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Friday 29th March 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - March 29, 2002
(posted 29th Mar 2002, 12:43pm - TWIDW post #0083)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - March 29, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 13
At long last, a regular edition.
CANADA - good news, Canadians with Digital Cable. BBC Kids has now ordered additional Doctor Who episodes beyond their initial 72 Tom Baker installments. It is unsure how many extra episodes have been ordered so far. The "new to BBC Kids" episodes will begin airing Friday 24 May with Horror of Fang Rock pt 1, once the current run of episodes has finished rerunning. The existing 4 weekday airings of the show (7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM Eastern) seem to be continuing. Also, BBC Kids will begin airing weekend marathons of complete stories on 11 May. The marathons are tentatively set for Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30PM and 10PM Eastern Time. Thanks to Dennis Warren for the alert.
UK - BBCi's Doctor Who page reports that Home Choice , a Video On Demand service in the UK, has picked up the rights to air some Tom Baker Doctor Who stories on their system. The "first 10 episodes" will be available on their system from Thursday, 4 April. As of press time, it is unclear if that refers to the first 10 Tom Baker stories (Robot, The Ark In Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, Terror of the Zygons, Planet of Evil, The Pyramids Of Mars, The Android Invasion, The Brain of Morbius), or litterally the first 10 episodes (Robot through Sontaran Experiment). For purposes of TWIDW, I will assume they are just offering the first 10 episodes, and not the 10 stories, until they update their website and let people know.
Additions and corrections are welcome at , bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM , or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:
In the UK and Europe, Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday (31 March - Easter). Info on Friday and Saturday is given in Standard Time, info on Sunday and beyond is given in Daylight Savings Time. Africa apparently doesn't have Daylight Savings Time, or if they do they're doing it differently.
In Australia, Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday (31 March - Easter) in the parts of Australia which have Daylight Savings Time. Since no Doctor Who airs till Tuesday this week, all listings are in Standard Time.
In Canada and the US, Daylight Savings Time will not begin until next Sunday (April 7). Therefore, all those listings are in Standard Time.


Death Comes To Time firstrun online Doctor Who story
Episode 4A No Child Of Earth, pt 1 of 3 now online
Episode 4B goes online on 5 April. All previous episodes still online.
RealPlayer needed to listen.
WSBR AM740 West Palm Beach, FL
Fri 11PM EST Interstellar Transmissions
Sci-fi news/talk show with periodic Doctor Who content. The website is down as of publication time, but check back to see if it goes back on. Both the web site and WSBR's website seem to have streaming audio options, so you should be able to listen to the show anywhere you have a computer. Next week (April 5) the featured guest will be TJ Lubinsky (aka Whosaver). TJ Lubinsky is a PBS employee at WQED Pittsburgh best known for producing the successful Doo Wop PBS specials, and also known for the Doctor Who material he has gotten available for US broadcast over the years.
BCB Radio 96.7FM Bradford, UK
(Also Cable Radio)
RealPlayer Stream
Thu 7-8PM BST (1-2PM EST, 10-11AM PST) The Who Review
Monthly show covering Doctor Who news in the UK. Hopefully their technical problems the last few months have cleared up so people tuning in to the audio stream worldwide can tune in. Could begin anywhere from the beginning to 20 minutes after the hour, and end anywhere from during the last half of the hour. Hosted by Tim Moon.


UK Gold
Sat 7:15-9AM GMT The Three Doctors movie
Three incarnations of the Doctor (William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee) are brought together to solve the mystery of a threat from a Black Hole which is draining Gallifrey of all its energy. And Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart finally sees the inside of the TARDIS. "So this is what you've been doing with U*N*I*T funds."
Sun 7:15-9AM BST Carnival Of Monsters movie
The TARDIS materializes inside a Scope. No, they're not in a bottle of mouthwash. It's a device where miniturized creatures (Humans, Cybermen, Drashigs) are observed in their "natural habitats" by paying customers. But what happens when the machine has a malfunction?
Home Choice
Video On Demand
Coming Thursday, 4 April:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment all 2 pts
BBC Prime
Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET Time and the Rani pt 1 of 4
Sat 4:25PM CET (Standard Time), Late Sun 12:30AM CET (Daylight Time) Time and the Rani pt 2 of 4
Wed Noon CET Time and the Rani pt 3 of 4
Thu Noon CET Time and the Rani pt 4 of 4
The first 7th Doctor story, and the last one written by Pip and Jane Baker. The Rani, after accidentally setting off the Doctor's regeneration, hopes to manipulate him into helping her complete a device which will let her control the fate of time.
Sunday and Monday airings pre-empted by an Easter marathon of The Bill.
Tue 11:30PM AEST The Trial Of A Time Lord pt 8 of 14 (Mindwarp pt 4)
The evidence reaches the point in time where the 6th Doctor was pulled out to go on trial. With the planet in chaos, Peri's life in peril, a revolution in progress, and science traveling up a dead end, what will happen without the Doctor to find a solution?
Wed-Fri 11:30PM AEST The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 9 - 11 of 14 (Terror Of The Vervoids pts 1 - 3)
The 6th Doctor gets to present his defense. He selects an incident in his "future", when he and Mel are invited to solve a string of murders on a luxury liner returning to Earth. But the evidence in the courtroom does not always match what the Doctor saw when preparing it for use.
BBC Kids
Weekdays 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
Fri The Android Invasion pt 1 of 4
Mon-Wed The Android Invasion pts 2 - 4 of 4

The 4th Doctor and Sarah think they have returned to Earth. But the planet is an imposter, part of a plot to invade the real thing. This story features the final appearances of Benton and Harry Sullivan. While often mistaken for the final 70s U*N*I*T story, U*N*I*T does reappear in The Seeds of Doom, without the regular crew.
Thu-Fri The Brain of Morbius pts 1 - 2 of 4
On a forgotten world not that far away from Gallifrey, a scientist (Philip Madoc) is engaged in a gruesome experiment. To complete it, he needs a head. And the 4th Doctor's head would be ideal.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat Mid EST Arc of Infinity pts 3+4 of 4
A traitor is revealed among the High Council of Gallifrey, as is the identity of the creature who wants to use the 5th Doctor as a blueprint to rebuild his own body.
Late Thu Mid EST Snakedance pts 1+2 of 4
Tegan's mind is invaded by the Mara again, luring the TARDIS to Manussa, the Mara's homeworld from which it was exiled centuries earlier. Using her, it hopes to come back, and begin munching on the populace all over again.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
DirecTV 13/947 Dish 8136
Late Sat Mid EST The Visitation pt 1 of 4
Heathrow Airport - 1664. Admittedly, it doesn't look much like an airport at this point. Hardly any planes around. Woods and shrubbery instead of runways. Peasants wandering all over the place. Illegal Aliens (from outer space) attempting terrorism to take over the Earth. But the 5th Doctor never promised to get the year right.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
DirecTV 35/909 Dish 8162
Sat 11PM EST Pyramids of Mars pts 3+4 of 4
In an alternate future, Earth has been laid waste by Sutekh. In 1911, Sutekh is on the verge of breaking free from his Martian prison. But maybe he'll play nice if people are friendly with him. Sure.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
DirecTV 22/980
Late Sat Mid EST Robot movie
Decades before Robot Wars, a non-governmental organization named Think Tank wants their house Robot to conquer the world. But unlike the robots in the modern competitions, the BBC series, or the TNN hack-up jobs, this Robot has a conscience. And a gun that can destroy anything. Introducing Tom Baker as the Doctor.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
DirecTV 48/909 Dish 8356
Sat 11PM EST Logopolis pt 4 of 4
Tom Baker's final episode as the Doctor. In alliance with the Master, the Doctor races back to Earth in hopes of recreating the work of Logopolis to prevent the destruction of the Universe. All the while, the Watcher's role in this remains unclear, until a crisis point occurs.
(It isn't a misprint. WCET is only airing one episode this week. They return to 2 episodes a week next week.)
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 11PM CST Earthshock pts 1+2 of 4
The bickering between the 5th Doctor and Adric reach a crisis point, as the TARDIS crew find themselves on 26th Century Earth inside caves being used by aliens to wreak havoc on Earth. Special guest alien monster - tune in and see.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:20PM CST The Talons of Weng-Chiang pt 6 of 6
Magnus Greel decides to take his final curtain call and return to the 51st Century. But Mr. Sin wants a lethal "encore" performance first.
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 4 of 4
Pangol plans to create an army of himself to rebuild his people and go to war. And he won't listen to fears that the process is unstable.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
digital 50
Sat 11:35PM CST The Twin Dilemma pts 3+4 of 4
The 6th Doctor, still suffering the after-effects of his nervous breakdown, is forced to take charge to find the missing twins, stop a race of parasitic slugs from conquering the galaxy, and save the soul of an old friend.
KERA/K24AD 13,24 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
digital 14.1 DirecTV 13/889 Dish 8406
Late Fri 12:15AM CST Invasion of the Dinosaurs all 6 pts
Part 1 survives only in black & white and is titled "Invasion". The 3rd Doctor and Sarah return to London and find it deserted, except for soldiers and Dinosaurs. Seems someone has found a way to bring Dinosaurs to 20th Century Earth to create chaos. And even the Doctor might not escape being on the suspect list.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
DirecTV 12/910 Dish 8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MST Enlightenment pts 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM MST Enlightenment pts 3+4 of 4
A deep space race among Eternals goes disastrously wrong when someone cheats and starts killing off the competition. Turlough faces a decision about which side he is on.
KUED 7/39 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
digital 42 DirecTV 7/982 Dish 8536
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MST The Stones of Blood pt 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana receive a warning of danger as they search for the 3rd segment of The Key To Time on Earth. Soon they find themselves between a rock and a hard place.
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 3+4 of 4

Why did the Master bring two Concordes back in time 140 million years? What is so important to him in this time period? The 5th Doctor tries to find out. Tegan begins to remember that she was going to be an air stewardess before her travels with the Doctor began.
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA
DirecTV 54/903 Dish 8234
Sun 11PM PST The Time Monster eps 1+2 of 6
When the Master (Roger Delgado) starts showing up in the Doctor's (Jon Pertwee) dreams, he builds a new device to track the Master down should he visit Earth again. Meanwhile, a professor at Cambridge invents a new device that can move items through the fabric of time. Essential for this device is a mysterious crystal.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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