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Wednesday 26th June 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - June 26, 2002
(posted 26th Jun 2002, 12:08pm - TWIDW post #0104)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 26
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who on Television.
Since this column focuses on TV Doctor Who, other goings on in the Doctor Who universe don't usually get discussed here much. However, I think we should stop for a minute and remember Michael Palmer. Michael Palmer was a Doctor Who fan in his mid 30s, who for the last several years has helped recreate the early years of Doctor Who for we later generations of fans who otherwise might miss out. By himself, and later with the JV Dr Who Reconstructions team , Michael created telesnap reconstructions of many of the lost Hartnell and Troughton stories. You take the photos, telesnaps, surviving clips, and fan audio recordings from the lost stories, lovingly put them together, and create the closest thing to the original episodes that we will ever see unless the episodes turn up again. Michael died after a long illness last week, and will be missed.
POLAND - TELE 5's obscure listings enabled errors to slip through for several weeks. TELE 5 skipped the last 2 episodes of Genesis of the Daleks. Also, they are airing the stories in production order, so Revenge of the Cybermen aired weeks ago, and they've now gotten through Terror of the Zygons. We still don't know what the Polish titles for the episodes are. Thanks to our Polish Doctor Who fan for keeping track of this. If anyone knows of a good program which translates Polish websites, let me know.
CANADA - Fans of Doctor Who on BBC Kids , take note. Beginning Saturday, 6 July, the weekend omnibus Doctor Who broadcast times will change slightly. Stories will still air at 3:30PM Saturdays and Sundays, but the repeats will move to 10:30PM instead of 10PM. Weekday airing times remain unaffected.
South America - Still need help from someone who has Uniseries down there. What Doctor Who episodes are they airing? And starting 7 July, Doctor Who will also air Sunday mornings, bringing it to 3 weekly broadcasts.
USA - The 1996 Doctor Who Movie (starring Paul McGann) is airing on the Sci-Fi Channel on Sunday, June 30 at 5PM Eastern. Sci-Fi's contract for the movie was to air it 3 times in one year (July 2001-June 2002). Unless they renewed the contract, this will be the third and final Sci-Fi airing, and the movie is available to other channels and networks again. As of this writing, clips from the movie are being used in promos for this Sunday's movie marathon (movies based on TV shows). Due to multiple time zones and two feeds of the channel, 5PM actually means: East Feed - 5PM EDT, 4PM CDT, 3PM MDT, 2PM PDT, 1PM Alaska, 11AM Hawaii West Feed - 6PM MDT, 5PM PDT, 4PM Alaska, 2PM Hawaii, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT
Additions and corrections are welcome at , bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:


BBCi "Doctor Who Censor Clips"
Requires RealPlayer
Recently recovered clips from The Web of Fear episodes 2,4,+5 and The Wheel In Space episode 5. The clips were cut from the original New Zealand broadcasts of these stories in 1970/1971, and right now the clips survive, while the episodes are still missing. Since last week's column went out (19 June), the picture has been tweaked and is now much clearer.
Fri 7PM EDT (6PM CDT) Interstellar Transmissions
WWNN AM1470 Pompano Beach/Boca Raton, FL (Miami/West Palm Beach, FL)
WBYU AM1450 New Orleans, LA
Joey Reynolds' weekly radio show for sci-fi news and interviews, broadcast live over the internet on all 3 websites listed above. This week - Dr. James Bell, astronomer.


UK Gold
Sat 6:30-9AM BST The Talons of Weng-Chiang movie
A night at the theatre for the Doctor and Leela goes quite awry. Women are disappearing, and the answers seem to come from the sewers and a struggling theatre, where Li Hsen Chang is pleasing the crowds like they have never been pleased before.
Sun 7:10-9AM BST Horror of Fang Rock movie
A suspicious fog impedes a lighthouse which is set up to protect ships from crashing on rocks. But the fog is not there for the purpose of harming ships - it is there to cover up an alien invasion.
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment both pts
BBC Prime
Wed Noon CET, Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET The Greatest Show in the Galaxy pt 3 of 4
Thu Noon CET, Sat 4:25PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET The Greatest Show in the Galaxy pt 4 of 4

The 7th Doctor and Ace do battle against the mystical forces powering the Psychic Circus. When one of the performers regains his mind, they may finally have a chance of pulling through. Of course, if the Doctor can distract the forces with his magic tricks, it can't hurt.
Wed Noon CET Battlefield pt 1 of 4
In the near future (1992), U*N*I*T's latest military activities are interrupted by soldiers from another dimension and their worst nightmare - the return of the Doctor.
TELE 5 Poland
Sat-Sun 9:30AM CET Pyramids of Mars pts 1 - 2 of 4
Dubbed in Polish. TELE 5 has been airing stories in production order instead of broadcast order. If this were to change, then Planet of Evil might air here. In 1911, Sutekh the Destroyer hatches a plot to escape from his prison by utilizing weak minded people and ancient Egyptian symbolism on Earth.
BBC Kids
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EDT (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT)
*Weeknight episodes are NEW to BBC Kids. Weekends are reruns.*
Saturdays 3:30PM, 10PM EDT (12:30PM, 7PM PDT) - complete stories
Sundays 3:30PM, 10PM EDT (12:30PM, 7PM PDT) - complete stories
Wed-Fri The Invasion of Time pts 4 - 6 of 6
The 4th Doctor and Borusa hatch a daring plan to free the Time Lords from the Vardan invasion. Alas, they forget to account for a wild card - close down the defense barriers, and anyone can enter.
Sat The Face of Evil all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor arrives on a planet where his voice is revered and his face is reviled, believed to be the face of utter evil and horror. Introducing Louise Jameson as Leela.
Sun The Robots of Death all 4 pts
Murder mystery on a Sandminer, where the Doctor and Leela believe that robots are killing the crew, while the crew think the Doctor and Leela are responsible.
Mon-Tue The Ribos Operation pts 1 - 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and new companion Romana find themselves stuck between clever crooks, an insane military general, and superstitious natives as they seek the first segment of The Key To Time.
"Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
East Feed - 5PM EDT, 4PM CDT, 3PM MDT, 2PM PDT, 1PM Alaska, 11AM Hawaii
West Feed - 6PM MDT, 5PM PDT, 4PM Alaska, 2PM Hawaii, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT

The 7th Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) fulfills the final request of The Master. He will transfer his old enemy's remains to Gallifrey. Alas, the Master is somewhat more alive than advertised, and forces the TARDIS to land in San Francisco on December 30, 1999, where the Doctor is gunned down. And that's where his troubles really begin. Intended as a continuation of the original TV series, this movie was hoping to launch a new series if the US ratings were high enough. Alas, they weren't, so a TV show has not to date occured. It has resulted in the 8th Doctor now being used for the current BBC Doctor Who books and Big Finish producing 10 (to date) audio stories featuring Paul McGann as the Doctor.
The Doctor: Paul McGann. Dr. Grace Holloway: Daphne Ashbrook. Bruce/The Master: Eric Roberts.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Thu & Late Sat Mid EDT The Awakening both pts
In search of Tegan's Grandfather, the 5th Doctor and company discover that in the village of Little Hobcombe, the 17th and 20th Centuries are converging in a very dangerous way.
WCNY/W59AU 24,59 Syracuse/Utica, NY
Sun 5:30PM EDT The Sontaran Experiment pt 2 of 2
The 4th Doctor decides to make life very difficult for the Sontaran interloper on Earth.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
DirecTV 13/947 Dish 8136
Late Sat Mid EDT Time-Flight pt 1 of 4
The TARDIS crew, still in shock from recent events, arrive at Heathrow Airport in 1983, where the 5th Doctor looks into the disappearance of Concorde airplanes.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
DirecTV 35/909 Dish 8162
Sat 11PM EDT The Face of Evil pts 1+2 of 4
See BBC Kids for story description.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
DirecTV 22/980
Late Sat Mid EDT The Deadly Assassin movie
Disturbed by visions of murdering the President of the Time Lords, the 4th Doctor returns to Gallifrey to try to prevent the tragedy. Alas, the President is murdered, and it looks like the Doctor did it after all. Or is it all a trick by a very old enemy?
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
DirecTV 48/909 Dish 8356
Sat 11PM EDT Earthshock pts 1+2 of 4
Caves under 26th Century Earth have been infiltrated by aliens who have designs to make the planet uninhabitable. Will the military trust the 5th Doctor long enough to prevent disaster?
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 11PM CDT Enlightenment pts 1+2 of 4
The Black Guardian steps up his threats towards Turlough, who seems incapable of carrying out orders to kill the Doctor. As for the 5th Doctor and Tegan, they've wound up as unintended guests of a boat engaged in an interstellar sea race.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:15PM CDT The Sun Makers pt 1 of 4
In this excellent story (also available on VHS), the Doctor and Leela discover that there is something worse than death - taxes!
KAWE/KAWB 9,22 Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CDT Terror of the Zygons pt 2 of 4
Harry's hospitalized, and there are those who are determined to keep him from talking to the 4th Doctor.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
digital 16.5 (2.5) DirecTV 2/891 Dish 8576
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT State of Decay pt 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana learn that they are under an ancient Time Lord command to stop the vampire at the heart of the decaying world they are on. Even if it costs them their own lives.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
digital 50
Sat 11:35PM CDT Revelation of the Daleks 4 pt version, pts 3+4
All things come to an end. One could be forgiven for mistaking this to be the final Doctor Who story. The air of death and doom, two Dalek armies, an apocalyptic bomb, tense music, and the BBC announced just weeks before the first broadcast that Doctor Who would not be produced during the following season (1985-1986). Doctor Who would return in the fall of 1986. Keep an eye on the DJ character - I'm certain that one of the costumes he wears is a dead ringer for the 7th Doctor's costume - a pure coincidence, since the 7th Doctor wouldn't even be cast, much less costumed, for another 2 years.
KERA/K24AD 13,24 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
digital 14.1 DirecTV 13/889 Dish 8406
Late Fri 12:15AM CDT The Android Invasion movie
The 4th Doctor and Sarah return to Earth and meet up with U*N*I*T. But something is wrong. Deadly wrong. This story features the final appearances of RSM Benton (John Levene) and Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) in the series.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
DirecTV 12/910 Dish 8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Planet of Fire pts 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM MDT Planet of Fire pts 3+4 of 4
The 5th Doctor and Turlough's relationship deteriorates when Turlough refuses to reveal what he knows about a symbol found on Earth which is linked to a dying world where superstition and the Master are running around rampant. Nicola Bryant joins the cast as Peri.
KUED/KUES 7,39 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
digital 42 DirecTV 7/982 Dish 8536
Sat 11PM MDT The Armageddon Factor pt 2 of 6
A secret plan to turn K9 into scrap metal raises the 4th Doctor's suspicions about the Marshall. Well, that and the Marshall's penchant for talking to himself in a mirror.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Grays River, WA
DirecTV 12/910 Dish 8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Five Doctors 4 pt version, pts 3+4
The 1st Doctor and Tegan take the direct approach, the 2nd Doctor and the Brigadier come in from the caves, the 3rd Doctor and Sarah take the roof, and the 5th Doctor investigates from the Time Lord Capitol. Meanwhile, Turlough and Susan find the TARDIS surrounded by Cybermen.
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA
DirecTV 54/903 Dish 8234
Sun 11PM PDT Frontier In Space eps 3+4 of 6
An old enemy may be Jo's only hope to escape the back and forth recriminations and threats from Humans and Draconians. Roger Delgado begins his final appearance on Doctor Who.
Sun 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
As of this writing, I can not find any listings that will say which episodes are airing, or in what language. I'm serious, guys. We need to hear from people in Argentina or neighboring countries with this channel. And next week, Doctor Who also airs on Sunday mornings down there.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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