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Friday 8th June 2001

This Week In Doctor Who - June 8, 2001
(posted 8th Jun 2001, 11:16am - TWIDW post #0018)
It's The Middle, But The Moment Has Been Prepared For. Sort Of.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 23
New Zealand Doctor Who fans saw episode 4 of The Horns of Nimon this past Thursday on Prime TV . It will be the last episode for several months, as the show is being rested. It will likely return after a run through the Blake's 7 series which is beginning shortly. The New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club will likely find out first what the return date will be, so keep an eye on their site.
BCB Radio can be infuriating. In April and May, the Who Review show on their schedule was unexpectedly replaced by hip hop music, with no explanation on the website about what had happened to the Who Review. So I didn't bother listing it for the June broadcast, which would logically have been yesterday (June 7). Guess what - Tim Moon and company were back on the air. They even had a nice tribute for the late Douglas Adams. Oh well.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA is trying an interesting pledge approach this weekend. They will air selected portions of the 3 Doctor Who stories coming out on Warner DVD September 8th (The Five Doctors Special Edition, Spearhead From Space, The Robots of Death). Special pledge feature - pre-ordering the Doctor Who DVDs.
Fans of the Interstellar Transmissions radio show may want to know that host Joey Reynolds ended his contract with WPBR 1340AM West Palm Beach, FL effective last Sunday morning. It will return as an internet-only 2 hour program effective June 17th. Previously, the show aired live on WPBR AM, then went on the live365 website 10 days later. Now, it will become online at the same time worldwide. WPBR had a weak signal, with listeners within a few miles of the station complaining that they have not been able to hear the show.
A press release from KTEH 54 in San Jose, CA :

Doctor Who - A Celebration: 20 Years of Time Travel on KTEH

On Sunday, June 10th, KTEH (PBS, San Jose, CA) celebrates its 20th year of running the classic BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who with an evening of episodes chosen by the fans of the series. The marathon begins at 7pm with seven episodes of the series, one from each incarnation of the enigmatic time traveler popularly known as "The Doctor." KTEH's interviews with four of the seven actors who have played the title character polish off the evening.

KTEH began runningDoctor Who on April 13, 1981 with the fourth - and arguably most popular - incarnation of the Doctor played by Tom Baker. Since then the equivalent of more than 7,500 episodes have been aired (only 573 episodes are available in the United States from the BBC), covering all seven of the original Doctors, plus two films starring Peter Cushing.

Doctor Who ran for 26 years on BBC from 1963 to 1989. It was first brought to the United States in the mid-70s with episodes starring Jon Pertwee (the third Doctor). The series surged in popularity in the early '80s when it aired on more than 200 PBS stations nationwide. Currently, only 16 stations air the series in the United States. KTEH is the only station in California carrying Doctor Who, and only one of two on the Pacific Coast.

KTEH will be offering the Big Finish Doctor Who audios (and possibly the BBC Missing stories audios) as pledge specials. Specific titles to be announced. For any out of area fans who still want to support KTEH, the pledge number is 1-800-225-5454. Their 20th anniversary night will run from 7PM to 1AM Pacific Time.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... , bfelliott@... , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:


Interstellar Transmissions
MP3 Archive
Relaunches June 17th as a web-only show.


UK Gold
Sun 8:05-10AM BST The Invisible Enemy movie
Robotic dog K9 makes his first appearance in this installment, where the Doctor's mind is taken over by the leader of a race of parasites, who intend to conquer humanity at the microscopic level.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET Terminus ep 4 of 4
*Not seen in all regions. The Black Guardian reacts badly to Turlough's persistent unwillingness to kill the Doctor. The Doctor needs the Garm's help to avert the destruction of the universe.
Late Thu 12:30AM CET Enlightenment ep 1 of 4
The White Guardian attempts to make contact with the Doctor to convince him to ... information garbled. Someone was interfering with the White Guardian's ability to transmit information. With the stakes high, the chips down, and it patently obvious that the White Guardian is nowhere near as omnipotent as previously advertised, the Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough prepare for their weirdest journey yet - on a racing yacht.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST The Ribos Operation all 4 eps
Romanadvoratrelundar is having a very bad day. First, she was convinced to go on a fool's errand with an immature Time Lord in a worn out TARDIS searching for a Key To Time. Then this other Time Lord tried to convince her to call herself Fred, or worse - Romana. Then she discovered that her high heeled shoes were inappropriate for the climate. What next - a green monster nipping at her leg?
Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEST Destiny of the Daleks eps 2 - 4 of 4
The Daleks and the Movellans are both searching for the second most evil man in the universe's history. Second only behind the man who invented malt vinegar in the annals of evil deeds. But will their target be willing to work with either side? And can the Doctor destroy him before he has a chance to make up his mind?
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEST City of Death eps 1 - 2 of 4
Romana and the Doctor vacation in Paris in 1979. But mysterious time distortions lead them to an eccentric criminal - Count Scarlioni.

» schedules were inaccurate owing to Sun/Mon programmes being pre-empted, so Tue-Fri were Destiny of the Daleks 2-4, City of Death 1
Prime TV New Zealand
Doctor Who has gone on hiatus, but is expected to return in a few months. This Week will resume covering Prime TV when the Doctor comes back. Until then, enjoy the replacement programming in the Doc's 6PM slot.
The Sci-Fi Channel
July 15th - 9PM EDT/PDT - DOCTOR WHO the 1996 TV-movie with Paul McGann as the 8thDoctor. Just 6 weeks away. Let's get the word out so the film can get good ratings.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
No Saturday episodes due to pledge drives.
Late Thu Mid EDT The Armageddon Factor eps 1+2 of 6
The Doctor and Romana land on a world in the middle of a devastating war. They know evil alien activity is afoot, because the leaders are deliberately trying *not* to win the war, lying to the citizens about the cost of the war, and trying to drag it out forever. Because obviously, no government would ever be so evil and corrupt without alien influence.
WQED/WQED 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 10:30PM EDT "Doctor Who Pledge Night and DVD Preview"
Episodes from the 3 forthcoming US Doctor Who DVD releases will air. (The Five Doctors Special Edition, The Robots of Death, Spearhead From Space.) Viewers will be able to pre-order the DVDs through pledges to WQED. Viewers outside WQED's viewing area who still want to pledge can click on the pledge button on their website.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 4AM + 5:30PM EDT Resurrection of the Daleks 4 ep version, pts 3+4 of 4
Davros learns just how dangerous the Movellan virus is. Meanwhile, Tegan find herself on the wrong side of a massacre, endangering her faith in the good of time travel.
Sat 11PM EDT Planet of Fire eps 1+2 of 4
A relic in the Mediterranean Sea forces Turlough to face his true past. Kamelion goes crazy, but hardly anyone notices, as there is almost no difference between Kamelion when he's crazy and when he's normal.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Late Sat Mid EDT The Dalek Invasion of Earth 2 hr, 20 minute movie (World's End, The Daleks, Day Of Reckoning, The End Of Tomorrow, The Waking Ally, Flashpoint)
Start time approximate after pledge drives. The 1st Doctor finally gets Ian and Barbara back to London - two centuries late. Now, caught in the throes of the Dalek conquest of Earth, the TARDIS crew must join the resistance to find a way to eject the invaders - before humanity is extinguished. Keep an ear out for some interesting musical interludes that add a different atmosphere to the story. Later remade as the Peter Cushing movie Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT Battlefield ep 1 of 4
U*N*I*T - the next generation. These are the voyages of Brigadier Winifred Bambera. Her constant mission - to seek out alien life, and marauding civilizations. To boldly stop interfering Doctors from getting in the way like no Brigadiers have stopped interfering Doctors before.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Ribos Operation eps 2+3 of 4
See UKTV Australia for details.
» this was an "ghost" entry and wasn't shown
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Fri 3 to 6PM, Sat Noon to 3PM CDT The Invisible Enemy all 4 eps
See UK Gold for details.
Sun 10:03PM to Mid, Mon 7 to 9PM CDT Robot all 4 eps
2 more airings of the first Tom Baker story, as WYIN's pledge drive draws to an end.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:35PM CDT Pyramids of Mars ep 2 of 4
Two Scarman brothers. One - Laurence - is good. The other - Marcus - is under alien control, and very, very bad. The Doctor and Sarah try to keep Laurence active enough to outwit Marcus, before evil things happen.
TPT St. Paul, MN
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16 (2.5)
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT The Androids of Tara ep 1 of 4
The Doctor goes out in search of fish and finds a group of nobles trying to sneak a prince to a castle to be named King before an unworthy man takes his place. Unfortunately, none of them have any fish, so the Doctor's plans may be for nought.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:05PM CDT Logopolis eps 3+4 of 4
The final Tom Baker episodes. A miscalculation by the Master jeopardizes not just Logopolis, or even Earth, but the entire universe. To save life as we know it, good and evil must join forces and wage war on entropy. The 4th Doctor's luck finally runs out.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) Destiny of the Daleks ep 1 of 4
The Randomizer sets the TARDIS down on a planet riddled with radiation. Not exactly good planning by the randomizer. All the pleasant planets in the Doctor Who universe, and the TARDIS locates one riddled with radiation?
KERA 13 Dallas, TX
Late Fri Mid CDT Spearhead From Space eps 3+4 of 4
The Nestene invasion begins, as shop dummies and duplicates of political leaders come to life and start to kill. Can Liz and the Doctor build a device to stop them in time? And will the Doctor get to keep the red roadster he stole?
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Next episodes June 23.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang ep 5 of 6
Henry Gordon Jago and Professor Litefoot team up to track down the mysterious Weng-Chiang. Li Hsen Chang faces his greatest humiliation.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 6PM PDT The Dead Planet all 7 eps (The Dead Planet, The Survivors, The Escape, The Ambush, The Expedition, The Ordeal, The Rescue)
In the second story of the series, the 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan encounter the Daleks for the first time. This story would later be remake as the Peter Cushing film Dr Who and the Daleks. This is a pledge special for KBTC.
Late Sat 12:30AM MDT The Androids of Tara eps 3+4 of 4
To save a kingdom, the Doctor must get an android crowned King. Romana meets Princess Strella. The evil but lovable Count Grendel gets to practice his sword-play, while K9 gets to practice swimming. Great fun, if you can stay up late enough or program your VCR.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Pledge phone number - 1-800-225-5454
Sun 7PM PDT "Doctor Who A Celebration - 20 Years of Time Travel with KTEH
The most popular 25 minute episode for each of the first 7 Doctors are presented in this special, looking back at KTEH's Doctor Who history. The episode titles are being with-held to make you tune in and find out for yourselves which installments won.
Sun 11PM PDT Interview With Sylvester McCoy II
Over the years, KTEH has interviewed many of the Doctor Who actors. These are a selection of favorite interviews.
Sun 11:25PM PDT Interview With Patrick Troughton
Sun 11:52PM PDT "Malone episode 47 - Peter Davison"
Malone was a talk show that KTEH produced.
Late Sun 12:20AM PDT Interview With Colin Baker
BBC America
Mon-Thu 8AM EDT (5AM PDT) / Tue-Fri 5AM EDT (2AM PDT) - 2 episodes in movie format daily
Mon/Tue The Masque of Mandragora movie, pt 2 of 2

There is nothing scarier for an evil person than to meet someone who is more evil. The shock and terror that ensues can be lethal. Count Frederico is about to discover someone on his staff is more evil than he is. Can he take the heat?
Tue-Wed/Wed-Thu The Hand Of Fear movie, pts 1 - 2 of 2
A fossilized hand buried in a quarry holds the keys to the secret behind the death of a crystalline civilization millions of years ago. Did this hand belong to the villain involved in Kastria's destruction, or the victim?
Thu/Fri The Deadly Assassin movie, pt 1 of 2
The Doctor is lured into a plot to assassinate the President of the Time Lords, via his efforts to prevent it. Probably the best example of a "serious" Tom Baker story.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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