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Friday 16th February 2001

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 16, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 7
Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2001.
Welcome to the weekly column covering Doctor Who on TV and radio.
Two notable pieces of Doctor Who info this week, both regarding WYBE 35 in Philadelphia, PA. Bad news first - remember how they were going to air Mawdryn Undead episodes 1+2 last week, making up for not airing them on January 27? If you watched last week, you'll find it looked suspiciously like BlackOrchid. WYBE insists that they are back on track, and will absolutely air Mawdryn Undead episodes 1+2 this weekend. Here's hoping they finally have it right.

Now, the good news. WYBE Philadelphia is going from an 18 hour a day schedule to a 24 hour schedule beginning in March. (No telling if this will result in extra Doctor Who episodes each week yet.) To celebrate the change, they are having a live "Pajama Jam" at the station on Friday March 2, starting at 11PM. Intermixed with seeing politicians, show hosts, and viewers in their pajamas, they'll be airing selected episodes of their popular shows - including Doctor Who! See for details.
Additions and corrections are welcome at , , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listing:


WPBR AM1340 West Palm Beach, FL
MP3 Archive keyword Interstellar Transmissions
Sun 11:05PM EST Interstellar Transmissions ep 10 (Back To Normality)
Joey's having a general discussion night. Any show could get discussed, though certainly Doctor Who should be in the mix.
(To shake things up this week, stations will be organized by when their first Doctor Who episode airs, as opposed to geography. While the air times will still be written in the local time zone, they will be organized by their order in Grenwich Mean Time. Should be revealing.)
BBC Prime (Europe/Africa/Asia)
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET Time-Flight ep 4 of 4
*Not seen in all regions. The Master plans to imprison the Xeraphin and use them to power his rejuvenated TARDIS. But the Xeraphin have different ideas. Cliffhanger ending, without which Arc Of Infinity may be confusing.
Late Thu 12:30AM CET Arc of Infinity ep 1 of 4
A robed figure of anti-matter conspires with a Time Lord to bond with the 5th Doctor in a plot to return to the universe that left him for dead.
PPTV North Dakota (USA) 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Late Fri 10:30PM CST (9:30PM MST) The Androids of Tara ep 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor is hired to smuggle a robot into Count Grendel's castle as a decoy to let the real prince be crowned before he can be downed by enemy guards. The Doctor has no choice but to help - otherwise they'll burn his scarf again.
KBDI 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO (USA)
Late Fri 12:30AM MST Nightmare of Eden ep 3+4 of 4
Mandrel's Log - 5 Past Squiggly-Doodle: "Sky dark. Jungle change. Where trees? Why metal sky? Tall food with 3-D glasses. Ate some. Metal food. Ouch! Metal food ouched me. Bad metal fo - ouch! Ugly red light from metal food. Friend of rude scarf-wearing prey, guess. Kill bad prey must. Brother's son dead. Brother's son white powder. Bad prey gives remains of brother's son to other prey. Other prey go woozy. Must avenge brother's son. Tonight - game of Bingo."
Sat 10PM MST The Horns of Nimon eps 1+2 of 4
The Doctor and Romana rescue a ship marooned in the event horizon of a Black Hole. But sometimes Good Samaritans suffer for their generosity.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT The Android Invasion all 4 eps
The 4th Doctor and Sarah make it back to England, but it's abandoned, like a BBC soundstage. Where have all the people gone? To ITV? Or someplace worse?
Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEDT The Masque of Mandragora eps 2 - 4 of 4
The evil Count Frederico plans to kill his nephew Giuliano, blissfully unaware that a bigger evil is plotting to kill him - and everyone else.
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEDT The Hand Of Fear eps 1 - 2 of 4
Sarah turns evil, stealing a fossilized hand and invading a nuclear power station. Now the Doctor must find out what happened before Nuclear Winter begins.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA (USA)
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST Image of the Fendahl eps 1+2 of 4
Dr. Fendelman, Thea Ransome, and Maximilian Stael operate a Time Scanner, unaware that it could destroy the Earth. Or worse, awaken a 12 Million year old menace.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA (USA)
Sat 11PM EST Mawdryn Undead eps 1+2 of 4
WYBE finally gets to the beginning of this story arc. Alas, I've already described these episodes twice. What else is there to say? Tegan refers to Snakedance, the previous story. These episodes feature the first appearance by Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart since Terror of the Zygons? Hmm. And we see that the Brig's involvement with the Doctor has rubbed off, at least in unusual tastes in cars.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) (USA)
Sat 10PM CST "Some Random Tom Baker episode or another" ep ? of ?
The Doctor and Sarah/Leela/Romana/no-one try to defeat the alien menace/evil cult/little old lady by calling in the military/calling for K-9/offering a jelly baby.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA (USA)
Sat 11:30PM EST The Power of Kroll eps 1+2 of 4
The fifth segment of the Key To Time is hidden on the third moon of Delta Magma, a swamp world where the natives worship an enormous hungry squid.
MPT Maryland (USA) 22,28,31,36,62,67
Sat 11:30PM EST Remembrance of the Daleks movie
If you couldn't stay up till 2AM to see this story on Who Night in December, this should be easier. This broadcast will end at 1AM.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL (USA)
Sat 11:30PM EST Dragonfire ep 2 of 3
Mel and Ace get to dislike each other a little better. Kane betrays Sabalom Glitz. The fictitious dragon guarding the treasure seems suspiciously lifelike.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH (USA)
Late Sat Mid EST The Sun Makers eps 2+3 of 4
Late start due to pledge programming. The Doctor is arrested by the Gatherer's guards, so Leela and Cordo have to arrange a rescue party.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL (USA)
Sat 11:20PM CST Genesis of the Daleks ep 3 of 6
The Thals prepare a rocket to wipe out the Kaleds forever. But with their shielding, the Kaleds should be safe from anyone. As long as no one knows the codes.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN (USA)
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CST The Invasion of Time ep 6 of 6
The Sontarans pursue the Doctor through the TARDIS in search of the Key of Rassilon.
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun-Fri 6PM - 2 episodes daily
Sun Genesis of the Daleks eps 5+6 of 6
Only previous airing in 1987. The fate of the Daleks rests, literally, in the Doctor's hands.
Mon-Tue Revenge of the Cybermen eps 1 - 4 of 4
Last rerun in 1987. The Doctor, Sarah, and Harry arrive back at Nerva millenia before they left. Until the TARDIS catches up with them, they're stuck - with a cyber plague, a murderer, and two races of hostile aliens.
Wed-Thu Terror of the Zygons eps 1 - 4 of 4
Last rerun in 1987. Lethbridge-Stewart's final appearance while in the military. Shape-shifting aliens are impersonating the denizens around Loch Ness to cover up invasion plans.
Fri Planet of Evil eps 1+2 of 4
Last rerun in 1987. When a Morestran ship comes to the rescue of a scientific expedition, they find almost everyone dead, and two aliens wandering around the scene of the crime. One of the aliens has a long, brown scarf.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT (USA)
Sat 11PM, Late Sun 12:30AM MST The Deadly Assassin ep 2 of 4
The Doctor is accused of Mulder, and has to Scully his way ou ... er, the Doctor is accused of *Murder* and has to *Scuttle* a legal way out of it. Someone keep Chris Carter away from the keyboard, please?
UK Gold (UK)
Sun 9:20-10:20AM GMT The Sontaran Experiment movie
Humanity has been missing from Earth for many years. Now, they're back, but so's a Sontaran.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA (USA)
Sun 11PM PST Planet of Giants movie (Planet Of Giants, Dangerous Journey, Crisis)
In the fall of 1964, Doctor Who began its second season by actually getting Ian and Barbara back to Earth in the mid-20th Century. Unfortunately, they've shrunk to the size of insects, which could make resuming their careers difficult. Note - this is the first story I can recall with a cat in it.
BBC America
Mon-Thu 8AM EST (5AM PST); reruns following weekdays 5AM EST (2AM PST) - 2 episodes daily in movie format
Mon/Tue The Brain of Morbius movie, pt 2 of 2
(Monday morning was omitted)
Morbius gets the desire to step out of retirement and go back to work, terrorizing the galaxy. And if he can't get the Doctor's head, he'll improvise.
Tue-Wed/Wed-Thu {s[TheMasqueOfMandragora}} movie, pts 1 - 2 of 2
See UKTV Australia for details.
Thu/Fri The Hand Of Fear movie, pt 1 of 2
See UKTV Australia for details.
NHPTV New Hampshire (USA)
Late Thu 12:30AM EST The Invasion of Time eps 3+4 of 6
So, the Doctor's betrayed the galaxy, Leela's befriended a traffic guard, and Andred wants to start a revolution. Meanwhile Borusa is grinning like someone who's been let in on an odd private joke. Must be a Thursday. No one can understand Thursdays.
IPTV Iowa (USA) 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
No episodes this week due to college basketball. Returns next week.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.