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Friday 13th April 2001

This Week In Doctor Who - April 13, 2001
(posted 13th Apr 2001, 9:29am - TWIDW post #0003)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - April 13, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 15
Last week, WYBE 35 in Philadelphia gave its viewers a welcome surprise. A third airing of Doctor Who was added - 5:30PM Saturdays, the week after the episodes first air at 11PM. A chance to see the show when the viewing public is actually awake, and to introduce it to the fans of the future.
And Happy Anniversary congratulations go out to the people at KTEH 54 in San Jose, CA. On Monday, April 13, at 6PM, this obscure secondary PBS affiliate in Silicon Valley began airing Doctor Who as a weekday series. In the past 20, Doctor Who has never left their lineup. Look for the complete history of KTEH as one of the sections on the TWIDW website, when the site goes online in a few weeks. Now, how do we gently persuade KTEH to bring back the weekday evening episodes?
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... , bfelliott@... , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:


BBC Radio 4
Realplayer or
Dead Ringers ep 402
Fri 6:30PM BST (1:30PM EDT, 10:30AM PDT); Sat 12:30PM BST (7:30AM EDT, 4:30AM PDT)

No Doctor Who segments last week, which is unusual, but should indicate a segment with this installment. If they want to stay in the column, anyway.
WPBR 1340AM West Palm Beach, FL
MP3 Archive
Sun 11:05PM EDT Interstellar Transmissions sci-fi news/chat
The station (and therefore the show) were off the air last week, but it should be back this week. Doctor Who news before the main interview section.


UK Gold
Sun 9:05AM-Noon BST The Seeds of Doom movie
Likely to be one of the most video recorded and least watched on the day UK Gold Doctor Who broadcasts of the year. It's Easter Sunday, and odds are much of the audience will be making one of their few visits to a Church of the year. For those still at home, or if your VCR works properly and lets you see the story later - Seed pods discovered in the Antarctic turn the plants of Earth into mankind's deadliest enemies.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET Snakedance ep 4 of 4
*Not seen in all regions. The Doctor seeks out a snake handler with intimate knowledge of the Mara to save Tegan and the planet Manussa.
Late Thu 12:30AM CET Mawdryn Undead ep 1 of 4
The Black Guardian wants revenge against the Doctor. So, he hires a teenage alien on Earth to kill the Doctor.
UKTV Australia
Weekend and Monday airings pre-empted by The Bill marathon.
Tue-Wed 11:30PM AEST The Sun Makers eps 3 - 4 of 4
Leela is captured by the government, and is prepared for execution. But that's okay. Humanity is just about ready to execute the government.
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEST Underworld eps 1 - 2 of 4
Slightly to the left of the middle of nowhere, a ship of tired people search for the race banks that will revive their race and allow them to die.
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun-Wed 6PM The Ribos Operation eps 1 - 4 of 4
Last rerun in 1987. On the planet Ribos, a scheme to cheat a warlord into buying a planet goes hideously wrong. Oops.
Thu-Fri 6PM The Pirate Planet eps 1 - 2 of 4
Last rerun in 1987. To the Doctor's horror, Romana decides to handle the TARDIS controls and attempt a landing. His fear - that she will be able to do it just fine.
BBC America
Mon-Thu 8AM EDT (5AM PDT); Tue-Fri 5AM EDT (2AM PDT) - 2 episodes in movie format daily
Mon-Tue/Tue-Wed The Brain of Morbius movie, pts 1 - 2 of 2

A scientist on a barren planet wants to build a new body for the evil Time Lord politician Morbius.
Wed-Thu/Thu-Fri The Masque of Mandragora movie, pts 1 - 2 of 2
A malevolent fire ball of hate displays a towel and hitches a lift on board the TARDIS. It travels to 15th Century Earth to conquer the planet.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat Mid EDT The Pirate Planet eps 3+4 of 4
The Doctor discovers the dark secret behind the planet Zanak, and its pirate Captain. The woman behind the throne is the throne. And Earth is its next victim.
Late Thu 12:30AM EDT The Stones of Blood eps 1+2 of 4
The search for the 3rd segment of the Key To Time brings the Doctor to Earth. Romana is not impressed with the place.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Armageddon Factor eps 5+6 of 6
K9 is taken over by the Shadow, and imprisons the Doctor. With the help of Drax, a Time Lord with a Cockney accent, the Doctor must rally to save the universe.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 5:30PM EDT The Five Doctors 4 ep version, pts 3+4
After being spurned by the Doctors, the Master contemplates starting a third side in this good vs. evil situation. After all, the Third Way worked perfectly well for Tony Blair. Why not for the Master?
Sat 11PM, Mon 4AM EDT Warriors of the Deep eps 1+2 of 4
The 5th Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough arrive on a sea base in 2084, where the two factions of human society still battle it out for dominance. Little do they know that two reptilian races have teamed up and plan to invade.
» it was reported that the Saturday 11:00pm broadcast was The Five Doctors 3+4 again
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Sat 11:45PM EDT Survival 70 minute movie
Last TV story in the original series. An Unearthly Child airs next week.
Ace returns to Perivale. But all her old friends are disappearing. A mysterious black cat is appearing before each disappearance. And now it's looking at Ace. The animatronic cat used in this story is better known as "Salem" on Sabrina: The Teenage Witch. The TV Guide magazine is erroneously claiming that the story will not begin until Midnight.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Happiness Patrol ep 3 of 3
Revolution time. The 7th Doctor & Ace rally the workers to overturn the regime of Helen A. This greatly annoys Helen A., the Kandyman, and Fifi.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Invasion of Time eps 4+5 of 6
Next episodes air May 5. The Doctor's brilliant plan to get rid of the Vardans overlooks one tiny detail - how did the Vardans get the financing for the invasion in the first place? They might not be alone.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT The Armageddon Factor ep 4 of 6
The command centers of Atrios and Zeos are trapped in a time loop created by the Doctor in a last-ditch effort to prevent a catastrophe. If he doesn't find the final segment of the Key To Time, the time loop will decay and collapse.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:35PM CDT Terror of the Zygons ep 2 of 4
Harry hovers between life and death. And the Doctor's investigations lead him to suspect extra- terrestrial activity.
» this was reported as probably Planet of Evil: Part Two
{c{166=TPT St. Paul, MN}}
analog - KTCA 2
digital - KTCI-DT 16 (2.5)
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT The Pirate Planet ep 3 of 4 (confirmed as episode 2)
See NHPTV for description.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:05PM CDT Full Circle eps 1+2 of 4
The TARDIS travels through a Charged Vacuum Emboitement (CVE), trapping the crew in E- Space, a universe with equal but opposite co- ordinates to our own. The good news - this might keep Romana from having to return to Gallifrey. The bad news - they might never be able to return to their home universe.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) The Power of Kroll ep 3? of 4
It seems that the refinery's drilling is reawakening Kroll, giant squid, god to the Swampie people, and general certain death threat for anyone in his facility. To save everyone's lives, the Doctor must shut the refinery down. But he doesn't say please first.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT The Leisure Hive eps 3+4 of 4
The experiment goes awry, leaving the Doctor centuries older and in deep depression. Meanwhile, Pangol engages in very shifty behavior. Very bad timing, as he will be the leader when Mena dies. And Mena's time is running out.
Sat 10PM MDT Meglos all 4 eps
Next episodes air April 27th. Meglos' personal log: "Have hired low- grade thugs. A humanoid will be supplied for bonding. Now, I must find out how to create a Chronic Hysteresis to trap the Doctor in time, enabling me to steal his body and use it for my Master Plan. One glitch - I'm a cactus. No hands. Still, I'll work out something."
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT The Robots of Death ep 1 of 4
A murderer stalks the Sandminer? Is he up to nefarious purposes? Or is he performing a public service to that planet's gene pool?
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Invasion of Time eps 5+6 of 6
See WCET for description.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PDT The Ark movie (The Steel Sky, The Plague, The Return, The Bomb)
The biggest problem with traveling through time is the fact that if you succeeded, your interaction with other places and times could have unexpected consequences. In this, the last story under John Wiles' watch as producer, the Doctor, Steven, and Dodo inadvertently endanger humanity in the far future simply by meeting them. What could backward types from the 1stsegment of Time due to endanger people in the 57th segment. And can the situation be balanced in time to save them?

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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