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Friday 9th February 2001

by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 6
Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2001.
Some versions of This Week didn't get the update on WYBE 35 in Philadelphia last week. They mistakenly aired The Visitation episodes 1 & 2 on January 27 instead of Mawdryn Undead episodes 1 & 2. To try to reduce confusion, they then aired the other two episodes of The Visitation February 3, and pushed back Mawdryn Undead to this weekend.
WYIN 56 in Gary, IN did it again. In perhaps the least surprising blunder of the week, WYIN once again aired a different episode from that advertised last Saturday. Instead of airing episode 1 of Image of the Fendahl, they aired episode 1 of The Pirate Planet. Ironically, The Pirate Planet aired on December 2nd, when various listings claimed they would either air a basketball game or National Doctor Who Night. No doubt bookies will start placing bets on what WYIN will air at this rate.
Additions and corrections are welcome at , , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:


WPBR AM 1340 West Palm Beach, FL
MP3 and Real Audio Archives keyword Interstellar Transmissions
Sun 11:05PM EST Interstellar Transmissions ep 9 (The Future Of Star Trek)
After the usual sci-fi (including Doctor Who) news updates, Joey Reynolds and company look at Star Trek. The only sci-fi TV franchise that was bigger than Doctor Who. After 14 consecutive years back on the air since the beginning of Next Generation, there will be no new Star Trek on the air, at least for the first part of the 2001-2002 season. But there have been questions about the famous franchise. Has Star Trek lost its edge? The debate begins at 11:05PM Sunday.


UK Gold
Sun 8:50-10:45AM GMT The Ark In Space movie
See Prime TV in New Zealand for details.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET Time-Flight ep 3 of 4
Late Thu 12:35AM CET Time-Flight ep 4 of 4
*Not seen in all regions. The Master is hard at work in the Earth's past. At least he's not trying to alter history. We hope.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT Pyramids of Mars all 4 eps
See BBC America for details.
Mon-Thu 11:30PM AEDT The Seeds of Doom eps 3 - 6 of 6
Harrison Chase wants to grow and germinate the remaining Krynoid pod, oblivious to the fact that the Krynoid will want to eliminate all animal life on Earth, including humanity.
Fri 11:30PM AEDT The Masque of Mandragora ep 1 of 4
The wood console room in the TARDIS is introduced. An angry bubble of energy invades the TARDIS and hops a ride to 15th Century Earth, where it starts to kill people.
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun-Fri 6PM - 2 episodes daily
Sun Robot eps 3+4 of 4
Last rerun in 1987. The SRS decides to hold Earth to nuclear ransom, manipulating the Robot as an instrument of terror.
Mon-Tue The Ark In Space eps 1 - 4 of 4
Last rerun in 1987. A race of intergalactic parasites infiltrates a spaceship where humanity sleeps away, waiting for a signal to revive. Perfect food for a budding race. Unless the Doctor intervenes.
Wed The Sontaran Experiment both eps
Last rerun in 1987. The Doctor, Sarah, and Harry travel to Earth to see how it has recovered from the solar flares. It's recovered quite well - well enough to be invaded by a Sontaran, at least.
Thu-Fri Genesis of the Daleks eps 1 - 4 of 6
Only previous NZ airing in 1987. See WILL for story details.
BBC America
Mon-Thu 8AM EST (5AM PST); reruns following weekday 5AM EST (2AM PST) - 2 episodes daily in movie format
Mon/Tue Planet of Evil movie, pt 2 of 2

Professor Sorenson hides anti-matter on board the Morestran ship, resulting in furious retribution from the anti-matter planet.
Tue-Wed/Wed-Thu Pyramids of Mars movie, both pts
Another attempt to return to London in 1980 gets the Doctor and Sarah a tad closer - 1911. Seems some archaeologist has accidentally unleashed robotic mummies from a pyramid and is now being forced to return a super-powerful evil to the Earth. Again. What is it with Egyptian tombs, robotic mummies, and ancient evils? How did they all have enough work to get paid?
Thu/Fri The Brain of Morbius movie, pt 1 of 2
Karn. A desolate rock of a planet, not too far away from Gallifrey. A scientist toils away in secrecy, protected from notice by a Sisterhood that destroys any aliens who visit.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Thu 12:30AM EST The Invasion of Time eps 1+2 of 6
The Time Lords of Gallifrey find themselves pawns in a power struggle between alien invaders, the Doctor, and Leela.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Pre-empted this week. Victor Borge night.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EST Mawdryn Undead eps 1+2 of 4
Postponed from an earlier date. The Black Guardian decides to get revenge on the Doctor by recruiting a dangerous teenager to eliminate him. Thankfully, this allegedly all-powerful guardian does not realize that retired Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, an old friend of the Doctor's, teaches at the same school the teenager attends.
ยป this was reported as Black Orchid instead!
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Sat 11:30PM EST Dragonfire movie
Again, the official TV Guide has indicated the show will run 60 minutes, when this version is 68 minutes long. Based on how Delta And The Bannermen was handled last week, MPT will likely start at the advertised time and delay its late night programming till Dragonfire ends.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EST Dragonfire ep 1 of 3
Sabalom Glitz, intergalactic criminal with perpetually frizzy hair, bumps into the Doctor again, hoping to lure the Time Lord into joining him in a quest for treasure guarded by a Dragon.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Late Sat Mid EST Image of the Fendahl ep 4 of 4
Late start due to pledge specials. The Fendahl prepares to recreate itself by converting a dozen humans into baby Fendahleen. Martha Tyler has a salty solution to save the planet.
Late Sat 12:25AM EST The Sun Makers ep 1 of 4
Pluto. A small desolate rock at the end of the solar system. Utterly cold and barren. Apart from the half-dozen Suns, heating equipment, and the demoralized descendants of humanity, of course.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 11PM CST "To Be A Surprise, Not Merely To the Viewers, But Probably To Whoever Puts The Tape in the Machine As Well" ep ? of 4 or 6
Late start due to College Basketball. Most likely episodes - The Pirate Planet episode 2, Image of the Fendahl episode 1, or The Invasion of Time episode 1. Mind you, with 172 episodes of Tom Baker in syndication, there's no way to be sure they won't pick an episode from yet another different story.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:20PM CST Genesis of the Daleks ep 2 of 6
First meetings between famous opposing powers are often quite memorable. Tonight - the Daleks have their first encounter with the Doctor.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CST The Invasion of Time ep 5 of 6
The Sontarans have pulled off a stealth invasion of Gallifrey while everyone was busy. Now the Doctor's plans are in tatters, and the Castellan is in full groveling mode.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:05PM CST The Horns of Nimon eps 1+2 of 4
The Doctor and Romana face a rare foe - a dictator who is both mad and competent at the same time. Graham Crowden guest stars as Soldeed.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CST (9:30PM MST) The Androids of Tara ep 1 of 4
Romana finds the 4th segment of the Key To Time, and is quickly kidnapped by the evil Count Grendel, who has mistaken her for something else.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MST Nightmare of Eden eps 1+2 of 4
Saturday airings return next week. An accident in space leaves two ships molecularly linked together. The Doctor offers to help, but the physically impossible combination of the ships is not the real problem.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MST The Deadly Assassin ep 1 of 4
The Doctor races to Gallifrey trying to prevent the assassination of the retiring President of the Time Lords. This is his first mistake.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Cenntralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST The Invisible Enemy eps 3+4 of 4
The battle to protect the human race from invasion by a brain parasite takes place inside the Doctor's mind.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PST The Sensorites movie (Strangers In Space, The Unwilling Warriors, Hidden Danger, A Race Against Death, Kidnap, A Desperate Venture)
The 1st Doctor and company stumble across a spaceship where humans are being kept on the verge of insanity. And the TARDIS lock has been stolen. As the spaceship remains in perpetual orbit around the planet of the Sensorites, the Doctor must find out what happened between the humans and the Sensorites if any of them are to depart alive.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.