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Wednesday 28th May 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - May 28, 2003
(posted 28th May 2003, 12:17pm - TWIDW post #0158)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 22
Those of us in the US who stay up late or know how to set VCRs - the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie is airing here on the US Sci-Fi Channel late Sunday June 15th at 1AM EDT East Feed / 1AM PDT West Feed.
Boston area Doctor Who fans with the DirecTV local channel package now have WENH 11 Durham, New Hampshire (New Hampshire Public TV) on channel 11 for new receivers, channel for older receivers. WENH was added on May 21, and typically airs a Doctor Who episode on Saturday nights. Boston area Dish Network subscribers with the local channel package got WENH back in January.
KBTC Tacoma, WA is airing a Doctor Who pledge special on June 7 from 7 to 10PM, featuring The Three Doctors.
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:


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.
Episodes 1,2,3,+4 - online
Episode 5 - online Friday 30 May at Noon BST
Episode 6 - online Friday 6 June at Noon BST
American Who - Jon Pertwee; Gail Bennett
First, a 1982 interview that South Florida broadcaster Chuck Zinc had with Jon Pertwee discussing Doctor Who, Worzel Grummidge, and other acting topics. The second part of the show has Joey Reynolds' 2001 interview with Gail Bennett, fan illustrator whose artwork got used on the UK editions of the Doctor Who Find Your Fate books of the 1980s, in a discussion remembering Jon Pertwee. The 5/19 edition with Wendy Padbury and Charles Martin is still online at the American Who website.
Business Talk Radio Network
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EDT (11PM-3AM PDT, 7-11AM BST, 4-8PM AEST ) Sci-FiOverdrive 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. Program details not revealed yet. For the past couple of weeks, portions of the most recent American Who program have been included in the 4th hour, which not all stations air. I do not know if American Who will be included this week.


UK Gold
Late Fri 12:30-2:20AM, Sat 7:10-9AM BST Pyramids of Mars movie
In 1911, the Earth was destroyed when an intergalactic secret hidden in an Egyptian tomb is unveiled. Or was it? The Doctor investigates.
Late Sat 1:25-3:10AM, Sun 7:15-9AM BST The Android Invasion movie
A return to Earth brings the 4th Doctor and Sarah to a tiny English village and U*N*I*T's involvement in a space mission. But there is a surprising lack of people. And no one remembers the Doctor. What has happened to the Earth?

UK Gold + 1
Late Fri 1:30-3:20AM BST Pyramids of Mars movie
Late Sat 2:25-4:10AM BST The Android Invasion movie
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment both pts
TELE 5 Poland
Weekdays 4:40PM CET "Tom Baker episodes with Polish subtitles"
TELE 5 ran 26 Tom Baker episodes last year, and has been rerunning them on weekdays for the last few weeks. Their website is of little use in determining which stories are airing, and the episode order was largely random, so seeing part 4 of, say, The Brain of Morbius, would give you no clue as to what the next story would be.
BBC Kids
Weeknights 2 episodes Midnight + 4AM EDT (9PM + 1AM PDT)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EDT (9PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Wed Revenge of the Cybermen pts 3+4 of 4
The Cybermen take over Nerva, hoping to use the station and its surviving crew in a plot to destroy Voga, the planet of gold, the only substance able to kill Cybermen. Unbeknowest to the Cybermen, the Vogans have their own weapon of Mass Destruction, which they plan to use to destroy Nerva.
Thu Terror of the Zygons pts 1+2 of 4
Fri Terror of the Zygons pts 3+4 of 4

Loch Ness is hiding more than a monster - it's also hiding shape changing aliens with designs of turning Earth into their new home.
Sat Image of the Fendahl all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor and Leela investigate the existence on Earth of a scanner whose frequency will rip the planet apart within days if not dealt with. Human curiosity has uncovered a shocking secret from the galactic past.
Sun The Sun Makers all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor, Leela, and K9 find the survivors of humanity living as virtual slaves on Pluto, where a ruthless government/corporation combo exploits the species for money. Tis a bad idea to mess with the Doctor's favorite species.
Mon Planet of Evil pts 1+2 of 4
Tue Planet of Evil pts 3+4 of 4

In the distant future, a scientific expedition is nearly wiped out discovering a new form of energy. This is the story of the rescue committee that had the misfortune to find the missing expedition.
Channel numbers in brackets ( ) indicate a digital station that is not on the air. All stations currently airing Doctor Who that do not have digital transmitters on the air have received wavers from the FCC giving them till November 1, 2003 to go on the air. Low power stations do not currently have digital assignments.
NHPTV New Hampshire
analog 11,49,52
digital 57,48,(49) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003?
Boston DirecTV Local 11,955
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Pledge season. Next episode airs Late Saturday June 14 at Midnight.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Next episode June 22nd. Oddly enough, WCNY had gone back to Robot instead of airing The Masque of Mandragora. The listings claim that episodes of The Sea Devils will air next month, though in theory Robot episode 4 should air next.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42)
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Brain of Morbius pt 1 of 4
Morbius. The hot new tourist destination. Lovely naturalistic weather. No global warming. Lots of fresh water. No pollen or bug problems. No tourist has ever complained. Indeed, no tourist has ever LEFT the planet. Starting next week, WSKG airs 2 Doctor Who episodes a week at 11PM for at least 2 weeks.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 34-1
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT State of Decay pts 3+4 of 4
The vampires are hiding another vampire, a Giant Vampire. One of a species the Time Lords are committed to destroying, no matter what the cost.
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 EDT Attack of the Cybermen movie
Lytton, former ally of the Daleks, entraps the 6th Doctor, Peri, and the Cybermen in a cunning deception. Who is he really working for? Will anyone survive?
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-2
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT Vengeance on Varos 4 pt version, pts 3+4
The Governor's life is endangered when he finally begins to object to the vicious methods of "justice" and "entertainment" used on his planet.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (9)
Sat 11:40PM CDT The Seeds of Doom pt 1 of 6
The discovery of alien seed pods in Antarctica draw the attention of the 4th Doctor and Sarah, who fear that great danger is about to be awakened.
» waa actually CreatureFromThePit/1.
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
digital 50,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003?
Des Moines DirecTV Local coming soon
Des Moines Dish Local 11,9116
Cedar Rapids Dish Local 12,9161
Omaha, NE Dish Local 32,9146
Sat 11:35PM CDT The Brain of Morbius pts 1+2 of 4
See WSKG for details.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 14-1
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 13,8406
Late Fri 12:30AM CDT Snakedance movie
The Mara reinvades Tegan's mind, forcing the 5th Doctor and Nyssa to go to drastic steps to save her and keep her from being used to destroy the Manussan civilization.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12,32
digital (38)
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 12,8211
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Next Doctor Who episodes air Late Friday June 13.
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 7,8536
Sat 11:30PM MDT Warriors' Gate pt 3 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana learn the secrets of the civilization of the Time Sensitives.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
analog 28,15,65
digital 27-1,(19)
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 28,8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Ghost Light pts 1+2 of 3
The 7th Doctor's drive to understand one of Ace's phobias leads the TARDIS team into a web of murder and devastation. And possibly a betrayal of trust that he would not be able to recover from. Why is KBTC skipping Battlefield??

» They didn't miss Battlefield in the end, as the next issue clarified!
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58)
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Salinas Dish Local 25,9190
Doctor Who is on hiatus.

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