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Friday 19th April 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - April 19, 2002
(posted 19th Apr 2002, 12:04pm - TWIDW post #0088)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - April 19, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 16
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the world.
The column was going to begin with a Eulogy, but it seems that the patient in question may still be alive. is one of the best sites on the internet. One fan, as a labor of love, has compiled a complete guide to TV, FM, and AM stations in the United States and Canadian/Mexican border markets. Locations, networks, web links, transmitter patterns, power levels, TV & radio markets, and a number of search engines. When I'm asked about how I put This Week together, I direct people to as the guide I use to track down US material. It is the most comprehensive web site I can remember coming across on any particular subject. On April 15 Chip (the site's creator, owner, and maintainer) announced that he planned to retire his site, as the site had grown to the point that he couldn't maintain it to his standards anymore. Those of us who appreciated Chip's service sent our best wishes for his future and regrets that his site was leaving the internet.
Thankfully, the story didn't end there. Imagine if Outpost Gallifrey announced it was going under. There'd be a lunatic fan or two out there who would offer to take it over and keep it alive. That has happened with . Chip is reporting that he has received several offers from people offering to keep the site alive in one form or another. He is evaluating the offers to see if any of them will work, and is keeping the site up to date until he reaches a final decision. No guarantees. might still be retired, or it might stay open. No one knows yet. I am delighted that the offers were made, regardless of the outcome. Gives me hope for the future of sites like his.
UK - It's official. , the main service I have used to keep track of UK listings, was shut down on 3 April. I have replaced the link with another, slightly more awkward search engine that still works. I might use different links there in future weeks until I settle on one I like.
AUSTRALIA - Jason Fraser's Varos Doctor Who site has now put up a tentative schedule for the rest of UKTV Australia's run of Doctor Who. Subject to change as UKTV's actual schedule info comes out. Right now, it looks like UKTV will end the current run of Doctor Who in early to mid June. UKTV plans to rest the series after it finishes the current run. They "rested" the show for a couple of months twice before, once in 1998 after airing all of the series once, and again in late 1999-early 2000 after the end of a run of best-of stories.
USA - Dallas, TX - KERA 13/K24AD is definitely keeping Doctor Who on the schedule as they enter the Tom Baker stories. Their schedule search engine indicates that Tom Baker stories will air into May. It looks like Doctor Who will stay in the same time slot (Late Fri 12:15AM), but will switch to movie format. Also, it looks like they have mixed up the production and broadcast order of these stories, so unless changes are made they will air all the stories in the "Nerva" arc out of order. I have e-mailed them about that in case there is any chance to fix things - here's hoping. When KERA picked up Doctor Who last year, the committment was just for the Jon Pertwee stories, so the presence of the Tom Baker stories implies that they have received some pledge support from fans. Good to know.
Interstellar Transmissions, the sci-fi radio show, is changing its broadcast time effective Friday May 3. It is moving to 7PM EDT (Midnight BST, 4PM PDT, Sat 9AM AEST if you're tuning in over the web). IT will also be changing radio stations. It will move from WSBR AM 740 West Palm Beach - 640 watts night-time power, to WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL - 50,000 watts daytime, 2500 watts night-time, and simulcast on WBYU AM1450 New Orleans, LA - 1000 watts day or night.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... , , bfelliott3 on AIM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:


Death Comes To Time
Episode 5A Death Comes To Time, pt 1 of 3 now online
RealPlayer. Episode 5B goes online 26 April.
WSBR AM740 West Palm Beach, FL
Fri 11PM EDT Interstellar Transmissions
Streamed online from both websites. Weekly sci-fi radio show with frequent Doctor Who content. This week's guest - Lars Pearson. Lars Pearson is best known for writing "I, Who", "I, Who 2", and the forthcoming "I, Who 3", the definitive guides to the Virgin & BBC Doctor Who novels. Now, he is publishing "Prime Targets", the definitive guide to the Transformers TV series, and its spinoffs Beast Wars and Beast Machines. Interstellar Transmissions moves to Fridays 7PM EDT on May 3rd, on WWNN AM1470 Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/West Palm Beach, FL, and WBYU AM1450 New Orleans, LA.


UK Gold
Sat 6:30-9AM BST Invasion of the Dinosaurs movie
First episode titled "Invasion" and only survives in black & white. The 3rd Doctor and Sarah return to London, only to find it deserted. Dinosaurs are roaming the streets, and the city is under military rule. While the Doctor tries to investigate this strange turn of events, a mysterious group with a mole inside U*N*I*T works against him.
Sun 7:10-9AM BST Death to the Daleks movie
The TARDIS suffers a power loss and lands on a blighted planet in the middle of nowhere. A human ship has also come to the planet on a mission, only to wind up marooned as well. When even the Daleks get trapped on the planet, the Doctor begins to suspect that something on the planet is keeping everyone from leaving.
Video On Demand. Currently playing:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment both pts
BBC Prime
Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4:10PM CET Paradise Towers pt 3 of 4
Sat 4:35PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET Paradise Towers pt 4 of 4

The Great Architect decides to get his revenge on the residents of Paradise Towers, killing them all. While you could make a great case for everyone in those towers *deserving* to die, the 7th Doctor is a good guy, and can't let this threat go unanswered.
Wed Noon CET Delta and the Bannermen pt 1 of 3
Thu Noon CET Delta and the Bannermen pt 2 of 3

The 7th Doctor and Mel accidentally qualify for an all expenses paid time travel vacation back to 1959 Disneyworld in Florida. The story features extensive location filming in Wales, and they didn't have nearly the budget to film in Disneyworld when this season was made - methinks the intergalactic tour bus will not reach its intended destination.
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST Paradise Towers all 4 pts
See BBC Prime for details.
Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEST Delta and the Bannermen pts 1 - 3 of 3
See BBC Prime for details.
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEST Dragonfire pts 1 - 2 of 3
Sabalom Glitz, intergalactic nogoodnik, petty criminal whose hairstyle is more dangerous than his gun, crosses paths with the Doctor again. This time, they are both on a vacation resort on Iceworld. Glitz wants the 7th Doctor to help him search for treasure. Mel wants to stay as far away from Glitz' ludicrous schemes as possible. And an emotionally disturbed teenager (Sophie Aldred) is about to find herself dragged into the affairs of time and space travel. Ace: Sophie Aldred.
BBC Kids
weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EDT (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT)
Fri The Masque of Mandragora pt 2 of 4
Mon-Tue The Masque of Mandragora pts 3 - 4 of 4

In the 15th Century, the Mandragora Heliz prepares to create a new Dark Age. Bad news for the fiery ball of death - when you hitch a ride in the Doctor's TARDIS, you wind up bringing the Doctor with you. And there is nothing more dangerous for an evil scheme than letting the Doctor become aware of it. Well, an evil scheme could cheat on its taxes and get audited, but apart from that nothing is more dangerous than letting the Doctor get involved.
Wed-Fri The Hand Of Fear pts 1 - 3 of 4
Sarah is posessed by a fossilized hand who desires nuclear power. The 4th Doctor races in to prevent a nuclear catastrophe.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Sat Mid EDT Mawdryn Undead pts 1+2 of 4
Late Thu Mid EDT Mawdryn Undead pts 3+4 of 4

Aliens come to Earth, and link 1977 to 1983. Working in both time periods, the TARDIS crew try to solve the puzzle of the aliens before someone gets hurt. Two wild cards - a teenager hired by the Black Guardian to kill the 5th Doctor, and the memory of retired Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, who is in both time zones. Special guest star - the Blinovitch Limitation Effect.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136
Late Sat Mid EDT The Visitation pt 4 of 4
The Terrileptils prepare to release their diseased rats in London and wipe out the human population.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
DirecTV 35/909 Dish 8162
Sat 11PM EDT The Brain of Morbius pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor becomes the focus of interest for both a mad scientist and a female cult. The scientist wants to chop off his head for a hideous experiment. The ladies just want to burn him alive.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
DirecTV 22/980
Late Sat Mid EDT Genesis of the Daleks movie
The 4th Doctor and company are detoured en route back to Nerva. A Time Lord requests the Doctor's assistance to break all the rules of time - go back and destroy the Daleks at the moment of their creation, or make them less dangerous.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
DirecTV 48/909 Dish 8356
Late Sat Mid EDT The Visitation pts 1+2 of 4
(Could be Four To Doomsday pts 1+2 instead. It is unclear why WCET has Visitation advertised here. Four To Doomsday 1+2 is listed on WCET's website as airing on April 27 at 11PM.)
ยป it was Four To Doomsday
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 11PM CDT Time-Flight pts 3+4 of 4
The Master wants to conquer an alien race and humiliate the 5th Doctor in an effort to fix his TARDIS and travel through time and space again.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:15PM CDT Horror of Fang Rock pt 3 of 4
As the death toll rises, the 4th Doctor and Leela learn that one of the surviving people in the lighthouse was actually the first to die. The danger wasn't locked outside - it was locked inside.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
digital 16.5 (2.5) DirecTV 2/891 Dish 8576
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT Meglos pt 3 of 4
The 4th Doctor is sentenced to death for Meglos' actions. It's up to Romana to save the day.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
digital 50
Sat 11:35PM CDT Vengeance on Varos 4 pt version, pts 1+2
The 6th Doctor and Peri have to land on the planet Varoa to seek Zeiton-7 ore for the TARDIS. Alas, they land during the period when Varos is a brutal prison planet where executions and torture are the big prime time TV programming. At the initial time of broadcast the idea of watching "reality" programming seemed abhorrent. These days - well let's just say that Big Brother has been renewed for a 3rd season in the US, and I'll bet the folks in the UK renewed it there too.
KERA/K24AD 13,24 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
digital 14.1 DirecTV 13/889 Dish 8406
Late Fri 12:15AM CDT Planet of the Spiders all 6 pts
A blue crystal which the 3rd Doctor gave Jo as a wedding present returns to him, hotly pursued by giant spiders who want it for power. Note - beginning next week, it appears KERA will air Doctor Who in movie format.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
DirecTV 12/910 Dish 8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Warriors of the Deep pts 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM MDT Warriors of the Deep pts 3+4 of 4
The Silurians and the Sea Devils team up to conquer Earth using an underwater sea base. In the past, the 3rd Doctor tried and failed to bring peace between those species and humanity. Now, the 5th Doctor finds peace may be impossible forever.
KUED/KUES 7,39 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
digital 42 DirecTV 7/982 Dish 8536
Sat 11PM MST The Androids of Tara pt 1 of 4 (actually The Stones of Blood pt 4)
While the Doctor takes a fishing trip, Romana finds the 4th segment of the Key To Time in record, er, time. But that's just where the story begins. Soon she finds herself dealing with monsters, knights, and betrayal.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
DirecTV 28/970 Dish 8620
Sat 7PM PST, Late Sat 12:30AM PST Snakedance pts 1+2 of 4

The Mara returns to take over Tegan's mind, unless the 5th Doctor and Nyssa can stop him.
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA
DirecTV 54/903 Dish 8234
Pre-empted by The Prisoner. Returns May 5.

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