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Wednesday 1st January 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - January 1, 2003
(posted 1st Jan 2003, 4:00pm - TWIDW post #0136)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 1, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 1
Happy New Year! 2003 is upon us. Doctor Who turns 40 this year. This Week In Doctor Who remains here to cover Doctor Who broadcasts around the world every week. Here's hoping for a banner year for the series.
UK - BBC Radio 7 will soon air a 3rd Doctor radio drama from the 1990s - The Paradise Of Death. It will air the week of 13 January in the sci-fi timeslots of 6PM and Midnight GMT. Radio 7 airs science fiction programming 7 days a week at 6PM and Midnight GMT (30 minutes weekdays, 60 minutes weekends). UK listeners can hear the station on digital radio or TV, while fans worldwide can tune in with RealPlayer or Windows Media Player. Radio 7 also airs Dead Ringers (which sometimes has Doctor Who themed sketches) and The Navy Lark, starring Jon Pertwee. It probably has other material that Doctor Who fans would like - check its schedule.
UK - If you have the UK Sci-Fi Channel, and haven't watched the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie on it yet, your last chance for a while will be 13 January at 8PM. It is not scheduled to air in February.
SOUTH AMERICA - Uniseries has removed Doctor Who from its schedule for the month of January. If anyone in South America is seeing Doctor Who on another channel, let me know.
USA - Non-commercial TV stations are required to get their digital signals on the air by May 2003 or have some explaining to do to the FCC. All of the current US Doctor Who affiliates are non-commercial stations. If you live in an area with a Doctor Who station, and have a digital TV, let us know when the Who station starts airing its programming in digital. How does the show look in digital compared to analog. Especially let us know if they try to stretch or crop the image to fill a 16:9 screen. Personally, I've developed a love of the Original Aspect Ratio (OAR). 4:3 programming should be 4:3 (with bars on the sides on a widescreen TV). 16:9 programming should be 16:9 (with bars on the top and bottom on a traditional 4:3 TV). All Doctor Who stories except the 2 1960s Peter Cushing stories (and I think the 1999 Who Night material) were made in the traditional 4:3 ratio. Much as widescreen movies often have the sides cut off to fill a traditional TV, I fear that stations will make a habit of cutting off the top and bottom of 4:3 shows to fill a 16:9 TV in the future.
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 7
digital radio station, simulcast online in RealPlayer and Windows Media Player
Doctor Who - The Paradise Of Death
mid 1990s 5 episode radio drama
with Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, and Elisabeth Sladen
in the Sci-Fi time slot (6PM and Midnight GMT)
Monday 13 January through Friday 17 January
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 - David Kemper and Lani Tapu (Crais & Pilot) discuss Farscape.


UK Gold
Sat 7:15-9AM GMT Paradise Towers movie
Murderous cops, possibly murderous gangs, and cannibalistic grannies are all in danger from a vicious killer that stalks the corridors of Paradise Towers. Can the 7th Doctor and Mel save the residents of Paradise Towers from danger and death? Do they want to?
Late Sat 1:05-2:25AM, Sun 7:40-9AM GMT Delta and the Bannermen movie
The 7th Doctor and Mel win a vacation to Earth with a gang of rock & roll aliens. A stowaway tags along, stalked by an army of mercenaries. Rock & roll, murder, traitors, a birth, and a rather hyper band of bees are among the highlights of this story.

UK Gold + 1
Late Sat 2:05-3:25AM GMT Delta and the Bannermen movie
See UK Gold for details.
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment both pts
South Africa:
SA Sci-Fi Channel
Fri 2:30-4PM Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
The Master has been exterminated. The Doctor tries to return his ashes to Gallifrey, only to be detoured to Earth, where an accident forces his regeneration into his 8th incarnation (Paul McGann). On December 31, 1999, the Master wants to kill the Doctor, and the TARDIS may accidentally destroy the world. With Daphne Ashbrook as Dr. Grace Holloway and Eric Roberts as "Bruce".
BBC Kids
BBC Kids is on a holiday schedule through Friday 3 January, with complete Doctor Who stories airing nightly at 1:30AM Eastern. Regular schedule resumes on 4 January.
Late Wed 1:30AM EST (12:30AM CST, 11:30PM MST, 10:30PM PST, 2:30AM AST, 3AM Newfoundland) The Creature from the Pit all 4 pts
A distress call brings the 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 (now voiced by David Brierly) to Chloris, a jungle planet. 15 years ago, a visitor came to the world, allegedly on a mission of peace. The visitor was never heard from again. The Doctor and Romana must learn the secret of the visitor, before the fate of Chloris is sealed.
Late Thu 1:30AM EST (12:30AM CST, 11:30PM MST, 10:30PM PST, 2:30AM AST, 3AM Newfoundland) Nightmare of Eden all 4 pts
A space accident entwines two ships together in a case of dimensional instability, drug abuse, and monsters alien & human. Naturally, the 4th Doctor gets blamed for everything.
Late Fri 1:30AM EST (12:30AM CST, 11:30PM MST, 10:30PM PST, 2:30AM AST, 3AM Newfoundland) The Horns of Nimon all 4 pts
Someone has created a black hole without a license. A crumbling empire has struck a deal with a devil, and the 4th Doctor must save them from themselves.
Late Sat 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) Image of the Fendahl all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor and Leela discover a time scanner at work on Earth. If left on, it will destroy the planet. But why is it on? And where did that ancient skull come from?
Late Sun 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Sun Makers all 4 pts
In the distant future, all life in the Solar System has moved to Pluto. Now humanity are slaves of an intergalactic corporation which is under the mistaken belief that if you tax people to death, they will work harder and produce more materials. The 4th Doctor, Leela, and K9 decide to teach the corporation about one of Thomas Jefferson's teachings - a little Revolution every now and then is a good thing.
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
Mon-Tue The Leisure Hive pts 1 - 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 (with the return of John Leeson's voice) find their efforts at a vacation thwarted. Brighton Beach is too cold. Argolis is full of evil plotting, dead-end science, and a dangerous cloning scheme.
Coming 15 January, BBC Kids will air Doctor Who at these new times. Weeknights at Midnight and 4AM Eastern (2 episodes a day). Saturdays & Sundays at Midnight and 3:30AM Eastern (complete stories).
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 Thu + Sat Mid EST Timelash 4 pt version, pts 1+2
The 6th Doctor and Peri bring hope and fear to Karfel, as its vicious leader cracks down on the citizens.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EST The Android Invasion pt 2 of 4
All the people in this English village are killer android duplicates. The village has no future and no past. The 4th Doctor thinks that something is very wrong. And look, Sarah has her scarf back.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EST Genesis of the Daleks pt 3 of 6
While the Kaleds dream of destroying the Thals, the Thals may have developed a weapon that can destroy the Kaleds. If they can just find a way to break through the Kaled Dome.
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA
analog 13,16
digital 38-1,(26)
Pittsburgh DirecTV Local 13,947
Pittsburgh Dish Local 8136,13
Late Sat Mid EST Terminus pt 2 of 4
Nyssa has been infected with Lazar's Disease, and is en route to Terminus to be given a very dangerous treatment. While the 5th Doctor searches for the truth, Turlough and Tegan face the worst fate imaginable - being trapped in the same room together for hours.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital (34) - coming 2003
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 8162,35
Sat 11PM EST The Androids of Tara pts 2+3 of 4
The 4th Doctor must help an android take the throne of Tara after the real prince disappears. Count Grendel plots to take the throne with a mixture of charm and menace. Romana sees a double.
MPT Maryland
analog 22,67,28,31,62,36
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Late Sat Mid EST Logopolis movie
Time runs out for the 4th Doctor. Stalked by a figure in white, the 4th Doctor and Adric try to get the Chameleon Circuit of the TARDIS fixed. A figure in black is stalking them as well, and he is killing people. Did the Master manage to escape Traken? The fate of the universe hangs in the balance in the 4th Doctor's final story.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-1
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
Sat 11PM EST The Awakening both pts
Tegan convinces the 5th Doctor to bring the TARDIS to Earth in 1984 to visit her Grandfather. The TARDIS works properly, but her Grandfather is nowhere to be found. There is a rift between the 17th and 20th Centuries, though. And an evil intelligence. And war games.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:40PM CST The Stones of Blood pt 3 of 4
Vivian Fay has kidnapped Romana, taking her to a spaceship in another dimension. The 4th Doctor and Amelia Rumford try to rescue her while eluding the killer Ogri stones.
KAWE/KAWB Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
analog 9,22
digital (18),(28) - under construction
Doctor Who has been taken off the KAWE/KAWB schedule.
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
digital 50-1,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34)
Des Moines Dish Local 9116,11
Omaha, NE Dish Local 9146,32(?) - coming soon
Sat 11:35PM CST Ghost Light pt 3 of 3
Ace lashes out at the 7th Doctor when dark secrets come out. The residents of the Chase mansion see "LIGHT".
Late Sat Mid CST The Curse of Fenric pt 1 of 4
In 1943, a remote English village was part of a program to crack German cypher codes. Unfortunately for them, Russian spies and a Viking curse are causing a great deal of trouble. Due to a special airing of the Red Green movie Duct Tape Forever, Doctor Who will return on January 18.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 14-1
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 8406,13
Late Fri 12:20AM CST The Horns of Nimon movie
See BBC Kids for details.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12,32
digital (38) - under construction
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 8211,12
Late Fri 12:30AM MST The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 3+4 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet pts 3+4)
Drathro won't shut down the Black Light system because that will kill him. If he doesn't shut it down, the universe itself could perish.
Sat 11PM MST The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 5+6 of 14 (Mindwarp pts 1+2)
The second segment of the Trial is a dark tale of treachery and deceit. Sil and the Mentors are at work on Thoros-Beta trying to change the boundaries of life and death. Did the 6th Doctor wander into a mess too big for him to handle?
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7,19
digital 42-1,(19)
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 8536,7
Sat 11PM MST The Horns of Nimon pt 4 of 4
See BBC Kids for details.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
analog 28,15,65
digital (27),(19) - under construction
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST Revelation of the Daleks 4 pt version, pts 1+2
The 6th Doctor and Peri plan to visit an old, dear, dead friend of the Doctor's. But he might not be in. Bodies have been disappearing from Tranquil Repose. Someone is manipulating the facility - and the Daleks. (could be pts 3+4 of Timelash instead)
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58) - under construction
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Sun 11PM PST The Monster of Peladon pts 5+6 of 6
The Ice Warriors plan to use Peladon to fund an invasion force. The 3rd Doctor, Sarah, and Alpha Centauri must stop them before it is too late.
No longer on the Uniseries schedule.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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