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Friday 10th August 2001

This Week In Doctor Who - August 10, 2001
(posted 10th Aug 2001, 11:42am - TWIDW post #0029)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - August 10, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 32
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who TV broadcasts. The computer is claiming that Gene Roddenberry is speaking to it in French, which is unusual as Gene Roddenberry is not on speaking terms with my computer. Australian and New Zealand readers will have to bear with all of us in the Northern Hemisphere - we're close to brain dead right now from a heat wave. I'll try to keep the column short so we can leave our computers to melt in peace.
Outpost Gallifrey reported good news yesterday. The BBC has decided to produce the remaining 5 episodes of Death Comes To Time, the Doctor Who audio drama abandoned by Radio 4 last year. It stars Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor. The first and only produced episode has been offered via real audio from BBC Online's Doctor Who site since mid-July, and performed significantly above the BBC's listening expectations. It is unknown as of this time whether the remaining episodes will premiere on radio, online like episode 1, or be released on CD. I don't think Death Comes To Time is the direction for Doctor Who in the future, but episode 1 was fun to listen to, and I look forward to hearing the rest of the story.
New Zealand Doctor Who fans had been hoping for Doctor Who's return to Prime TV in August following the completion of their run of Blake's 7. However, Prime has decided to air Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, a 60s US television series, in the 6PM slot that Doctor Who previously had. Assuming Prime airs all of Voyage, it will be late December before the 6PM slot is available again. It is expected that Prime will resume airing Doctor Who down the road, but unless Prime gives the show a different time slot, it will be a while. The Tetrap web site is the best source for information on the current status of Doctor Who in New Zealand. Their website, which had been offline or difficult to load these past few weeks, is now working properly again,
Oops (one of mine): San Jose, CA Doctor Who fans may have noticed that Doctor Who wasn't on KTEH 54 last week - Gormenghast was airing. I got the week that Doctor Who was being pre-empted mixed up. The episodes mentioned for last weekend are actually airing this weekend.
Oops (not mine): WYBE 35 in Philadelphia, PA aired Colin Baker episodes at 5:30PM Saturday again, in spite of the instructions from the syndicator that Colin Baker episodes are temporarily unavailable. The advertised Sylvester McCoy episodes seem to be airing at 4AM and 11PM. I'd like to think this means that the issues keeping Colin Baker off the air have been resolved. More likely - it's just someone forgetting to get the tapes straight. Might be worth tuning in this weekend to see if they mess up again and show more unexpected episodes.
Subscribers to the TWIDW yahoo group were able to take part in the first live TWIDW webchat this past Tuesday evening at 9:30PM Eastern Time. It ran for just under 90 minutes, slightly longer than planned. About 8 or 9 of us turned up during the evening, and we had a good time. I've decided to schedule another TWIDW chat for this coming Tuesday evening (August 14) at 9:45PM Eastern Time, for around 1 hour. That's 1:45AM early Wednesday GMT, for people outside the US who want to figure out if they'll be around to take part. Open forum - comments on the column, Doctor Who on TV, etc. The chat room only allows subscribers to the yahoo group who have yahoo ids. Don't know how to get around that yet without having to get another chat room. Hope to see some of you there.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... , bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo! Messenger. And now, the listings:


BBC Online
Death Comes To Time episode 1 of 6 - realplayer broadcast starring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, and Stephen Fry
The Abominable Snowmen ep 4 of 6 - photonovel reconstruction of the Patrick Troughton episode


UK Gold
Sat 9:05-11AM BST Nightmare of Eden movie
Sun 9:05-11AM BST The Horns of Nimon movie
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1:10AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET Warriors From The Deep ep 3 of 4
Late Thu 12:30AM CET Warriors From The Deep ep 4 of 4
*Not seen in all regions.
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST The Creature from the Pit all 4 eps
Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEST Logopolis eps 2 - 4 of 4
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEST Castrovalva eps 1 - 2 of 4
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat Mid EDT The Creature from the Pit eps 3+4 of 4
Late Thu 1AM EDT Nightmare of Eden eps 1+2 of 4

Late start due to pledge drives. Don't miss this broadcast, as episodes 1+2 of Nightmare of Eden will *not* be rerun.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Pre-empted by pledges. Next episodes August 25, unless a surprise special airs during the viewers' choice times, as has happened occasionally. Check WQED's website and online schedule on the 11th and 18th just in case something gets slipped in.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 4AM+**5:30PM** EDT Paradise Towers eps 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM EDT Paradise Towers eps 3+4 of 4
**Presumably by accident, WYBE has aired the originally scheduled Colin Baker episodes in the 5:30PM time period, even though those episodes were officially yanked at the last minute. Unless they realize this and switch the tapes, the first half of Vengeance on Varos might air in that time slot.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Late Sat Mid EDT The War Machines movie
Time approximate after Red Dwarf.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Next episodes August 18.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM-Mid, Sun Noon-2PM CDT The Robots of Death all 4 eps
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:35PM CDT The Brain of Morbius ep 3 of 4
TPT St. Paul, MN
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16-5 (2-5)
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT The Armageddon Factor ep 1 of 6
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:05PM CDT The Visitation eps 3+4 of 4
No episodes next week due to State Fair coverage. Doctor Who returns August 24.
PPTV North Dakots 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Next episode August 17.
KERA 13 Dallas, TX
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Next episodes late August 17.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Next episodes August 25.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 9PM-?? MDT "Dalek Marathon"
Selected episodes from Dalek stories are scheduled to air on this pledge night. Length of marathon is unknown.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT City of Death eps 3+4 of 4
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
(Last week's column erroneously reported that these episodes would air on August 5, with Doctor Who being pre-empted by Gormenghast on August 12. That was backwards. Gormenghast ran all evening on August 5, and the Doctor Who episodes were delayed to August 12. My apologies for anyone who got the wrong information.)
Sun 11PM PDT Doctor Who And The Silurians ep 7 of 7
Sun 11:25PM PDT The Ambassadors of Death ep 1 of 7

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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