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Friday 3rd May 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - May 3, 2002
(posted 3rd May 2002, 11:21am - TWIDW post #0092)
John Nathan-Turner - 1948-2002. RIP.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 18
Well, this has been a wild week for TV Doctor Who. More twists and turns popping up every day. And I wouldn't be surprised if more things are going on which miss this edition.
1) John Nathan-Turner, 9th and final producer of Doctor Who during its TV run, passed away Wednesday at the rather young age of 54, and deserves a brief note. Mr. Turner was one of the most influential figures on the course of Doctor Who. He first worked on the show as a new employee at the BBC during filming of The Space Pirates in 1969. He worked on 2 Pertwee stories, came back as a member of the production team starting with season 15 (mid-Tom Baker), and served as producer from the start of season 18 till the end, the longest anyone served as producer.
2) SOUTH AMERICA gets Doctor Who. For the first time since HBO OLE aired the TV Movie in 1999-2000, Doctor Who fans in South America will get to see the Doctor on TV again. Cable network Uniseries is airing an episode a week starting Sunday, 5 May at 9:30PM Argentina time. I don't know how many countries Uniseries airs in, but it definitely airs in Argentina. I'd like to hear from any fans down there who get to see these broadcasts. Uniseries' website and TV Guide's Argentina info do not reveal which episodes are airing, or in what language. I will keep my eyes open to see if any other stations on that continent add Doctor Who, but my resources for that area are rather skimpy. If Doctor Who pops up on a local channel, let me know.
3) USA - WCNY 24 Syracuse, NY added Doctor Who to their weekly lineup on April 14, but the column just found out this week. 1 episode a week, Sundays at 5:30PM Eastern Time. They are currently airing Robot. I believe this is the first station in upstate New York to air Doctor Who during the tenure of this column - let's make it the first of many. Convert them all.
4) USA - this one is almost irritating. I've been monitoring hundreds of PBS stations lately for various matters, not all Doctor Who related. Searching countless schedules. This station not only has managed to air Doctor Who since January without my noticing it, but no one ever noted "hey - you missed one!" Well, it's been noted now, and thanks to the person who brought it to my attention. And in spite of wishing I'd known of it sooner, I'm always glad to hear that more stations air the show.

What? You actually want to know what station it is? Ok. KAWE/KAWB 9,22 Bernidji/Brainerd, MN , serving much of Northern Minnesota. 1 episode Saturdays at 8PM, with a rerun Sundays at 11PM Central Time. They've aired Robot, The Ark In Space, The Pyramids Of Mars (pledge special), The Sontaran Experiment, and are now working on Genesis of the Daleks. Dish Network subscribers with the Minnesota/St. Paul, MN local channels package should eventually get KAWE 9 at channel number 8583 (it's not on the air yet), so you'll have 2 Doctor Who affiliates in that package. Don't think DirecTV has announced plans to add this station in that market yet.
5) UK - S4C, the Welsh version of Channel 4, has scheduled the 2nd Peter Cushing Dr. Who movie Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D. to air this upcoming late Thursday / early Friday, starting at 3:05AM. S4C can be seen throughout Wales and areas just beyond. S4C Digital, the nationally available digital version of S4C, doesn't seem to be on the air at that hour, so I guess the movie won't air there. Still, the rest of the UK got to see the movie on a Sunday afternoon a couple weeks back anyway.
6) INTERNET - The final segment of Death Comes To Time should be online by now (see below). I hear the story has created a lot of controversy, with people loving or hating the plot twists. I haven't actually had the time to keep up with it, so I plan a marathon listening this week now that it's all on the BBC's website.
7) RADIO - If you're a fan of the Interstellar Transmissions radio show , the one with the frequent Doctor Who guests, read below. They've changed their radio station(s) and broadcast time.
8) USA - Last year the Sci-Fi Channel bought the rights to air the 1996 Doctor Who movie in the US up to 3 times in a one year period, the first times it had aired since its premiere on FOX May 14, 1996. Sci-Fi aired the movie in July 2001 and on Christmas Eve 2001. Now, they have scheduled it one more time - June 30, 2002, at 5PM Eastern. I don't know if Sci-Fi bought any additional airings or if the movie will become available to new buyers again after this. "Doctor Who" is scheduled to air, appropriately enough, in the middle of an all-day festival of movie revivals for classic TV shows. Doctor Who will be airing alongside "Here Come The Munsters", "Knightrider 2000", "The Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics", "The Addams Family" (1991), and "The Flintstones" (1993).

Sci-Fi has 2 programming feeds - East and West. Satellite providers use the East Feed, as do virtually all Cable providers in the Eastern and Central US time zones. Cable providers in the Mountain and Pacific time zones (and Alaska & Hawaii) usually use the West feed, though sometimes the East feed is used instead. So, figure out which feed you have and which time zone you live in, and you can know when you can see the movie on June 30:

East Feed:
Eastern Time - 9PM
Central Time - 8PM
Mountain Time - 7PM
Pacific Time - 6PM
Alaska Time - 5PM
Hawaii Time - 3PM

West Feed:
Mountain Time - 10PM
Pacific Time - 9PM
Alaska Time - 8PM
Hawaii Time - 6PM
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... , , bfelliott3 on AIM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:


Death Comes To Time
Episode 5C Death Comes To Time, pt 3 of 3 now online
Realplayer needed. Full story now online.
*New Time & Channel*
WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami & West Palm Beach)
WBYU AM1450 New Orleans, LA
Fri 7PM EDT (6PM CDT) Interstellar Transmissions
At a new earlier time and on two stations, Joey Reynolds' weekly sci-fi news/talk show can now reach a larger radio audience. For the rest of the world, try the live Media Player webstream from the Interstellar Transmissions web page. If that link isn't working, try the webstreams from WWNN's or WBYU's websites. Joey's guest - alas, I forget, and that portion of his website was not working when this column went out. Expect some mention of the passing of John Nathan-Turner, though that will not be the main topic this week.


S4C Wales
Late Thu 3:05AM BST Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D. 1966 movie
Peter Cushing stars as Dr. Who in this colourful remake of the classic 1st Doctor story The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Note: S4C Digital (offered through Britain) appears not to be on the air at 3AM, so this might be a Welsh treat only. Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D. aired on Channel 4 several weeks ago, and this is the Welsh equivalent of that channel.
UK Gold
Sat 7:15-9AM BST Robot movie
Sun 7:10-9AM BST The Ark In Space movie
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment both pts
BBC Prime
Late Fri 12:35AM, Sat 4PM CET Delta and the Bannermen pt 3 of 3
Sat 4:25PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET Dragonfire pt 1 of 3
Wed Noon CET Dragonfire pt 2 of 3
Thu Noon CET Dragonfire pt 3 of 3
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST Remembrance of the Daleks all 4 pts
Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEST The Happiness Patrol pts 1 - 3 of 3
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEST Silver Nemesis pts 1 - 2 of 3
BBC Kids
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EDT (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT)
Fri The Deadly Assassin pt 4 of 4
Mon-Thu The Face of Evil pts 1 - 4 of 4
Fri The Robots of Death pt 1 of 4

At last word, the weekend broadcasts will begin on Saturday 10 May, while the weekday episodes will continue. New to BBC Kids episodes (Horror Of Fang Rock pt 1 and onward) should begin on Friday 23 May.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat 12:30AM EDT Terminus pts 1+2 of 4
Late Thu 12:30AM EDT Terminus pts 3+4 of 4
WCNY 24 Syracuse, NY
Sun 5:30PM EDT Robot pt 4 of 4
WQED 13 Pittsburgh, PA
DirecTV 13/947 Dish 8136
Late Sat Mid EDT Black Orchid pt 2 of 2
At press time, it was unknown if WQEX 16 would be back on the air by the time of the Doctor Who broadcast. WQEX 16 is off the air while a new transmitter is put up which can broadcast both WQED-DT and WQEX-DT, when those digital channels launch. Satellite subscribers don't have WQEX, cable subscribers are having WQED substituted for WQEX, and most people with antennas can pull in WQED, so few people are noticing the absence of WQEX. For the few Pittsburgh area people who can only see WQEX, hope the new antenna gets put up soon.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
DirecTV 35/909 Dish 8162
Sat 11PM EDT The Seeds of Doom pts 1+2 of 6
Early warning - WYBE 35 plans to have its pledge drive on May 18. The Making Of Doctor Who will air at 8PM, with 4 episodes of Doctor Who starting at 9:20PM. Also, if you have a digital TV receiver, WYBE-DT 34 should go on the air on July 2nd.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
DirecTV 22/980
Late Sat Mid EDT Terror of the Zygons movie
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
DirecTV 48/909 Dish 8356
Sat 11PM EDT Kinda pts 1+2 of 4
Pre-empted by auction next two weeks. Returns May 25.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 11PM CDT Arc of Infinity pts 3+4 of 4
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:25PM CDT The Invisible Enemy pt 1 of 4
KAWE/KAWB 9,22 Bernidji/Brainerd, MN
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CDT Genesis of the Daleks pt 4 of 6
So, KAWE/KAWB, you have hidden from me. But now we know you are out there. Now you are profiled in the column, people will see you, your website will get more hits, and many you'll even get more viewers watching Doctor Who. Evil laugh.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
digital 16.5 (2.5) DirecTV 2/891 Dish 8576
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT Full Circle pt 1 of 4
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
digital 50
Sat 11:35PM CDT The Mark of the Rani 4 pt version, pts 3+4 (actually pts 1+2)
KERA/K24AD 13,24 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
digital 14.1 DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406
Late Fri 12:15AM CDT The Sontaran Experiment movie
47 minutes long. KERA is still airing the stories in production order, instead of story order. Sontaran Experiment begins where next week's broadcast of The Ark In Space ends.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
DirecTV 12/910 Dish 8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Warriors of the Deep pts 3+4 of 4
Sat 11PM MDT Frontios pts 1+2 of 4
They seem to be skipping over The Awakening for some reason.
KUED/KUES 7,39 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
digital 42 DirecTV 7/982 Dish 8536
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT The Androids of Tara pt 3 of 4 (actually pt 2)
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
DirecTV 28/970 Dish 8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Mawdryn Undead pts 1+2 of 4
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, WA
DirecTV 54/903 Dish 8234
Sun 11:47PM PDT The Three Doctors pts 1+2 of 4
Late start due to special airing of The Lathe Of Heaven. Next week - KTEH will rerun the interview they did with John Nathan-Turner starting at 10:50PM as a memorial to the longtime Doctor Who producer.
Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, + Chile cable systems
DirecTV Latin America 125??
Sun 9:30PM "Doctor Who" pt 1 of 4?
Las adventuras del Doctor del bien y sus companeros, cuando defienden la justicia por todo el universo. At press time, it is unclear which episodes will be airing (probably early 4th Doctor) and whether they will be in English, Spanish, or English with Spanish subtitles. This is the first week that this channel has scheduled Doctor Who. It is a late addition which does not yet have a description on the Uniseries web page.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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