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Friday 10th November 2000

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Fri, 10 Nov 2000
(posted Fri, 10 Nov 2000, via the Doctor Who Alliance)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
New Sci-Fi News Program Preparing To Premiere, Additional Stations Airing NationalDoctorWhoNight2000National Who Night, And Howard DaSilva's Narration To Get New Life Here.
Joey Reynolds is beginning a sci-fi news program in West Palm Beach, FL. It will air on WPBR 1340 AM Sunday nights from 11:05PM to Midnight beginning November 19th. Heavy Doctor Who coverage is promised, particularly on November 26th, when Joey's show is devoted to Doctor Who's 37th anniversary. The program is called Interstellar Transmissions Radio Program. The radio station does not yet have a web feed, but people curious in this endeavor can check Joey's website at . It could be fun.
More Who Night Stations. I was surprised and pleased to read in the Alliance Newsletter that WYIN 56 in Gary, IN now plans to air the Nationwide Who Night filmed in Pittsburgh last month. To that I can add KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA. So, now 8 of the 15 PBS stations with contracts to air Doctor Who either have aired or will air the special. And I wouldn't be surprised if one or two others have signed up quietly without being noticed yet. Sylvester McCoy gets to play those sporks to an ever wider audience.

The current 8 affiliates:
  1. WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA - aired Live Oct 21st 10:05PM to 1AM EDT
  2. KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA - Sat Dec 2nd 6PM to 9PM PST
  3. MPT Maryland - Sat Dec 2nd 11PM to 2AM EST
  4. NHPTV New Hampshire - Sun Dec 10th 3PM to 6PM EST (time tentative)
  5. WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH - December
  6. IPTV Iowa - March
  7. WYIN 56 Gary, IN - date unknown
  8. KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO - date unknown
This Week will be adding a new feature with next week's edition. When the Tom Baker episodes came to America in 1978, the initial 98 episodes were narrated by Howard DaSilva. While the editing done on the episodes is not well appreciated today, the narration is. To tie in with WILL 12 Urbana, IL's acquisition of the Tom Baker episodes, I am adapting the transcripts of Howard's voiceover work into the episode synopses for that station's broadcasts. For the early generation of US fandom, it's a reminder of how you first saw the show. For those of us who started watching in the mid-80s or later, we probably never heard this material, and it's a chance to experience a different, forgotten flavor of the show. Thanks to TJ Lubinsky for the transcripts.
Note to people who will watch Doctor Who on WILL - I really want to go through all 98 narrations. Please keep the support up so WILL doesn't give up and drop the show before we finish.
Fans of the Dead Ringers comedy show on BBC Radio 4 will want to know that a new set of episodes begins next Friday (17 November). The show features parodies of celebrities past, present, and future, and usually gets in at least one or two good Doctor Who related pieces in. BBC Radio 4 is on the FM dial in the UK, longwave radio heading into Europe, and through a realaudio program of theirs that you can log into at their website - . The show appears to be at the same time as the previous sets of episodes - Fridays at 6:30PM GMT (1:30PM EST, 10:30AM PST, Saturday 7:30AM AEDT), rerunning Saturdays at 12:30PM GMT (7:30AM EST, 4:30AM PST, 11:30PM AEDT). The show should run until Christmas.
Apparently WQED in Pittsburgh ran the special Resistance Is Useless on October 28 instead of The Invasion of Time episode 1, and episodes 1 & 2 of The Invasion of Time on November 4. The information for WQED should be right as of this edition.
Additions and corrections are welcome at, , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:

UK Gold
Sun 8:15-11AM GMT The Mutants movie
A colonial administrator refuses to return a colony world to its indigenous inhabitants, setting off a chain of death and environmental change that causes the Time Lords to send the Doctor in to investigate.

UK Gold 2
Sun 6-8:45PM GMT The Mutants movie
Time-shifted from UK Gold.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1:05AM*, Sat 3:30PM CET Four To Doomsday ep 4 of 4
*Not seen in all regions.
The Doctor and Adric battle Monarch to save humanity.
Late Thu 12:35PM CET Kinda ep 1 of 4
(Sunday broadcast pre-empted by Remembrance Day coverage.) Nyssa falls ill, leaving her unable to take part in the Doctor's latest adventure. So, the remaining three explore the jungle planet of Deva Loka.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT The Time Warrior all 4 eps
New opening credits. New companion. New cloak. New villain. The 3rd Doctor hunts a mysterious intruder from the past who is kidnaping scientists. The search for the truth leads him to the Middle Ages, and a potato-headed alien.
Mon-Fri 11:30PM AEDT Invasion of the Dinosaurs eps 2 - 6 of 6
For many years, these episodes were retitled eps 1 - 5, to cover up the lost episode 1. Dinosaurs are running rampant in Central London, and U*N*I*T is on the case. Tracking movements, searching for the truth, etc. But as the Doctor closes in on the answer, sabotage threatens his efforts, indicating that one of the U*N*I*T gang may be a traitor.
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun-Mon 6:30PM Colony In Space eps 5 - 6 of 6
Last rerun in 1993. The 3rd Doctor and the Master learn the secrets behind the Doomsday Weapon and the cave dwellers. Meanwhile, the Master loses an old friend.
Tue-Fri 6:30PM The Dæmons eps 1 - 4 of 5
Last rerun in 1993. First colour showing in New Zealand. Black Magic is afoot, as the Master tries to awaken Azal, last of the Daemons. Opposing him are the Doctor, U*N*I*T, and a White Witch. Episodes 1 through 3 were restored by combining a black & white print with a colour off- air recording from America, while episode 4 is the original PAL version.
BBC America
Mon-Thu 8AM EST (5AM PST), reruns following weekday 5AM EST (2AM PST) - 2 episodes per day
Mon-Tue/Tue-Wed The Robots of Death eps 1 - 4 of 4

The Doctor and Leela must protect the inhabitants of a Sandminer from their own stupidity as death begins to haunt the ship.
Wed/Thu The Sontaran Experiment both eps
The Doctor, Sarah, and Harry beam down to Earth to find out if it is safe for humanity to return. Environmentally, at least, it is safe. But they are not alone on Earth.
Thu/Fri Revenge of the Cybermen eps 1+2 of 4
Back on Nerva Beacon, the Doctor, Sarah, and Harry try to track down an intelligent plague that rips tape from computer logs. The plague is not accidental, and one of the people on the beacon is a traitor.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Sun 3PM EST The Talons of Weng-Chiang eps 3+4 of 6
Weng-Chiang hunts Leela, while Li Hsen Chang duels with the Doctor.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EST The Invasion of Time eps 3+4 of 6
Why did the Doctor allow Gallifrey to be invaded by the Vardans? Borusa, Andred, Castellan Kelner, and Leela all search for the reason. Next episodes will air November 25.
» the episodes were actually pre-empted
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EST The Visitation eps 1+2 of 4
An alien spaceship crashes in England in the 1660s against the backdrop of a new outbreak of the Black Death. The aliens would be quite happy to let the humans continue to believe that plague is their biggest threat.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Sat 11:30PM EST Vengeance on Varos movie
A TARDIS breakdown forces the 6th Doctor and Peri to land on the nearest planet with Zeiton-7 ore. Alas, it is a planet with a barbaric prison system, where executions are televised entertainment. There is a very effective cliffhanger half-way through the story which you probably won't be able to spot in the movie version. But if you want to try, pay attention about 44 minutes in where the Governor says "cut". Create the mental image of the closing credits starting right there, and see what you think.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
As the electoral conundrum goes on in Florida, and enough absentee ballots are outstanding nationwide to throw the popular vote either way, isn't it nice to know that you can sit back and enjoy the weekly dose of Doctor Who? Not exactly - the show's being pre-empted this week. Returns November 18.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EST The Robots of Death eps 2+3 of 4
The Doctor and Leela are the prime suspects as people drop dead. But how could they have gotten ahold of deactivation disks? Indeed, who else but robots could get their hands on deactivation disks? Pre-empted next week.
WYIN 56, Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CST The Sun Makers ep 4 of 4
Every revolution has its victims, people whose regular lives are shattered by a knife or the barrel of a gun. This is the story of those who lose in the heat of the revolution, and how they cope.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Begins November 18 at 11:20PM CST. We will use the Howard DaSilva narrations as the descriptions for this station.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CST Image of the Fendahl ep 3 of 4
The Doctor learns the secrets of his own peoples' experiences with the Fendahl, and what they did to be rid of the menace forever.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:05PM CST The Power of Kroll eps 3+4 of 4
The Doctor faces threats from both an angry Kroll and the petty bureaucrat in charge of the refinery.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CST (9:30PM MST) The Ribos Operation ep 1 of 4
The Doctor's vacation is interrupted by a probable fraud pretending to be an all-powerful Guardian. This "white guardian" wants the Doctor, K9, and a new person named Romanadvoratrelundar to find the 6 segments of a Key that can reset the balance of good and evil in Time.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MST The Power of Kroll eps 3+4 of 4
See IPTV for story details.
Sat 10PM MST The Armageddon Factor eps 1+2 of 6
The search for the final segment of the Key To Time leads the Doctor and Romana to Atrios, a world dying from a war against Zeos. The war has no clear purpose, which indicates that the location of the Key might be involved. But for once, the Doctor is not the only person in search of the segment.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MST The Seeds of Doom ep 5 of 6
Harrison Chase loses his last bits of sanity and begins communing with the killer Krynoid. The Doctor, Sarah, and Scorby need to develop a plan before they become plant food.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST The Deadly Assassin eps 1+2 of 4
» This was actually The Hand Of Fear 3+4, correction noted in next week's edition
Lured to Gallifrey, the Doctor races in hopes of preventing a tragedy. An old foe lurks in the shadows, using the Doctor as bait in a trap to destroy all of Gallifrey.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PST Remembrance of the Daleks all 4 eps
The 7th Doctor and Ace arrive in London in November 1963, just as two groups of Daleks are arriving to fight each other. But the Doctor does not believe this to be a regular alien invasion.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.