It's The Middle, But The Moment Has Been Prepared For. Sort Of.
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - June 8, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 23
New Zealand Doctor Who fans saw episode 4 of The Horns Of Nimon this past
Thursday on Prime TV http://www.primetv.co.nz/
. It will be the last episode
for several months, as the show is being rested. It will likely return after
a run through the Blake's 7 series which is beginning shortly. The New
Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club http://www.tetrap.com/drwho/nzdwfc/
find out first what the return date will be, so keep an eye on their site.
BCB Radio http://www.bcb.yorks.com/
can be infuriating. In April and May,
the "Who Review" show on their schedule was unexpectedly replaced by hip hop
music, with no explanation on the website about what had happened to the Who
Review. So I didn't bother listing it for the June broadcast, which would
logically have been yesterday (June 7). Guess what - Tim Moon and company
were back on the air. They even had a nice tribute for the late Douglas
Adams. Oh well.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
is trying an interesting
pledge approach this weekend. They will air selected portions of the 3
Doctor Who stories coming out on Warner DVD September 8th (The Five Doctors
Special Edition, Spearhead From Space, The Robots Of Death). Special pledge
feature - pre-ordering the Doctor Who DVDs.
Fans of the Interstellar Transmissions radio show
may want to know that host Joey Reynolds ended
his contract with WPBR 1340AM West Palm Beach, FL effective last Sunday
morning. It will return as an internet-only 2 hour program effective June
17th. Previously, the show aired live on WPBR AM, then went on the live365
website 10 days later. Now, it will become online at the same time
worldwide. WPBR had a weak signal, with listeners within a few miles of the
station complaining that they have not been able to hear the show.
A press release from KTEH 54 in San Jose, CA http://www.kteh.org/
"Doctor Who - A Celebration: 20 Years of Time Travel on KTEH
On Sunday, June 10th, KTEH (PBS, San Jose, CA) celebrates its 20th year of
running the classic BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who with an evening of
episodes chosen by the fans of the
series. The marathon begins at 7pm with seven episodes of the series, one
from each incarnation of the enigmatic time traveler popularly known as "The
Doctor." KTEH's interviews with four of the seven actors who have played the
title character polish off the evening.
KTEH began running Doctor Who on April 13, 1981 with the fourth - and
arguably most popular - incarnation of the Doctor played by Tom Baker. Since
then the equivalent of more than 7,500 episodes have been aired (only 573
episodes are available in the United States from the BBC), covering all
seven of the original Doctors, plus two films starring Peter Cushing.
Doctor Who ran for 26 years on BBC from 1963 to 1989. It was first brought
to the United States in the mid-70s with episodes starring Jon Pertwee (the
third Doctor). The series surged in popularity in the early '80s when it
aired on more than 200 PBS stations nationwide. Currently, only 16 stations
air the series in the United States. KTEH is the only station in California
carrying Doctor Who, and only one of two on the Pacific Coast."
KTEH will be offering the Big Finish Doctor Who audios (and possibly the BBC
Missing stories audios) as pledge specials. Specific titles to be announced.
For any out of area fans who still want to support KTEH, the pledge number
is 1-800-225-5454. Their 20th anniversary night will run from 7PM to 1AM
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@...
, or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:
Interstellar Transmissions http://www.scifiradioguy.com/
MP3 Archive http://www.live365.com/
Relaunches June 17th as a web-only show.
UK Gold http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
Sun 8:05-10AM BST "The Invisible Enemy" movie
Robotic dog K9 makes his first appearance in this installment, where the
Doctor's mind is taken over by the leader of a race of parasites, who intend
to conquer humanity at the microscopic level.
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET "Terminus" ep 4 of 4
*Not seen in all regions. The Black Guardian reacts badly to Turlough's
persistent unwillingness to kill the Doctor. The Doctor needs the Garm's
help to avert the destruction of the universe.
Late Thu 12:30AM CET "Enlightenment" ep 1 of 4
The White Guardian attempts to make contact with the Doctor to convince him
to ... information garbled. Someone was interfering with the White
Guardian's ability to transmit information. With the stakes high, the chips
down, and it patently obvious that the White Guardian is nowhere near as
omnipotent as previously advertised, the Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough prepare
for their weirdest journey yet - on a racing yacht.
UKTV Australia http://www.varos.com/drwho/uktv/ http://www.uktv.com.au/
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST "The Ribos Operation" all 4 eps
Romanadvoratrelundar is having a very bad day. First, she was convinced to
go on a fool's errand with an immature Time Lord in a worn out TARDIS
searching for a Key To Time. Then this other Time Lord tried to convince her
to call herself Fred, or worse - Romana. Then she discovered that her high
heeled shoes were inappropriate for the climate. What next - a green monster
nipping at her leg?
Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEST "Destiny Of The Daleks" eps 2 - 4 of 4
The Daleks and the Movellans are both searching for the second most evil man
in the universe's history. Second only behind the man who invented malt
vinegar in the annals of evil deeds. But will their target be willing to
work with either side? And can the Doctor destroy him before he has a chance
to make up his mind?
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEST "City Of Death" eps 1 - 2 of 4
Romana and the Doctor vacation in Paris in 1979. But mysterious time
distortions lead them to an eccentric criminal - Count Scarlioni.
Prime TV New Zealand http://www.tetrap.com/drwho/nzdwfc/
Doctor Who has gone on hiatus, but is expected to return in a few months.
This Week will resume covering Prime TV when the Doctor comes back. Until
then, enjoy the replacement programming in the Doc's 6PM slot.
The Sci-Fi Channel http://www.scifi.com/
July 15th - 9PM EDT/PDT - "DOCTOR WHO" the 1996 TV-movie with Paul McGann as
the 8thDoctor. Just 6 weeks away. Let's get the word out so the film can get
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org/
No Saturday episodes due to pledge drives.
Late Thu Mid EDT "The Armageddon Factor" eps 1+2 of 6
The Doctor and Romana land on a world in the middle of a devastating war.
They know evil alien activity is afoot, because the leaders are deliberately
trying *not* to win the war, lying to the citizens about the cost of the
war, and trying to drag it out forever. Because obviously, no government
would ever be so evil and corrupt without alien influence.
WQED/WQED 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
Sat 10:30PM EDT "Doctor Who Pledge Night and DVD Preview"
Episodes from the 3 forthcoming US Doctor Who DVD releases will air. (The
Five Doctors Special Edition, The Robots Of Death, Spearhead From Space.)
Viewers will be able to pre-order the DVDs through pledges to WQED. Viewers
outside WQED's viewing area who still want to pledge can click on the pledge
button on their website.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/
Sat 4AM + 5:30PM EDT "Resurrection Of The Daleks" 4 ep version, pts 3+4 of 4
Davros learns just how dangerous the Movellan virus is. Meanwhile, Tegan
find herself on the wrong side of a massacre, endangering her faith in the
good of time travel.
Sat 11PM EDT "Planet Of Fire" eps 1+2 of 4
A relic in the Mediterranean Sea forces Turlough to face his true past.
Kamelion goes crazy, but hardly anyone notices, as there is almost no
difference between Kamelion when he's crazy and when he's normal.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67 http://www.mpt.org/
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Dalek Invasion Of Earth" 2 hr, 20 minute movie
(World's End, The Daleks, Day Of Reckoning, The End Of Tomorrow, The Waking
Start time approximate after pledge drives. The 1st Doctor finally gets Ian
and Barbara back to London - two centuries late. Now, caught in the throes
of the Dalek conquest of Earth, the TARDIS crew must join the resistance to
find a way to eject the invaders - before humanity is extinguished. Keep an
ear out for some interesting musical interludes that add a different
atmosphere to the story. Later remade as the Peter Cushing movie "Daleks -
Invasion Earth 2150 A.D."
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL http://www.wusftv.usf.edu/
Sat 11:30PM EDT "Battlefield" ep 1 of 4
U*N*I*T - the next generation. These are the voyages of Brigadier Winifred
Bambera. Her constant mission - to seek out alien life, and marauding
civilizations. To boldly stop interfering Doctors from getting in the way
like no Brigadiers have stopped interfering Doctors before.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Ribos Operation" eps 2+3 of 4
See UKTV Australia for details.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.wyin.org/
Fri 3 to 6PM, Sat Noon to 3PM CDT "The Invisible Enemy" all 4 eps
See UK Gold for details.
Sun 10:03PM to Mid, Mon 7 to 9PM CDT "Robot" all 4 eps
2 more airings of the first Tom Baker story, as WYIN's pledge drive draws to
WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu/
Sat 11:35PM CDT "Pyramids Of Mars" ep 2 of 4
Two Scarman brothers. One - Laurence - is good. The other - Marcus - is
under alien control, and very, very bad. The Doctor and Sarah try to keep
Laurence active enough to outwit Marcus, before evil things happen.
TPT St. Paul, MN http://www.tpt.org/
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16 (2.5)
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT "The Androids Of Tara" ep 1 of 4
The Doctor goes out in search of fish and finds a group of nobles trying to
sneak a prince to a castle to be named King before an unworthy man takes his
place. Unfortunately, none of them have any fish, so the Doctor's plans may
be for nought.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org/
Fri 11:05PM CDT "Logopolis" eps 3+4 of 4
The final Tom Baker episodes. A miscalculation by the Master jeopardizes not
just Logopolis, or even Earth, but the entire universe. To save life as we
know it, good and evil must join forces and wage war on entropy. The 4th
Doctor's luck finally runs out.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19 http://www.pptv.org/
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) "Destiny Of The Daleks" ep 1 of 4
The Randomizer sets the TARDIS down on a planet riddled with radiation. Not
exactly good planning by the randomizer. All the pleasant planets in the
Doctor Who universe, and the TARDIS locates one riddled with radiation?
KERA 13 Dallas, TX http://www.kera.org/
Late Fri Mid CDT "Spearhead From Space" eps 3+4 of 4
The Nestene invasion begins, as shop dummies and duplicates of political
leaders come to life and start to kill. Can Liz and the Doctor build a
device to stop them in time? And will the Doctor get to keep the red
roadster he stole?
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org/
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Next episodes June 23.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT http://www.kued.org/
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" ep 5 of 6
Henry Gordon Jago and Professor Litefoot team up to track down the
mysterious Weng-Chiang. Li Hsen Chang faces his greatest humiliation.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA http://www.kbtc.org/
Sat 6PM PDT "The Dead Planet" all 7 eps (The Dead Planet, The Survivors, The
Escape, The Ambush, The Expedition, The Ordeal, The Rescue)
In the second story of the series, the 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan
encounter the Daleks for the first time. This story would later be remake as
the Peter Cushing film "Dr. Who And The Daleks". This is a pledge special
Late Sat 12:30AM MDT "The Androids Of Tara" eps 3+4 of 4
To save a kingdom, the Doctor must get an android crowned King. Romana meets
Princess Strella. The evil but lovable Count Grendel gets to practice his
sword-play, while K9 gets to practice swimming. Great fun, if you can stay
up late enough or program your VCR.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA http://www.kteh.org/
Pledge phone number - 1-800-225-5454
Sun 7PM PDT "Doctor Who A Celebration - 20 Years of Time Travel with KTEH"
The most popular 25 minute episode for each of the first 7 Doctors are
presented in this special, looking back at KTEH's Doctor Who history. The
episode titles are being with-held to make you tune in and find out for
yourselves which installments won.
Sun 11PM PDT "Interview With Sylvester McCoy II"
Over the years, KTEH has interviewed many of the Doctor Who actors. These
are a selection of favorite interviews.
Sun 11:25PM PDT "Interview With Patrick Troughton"
Sun 11:52PM PDT "Malone episode 47 - Peter Davison"
Malone was a talk show that KTEH produced.
Late Sun 12:20AM PDT "Interview With Colin Baker"
BBC America http://www.bbcamerica.com/
Mon-Thu 8AM EDT (5AM PDT) / Tue-Fri 5AM EDT (2AM PDT) - 2 episodes in movie
Mon/Tue "The Masque Of Mandragora" movie, pt 2 of 2
There is nothing scarier for an evil person than to meet someone who is more
evil. The shock and terror that ensues can be lethal. Count Frederico is
about to discover someone on his staff is more evil than he is. Can he take
Tue-Wed/Wed-Thu "The Hand Of Fear" movie, pts 1 - 2 of 2
A fossilized hand buried in a quarry holds the keys to the secret behind the
death of a crystalline civilization millions of years ago. Did this hand
belong to the villain involved in Kastria's destruction, or the victim?
Thu/Fri "The Deadly Assassin" movie, pt 1 of 2
The Doctor is lured into a plot to assassinate the President of the Time
Lords, via his efforts to prevent it. Probably the best example of a
"serious" Tom Baker story.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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