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Friday 10th May 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - May 10, 2002
(posted 10th May 2002, 11:45am - TWIDW post #0094)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 19
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who on TV worldwide. At the moment, people on 6 continents can see Doctor Who on TV somewhere (at least until June).
First up - congratulations to the fans in New Zealand! Several short clips from missing Doctor Who episodes (The Web of Fear episodes 2,4,+5; The Wheel In Space 5), along with clips of surviving episodes and other TV shows have turned up down there. It's about a minute of new Doctor Who material, mostly from The Web of Fear episode 4. The press release and screen grabs are at . Now, if we could just find the episodes those clips were taken from ...
Last week, several new TV stations airing Doctor Who were announced. Guess what - we still missed one, sort of. W59AU Utica, NY is a satellite of WCNY 24 Syracuse, NY . If you can see W59AU, you have Doctor Who as well. Also, KAWE 9 is in Bemidji, MN, not Bernidji.
Canadian Doctor Who fans with Digital Cable can see more Doctor Who starting this weekend. BBC Kids is airing weekend reruns of Doctor Who to its lineup, which already airs episodes 4 times each weeknight. Complete stories will air on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30PM Eastern (12:30PM Pacific), with repeats at 10PM Eastern (7PM Pacific). The Saturday and Sunday broadcasts are different, and they are not linked to the weeknight airings. Also, BBC Kids begins airing new (to them) Doctor Who stories in the weeknight slots beginning Friday, May 24, with episode 1 of Horror of Fang Rock.
By the way, it occurs to me that WCNY/W59AU 24,59 Syracuse/Utica, NY and KAWE/KAWB 9,22 Bemidji/Brainerd, MN come tantalizingly close to providing Canadians with over the air or analog cable Doctor Who, without actually reaching the Canadian border. I prefer the climate further south in the US, but stations in colder regions seem more willing to pick up Doctor Who - go figure. In case anyone is curious, I've put together a list of PBS stations that I know have at least some coverage in Canada. If Canadians want Doctor Who without needing Digital Cable, these would be the stations to try to convince to pick up the show:

WTVS 56 Detroit, MI
WGBH 2 Boston, MA
WNED 17 Buffalo, NY
WXXI 21 Rochester, NY
WCFE 57 Plattsburgh, NY
WPBS/WNPI 16,18 Watertown/Norwood, NY
WETK 33 Burlington, VT (Vermont Public TV)
Maine Public Broadcasting (aired Doctor Who 1998-1999)
Prairie Public Broadcasting (aired Doctor Who 1998-2001)
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA (aired Doctor Who 1980s-2000)
KCTS 9 Seattle, WA (crosstown rival KBTC airs Doctor Who)

If there are any other PBS stations that can be seen in Canada, let me know. Some fans in Central/South America have a PBS station too (WNET 13 New York, NY), in case anyone down there wants to rally WNET to air Doctor Who transcontinentally. Maybe next week we'll do a list of PBS stations that border Mexico.
Australian fans - UKTV is only airing Doctor Who for another month or so, till they finish the series, and then it goes on hiatus. Hopefully it'll be back after a couple months rest (it's taken vacations twice before), but you can never be too sure. Don't miss the show while you have it.
South American Doctor Who fans - Uniseries is now airing Doctor Who Sundays at 9:30PM Argentina Time. 1 episode a week. Odds on Tom Baker episodes, but that's the point - we don't know. If you have Uniseries, watch Sunday's episode, then send me an e-mail and let us all know what you're getting down there. Also, are you getting it in English, Spanish, or English with Spanish subtitles? Are they retitling the stories? The world of Doctor Who fandom wants to know.
San Jose, CA Who fans - in memoriam of John Nathan-Turner, KTEH is squeezing an interview they once did with him into the Sunday night lineup. To catch the interview, tune in at 10:50PM Sunday instead of the usual 11PM. Doctor Who will start at 11:15PM.
Pittsburgh, PA - WQEX 16 was supposed to be back on the air by now, so I am listing it as if it is. However, I can't find any proof as to whether it is back or not. WQED's website doesn't mention WQEX, so I won't get news that way. If you get WQEX 16 over the air (not by cable), I'd be curious to know when it returns. WQED took WQEX off the air a couple of weeks back to install a new antenna which will let them put WQED-DT and WQEX-DT on the air. Since WQEX 16 has aired a complete simulcast of WQED since November 1997 (while serving the same area), cable subscribers were seeing WQED 13 on WQEX 16's cable slot, and probably not noticing any difference. Some areas may receive WQEX more clearly than WQED over the air, so over the air viewers in those areas would be most interested in WQEX's status.
And remember, if you live in the US, and you're among the 82 Million households with Sci-Fi on your cable or satellite - the 1996 Doctor Who movie airs one more time on Sci-Fi's current contract - June 30 at 5PM Eastern Time. Look at last week's column or use Sci-Fi's schedulebot to adjust for your local time or feed.
Additions and corrections are welcome at , bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:


Fri 7PM EDT (6PM CDT) Interstellar Transmissions
WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami/West Palm Beach, FL)
WBYU AM1450 New Orleans, LA
Weekly radio show for sci-fi news and interviews, broadcast live over the internet on all 3 websites listed above (different feeds, so if one doesn't work try another one). Frequent Doctor Who guests, but this week it's SF author Ben Bova, author of The Rock Rats and 70 other books.


UK Gold
Sat 7:10-8AM BST The Sontaran Experiment movie
Sun 6:30-9AM BST Genesis of the Daleks 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 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET Dragonfire pt 2 of 3
Sat 4:25PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET Dragonfire pt 3 of 3
Wed Noon CET Remembrance of the Daleks pt 1 of 4
Thu Noon CET Remembrance of the Daleks pt 2 of 4
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST The Happiness Patrol all 3 pts
Sun 8:30AM, Late Sun 2:30AM AEST Silver Nemesis all 3 pts
Mon 11:30PM AEST Silver Nemesis pt 3 of 3
Tue-Fri 11:30PM AEST The Greatest Show in the Galaxy pts 1 - 4 of 4
BBC Kids
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EDT (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT)
Saturdays 3:30PM, 10PM EDT (12:30PM, 7PM PDT) - complete stories
Sundays 3:30PM, 10PM EDT (12:30PM, 7PM PDT) - complete stories
Fri The Robots of Death pt 1 of 4
Sat Robot all 4 pts
Sun The Ark In Space all 4 pts
Mon-Wed The Robots of Death pts 2 - 4 of 4
Thu-Fri The Talons of Weng-Chiang pts 1 - 2 of 6

New to BBC Kids episodes begin airing late next week on Friday, May 24.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat 12:30AM EDT Terminus pts 3+4 of 4
Late Thu Mid EDT Enlightenment pts 1+2 of 4
WCNY/W59AU 24,59 Syracuse/Utica, NY
Sun 5:30PM EDT "The Ark In Space/The Sontaran Experiment" pt 1 of 4/2
WCNY's website, TV Guide's online listings, and's online listings do not indicate which episode is airing. It should be part 1 of The Ark In Space. However, several stations have erroneously aired Doctor Who in production order in recent years. If WCNY takes that course of action, you're looking at part 1 of The Sontaran Experiment. Can someone tell me what happens there?
ยป this was confirmed as The Ark In Space: Part One.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
DirecTV 13/947 Dish 8136
Late Sat Mid EDT Earthshock pt 1 of 4
Pre-empted by pledges next week. Doctor Who returns May 25.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
DirecTV 35/909 Dish 8162
Sat 11PM EDT The Seeds of Doom pts 3+4 of 6
Doctor Who pledge specials 8 to Midnight on May 18.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
DirecTV 22/980
Late Sat Mid EDT Planet of Evil movie
Yes, it is actually going to begin on time. I've checked this time - Independent Eye is not scheduled to run overtime. Doctor Who's going to start late for the next 4 weeks after this (3 long Independent Eyes and a pledge night), but this time it actually starts at Midnight. Unless MPT changes things at the last minute, obviously.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
DirecTV 48/909 Dish 8356
Pre-empted by auction. Doctor Who returns May 25.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 11PM CDT Snakedance pts 1+2 of 4
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:15PM CDT The Invisible Enemy pt 2 of 4
KAWE/KAWB 9,22 Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CDT Genesis of the Daleks pt 5 of 6
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 2 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
KERA/K24AD 13,24 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
digital 14.1 DirecTV 13/889 Dish 8406
Late Fri 12:15AM CDT The Ark In Space movie
KERA is airing stories in production order. Revenge of the Cybermen airs next week.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
DirecTV 12/910 Dish 8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Frontios pts 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM MDT Frontios pts 3+4 of 4
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 4 of 4 (actually pt 3)
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Grays River, WA
DirecTV 12/910 Dish 8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Mawdryn Undead pts 3+4 of 4
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA
DirecTV 54/903 Dish 8234
Sun 10:50PM PDT Interview With John Nathan-Turner.
Sun 11:15PM PDT The Three Doctors pts 3+4 of 4
Sun 9:30PM "" pt 2 of 4?
As of this writing, I can not find any listings that will say which episodes are airing, or in what language.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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