This is a special report from This Week In Doctor Who ....
Viewers of Doctor Who on WYBE 35 in Philadelphia noticed on July 21st that
their station aired different episodes from the advertised installments.
Instead of airing the first half of Attack Of The Cybermen (the second Colin
Baker story), they aired the first 2 episodes of Time And The Rani (the
first Sylvester McCoy story). WYBE had previously published a summer
schedule with Colin Baker's episodes airing for at least the next 2 months.
Had this been a mere case of getting the tapes mixed up, I would simply
comment on it in the next TWIDW column. However, it seems to be something
more interesting. Here is an e-mail that a notable Philadelphia Doctor Who
fan got from WYBE regarding last Saturday's broadcast:
"Good afternoon and thank you for your interest in WYBE. Doctor Who is
certainly a program that garners a very strong response from the audience.
We would have loved being able to air all of the episodes in order but we
were contacted by the BBC and informed that the Colin Baker years were not
available to us at this time. We will air those episodes as soon as the BBC
gives us the OK. I am sorry for any confusion this caused and hope that you
will tune in this week.
WYBE Public Television"
So, for some reason most or all of the Colin Baker stories are apparently
unavailable for broadcast in the USA. It's recent, because KTEH 54 San Jose,
CA aired a Colin episode last month as part of their 20th anniversary of
Doctor Who night. More details when they are revealed.
This has been a special report from This Week In Doctor Who. You may resume
your daily lives now.
Benjamin F. Elliott