Thursday, February 14
Realplayer link to be offered once it is online. Episode 1 is still available there to listen to, to catch up on the story.


No time for me to write story descriptions this week. Hopefully they'll be back next week.
UK Gold
Sat 7:10-9AM GMT Spearhead From Space movie
Sun 6-9AM GMT Doctor Who And The Silurians movie
BBC Prime
Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET The Trial of a Time Lord (The Mysterious Planet) ep 1 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet ep 1)
Sat 4:30PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET The Trial of a Time Lord (The Mysterious Planet) ep 2 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet ep 2)
Wed Noon CET The Trial of a Time Lord (The Mysterious Planet) ep 3 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet ep 3)
Thu Noon CET The Trial of a Time Lord (The Mysterious Planet) ep 4 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet ep 4)
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT The Caves of Androzani all 4 eps
BBC Kids
Weekdays 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
Fri The Talons of Weng-Chiang ep 4 of 6
Mon-Tue The Talons of Weng-Chiang eps 5 - 6 of 6
Wed-Fri Robot eps 1 - 3 of 4
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Dish Network Boston Local 8781 - not yet offered
Late Sat Mid EST The Visitation eps 3+4 of 4
Late Thu Mid EST Black Orchid both eps
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
DirecTV Pittsburgh Local 13/947
Dish Network Pittsburgh Local 8136
Late Sat Mid EST Kinda ep 2 of 4
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
DirecTV Philadelphia Local 35/909
Dish Network Philadelphia Local 8162
Sat 4AM+5:30PM EST Genesis of the Daleks eps 5+6 of 6
Sat 11:30PM EST Revenge of the Cybermen eps 1+2 of 4
Special late start time Saturday night.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
DirecTV DC & Baltimore Local 22/980
Dish Network DC Local 8083 - not yet offered
Dish Network Pittsburgh Local 8141 - not yet offered
Dish Network Baltimore Local 8736 - Baltimore Locals not yet offered
Late Sat Mid EST The Green Death movie
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
DirecTV Cincinnati Local 48/909
Dish Network Cincinnati Local 8356
Sat 11PM EST Warriors' Gate ep 4 of 4
Sat 11:30PM EST The Keeper of Traken ep 1 of 4
(Episodes 2+3 of Warriors' Gate might air instead.)
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Dish Network Chicago Local 8502 - coming soon
Sat 11PM CST Kinda eps 1+2 of 4, or:
Sat 11PM CST Four To Doomsday eps 3+4 of 4, or:
Sat 11PM CST Four To Doomsday eps 1+2 of 4 (the ones shown)
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:30PM CST The Robots of Death ep 3 of 4
TPT St. Paul, MN
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16.5 (2.5)
DirecTV Minneapolis Local 2/891
Dish Network Minneapolis Local 8576
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CST The Horns of Nimon ep 3 of 4
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 digital KDIN-DT 50 Des Moines, IA
Sat 11:35PM CST Resurrection of the Daleks 4 pt version, eps 1+2
KERA/K24AD Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,24 digital KERA-DT 14.1 Dallas, TX
DirecTV Dallas Local 13/889
Dish Network Dallas Local 8406
Late Fri 12:15AM CST Frontier In Space all 6 eps
(KERA is airing stories in production order, not broadcast order. TheThreeDoctors will air next week. Planet of the Daleks, which picks up where Frontier In Space ends, will air in two weeks.)
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
DirecTV Denver Local 12/910
Dish Network Denver Local 8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MST Snakedance eps 3+4 of 4 (actually Mawdryn Undead eps 1+2)
Sat 11PM MST Mawdryn Undead eps 1+2 of 4 (actually eps 3+4)
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7,39 digital KUED-DT 42 Salt Lake City, UT
DirecTV Salt Lake City Local 7/982
Dish Network Salt Lake City Local 8536
*Pre-empted for at least the next two weeks!*
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
DirecTV Seattle Local 28/970
Dish Network Seattle Local 8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST Kinda eps 3+4 of 4
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA
DirecTV San Francisco Local 54/903
Dish Network San Francisco Local 8234
Sun 11PM PST The Mutants eps 1+2 of 6

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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