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Friday 7th December 2001

This Week In Doctor Who - December 7, 2001
(posted 7th Dec 2001, 12:03pm - TWIDW post #0058)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 7, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 49
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the world.
Various cable companies in the US and Canada paid excite@home confiscatory amounts of money to continue ISP operations until the cable companies can transfer most of their 4.2 million broadband subscribers to other systems (AT&T was cut off, so their subscribers had disruption), so I still have access and can write this column. Frankly, those cable companies were robbed, and the thing smells of a con job. But just imagine the implications. Imagine if public TV stations could threaten to go out of existence unless people sent in money? (Ok - not best example. ;->) Suppose during the 4th Doctor's era, producer Graham Williams had threatened to shutter production unless the BBC paid an extra $20 million to finish a season. Imagine the level of special effects and the expensive guest stars the show could have had. Or more likely imagine the show being shut down right then, as I doubt the BBC is as willing to part with their money as cable companies are. But it's fun to speculate.
NEW ZEALAND - Prime TV has apparently decided to put Doctor Who back on their weeknight schedule early in 2002. It will air nightly at 6:30PM, beginning with The Leisure Hive (picking up where they left off in June). The start date was going to be 7 January, but there has been a brief delay. Keep an eye on the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club for details.
USA - Maryland Public TV aired the black & white version of The Dæmons last week, so that version is obviously still available to PBS stations. They had aired the color versions of Doctor Who And The Silurians and Terror of the Autons. MPT is airing stories in movie format, so the next question is: will they finally air complete versions of Planet of the Daleks and Invasion of the Dinosaurs this time, or will they once again repeat the edited movie versions, which in Planet's case omits a fair amount of color footage to hide the existance of the black & white episode. On their current airing schedule, Planet of the Daleks will air late Saturday February 2, and Invasion of the Dinosaurs will air late Saturday February 23.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo! Messenger.

UK Gold
Sat 9:15-11AM GMT Timelash movie
When the Doctor returns to the planet Karfel, that world's corrupt leadership force him into a scheme to retrieve an ambulet which maintains their power.
Sun 9:15-11AM GMT Revelation of the Daleks movie
Visiting an old, dead friend, the Doctor and Peri uncover evil-doings at a mortuary which also produces the food for a growing galaxy.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET The Mark of the Rani 4 pt version, ep 1
Sat 4:25PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET The Mark of the Rani 4 pt version, ep 2
Wed Noon CET The Mark of the Rani 4 pt version, ep 3
Thu Noon CET The Mark of the Rani 4 pt version, ep 4
A lady Time Lord's corrupt scientific experiments are rudely interrupted by the bumbling battle between those intergalactic misfits - the Doctor and the Master.
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT Terminus all 4 eps {actually s{Snakedance}})
The TARDIS latches onto a ship of people suffering from Lazaar's disease. When Nyssa contracts the disease, the situation starts to become slightly grave.
Mon 11:30PM AEDT The Two Doctors ep 3 of 3 (45 minute episode)
The 6th Doctor must rescue the 2nd Doctor from the Androgums before he is altered, and the Doctor's past changes forever.
Tue-Wed 11:30PM AEDT Timelash eps 1 - 2 of 2 (45 minute episodes)
See UK Gold for story details.
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEDT Revelation of the Daleks eps 1 - 2 of 2 (45 minute episodes)
End of weekday airings, weekend airings continue. See UK Gold for story details.
BBC Kids
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT)
Fri Planet of Evil ep 1 of 4
Mon-Wed Planet of Evil eps 2 - 4 of 4

At the end of the universe, Professor Sorenson's blend of coffee endangers the rescue crew that comes for his Survey Team.
Thu-Fri Pyramids of Mars eps 1 - 2 of 4
Before "The Mummy", but after "Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy", there was the Pyramids Of Mars. Yup, it has mummies in it.
» This was reported as The Android Invasion instead
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat Mid EDT Logopolis eps 1+2 of 4
Late Thu Mid EDT Logopolis eps 3+4 of 4

A mysterious figure shadows the Doctor and fails to prevent the destruction of the universe.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Pre-empted this week. Returns December 15.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 4AM+5:30PM EST The Curse of Fenric ep 4 of 4
The 7th Doctor and Ace play the game of Fenric, with the survival of Earth as the prize.
Sat 4:30AM+6PM EST Survival ep 1 of 3
Sat 11PM EST Survival eps 2+3 of 3
The final televised story of the original series. Guest-starring the British comedians Hale and Pace. Special guest-starring the animatronic cat better known as Salem the cat on Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (1996-present), in his first acting role. The Doctor brings Ace to Perivale, her home town. Her friends are disappearing, and alien cat-men appear to be responsible. On their home planet, a dangerous man waits for the Doctor to come. He needs the Doctor's help. WYBE is currently expected to begin repeating the Tom Baker episodes on Saturday, December 15 at 11PM.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Late Sat Mid EDT The Day Of The Daleks movie
Start time approximate. Humans from the 22nd Century visit the 20th in hopes of murdering the man believed responsible for the enslavement of Earth.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Pre-empted this week. Returns December 15.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Pre-empted this week. Returns December 15.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:35PM CST The Deadly Assassin ep 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor is tried for the murder of the Lord President of Gallifrey. He comes up with a novel defense - he runs for the job himself!
TPT St. Paul, MN
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16-5 (2-5)
Pre-empted this week. Returns December 15.
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 digital KDIN-DT 50 Des Moines
Sat 11:35PM CST Enlightenment eps 3+4 of 4
Turlough's suicide attempt results in pandemonium on both Captain Stryker's ship and on a pirate ship run by Captain Wrack. The space race gets ever deadlier, as the survivers get closer to Enlightenment.
KERA/K24AD Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,24 digital KERA-DT 14
Pre-empted this week. Returns December 21???
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Pre-empted this week and next. Returns December 22.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7,39 digital KUED-DT 42 Salt Lake City
Pre-empted this week. Returns December 15.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST The Keeper of Traken eps 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Adric are hired to investigate evidence of evil on the peaceful planet of Traken. Traken has no evil, so its presence can be much more dangerous there than on other planets. Possibly lethal.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 8-11PM PST The Dæmons all 5 eps
Color version. The 3rd Doctor, Jo Grant, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sgt. Benton, and Yates team up with a White Witch to deal with The Master (Roger Delgado) and a Daemon. The Master has set up shop at Devil's End, and wacky witchcraft is afoot. This was the first story restored to color by combining an off-air color recording with a black & white PAL master copy. Episode 4 is the original color version. It's pledge time.
Sun 11PM PST - Doctor Who not airing in regular spot. Doo Wop special airing here.
Pre-empted next week. Next episodes December 23.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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