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Wednesday 7th May 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - May 7, 2003
(posted 7th May 2003, 12:26pm - TWIDW post #0155)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 19
Doctor Who joins the world of talk radio this week. Joey Reynolds has started a new weekly online radio show, this time exclusively focused on Doctor Who. Titled American Who, it will be released on the internet every week or two in MP3 format. The show starts with a news roundup, then goes into interviews. The pilot show (online now) features an interview with John Nathan-Turner from 1993 and a chat with Benjamin Elliott regarding the Daleks. The website is . The link to the pilot is at .
May 1, 2003 was the date by which non-commercial TV stations in the US were supposed to begin transmitting in digital in addition to their analog broadcasts. Like the commercial stations last year, many of them got extensions, but the transition is beginning to happen. KBTC-DT 27 Tacoma, WA and KUES-DT 19 Richfield, UT have apparently gone on the air in the last week, bringing Doctor Who in digital without ghosts. In the case of KUES, they would have had to turn off the analog signal, which was also on 19. KUES was more of a repeater for KUED 7, so hopefully people without digital TV in the Richfield area can still get KUED 7.
Maryland Public TV surprised viewers last weekend. On what was going to be the first non-Who weekend in 5 years, they suddenly scheduled Ressurrection Of The Daleks to air late Saturday May 3 starting at 12:57AM. It was not on their online schedule first thing Saturday morning, but it was there Saturday evening. The story did air.
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 6 episode 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. A retired Time Lord asks the Doctor and Romana to find and return a dangerous book that he borrowed from Gallifrey.
Fri 9 May - Episode 2 premieres. Episodes will premiere on Fridays.
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 6 of 6
American Who - Pilot episode presented in MP3 format
Joey Reynolds hosts a weekly talk show exclusively covering Doctor Who. In this first episode, Joey covers the news of the week, interviews John Nathan-Turner in an archival interview from 1993, and chats with Benjamin Elliott from This Week In Doctor Who regarding the Daleks' upcoming disappearance from TV. Episodes should appear weekly.
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 sci-fi radio talk show, sometimes with Doctor Who content. Easiest to hear in timezones outside the USA. Hour 1 - news. Hour 2 - Ralph Winter, producer of X2. Hour 3 - discussion. Hour 4 - the Matrix and hats.


UK Gold
Fri 11:50PM-1:45AM, Sat 7:05-9AM BST The Ark In Space movie
While humanity slept, a dangerous force prepared to eat them as food. The 4th Doctor and company decide to make a change to the dinner menu.
Late Sat 1:55-2:55AM, Sun 8-9AM BST The Sontaran Experiment movie
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry investigate the abandoned planet Earth to ensure it is safe for the return of Humanity. It is - they just have to get rid of a squatter first.

UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 12:50-2:45AM BST The Ark In Space movie
Late Sat 2:55-3:55AM BST The Sontaran Experiment 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 Warriors' Gate pts 1+2 of 4
Thu Warriors' Gate pts 3+4 of 4

A gateway between universes bring time sensitive beings, humans out for profit, and the crew of the TARDIS. Most of them will not leave the gateway alive. And only 2 of the 4 in the TARDIS will leave the gateway unchanged.
Fri The Keeper of Traken pts 1+2 of 4
The Keeper of a solar system of peaceful worlds asks the Doctor to find the evil force that is threatening his paradise.
Sat The Deadly Assassin all 4 pts
An old enemy frames the Doctor for the murder of the President of the Time Lords in a power play to punish Gallifrey. The Doctor's only chance to live - run for public office.
Sun The Face of Evil all 4 pts
The Doctor's past comes back to haunt him on a world where his voice is worshipped and his face is feared.
Mon The Keeper of Traken pts 3+4 of 4
With paradise seemingly destroyed, the Doctor and Tremas race to save the Traken empire from total desolation. Tremas: Anthony Ainley.
Tue Logopolis pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Adric try to measure the exterior of the TARDIS, in hopes of restoring its ability to change its appearance. The most complext math in the Universe.
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
Pre-empted by auction. Doctor Who returns May 24.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EDT The Masque of Mandragora pt 1 of 4
There are corners of the universe that have bred the most terrible monsters. Creatures that stand against everything we believe in. One of these creatures has decided to hitch a lift in the TARDIS, go to 15th Century Earth, and terrorize Italy on the eve of the Rennaissance.
» actually Robot: Part One
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Android Invasion pt 2 of 4
Sarah is duplicated. Will the 4th Doctor be duped?
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 34-1
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT The Leisure Hive pt 4 of 4
An army of Pangol clones plan to rebuild the Argolin race as an intergalactic army. Brings a new meaning to the "An Army Of One" ads the US military runs.
Sat 11:30PM EDT Meglos pt 1 of 4
Meglos, last survivor of his race, plots to impersonate the 4th Doctor and steal a priceless artefact that can change the course of his own world. But how to keep the real Doctor from interfering?
Next week - a Doctor Who marathon from 8PM to Midnight to raise money for upcoming episodes.
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 12:40AM EDT Planet of Fire movie
Late start due to an episode of the Independent Eye anthology series. Turlough's true origin is revealed as an artefact found on Earth leads the 5th Doctor to a world in terrible danger. This is the introduction of Perpeguillium Brown (Peri).
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-2
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 8356,48
Sat 11PM EDT Attack of the Cybermen 4 pt version, pts 1+2
Commander Lytton, still trapped on Earth after the defeat of the Daleks, calls for help from the Cybermen. But is he really on the side of the straight and evil? Or is he deceitfully trying to help the side of sunshine and niceness?
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (9) - under construction
Sat 11:40PM CDT Destiny of the Daleks(?) pt 2 of 4
Question mark remains in place due to WILL scheduling City of Death to start next week. The Daleks and the Movellans are battling each other, and nobody really knows which side they want to win.
» waa actually City of Death: Part Two.
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
digital 50,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
Des Moines Dish Local 9116,11
Omaha, NE Dish Local 9146,32
Cedar Rapids Dish Local 9161,12
Sat 11:35PM CDT Planet of Evil pts 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor has struck a deal with the Anti-Matter Universe to spare the lives of the Morestrans. But the deal is compromised, putting everyone back into danger.
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 Earthshock movie
The Doctor Who story that broke the rules when it premiered in 1982. The 5th Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan get involved with the search to find a missing survey crew. The parties responsible desire to wipe out the Earth in the 26th Century. This is the movie version, so you'll have to insert the cliffhanger in your mind about 23 minutes in when (CENSORED) arrives. And if you have anyone watching with you who doesn't know the ending - don't tell them. Let them see for themselves.
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 The Happiness Patrol pts 1+2 of 3
Sat 11PM MDT The Happiness Patrol pt 3 of 3
The 7th Doctor and Ace plot to destroy a civilization where happiness is required at gunpoint. Several people play harmonicas in this story, the only Doctor Who story I can recall with a harmonica in it.
Sat 11:30PM MDT Silver Nemesis pt 1 of 3
1638 and 1988 converge when a device the 7th Doctor sent into space returns to Earth.
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7
digital 42-1,19-1
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 8536,7
Sat 11:30PM MDT Full Circle pt 4 of 4
The crew of the Starliner can never return to Terradon.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
analog 28,15,65
digital 27-1,(19) - under construction
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Silver Nemesis pts 2+3 of 3
A 17th Century woman believes she knows the secrets of the Doctor, secrets that she can use in the power play to take control of the dangerous Nemesis statue.
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
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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