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Wednesday 23rd October 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - October 23, 2002
(posted 23rd Oct 2002, 12:09pm - TWIDW post #0125)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - October 23, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 43
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the world.
Top news this week comes from Outpost Gallifrey The UK Sci-Fi Channel has gotten the rights to air the 1996 Doctor Who movie. This is probably the version with several violent scenes edited out, and not the complete version which aired on BBC2 in 1999 or that is out on DVD. Outpost Gallifrey indicates that the movie is airing on 2 November at 8PM and 3 November at 2PM, and so far I can find no other airings checking the schedule to the end of November. The UK and South African versions of the Sci-Fi channel are owned by the same people and share the same website. I cannot find any evidence of scheduled airings of the movie in South Africa at this time, but it would not surprise me.
Last week TWIDW mentioned KTEH/KCAH's pledge plans for Doctor Who on November 24th. Now, we know of another prime time pledge night for the good Doctor. WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH is airing The Five Doctors Special Edition from 9PM to Midnight this Saturday the 26th as a pledge special. This is reportedly the first airing of the Special Edition of Five Doctors on this station.
WENH 11, one of the stations of New Hampshire Public TV , has been off the air since October 18th due to a transmitter failure. New parts have been ordered, and NHPTV hopes to have the station back on the air shortly. According to the website, WENH 11 is still off the air as of publication time.
Dish Network has been moving most of its local channels from conus to spotbeams over the past week or two. Doctor Who fans who might have tried to "move" into designated TV market areas with Doctor Who affiliates will now probably find that classic tactic useless, as all or most of the Doctor Who affiliates on Dish are or soon will only be available on spotbeams, which cover small areas instead of the whole country. DirecTV local channels have been on spotbeams since right before they started adding Doctor Who affiliates late last year. offers the best current information on which stations are carried on various satellites.
Clocks change in most of the world this weekend. In the Northern Hemisphere, most places switch from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time early Sunday, October 27th. Much of the Southern Hemisphere switches from Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time. Bear this in mind, particularly if you get a Doctor Who affiliate and your locality is not changing from one time to the other.
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 - how to purchase a ticket on a space flight. Lalla Ward (Romana) is listed for November 22nd.


UK Gold
Late Fri 2-3:50AM, Sat 7:10-9AM BST Terminus movie
On the orders of the Black Guardian, Turlough sabotages the TARDIS, trapping the 5th Doctor and company on a plague ship en route to a quarantine in the very heart of the universe.
Late Sat 12:55-2:45AM BST, Sun 7:10-9AM GMT Enlightenment movie
A space race brings the TARDIS crew into the midst of treachery, deceit, and the wiles of the Black Guardian. Meanwhile, a soul-less being finds himself falling in love with Buffy - er, Tegan.
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/EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT/PST)
Wed-Fri Full Circle pts 1 - 3 of 4
Trapped in a pocket universe, the 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 come across a nefarious mathematician and a puzzle regarding aggressive marshmen and spiders.
Late Sat 2AM EDT (1AM CDT, Mid MDT, 11PM PDT, 3AM ADT, 3:30AM Newfoundland) Genesis of the Daleks all 6 pts
To save the future, the Doctor, Sarah, and Harry must irrevocably alter the past. The Daleks must not be allowed to exist - not as they are. The more they try to change history, the more it seems to be fulfilled.
Late Sun 2:30AM EST (1:30AM CST, 12:30AM MST, 11:30PM PST, 3:30AM AST, 4AM Newfoundland) Revenge of the Cybermen all 4 pts
Late start due to the movie The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen. Returning to Nerva, the 4th Doctor finds a ship full of dead crewmen and a forgotten planet in the vicinity. An old menace is returning, and humanity is about to find itself in the middle of a turf war.
Mon Full Circle pt 4 of 4
A secret is revealed, and the crew of the Starliner may yet have a future. But the answer is not what they want to hear.
Tue State of Decay pt 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana find a planet where civilization is descending into a dark age. Doom is looming. And knowledge can get you killed.
NHPTV New Hampshire
analog 11,49,52
digital 57,48,(49) - not on digital schedule yet
As of publication time, the NHPTV website reports that WENH 11 is off the air due to a transmitter failure. They hope to get it back on the air soon.
Thu 11:30PM, Late Sat Mid EDT Vengeance on Varos 4 pt version, pts 1+2
The 6th Doctor and Peri accidentally interrupt an execution, creating chaos on a penal world where pain is profit and execution is prime-time TV viewing.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital (25) - coming this fall
Sun 5:30PM EST Planet of Evil pt 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor takes drastic measures regarding Professor Sorenson to free the ship of anti-matter.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EDT Robot pt 4 of 4
The Scientific Reform Society makes a slight miscalculation regarding their plans for nuclear war. It seems they're not the most powerful threat in the room.
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA
analog 13,16
digital 38-1,(26)
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Late Sat Mid EDT Snakedance pt 4 of 4
WQED's website does not list Doctor Who for this weekend, but the half-hour show at 11:30PM is erroneously listed as lasting an hour, so I suspect that Doctor Who is only missing due to a typo. If this episode airs, the Mara uses the 500th anniversary of its banishment to return to Manussa.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital (34) - coming November 2002
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT Underworld pt 4 of 4
The quest for the race bank of the P7E ends with a double cross.
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Invasion of Time pt 1 of 6
The 4th Doctor comes to Gallifrey and claims the Presidency, to the shock of his fellow Time Lords and the confusion of Leela, who finds herself ostrasized.
MPT Maryland
analog 22,67,28,31,62,36
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
DirecTV 22,980
Late Sat Mid EDT City of Death movie
Paris, 1979. The 4th Doctor and Romana find their vacation interrupted by time slips and an alien split through time who desires to reunite himself regardless of the cost. Keep an eye out for Duggan (can we say effort to launch a spinoff?), a cameo by John Cleese, and the Mona Lisa.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital (34) - under construction
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Sat 9PM-Mid EDT The Five Doctors Special Edition 1995 remix
This is reportedly the first-ever airing of this version of The Five Doctors on WCET. It is being used as a pledge special to determine Doctor Who's future on the channel. So, if you live in the Cincinnati area, or if you used to live there, or even if you've never been there but want to keep the Doctor around in that part of Ohio and Kentucky, Saturday night is the night to make a pledge.
WYIN Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
analog 56
digital (17) - under construction
Sat 11PM CDT Planet of Fire pts 3+4 of 4
An episode of the series "Mountain Stage" is indicated in this timeslot for November 2nd, according to the WYIN website. I do not know yet if this is an error or if Doctor Who is moving/cancelled.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:41PM CDT The Ribos Operation pt 3 of 4
Unstoffe escapes into the catacombs with the aid of Binro, a man shunned by Ribos society for believing in the possibility of the existence of other worlds.
KAWE/KAWB Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
analog 9,22
digital (18),(28) - under construction
Sat 8PM CDT, Sun 11PM CST The Seeds of Doom pt 3 of 6
Back in England, the 4th Doctor and Sarah try to figure out which megalomaniac English lord with a plant fetish financed the theft of the deadly intergalactic seed pod. Fortunately, while there seem to be many megalomaniac English lords in this time period (just ask The Avengers), only a few are actually in love with their plants, making the search easier.
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
digital 50-1,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34)
Sat 11:35PM CDT Remembrance of the Daleks pts 3+4 of 4
To the alarm of the 7th Doctor, the two Dalek factions meet and start fighting in the streets of London in November 1963. He was trying to keep the fight *away* from the humans. Oops.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 14-1
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Late Fri 12:20AM CDT The Stones of Blood movie
An eccentric lady professor, her young-ish assistant, the 4th Doctor, and Romana get involved in a mystery at a stone circle in England. The number of stones vary, people are dying, alien forces seem to be at work, and the tracer simply can't find the 3rd segment of the Key To Time.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12,32
digital (38) - under construction
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT The Mark of the Rani 4 pt version, pts 1+2
Late Fri 1:30AM, Sat 11PM MDT The Mark of the Rani 4 pt version, pts 3+4

The 6th Doctor and Peri get caught up in the riots over the Industrial Revolution. But the riots are being made more dangerous than they actually were due to the Rani, a member of the Doctor's own race - a scientist and psychopath. To make matters worse, the Master stops by to make life miserable for both the Doctor and the Rani. 3 Time Lords on the loose - chaos.
ยป the following week reported the Friday broadcast of 3+4 wasn't shown.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7,19
digital 42-1,(19)
DirecTV 7,982 Dish 8536,7
Sat 11PM MDT Destiny of the Daleks pt 3 of 4
Davros is alive, and it's not just the Daleks who want to have a chat with him. The Movellans need him too. Who should the Doctor trust? His oldest enemies or his newest rather untrustworthy friends?
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Grays River, WA
analog 28,15,65
digital (27),(19) - under construction
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Attack of the Cybermen 4 pt version, pts 1+2
An alien distress signal brings the 6th Doctor and Peri to 76 Totters Lane in London in 1985. A former enemy of the Doctor has sent off a request for a ride off the planet - to the Cybermen!
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58) - under construction
DirecTV 54,903
Sun 11:30PM PST Invasion of the Dinosaurs pts 3+4 of 6
Doctor Who's start time on KTEH will vary until December. Someone in U*N*I*T is sabotaging the 3rd Doctor's efforts to trap a Dinosaur and figure out what the creatures are doing in 20th Century London.
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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