THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - July 31, 2002
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 groups.yahoo.com
hierarchy - in that case, you might need to read them at home.
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
CANADA - First, the good news for BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca/
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
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
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 Lee Sullivan 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 http://www.bayou1450.com
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 http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
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 http://www.bbcprime.com
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
Wed Noon CET "The Curse Of Fenric" pt 2 of 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 http://www.tele5.pl
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
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
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
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 http://www.nhptv.org
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 http://www.wcny.org
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 http://www.wqed.org
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 http://www.wybe.org
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 http://www.mpt.org
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 http://www.wcet.org
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) http://www.chicagowho.com http://www.wyin.tv
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 http://www.will.uiuc.edu
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 http://www.lakelandptv.org
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CDT "Planet Of Evil" pt 1? of 4
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 http://www.tpt.org
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 http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
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 http://www.kera.org
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 http://www.kbdi.org
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 http://www.kued.org
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 http://www.kteh.org
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.
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA:
Sun 9:30AM, 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
Another adventure for the errant Time Lord.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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