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Friday 18th May 2001

This Week In Doctor Who - May 18, 2001
(posted 18th May 2001, 12:34pm - TWIDW post #0013)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 20
Friday evening May 18 through Friday morning May 25
(Australia/New Zealand Saturday 19 May through Friday 25 May)
Welcome to the weekly guide to all known Doctor Who broadcasts around the world.
Outpost Gallifrey has received a somewhat more believable explanation for BBC America's decision to drop Doctor Who than the one that was on BBC America's web site. BBC America has told Outpost Gallifrey that the revenue from the commercials in Doctor Who were less than BBC America hoped for. BBC America is still airing Doctor Who Monday through Thursday at 8AM Eastern and Tuesday through Friday at 5AM Eastern, but will discontinue airing the series in July.
KTEH 54 in San Jose, CA is still running its poll to find out the most popular episode from each Doctor for their June marathon. Details on the website. All votes must arrive by e-mail or traditional mail by June 1st. This marathon will celebrate 20 years of Doctor Who on KTEH.
WCET 48 in Cincinnati, OH achieved the rare feat of pleasing fans by not airing the advertised episodes. The scheduled episodes for May 12 were The Ribos Operation episodes 2+3. However, due to a change in the dates of a recent auction, they had not yet aired The Invasion of Time episode 6 and The Ribos Operation episode 1. According to a fan watching WCET, they aired Invasion Of Time episode 6 and episode 1 of Ribos Operation on the 12th after all, making their posted schedules wrong, and avoiding missing any episodes. So, thanks to WCET for airing the wrong episodes, and by doing so airing the right episodes.
The Interstellar Transmissions radio program in West Palm Beach, FL quietly expanded to 2 hours recently, with a new start time of 10:05PM EDT. Yours truly will be a guest on that show this weekend during an all-Doctor Who night. I will be taking part in a roundtable discussion with Charles Martin and show host Joey Reynolds about the 1996 TV Movie, and why it did not succeed on FOX. Last I heard, the archived broadcasts were getting to the live365 website 10 days after they are first broadcast, so people outside Florida should be able to hear this installment beginning May 30.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... , bfelliott@... , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:


WPBR 1340AM West Palm Beach, FL
MP3 Archive
Sun 10:05PM EDT Interstellar Transmissions 2 hour sci-fi news/chat show
Hour 1 - "Why Did The Telemovie Fail On FOX?" - roundtable discussion with Joey Reynolds, Charles Martin, and Benjamin F. Elliott
Hour 2 - "In Memoriam: Jon Pertwee (1919-1996)" - live listener call-in to give your memories of Jon Pertwee on the 5th anniversary of his passing. The phone numbers:
561-641-8256 (local Palm Beach line)
1-800-810-9727 (toll-free)


UK Gold
Sun 8:05-10AM BST The Robots of Death movie
An allegory and attack on communism. With the robots as the huddled masses, the human crew as their borgeoisie oppressors, and Taran Capel as Lenin, the leader proclaiming communism while really controlling the gang in secret. Now, do the Doctor and Leela represent Stalin, Trotsky, or Ronald Reagan's threat to deploy SDI? I haven't figured out that bit yet.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET Terminus ep 1 of 4
Late Thu 12:30AM CET Terminus ep 2 of 4
*Not seen in all regions. Trapped onboard a ship heading toward the center of the galaxy, the Doctor and Nyssa face space pirates, while Turlough and Tegan have some time for bonding.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST The Sun Makers all 4 eps
There are two constants in the universe - death and taxes. In the telemovie, the 8th Doctor tried to turn back death. In this story, the 4th Doctor tries to turn back taxes. The story least loved by tax lawyers.
Mon-Thu 11:30PM AEST The Androids of Tara eps 1 - 4 of 4
The search for the 4th segment of the Key To Time brings the Doctor and Romana into a land where the peasants run the computers and the gentry play with swords and chivalry. And dopplegangers shall inherit the kingdom.
Fri 11:30PM AEST The Power of Kroll ep 1 of 4
What is the mighty Kroll? Why is it so worshiped by those guys in green? The most watched story of season 16 begins.
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun 6PM Destiny of the Daleks ep 4 of 4
Last rerun in 1988. The Daleks are racing to destroy the Movellans. The Movellans are racing to destroy the Daleks. And the Doctor must destroy both of them at the same time, to keep either side from leaving Skaro with Davros.
Mon-Thu 6PM City of Death eps 1 - 4 of 4
Last rerun in 1988. Written by Douglas Adams under the pen name DavidAgnew. The Doctor and Romana vacation in Paris, where an evil mastermind plots to steal the Mona Lisa and travel back in time. Fortunately, he's not in a hurry, so you get to enjoy the Paris scenery along the way.
Fri 6PM The Creature from the Pit ep 1 of 4
Last rerun in 1988. The TARDIS receives a distress call - from an egg shell. A very big egg shell. What was in that shell, anyway? DavidBrierly joins the cast as the new voice of K9.
I have decided to move BBC America's listings to the end of the US information, as that network will be discontinuing its Doctor Who broadcasts in July. You'll find it right after KTEH.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat Mid EDT The Androids of Tara eps 3+4 of 4
See UKTV Australia for description.
Late Thu Mid EDT The Power of Kroll eps 1+2 of 4
See UKTV Australia for description.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EDT City of Death eps 3+4 of 4
See Prime TV New Zealand for details.
» there were no episodes this week, they were shown last week
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Pre-empted by the same pledge drive that got you extra Who last week. Next episodes June 2.
» it was reported that Frontios 3+4 were shown at midnight after the pledge
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Late Sat Mid EDT The Aztecs movie (The Temple Of Evil, The Warriors Of Death, The Bride Of Sacrifice, The Day Of Darkness)
Barbara is mistaken for an Aztec god. The Doctor fears that power corrupts, and that Barbara might try to use her influence to stop the Aztecs from sacrificing humans, which would alter their culture to the point that it might not be wiped out by the Spanish. This would create a devastating change to human history. Neighboring tribes to the Aztecs, who made up most of the people being slaughtered as sacrifices, probably would not have shared the Doctor's concern.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:45PM EDT The Greatest Show in the Galaxy ep 2 of 4
The Doctor and Ace are expected to perform before the Psychic Circus. If you're lousy, you die quickly. If you're entertaining, you die slowly. And they wonder why most of their acts are so terrible?
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Ribos Operation eps 2+3 of 4
Postponed from an earlier date.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT Destiny of the Daleks eps 3+4 of 4
See Prime TV New Zealand for details. With this broadcast, WYIN goes to 2 Doctor Who episodes a week. Congratulations to Doctor Who fandom in the windy region.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:35PM CDT Terror of the Zygons ep 2 of 4
One of the TARDIS crew has been shot in the head. As the 4th Doctor hunts for the reason, aliens are slowly impersonating the leaders of Loch Ness.
» this is more likely to be Terror of the Zygons: Part Three
TPT St. Paul, MN
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16 (2.5)
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT The Stones of Blood ep 3 of 4
Romana finds herself on board a spaceship in Hyperspace, a theoretical absurdity. The Doctor tries to brew up a machine to locate her.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:05PM CDT The Keeper of Traken eps 1+2 of 4
Back in the regular universe, the 4th Doctor and Adric are sent on a mission to the planet Traken to weed out the evil that has burrowed into the heart of that peaceful civilization. Whatever the evil is, it wants to take over the entire Traken union when its current Keeper dies.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) The Armageddon Factor ep 4 of 6
Time runs out in the hunt for the Key To Time. The Doctor needs the 6th segment to complete the key, stop time, and prevent a catastrophe. But with no idea where it is, and no other options, the Doctor is left with one solution. Cheat.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Sat 11PM MDT State of Decay eps 1+2 of 4
Still in E-Space, the TARDIS crew lands on a planet ruled by vampires, with bats everywhere, and the civilization collapsing.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang ep 2 of 6
The 4th Doctor insinuates himself into the pathology department to further the investigations into the murders. Fine place for a holiday.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Stones of Blood eps 1+2 of 4
Key To Time's Log: Stardate - Infinity past teatime. "Well, the Doctor has found two of my pieces. I have signaled the tracer to take the Doctor to Earth. It's a small planet of no importance, but my third piece is somewhere down there. I know it's near a stone circle. Hopefully the natives will be friendly."
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PDT The Mind Robber movie
Patrick Troughton at his wildest. The TARDIS travels outside of time to escape a lava flow, and straight into a land of fiction. Where the slightest suggestion can alter the flow of reality, not even Jamie's face may be safe from alteration. With unusually short episodes, this 5 part story lasts the same length as most 4 part stories. Hang on for the ride.
BBC America
Mon-Thu 8AM EDT (5AM PDT)/Tue-Fri 5AM EDT (2AM PDT) - 2 episodes in movie format daily
Mon/Tue The Android Invasion movie, pt 2 of 2

The Doctor and Sarah must get to Earth to warn humanity about the impending invasion by the Kraals. Slight problem - the TARDIS went to Earth without them.
Tue-Wed/Wed-Thu The Robots of Death movie, pts 1 - 2 of 2
See UK Gold for details.
Thu/Fri Terror of the Zygons movie, pt 1 of 2
See WILL 12 Urbana, IL for details.

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