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Wednesday 21st August 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - August 21, 2002
(posted 21st Aug 2002, 11:55am - TWIDW post #0115)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - August 21, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 34
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who on Television.
UK - More Who On UK Gold - This weekend, UK Gold is airing a bonus Doctor Who movie on Monday 26 August, a Bank Holiday over there. Also, there are reports in the UK that UK Gold has scheduled Doctor Who movie broadcasts late on Friday and Saturday nights in September. It is not known yet if those will be repeats of the Saturday and Sunday morning movies or alternate stories altogether.
POLAND - Tele 5 seems to have only purchased a few stories, airing them out of order, and is already rerunning them. We will try to keep up with whatever Tele 5 is doing, if that is possible.
USA - Upgrade in New Hampshire - New Hampshire Public TV is moving the start time for the Thursday night Doctor Who episodes from Midnight to 11:30PM. The late Saturday rerun will still begin at Midnight. Change occurs in September. One amusing thing - NHPTV's September schedule indicates that they will air a 4 part version of {s[The Five Doctors}} Special Edition. I was not aware that there was a 4 part version of that variant of The Five Doctors.
CANADA - Reminder for BBC Kids - starting Sunday 1 September, the 3:30PM omnibus weekend airings are discontinued while the 10:30PM omnibuses move to 2AM. The weekday airings are unaffected, and new (to BBC Kids) episodes will air on the weekdays.
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:

Real Time - Firstrun Doctor Who Audio Drama. Colin Baker, Cybermen.
Episodes 1,2,+3 - still online
Episode 4 - goes online Noon Friday 23 August
Produced by Big Finish. Illustrations by Lee Sullivan for fans with fast internet connections. Requires version of RealPlayer to see/hear.
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. Doctor Who news usually discussed during the broadcast. 10 years after Hurricane Andrew, could satellites alter the paths of hurricanes? We assume they'll be discussing the news of the UK Doctor Who DVD releases in early 2003 as well (The Three Doctors and The Seeds of Death) in the news portion.


UK Gold
Sat 7:10-9AM BST Nightmare of Eden movie
A space accident leaves two ships merged with each other and unable to move. As the 4th Doctor tries to free the ships, a dangerous drug starts to spread around.
Sun 7:10-9AM BST The Horns of Nimon movie
Skonnos, a planet with a dying empire, is misled by an alien called Nimon into a terrible bargain that will destroy Skonnos and many other worlds as well, unless Romana and the 4th Doctor can stop it. A rather fun story which often gets unkindly derided for not taking the story too seriously and being on a slim budget.
Mon 7:20-9AM BST The Leisure Hive movie
New season, new producer, and a higher budget. The 4th Doctor and Romana decide to vacation at the Leisure Hive, a resort/research lab where a new kind of science is being developed. A science that can turn back age ...
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment both pts
Yes, they still offer the same 10 episodes. No sign of additional episodes
being added or of these episodes being removed. I don't get it either.
BBC Prime
Wed Noon CET, Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET The Five Doctors 4 pt version, pt 1
Thu Noon CET, Sat 4:25PM, Late Sun 12:35AM CET The Five Doctors 4 pt version, pt 2
Wed Noon CET The Five Doctors 4 pt version, pt 3

One by one, various incarnations of the Doctor and companions are pulled out of their own times, plucked down in a land filled with death traps, and left to fend for themselves, solving a mystery for a dangerous man in black.
TELE 5 Poland
Sat 8:25AM CET Revenge of the Cybermen pt 3 of 4
Sun 8:35AM CET Revenge of the Cybermen pt 4 of 4

TELE 5 only has a small number of episodes and is airing them out of order. Airing in Polish.
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-Fri Revenge of the Cybermen pts 2 - 4 of 4
The Cybermen are on their way. If they arrive, Nerva Beacon and the inhabitants of Voga could pay the ultimate price.
Sat The Sontaran Experiment both pts
Whatever happened to Mr. Garabaldi, er, whatever happened to the Earth? The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry arrive on Earth to investigate its condition following the Solar Flares. Everything appears normal, but danger lurks.
Sun Genesis of the Daleks all 6 pts
Mission: Continuity Destroyer. The Doctor's mission, whether he chooses to accept it or not, is to wipe the Daleks out of history, or turn them into less dangerous creatures. The timeline will self-destruct in 5 seconds.
Mon-Tue The Android Invasion pts 1 - 2 of 4
BBC Kids seems determined to air this story out of order. Oh well. Hoping to meet up with the Brigadier, Benton, and Harry Sullivan, the 4th Doctor and Sarah arrive in England. But where have all the people gone?
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Due to pledge drives, next Doctor Who episodes air August 29.
WCNY/W59AU 24,59 Syracuse/Utica, NY
Sun 5:30PM EDT "Revenge Of The Cybermen?" pt 3? of 4
WCNY's website also claims that an episode will air at 6:30PM, but that is unlikely since it would require them to fit a Ballykissangel episode in a 30 minute (6PM) slot.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Pledge drives pre-empt Doctor Who for the rest of August. Returns in September.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT Horror of Fang Rock pts 2+3 of 4
Now a wealthy man desparate to get to London and his fellow passengers are shipwrecked at the Lighthouse. Brilliant timing - people are starting to die. The 4th Doctor and Leela search for the answers and try to limit the
MPT Maryland 22,67,28,31,62,36
DirecTV 22,980
Late Sat Mid EDT Underworld movie
The Minyans of Minyos, perhaps the most manipulative, self-serving, nauseating, underhanded characters in the entire series, demand the 4th Doctor's help to find their race bank and rebuild their race. Probably in the hopes that the people in the race bank have to be better than these cretins, the Doctor agrees. A dangerous search *inside* the core of a planet begins. The Minyans are unprepared for what the Doctor will discover.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Sat 11PM EDT Snakedance pts 1+2 of 4
The Mara returns, invading Tegan's mind again. In search of treatment, the 5th Doctor and Nyssa travel to Manussa, the planet where the Mara was created.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 11PM CDT Warriors of the Deep pts 1+2 of 4
Hi. Remember us? We tried to wipe out your species back in the 20th Century. Well, not all of us. Some of us objected to killing you - so we killed them. One batch of us was defeated by the Doctor (who thought he was negotiating peace) and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. The other batch was defeated by the Doctor and the Master (who thought he was negotiating conquest). Well, we're ticked. We, the Silurians and the Sea Devils, want revenge on you humans for not taking your extinction like men. So we're coming back to finish the job. There's nothing you can do about it. After all, what's the odds that the Doctor is going to turn up again?
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:41PM CDT Underworld pt 4 of 4
It's about this point that the Doctor discovers something which the Minyans are not prepared to accept. About time their ego got punctured. Alas, there's also a main villain who the Doctor has to stop as well.
KAWE/KAWB 9,22 Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CDT The Android Invasion pt 2 of 4
See BBC Kids for description.
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 3 of 4
A plot to discredit the 4th Doctor, Adric, and Tremas is underfoot. Will Kassia betray her own husband?
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
digital 50
Doctor Who pre-empted due to unusual schedule caused by Fair coverage. A complete story (4 episodes) airs August 31st at 11:35PM.
KERA/K44FI 13,44 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Fri 11PM CDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang movie
Special start time due to pledging. Doctor Who returns to 12:15AM (and airing in production order instead of broadcast order) next week. The 4th Doctor and Leela uncover magic, theatre, and a monster from the future in this stylistic story set in 19th Century London, Chinatown, in the foggy district.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Doctor Who returns late Fri August 30 at 12:30AM.
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 2 of 4
With the 4th Doctor missing/presumed dead, Lady Adrasta needs the unwilling help of Romana. Meanwhile, an astrologer gets a visitor. A visitor with a long scarf, a smile, and a knack for annoying big green blobs.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Grays River, WA
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Frontios pts 3+4 of 4
Turlough suffers a breakdown as a race memory of the Tractators floods into his mind. The information could prove vital in saving humanity.
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA
DirecTV 54,903 Dish 8234,54
Doctor Who pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns September 1.
Sun 9:30AM, 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
Another adventure for the errant Time Lord. But we don't know which adventure, because the online listings do not say and no one watching down there has contacted me.

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