THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 22, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 8
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who TV broadcasts around the world.
Top story this week is in New Zealand. Bad news. Prime TV
has confirmed to the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan
that they have decided not to order
any additional Doctor Who episodes. Prime TV is under new ownership and is
picking up many more new US programmes instead of the UK programming they
have favored before. They will soon carry "Enterprise" and "The Late Show
With David Letterman".
Prime TV aired Doctor Who from May 2000 to June 2001, 5 or 6 days a week.
They aired all the available Hartnell, Troughton, and Pertwee stories, and
the Tom Baker stories from Robot through The Horns Of Nimon. Many of the
Hartnell & Troughton episodes had never aired in New Zealand before or
hadn't been since since the 1960s. Invasion Of The Dinosaurs part 1 also
made its New Zealand debut. After a successful 6:30PM run, they experimented
running 2 episodes edited into a 1 hour show from 6 to 7PM before going back
to 1 episode a day at 6PM. The show was pulled in June 2001 to rotate in
some other programming, with plans to bring it back in a few months.
Allegedly it was being considered for a January 2002 resumption at one
point, but that did not happen. On 6 February 2002, the Peter Cushing Dr.
Who movie "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D." aired on Prime, only the second
time it has been on TV in New Zealand. Barring any surprises, it appears
that said Cushing film will be the final appearance of Doctor Who on Prime
INTERNET - The people at BBCi (BBC Online) have announced that there will be
another Doctor Who radio drama serialized online after Death Comes To Time
is finished - "Real Time". While Death Comes To Time was produced by Dan
Freeman, Real Time will be produced by Big Finish Productions, presumably in
the style of their CD releases. Real Time will star Colin Baker as the 6th
Doctor and Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smithe, an older companion created
especially for the Big Finish audio line. It's currently described as 6 10
minute episodes, with one episode going online per week. Real Time will have
illustrations available for people using fast internet connections just as
Death Comes To Time has had.
USA - Depending on where you live in the US, PBS pledge season begins this
weekend or next. In some cities, Doctor Who will sit out one or more weeks,
where it isn't considered a good pledge performer. On the other hand, 3 PBS
affiliates will air Doctor Who themed pledge specials on Saturday, March
2nd. Interestingly, all 3 affiliates will be airing material which ties in
to the upcoming US/Canada Doctor Who DVD releases by Warner Video.
1 - Iowa Public TV http://www.iptv.org/
will present The Caves Of Androzani
that night from 10:30PM to 1AM CST, coming out in April on Warner Video DVD.
It's the first weekend of IPTV's annual pledge FESTIVAL. Iowa Doctor Who
fandom is expected to be out in force manning phones in hopes of supporting
Doctor Who. If you're in Iowa and don't know about their fandom, take a
visit to http://www.sffn.com/
2 - WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
will have a 3 hour
pledge night from 11PM to 2AM EST. Expect episodes and clips from the Warner
VHS and DVD releases this year. TJ Lubinsky (Doctor Who Night 2000, Doo Wop
50, and the guy who got Ed Sullivan and Red Skelton syndicated to PBS
stations) will be the host. Expect surprises. I have to assume he'll discuss
the Howard Da Silva intros he helped add as an extra to the Ark In Space DVD
coming this August (and the Robots Of Death DVD from last year). I don't
know of any organized Pittsburgh fan groups, but if there are any who'll be
involved feel free to contact me and I'll throw in a link next week.
3 - Maryland Public TV http://www.mpt.org/
will air a rerun of the National
Doctor Who Night from 2000, produced and hosted by TJ Lubinsky, from
Midnight to 2:33AM EST. This special had special guest Sylvester McCoy, and
featured the story Remembrance Of The Daleks, which will be out on Warner
DVD in April. No local cut-ins are expected, and the nearest Doctor Who fan
was not invited to help man phones, so
presumably there will be an automated setup. Eagle eyed viewers who look
closely at the taped pledge segments might want to take a look at the people
answering phones in the back row. There are several women, and one man in a
shadow fumbling around a bit trying to take pledges. I am that man.
This Week In Doctor Who has launched a spinoff discussion list called
TWIDWtalk. TWIDWtalk is an idea I have considered for almost a year now.
It's a place intended for late breaking news that doesn't make the column,
corrections, discussion about how the stations are airing Doctor Who,
opinions on the future, memories about the past of Doctor Who on various
stations, and related topics. Subscribers are free to speak without
moderation, if they try to stay on topic and do not become abusive. We'll
iron out any questions on the borders of on topic versus off as it develops.
If you're interested, you can send a subscription request to
and evaluate the group for yourself.
Attention to subscribers to the This Week In Doctor Who Yahoo Group. As of
Thursday, February 21, there are 3 subscribers who are still using @...
e-mail addresses. Come March 1, @home ceases to exist. If your subscription
uses an @home address, I need to hear from you now. You either need to
confirm that you have changed your address, ask me to change your address,
or alert me if there is a reason why you can't change your address.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@...
, bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger.
And now, the listings:
I grew up watching Doctor Who in movie format, so I never paid much
attention to information like "part something" or "episode something", since
I was usually watching a compilation. Recently I went through and checked.
Until the end of "The Gunfighters", each installment had its own title, so
they didn't have episode numbers. From "The Savages" to "The Green Death",
they were referred to as episodes. From "The Time Warrior" to "Survival",
they were referred to as parts. I will now incorporate that into the column,
referring to episodes as episodes and parts as parts. The stories with
individual titles for each installment will also be referred to as episodes,
BBC Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/death/index.shtml
"Death Comes To Time" - firstrun online Doctor Who story with Sylvester
McCoy, Sophie Aldred, and Stephen Fry
Episode 2B - "Planet Of Blood, part 2 of 3" - now online.
Episode 1 and Episode 2A are still online. Episode 2C goes online on 1
March. Webstreamed in RealAudio/RealPlayer/RealOne.
UK Gold http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
Sat 7:10-9AM GMT "Terror Of The Autons" movie
The 3rd Doctor faces two dilemmas. One minor dilemma - an old friend known
as "The Master" has set up shop on Earth engaged in a series of murders and
schemes in hopes of causing an alien invasion. One major dilemma - he's had
a new untrained assistant thrust upon him - Josephine Grant! UK Gold will
probably air the 1992 colour restoration of this story, as apparently they
have aired it before. They are unlikely to air the 1999 re-restored version,
as they often do not think to check for the cleanest versions of stories.
There's a slim chance they might air the black & white version by accident,
Sun 6-9AM GMT "The Mind Of Evil" movie
The 3rd Doctor and Jo investigate a new medical technique that promises to
eliminate the evil impulses of psychopaths and murderers. Medical miracle -
or evil mental re-engineering? Meanwhile, U*N*I*T faces the twin tasks of
transporting an ICBM to a place where it can be disposed of and keeping the
peace at an International Peace Conference. This story is the first of
several Pertwee stories to feature subplots about peace conferences. Since
no colour copy currently exists, we know this one will air in black & white.
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/
Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pt 5 of 14
(Mindwarp pt 1)
Sat 4:30PM, Late Sun 12:35AM CET "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pt 6 of 14
(Mindwarp pt 2)
Wed Noon CET "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pt 7 of 14 (Mindwarp pt 3)
Thu Noon CET "The Trial Of A Time Lord" pt 8 of 14 (Mindwarp pt 4)
The Trial takes a dark turn when the Valeyard presents evidence of the 6th
Doctor's recent visit to the planet Thoros-Beta. In the file footage, a
shock to the Doctor's nervous system causes him to act strangely, apparently
selling out Peri and a heroic band of rebels to Sil and the evil Mentors. As
the evidence unfolds, the Doctor tries to figure out why he can't remember
the events. And there's a nagging feeling that this adventure ended very
UKTV http://www.varos.com/drwho/uktv/ http://www.foxtel.com.au/
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT "Vengeance On Varos" both pts (45 minute
The 6th Doctor and Peri have a dilemma - the TARDIS is out of a precious ore
it needs to travel through space and time. The only available source is on a
planet where the people live virtual slave lives, and reality television is
the latest wave that everyone watches. The specific brand of reality
television is - live executions. Yup, this is the story that Jason Fraser
named his Australian Doctor Who website after.
Sun 8:30AM, Late Sun 2:30AM AEDT "The Mark Of The Rani" both pts (45 minute
(Time approximate after Vengeance On Varos.) Earth in the 19th Century.
Technological progress threatens to eliminate the jobs of many traditional
workers, causing resentment among people who think they are being left
behind. In this environment someone is creating additional resentment and
paranoia, creating a dangerous situation. And a scarecrow is stalking the
scenes. 6th Doctor: Colin Baker.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca/
Weekdays 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
Fri "The Ark In Space" pt 4 of 4
The Wirrn prepare to over-run the station, with Noah as their leader. The
4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry are all that stand between humanity and the
Wirrn snack bar. Oh dear.
Mon-Tue "The Sontaran Experiment" pts 1 - 2 of 2
The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry investigate the abandoned planet Earth to
see if humanity can safely return. Surprise - seems a few humans are already
there, along with a Sontaran invader.
Wed-Fri "Genesis Of The Daleks" pts 1 - 3 of 6
The 4th Doctor is sent back to Ancient Skaro to investigate the creation of
the Daleks and see if it is possible to turn them into less dangerous
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org/
Dish Network Boston Local 8781 - not yet offered
Late Sat 1AM EST "Earthshock" pts 1+2 of 4
Late Thu Mid EST "Earthshock" pts 3+4 of 4
The 5th Doctor, Nyssa, Adric, and Tegan uncover twin plots to destroy the
Earth. A bomb in ancient caves. A freighter flying in from Outer Space.
Someone doesn't like humanity very much.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
DirecTV Pittsburgh Local 13/947
Dish Network Pittsburgh Local 8136
Late Sat Mid EST "Kinda" pt 4 of 4
The Mara prepares to emerge, using the power of the Kinda people for evil.
5th Doctor: Peter Davison.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/
DirecTV Philadelphia Local 35/909
Dish Network Philadelphia Local 8162
Sat 4AM+5:30PM EST "Revenge Of The Cybermen" pts 3+4 of 4
The Cybermen have control of Nerva Beacon, and want to use the humans as
bombs to destroy Voga, the famous planet of Gold. Meanwhile, Kellman's true
motives are revealed. Meanwhile, no one can bear to tell the Vogans that the
biggest reason people probably try to kill them is that they all look alike.
Sat 11PM EST "Terror Of The Zygons" pts 1+2 of 4
Reunited with the TARDIS, the 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry finally return to
Earth. Oil rigs are being destroyed near Loch Ness. The prime suspect - the
Loch Ness Monster. But who believes in the Loch Ness Monster?
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67 http://www.mpt.org/
DirecTV DC & Baltimore Local 22/980
Dish Network DC Local 8083 - not yet offered
Dish Network Pittsburgh Local 8141 - not yet offered
Dish Network Baltimore Local 8736 - not yet offered
Late Sat 12:15AM EST "Invasion Of The Dinosaurs" movie
(Time approximate after pledge specials. Will probably omit the first
episode, which exists only in Black & White, as the movie version didn't
include that episode and MPT has never remembered to add it in before.)
The 3rd Doctor, Sarah, the Brigadier, Mike Yates, and Sgt. Benton have yet
another invasion of London on their hands. But this time the invaders aren't
aliens - they're dinosaurs. One of the gang will be forever changed by
events in this story. Also, the Doctor introduces a new hover-car in this
story. It was apparently intended to be a regular staple of the show, like
the Doctor's roadster Bessie had been. However, it would only appear in one
more story - Planet Of The Spiders - where it had to share screen time with
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/
DirecTV Cincinnati Local 48/909
Dish Network Cincinnati Local 8356
Sat 11PM EST "The Keeper Of Traken" pt 4 of 4
The Master plans to take control of the power of the Traken union,
rejunvenating himself and condemning the people to a fate worse than death.
But if the Master is stopped, who will become the new Keeper?
Sat 11:30PM EST "Logopolis" pt 1 of 4
A shadowy figure is shadowing the 4th Doctor, pulling a shadow over his
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.chicagowho.com/
Dish Network Chicago Local 8502 - not yet offered
Sat 11PM CST "Kinda" pts 3+4 of 4
See WQED for story details.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu/
Sat 11:30PM CST "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" pt 1 of 6
The 4th Doctor and Leela come to 19th Century London in search of Culture
and an Evening show. They are nearly murdered in Chinatown. So I suppose you
could say they succeeded in their mission.
TPT St. Paul, MN http://www.tpt.org/
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16.5 (2.5)
DirecTV Minneapolis Local 2/891
Dish Network Minneapolis Local 8576
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CST "The Leisure Hive" pt 1 of 4
With a new theme tune, updated special effects, and a shorter scarf, the 4th
Doctor embarked on Series 18. The Doctor and Romana travel to Argolis in
search of a good vacation, stumbling into the lingering resentment and pain
caused by a war decades past which decimated the planet.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org/
analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 digital KDIN-DT 50 Des Moines, IA
Sat 11:35PM CST "Planet Of Fire" all 4 pts
Special night. All 4 parts of this story are airing, so The Caves Of
Androzani can air as a pledge special next week. Turlough fears the 5th
Doctor will learn the secrets behind his mysterious past and why he was
exiled to Earth. Peri, an American teenager, comes across an artefact with a
symbol which matches the symbol of power on a primitive planet. And an old
enemy takes control of Kamelion, turning the befuddled robot into a
dangerous madman who looks suspiciously like Peri's father.
KERA/K24AD Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org/
analog 13,24 digital KERA-DT 14.1 Dallas, TX
DirecTV Dallas Local 13,889
Dish Network Dallas Local 8406
Late Fri 12:15AM CST "Planet Of The Daleks" all 6 eps
Episode 3 is in black & white. The 3rd Doctor and Jo track the Daleks to a
planet where a Dalek army is being built. With the aid of the Thals, the
Doctor must keep the army from ever being able to leave the planet. This
story makes references to the very first Dalek story.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org/
DirecTV Denver Local 12/910
Dish Network Denver Local 8211
Late Fri 12:30AM MST "Terminus" pts 1+2 of 4
Late Fri 1:30AM, Sat 11PM MST "Terminus" pts 3+4 of 4
At the center of the Universe, the 5th Doctor finds disease and a secret
that could keep the future from ever happening. As Nyssa finds her life in
danger, Tegan winds up trapped with Turlough, who finds his thoughts
constantly invaded by the presence of the Black Guardian.
KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org/
analog 7,39 digital KUED-DT 42 Salt Lake City, UT
DirecTV Salt Lake City Local 7/982
Dish Network Salt Lake City Local 8536
Doctor Who returns next week.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
DirecTV Seattle Local 28/970
Dish Network Seattle Local 8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST "The Visitation" pts 3+4 of 4
The 5th Doctor loses someone dear to him. The Terrileptils prepare to use
Black Death to wipe out humanity, leaving the Earth to themselves. Greedy,
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org/
DirecTV San Francisco Local 54/903
Dish Network San Francisco Local 8234
Off air during pledge season. Doctor Who returns March 24.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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