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Friday 1st December 2000

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 1, 2000
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Welcome to the weekly digest of Doctor Who broadcasts on TV and the radio.
Well, pledge season on US PBS stations is in full swing, which means that the National Who Night is finally getting some of its national airings. For those who have forgotten, National Who Night was filmed at WQED in Pittsburgh back in October. Based on a viewer poll, the movie version of Remembrance of the Daleks was the featured story, with Sylvester McCoy in the studio at a full manic boil during the pledge breaks. Can the set hold together? Will TJ Lubinsky escape the spoons? A night to celebrate the fun of Doctor Who. And hopefully raise some money to convince PBS stations that fans will still support the series.
Current list of stations airing the National Who Night:
1) KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA - Sat, December 2nd 7-10PM PST
2) MPT Maryland - Sat, December 2nd 11:15PM-2AM EST
3b) WCET Cincinnati, OH - Sat, December 2nd 11:30PM-2:30AM EST
4) NHPTV New Hampshire - Sun, December 10th 3-6PM EST
5) IPTV Iowa - March
6) WYIN Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) - ???
7) KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO - ???
8) WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA - Sat, October 21st 10PM-1AM EDT - already aired
3a) WCET Cincinnati, OH - Sat, November 18th 9:30PM-12:30AM EST - already aired
Meanwhile, the KTEH Doctor Who Night with Sylvester McCoy and Carole Ann Ford will rerun on December 3rd at 8PM PST on that San Jose, CA PBS station. It is a direct repeat of what aired in October. This time, KTEH hopes that the TV guides will actually list the special, as it was erroneously called "cooking shows" last time. 2 1st Doctor episodes and 3 Sylvester McCoy episodes air in the night. Pledge benefits available for viewers and anyone who wants to call in their support:
$60 - Disappearing TARDIS mug (2 at $120)
$60 - History Of The Universe book
$90 - Paul McGann T-Shirt (ltd number)
$120 - pick a video (An Unearthly Child, Survival, or Curse Of Fatal Death)
$180 - The Dalek Invasion Of Earth double video
$240 - An Unearthly Child, Survival, and a membership to Gallifrey 2001
$500 - all the videos and a mug
$800 - same as the $500 level, but with a diamond logo sweat shirt thrown in

People interested in pledging money to support KTEH should call 1-800-225-5454 or 1-408-795- 5454 during the special.
Some things to note:
1) Just after last week's column went to press, it turned out that UKTV in Australia was going to air the 1996 Doctor Who movie on Saturday the 25th at 2:30PM and 1AM AEDT.
2) Also, the premiere of Joey Reynolds' sci-fi news/talk show on WPBR-AM 1340 in West Palm Beach, FL was scheduled at the last minute on Sunday the 26th at 11:05PM EST. WPBR had been off the air due to a fire, which made predicting when Joey's show would premiere impossible. It was an all-Doctor Who first episode, with archival interviews with several Doctor Who stars and a live conversation with myself, where Joey graciously advertised This Week to the West Palm Beach audience.
Additions and corrections are welcome at, , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:


BBC Radio 4
Dead Ringers ep 303
First broadcast Fri 6:30PM GMT (1:30PM EST, 10:30AM PST, Sat 7:30AM AEDT)
Second broadcast Sat 12:30PM GMT (7:30AM ET, 4:30AM PST, 11:30PM AEDT)

Hmm. No Doctor Who skits last week (on the anniversary weekend!), though "The Doctor" got to introduce and close the show. I wonder if he'll show up this week.
BCB Cable Radio 1566AM Bradford, UK
Click the "Listen" button to hear the station via RealPlayer.
The Who Review monthly review of Doctor Who developments in the UK
Thu 7ishPM GMT (2ishPM EST, 11ishAM PST, Fri 6ishAM AEDT)
Continuation of Panoptican panel discussion with John Nathan-Turner. The Doctor's Christmas greeting from The Daleks' Masterplan episode 7. And the latest discussion about book, video, and audio releases in the UK. Start time is approximate, and the show lasts between 30 and 45 minutes
WPBR 1340AM West Palm Beach, FL
No internet feed
Sun 11:05PM-Mid EST Interstellar Transmissions Radio Program ep 2
Mostly Red-Dwarf-themed episode, with archival interviews of Bob Llewellyn and Chloe Annett. Of course, with Who Night airing on some stations this week, Doctor Who is certain to appear on the agenda. Doctor Who heavy episode next week.


UK Gold
Sun 9:35-11:35AM GMT Carnival Of Monsters movie
Able to travel through time again, the Doctor tries to take Jo to Metebelis III. Instead, they find themselves apparently on a luxury boat in the Indian Ocean in 1926.

UK Gold 2
Sun 6-8PM GMT Carnival Of Monsters movie
Time-shifted from UK Gold.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 12:50AM*, Sat 3:30PM CET Kinda ep 3 of 4
Sun 11:30AM, Late Thu 12:30AM CET Kinda ep 4 of 4
*Not seen in all regions.
The Mara prepares to manifest itself in the real world again. The 5th Doctor looks at the cycle of the Kinda people to find a weakness in the Mara.
UKTV Australia
Sat 2PM, Late Sat 1AM AEDT Thirty Years In The TARDIS 1993 documentary
See WQED for story details.
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT The Monster of Peladon all 6 eps
50 years after the Doctor's first visit to Peladon, the planet is again in turmoil. Membership in the Galactic Federation is not bringing all the success it was supposed to, and the miners are getting fed up.
Mon-Thu 11:30PM AEDT Planet of the Spiders eps 1 - 4 of 6
Fri 11:30PM AEDT Planet of the Spiders eps 5+6 of 6

The final 3rd Doctor story. 2 episodes on Friday. Disgraced U*N*I*T member Mike Yates contacts Sarah with an unbelievable tale of evil growing inside a Tibetan Monestary. The Doctor learns that something he brought to Earth in the past is causing death and terror now.
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun-Tue 6:30PM The Sea Devils eps 4 - 6 of 6
Only previous NZ airing in 1985. The Master urges the Sea Devils to wage war on humanity, while the Doctor, remembering what happened to the Silurians, preaches peace.
Wed-Fri 6:30PM The Mutants eps 1 - 3 of 6
Only previous NZ airing in 1985/1986. The Time Lords send the Doctor and Jo to Solos, where an effort by the Earth Empire to return a planet to the control of its inhabitants goes drastically wrong when the administrator in charge is murdered.
BBC America
Mon-Thu 8AM EST (5AM PST), reruns next weekday 5AM EST (2AM PST) - 2 episodes per day
Mon-Tue/Wed-Thu The Android Invasion eps 1 - 4 of 4

The 4th Doctor and Sarah return to England and find the place largely abandoned. Something is rotten in Devesham.
Wed-Thu/Thu-Fri The Robots of Death eps 1 - 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Leela discover that a robot is not always "your plastic pal who's fun to be with".
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Pre-empted by specials this week. National Doctor Who Night will air {t{3901=next Sunday, though some advance TV listings in New Hampshire do not reflect this.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EST Thirty Years In The TARDIS 1993 documentary
30th anniversary documentary originally filmed for BBC1. Interviews with many of the cast and production crew. Excellent use of a Dalek clip after the closing credits.
» This broadcast was replaced by a repeat of National Doctor Who Night instead!
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EST Earthshock eps 1+2 of 4
A fight with Adric lures the 5th Doctor into a cave where soldiers are investigating a rash of deaths. Earthshock has the rare honor of having 2 episode endings that caught the audience in England by surprise, as opposed to traditional plot twists which made news before they aired. In case anyone reading this in WYBE's broadcast area doesn't know what the twists are, I'm not telling.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Sat 11:15PM-2AM EST National Doctor Who Night
My local-ish station gets around to airing the Who Night. Now, if it can get a good enough showing, maybe we can convince the station that they should let a Doctor Who special get a prime time spot next time, instead of late night. Could begin and/or end later then indicated times.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EST Time and the Rani ep 2 of 4 OR Paradise Towers ep 2 of 4 OR Paradise Towers ep 3 of 4
What is it with Florida right now? Seems they aired Paradise Towers episode 1 instead of Time and the Rani episode 1 two weeks ago. Then they aired Time and the Rani episode 1 last week, presumably to get on track. Now they've scheduled Paradise Towers episode 3 for this weekend. Whatever happens, I'm fairly certain it will star Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM-2:30AM EST National Doctor Who Night (repeat of November 18th broadcast)
Look for Alyrssa Kelly and other members of Cincinnati fandom in the local cut-aways. And if you forgot to pledge last time, make up for it this time. Next episodes air December 16.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
No episode this week. Next episodes December 9.
» As it turned out, they did show something - this was originally thought to be an unscheduled broadcast of National Doctor Who Night instead, but actually turned out to be The Pirate Planet!
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:40PM CST Robot ep 3 of 4
"This is Howard DaSilva calling. Seems I forgot to pay my afterlife phone bill and I'm about to be cut off until the 16th, when WILL airs episode 4 of Robot. If I get knocked off, I guess I'll have to give both episodes 3 and 4 then. But I'll try to get the description out before I get cut off-" (connection lost)
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 10:20PM-12:15AM, Sun 4:20-6:15AM CST The Sun Makers eps 2,3,+4 of 4
Pledge marathon. Now's the chance to show TPT that Minnesota wants Doctor Who to stick around. Leela and the 4th Doctor inspire humanity to rebel against a repressive regime that taxes the citizens to death (left wing) for corporate gain (right wing). Can a bipartisan revolution save the day? Next episode airs December 16.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:05PM CST The Armageddon Factor eps 5+6 of 6
As the time loop deteriorates and friends turn into enemies, the Doctor and Romana discover the truth behind the 6th segment of the Key To Time. How far will they go to save the universe? Next episodes air December 15, as college basketball disrupts the schedule on the 8th.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CST (9:30PM MST) The Ribos Operation ep 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor, Romana, Garron, and Unstoffe are hunted through the Catacombs by the Graff Vynda-K. Meanwhile, a personal loss reveals the sensitive side of the Graff Vynda-K. Next episode airs December 15.
***New Station***
KERA 13 Dallas, TX
Sat 10PM-12:40AM CST Spearhead From Space all 4 eps
Unusual meteor showers draw the attention of U*N*I*T, a taskforce headed by Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. U*N*I*T's attention is heightened further still when an unconscious man is found outside a Police Box in woods near the meteorites. The Brigadier must find out if this is the Doctor, a man who has helped U*N*I*T in the past, and whether the "Doctor" can help him now. Doctor Who And The Silurians will air as a pledge marathon on December 16. As of publication time, it is still unknown what Doctor Who's regular time slot will be after KERA's December pledge drive ends.
***New Station***
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
No episodes this week. Doctor Who marathon on December 16.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Late Sat 12:30AM MST The Masque of Mandragora ep 2 of 4
11PM broadcast pre-empted by pledge special. Sarah begins acting strangely. The Doctor tries to evade the swords of Count Frederico's guards.
» it was reported that this could be The Masque of Mandragora: Part One again instead!
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA

Sat 6PM PST The Face of Evil eps 1+2 of 4
When Time Lord met savage. The 4th Doctor encounters a woman named Leela, who has been thrown out of her tribe for not believing in Xoanon, an alleged god who sounds suspiciously like the Doctor, now that you think about it.

Sat 7-10PM PST National Doctor Who Night
A prime time broadcast of the special.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 8-11:25PM PST The Ends Of Time: A KTEH Doctor Who Night (rerun)
Encore of Carole Ann Ford and Sylvester McCoy's visit to KTEH, for everyone who missed it in October, as well as everyone else. These 5 episodes will air:
An Unearthly Child - An Unearthly Child (episode 1)
Remembrance of the Daleks - episode 2
The Dalek Invasion Of Earth - Flashpoint (episode 6)
Survival - episode 3
Battlefield - episode 3
To pledge, call either 1-800-225-5454 or 1-408-795-5454 during the broadcast.
Sun 11:25PM PST The Greatest Show in the Galaxy all 4 eps
The 7th Doctor and Ace are the recipients of sentient junk mail, which tries to fool them into visiting the rundown Psychic Circus. Crossover story with the non-existent adventures of Captain Cook.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.