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Wednesday 20th November 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - November 20, 2002
(posted 20th Nov 2002, 1:21pm - TWIDW post #0130)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - November 20, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 47
Well, it's that time of year again. Doctor Who is about to get a year older. On Saturday 23 November 2002, Doctor Who will turn 39. Doctor Who premiered on Saturday 23 November 1963. Happy anniversary to the series. Next year is the big 4-0. Unless Doctor Who decides to start lying about its age. I've never heard of a TV show hiding its age, but Doctor Who was spotted having a quick conversation with 39 year old Jack Benny regarding the subject of age.
In case anyone hasn't heard yet, Shada is coming to the internet in Spring 2003. Just hours after last week's column came out, BBCi announced that the third full length Doctor Who audio drama to be produced for the internet would be a remake of the Douglas Adams story Shada. It will star Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana, John Leeson as K9, with a full cast. It will be serialized on the BBC's Doctor Who website just like Death Comes To Time and Real Time were. It will be offered in the RealPlayer/RealOne format. Illustrations for the high speed internet version will be done by Lee Sullivan.

Originally intended to finish the 1979-1980 season, Shada was 2/3rds filmed when an industrial strike made completing the story impossible. A VHS release of Shada including the completed material and linking sections hosted by Tom Baker came out in the early 1990s, and can still be purchased in NTSC format from the US. Clips from Shada were used in TheFiveDoctors. Shada has never been televised anywhere, though UKTV in Australia did schedule it once (it was yanked from the schedule at the last minute).
Meanwhile, the countdown continues to the launch of BBC Radio 7 . As mentioned last week, BBC Radio 7 will feature comedies and dramas from the dawn of the BBC to today. Doctor Who will be part of the lineup, starting with the Pertwee radio stories from the 1990s. If you're in the UK, you'll need a digital radio, digital TV, or RealPlayer/RealOne on your computer to hear the channel. Outside the UK, you still need RealPlayer/RealOne, but obviously the rest of us don't get Radio 7 on the TV or radio. BBC Radio 7 will be on the air 18 hours a day, probably 7AM to 1AM UK Time. A 2 hour launch of Radio 7 will be simulcast on BBC Radio 4 from 8 to 10PM on 15 December 2002. Doctor Who will be part of that launch.
Pledge drive season is approaching for PBS stations. So expect some stations to pre-empt Doctor Who. Several stations are also going to feature Doctor Who in their pledge drives.
November 24th - KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA .
8 to 11PM PST - Tom Baker Preview.
(408) 795-5454 - local pledge number
(800) 225-5454 - toll-free pledge number anywhere in the USA
5 selected episodes from Tom Baker's best stories as the Doctor (check KTEH's regular listing for specific episodes and tentative start times). KTEH is trying to raise the money to purchase the 4th Doctor stories, which would start for them in February. The tentative list of items available for people to pledge for:
The Key To Time DVD set
the 6 individual stories from The Key To Time on DVD
The Robots Of Death DVD
Exclusive KTEH DVD (details being worked on)
The Androids Of Tara VHS
Pyramids Of Mars VHS
Genesis Of The Daleks VHS
The Talons Of Weng-Chiang VHS
Robot VHS
The Brain Of Morbius VHS
The Deadly Assassin VHS
Shada VHS
Logopolis VHS
The Tom Baker Years VHS
Who On Earth Is Tom Baker VHS
Sarah Jane Smith - The Tao Connection CD
Sarah Jane Smith - Test Of Nerve CD
Sarah Jane Smith - Ghost Town CD
Doctor Who The Scripts 1974-1975 BOOK
Dalekmania 2003 CALENDAR
Passes To Gallifrey 14 CONVENTION TICKETS
Diamond Logo X & XL T-Shirts (1989)
Davros XL T-Shirt (1970s)
Dalek XL T-Shirt (1970s)
Dalek War Zone XL T-Shirt (1970s)
Paul McGann XL T-Shirt
More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS VHS
The Caves Of Androzani VHS (autographed)
Terminus VHS (autographed)
The Curse Of The Fatal Death VHS
Decalog 1 & 2 BOOK
Doctor Who Cookbook
Complete Enclyclopedia
Doctor Who: History Of The Universe BOOK
How To Make A Dalek Pamphlet (1978)
December 2002 TV Zone Magazine including VCD of Resurrection Of The Daleks pt 1
December 7 - KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA will 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.
December 7 - 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. 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 .
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
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA had a cryptic comment on their website that they would have a Digital Launch party on November 15th. If they had it, they didn't tell anybody, and there are no reports of WYBE-DT 34 going on the air yet. Now the words digital launch party are listed for December, with no date attached.
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 be heard online worldwide. This week's show is a tribute to Doctor Who's 39th anniversary. Lars Pearson, the author of I Who, 3, and Keith Barnfather of the Myth Maker videos are the advertised guests.


UK Gold
Late Fri 1:45-3:30AM, Sat 7:10--9AM GMT The Twin Dilemma movie
The new Doctor suffers a nervous breakdown, leaving Peri to pick up the pieces. In other news, genius twins are kidnapped by evil forces. My sympathies for the evil forces.
Late Sat 2:15-3:55AM, Sun 7:10-9AM GMT Attack of the Cybermen movie
The Cybermen plot to alter the course of history, and the 6th Doctor is out to stop them. But there's a wild card. Lytton, former leader of the Dalek Task Force, is operating on Earth. And no one knows where his loyalties lie. For Lytton's character, this story is a sequel to Resurrection of the Daleks, which UK Gold didn't air last week after all.
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-Fri Robot pts 1 - 3 of 4
BBC Kids cycles back to the start of the Tom Baker era. The new Doctor investigates a series of burglaries and murders. Someone is stealing the information to make an ultimate weapon. But will they use the weapon for good or evil?
Late Sat 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Masque of Mandragora all 4 pts
15th Century Italy. The trees are green. The salami is red. The Count plans to murder his nephew. A death cult is on the loose. But when the TARDIS arrives, so does the Mandragora Helix, and all those other forces will now find themselves in terrible danger. Even the death cult.
Late Sun 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Hand Of Fear all 4 pts
Under the control of a fossilized hand, Sarah goes rambo and takes control of a nuclear power station.
Mon Robot pt 4 of 4
The SRS is in danger of losing to the Doctor, but there is a hidden threat to the world that even the SRS could not predict.
Tue The Ark In Space pt 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry find the survivors of the human race suspended in stasis.
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 5+6
An experiment to give Time Lord DNA to androgums turns the 2nd Doctor into a carnivorous animal - albeit a cultured one. Now the 6th Doctor must stop his former self from munching on Spain, while he himself starts to feel some of the side effects. Androgum Dessert - Fraser Hines.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EST Pyramids of Mars pt 4 of 4
Sutekh wants the Doctor to free him from the prison on Mars so that a new reign of death and terror can consume the galaxy.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EST The Ark In Space pt 2 of 4
The humans begin to awake, but so does a phantom menace.
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA
analog 13,16
digital 38-1,(26)
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Pre-empted by pledge specials. Part 4 of Mawdryn Undead will presumably air in December.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital (34) - coming December 2002?
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EST The Ribos Operation pts 2+3 of 4
A psychotic general becomes the victim of an intergalactic con job, creating chaos just as the Doctor and Romana try to search for segment number 1 of the Key To Time.
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 Leisure Hive movie
Season 18 begins. When their first attempt at a vacation spot nearly destroys K9, the Doctor and Romana try to vacation somewhere else - a planet where a new science is being developed.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital (34) - under construction
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Pre-empted by pledge specials. Doctor Who returns November 30.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:41PM CST The Pirate Planet pt 3 of 4
There is only one planet that can supply the necessary elements to repair pirate world Xanak. The planet's name is Earth. And we all know how Xanak gets minerals. Since this story was written at the same time as the original radio version of Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy, I wonder if Douglas Adams was thinking of the Vogan Destructor Fleet at this moment in script writing.
KAWE/KAWB Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
analog 9,22
digital (18),(28) - under construction
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CST The Masque of Mandragora pt 1 of 4
See BBC Kids for description.
Pre-empted by pledge drives next week. For the first 2 weeks of December, Doctor Who will air Saturday at 4AM with no repeat. Don't miss those broadcasts, because they will be parts 2 and 3 of this story.
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 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy pts 1+2 of 4
In a satire of the fickle nature of the viewing public, the 7th Doctor and Ace run across a circus where popular acts get renewed and unpopular acts are wiped out - lethally. Can the Doctor defeat the ratings' system before he is "cancelled"?
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 14-1
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Late Fri 12:25AM CST The Creature from the Pit movie
David Brierly takes over the role of K9 in a tale of betrayal and revenge. A 15 year old secret leaves a world enslaved, and may soon get it destroyed. Stories are airing in production order. City Of Death airs next week.
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 3+4
The 6th Doctor takes control of the Timelash, much to the dismay of the Borad.
Sat 11PM MST Revelation of the Daleks 4 pt version, all 4 pts
The 6th Doctor goes to visit a dead friend, learns of his own death, and learns the truth about life and death in a mortuary. The Daleks lurk in the shadows, as does an old foe. Doctor Who will be pre-empted next week. It will return in December.
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 3 of 4
Suspected of drug running, the 4th Doctor and Romana must elude the authorities while continuing to search for the real source of the Vraxoin. More importantly, where are the killer monsters coming from? Doctor Who will be pre-empted next week. Nightmare of Eden will conclude in December.
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 The Mark of the Rani 4 pt version, pts 1+2
The 6th Doctor and the Master run into their most dangerous adversary yet - The Rani.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58) - under construction
DirecTV 54,903
Tom Baker Preview Pledge Night - 8 to 11PM
Local Line - (408) 795-5454
National Line - (800) 225-5454
All start times are approximate, and episodes could start later.
Sun 8PM PST The Androids of Tara pt 3 of 4
This version of the episode is a KTEH premiere. KTEH has spliced the edited episodic and unedited movie versions together to recreate the original length of the episode.
Sun 8:25PM PST Pyramids of Mars pt 4 of 4
Sun 9:02PM PST Genesis of the Daleks pt 5 of 6
Sun 9:39PM PST The Talons of Weng-Chiang pt 2 of 6
Sun 10:16PM PST City of Death pt 4 of 4

This episode has also been reconstructed by KTEH, and this version first aired on KTEH in 2001.
Sun 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
The 4th Doctor and Leela are in action. English with Spanish subtitles.

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