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Wednesday 13th November 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - November 13, 2002
(posted 13th Nov 2002, 12:22pm - TWIDW post #0129)
No one can tell it's a man in a rubber suit on the radio ...
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - November 13, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 46
Readers of BBC News Online and Outpost Gallifrey yesterday were treated to the news that BBC Radio 7 is going to launch on 15 December 2002. The newest BBC digital radio channel, it is an offshoot of Radio 4 and is devoted to radio comedies and dramas from the BBC's earliest days to today. One thing of note is the news that Doctor Who is going to feature in the schedule as part of The 7th Dimension sci-fi zone. Opening night of BBC Radio 7 will be simulcast on BBC Radio 4, and will include Doctor Who. Outpost Gallifrey suggests that The Paradise Of Death and The Ghosts of N Space would likely be the first Doctor Who stories to air, since they were recorded specifically for radio broadcast.

For anyone curious, to hear BBC Radio 7 in England when it launches you need to either 1) have a digital radio, 2) have digital television, or 3) have a good internet connection with some form of RealPlayer. Those of us in the rest of the world will need RealPlayer. The station is due to be on the air 18 hours a day, and the launch is at 7AM on 15 December, which implies that the broadcast day will be 7AM to 1AM UK Time. Adjust the time based on where you live. Programs with copyright restrictions sometimes get blocked from online BBC webstreams. Crossing fingers that Doctor Who will not have that problem.
In other Who news:
Some extra airings of the Doctor Who TV Movie (starring Paul McGann) have popped up in December.
Sci-Fi Channel (South Africa) airings of the 1996 Doctor Who Movie:
Fri 27 December 6:30-8PM CAT
Sun 29 December 1:20-2:50PM CAT
Tue 31 December 5-6:30PM CAT
Sci-Fi Channel (UK) airing of the 1996 Doctor Who Movie:
Thu 26 December 8-9:40PM GMT
Sci-Fi Channel (US) airing of the 1996 Doctor Who Movie:
EAST & SATELLITE FEED - Late Sun December 15 3-5AM EST
WEST FEED - Late Sun December 15 3-5AM PST
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA will have its semi-annual Doctor Who pledge drive on December 7th to help raise money for Doctor Who and other sci-fi shows. This time they'll be toasting the Daleks with The Dalek Invasion of Earth as the main feature. Their pledge goal is $15,000, though they're willing to accept more.
Iowa Public TV is giving weekly reminders during Sci-Fi Saturday Night that they will have a special pledge night for its sci-fi programming on December 7th. Starts at 10PM. Only the sci-fi programming will be pledged. Red Dwarf is already renewed for 2003-2004. In an interesting twist, they are handling other sci-fi shows (including Doctor Who) the way the show Survivor handles contestants. When people pledge on December 7th, they'll be asked to vote for a sci-fi program (Doctor Who, The Prisoner, Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy, old sci-fi movies). Be warned. You are voting for the show that you want IPTV not to air in 2003-2004. More details at the fan site .
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA is having its own prime-time Doctor Who night on Sunday, November 24th from 8 to 11PM with selected Tom Baker episodes. That's less than 2 weeks away. Alias and Angel won't be airing that night, and since you're on the West Coast you can see the British Prime Minister's Question Time on C-Span at 6 instead of 9, so there's no excuse to miss the pledge drive if you're in the viewing area.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA has a cryptic comment on their website that they are having a Digital Launch party on November 15th. This might be the launch of WYBE-DT 34, their digital channel. I suspect WYBE will simulcast its lineup on WYBE-DT when that station goes on the air, so Doctor Who would be on it.
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:


Fri 7PM EST Interstellar Transmissions
WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami/West Palm Beach, FL)
Joey Reynolds' weekly radio show for sci-fi news and interviews, which can usually be heard online worldwide. Doctor Who news usually discussed during the broadcast. Jerry Doyle from Babylon 5 is this week's guest, but Lalla Ward (Romana) is listed for November 22nd, as is Lars Pearson, the author of I Who, 3.


UK Gold
Late Fri 1:25-3:15AM, Sat 7:10--9AM GMT Resurrection of the Daleks(?) movie
Storywise, Resurrection of the Daleks should air here, and Planet of Fire should air on Sunday. Onthebox seems to think that The Caves of Androzani is airing Sunday, and won't say which story is airing Saturday. wasn't being much help as of publication time. It had Resurrection on Saturday and Planet on Sunday, but did not have the scheduled times. It might be out of date.
Late Sat 1:40-3:25AM, Sun 7:10-9AM GMT The Caves of Androzani(?) movie
ยป the following week reported that it was Planet of Fire and The Caves of Androzani.
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
English with a Polish narrator "explaining" the episodes.
BBC Kids
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
Wed The Keeper of Traken pt 4 of 4
Kassia becomes the Keeper, but she's not the one in charge. The 4th Doctor is about to meet the true villain of the peace - someone he knows all too well.
Thu-Fri Logopolis pts 1 - 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Adric bring the TARDIS to Earth to measure it and fix the infamous Chameleon Circuit. As they work, the Doctor feels a sense of gloom. Danger is coming, and he will never be the same again.
Late Sat 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Brain of Morbius all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor and Sarah land on a desolate planet, where a mad scientist seeks out body parts for the evil Morbius, and a Coven of women try to kill all visitors. Includes the immortal line "Could you spare a glass of water?"
Late Sun 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Seeds of Doom all 6 pts
They came from Outer Space. They buried themselves deep into the Earth. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting for the time to arise and feed. They are the Krynoids. And they want to eat humanity.
Mon-Tue Logopolis pts 3 - 4 of 4
Time is running out, and the Doctor must make a dreadful alliance to save the universe. These are the final Tom Baker episodes. The weekday episodes will cycle back to Robot after this.
Channel numbers in brackets ( ) indicate a digital station that is not on the air. Low power stations do not currently have digital assignments.
NHPTV New Hampshire
analog 11,49,52
digital 57,48,(49) - not on digital schedule yet
Thu 11:30PM, Late Sat Mid EST The Two Doctors 6 pt version, pts 3+4
With help from Jamie, the 6th Doctor and Peri travel to Earth in search of the 2nd Doctor, who has been kidnapped in a power play to gain the secret of Time Travel.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EST Pyramids of Mars pt 3 of 4
Sutekh is preparing a rocket to free himself from his prison on Mars. Unfortunately for him, the Doctor is around.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EST The Ark In Space pt 1 of 4
Episodes are airing in production order, so The Sontaran Experiment concluded last week. Harry Sullivan didn't believe the TARDIS could travel in Space or Time. So the Doctor offered to take him to the Moon. So they wind up on a space station in the distant future. Close enough.
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA
analog 13,16
digital 38-1, (26)
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Late Sat Mid EST Mawdryn Undead pt 3 of 4
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart gets involved with the TARDIS crew in both 1977 and 1983, hampering the efforts to solve the mystery of Mawdryn's ship, but also hampering the Black Guardian's efforts to kill the 5th Doctor off.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital (34) - coming November 15 2002?
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EST The Invasion of Time pt 6 of 6
The 4th Doctor designs an ultimate weapon to deal with the Sontaran invasion of Gallifrey.
Sat 11:30PM EST The Ribos Operation pt 1 of 4
Summoned by the White Guardian, the 4th Doctor finds himself on a quest to recover the various segments of The Key To Time. Unless the Doctor, K9, and a young Time Lady named Romanadvoratrelundar can find the segments, the universe will be plunged into chaos. Hang on - you're saying that life right now *isn't* chaos???
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 EST The Horns of Nimon movie
The 4th Doctor and Romana find a civilization in decay, sacrificing innocents to a mysterious creature in the promise of salvation. But the deal is bad, and time is running out to protect the galaxy from the terror that is - Nimon. A rather good story that's derided by critics. An accidental end of an era, as due to the non-completion of Shada this was the last story to go out produced by Graham Williams, the last story script-edited by Douglas Adams, the last story with DavidBrierly as the voice of K9, and the last story with the famous tunnel opening and closing credits. Savor the end of an era, before catching a new era's beginning next week.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital (34) - under construction
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Sat 11PM EST The Five Doctors 4 pt version, pts 3+4
The 5th Doctor finds out why everyone has been brought to the Death Zone, but it is up to the 1st 3 Doctors to bail him out when trouble brews.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:41PM CST The Pirate Planet pt 2 of 4
The Mentiads are on the move, and the Pirate Captain wants them eliminated. Meanwhile, the antics of the Doctor also begin to alarm the Captain, as he gets too close to the truth.
KAWE/KAWB Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
analog 9,22
digital (18),(28) - under construction
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CST The Seeds of Doom pt 6 of 6
See BBC Kids for story description.
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
digital 50-1,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34)
Sat 11:35PM CST Silver Nemesis pts 2+3 of 3
The Cybermen and psuedo-Nazis are both after the Nemesis statue, but they seem to be just pawns in a battle between the 7th Doctor and a 17th Century woman with knowledge no one should have.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 14-1
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Late Fri 12:20AM CST The Armageddon Factor movie
So close to the end of the quest, the 4th Doctor and Romana learn that the final segment of the Key To Time may be in the clutches of The Shadow, a servant of the Black Guardian who is pitting Atrios and Zeos against each other in a Nuclear War to the death.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12,32
digital (38) - under construction
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
Late Fri 12:30AM MST Timelash 4 pt version, pts 1+2
Sat 11PM MST Timelash 4 pt version, pts 3+4

Many years ago, the 3rd Doctor helped a planet deal with a dangerous problem. Now, the planet is in greater danger, and its ruler notes the return of the Doctor, now in his 6th incarnation. But it will not be a cordial greeting.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7,19
digital 42-1, (19)
DirecTV 7,982 Dish 8536,7
Sat 11PM MST Nightmare of Eden pt 2 of 4
Vraxoin is spreading among the crew and passengers of the larger ship, putting people into a dangerous stupor. And while they stop caring about life, killer monsters find their way loose aboard the ship.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
analog 28,15,65
digital (27),(19) - under construction
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST Vengeance on Varos 4 pt version, pts 3+4
The Governor tries to rebel against the system of torture and execution, only to find himself next in life for almost certain death.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58) - under construction
DirecTV 54,903
Sun 11:30PM PST Death to the Daleks pts 3+4 of 4
The Daleks find themselves in mortal peril as they persue the 3rd Doctor through the Forbidden City. Can they survive in time to report back information to their leaders?
PRIMETIME Tom Baker themed pledge drive on November 24th from 8 to 11PM.
Sun 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
The 4th Doctor and Leela are in action. English with Spanish subtitles.

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