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Wednesday 2nd October 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - October 2, 2002
(posted 2nd Oct 2002, 12:20pm - TWIDW post #0122)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - October 2, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 40
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the world.
If you missed it last week - TPT (KTCA 2) in St. Paul, MN has dropped Doctor Who from its schedule. Over the air viewers are out of luck for Doctor Who on TV unless they live in a fringe area that pulls in either KAWE/KAWB or one of the Iowa Public TV transmitters. Satellite subscribers on DirecTV are out of luck. Satellite subscribers on Dish Network are currently out of luck, but KAWE 9 is listed as a possible future local channel for the Minneapolis locals, so maybe you'll get Who back in the future, but no idea when.
We finally have some word as to what Uniseries is doing with Doctor Who. One of our readers has gotten word that Uniseries is airing the 4th season of Tom Baker's episodes (1977-1978, The Doctor, Leela, and the original K9). The episodes are airing in English with Spanish subtitles. It's still unknown precisely which episodes are airing which week. Uniseries is seen in South America.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA has apparently launched its digital channel - WQED-DT 38, according to . is reliable most of the time, but WQED's website makes no mention of their digital plans, so we don't know for sure if the station is airing or what WQED is doing with the station. All of the current US Doctor Who affiliates are noncommercial stations, and by current rules they must have their digital stations on the air by May 1, 2003, or else. Commercial stations had to be on the air by May 1, 2002, and most did not, and extensions were generally granted, so who knows if the rule will be strictly enforced for noncommercial stations.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA mentions on their website that they will dedicate their digital signal on Friday, November 8, implying that November is the month when WYBE-DT 34 will go on air.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH is back at full power after being on low power since June. While at reduced power, they made a lot of progress on their digital signal, and hope to have it on air soon.
Bad news for KTEH viewers who subscribe to Dish Network in the San Francisco area. Dish Network moved the device that receives the local signals to send them to the satellite. In the past, Dish could send them an adequate signal over the air. Now, the signal doesn't reach the relevant device. As a result, KTEH is off of Dish Network till further notice. KTEH provides its signal to DirecTV via a fiber feed because its over the air signal never could reach DirecTV's device. But they do not have money budgeted in to provide fiber to Dish Network at this time. Although Dish moved their device, the relevant must-carry rules indicate that it is the station's job to provide an adequate signal to the satellite provider. If the situation changes, we'll report. There are several Doctor Who affiliates that probably qualify for must-carry satellite status in various cities if they could get their signal to DirecTV or Dish's uplink locations.
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 , bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:

Real Time - Firstrun Doctor Who Audio Drama. Colin Baker, Cybermen.
6 episode story 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. This week - sci-fi author Timothy Zahn.


UK Gold
Late Fri 1:20-2:20AM, Sat 8-9AM BST Black Orchid movie
Late Sat 12:30-2:20AM, Sun 7:10-9AM BST Earthshock movie
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment both pts
Sat-Sun 8:30?AM CET "" pts ? - ? of 4
BBC Kids
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EDT (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT)
Wed-Fri Nightmare of Eden pts 2 - 4 of 4
Late Sat 2AM EDT (1AM CDT, Mid MDT, 11PM PDT, 3AM ADT, 3:30AM Newfoundland) Warriors' Gate all 4 pts

New story to BBC Kids.
Late Sun 2AM EDT (1AM CDT, Mid MDT, 11PM PDT, 3AM ADT, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Keeper of Traken all 4 pts
New story to BBC Kids.
Mon-Tue The Horns of Nimon pts 1 - 2 of 4
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Thu + Late Sat Mid EDT The Twin Dilemma pts 3+4 of 4
Special late start time on Thursday. Returns to 11:30PM Thursday next week.
WCNY/W59AU 24,59 Syracuse/Utica, NY
Sun 5:30PM EDT Planet of Evil pt 1 of 4
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
digital 38 DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Late Sat Mid EDT Snakedance pt 1 of 4
According to , WQED-DT 38 went on the air on September 28. There is no mention yet of WQED-DT's status on the WQED website. WQED's digital station will be included in the listings until further information is known.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT The Sun Makers pts 2+3 of 4
WYBE's website mentions in its upcoming events that it will have a dedication of the new digital transmitter on November 8, which implies that WYBE-DT 34 may be going on the air in November.
MPT Maryland 22,67,28,31,62,36
DirecTV 22,980
Late Sat Mid EDT The Power of Kroll movie
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Pre-empted by special programming. Doctor Who returns October 12.
WCET is back up to full power, so outlying viewers who haven't seen them for the last few months should be able to see them again. WCET hopes to have its digital antenna on the air soon, where it will broadcast on WCET-DT 34.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 11PM CDT Resurrection of the Daleks 4 pt version, pts 3+4
» these episodes were actually shown next week instead - they may have been pre-empted this week, or the first two episodes that were scheduled last week were shown instead.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:41PM CDT The Invasion of Time pt 6 of 6
KAWE/KAWB 9,22 Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CDT The Brain of Morbius pt 4 of 4
**No longer airing Doctor Who.**
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
digital 16.5 (2.5) DirecTV 2,891 Dish 8576,2
**No longer airing Doctor Who.**
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
digital 50
Sat 11:35PM CDT Delta and the Bannermen pt 3 of 3
Late Sat Mid CDT Dragonfire pt 1 of 3
KERA/K44FI 13,44 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Late Fri 12:20AM CDT The Invasion of Time movie
New very slightly later start time.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Vengeance on Varos 4 pt version, pts 1+2
Sat 11PM MDT Vengeance on Varos 4 pt version, pts 3+4

» it was The Two Doctors pts 5+6 and Vengeance on Varos pts 1+2.
KUED/KUES 7,39 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
digital 42 DirecTV 7,982 Dish 8536,7
Sat 11PM MDT City of Death pt 4 of 4
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Grays River, WA
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Caves of Androzani pts 3+4 of 4
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA
DirecTV 54,903
Sun 11PM PDT The Time Warrior pts 1+2 of 4
Dish Network moved their setup and KTEH's signal no longer reaches the right spot to be provided to Dish subscribers. It is unknown when or if the situation will change. KTEH provides its signal by fiber to DirecTV, so DirecTV subscribers to the local San Francisco channels should be in no danger of losing the station.
Sun 9:30AM, 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
The 4th Doctor and Leela are in action. English with Spanish subtitles.

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