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Wednesday 8th January 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - January 8, 2003
(posted 8th Jan 2003, 1:24pm - TWIDW post #0137)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 8, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 2
Welcome to This Week In Doctor Who, a column covering all known broadcasts of Doctor Who on TV & radio around the world. Some of you may be reading the column for the first time on the newly activated rec.arts.drwho.moderated newsgroup. The column usually begins with any big news regarding Doctor Who on the TV or radio. Then any radio broadcasts are listed. Finally the TV broadcasts, organized by country or region of the world. Usually the broadcast listings include some kind of description of the story, either humorous or dry like Joe Friday in Dragnet. This Week In Doctor Who began in July 1998 in the rec.arts.drwho newsgroup, and has published weekly since then.

At the current time, This Week In Doctor Who is mirrored at the following places:
  1. rec.arts.drwho - a newsgroup
  2. rec.arts.drwho.moderated - a moderated newsgroup
  3. - mailing list for the group and archive of columns back to April 2001
  4. - Shaun Lyon's Outpost Gallifrey website
  5. - Dr. Siobahn Morgan's Doctor Who website and link resource - one of the oldest and most useful Doctor Who sites on the net
  6. - Jason Fraser's Doctor Who website in Australia
and on a couple of Doctor Who fan clubs' mailing lists.
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 in the Sci-Fi time slot (6PM and Midnight GMT)
Mon The Paradise Of Death pt 1 of 5
Tue The Paradise Of Death pt 2 of 5

The 3rd Doctor, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, UNIT, and Sarah investigate a death at a theme park that gets very much out of hand. This story was made in the 1990s and officially set between The Time Warrior and Invasion of the Dinosaurs.
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 - Kevin Sorbo, star of Andromeda.


UK Sci-Fi Channel
Mon 8-9:35PM GMT Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
The TARDIS crash-lands on Earth, and an unfortunate string of events causes the Doctor to regenerate one more time. Now in his 8th incarnation, the Doctor has less than 24 hours to save the Earth from the machinations of the Master, a design flaw of the TARDIS, and the shoes of Grace's boyfriend.
UK Gold
Late Fri 1:05-2:25AM, Sat 7:40-9AM GMT Dragonfire movie
The 7th Doctor says goodbye to Mel and hello to Ace in a race with Sabalom Glitz to find a mysterious treasure which unlocks the secrets of Iceworld.
Late Sat 12:30-2:15AM, Sun 7:10-9AM GMT Remembrance of the Daleks movie
London, Earth. Late November 1963. Two factions of Daleks are lurking around the city, waiting for the Doctor. It's a game of cat and mouse and mouse and mouse, as the 7th Doctor tries to keep the British military and the Dalek factions away from the truth. It's a trap, but will the right mouse bite on the cheese? Guest starring the voice of John Leeson in a role other than K-9.

UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 2:05-3:25AM GMT Dragonfire movie
See UK Gold for details.
Late Sat 1:30-3:15AM GMT Remembrance of the Daleks 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
BBC Kids
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
Wed-Thu The Leisure Hive pts 3 - 4 of 4
Accused of murder and accidentally aged, the 4th Doctor is in bad shape. Romana discovers the truth behind the science of the Leisure Hive.
Fri Meglos pt 1 of 4
A superintelligent life form that looks like a cactus traps the 4th Doctor in a Chronic Hysteresis and steals his identity.
Late Sat 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) Underworld all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor, Leela, and K9 help a bunch of cretins - The Minyans - victimized by their misuse of Time Lord technology in a quest to find a racebank that can rebuild their civilization.
Late Sun 2AM EST (1AM CST, Mid MST, 11PM PST, 3AM AST, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Invasion of Time all 6 pts
The 4th Doctor becomes President of Gallifrey as a wild plot begins. Is the Doctor selling out the planet to an alien invasion? Is it all a bluff? And can Leela find love on a planet of people without emotion?
Mon Meglos pt 2 of 4
Tue Meglos pts 3+4 of 4

Meglos' impersonation of the Doctor enables him to perform a daring robbery, threatening a world with extinction. Naturally, the Doctor gets the blame. Jacqueline Hill, "Barbara" from the early seasons of Doctor Who, guest stars as the leader of a religious order in her final appearance of the series.
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 Mid, Late Sat 12:30AM EST Timelash 4 pt version, pts 3+4
The Timelash is a vicious corridor that the Borad uses to dump political dissidents on Earth. Unfortunately for the Borad, it can also be used to make time devices that the 6th Doctor can use in a revolt. Time may be running out for the Borad, who may have to settle for a Peri-ic victory.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EST The Android Invasion pt 3 of 4
The android duplicates will be used to conquer the Earth. The 4th Doctor and Sarah must find a way to get to Earth first to warn the world. Unfortunately, the TARDIS went on to Earth without them. So - how to get to Earth without a spaceship?
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EST Genesis of the Daleks pt 4 of 6
The Kaleds have been wiped out. But the Thal victory may be short lived, as the Thal leadership may be the first organized body to ever experience a full fledged assault - from the Daleks.
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 3 of 4
Nyssa is forced to undergo drastic radiation treatment to try to stop her Lazar's Disease.
ยป this episode was actually shown the following weekend
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 pt 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor races to stop a royal wedding and murder. Highlight of the episode - the swordfight between the 4th Doctor and Count Grendel.
Sat 11:30PM EST The Power of Kroll pt 1 of 4
On a swampy moon, humans mine for methanee, while natives worship an octopus-like god that they feed prisoners to. Enter Romana - aka potential prisoner.
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 Castrovalva movie
Betrayed by the Master, the Doctor regenerates into his 5th incarnation. The Doctor retreats into the TARDIS to recover, and the Master tries to send the TARDIS crew to their deaths in the one story where revenge is truly his only desire.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-1
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
Sat 11PM EST Frontios pts 1+2 of 4
There are lines that must never be crossed. Places that the races of the universe must never go. Realms where we are not welcome. The TARDIS has come across a point in the future that is such a place. Interference could be disastrous. So naturally the TARDIS is forced to crash land and the 5th Doctor winds up intervening.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:41PM CST The Stones of Blood pt 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor tries to defend himself from a death sentence that Justice Machines want to administer. Romana hunts for evidence linking Vivian Fay to the original mission of the Machines.
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
Pre-empted by the Red Green movie Duct Tape Forever. Doctor Who returns 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 Leisure Hive movie
Stories are airing in production order. State Of Decay airs next week. Which means that Adric will mysteriously appear in the TARDIS. And the week afterwards he will disappear. And after that he will appear for the first time.
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 5+6 of 14 (Mindwarp pts 1+2)
Sat 11PM MST The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 3+4 of 14 (Mindwarp pts 3+4)
The trial continues, as the 6th Doctor gets to watch another terrifying adventure of his. This time, the Doctor can't remember how it all turned out. And he begins to think the Matrix has been tampered with. At least - he hopes it has been tampered with - when he sees himself start acting like a monster.
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 11:30PM MST The Leisure Hive pt 1 of 4
The new-ish BBC sci-fi comedy series My Hero has taken the 11PM slot, moving Doctor Who to 11:30PM.
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 3+4
The 6th Doctor races to stop his own death before chaos breaks out. Meanwhile, chaos breaks out.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58) - under construction
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Sun 11PM PST Planet of the Spiders pts 1+2 of 6
The Metebelis crystal starts causing havoc on Earth, and draws the attention of Spiders from its home planet.

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