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Friday 6th July 2001

This Week In Doctor Who - July 6, 2001
(posted 6th Jul 2001, 10:09am - TWIDW post #0022)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 27
Tis the calm before the storm this week. On the week beginning July 13th, the Doctor Who audio episode Death Comes To Time goes online at the BBC, the This Week In Doctor Who column turns 3 years old (what kind of present do you get a non-sentient entity that only exists as computer bytes?), and the 1996 movie with Paul McGann finally gets a rerun in the United States.
One thing that is happening this week - UK Gold in the UK is now airing 2 Doctor Who movies a weekend. Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings (slightly later Sunday than in recent months, but still early). Both broadcasts are of Tom Baker stories. The last time UK Gold ran Saturday movies, it was the Hartnell/Troughton Black & White stories. Apparently UK Gold is airing 2 movies a week for at least all of July.
Behind the scenes, an upcoming computer upgrade and a change to a cable modem are on the way, which will make the production of this column significantly easier, and hopefully better.
Subscribers to the Yahoo! Group version of my column will notice that the calendar and chat features on the web page are now activated. The calendar is being (slowly) updated to list all Doctor Who TV broadcasts in July. The chat feature will enable members who so desire to chat with each other in real time. Hopefully some actual scheduled chats can be set up later in the summer. And I hope to activate the poll feature soon. More details in a message direct to subscribed members next week. These features only work for subscribers to the Yahoo! Group, alas. Hopefully I can get the calendar to work for people who read the column anywhere sometime down the road.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... , bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo! Messenger. And now, the listings:

Fury From the Deep ep 5 of 6 (photonovel format)
episodes 1 through 4 are still online
Death Comes To Time coming online in real audio 13 July
Interstellar Transmissions sci-fi news/talk show
Check Joey's site for details on when to tune in online for new episodes and where to go to hear his archives


UK Gold
Sat 8:15-11AM BST The Invasion of Time movie
The 4th Doctor's coronation as President of the Time Lords is used as a cover by aliens who wish to invade Gallifrey and conquer time.
Sun 9:05-11AM BST The Ribos Operation movie
With a new companion (Romanadvoratrelundar) and a new K-9, the 4th Doctor begins a search for the 6 segments of the Key To Time. The first segment is being used as a prop in a scam to cheat a vicious warlord of his money. This could be bad news for the segment if the con is discovered.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET Enlightenment ep 4 of 4
*Not seen in all regions. Turlough wins Enlightenment. But what will he do with it? Final appearance by the frauds claiming to be the White & Black Guardians.
Late Thu 12:30AM CET The King's Demons ep 1 of 2
The 5th Doctor and company arrive in the English countryside in 1215, where King John greets them as friendly Demons. But isn't King John supposed to be in London signing the Magna Carta right about now. Sure, the document was actually revised many times in the ten years that followed, so the document British schoolkids study is *not* the one that King John signed. But if he's off at some castle dozens of miles away, how does he sign the document at all?
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST The Androids of Tara all 4 eps
Double, double, toil and trouble. Count Grendel hopes to use Romana as a double for Princess Strella in the wedding to determine the rulership of Tara. Meanwhile, the Doctor is asked to help a robot double for the Prince to ensure that the Prince gets to the wedding safely. And then things get confusing. A 4th Doctor classic story.
Mon-Thu 11:30PM AEST The Leisure Hive eps 1 - 4 of 4
New producer, new look, and a higher budget. The 18th season kicks off with a vacation trip to Argolis, a sterile world that houses the Leisure Hive. The Leisure Hive is supposed to show off new kinds of science and technology. But when its users begin to die, so do dreams of peace.
Fri 11:30PM AEST Meglos ep 1 of 4
An evil cactus captures the Doctor and Romana in a Chronic Hysteresis, enabling him to impersonate the Doctor in a daring con job. No, I'm not kidding. Yes, an evil cactus. And it does a good job of acting, too. Well, as good as anyone can expect from a cactus.
SCI-FI Channel
Coming July 15th - Doctor Who - starring Paul McGann. Set your VCR.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat Mid EDT Destiny of the Daleks eps 1+2 of 4
Late Thu Mid EDT Destiny of the Daleks eps 3+4 of 4

By this point in the series, the Doctor has regenerated due to old age, Time Lord manipulation, and radiation poisoning in the cave of the Spiders. Romana decides to regenerate - seemingly out of a desire to change her costume. The young - so frivolous.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Horns of Nimon eps 1+2 of 4
A ship trapped on the bubble of a Black Hole causes the Doctor and Romana to learn of Skonnos, a world whose empire is on the edge of collapse. How far will Skonnos go in its effort to rule the region again. K9 gets an award in these episodes.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 4AM+5:30PM EDT The Caves of Androzani eps 3+4 of 4
Dying of poison, the 5th Doctor battles gun runners, an evil President, a malevolent military, and the lunatic Sharez Jek in a desperate effort to save Peri's life.
Sat 11PM EDT The Twin Dilemma eps 1+2 of 4
The 6th Doctor (Colin Baker) begins his existence. But the stress of the regeneration drives the Doctor to the brink of insanity. With attacks of psychotic behavior and cowardness, the Doctor has no business trying to get involved in an adventure. But someone had the bad form to kidnap two computer geniuses, and simply won't wait for the Doctor to recover before carrying out his evil scheme.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Late Sat Mid EDT The Space Museum movie (The Space Museum, The Dimensions Of Time, The Search, The Final Phase)
The 1st Doctor and company get a vision of the future - where they are dead exhibits in a museum. As the future gets closer and seems to match what they've already seen, the situation grows desparate. No Daleks were harmed in the making of this televisual program.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT Ghost Light all 3 eps
(WUSF is airing the last 3 stories complete to finish their run in July instead of September.) When the 7th Doctor brings Ace to a haunted mansion, Ace gets a niggling fear that the Doctor may be trying to manipulate her. Evidently she's forgotten the last 5 or 6 stories - this Doctor is always manipulating you! You're a pawn! Leave now before it's too late! Particularly as this current plan is a catastrophe in the waiting! Then again - it's Ace. How likely is she to see Light?
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
New earlier start time!
Sat 11PM EDT The Stones of Blood ep 4 of 4
The Megara try the Doctor on charges of releasing them from a locked room illegally - a death penalty offense. But they aren't paying any attention to Cessair of Diplos, the real villain. One track minds.
Sat 11:25PM EDT The Androids of Tara ep 1 of 4
See UKTV Australia for details.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT Nightmare of Eden eps 1+2 of 4
Jo Grant was wrong. The Doctor's not the only person who could have a traffic accident in space. Now he and Romana try to help out 2 captains who managed to lock their ships together. But something far more serious than bad piloting skills is going on here.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:35PM CDT The Android Invasion ep 2 of 4
The Doctor and Sarah find some humans at last. Slight problem - they're not human. Time to run for your lives.
TPT St. Paul, MN
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16-5 (2-5)
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT The Power of Kroll ep 1 of 4
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:05PM CDT Four To Doomsday eps 1+2 of 4
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) City of Death ep 1 of 4
KERA 13 Dallas, TX
Late Fri Mid CDT Doctor Who And The Silurians ep 7 of 7
Late Fri 12:30AM CDT The Ambassadors of Death ep 1 of 7
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Warriors' Gate eps 3+4 of 4
Sat 10PM MDT The Keeper of Traken all 4 eps
Pre-empted next week.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT The Invisible Enemy ep 3 of 4
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Armageddon Factor eps 3+4 of 6
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11:30PM PDT Spearhead From Space eps 3+4 of 4

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