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Wednesday 14th August 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - August 14, 2002
(posted 14th Aug 2002, 12:33pm - TWIDW post #0114)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - August 14, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 33
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who on Television.
First, a big apology to Shaun Lyon at Outpost Gallifrey. Last week I inadvertently listed Outpost Gallifrey's website as when it is really . The perils of writing a column while half-asleep.
EUROPE/AFRICA - BBC Prime has aired Doctor Who since the channel began in 1995. This week, after 7 years, BBC Prime finishes its first run of the series with the last 2 episodes of Survival. According to the website, The Five Doctors (skipped during the 5th Doctor episodes) will begin airing next week. It is unclear which version of The Five Doctors will be used, though the 4 part version is most likely given BBC Prime}'s time slots for Doctor Who. BBC Prime also skipped Earthshock and Attack of the Cybermen, and I do not know if those will be airing. Also unknown is what BBC Prime's future plans for Doctor Who are. Will BBC Prime go back to the Hartnell/Troughton episodes, which they have not aired yet? Will BBC Prime go back to the Pertwee episodes? The Tom Baker episodes? Will they be taking the show off the air altogether? If anyone at BBC Prime wants to leak advance word, let me know. Otherwise, we'll have to watch their website week by week.
USA - WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA ran the 2000 National Doctor Who Night special last Saturday at Midnight, and not a regular 25 minute episode as indicated here. That was the special with Sylvester McCoy in the studio and Remembrance of the Daleks as the featured story.
USA - Due to recent FCC rulings, viewers may have heard that new TVs in upcoming years will be required to have digital tuners included in them. Almost all full power TV stations are being required to get digital stations on the air in the not-too distant future. If you're curious about what channel your Doctor Who affiliate's digital signal will be on - read the column today. I've listed all the assigned digital channels, as well as what I know about their timetable for getting the digital stations active. A good resource for keeping up on digital TV and all things TV/radio related in the US is .
HOWARD DASILVA - In 1978, when the Tom Baker Doctor Who episodes were first syndicated to the US, they were edited for commercial television and had introductions written to explain the show for the American audience. Howard DaSilva narrated these introductions. These introductions have been recreated and included on the relevant US Doctor Who DVD releases produced so far - The Robots Of Death and The Ark In Space. You can read about the story of the DaSilva introductions at and . TJ Lubinsky, the man who has been recreating/restoring the DaSilva introductions as extras for the US DVDs, wants to address some concerns about the way they are being presented.
THE DASILVA FEATURETTE - what's the deal?

Some people have asked why the DaSIlva featurette on The Ark In Space contains such long episode recaps and scene extensions, here are the reasons:
  1. This was the first ever and likely only opportunity to digitally preserve Howard's contributions to the series. Remember these versions were all but destroyed in the American vaults over a decade ago.

  2. What made these "commercially formatted" versions unique to America are not just his narrations, but the specific effects and edits that were selected for the syndication package. Very often topics of discussion for us old timers that used to spend hours on the phone and at conventions debating such decisions (like why sometimes on the Tom Baker movies you see the logo and sometimes you don't - and how often you'd get a bad edit frame of "Part One" on many movie versions).

  3. As the US DVD releases are likely the only possibility to digitally preserve these uniquely American versions, created by American videotape editors in 1978 for the syndication launch of Tom's first 98 episodes - the decision was made to faithfully recreate each episode's distinctly created formatting, exactly as first screened here in the US.

  4. That is beyond the voice overs, are the unique edits to the end credits (logo flying back) followed by preview scenes, and the fades to and from black where the original commercial breaks were placed.

  5. The original editors spent hours trying to figure out how best to format these shows for commercial television. So when you this featurette, you're also seeing a faithful recreation of the original syndication reformatting, in addition to the scripts written for Howard that he read in three hours back in 1978.

  6. From opening credits to the end of the first commercial break...sometimes these segments are short, sometimes these are longer. That depends on when the original scenes were faded for commercial break insertion.

  7. These edits have been matched frame for frame for the DVD featurette. From where the logo flies back during the teaser, to the font size and style used to credit Howard and Time/Life at the end.

  8. The Ark In Space for example was one of four episodes where the original editors compensated for late music cues by shortening some of the actual actors credits from 2 seconds - where they were originally 4 seconds, these details are what make the recreations special - beyond Howard's voice - so the whole unique American experience of seeing Dr. Who in the 70's can be relived when taking this personal Tardis timetrip back to America's Who past on commercial television.

If these efforts are appreciated, I also hope to include original stills (such as the image used on Robots Of Death) from the PBS stations that aired these during the :15 second black segments intended for commercial spots.

While it may seem a bit excessive to showcase these details in every episode for the casual interest Who fan, us old-time hard core folks that remember and love revisiting these shows from Saturday morning on Channel 9 really enjoy the attention to detail.

If you don't want to sit through the recaps, the fast forward option is always there - for those of us that remember these little details as part of the "experience" of the original broadcast of the series in the US - these little differences are special and important, not to feature them would be less than respectful.

We don't have to agree on this point, but I hope this reasoning makes some sense.

Yours in Gallifrey (10-0-11-00-by - 0 - 2)

TJ Lubinsky
Howard DaSilva DVD Featurette dude
While I try to keep the column up to day, 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 , bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:

Real Time - Firstrun Doctor Who Audio Drama. Colin Baker, Cybermen.
Episode 1 and 2 - still online
Episode 3 - goes online Noon Friday 16 August
Produced by Big Finish. Illustrations by Lee Sullivan for fans with fast internet connections. Requires version of RealPlayer to see/hear.
Fri 7PM EDT (6PM CDT) Interstellar Transmissions
WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami/West Palm Beach, FL)
WBYU AM1450 New Orleans, LA
Joey Reynolds' weekly radio show for sci-fi news and interviews, broadcast live over the internet on all 3 websites listed above. Doctor Who news usually discussed during the broadcast.


UK Gold
Sat 7:10-9AM BST City of Death movie
Sun 7:10-9AM BST The Creature from the Pit movie
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment both pts
BBC Prime
Wed Noon CET, Late Fri 12:35AM, Sat 4PM CET Survival pt 2 of 3
Thu Noon CET, Sat 4:25PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET Survival pt 3 of 3
Wed Noon CET The Five Doctors 4 pt version?, pt 1 of 4?

Question marks in place because a detailed schedule for next Wednesday was not yet available at press time. This was based on BBC Prime's schedule search engine.
TELE 5 Poland
Sat+Sun 8:35AM CET The Brain of Morbius pt 3 - 4 of 4
TWIDW is not certain that we have the episodes right. TELE 5 does not give episode information. Airing in Polish.
BBC Kids
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EDT (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT)
Saturdays 3:30PM, 10:30PM EDT (12:30PM, 7:30PM PDT) - complete stories
Sundays 3:30PM, 10:30PM EDT (12:30PM, 7:30PM PDT) - complete stories
Wed-Fri Genesis of the Daleks pts 3 - 5 of 6
Sat Robot all 4 pts
Sun The Ark In Space all 4 pts
Mon Genesis of the Daleks pt 6 of 6
Tue Revenge of the Cybermen pt 1 of 4
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Due to pledge drives, next Doctor Who episodes air August 29.
WENH-DT 57 Durham, NH - on air, not currently simulcasting analog lineup
WLED-DT 48 Littleton, NH - on air, not currently simulcasting analog lineup
WEKW-DT 49 Keene, NH - scheduled to launch 2003
WCNY/W59AU 24,59 Syracuse/Utica, NY
Pre-empted by pledges. Doctor Who returns August 25.
WCNY-DT 25 Syracuse, NY - under construction
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Pledge drives pre-empt Doctor Who for the rest of August. Returns in September.
WQED-DT 38 Pittsburgh, PA - to be built using money from sale of WQEX
WQEX-DT 26 Pittsburgh, PA - being sold, will not air Doctor Who
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang pt 6 of 6
Sat 11:30PM EDT Horror of Fang Rock pt 1 of 4
WYBE-DT 34 Philadelphia, PA - scheduled to launch October 2002
MPT Maryland 22,67,28,31,62,36
DirecTV 22,980
Late Sat Mid-2AM EDT The Sun Makers movie
Time approximate after pledge programming - and will apparently have pledge drives too.
WMPT-DT 42 Annapolis, MD - on air, simulcasting analog mid-2003
WMPB-DT 29 Baltimore, MD - launching fall 2002, simulcasting analog mid-2003
WCPB-DT 56 Salisbury, MD - launching fall 2002, simulcasting analog mid-2003
WWPB-DT 44 Hagerstown, MD - launching fall 2002, simulcasting analog mid-2003
WFPT-DT 28 Frederick, MD - launching spring 2003, simulcasting analog mid-2003
WGPT-DT 54 Oakland, MD - launching spring 2003, simulcasting analog mid-2003
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Doctor Who pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns August 24.
WCET-DT 34 Cincinnati, OH - under construction
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Doctor Who pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns August 24.
WYIN-DT 17 Gary, IN - under construction
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:40PM CDT Underworld pt 3 of 4
WILL-DT 33 Urbana, IL - under construction
KAWE/KAWB 9,22 Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
Sun 11PM CDT The Android Invasion pt 1 of 4
KAWE-DT 18 Bemidji, MN - under construction
KAWB-DT 28 Brainerd, MN - under construction
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
digital 16.5 (2.5) DirecTV 2,891 Dish 8576,2
Pre-empted by pledges on August 17.
KTCA-DT 34 St. Paul, MN - scheduled to launch 2003
currently carried on KTCI-DT subchannel 16.5 (aka 2.5)
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
Sat 11:36PM CDT The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 13+14 of 14 (The Ultimate Foe both pts)
Reminder to viewers - part 14 is 29 minutes long, as opposed to the usual 24 to 26 minutes. If you are taping the show to watch later, set a few extra minutes to make sure you don't miss the ending. Pre-empted due to special schedule caused by State Fair Aug 24. Doctor Who returns Aug 31.
KDIN-DT 50 Des Moines, IA - on air
KIIN-DT 45 Iowa City, IA - under construction
KTIN-DT 25 Fort Dodge, IA - under construction
KYIN-DT 18 Mason City, IA - under construction
KSIN-DT 28 Sioux City, IA - under construction
KRIN-DT 35 Waterloo/Cedar Rapids, IA - under construction
KBIN-DT 33 Council Bluffs, IA - under construction
KHIN-DT 35 Red Oak, IA - under construction
KQCT-DT 34 Davenport, IA - under construction
KERA/K44FI 13,44 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Late Fri Mid CDT The Robots of Death movie
Special time due to pledge season. Probably being pledged. Next week's story begins at 11PM CDT!!!!!
KERA-DT 14 Dallas, TX - on air, Doctor Who on 14.1
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
Schedule change - pledge drive continues. Doctor Who returns later in the month.

KBDI-DT 38 Broomfield/Denver, CO - under construction
KUED/KUES 7,39 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
digital 42 DirecTV 7,982 Dish 8536,7
Doctor Who pre-empted by pledge drive. Doctor Who returns August 24.
KUED-DT 42 Salt Lake City, UT - on air
KUES-DT 19 Richland, UT - supposed to flip direct from analog to digital in 2006
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Grays River, WA
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Frontios pts 1+2 of 4
KBTC-DT 27 Tacoma, WA - under construction
KCKA-DT 19 Centralia, WA - under construction
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA
DirecTV 54,903 Dish 8234,54
Doctor Who pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns in September.
KTEH-DT 50 San Jose, CA - under construction
KCAH-DT 58 Watsonville, CA - under construction
Sun 9:30AM, 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
Another adventure for the errant Time Lord.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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