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Wednesday 28th August 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - August 28, 2002
(posted 28th Aug 2002, 12:06pm - TWIDW post #0116)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - August 28, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 35
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who on Television.
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. Also, NEW TO BBC KIDS episodes will begin airing. Season 17 will air in the weekend overnight slots starting 1 September with Destiny of the Daleks. The leftover unaired story from season 16 (The Armageddon Factor) will air in the weekday time slots starting Thursday 5 September, with season 17 starting on Friday 13 September. It appears that BBC Kids has ordered season 18 as well, so you may finally get to finish the 4th Doctor's era.
While I try to keep the column up to date, 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,+4 - still online
Episode 5 - 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. This week - open lines. 988-5470 in Boca, Deerfield, and Delray, FL. 1-888-565-1470 everywhere.


UK Gold
Sat 7:20-9AM BST Meglos movie
A tale of two Dopplegangers. The 4th Doctor is replaced by a duplicate in a scheme to commit a daring crime. And the female leader of the main religion on Tigella looks remarkably like Barbara Wright from the Hartnell seasons - because it's the same actress, Jacqueline Hill.
Sun 7:15-9AM BST Full Circle movie
Romana does not want to obey the Time Lord summons to return home. The good news - it looks like she may be able to escape Time Lord jurisdiction. The bad news - that's because the TARDIS has been sucked into another universe and they could be trapped outside our reality forever.
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 12:40AM, Sat 4PM CET The Five Doctors 4 pt version, pt 3
Thu Noon CET, Sat 4:25PM, Late Sun 12:35AM CET The Five Doctors 4 pt version, pt 4

Doctors past and present wind their way to the Dark Tower to unmask the Mastermind behind this plot and send everybody home. A black figure seeks immortality.
Wed Noon CET "TBA" (nothing shown in the end)
As of publication time, I cannot get information on what (if any) Doctor Who story will be airing next week. Check the BBC Prime website beginning tomorrow (29 August) and click on 4 September to find out what they are doing.
TELE 5 Poland
Sat 8:35AM CET Genesis of the Daleks pt 1 of 6
Sun 8:30AM CET Genesis of the Daleks pt 2 of 6

Airing in Polish, out of order, with little information. Still, if you can pull this station in, enjoy the Doctor's battle against the creation of the Daleks.
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
Wed-Thu The Android Invasion pts 3 - 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Sarah do battle with aliens and evil robotic versions of themselves as they hurry to warn Earth of an impending invasion. Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan) and John Levene (RSM Benton) make their final appearances in the series.
Fri Terror of the Zygons pt 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry return to Earth, where the Brigadier wants them to investigate the sinking of oil rigs near Loch Ness.
Sat Revenge of the Cybermen all 4 pts
The Time Ring brings the 4th Doctor and company back to Nerva millenia before they left. While they await the arrival of the TARDIS, there's a space plague, a mysterious planet, and old enemies to keep them busy.
Late Sun 2AM EDT (1AM CDT, Mid MDT, 11PM PDT, 3AM ADT, 3:30AM Newfoundland) Destiny of the Daleks all 4 pts
New Time Slot. New story to BBC Kids. The 4th Doctor and Romana uncover a plot by the Daleks to recover something of great value they left behind on Skaro.
Mon-Tue Terror of the Zygons pts 2 - 3 of 4
People near Loch Ness are being kidnapped and replaced by duplicates, either when the person is important or when they know too much. Harry now knows too much.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Thu + Sat Mid EDT The Caves of Androzani pts 1+2 of 4
The 5th Doctor and Peri stumble into the middle of a war. Sharaz Jek has taken control of Androzani Minor and its spectrox mines. The forces from Androzani Major are fighting to try to reclaim it. Gun runners are around. And, as usual, the Doctor wanders into exactly the wrong place at exactly the wrong time. But this time it feels different ...
WCNY/W59AU 24,59 Syracuse/Utica, NY
Sun 5:30PM EDT Revenge of the Cybermen pt 4 of 4
The Cybermen and the Vogans both want to destroy Nerva Beacon. And the Doctor cannot allow either of them to succeed - the TARDIS hasn't arrived yet. Sarah finds herself en route to 'the biggest bang in history'.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Doctor Who returns September 7.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT Horror of Fang Rock pt 4 of 4
The Rutan prepares to call in his fleet to invade Earth. The surviving humans finally figure out that something is wrong here.
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Invisible Enemy pt 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor's mind is invaded by an alien intelligence who wants his help to conquer humanity. Leela would be a hinderance. Leela must die.
MPT Maryland 22,67,28,31,62,36
DirecTV 22,980
Late Sat Mid EDT The Invasion of Time movie
The 4th Doctor baffles everyone by returning to Gallifrey and declaring himself President. Thus begins one of the most turbulent periods in Time Lord history, as the Doctor acts like Caligula and at least one alien race appears to take advantage of the situation. Murder, betrayal, and the dark side of Gallifreyan life. 2 hours, 21 minutes long in movie version.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Sat 11PM EDT Snakedance pts 3+4 of 4
The Mara prepares to celebrate the 500th anniversary of his banishment from Manussa by using Tegan's body to return. The 5th Doctor and Nyssa search out a man who communes with snakes who may hold the key to defeating the Mara forever.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 11PM CDT Warriors of the Deep pts 3+4 of 4
As the Silurians and the Sea Devils use the Sea Base to attack humanity, they send their pet Myrka to confuse the remaining humans and the 5th Doctor. In spite of the 5th Doctor's hopes, there is no other way ...
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:41PM CDT The Invasion of Time pt 1 of 6
See MPT Maryland for details.
KAWE/KAWB 9,22 Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CDT The Android Invasion pt 3 of 4
See BBC Kids for details.
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 4 of 4
Kassia becomes the new Keeper, with disastrous consequences. The 4th Doctor learns that the true villain of the piece is someone he has known a very long time. Tremas, Nyssa, and Adric try to keep things from getting worse.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
digital 50
Sat 11:35PM CDT Time and the Rani all 4 pts
The Rani forces the TARDIS to crash land on an alien planet, and a gentle knock on the head results in the Doctor's sudden regeneration into his 7th life (Sylvester McCoy). Suffering from post-regeneration confusion and brainwashing, the Doctor is lured into the Rani's evil scheme to solve the secret of manipulating Strange Matter. A new season for Doctor Who features new, splashier special effects, but the same gravel quarries.
KERA/K44FI 13,44 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Late Fri 12:15AM CDT The Invisible Enemy movie
See WYBE for details. Movie version lasts about 90 minutes.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Attack of the Cybermen 4 pt version, all 4 pts
The 6th Doctor and Peri respond to a distress call on Earth, bringing them into a Cyber-plot to save Mondas from destruction and the machinations of Lytton, a human who the Doctor fought once before in a Dalek story. But things are not always what they seem. In this story, the Doctor finally fixes the Chameleon Circuit, with unexpected comic results.
Sat 11:10PM MDT The Two Doctors 6 pt version, pt 1+2
If we believe KBDI's website, they have found a way around the usual PBS error of airing The Two Doctors out of order, just before The Mark of the Rani when it should be just after The Mark Of The Rani. The solution - air it even earlier, before Vengeance on Varos. Vengenace On Varos is now listed as the story after this one in KBDI's airings. Either way, it's Saturday night with the 6th Doctor.
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 3 of 4
The Creature wants to communicate with the 4th Doctor and everybody else. Lady Adrasta does not want communication. Why not?
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Grays River, WA
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Resurrection of the Daleks 4 pt version, pts 1+2
A human mercenary fleet led by Lytton help the Daleks invade a prison ship where Davros was supposed to remain for all eternity. They also seem to be up to no good in London in the 1980s. The 5th Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough are the only people who can save Earth - again. But the death toll will be high.
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA
DirecTV 54,903 Dish 8234,54
Sun 11PM PDT The Green Death eps 1+2 of 6
The 3rd Doctor has finally got the co-ordinates right for Metebelis III, but Jo refuses to come along. She wants to take part in a protest against Global Chemicals. As it turns out, there is evil going on at GC, but not in the way that Jo or the protestors think.
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.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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