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Wednesday 31st July 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - July 31, 2002
(posted 31st Jul 2002, 12:13pm - TWIDW post #0109)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 31
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who on Television.
North American Doctor Who fans with DVD players get two more Region 1 DVD titles on Tuesday August 6 - Tomb Of The Cybermen and The Ark In Space. The titles have already come out in the UK and Australia to much acclaim. Lots of extras, great picture, and you find yourself wishing that BBC Worldwide Americas would strike a deal to use these masters to replace their old broadcast prints. Apart from being NTSC, the two titles should be exactly like the UK releases. Well, almost exactly. The US version of The Ark In Space has the DaSilva introductions as an additional extra.
What are the DaSilva introductions? Last summer, with help from TJ Lubinsky, This Week In Doctor Who did a special feature on DaSilva to tie into the DVD release of The Robots of Death. In February, This Week did a second article focusing on the introductions for The Ark In Space. We are reprinting both articles today for members of the This Week mailing list. For everybody else, you can read the main article at and the Ark In Space article at . If the links do not work, check back in a few minutes - they will be going out after today's column goes out. If they still don't work, go to and click on the articles manually. Some workplace internet systems block the hierarchy - in that case, you might need to read them at home.
BBCI has announced a schedule for webcasting another new Doctor Who story. Real Time, a 6th Doctor story guest-starring the Cybermen, will air as 6 10 minute episodes starting Friday 2 August. 1 episode will go online each Friday. Each episode will be available illustrated for people with faster internet connections, like Death Comes To Time was. Real Time is produced by Big Finish, the company that makes 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Doctor audios for CD release, along with Bernice Summerfield and Sarah Jane Smith CDs. Colin Baker will be playing the 6th Doctor.
CANADA - First, the good news for BBC Kids fans. The Armageddon Factor, the final part of the Key To Time series, and skipped in their most recent run of new episodes, will be airing in September in the weeknight slots. Not sure yet how many episodes (if any) beyond Armageddon have been ordered. Now, the bad news. BBC Kids is cutting back on their weekend Who airings come September. Beginning Sunday 1 September, the 3:30PM EDT complete story broadcasts are discontinued, and the 10:30PM EDT complete story broadcasts move to 2AM EDT. No time changes are indicated for the weeknight airings.
While I try to keep the column up to day, I do sometimes miss late changes to schedules. If you see TWIDW's information getting out of synch with what your local station is actually airing, let me know ASAP.
Additions and corrections are welcome at , bfelliott@... , bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:


Fri Noon BST Doctor Who - Real Time, pt 1 of 6
Available beginning at Noon UK Time, part 1 of a new 6 part 6th Doctor/Maggie Stables story, guest starring the Cybermen. Produced by Big Finish, with illustrations by {p{LeeSullivan for people with fast internet connections. Whether fast or slow, you'll need some version of RealPlayer to hear the show.
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's featured guest - Jon F. Merz - aka "James Bond with fangs". Author of the Lawson Vampire novels, a new thriller series being published by Pinnacle Books. Interesting footnote - 10 of the Doctor Who novelizations were printed in Americanized versions by Pinnacle in the late 1970s.


UK Gold
Sat 7:10-9AM BST The Androids of Tara movie
The 4th segment of the Key To Time takes an astonishing 2 minutes to find. But Romana holds a key that an evil Count values far more than the Key To Time - she's a means for a coup to take the throne. Swords, androids, wit, and a fun time for everybody. Well, maybe not for the characters who die, but fun for everyone else.
Sun 7:10-9AM BST The Power of Kroll movie
Great Kroll. Mighty Kroll. Kroll who tricked UK Gold into giving Doctor Who the full timeslot when they usually shorten it for shorter stories. Clever Kroll. Just don't eat us.
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 12:35AM, Sat 4PM CET The Curse of Fenric pt 2 of 4
Thu Noon CET, Sat 4:25PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET The Curse of Fenric pt 3 of 4
Wed Noon CET The Curse of Fenric pt 2 of 4
(pt 4)
An ancient Viking curse and a chess game bring death and devastation to a small seaside village, disrupting efforts to decode German cypher messages. Ace holds the key to solving the puzzle, and the 7th Doctor is not sure that this is a good thing.
TELE 5 Poland
Sat-Sun 8:35AM CET The Android Invasion pts 3 - 4 of 4
Airing in Polish. Facing android doubles of themselves, the 4th Doctor and Sarah must warn the real Earth about the threat from the fake one before it's too late. Pitty - the Ginger Beer is actually better on the Kraal planet.
BBC Kids
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EDT (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT)
Saturdays 3:30PM, 10:30PM EDT (12:30PM, 7:30PM PDT) - complete stories
Sundays 3:30PM, 10:30PM EDT (12:30PM, 7:30PM PDT) - complete stories
Wed-Thu Robot pts 3 - 4 of 4
The Robot, faced with orders which conflict with his Prime Directive, makes decisions which survive everybody.
Fri The Ark In Space pt 1 of 4
In the distant future, the 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry find the survivors of humanity, sleeping in anticipation of a return to Earth. Oversleeping, actually. By quite a long time. Trouble is brewing.
Sat The Pirate Planet all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor and Romana find themselves on a rogue planet, with no sign of the planet they were looking for, in Douglas Adams' first Doctor Who script.
Sun The Stones of Blood all 4 pts
Romana discovers Earth. She doesn't like the place, but she gets along quite well with two of the people. One is good, the other evil. But which is which?
Mon-Tue The Ark In Space pts 2 - 3 of 4
While the humans slept, other beings moved into the Ark. Beings who want to wipe out humanity. Or so the 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry claim. The humans on the Ark suspect that our heroes may actually be the real threat. Comes out in Region 1 DVD on Tuesday.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Thu & Late Sat Mid EDT Planet of Fire pts 1+2 of 4
Turlough hides evidence which could help the 5th Doctor solve a mystery involving an alien planet and an artefact on Earth.
WCNY/W59AU 24,59 Syracuse/Utica, NY
Sun 5:30PM EDT Genesis of the Daleks pt 5 of 6
The Doctor races to stop the Daleks from gaining knowledge of the future, which could ensure the Dalek takeover of the universe. The surviving Kaleds begin to move against Davros and the Daleks.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Late Sat Mid EDT Arc of Infinity pt 2 of 4
The Time Lords want to stop the anti-matter creature from entering this universe. And they are willing to sacrifice the Doctor if need be to do so. Maxil: Colin Baker, in the only instance to date of an actor who played the Doctor appearing in another Doctor Who role before taking the part.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang pts 3+4 of 6
The 4th Doctor engages in magic to learn what Li Hsen Chang knows. Professor Lightfoot has problems with his laundry.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
DirecTV 22,980
Late Sat Mid EDT The Invisible Enemy movie
Time approximate after pledge programming - no pledging for Who expected this week. An alien force takes over the 4th Doctor, planning to use his intelligence and time travel knowledge to take over the universe.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Sat 11PM EDT Arc of Infinity pts 3+4 of 4
There is a traitor on the High Council on Gallifrey, and with his help, the anti-matter creature might yet enter our universe. In Amsterdam. The Amsterdam scenes were actually filmed in Amsterdam. Doctor Who will be pre-empted by pledges August 10 and 17.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 11PM CDT The Five Doctors 4 pt version, pts 3+4
Doctors past and present work together to unmask another traitor on Gallifrey and send everybody home. The Cybermen learn that you never, never take advice from the Master. Doctor Who will be pre-empted by pledges August 10 and 17.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:45PM CDT Underworld pt 2 of 4
The Minoans find the ship with their racebanks, but robots and slaves stand in the way of their destiny. Doctor Who will be pre-empted by a long episode of Father Ted on August 10.
KAWE/KAWB 9,22 Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CDT Planet of Evil pt 1? of 4 (actually pt 3)
KAWE's online schedule is a bit confusing, but it looks like the beginning of Planet Of Evil will air. The information is sketchy or confusing for several PBS stations - maybe the webmasters are off on vacation somewhere trying to get away from the heat waves. Wouldn't blame them a bit.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
digital 16.5 (2.5) DirecTV 2,891 Dish 8576,2
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT The Keeper of Traken pt 1 of 4
The TARDIS returns to the regular universe, while the 4th Doctor and Adric receive a request to investigate trouble on the planet Traken. Nyssa: Sarah Sutton. Tremas: Anthony Ainley.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
digital 50
Sat 11:35PM CDT The Trial Of A Time Lord pts 9+10 of 14 (Terror Of The Vervoids pts 1+2)
Still in shock from the events in Mindwarp, the 6th Doctor begins his defense case. To the surprise of the court, he chooses to use an adventure from his future. Now, just a moment? If the Doctor is executed, he won't have a future, so wouldn't the admission of this evidence count as proof that they're going to acquit him? Probably what the Doctor's hoping, anyway.
KERA/K44FI 13,44 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
digital 14.1 DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Late Fri 12:15AM CDT The Deadly Assassin movie
The 4th Doctor returns to Gallifrey to try to prevent the murder of the President. Just as the Assassin hoped he would.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT The Twin Dilemma pts 3+4 of 4
Still somewhat unstable, the 6th Doctor tracks down the twins and Azmael in hopes of preventing the scheme of the Gastropods to use math to take over the Galaxy. Ok, I admit it - this isn't my favorite story from the series. IMO, the best plan is to focus on the Doctor's efforts to regain his sanity and not think too much about the plan of the villains.
Sat 10PM MDT Attack of the Cybermen 4 pt version, all 4 pts
Commander Lytton, last seen leading a task force for the Daleks, is now marooned on Earth. The 6th Doctor and Peri respond to his distress call. Alas, so do the Cybermen. Has Lytton sided with yet another alien race of conquerors? Or have the Cybermen made a big strategic mistake?
KUED/KUES 7,39 Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
digital 42 DirecTV 7,982 Dish 8536,7
Sat 11PM MDT The Creature from the Pit pt 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana come to the aid of an egg shell in distress. Introducing David Brierly as the new voice of K9. The rerun slot seems to have been dropped. Pre-empted by pledges August 10. KUED has skipped over Destiny of the Daleks and City of Death - maybe they are airing the stories in production order.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Grays River, WA
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Warriors of the Deep pts 3+4 of 4

The 5th Doctor might have to kill the Silurians and Sea Devils to save humanity, though he is determined to find another way if at all possible.
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA
DirecTV 54,903 Dish 8234,54
Sun 11PM PDT Planet of the Daleks eps 5+6 of 6
The Dalek army prepares to emerge. The 3rd Doctor, Jo, and the Thals must act quickly to protect the galaxy from another invasion by everyone's favorite pepper pots. Pledge season begins next week, and KTEH has no Sci-Fi pledging planned, so Doctor Who will return in September.
Sun 9:30AM, 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
Another adventure for the errant Time Lord.

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