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Wednesday 25th June 2003

This Week In Doctor Who - June 25, 2003
(posted 25th Jun 2003, 11:36am - TWIDW post #0162)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 26
Real Time - the 6th Doctor audio story which was featured on the BBCi website last year - is now back online again. Go to , the same place you go to hear Shada. Like its original run last year, Real Time is available with illustrations by the same artist who illustrated Shada. It is unknown how long the six 10 minute episodes will be online, or indeed how long Shada will remain online.
New Hampshire Public TV has turned on its final digital transmitter (WEKW-DT 49 Keene, NH). Their digital channels have also begun a simulcast of their analog channel on subchannel 2, so their programming is available in digital virtually statewide. However, the simulcast currently runs from 10:30AM to 10:30PM weekdays, 10AM to 10PM weekends, so it does not currently include Doctor Who. Still, it is another step to being able to see Doctor Who on the digital frequencies of the dial.
New Hampshire Public TV and WCNY 24 Syracuse, NY seem to be shuffling between Doctors now. WCNY jumped to the 3rd Doctor last week (according to their schedule) and is apparently starting a 5th Doctor story next month. New Hampshire Public TV is scheduled to go the the 4th Doctor next month, when they will have only aired 2 stories from the 7th Doctor's era.
Iowa Public TV is now available to more viewers. DirecTV has launched its Des Moines locals package, with KDIN 11 as the IPTV affiliate. They have also taken control of KQIN 36 Davenport, IA (formerly KQCT 36), a station in the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois. KQIN will shortly go from low power to full power, bringing Iowa Public TV to some new areas and filling in gaps where previously you had to see the network on cable or pull in KIIN 12 from another city. KQIN-DT will be on channel 34 when it goes on the 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:


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.
All 6 Episodes Now Online!
Real Time - 2002 Doctor Who story featuring the 6th Doctor and the Cybermen. Six 10 minute episodes. Now back online.
American Who - Peter Davison; Dan Harris
Charles Martin interviews Peter Davison (the 5th Doctor and many other TV roles) at the 2003 Gallifrey convention. Then Dan Harris of the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise (a *mostly* Doctor Who event based in the US) discusses a new contest he has regarding the trip. - Patrick Lussier Joey Reynolds talks with Patrick Lussier, editor of the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie and fan of the Jon Pertwee stories in the 1970s, seeing them on a Seattle TV station.
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 - worldwide sci-fi news. Hour 2 - Stu Goldman and Dr. Everett Gibson, Jr. discuss Mars Life in Meteroids. Hour 3 - Jim Garvin discusses the Mars Rover project. Hour 4 - encore of interview with Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham.


UK Gold
Sat 7:15-9AM BST The Robots of Death movie
Robots are killing the workers on a Sandminer. But no one will believe robots are capable of such an act.
Late Sat 2-4:30AM, Sun 6-9AM BST The Talons of Weng-Chiang movie
Magic and murder in a London theatre during Victorian times draws the attention of the 4th Doctor and Leela.

UK Gold + 1
Late Sat 3-5:30AM BST The Talons of Weng-Chiang movie
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. The link to their schedule is now
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 Face of Evil pts 1+2 of 4
Thu The Face of Evil pts 3+4 of 4

The 4th Doctor lands on a planet where he is feared as a being of pure evil.
Fri The Robots of Death pts 1+2 of 4
See UK Gold for description.
Sat The Power of Kroll all 4 pts
On a swamp moon, colonists running a methane factory run the risk of awakening Kroll, a massive creature in size and power, but not in intellect, who could destroy them all without paying much attention to the matter.
Sun The Armageddon Factor all 6 pts (no 3:30AM rerun)
The quest to complete the Key To Time brings the 4th Doctor and Romana to Atrios, a planet in the midst of a devastating nuclear war. A war being manipulated from the Shadows.
Mon The Robots of Death pts 3+4 of 4
See UK Gold for description.
Tue The Talons of Weng-Chiang pts 1+2 of 6
See UK Gold for description.
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 57.2,48.2,49.2 - analog simulcast currently ends at 10PM on
weekends, before Doctor Who airs
Boston DirecTV Local 11,955
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Sat 11PM EDT Time and the Rani pt 3 of 4
The 7th Doctor tries to convince the Lakertyans to fight the Rani before it is too late. Viewer advisory - according to NHPTV's website, NHPTV will go to the beginning of the 4th Doctor era effective July 19th, having only aired Paradise Towers and Time And The Rani from the 7th Doctor's era.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital 25-1
Sun 5:30PM EDT "The Sea Devils(?)" ep ? of 6
If anyone knows what WCNY is doing, I'd be delighted to know. Their website shows episodes of The Sea Devils (a 3rd Doctor story) airing through July 13 (which would only give time to fit in 4 episodes). On July 20 The Caves of Androzani (a 5th Doctor story) is set to begin. Is this a best-of run, and are they aware that they are not giving enough weeks to each individual story?
ยป actually The Ark In Space: Part One
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42)
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Seeds of Doom pt 3 of 6
Back in England, the 4th Doctor and Sarah investigate Harrison Chase, famed lover of plants, who might have hired the thugs who stole the Krynoid pod.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital 34-1
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT The Keeper of Traken pts 3+4 of 4
The Melkur plots to get Kassia appointed as the next Keeper, so he can rule and destroy Traken through her. The 4th Doctor, Adric, Tremas, and Nyssa are the only ones who will act to stop him. One of them will pay a very high price.
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 Timelash movie
Karfel, a planet once helped by the Doctor, is now under the control of a vicious sadist scientist called Borad. When the TARDIS accidentally stumbles across the planet again, the Borad races to keep the 6th Doctor from learning the secret of his rule, fearing that the Doctor will once again save Karfel from disaster.
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital 34-2
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT The Two Doctors 6 pt version, pts 5+6
The 2nd Doctor and Shockeye the cook are the unwilling subjects in a genetic experiment to fuse the mind of a Time Lord with the appetite of a bloodthirsty Androgum. Featuring Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor and Patrick Troughton in his final appearance as the 2nd Doctor. The Mark of the Rani (airing out of order) begins next week.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (9)
Sat 11:40PM CDT The Creature from the Pit pt 4 of 4
Lady Adrasta might not be the only threat to Chloris after all. What does Erato the Creature know, and why won't he talk?
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?
Now seen on KQIN 36 Davenport, IA in the Quad Cities.
Des Moines DirecTV Local 11,474
Des Moines Dish Local 11,9116
Cedar Rapids Dish Local 12,9161
Omaha, NE Dish Local 32,9146
Sat 11:35PM CDT The Seeds of Doom pts 5+6 of 6
The 4th Doctor and Sarah race to stop the Krynoid before it turns all plant life against humanity.
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 Enlightenment movie
The Black Guardian lures the TARDIS crew into a Space Race, where one team
is cheating, and nobody can be trusted.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12,32
digital (38)
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 12,8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Remembrance of the Daleks pts 3+4 of 4
A traitor disrupts the 7th Doctors efforts to keep the Daleks and the military apart. The leader of the Imperial Daleks makes a mistake.
Sat 11PM MDT Battlefield pts 1+2 of 4
In the near future, soldiers from an alternate dimension intrude upon England searching for King Arthur. For a problem of this type, you have to call in U*N*I*T. And at a country cottage, a retired soldier is about to learn that retirement is never really permanent. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: Nicholas Courtney.
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 The Keeper of Traken pt 3 of 4
See WYBE for description.
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 The Curse of Fenric pts 2+3 of 4
Almost by sleepwalking, the residents of the town, the British army, and a group of Russian soldiers do all the wrong things and bring the threat of Fenric closer to emerging.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58)
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Monterey Dish Local 25,9190
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