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Wednesday 4th December 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - December 4, 2002
(posted 4th Dec 2002, 1:08pm - TWIDW post #0132)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 4, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 49
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide.
TELE 5 in Poland dropped Doctor Who from its schedule during November. They aired 26 Tom Baker episodes several times in a somewhat random order.
BBC Radio 7 has put its 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
Pledge drive season is in full gear at 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. KBTC's 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 .
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.
Some extra airings of the Doctor Who TV Movie (starring Paul McGann) have popped up in December and now January 2003:
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
*Fri 3 January 2:30-4PM CAT
*Sun 26 January 4-5:30PM CAT
Sci-Fi Channel (UK) airing of the 1996 Doctor Who Movie:
Thu 26 December 8-9:40PM GMT
*Mon 13 December 8-9:35PM 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 guest - Andy Chaikin.
Coming December 15th:
BBC Radio 7 (Simulcast on BBC Radio 4)
Doctor Who will air as part of the launch party of Radio 7 on Sunday 15 December - 9 to 11PM GMT. Simulcast online.


UK Gold
Late Fri 1:10-3:40AM, Sat 6:30-9AM GMT The Two Doctors movie
When the 2nd Doctor is kidnapped by a scientist bent on learning the secrets of time travel, the 6th Doctor, Jamie, and Peri travel to Spain and back to rescue him. Patrick Troughton's final on-screen portrayal of the 2nd Doctor.
Late Sat 1-2:45AM, Sun 7:15-9AM GMT Timelash movie
The 6th Doctor returns to Karfel, where he was once famous but is now a taboo subject.
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment both pts
BBC Kids
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
Wed-Fri Genesis of the Daleks pts 1 - 3 of 6
The Time Lords send the 4th Doctor on a quest to change the history of the Daleks, before all of time and space can be conquered by the beasties.
Late Sat 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Robots of Death all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor and Leela are accused of murder on a sandminer, where the Robots are running amok.
Late Sun 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Talons of Weng-Chiang all 6 pts
19th Century London. When London ruled the world. When theatre ruled London. When death haunts theatre. One of the most popular Doctor Who stories, with twists, turns, and homages to Sherlock Holmes.
Mon-Tue Genesis of the Daleks pts 4 - 5 of 6
Nightly late night Doctor Who marathons begin 21 December.
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
Late Sat Mid EST The Mark of the Rani 4 pt version, pts 1+2
The Master regenerates into a Tivo, where he takes control of his fellow Tivos in a plot to spy on their owners and sell the information to the highest bidder, and it's absolutely legal - wait a minute, that was the story on the Tuesday evening news. In this story the Master tries to team up with the Rani in the 19th Century, where Luddites are trying to destroy machines and end technology, out of fear that someday their Tivos could be used to collect personal information on them ... darn, that story just hangs on the brain. Set your VCR to watch the story at a convenient time. Or set your Tivo ...
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 4 of 4
Noah has become the queen of the Wirrn, leading the assault to devour humanity. Episodes airing in production order. Pledge marathon airing of Revenge of the Cybermen next Saturday.
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. WQED has been known to air surprise Doctor Who specials during Members Choice segments, and a Members Choice segment will begin at the regular time of late Saturday at Midnight.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital (34) - coming December 2002?
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EST The Pirate Planet pts 2+3 of 4
What is the secret of the Pirate Captain? And will K9 and a Polyphase Avatron be able to find true love? These questions and more will be answered on the next exciting episodes of - Doctor Who!
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 Full Circle movie
Time approximate after pledge special. The 4th Doctor and Romana find their argument interrupted when the TARDIS is yanked into another universe. Before they can find their way back, they get involved with a troubled teen, a people with a mission to escape a cursed planet, and a surprising life cycle.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital (34) - under construction
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Sat 11PM EST Warriors of the Deep pts 3+4 of 4
The 5th Doctor's efforts to bring peace between Sea Devils, Silurians, and Humans hit a snag - the Sea Devils and Silurians don't want peace - they just want to kill everyone. If the Doctor can't find peace soon, at least one race will be wiped out.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:50PM CST The Stones of Blood pt 1 of 4
The 3rd segment of the Key To Time is on the Doctor's favorite planet - Earth. A scientist and her pet friend are surprised by the arrival of the Doctor and Romana, just when they are investigating a stone circle where the number of stones seem to change periodically. Time approximate after pledge programming. Next episode airs December 28.
KAWE/KAWB Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
analog 9,22
digital (18),(28) - under construction
Sat 4AM CST The Masque of Mandragora pt 2 of 4
The machinations of the Helix energy result in more deaths and grave danger for Sarah. Special very early time due to pledge programming. No, the episode is not getting a Sunday rerun.
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 11PM-12:26AM CST Sci-Fi Saturday Ballot
Vote to decide which sci-fi shows will air on IPTV next year. Doctor Who is among the options. There are no details about what IPTV will air during this ballot.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 14-1
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Pre-empted by pledge special. Stories are airing in production order.
Destiny of the Daleks airs next.
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
Sat 11PM MST Nightmare of Eden pt 4 of 4
Romana learns the truth behind the drug plot, right before the ships can be separate and the true culprits can escape.
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 6PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST The Two Doctors 6 pt version, pts 1+2
See UK Gold for story details.
Sat 7PM PST The Dalek Invasion of Earth all 6 eps (World's End, The Daleks, Day Of Reckoning, The End Of Tomorrow, The Waking Ally, Flashpoint)
The 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan arrive on Earth in the mid-22nd Century. The Daleks have invaded, and humanity is in danger of extinction. The battle to save a world has begun. And when it finishes, not everybody will be leaving in the TARDIS.
KTEH/KCAH 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.

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