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Friday 7th September 2001

This Week In Doctor Who - September 7, 2001
(posted 7th Sep 2001, 11:27am - TWIDW post #0038)
This Week In Doctor Who - September 7, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 36
EUROPE/AFRICA/ASIA: BBC Prime heavily reorganized their TV schedule in the past week. Doctor Who will now air 2 episodes per week, instead of one. The episodes will first air Wednesday and Thursday at Noon. Episode 1 repeats late Friday at 12:30AM and Saturday at 4PM. Episode 2 repeats Saturday at 4:25PM and late Sunday at 12:30AM. All Doctor Who broadcasts now air in all regions, because they end before 1AM (when most African viewers lose the channel for the night). All times given are Central European Time - please adjust for your local time zone.
Dallas, TX - a viewer of KERA 13 has noticed that the station typically begins Doctor Who around 10 minutes earlier than the advertised start time of Midnight. Fortunately, KERA has realized this, as beginning this week their website now has Doctor Who beginning at 11:50PM.
With the transition to digital TV in the US, TV stations are slowly launching digital versions of their existing stations. KTCI-DT 16-5 (reads "2-5" on digital TVs, but it's channel 16) has been airing KTCA's lineup (including Doctor Who) for months. KERA 13 has now launched KERA-DT 14, which apparently is airing KERA's lineup. IPTV in Iowa has launched KDIN-DT 50, a digital version of KDIN 11, which is apparently airing IPTV's lineup for digital viewers. KERA-DT and KDIN-DT are now in the column listings. Maryland Public TV has WMPT-DT 42 on the air, and New Hampshire Public TV has a digital station up at channel 57, but they are apparently not simulcasting the analog lineup (including Doctor Who), so they are not not going into the column until the situation changes.
CANADA: Advance notice - SPACE: The Imagination Station is repeating the Peter Cushing Dr. Who film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. on Sunday, September 16 at 2PM EDT (3:30PM Newfoundland Time, 11AM PDT). This is the first Doctor Who broadcast in Canada since SPACE's previous airing of that movie, and will likely be the last Canadian appearance for Doctor Who until BBC Kids launches in November. BBC Kids will be available largely on Shaw Digital Cable systems, though other cable companies are apparently able to add it to their lineups as well.
Chicago, IL USA: I came across an interesting website this week. Not sure if it belongs in the column full time, but I'll put it in this week and gauge reactions. is a site covering the history of Doctor Who on Chicago TV. The main focus is on WTTW's Doctor Who broadcasts (1975-1976, 1978-1990, 1996), with some coverage of WYIN 56, the current Doctor Who affiliate in the area.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... , bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo! Messenger. I am no longer using Earthlink - if you send mail to my Earthlink address, you probably won't reach me. And now, the listings:


UK Gold
Sat 9:05-11AM BST Logopolis movie
It's the end, but the moment has been prepared for. The Doctor Who episodes are about to get shorter, and the period of time from 9:05 to 9:10AM will find itself being used by other programming. After its initial upset and sobbing, those 5 minutes of time begin to resign themselves to their fate. But first, they have one less conversation between the 4th Doctor and Adric, where the Doctor decides to measure the TARDIS. It was a mistake the Doctor never should have made.
Sun 9:10-11AM BST Castrovalva movie
The Master finally picks up a companion (albeit an unwilling one) in the first story of the 5th Doctor. The regeneration has gone badly, leaving the Doctor unable to concentrate and the TARDIS travelling towards Event One.
BBC Prime
Note new schedule. 2 episodes per week. Episodes premiere Wednesdays and Thursdays. And African viewers now get to see all the broadcasts.
Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET Frontios ep 1 of 4
Sat 4:25PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET Frontios ep 2 of 4
Wed Noon CET Frontios ep 3 of 4
Thu Noon CET Frontios ep 4 of 4
At the far edge of the future, beyond the range Time Lords are allowed to travel, the survivors of the human species face near certain extinction. The Doctor refuses to interfere. But when the TARDIS is forced to land, the Doctor and company have no choice but to help, regardless of the consequences.
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST Meglos all 4 eps
I'm not going to do it this time. Almost every time I have done a description for Meglos, I've highlighted the point of Meglos' trap by looping the description in a Chronic Hysteresis. But not this time, I will not fall into the same old narrative style again. I'm not going to do it this time. Almost every time I have done a ... AARGH! I did it again!
Mon 11:30PM AEST Black Orchid ep 2 of 2
The 5th Doctor is accused of a murder he did not commit. But the real killer is not finished with the Cranleigh family yet. He is still obsessed with Ann Talbot (Sarah Sutton).
Tue-Fri 11:30PM AEST Earthshock eps 1 - 4 of 4
Doctor Who must be responsible for a whole generation of people who won't explore caves, for fear of coming across monsters. This time, robotic killers stalk caves on Earth in the 26th Century, guarding a bomb and the secret of its owner. The identity of the beings in charge of the robots sent shockwaves through England in 1982, as did the plot twist at the end of episode 4.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat Mid EDT The Horns of Nimon eps 3+4 of 4
In the domain of the Nimon, Romana searches for the truth behind the horned creature that is using Skonnos for nefarious purposes. Soldeed suffers a nervous breakdown, but he still seems more capable of making intelligent decisions than Seth.
Late Thu Mid EDT The Leisure Hive eps 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor, Romana, K9, and the Randomiser take a vacation on the world where the Leisure Hive is based. One of them will not leave alive ...
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EDT Full Circle eps 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor has been ordered to return Romana to Gallifrey, whether she wants to come back or not. But a Charged Vaccuum Embointment snatches the TARDIS, tossing it into another universe, from which they might never be able to return.
Pre-empted by Member's Choice night next week. Returns September 22.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 4AM EDT Dragonfire eps 2+3 of 3
Mel and Ace get to know each other better, as Sabalom Glitz and the 7th Doctor search for the Dragon's treausre.
Sat 5:30PM EDT The Two Doctors 6 ep version, pts 3+4
The 6th Doctor, Peri, and a delerious Jamie (Frazer Hines) set off in search of the 2nd Doctor, who may or may not have been killed in the massacre.
Sat 11PM EDT Remembrance of the Daleks eps 1+2 of 4
The 7th Doctor and Ace arrive in London in November 1963, on the eve of a covert operation by the Daleks. Since the Daleks are about as covert as nudists in the Vatican, the Doctor must keep the military out of harm's way as the danger goes down.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
(New later time.)
Late Sat 12:15AM EDT The Krotons movie (90 minutes)
The 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe arrive on a world where intelligence is rewarded with the chance to leave your mortal life behind and join the Krotons in their spaceship. But what really happens to them?
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11PM EDT The Armageddon Factor ep 6 of 6
The 4th Doctor and Romana learn the terrible price that must be paid if the Key To Time is to be completed and the universe is to be saved. Are they cold-blooded enough to sacrifice an innocent life to save the galaxy? Have they a choice?
Sat 11:30PM EDT Destiny of the Daleks ep 1 of 4
Romana regenerates, and the Randomizer lands the TARDIS on a world riddled with radiation.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT Meglos eps 3+4 of 4
See UKTV in Australia for details.
» it was reported in October that one week was pre-empted, so these episodes might be Meglos eps 1+2 from last week, or these postponed to next week instead.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:40PM CDT The Seeds of Doom ep 3 of 6
The 4th Doctor and Sarah have escaped with their lives, but the second pod escaped with the thugs. So it's time to return to England to confront the man behind the dastardly theft.
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 5 of 6
K9 (under the control of the Shadow) imprisons the Doctor with a man named Brax, while the Shadow's operatives prepare to search the TARDIS for the Key To Time.
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 - statewide coverage
digital 50 Des Moines area
Fri 11:06PM CDT Earthshock eps 3+4 of 4
See UKTV in Australia for details.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) The Creature from the Pit ep 4 of 4
Lady Adrasta may be out of power, but the planet is still in danger. Erato knows the secret to save the world, but will not tell.
KERA Dallas, TX
analog 13, digital 14
Fri 11:50PM CDT Inferno ep 7 of 7
Back on the Earth he knows, the 3rd Doctor tries to stop Stahlmann from repeating the lethal chain of events that destroyed the parallel world. But no one will believe him. The Doctor never learns, does he? Talk calmly - people will listen. Shout like a maniac - no one will even try to understand.
Late Fri 12:15AM CDT Terror of the Autons ep 1 of 4
Recolored by the Restoration Team using a color off-air recording. An old friend/enemy of the Doctor's known as the Master (Roger Delgado) comes to Earth in search of aiding an alien invasion. But the Doctor has a new asset who everyone underestimates - Jo Grant. Can Jo find out what the Master is up to? Probably not - it's episode 1. But she'll get better at it later.

» the episodes were actually Terror of the Autons pts 2+3
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Castrovalva eps 3+4 of 4
See UK Gold for details
Sat 10PM MDT Four To Doomsday all 4 eps
Next episodes September 22. The 5th Doctor and crew arrive on a spaceship heading towards Earth. Bigon and company have been there before. Humanity may not want them to arrive again.
KUED/KUES 7,19 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT The Sun Makers ep 3 of 4
Leela is sentenced to death. What's the best way to rescue her? How about a revolution?
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Nightmare of Eden eps 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana are accused of drug smuggling, and the Mandrils escape to start a killing spree. Animal-rights activists might not like what happens to the Mandrils in this story.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM Inferno eps 1+2 of 7
All has been quiet on the UNIT front. No alien invasions. No horrific threats. Just helping out in a tedious project to extract energy from the core of the Earth (so that's where the Daleks got the idea - they read Stahlmann's notes!). So the Doctor engages in a secret plan to fix the console of his TARDIS, to enable him to travel in Time and Space again. The plan goes horribly wrong.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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