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Wednesday 27th November 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - November 27, 2002
(posted 27th Nov 2002, 12:27pm - TWIDW post #0131)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - November 27, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 48
Here in the US, it's Thanksgiving weekend. Many of us will be getting together with family and friends, hopefully remembering all the things we have to be thankful for. Many Doctor Who fans are gathering in Chicago for the Chicago TARDIS convention, or will race up there after Thanksgiving dinners. For the rest of the world - keep an eye on the internet while we're vacationing, ok? Now, back to the column.
BBC Radio 7 now has its regular schedule online. Radio 7 is a digital station launching on 15 December that UK citizens with digital radios and TVs can listen to, as can people worldwide with some version of RealPlayer. The schedule is at , for those who want full details. Doctor Who - presumably starting with the 2 Jon Pertwee radio stories from the 1990s - was going to be one of the shows airing in the sci-fi programming block (The 7th Dimension). The 7th Dimension will air at the following times (all times UK, adjust for where you live):
Weeknights - 6PM to 6:30PM, Midnight to 12:30AM
Saturdays & Sundays - 6PM to 7PM, Midnight to 1AM

The drama section of BBC Radio 7 has the following blurb for The 7th Dimension, BTW: "7th Dimension leaves planet earth and enters the world of aliens, daleks, dragons and heroes - The Foundation Trilogy (Issac Asimov), Dr. Who, Tales Of The Bizarre (Ray Bradbury), Guards, Guards (Terry Pratchett), Pet Semetary (Stephen King), Blake's 7, and horror stories from 'The Man in Black'." When the page fully loads, a photo appears under the description with the TARDIS, Jon Pertwee in 'Doctor' pose, the radio cast from Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy reading a script, and a gold Dalek.
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. WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH went first with a Doctor Who drive in late October. KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA had their pledge drive on November 24. Several pledge drives are still to come.
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 11PM. 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 . Interestingly, IPTV's website does not mention Doctor Who in the list of shows on the ballot. Hopefully they will have more information by next week.
December 14 - WSKG 46 Binghamton, NY is giving Revenge of the Cybermen an all evening party from 9PM to Midnight. This is the first Doctor Who pledge drive on WSKG since this run of the series began.
Since the merger efforts between DirecTV and Dish Network were thwarted by regulators, the two satellite providers have started adding some of the local channels to their services that they said would have to wait till after the merger. On November 21st, two US TV markets where Doctor Who airs were added to Dish Network's service - Des Moines, Iowa and Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you live in the Des Moines area, you now have the option to get your local channels from Dish (including KDIN 11, the Iowa Public TV affiliate). In Colorado Springs, you can get local channels from Dish, but you WON'T get the Doctor Who affiliate, because K32EO is a low power repeater of KBDI 12 Denver, and satellite providers offering local channels to an area are not required to carry low power stations. KBDI 12 is carried in the Denver local channels package of both DirecTV and Dish Network. As of this writing, I am not aware of DirecTV's new cities including any markets where Doctor Who is on the air.

Doctor Who fans in the Omaha, Nebraska area with Dish Network should also be able to subscribe to Iowa Public TV in the near future as well. Omaha is one of three new markets which Dish started uplinking to their system this week, and the stations include Iowa Public TV. No date for the availability of the Omaha locals has been announced yet. Info about stations on satellite coming from and (when it is working).
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
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. Doctor Who news usually discussed during the show. This week's guests - Joss Whedon and Amber Benson from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.


UK Gold
Late Fri 1:25-3:05AM, Sat 7:15-9AM GMT Vengeance on Varos movie
Late Sat 12:45-2:25AM, Sun 7:10-9AM GMT The Mark of the Rani 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
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 The Ark In Space pts 2 - 4 of 4
Late Sat 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Deadly Assassin all 4 pts
Late Sun 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Face of Evil all 4 pts
Mon-Tue The Sontaran Experiment pts 1 - 2 of 2
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 EST The Mark of the Rani 4 pt version, pts 1+2
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Pre-empted by pledge specials. Doctor Who returns December 29.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EST The Ark In Space pt 3 of 4
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA
analog 13,16
digital 38-1,(26)
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Pre-empted by pledge specials. Next currently scheduled episode is December 21.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital (34) - coming December 2002?
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EST The Ribos Operation pt 4 of 4
Sat 11:30PM EST The Pirate Planet pt 1 of 4
I have heard a report that WYBE did not air Doctor Who on November 16, in which case they would be airing The Ribos Operation parts 2+3 this week. However, I got another report claiming that WYBE did air Doctor Who on that night, and that they are still on schedule.
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 12:15AM EST Meglos movie
Time approximate after pledge special.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital (34) - under construction
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Sat 11PM EST Warriors of the Deep pts 1+2 of 4
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:41PM CST The Pirate Planet pt 4 of 4
KAWE/KAWB Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
analog 9,22
digital (18),(28) - under construction
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Doctor Who airs at special very early Saturday morning timeslot of 4AM the first 2 weeks of December - fair warning.
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
digital 50-1,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34)
Des Moines Dish 9116,11
Sat 11:35PM CST The Greatest Show in the Galaxy pts 3+4 of 4
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 14-1
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Late Fri 12:20AM CST City of Death movie
Stories are airing in production order. Destiny of the Daleks in December.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12,32
digital (38) - under construction
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Doctor Who returns December 20.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7,19
digital 42-1,(19)
DirecTV 7,982 Dish 8536,7
Pre-empted by pledge drives. 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 3+4
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58) - under construction
DirecTV 54,903
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Doctor Who returns December 22.
Sun 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
The 4th Doctor and Leela are in action. English with Spanish subtitles.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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