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Wednesday 11th December 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - December 11, 2002
(posted 11th Dec 2002, 1:17pm - TWIDW post #0133)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 11, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 50
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who TV & radio broadcasts worldwide.
A big week for Doctor Who fans, and anyone who likes the comedies and dramas produced by BBC Radio for the past 70 years or so. BBC Radio 7 goes on the air this Sunday (15 December). Radio 7 is a digital radio station that can be heard on digital radios and digital TVs in Britain, and worldwide at in RealPlayer format. It will air old and new comedies, dramas, etc. from 7AM to 1AM GMT 7 days a week (adjust for local time). Sci-fi programming (including some Doctor Who) will air twice a day, at 6PM and Midnight GMT. Doctor Who will feature on the launch party for Radio 7 Sunday at 8PM GMT, which will be simulcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4 LW. I am looking for a reliable website to use for Radio 7 schedule information. Digiguide seems reliable, but you have to subscribe to use it for more than a few weeks. The BBC's website indicates which types of programming airs at which times, but unlike other BBC stations it does not yet have detailed day to day listings. Hopefully better listings will become available once the station is on the air.
It appears that Sky Digital in Britain now has a time-shifted version of UK Gold called UK Gold + 1. UK Gold's programming airs an hour later on the channel, but the channel only seems to be on the air part-time. Effective this week, we add UK Gold +1 to the column.
Pledge drive season is winding down in the United States. Several stations were featuring 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. Iowa Public TV had a very successful pledge event on December 7, airing clips of various sci-fi shows.* KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 was scheduled to have a Doctor Who pledge drive on December 7, but as of the 4th the main feature (The Dalek Invasion of Earth) had not made it to the station. As of publication time I do not know if they managed to get a copy or if they had to run another feature. One Doctor Who pledge drive is still to come.
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.
*Originally, Iowa Public TV was having viewers vote on which sci-fi series they did not want to be picked up in 2003. This column passed along that information. IN A LATE CHANGE, they decided to have viewers vote on which show they did want to be picked up in 2003. Doctor Who won the poll in a landslide, with The Prisoner a very distant second. The Doctor Who clip aired during the pledge special was from part 1 of Robot.
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:


BBC Radio 4
Realplayer link on website.
Sun 8PM GMT (3PM EST, Noon PST, Mon 7AM AEDT) BBC Radio 7 Premiere Night
Simulcast of the launch of Radio 7. Will be on both the domestic Radio 4 and Radio 4 LW.
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Realplayer link on website
Digital radio station, also available through UK digital TV.
Sun 8PM GMT (3PM EST, Noon PST, Mon 7AM AEDT) BBC Radio 7 Premiere Night
During the 8PM GMT hour, there will be a clip from The Paradise Of Death, a 1993 Jon Pertwee Doctor Who radio drama. Also expect a Doctor Who themed Dead Ringers clip.
BBC Radio 7 will air sci-fi programming 7 nights a week at 6PM and Midnight GMT. 30 minutes weeknights, 60 minutes weekends. Doctor Who is expected to be a feature on the station, but was not on the listings through 28 December according to Digiguide.
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 - ?.


UK Gold
Late Fri 1:35-3:20AM, Sat 7:15-9AM GMT Revelation of the Daleks movie
Late Sat 1-2:50AM, Sun 7:10-9AM GMT Trial Of A Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet movie

UK Gold +1
Late Fri 2:35-4:20AM GMT Revelation of the Daleks movie
Late Sat 2-3:50AM GMT Trial Of A Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet movie
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 Genesis of the Daleks pt 6 of 6
Thu-Fri Revenge of the Cybermen pts 1 - 2 of 4
Late Sat 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) Horror of Fang Rock all 4 pts
Late Sun 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Invisible Enemy all 4 pts
Mon-Tue Revenge of the Cybermen pts 3 - 4 of 4

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.
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV-Movie
EAST & SATELLITE FEED - Late Sun 3-5AM EST (2-4AM CST, 1-3AM MST, 12-2AM PST, 11PM-1AM Alaska, 10PM-Midnight Hawaii)
WEST FEED - Late Sun 4-6AM MST (3-5AM PST, 2-4AM Alaska, 1-3AM Hawaii, 6-8AM EST, 5-7AM CST)
NHPTV New Hampshire
analog 11,49,52
digital 57,48,(49) - not on digital schedule yet
Pre-empted by pledge specials.
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 9PM to Midnight EST Revenge of the Cybermen all 4 pts
Episodes airing in production order. Genesis of the Daleks begins next week.
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 Pirate Planet pt 4 of 4
Sat 11:30PM EST The Stones of Blood pt 1 of 4
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 State of Decay movie
Time approximate after pledge special.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-1
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Pre-empted by pledge special. Doctor Who returns December 21.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (33) - under construction
Pre-empted by pledge special. 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 3 of 4
Special very early time due to pledge programming. Next episode airs at the regular times (Sat 8PM and 11PM) on the weekend of December 28.
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 Battlefield pts 1+2 of 4
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, on December 20.
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 The Horns of Nimon pt 1 of 4
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 Two Doctors 6 pt version, pts 3+4
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.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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