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Wednesday 21st November 2001

This Week In Doctor Who - November 21/23, 2001
(posted 21st Nov 2001, 11:51am - TWIDW post #0053)
This Week In Doctor Who - November 21/23, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 47
Welcome to the weekly guide to known Doctor Who broadcasts around the world. Members of the mailing list and readers on rec.arts.drwho might notice that today is Wednesday, not Friday. Well, this is Thanksgiving weekend in the United States, so much of the readership may be away from their computers and unable to read the column at its usual publication time. Also, the Chicago TARDIS convention in Chicago, IL is likely to keep some Doctor Who fans offline on Friday. So, we're a little early this week with This Week.

For those of us who will be around on Friday, November 23 (the 38th anniversary of the series), I will reprint the July 14, 2000 edition of This Week In Doctor Who. It was the 2nd anniversary edition. It is memorable because 25 other people helped co-write this edition. Who said too many cooks spoil the broth? This reprint will only be on the thisweekindoctorwho yahoo group at . Subscribers will get it in their e-mail like usual, and non-subscribers will be able to read it on the web page. But as a repeat, it won't go out on other lists and rec.arts.drwho.

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

UK Gold
Sat 9-11AM GMT Attack of the Cybermen movie
An alien distress call brings the TARDIS to Earth in 1985, where an old foe who the Doctor barely met before (Commander Lytton) appears to have teamed up with the Cybermen. The Cybermen want to alter history and destroy the Earth. Something doesn't add up in the equation, and Lytton holds the key to understand what on the Milky Way is going on.
Sun 9:10-11AM GMT Vengeance on Varos movie
The TARDIS runs out of Zeiton-7, a critical mineral that enables it to operate. In search of a replacement supply, the 6th Doctor and Peri stumble across the planet Varos, where the citizens live in constant fear and torture is common, and the leadership lives in constant fear of the citizens. Lots of special effects in this gruesome but gripping installment of the series.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET Vengeance on Varos 4 pt version, ep 1
Sat 4:25PM CET Vengeance on Varos 4 pt version, ep 2
Wed Noon CET Vengeance on Varos 4 pt version, ep 3
Thu Noon CET Vengeance on Varos 4 pt version, ep 4
(Late Sunday repeat of ep 2 pre-empted by documentary on Gormenghast.)
See UK Gold for story details.
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT Time-Flight all 4 eps
In the aftermath of the events of Earthshock, the TARDIS crew returns to Earth in the 1980s to recuperate. But rest will not come quickly - Concorde airplanes are disappearing at Heathrow airport, and they may be traveling through time. This is the only story where Tegan, trained as an air stewardess, ever gets to do the job of an air stewardess.
Mon-Thu 11:30PM AEDT The Twin Dilemma eps 1 - 4 of 4
The Doctor's regeneration into his 6th body (Colin Baker) leaves him on the brink of insanity. A danger to himself and others, he is unprepared when events call upon him to investigate the disappearance of twins with fantastic mathematical skills.
Fri 11:30PM AEDT Vengeance on Varos ep 1 of 2 (45 minute episode)
See UK Gold for story details. As of press time, UKTV's listings indicate that they are skipping over Attack of the Cybermen and airing this story instead. If that information turns out to be wrong, Jason Fraser at the Varos site would find out first, so you should check his site on the day of the broadcast, in the remote case there is a change.
BBC Kids
Weekdays 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
Fri Genesis of the Daleks ep 5 of 6
Mon Genesis of the Daleks ep 6 of 6

Davros gains forbidden knowledge which can enable the Daleks to alter history and conquer the universe.
Tue-Fri Revenge of the Cybermen eps 1 - 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry return to Nerva generations before their last visit. Fortunately, the TARDIS is traveling back in time to meet them. Unfortunately, the crew of Nerva are being systematically murdered, softening the station for an alien takeover.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat 1AM EST The Keeper of Traken eps 1+2 of 4
Late Thu 12:30AM EST The Keeper of Traken eps 3+4 of 4

The 4th Doctor and Adric are asked by the dying Keeper of the union of Traken to root out an evil which is threatening his people. Something is very familiar about this evil, and yet very different. Nyssa is introduced in this story, though she should not be counted as a companion yet, because she does not leave in the TARDIS at the end.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11PM-1AM EST Spearhead From Space all 4 eps
(start and end times approximate - pledge special. Logopolis episodes 3+4 will air on December 15.)
Quick guess - the Spearhead From Space DVD will be among the pledge premiums.
The first color story. The one that changed the rules of the series. Modern day Earth. Modern day threat. A companion who may be as smart as the Doctor. And a classic car. The era of the 3rd Doctor begins. With Nicholas Courtney as The Brigadier.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 4AM+5:30PM EST Ghost Light ep 3 of 3
The final filmed episode of the series, though a change in the airing order meant it was not the last to air. Ace reacts badly to the real reasons why the Doctor came to the old mansion. LIGHT arrives to shed light on what is going on. The situation goes from bad to Hearse.
Sat 4:30AM+6PM EST The Curse of Fenric ep 1 of 4
Sat 11PM EST The Curse of Fenric eps 2+3 of 4
The 7th Doctor and Ace visit a village by the sea during World War II. Code-breakers are working hard trying to learn the secrets of the German cyphers (an aspect of the war which was hidden from the public for many years). But something sinister is going on with the code-work, and an alien flask arrives with dangerous intentions.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Late Sat Mid EST Colony In Space movie
(If it seems like MPT's start time for Doctor Who is shifting a bit almost every week - it is. And since the season of Robot Wars they've been airing on Saturday nights will be unavailable to them come January, expect permament Saturday schedule changes at that time. Nope - no idea what Doctor Who's start time will be then.)
The 3rd Doctor and Jo (with the unknown to them help of the Time Lords) travel to a barren planet which both miners and colonists claim as their own. The Doctor and Jo race to try to avoid bloodshed, while another party has designs on a terrible secret the planet holds.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11PM EST The Leisure Hive eps 2+3 of 4
The 4th Doctor is framed for a murder to distract him from figuring out what is going wrong with the science being used in the Leisure Hive.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Pre-empted by specials again.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:35PM CST The Hand Of Fear ep 4 of 4
The destinies of Eldrad and the planet Kastria are revealed, with a nasty surprise or two from the Doctor. Sarah Jane Smith has some ideas of her own about her destiny. Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen rewrote the end of this episode.
TPT St. Paul, MN
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16-5 (2-5)
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CST The Creature from the Pit ep 2 of 4
Believing the Doctor to be dead, Lady Adrasta orders Romana to help her figure out how to deal with a Creature that's being a nuisance to her in the pit system. The Doctor, believing himself to be alive, comes across an astrologer with some theories of his own.
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 digital KDIN-DT 50 Des Moines
Sat 11:35PM CST Terminus eps 3+4 of 4
Nyssa's dying, and only the dangerous treatment the Garm provides has a chance of saving her from Lazar's Disease. The 5th Doctor learns that the universe is about to be destroyed - again.
KERA Dallas, TX
analog 13, digital 14
Fri 11:50PM CST The Dæmons eps 4+5 of 5
Azal the Daemon evaluates whether to destroy the Earth. The 3rd Doctor tries to find a way to get the U*N*I*T forces through the deadly heat barrier. Also - it's May Day. Expect dancing and handguns.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MST Time-Flight eps 1+2 of 4
Late Fri 1:30AM, Sat 11PM MST Time-Flight eps 3+4 of 4
Pledge pre-emptions begin next week. See UKTV in Australia for story details.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7,39 digital KUED-DT 42 Salt Lake City
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MST The Invasion of Time ep 2 of 6
The 4th Doctor has been coronated President, but the Matrix tries to reject him. Something is wrong with the Doctor, but Leela cannot help - he's just declared her to be a traitor.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST Warriors' Gate eps 1+2 of 4
A hairy visitor guides the TARDIS to a gateway between the universes. There, the Doctor learns the past, present, and future of a civilization in crisis.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 10:42PM PST Interview With John Nathan-Turner (1984 documentary)
Originally broadcast in 1984, this is a conversation KTEH had with the then-producer of the Doctor Who series.
Sun 11:06PM PST Colony In Space eps 2+3 of 6
See MPT Maryland for story details.

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