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Friday 26th January 2001

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 26, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 4
Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2001.
Additions and corrections are welcome at , , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:


BCB Cable Radio 104FM Bradford, UK
RealPlayer stream
Thu 7ishPM GMT (2ishPM EST, 11ishAM PST, Fri 6ishAM AEDT) The Who Review February 2001 edition
Tim Moon's monthly examination of Doctor Who releases and events inside the UK. Clips from the new books and audios (if the distributors remember to send the sample copies to Tim). They usually do not announce specific topics in advance, but I suspect BBC Radio 4's rejection of the Sylvester McCoy Doctor Who radio pilot will be in their mix. Runs 30 to 40 minutes long in BCB's "Evening" program.


UK Gold
Sun 8-10:45AM GMT Planet of the Spiders movie
It's the end, and the moment has just been dynamited by a careless U*N*I*T soldier. A race of sentient spiders from Metebelis III spin a web of deceit in a Tibetan Monestary in England, where Mike Yates, formerly of U*N*I*T, has gone to clean up his life. Look for a Jo Grant reference, the Metebelis crystal, both of the Doctor's cars, gadgets, and a mission to certain death. It's time to say goodbye to Jon Pertwee.

UK Gold 2
Pre-empted one more time.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 3:30PM CET Time-Flight ep 1 of 4
Late Thu 12:30AM CET Time-Flight ep 2 of 4
*Not seen in all regions. Sunday episode pre-empted by special programming. Rule #1 - if one of your most expensive aircraft has just disappeared, you do *not* send another plane of the same model on the same route. Rule #2 - when a Time Lord with a U*N*I*T pass wants to investigate the situation, refer to Rule #1.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT Terror of the Zygons all 4 eps
The beginning of a loose story arc that runs through The Android Invasion. On this bookend, the Doctor and the Brigadier search for shape-shifting aliens near Loch Ness. Meanwhile, Harry contemplates staying on Earth.
Mon-Thu 11:30PM AEDT The Android Invasion eps 1 - 4 of 4
At the end of the arc, the Doctor and Sarah make it back to the present to rendezvous with U*N*I*T and Harry. But the village they arrive in is strangely empty, and the people they do find are catatonic and immortal.
Fri 11:30PM AEDT The Brain of Morbius ep 1 of 4
The Doctor wanders into the home of a mad scientist, who takes a liking to his head.
Prime TV New Zealand http://www.tetrap.dom/drwho/nzdwfc/
Sun-Tue 6:30PM Invasion of the Dinosaurs eps 4 - 6 of 6
Only previous airing in 1986. Titled episodes 3 - 5 back then. A betrayal within U*N*I*T leaves the 3rd Doctor and the Brigadier unable to deal with the dinosaur menace. Sarah wakes up 8 months into a trip to an alien world.
Beginning Wednesday, 2 episodes air per day.
Wed-Thu 6PM Death to the Daleks eps 1 - 4 of 4
Last rerun in 1986. A living city paralyzes the TARDIS, a human spacecraft, and a Dalek spacecraft. To save a galaxy, an unlikely alliance will form.
Fri 6PM The Monster of Peladon eps 1+2 of 6
Last rerun in 1986. A lovely day of political intrigue and death are rudely interrupted by the Doctor and Sarah.
BBC America
Mon-Thu 8AM EST (5AM PST); reruns following weekday 5AM EST (2AM PST) - 2 episodes daily edited to movie format
Mon/Tue Genesis of the Daleks movie, pt 3 of 3

The Thals prepare to attack the Dalek bunker in revenge for being slaughtered during their victory party. Let this be a lesson - rudeness doesn't pay.
Tue-Wed/Wed-Thu The Android Invasion movie, pts 1 - 2 of 2
See UKTV for details.
Thu/Fri The Robots of Death movie, pt 1 of 2
The ghost of Agatha Christie dances through a deadly art deco story. The operators of a sand miner are killed off one by one.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Thu 12:30AM EST Underworld eps 1+2 of 4
Season 15 was the first year to really explore the mistakes Time Lords could make with their power. The theme began in Image of the Fendahl and concludes with their being invaded in The Invasion of Time. This is the middle story. Why did the Time Lords institute that pesky policy of non-interference? What possible blunder could have been big enough to inspire that policy?
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EST The Androids of Tara eps 1+2 of 4
Romana finds the 4th segment of the Key To Time, only to be mistaken for an android. Romana must be mellowing. She didn't kill anyone who made that mistake.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EST Mawdryn Undead eps 1+2 of 4
The Black Guardian hires a troubled teen to kill the Doctor at the same school where the Brigadier is teaching - with no memory of the Doctor.
ยป this was actually The Visitation parts 1+2, as clarified the following week.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Sat 11:30PM EST Paradise Towers movie
The 7th Doctor and Mel visit the ultimate high-rise apartment complex. While the graffiti is a tad less than might be expected, it does highlight some of the dangers renters face all the time. Without pride of ownership, people stop caring about maintenance. Decay sets in. Gangs, thugs, killer carpet cleaners.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EST Delta and the Bannermen ep 2 of 3
As the Bannermen begin to close in on Delta, Ray fears that her boyfriend might be straying.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EST The Invisible Enemy ep 4 of 4
See WYIN for details.
Sat 11:55PM EST Image of the Fendahl ep 1 of 4
A time scanner awakens the latent power in a scull that seems to be 5 million years old.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CST The Invisible Enemy ep 4 of 4
The nucleus of the Swarm escapes into the Macro-world. Meanwhile, Professor Marius has been infected with the virus.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:20PM CST The Sontaran Experiment ep 2 of 2
Tom Baker broke his collar bone filming a battle with a Sontaran in the episode, I think.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CST The Invasion of Time ep 3 of 6
The Vardans take control of Gallifrey. Andred begins a revolution. K9 feels very smug with himself. Can Borusa figure out the truth before the plot threads get inebriated and begin tap- dancing?
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Late Fri 12:05AM CST Nightmare of Eden eps 1+2 of 4
Late start due to College Wrestling. The Doctor comes across a rare traffic accident in space. Ok, traffic accidents in space are not rare. What is rare are traffic accidents that the Doctor is not responsible for. Two ships trapped together, with dangerous reality problems where they cut into each other.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CST (9:30PM MST) The Stones of Blood ep 3 of 4
Romana is trapped on board a ship in Hyperspace, a mathematical construct that should not exist. The Doctor, K9, and Professor Rumfield build a device to track her down.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MST The Creature from the Pit eps 1+2 of 4
Sat 10PM MST The Creature from the Pit eps 3+4 of 4
"My name is Organon. This is my story. And what a story it is. Aliens, green monsters, and the wicked Lady Adrasta. I was menaced by wolf weeds and jelly babies. And to think, it all started when an egg cracked ..."
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MST The Hand Of Fear ep 3 of 4
To protect Earth, the Doctor makes Eldrad an offer he cannot refuse.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST Horror of Fang Rock eps 3+4 of 4
The Doctor and Leela find the effort to destroy the alien intruder complicated by the survivors of the boat crash. The survivors are almost as big a danger to each other as the Rutan. It may be too late for a happy ending for them.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PST The Keys of Marinus movie (The Sea Of Death, The Velvet Web, The Screaming Jungle, The Snows Of Terror, Sentence Of Death, The Keys Of Marinus)
The Doctor and his companions are locked out of the TARDIS by the mysterious Arbitan. To regain entry, they must track down the elusive keys of Marinus. If they fail, the land of Marinus will be ruined by the evil Voord. If they succeed, no one will have the ability to choose to be good or evil at all.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.