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Wednesday 16th October 2002

This Week In Doctor Who - October 16, 2002
(posted 16th Oct 2002, 11:27am - TWIDW post #0124)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - October 16, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 42
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the world.
Not much news this week, but we have the first known Doctor Who pledge drive for the fall:
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA is going to have a prime-time Doctor Who night in November. "Tom Baker Preview" airs on Sunday November 24th from 8 to 11PM as a pledge special to raise the money to be able to buy the 4th Doctor stories.
The Androids of Tara pt 3 of 4
Pyramids of Mars pt 4 of 4
Genesis of the Daleks pt 5 of 6
The Talons of Weng-Chiang pt 2 of 6
City of Death pt 4 of 4

I'll give phone numbers for people who want to pledge for Doctor Who on KTEH closer to the pledge night. If your station is pledging Doctor Who, let me know the date and what you're offering as pledge premiums. Get the word out in advance, and try to give the show a boost.
And a correction to last week's column. Maryland Public TV was airing The Power of Kroll on October 12th. It was really The Armageddon Factor. The Power of Kroll had aired on October 5th (and I had it in the listings for that week). So, Kroll didn't air twice.
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.
6 episode story 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. A horror author named Scott Nicholson is listed for this week. Lalla Ward (Romana) is listed for November 22nd.


UK Gold
Late Fri 1:30-3:25AM, Sat 7:10-9AM BST Snakedance movie
The Mara returns, invading Tegan's mind and planning to spoil the birthday party of an aging empire.
Late Sat 1-2:45AM, Sun 7:10-9AM BST Mawdryn Undead movie
Strange forces split up the TARDIS crew in 1977 and 1983, bringing two versions Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart into the mix. One remembers the Doctor - the other one only remembers that something very bad happened six years ago.
Video On Demand. Now playing:
Robot all 4 pts
The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The Sontaran Experiment both pts
Sat-Sun 8:30?AM CET "" pts ? - ? of 4
BBC Kids
Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EDT (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PDT)
Wed The Leisure Hive pt 4 of 4
Pangol creates his army. Be careful what you wish for.
Thu-Fri Meglos pts 1 - 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana are trapped in a Chronic Hysteresis (time loop with a fancy name), leaving them unable to stop an interplanetary criminal from using the Doctor's identity to carry out a daring theft.
Late Sat 2AM EDT (1AM CDT, Mid MDT, 11PM PDT, 3AM ADT, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Ark In Space all 4 pts
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry arrive in the distant future, where humanity slumbers - waiting for Earth to be safe to return to. Someone turned off their alarm clock. Someone who doesn't want them to wake up - ever.
Late Sun 2AM EDT (1AM CDT, Mid MDT, 11PM PDT, 3AM ADT, 3:30AM Newfoundland) The Sontaran Experiment both pts
Earth - clean, empty, overgrown with brush that doesn't know how to control itself. Perfect spot for an invasion by a galactic bully who isn't brave enough to face an actual army.
Mon-Tue Meglos pts 3 - 4 of 4
The problem with impersonating a person is that the person might turn around and impersonate you.
NHPTV New Hampshire
analog 11,49,52
digital 57,48,(49) - not on digital schedule yet
Thu 11:30PM, Late Sat Mid EDT Attack of the Cybermen 4 pt version, pts 3+4
Telos. An icy cold planet. A Cyber army lies dormant. Has it been dormant too long to help in the conquest of the galaxy?
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY
analog 24,59
digital (25) - coming this fall
Sun 5:30PM EDT Planet of Evil pt 3 of 4
Professor Sorenson has been infected by the anti-matter. Wait a minute - anti-matter is the opposite of matter. Shouldn't the Doctor just be able to find matter of the same consistency and give it to Sorenson to counteract this? Oh well.
WSKG Binghamton, NY
analog 46
digital (42) - under construction
Sat 11:30PM EDT Robot pt 3 of 4
The SRS decide to hold the world to nuclear blackmail. One mistake - they forgot to keep the location of their hidden underground bunker a secret. Before you know it you have a Doctor doing magic tricks, reporters, and lots more bother than any self-respecting fanatics should have to deal with.
WQED/WQEX Pittsburgh, PA
analog 13,16
digital 38-1,(26)
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Late Sat Mid EDT Snakedance pt 3 of 4
See UK Gold for details. At press time, WQED's website does not have a Doctor Who episode scheduled for next week (October 26). However, there is no pledge drive, and the 30 minute Red Skelton episode that week has been given a 1 hour slot from 11:30PM to 12:30AM. I would not be 100% certain yet, but I think Snakedance's conclusion will air unadvertised next week in the regular time slot.
WYBE Philadelphia, PA
analog 35
digital (34) - coming November 2002
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT Underworld pts 2+3 of 4
The quest for the P7E brings the Minyans to a baby planet, where a slave race toils for a computer master.
MPT Maryland
analog 22,67,28,31,62,36
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003
DirecTV 22,980
Late Sat Mid EDT Destiny of the Daleks movie
The Daleks discover that there is something even *more* deadly than the Doctor - androids in rather unfortunate white uniforms who actually know how to shoot. As a result, the Daleks and the androids have been caught in a devastating war. A war that the Daleks hope to finally win by cheating. Should the Doctor help these Movellan androids, or are some things actually worse than the Daleks ...
WCET Cincinnati, OH
analog 48
digital (34) - under construction
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Sat 11PM EDT Enlightenment pts 3+4 of 4
Pre-empted next week. Doctor Who returns in November. Turlough winds up working for the evil Captain Wrack as the space race gets deadlier and a Guardian tips his hand.
WYIN Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
analog 56
digital (17) - under construction
Sat 11PM CDT Planet of Fire pts 1+2 of 4
A teenage girl is drawn into the crazy world of the Doctor when an alien artefact pops up on Earth.
WILL Urbana, IL
analog 12
digital (33) - under construction
Sat 11:41PM CDT The Ribos Operation pt 2 of 4
A piece of Jethryk being used in an intergalactic con may be the elusive 1st segment of the Key To Time. And now someone's gone and stolen it.
KAWE/KAWB Bemidji/Brainerd, MN
analog 9,22
digital (18),(28) - under construction
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CDT The Seeds of Doom pt 2 of 6
Hired thugs decide to make off with the surviving seed pod and kill the people at the South Pole. One of the people is missing, presumed in a state far worse than death.
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
digital 50-1,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34)
Sat 11:35PM CDT Remembrance of the Daleks pts 1+2 of 4
Daleks begin killing people in London in November 1963, a time when humans haven't heard of the metallic monsters. The 7th Doctor knows why the creatures are around, and he's not talking.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX
analog 13,44
digital 14-1
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Late Fri 12:20AM CDT The Pirate Planet movie
A planet travels through space, crushing other planets and extracting the minerals for its own use. And it's just crushed the planet where the tracer claims the 4th Doctor and Romana can find the 2nd segment of the Key To Time. Looks like the Doctor will have to teach the rulers of the planet not to go around doing things like this. This was the first Doctor Who story written by Douglas Adams (The Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy, one good sequel, one ok sequel, two pieces of utter dreck published as sequels, and the unfinished 6th book in said series).
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
analog 12,32
digital (38) - under construction
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Vengeance on Varos 4 pt version, pts 3+4
On a world where torture is primetime entertainment (ah, so that explains Fear Factor), the 6th Doctor and Peri struggle to stay alive and destroy the system.
Sat 11PM MDT The Mark of the Rani 4 pt version, pts 1+2
In 19th Century England, the Master is at work. But he's not so much carrying out his own evil deeds as trying to team up with another Time Lord - and she wants nothing to do with him.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT
analog 7,19
digital 42-1,(19)
DirecTV 7,982 Dish 8536,7
Sat 11PM MDT Destiny of the Daleks pt 2 of 4
See MPT for details.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Grays River, WA
analog 28,15,65
digital (27),(19) - under construction
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Twin Dilemma pts 3+4 of 4
Still erratic from his regeneration, the 6th Doctor leads Peri and a dumb cop to Jocanda, where an old friend of the Doctor is being forced to perpetrate a rather medium grade bit of evil.
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA
analog 54,25
digital (50),(58) - under construction
DirecTV 54,903
Sun 11PM PDT Invasion pt 1 of 6 (black & white)
Sun 11:30PM PDT Invasion of the Dinosaurs pt 2 of 6

To keep the suspense about the main monsters in the story, the first episode was only titled Invasion. Unfortunately, someone then managed to lose the color version. A black & white version of the episode mysteriously popped up in 1983. In the past stations have frequently aired this story without the first episode, with the episode numbers changed to cover up its absence.
Sun 9:30AM, 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
The 4th Doctor and Leela are in action. English with Spanish subtitles.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

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