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Thursday 24th April 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - April 23, 2003
(TWIDW post #0153)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - April 23, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 17
Sue Cowley of the Doctor Who Restoration Team has issued a report on the status of Dalek and Terry Nation stories which clarifies recent issues somewhat. For anyone who hasn't read this on Outpost Gallifrey or related sites yet:

As it currently stands, stories written by Terry Nation cannot be screen on TV anywhere in the world during the latter half of 2003 and beyond. Hence the situation with PBS, and UK Gold's Dalek special is being run rather earlier in the year than might have otherwise been anticipated.

The matter relates specifically to stories and situations penned by Terry Nation, and it is not restricted to Doctor Who. Neither is it a new or unexpected "problem". Negotiations are in progress to allow further transmissions. In my role as Manager of the catalogue for BBC Worldwide TV, I remain hopeful that this matter can be resolved in the near future. To the best of my knowledge, this has absolutely no bearing on current or forthcoming video/DVD releases, which are negotiated and cleared under separate agreements.
Here is the UK Gold Dalek Days schedules, as best we know them at this point:

Monday 5 May
UK Gold UK Gold 2
7:20AM 6PM* The Dead Planet aka The Daleks aka The Mutants
10:45AM 7:45PM The Dalek Invasion of Earth
1:35PM 10:35PM The Day Of The Daleks
3:25PM 12:25AM Planet of the Daleks
6:05PM Not On Death to the Daleks

*Might not be complete on UK Gold 2. Either that or the times are wrong.

Monday 26 May
Only UK Gold's info is up so far.
9:50AM BST Genesis of the Daleks
12:35PM BST Destiny of the Daleks
2:30PM BST Resurrection of the Daleks
4:20PM BST Revelation of the Daleks
6:10PM BST Remembrance of the Daleks
WYBE-DT 34 Philadelphia, PA and WCNY-DT 25 Syracuse, NY are now on the air, and apparently simulcast their schedules of their analog brothers (WYBE 35 and WCNY 24), including Doctor Who. Non-commercial TV stations in the US are required to have their digital signals on the air by May 1st or have applied for extensions.
The UK Sci-Fi Channel will be airing the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie on 5 May from 7:20 to 9PM.
The South African Sci-Fi Channel - yes, the same website - will air both the 1996 Doctor Who movie and a new Doctor Who special in May. The special is part of a series profiling UK Science fiction shows called SF:UK. Here's the lineup:
Saturday 3 May 4:25PM SF:UK - Trips Through Time And Space (first airing?)
Wednesday 21 May 8PM Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
Wednesday 21 May 9:25PM SF:UK - Trips Through Time And Space
Saturday 24 May 6:35PM Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie
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 Shada - new version of Douglas Adams' TV story left unfinished in 1979. Now an audio story with illustrations. Stars Paul McGann as the Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana, and John Leeson as K9. Begins 2 May 2003.
BBC Radio 7
Digital radio & TV in UK, live realplayer link on website for worldwide use
Sat 6PM+ Mid BST (7PM+1AM CET, 1+7PM EDT, 10AM+4PM PDT, Sun 3+9AM AEST) The Ghosts of N Space pt 2 of 6
Sun 6PM+Mid BST (7PM+1AM CET, 1+7PM EDT, 10AM+4PM PDT, Mon 3+9AM AEST) The Ghosts of N Space pt 3 of 6
Fri 7PM EDT InterstellarTransmissions
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 - "Comic Book Day, The End". A clip and goodbye show. Interstellar Transmissions is going off the air as they focus on Sci-Fi Overdrive.
Business Talk Radio Network
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EDT (11PM-3AM PDT, 7-11AM BST, 4-8PM AEST ) Sci-Fi Overdrive station list on the scifioverdrive website - archives in MP3 format
Live audio link at Business Talk website - requires Windows Media Player.
National version of Interstellar Transmissions, though probably easiest to hear in timezones outside the USA. Hour 1 - Sci-Fi News & Content. Hour 2 - TBA. Hour 3 - Mike McCafferty. Hour 4 - TBA.


UK Gold
Late Fri 12:55-2:55AM, Sat 7:10-9AM BST Death to the Daleks movie
Late Sat Mid-2:45AM, Sun 6:30-9AM BST The Monster of Peladon movie

UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 1:55-3:55AM BST Death to the Daleks movie
Late Sat 1AM-3:45AM BST The Monster of Peladon 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 2 episodes Midnight + 4AM EDT (9PM + 1AM PDT)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EDT (9PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Wed The Horns of Nimon pts 1+2 of 4
Thu The Horns of Nimon pts 3+4 of 4
Fri The Leisure Hive pts 1+2 of 4
Sat The Keeper of Traken all 4 pts
Sun Logopolis all 4 pts
Mon The Leisure Hive pts 3+4 of 4
Tue Meglos pts 1+2 of 4
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
Boston Dish Local 8781,11
Sat 11PM EDT Paradise Towers pt 3 of 4
Due to special programming, the next episode of Doctor Who (presumably Paradise Towers pt 4, currently listed as Time and the Rani pt 1) will air on May 24. No - I'm not kidding.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EDT The Seeds of Doom pt 5 of 6
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EDT Pyramids of Mars pt 4 of 4
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA
analog 13,16
digital 38-1,(26)
Pittsburgh DirecTV Local 13,947
Pittsburgh Dish Local 8136,13
Doctor Who didn't air on April 19, and it has been removed from WQED's April schedule. Doctor Who is not on WQED's May schedule, either. WQED appears to have canceled the series, and this will be its final appearance in the listings until further notice.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 34-1
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT The Horns of Nimon pt 4 of 4
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Leisure Hive 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
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Late Sat 12:10AM EDT Frontios movie
Late start due to an episode of the Independent Eye anthology series. Doctor Who pre-empted next week for the first time I can remember since 1998, due to special programming. Doctor Who returns May 10.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-2
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
Pre-empted by auction. Doctor Who returns May 3.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (9) - under construction
Sat 11:40PM CDT The Armageddon Factor pt 6 of 6
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
Sat 11:35PM CDT Terror of the Zygons pts 3+4 of 4
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 14-1
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 8406,13
Late Fri 12:30AM CDT The Visitation movie
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 MDT Time and the Rani pts 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM MDT Time and the Rani pts 3+4 of 4
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 MDT Full Circle pt 2 of 4
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 PDT The Happiness Patrol pts 1+2 of 3
Until a few days ago, Remembrance of the Daleks had been scheduled to air here. It has now been replaced with this story.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58) - under construction
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Salinas Dish Local 9190,25
San Francisco Dish Local 8234,54 - not available to subscribers
Due to situations largely beyond their control, Doctor Who is on hiatus on KTEH/KCAH. Doctor Who will return ASAP.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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