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Friday 22nd March 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - March 22, 2002
(posted 22nd Mar 2002, 12:43pm - TWIDW post #0082)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - March 22, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 12
First, a brief word from The Master:

'I know, I know. Your computer is telling you that the column is short again. Obviously most of the story descriptions are not there. But really it's all here - detailed descriptions of everything. You believe this. You WILL believe this. You will obey me ...'
It's been a quiet week for Doctor Who on TV, but a very noisy week for old Doctor Who TV episodes. The 5th and final UK DVD for 2002 was announced - Resurrection of the Daleks. Among the surprises were that Janet Fielding (Tegan) will be one of the people doing the commentary, and that Eric Saward and John Nathan-Turner were both interviewed on the same day for the DVD. In the US, BBC Worldwide Americas and Warner are breaking with their previous policy of only releasing titles that have gotten DVD releases in the UK, opting to release the 1978-1979 season (The Key To Time) as a DVD boxset late this year. BBC Worldwide Americas is getting the Restoration Team in the UK to help properly clean up the episodes first.

While Doctor Who to me is, was, and always will be a TV series, I'm delighted when decisions are made to release titles on DVD, and more delighted when the people releasing them go to the trouble of making certain the stories are in good condition. Now - since we know that BBCWA likes to have good quality material - how about requesting newer, better condition broadcast prints of the episodes to replace the rather worn, sometimes problematic prints currently airing on TV stations in the US? The US TV prints desparately need replacement in some cases.
Additions and corrections are welcome at , bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AIM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:


Death Comes To Time
Episode 3C The Child, pt 3 of 3 now online
Episode 4A goes online 29 March. Requires some version of Realplayer.
WSBR AM740 West Palm Beach, FL
Fri 11PM EST Interstellar Transmissions
Either a real audio or Windows Media Player link - check at broadcast time. Sci-fi news/talk show with periodic Doctor Who content. This week's guest - sci-fi author Ray Bradbury.


UK Gold
Sat 6:30-9AM GMT The Mutants movie
Sun 6:30-9AM GMT The Time Monster movie
BBC Prime
Late Fri 12:40AM, Sat 4PM CET The Trial of a Time Lord (The Ultimate Foe) pt 13 of 14 (The Ultimate Foe 1)
Sat 4:25PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET The Trial of a Time Lord (The Ultimate Foe) pt 14 of 14 (The Ultimate Foe 2)
Closing arguments in the trial get heated when surprise witnesses from the Doctor's past and future arrive, and incriminating evidence against the Valeyard arrives. Part 13 was the final episode written by popular writer Robert Holmes, who died before getting to part 14. Script editor Eric Saward wrote a part 14, but wound up leaving the production team in an acrimonious departure. Part 14 was eventually written by Pip and Jane Baker at the last minute. Part 14 is also the longest regular episode of the TV series intended for the 25 minute format, clocking in at 29 minutes.
Wed Noon CET Time and the Rani pt 1 of 4
Thu Noon CET Time and the Rani pt 2 of 4
A savage blow to the head courtesy of the TARDIS console forces the unexpected regeneration of the Doctor. Disoriented and confused, he is manipulated by The Rani, who needs his help in a sinister experiment. 7th Doctor - Sylvester McCoy. 6th Doctor - Sylvester McCoy (in a wig, with back to the camera).
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 5,6,7,+8 of 14 (Mindwarp all 4 pts)
Mon 11:30PM AEDT The Trial Of A Time Lord pt 4 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet 4)
Tue-Thu 11:30PM AEDT The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 5 - 7 of 14 (Mindwarp pts 1 - 3 of 4)
(Fri episode pre-empted due a marathon of The Bill running from Good Friday to Easter Monday.)
BBC Kids
Weekdays 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
Fri Planet of Evil pt 4 of 4
Mon-Thu Pyramids of Mars pts 1 - 4 of 4
Fri The Android Invasion pt 1 of 4
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat Mid EST Arc of Infinity pts 1+2 of 4
Late Thu Mid EST Arc of Infinity pts 3+4 of 4
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
DirecTV 13/947 Dish 8136
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Doctor Who returns March 30.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
DirecTV 35/909 Dish 8162
Sat 11PM EST Pyramids of Mars pts 1+2 of 4
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
DirecTV 22/980
Late Sat Mid EST Planet of the Spiders movie
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
DirecTV 48/909 Dish 8356
Sat 11PM EST Logopolis pts 2+3 of 4
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 11PM CST Black Orchid both pts
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:20PM CST The Talons of Weng-Chiang pt 5 of 6
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
digital 16.5 (2.5) DirecTV 2/891 Dish 8576
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CST The Leisure Hive pt 3 of 4
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
digital 50
Sat 11:35PM CST The Twin Dilemma pts 1+2 of 4
KERA/K24AD 13,24 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
digital 14.1 DirecTV 13/889 Dish 8406
Late Fri 12:15AM CST The Time Warrior all 4 pts
By the way - last week's pledge special was The Five Doctors Special Edition. That information was not known in time to make it into last week's column.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
DirecTV 12/910 Dish 8211
Sat 11PM MST Enlightenment pts 1+2 of 4
KUED/KUES 7,39 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
digital 42 DirecTV 7/982 Dish 8536
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MST The Pirate Planet pt 4 of 4
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
DirecTV 28/970 Dish 8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST Time-Flight pts 1+2 of 4
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA
DirecTV 54/903 Dish 8234
Sat 11PM PST The Mutants eps 5+6 of 6
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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