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Friday 27th April 2001

This Week In Doctor Who - April 27, 2001
(posted 27th Apr 2001, 11:37am - TWIDW post #0005)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - April 27, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 17
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the world. And unlike last week, the link to the listserve given above actually goes to the listserve, as opposed to a non-existant portion of Google.
Canadians - set your calendars. SPACE: The Imagination Station will repeat Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. on Sunday, May 6 at 2PM EDT (3:30PM in Newfoundland, 11AM PDT). Even though SPACE let its rights to the series expire in May of 2000, they still have the rights to this movie through a package of movies. The package appears not to include the other Peter Cushing Dr. Who movie - Dr Who and the Daleks.
Chicago area fans - WYIN 56 in Gary, Indiana is finally doing something right. Since their Red Dwarf rights are expiring, WYIN is going from 1 Doctor Who episode a week to 2, beginning May 19th at 10PM. This would seem to corroborate WYIN's claims that they were going to try to treat Doctor Who fans better than they did last year, when they frequently aired episodes at random, and rarely aired the advertised episode. Now that WYIN is doing something good, I'd advise thanking them. They already know that Doctor Who fans get annoyed at shoddy service, so it's time to make sure they know that fans will support good service.
Urbana, Illinois fans watching Doctor Who on WILL 12 have probably noticed the last few weeks that the episodes have not corresponded with the info in the column. Due to a problem beyond their control, they had to jump to Planet of Evil, skipping over Terror of the Zygons, which had been the advertised story. They will go back to Terror of the Zygons beginning May 12.
St. Paul, Minnesota fans of TPT may have noticed this already, but episode 1 of The Pirate Planet aired on both March 31st and April 7th, throwing off their schedule by one week. The column now has the correct episodes indicated.
People in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont who watch NHPTV may have noticed that the start time for Doctor Who has started to vary. The 12:30AM Late Thursday installment moved to Midnight without notice, but will be at 12:30AM again one week next month. The Midnight late Saturday repeat will air at 1AM one week next month. And they'll take a week off for an auction in the middle of The Androids of Tara in May as well. Thanks to John in Massachusetts for alerting me to NHPTV's new waffling attitude towards start times.
Denver fans who've sat through frequent pre-emptions on KBDI 12 now have to wait later at night to see the show when it's on. Beginning this Saturday, Doctor Who moves from 10PM to 11PM, still with 2 episodes a week. Meanwhile, the late Friday reruns look like they will only air every two weeks for a while, with all 4 episodes of a story airing at a time.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... , bfelliott@... , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:


BBC Radio 4
Realplayer feed or
Dead Ringers ep 404 (last show of current batch)
Friday 6:30PM BST (1:30PM EDT, 10:30AM PDT), Saturday 12:30PM BST (7:30AM EDT, 4:30AM PDT)

After 3 episodes of absence, the "Doctor" prank phone calls return in this installment. A press release announced that both Tom Baker and Colin Baker were victims of prank phone calls by Dead Ringer Jon Culshaw playing the 4th Doctor. One or both segments will air in the show.
BCB Cable Radio
Realplayer feed
Thu 7ishPM BST (2ishPM EDT, 11ishAM PDT) The Who Review with Tim Moon
In theory, the Who Review for May will air at this time. The April edition was mysteriously replaced by a prerecorded rap show, at least on the web feed. If the time has changed, word has not reached me yet.
WPBR 1340AM West Palm Beach, FL
MP3 Archive
Sun 11:05PM EDT Interstellar Transmissions weekly sci-fi news/chat show
Joey Reynolds' weekly show, with Doctor Who news included. Featured guest - Diane Jacques, mogul of . The Jon Pertwee tribute comes May 20.


UK Gold
Sun 8:05-10AM BST The Hand Of Fear movie
(Note new earlier start time to accommodate that British sci-fi classic - Quantam Leap?) In Elisabeth Sladen's final appearance in the series as a regular character, Sarah gets an evil hand in a rock quarry. Now, it's driving her to kill and take over a nuclear power facility. Thankfully, this is Doctor Who, not Angel, so we don't have to find out if Sarah can sing well in a karaoke bar to find the answer. The Nunton power facility in this story was at one point going to be the Nuton facility first seen and ravaged by aliens in The Claws of Axos.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET Mawdryn Undead ep 2 of 4
Late Thu 12:30AM CET Mawdryn Undead ep 3 of 4
*Not seen in all regions. Working undercover for the Black Guardian, Turlough teams up with the Doctor and the Brigadier in 1983. Meanwhile, Nyssa, Tegan, and the Brigadier in 1977 discover an entity they believe to be the Doctor. It is near death.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST Horror of Fang Rock all 4 eps
Leela and the Doctor visit a Lighthouse which has gone a bit dark. Seems an incredibly unlikely fog descended on the place and the power went out. A ship's crashed, leaving some snooty aristocrats stuck there being nosy. And the dead are coming back to life. Normally this would not be suspicious, but all these events going on at a lighthouse? Could be an alien at work.
Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEST The Invasion of Time eps 4 - 6 of 6
The DeMat Gun. The most dangerous weapon ever created by the Time Lords. To stop an invasion, someone may be foolish enough to make one. Meanwhile, Leela spends a surprising amount of time around a Citadel Guard she barely knows. Is this love?
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEST The Ribos Operation eps 1 - 2 of 4
With a new K-9 and no responsibilities, the 4th Doctor prepares for a return to carefree days with no companions. But a sinister figure in white has other ideas. Will the Doctor be roped into a hunt for a mysterious Key with the dubious purpose of putting good and evil on an even keel in the universe?
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun-Wed 6PM The Androids of Tara eps 1 - 4 of 4
Last rerun in 1988. Medaevil antics abound as Romana is lured into a plot by Count Grendel to assume the throne of Tara, and the Doctor is lured into a plot by the rightful prince to get the throne back. With Peter Jeffrey as Count Grendel and Cyril Shaps as the Archimandrite.
» reported the following week that programming was pre-empted on 29th April for a football game.
Thu-Fri 6PM The Power of Kroll eps 1 - 2 of 4
Last rerun in 1988. The 5th segment of the Key To Time is hidden on a swamp moon. No time to look for it though - the Swampies are busy shouting "Kroll, Kroll" and the human technicians are going "Methane, Methane!" Obviously the Swampies got the better lines.
BBC America
Mon-Thu 8AM EDT (5AM PDT)/Tue-Fri 5AM EDT (2AM PDT) - 2 episodes in movie format daily
Mon-Wed/Tue-Thu The Seeds of Doom movie, pts 1 - 3 of 3

Alien seed pods germinate on Earth and prepare to eat all animal life.
Thu/Fri The Sontaran Experiment movie
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry transmat to Earth to find out if it is ready for human habitation yet. Not only is it ready, but someone or something beat them to the surface.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat Mid EDT The Stones of Blood eps 3+4 of 4
The Doctor accidentally releases 2 justice machines from centuries of imprisonment. It seems the penalty for compassion is death. Who knows what they would have done if the Doctor had ever given their car gas on the side of the road? They might have blown up a planet or something. Very high strung creatures.
Late Thu Mid EDT The Androids of Tara eps 1+2 of 4
See Prime TV New Zealand for description.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EDT Destiny of the Daleks eps 3+4 of 4
In a surprise development, Davros is alive, and plots to bring the Daleks back to greatness. Meanwhile, the Doctor discovers that the Daleks are not the biggest danger on Skaro at the moment.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 5:30PM EDT Warriors of the Deep eps 3+4 of 4
The 5th Doctor desperately tries to stop a massacre between the Silurians, Sea Devils, and humans this time, since his 3rd incarnation failed twice in the 20th Century. Alas, the Silurians and Sea Devils are not interested in a peaceful solution this time, and the odds of anyone living through the story are getting remote.
Sat 11PM, Mon 4AM EDT The Awakening both eps
A trip to Little Hobcombe to visit Tegan's grandfather goes awry when the village turns out to be in the middle of disturbingly realistic war games, commemorating a battle in 1643. Did that battle ever really end?
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Sat 11:45PM EDT The Dead Planet 2 hr, 41 min movie (The Dead Planet, The Survivors, The Escape, The Ambush, The Expedition, The Ordeal, The Rescue)
The story that introduced the Daleks - one of the most famous monsters of sci-fi history. The 1stDoctor schemes to get his companions to explore a metal city, where mutants in metallic casings roam and plot the death of the other species on the planet. For the first time, the Doctor and company must decide whether to let history run its natural course, or get involved to protect good from evil.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:40PM EDT Silver Nemesis ep 2 of 3
*Late start time due to long movie. The Cybermen have come to Earth, and they want the Nemesis statue. So do a bunch of pseudo Nazis with bad haircuts. And so does a Lady from the 17th Century with gold arrows. Considering how she dealt with the punks who mistook her for a social worker, I say we give Nemesis to Lady Peinforte.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Pre-empted by auction. Returns May 12.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT The Armageddon Factor ep 6 of 6
To complete the Key To Time and allow the White Guardian to stabilize the universe, the 4thDoctor and Romana must sacrifice the life of an innocent. Normally the Doctor could just say "stuff it" to the White Guardian and quit this quest. But if the Key is *not* completed, the Doctor's time loop will collapse and both the planets Atrios and Zeos will be destroyed in the crossfire of a space battle.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:35PM CDT Planet of Evil ep 3 of 4
The Morestran ship tries to leave the anti-matter world, unaware that someone has smuggled anti-matter onboard. The smuggled anti-matter may cost them their lives.
» this is more likely to be Planet of Evil: Part Four
TPT St. Paul, MN
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16 (2.5)
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT The Pirate Planet ep 4 of 4
The Mentiads prepare to attack the heart of the planet Zanak, before it can swallow its next victim - Earth.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:05PM CDT State of Decay all 4 eps
IPTV airs a complete story this week only before returning to 2 episodes next week. Still in E- Space, the Doctor, Romana, and K9 come across a world cursed by the last of the Great Vampires, a species that once threatened the Time Lords, and could endanger the cosmos again.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) The Armageddon Factor ep 1 of 6
The Doctor and Romana come to Atrios in search of the 6th segment of the Key To Time, unaware that another agent is already searching for this final key.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Meglos all 4 eps
Note - based on the May schedule, it looks like KBDI will now air complete reruns of stories every second Friday. The last of the Zolfa-Thurans impersonates the Doctor in a daring scheme to steal a Dodecahedron that can repower his world, at the expense of another planet.
Sat 11PM MDT Full Circle eps 1+2 of 4
Note new later Saturday time. The TARDIS is sucked through a CVE into another universe, where all the knowledge and sensors in the TARDIS are meaningless, and little is as it seems.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT The Robots of Death ep 3 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Dask save the Sandminer from destruction, but a killer is still at loose on board.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Ribos Operation eps 3+4 of 4
The Graff Vynda-K takes being cheated very badly. Megalomaniacs are very touchy.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sat 11PM PDT The War Machines all 4 eps
(Note: this story is in episode format, while the other Hartnell stories in KTEH's run were in movie format. KTEH was unable to get the episode prints in time for this run of Hartnell, but already had this story from a package of cleaned up specials. This version corresponds to the one released on video in 1997, with restored picture and several scenes that were missing in the old episode and movie versions.) In the final complete Hartnell story, the Doctor and Dodo return to London in 1966, where a group of scientists have built a supercomputer that can link with almost any computer. An inter-net, you could say. But will this be the benevolent system everyone hopes for, or a means to create a great evil?

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