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Wednesday 29th January 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - January 29, 2003
(posted 29th Jan 2003, 12:38pm - TWIDW post #0140)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 29, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 5
The biggest Who TV development this week comes from Canada. BBC Kids , which has been marketed as a digital cable/satellite network, has been added to the primary 'Kids' package of satellite provider Bell Expressvu, joining YTV, Teletoon, Family Channel, Treehouse, and Game Show Channel. If this change is permanent, many more viewers in Canada (plus any Americans who are subscribing to Bell Expressvu on the sly) will be able to see Doctor Who 7 days a week. BBC Kids currently has the rights to the Tom Baker episodes. 2 episodes air weeknights at Midnight and 4AM Eastern Time. Complete stories air Saturdays and Sundays at Midnight and 3:30AM Eastern Time. Adjust for your local time zone. Thanks to Tom for the alert.
Shortly after last week's column went out, word about UK Gold's plans for Doctor Who in February came out. Instead of going back to the beginning of the series as indicated last year, UK Gold will start its next run of Doctor Who stories with Spearhead From Space, the first adventure with Jon Pertwee.
RADIO - BBC Radio 7 will not be airing any Doctor Who material this week. Science fiction programming does air on Radio 7 every day at 6PM and Midnight UK Time. Also, this weekend a Blake's 7 special (including the 2 radio plays) will run from 8AM to 11AM and 9PM to Midnight UK Time. If you live in the UK and have a digital radio or TV, or if you have realplayer on your computer anywhere on Earth, you can tune in. Audio is mono.
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.


UK Gold
Late Fri 1:20-2:40AM, Sat 7:40-9AM GMT Ghost Light movie
In the last story produced, but not the last one aired, the 7th Doctor seeks out the mysteries of a 19th Century mansion where the guests sleep in the cupboards and death lurks the hallways. Ace comes down with a terrible feeling of deja-vu.
Late Sat 12:45-2:35AM, Sun 7:10-9AM GMT The Curse of Fenric movie
The 7th Doctor does battle with a Viking curse that is bringing the British and Russian armies together in a small village, along with vampiric reincarnations of the dead. Ace comes down with a terrible feeling of deja-vu.
Coming 9 February - the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who.

UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 2:20-3:40AM GMT Ghost Light movie
See UK Gold for story details.
Late Sat 1:45-3:35AM GMT The Curse of Fenric movie
See UK Gold for story 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 2 episodes Midnight + 4AM EST (9PM + 1AM PST)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EST (9PM + 12:30AM PST)
Wed Terror of the Zygons pts 1+2 of 4
Thu Terror of the Zygons pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry return to Earth, where the Brigadier wants their health to stop oil rigs from sinking in Loch Ness, killing the operators and not doing the economy much good either. Can the Doctor save the day before the British wind up having to import more foreign oil?
Fri The Android Invasion pts 1+2 of 4
BBC Kids keeps airing this story out of order, and I think I've figured out why. Harry Sullivan is in this story, while he is not in Planet Of Evil or Pyramids Of Mars. Either they believe that viewers would be confused by Harry disappearing and reappearing, or the person who ordered the show for BBC Kids got confused by Harry disappearing and reappearing, and assumes this is the correct order.
Sat The Robots of Death all 4 pts
Leela and the 4th Doctor stalk robotic killers aboard a Sandminer in this fast paced psychological thriller written by Chris Boucher.
Sun The Talons of Weng-Chiang all 6 pts (no 3:30AM rerun)
19th Century London - stage, song, and murder. Theatregoers and ladies of the night are being murdered by a phantom of a magic show - the opera left town already. The 4th Doctor and Leela wander into the situation, and learn that even phantoms can be annoyed when you offer them jelly babies.
Mon The Android Invasion pts 3+4 of 4
Android replicas are being primed to replace key citizens on Earth. Politicians, military people, pub owners. Yes, definitely a British TV series. Honestly. Would an American sci-fi series have ever had the bravado to suggest that an alien invader would take the time to create replicas of the Cheers gang to help with an invasion? I think not.
Tue Planet of Evil pts 1+2 of 4
The TARDIS misses its destination (it finally arrives in The Android Invasion). The 4th Doctor and Sarah reluctantly join a rescue mission seeking out the survivors of a scientific expedition to a planet on the border of two universes. The realms of matter and anti-matter.
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, Sat 11PM EST The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 1+2 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet pts 1+2)
Based on February listings, the earlier Saturday time appears to be permanent!!! Alas, the Thursday time slot may be disappearing - NHPTV's listings are a little sketchy there - hopefully there will be an update next week to clarify. This week - the 6th Doctor is yanked out of time sans part of his memory, finding himself on trial for meddling in galactic affairs. The prosecutor, aka The Valeyard, presents evidence against the Doctor in the form of a recent adventure with Peri on the forgotten world Ravalox.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EST The Brain of Morbius pt 1 of 4
Karn. A desolate world not too far away from Gallifrey. Ships come to Karn, but they don't leave. If you arrive on this world, you wind up dead. The latest arrival - a blue Police Telephone Box. Occupants - 750 year old Time Lord and his human assistant. Time to first attempt to kill them - about 12 minutes.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EST Terror of the Zygons pt 1 of 4
See BBC Kids for details.
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 Enlightenment pt 1 of 4
Turlough turns on the Black Guardian, complicating the Guardian's efforts to kill the 5th Doctor. The TARDIS has arrived on a ship engaged in a rather avant guard sailing race.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital (34) - coming 2003
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 8162,35
Sat 11PM EST The Armageddon Factor pt 2+3 of 6
The Marshall is torn on whether to kill the 4th Doctor, get his help, or both. The Doctor comes up with a way to protect Atrios from Zeos, but no one will go for it.
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 The Visitation movie
The 5th Doctor gets Tegan to Heathrow airport. A little early. After all, many airports want you to arrive two hours early for international flights. Er, Doctor. That's 2 hours early. Not 318 years early. Easy mistake to make, but not the best way to placate Tegan.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-1
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
Sat 11PM EST Resurrection of the Daleks 4 pt version, pts 1+2
WCET's website erroneously lists Revelation of the Daleks as the story airing here. It is unlikely that WCET would have ordered a story from the 6th Doctor package to air here out of order with no pledge drive going on. A prison ship holds just one prisoner. A madman. An evil genius that must never be allowed to leave the ship. A Dalek assault force is coming to rescue the prisoner. Oh expletive.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital(33) - under construction
Sat 11:40PM CST The Androids of Tara pt 3 of 4
An android has been crowned king. The 4th Doctor must keep the android operating long enough to find and rescue the real king. Romana plots an escape from Count Grendel's dungeon.
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
Cedar Rapids Dish Local 9161,12 - coming January 30
Sat 11:35PM CST Survival pts 2+3 of 3
The 7th Doctor, Ace, various Perivale residents, and the theoretical villain of this story are trapped on the Cheetah Planet. Humanoid Cheetahs are catching and eating them one by one. There's no clear way to return to Earth. And there's another problem. When you spend too long on the planet, you begin to lose your humanity. You begin to turn into a Cheetah. And nobody is immune. The final story of the original series, where nobody's future is safe from destruction.
Next week - back to the 4th Doctor, starting with Robot.
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 Full Circle movie
The TARDIS is trapped in a parallel universe, arriving on a planet with the same co-ordinates as Gallifrey. The 4th Doctor, Romana, and K9 face a riddle of life cycles. Humans, primitives, and spiders. A civilization that forgets its past is doomed to repeat it and come Full Circle. Stories are airing in production order, so Warriors' Gate airs next week. Also, due to schedule changes, Doctor Who's start time moves to 12:30AM effective next week.
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 9+10 of 14 (Terror Of The Vervoids pts 1+2)
Sat 11PM MST The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 11+12 of 14 (Terror Of The Vervoids pts 3+4)
The 6th Doctor's unorthodox defense strategy involves providing evidence from an adventure he hasn't happened yet - he's going to get better. Unfortunately, the evidence is still being tampered with, and soon it becomes hard to tell what is reality and what isn't. Special guest star Honor Blackman - Cathy Gale in The Avengers and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.
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 4 of 4
An army of Pangol is cloned in an effort to create a new version of the Argolin race.
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 The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 5+6 of 14 (Mindwarp pts 1+2)
The Valeyard begins the next portion of his evidence. The 6th Doctor and Peri have arrived on Thoros-Beta, a world enslaved by the Mentors where experiments into the nature of life and death are threatening to reveal the secret of Eternal life.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58) - under construction
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Doctor Who will return soon. A special with Peter Davison airs February 16.

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