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Friday 21st September 2001

This Week In Doctor Who - September 21, 2001
(posted 21st Sep 2001, 11:18am - TWIDW post #0041)
2nd Dr: "There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most
terrible things ... They must be fought."
1st Dr: "What a terrible way to describe my singing!"
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - September 21, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 38
Welcome to This Week In Doctor Who (TWIDW), the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the world. Last week, we were all in pain, and putting out a column about a TV show seemed rather small. This week, life goes on, and we return almost to normal. Enjoy the column.
For six months, there's been a bit of a hole in online Doctor Who fandom. The Doctor Who Alliance Newsletter, written by Shaun Lyon (Outpost Gallifrey, the Gallifrey conventions in Los Angeles), has been on hiatus. News from all kinds of Doctor Who fandom, feature articles, convention info - all in a convenient free newsletter in the e-mail. Many readers of this column probably came across it in the Alliance first, as Shaun included it in the Alliance to help it reach a wider audience.

Well, the Doctor Who Alliance is about to return. This Week In Doctor Who would like to welcome it back. If you have never read it, check some of the back issues on their web site to get a taste of it. If you want to subscribe to the Alliance, there's a place on the site to do that. It's a Yahoo! Group, so if you subscribe to this column through Yahoo you have a fair idea how to subscribe to the Alliance. The Alliance is the #1 Doctor Who Yahoo group at last count with somewhere over 2700 subscribers.

The revived and refreshed version of the Alliance will not have this column in it any more, since This Week now has a mailing list of its own and the publication schedules for the Alliance and This Week will probably not match up any more. I'll still probably find ways to pop up there every once in a while, of course.

Welcome back, Alliance!
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... , bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM , or thebfe on Yahoo! Messenger. And now, the listings:

UK Gold
Sat 9:10-11AM BST The Visitation movie
The 5th Doctor finally returns Tegan to Heathrow Airport, er, Heathrow Dense Forest? Oh dear. 317 years early. Fortunately there's an alien invasion to pass the time with. The Terrileptils have landed, and they want to leave - after doing some permanent damage.
Sun 10-11AM BST Black Orchid movie
Okay, we're getting closer to 1981. 1925 now. Running water, fresh tea, cricket games, police constables arresting you on murder charges. All the comforts of home. Guest starring Sarah Sutton as Ann Talbot, a dead ringer of Nyssa (played by Sarah Sutton).
BBC Prime
Late Fri Mid, Sat 3:20PM CET Resurrection of the Daleks ep 1 of 2 (45 min episode)
Sat 4:10PM, Late Sun 12:20AM CET Resurrection of the Daleks ep 2 of 2 (45 min episode)
The TARDIS, trapped in a time corridor, lands on Earth in the mid 1980s. The Daleks are back in town, as are androids pretending to be humans. A deadly chain of trust and betrayal, where no one you know is who they seem to be. And all to try to bring Davros, the evil creator of the Daleks, back to life. This story was presented in 45 minute episodes due to special programming on the BBC in 1984. It's success led to season 22 being presented in that format, at least in England.
Wed Noon CET Planet of Fire ep 1 of 4
Thu Noon CET Planet of Fire ep 2 of 4
The Master begins to exert control on Kamelion again, making him a danger to the TARDIS crew. Meanwhile Turlough rescues a teenager who has an artefact that comes from his home planet, causing him to react very badly.
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST State of Decay all 4 eps
Trapped in E-Space, the 4th Doctor, Romana, and K-9 arrive on a world run by vampires. As they try to stake out the situation, a surprise morsel turns out to have hidden in the TARDIS pantry - Adric. If he's not careful, the vampires may get to try some interplanetary food.
Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEST Arc of Infinity eps 2 - 4 of 4
The Time Lords make a monstrous decision to try to keep the anti-matter creature from bonding with the 5th Doctor. Can Nyssa save the day, or only make things worse?
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEST Snakedance eps 1 - 2 of 4
Tegan's nightmares from her experience on the Kinda planet get worse, driving her to near madness. Alas, the TARDIS has just arrived on the homeworld of the creature that took over her body in the first place. Tegan's sanity is in grave peril.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat Mid EDT The Leisure Hive eps 3+4 of 4
The 4th Doctor has been severely aged by a malfunction in the design of the Hive. With the Doctor largely out of action, alien and domestic villains prepare their own evil schemes against the Argolin people. Romana discovers a betrayal of a more personal type.
Late Thu Mid EDT Meglos eps 1+2 of 4
An evil cactus impersonates the Doctor and traps him in a Chronic Hysteresis, outside of time and space, possibly for all eternity. All for a daring robbery. Jacqueline Hill (Barbara in the early stories) returns to Doctor Who as a religious leader.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EDT Full Circle eps 3+4 of 4
The Marshpeople invade the Starliner, while the Doctor makes a discovery about why Adric's people have never been able to leave the planet they are trapped on.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 4AM+5:30PM EDT Remembrance of the Daleks eps 3+4 of 4
The 7th Doctor's plans run amok when he finds himself facing not one Dalek army, but two. And a villain from the past makes a reappearance.
Sat 11PM EDT The Happiness Patrol eps 1+2 of 3
The 7th Doctor and Ace investigate a world where happiness is the law, and unhappiness leads to death. They decide that any world as loopy as that should be made very unhappy, very quickly.
MPT Maryland
Late Sat 12:15AM EDT The War Games movie, pt 1 of 2
The 2nd Doctor's final story begins in World War I, where trench warfare and attrition are the order of the day. But when soldiers from other wars start to show up, it begins to look like this might not be Earth at all. Just a clever hoax.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11PM EDT Destiny of the Daleks ep 4 of 4
The Movellans decide to capture Davros and bring a final solution to Skaro. Now the Doctor must stop the Movellans and the Daleks at the same time to protect the galaxy.
Sat 11:30PM EDT City of Death ep 1 of 4
A vacation for the 4th Doctor and Romana goes very well. Exceedingly well. With lots of fun. Until it gets repetitive. Literally. The minutes repeat. Hmm.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT Full Circle eps 3+4 of 4
See WQED/WQEX for details.
ยป it was reported in October that one week was pre-empted, so these episodes might be Full Circle eps 1+2 from last week, or these postponed to next week instead.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:35PM CDT The Seeds of Doom ep 5 of 6
Even Scorby realizes that Harrison Chase has gone over the edge. Now, the Krynoid is large, in charge, and turning England's shrubbery against itself. Be nice to any rhododendrums you may have in the room while watching this episode.
TPT St. Paul, MN
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16-5 (2-5)
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT Destiny of the Daleks ep 1 of 4
The Randomizer brings the TARDIS to Skaro. I wonder what alien menace might be inhabiting the planet Skaro?
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 statewide coverage
digital KDIN-DT 50 Des Moines area
Fri 11:05PM CDT Time-Flight eps 1+2 of 4
Originally intended to air September 14. Following the events in Earthshock, a stunned TARDIS crew returns to Earth, where trouble at Heathrow Airport needs the help only a Time Lord can provide.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) Nightmare of Eden ep 2 of 4
Security arrives, and the Doctor discovers illicit drugs on the larger ship. Trouble's a brewing, and the ships are still stuck together.
KERA Dallas, TX
analog 13, digital 14
Fri 11:50PM CDT The Mind of Evil eps 2+3 of 6
Black & White episodes because the color prints were destroyed. The prison inmates revolt, and capture Jo Grant, while the 3rd Doctor is called away to investigate the disappearance of a nuclear warhead. The peace conference is running dangerously close to breaking apart.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
(Last week, KBDI postponed a pledge drive and scheduled extra Doctor Who episodes. Now, a pledge drive has been added for next week, pre-empting Doctor Who, while this week's TV info has not changed at all. I am extrapolating the schedule based on what aired last week and what would put them back on track.)

Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Four To Doomsday eps 3+4 of 4?
Monarch and company approach Earth, and Nyssa approaches the point of no return from a new life, unless the 5th Doctor can intervene.
Late Fri 1:30AM MDT Kinda eps 1+2 of 4?
Sat 11PM MDT Kinda eps 3+4 of 4?
Tegan's mind is invaded by a creature called the Mara, who wants to use her to remanifest itself and conquer the Kinda people.
KUED/KUES 7,19 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT Image of the Fendahl ep 1 of 4
KUED is airing stories in production order, so we leap back to the story before The Sun Makers. A Time Scanner is in operation on Earth. If not stopped, it will destroy the planet in short order.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Horns of Nimon eps 3+4 of 4
(We never received word on whether KBTC aired regular progamming last weekend. If not, episodes 1+2 might air here.) Romana crosses over to the last planet "helped" by the Nimon, and returns with disturbing news.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11:30PM PDT Inferno eps 3,4,5,+6 of 7
Episodes 3+4 also aired last Sunday. The 3rd Doctor is in an alternate universe, where Britain is run by fascists and the Inferno drilling project is much closer to completion. Dire consequences may occur if the drilling is not stopped. Listen for the voice on the radio in episode 5 - that's Jon Pertwee. The scene was originally cut from UK broadcasts for fear people would recognize that Jon was both on the radio and in the room playing the Doctor at the same time.

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