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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
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      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - April 6, 2001
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 4, No 14
      Mailing list - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
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      Welcome to the weekly column covering Doctor Who on TV and the radio around
      the world. Beginning with this week's edition, the column will now be
      available as a yahoogroup for instantaneous distribution on Friday mornings.
      Subscribers will get the column as soon as it goes out (usually between 7
      and 8AM Eastern Time - earlier next week). This Week In Doctor Who continues
      to be available on the rec.arts.drwho newsgroup and through these web sites:

      http://www.gallifreyone.com/ - Shaun Lyon's Outpost Gallifrey
      http://nitro9.earth.uni.edu/doctor.html - Siobahn Morgan's Nitro-9 Page
      http://www.wolvesoffenric.freeserve.co.uk/ - Roger Clark's Wolves Of Fenric
      site
      http://www.varos.com/drwho/uktv/ - Jason Fraser's Australian Doctor Who site

      Also, This Week In Doctor Who is spinning off its own website - TWIDW. TWIDW
      will cover station histories, promote discussion about Doctor Who on TV in
      the past, present, and future, and hopefully give some coverage to fan
      productions, which the main column has not been able to do in the past.
      TWIDW is under construction, and will officially launch within the next few
      weeks. The address will not be announced publicly until then, as I make
      adjustments.

      As the column makes these transitions, it is reluctantly saying goodbye to
      one of its early homes. The Doctor Who Alliance Of North America
      http://www.drwhoalliance.com/ is dropping the North America portion from its
      title, moving to bi-monthly distribution of its newsletter, and ending its
      inclusion of This Week in the newsletter. Publishing every two weeks will
      better enable Shaun to put out a quality product, but makes it impossible to
      continue a column like This Week. I'm sure I speak for the various
      contributors to This Week, the occasional substitute writers (Jefferson Eng
      and Sean Corcoran), and the readers when I thank Shaun for including the
      column in the Alliance Newsletter for the past 2 ½ years. I look forward to
      continued involvement between the Alliance and This Week In Doctor Who in
      the future.

      Fans who tuned into BCB Radio's internet feed
      http://www.bcb.yorks.com/bcb.ram yesterday (April 5) to hear the monthly
      broadcast of The Who Review got a bit of a shock. Mildly profane hip-hop
      music was playing in its place, and the host was definitely not Tim Moon. If
      you listened all the way to the half-hour, vainly hoping to hear the Doctor
      Who show, you also heard the host thanking the listeners for tuning in on
      this *Friday* night. As it was Thursday in the UK at the time, I suspect
      they played an old tape by accident. I would be curious to hear from anyone
      in the UK who was listening on Cable radio to know if they also heard the
      hip-hop, or if the regular news, weather, and Who Review was provided in the
      UK at least. Very odd.

      The BBC America listings in the column have been in error for the last few
      weeks. They have now been corrected.

      UKTV in Australia will pre-empt Doctor Who from Friday 13 April through
      Monday 16 April for a marathon showing of The Bill. I'm not sure what a cop
      show has to do with Easter, but that's the marathon. All the Doctor Who
      episodes will air - they will just be pushed back a few days.

      Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... ,
      bfelliott@..., or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:

      RADIO:

      BBC Radio 4 FM and LW http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/
      Realplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/realplayer/index_fm.html and
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/realplayer/index_lw.html
      "Dead Ringers" ep 401
      Fri 6:30PM BST (1:30PM EDT, 10:30AM PDT); Sat 12:30PM BST (7:30AM EDT,
      4:30AM PDT)
      First of 4 new episodes of the comedy show from the UK. Frequently has
      parody skits of Doctor Who in general or of Tom Baker in particular.

      WPBR 1340AM West Palm Beach, FL http://hometown.aol.com/scifiradioguy/
      MP3 Archives - http://www.live365.com/
      Sun 11:05PM EDT "Interstellar Transmissions" hourlong sci-fi news/chat show
      Joey Reynold's weekly sci-fi show. Doctor Who news near the top of the hour.
      This week's guest - Ben Bova.

      TV:

      UK:

      UK Gold http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
      Sun 10:05AM-12:00PM BST "The Brain Of Morbius" movie
      The 4th Doctor and Sarah are drawn to a world where any ship that lands is
      destroyed. Meanwhile, UK Gold has shifted Doctor Who's timeslot one hour
      earlier to make room for The A-Team. I pity da fool that decided to move
      Doctor Who yet again.

      EUROPE/AFRICA/ASIA:

      BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/
      Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET "Snakedance" ep 3 of 4
      Late Thu 12:30AM CET "Snakedance" ep 4 of 4
      *Not seen in all regions. Under the control of the Mara, Tegan prepares a
      hostile takeover. Meanwhile, the Doctor must seek out a man who communes
      with snakes.

      AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND:

      UKTV Australia http://www.varos.com/drwho/uktv/ http://www.uktv.com.au/
      Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST "The Robots Of Death" all 4 eps
      The Doctor and Leela are the prime suspects when a series of murders occur
      on a sandminer. Every victim has a red disk on their wrist.
      Mon-Tue 11:30PM AEST "Image Of The Fendahl" eps 3 - 4 of 4
      A Time Lord secret can provide the Doctor the knowledge he needs to defeat
      the Fendahl. Thea Ransome embraces her destiny, much to the regret of the
      other scientists.
      Wed-Thu 11:30PM AEST "The Sun Makers" eps 1 - 2 of 4
      Ironic. It's tax time in the US, but this story is airing in Australia. The
      4th Doctor, Leela, and K9 take on a corrupt government that taxes its
      citizens to death. But are these humans really worth saving? They're creeps
      and wimps if you ask me. Could almost be considered a backdoor pilot for
      Blake's 7, as the sets are reused in several Blake episodes, and Cordo is
      suspiciously similar to Vila.
      No Friday episode.

      Prime TV New Zealand http://www.tetrap.com/drwho/nzdwfc/
      http://www.primetv.co.nz/
      Sun-Fri 6PM "The Invasion Of Time" eps 1 - 6 of 6
      Only previous NZ airing in 1987. A semi-sequel to The Deadly Assassin. The
      Doctor returns to Gallifrey, declaring himself President. Betraying both
      friends and enemies, the Doctor proceeds to isolate himself from everything.
      What has so altered the Doctor's behaviour? And what will be the
      consequences for Leela, K9, and the universe?

      USA:

      BBC America http://www.bbcamerica.com/
      Mon-Thu 8AM EDT (5AM PDT)/Tue-Fri 5AM EDT (2AM PDT) - 2 episodes daily in
      movie format
      Mon-Tue/Tue-Wed "Planet Of Evil" movie, pts 1 - 2 of 2
      At the border between universes, a scientist has decided to "acquire"
      material from one realm to power the other realm. But this "anti-matter" has
      other ideas.
      Wed-Thu/Thu-Fri "Pyramids Of Mars" movie, pts 1 - 2 of 2
      Before U*N*I*T was a top secret military organization, its headquarters was
      the mansion where Marcus Scarman lived. Now, Marcus has been taken over by
      the mind of Sutekh the Destroyer. To save the world, the Doctor must destroy
      him. But will the mansion approve?

      NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org/
      Late Sat Mid EDT "The Pirate Planet" eps 1+2 of 4
      Late Thu 12:30AM EDT "The Pirate Planet" eps 3+4 of 4
      Yup. NHPTV has added a late Saturday rerun of the Thursday episodes. In
      search of the second segment of the Key To Time, the Doctor and Romana come
      across a world that jumps through space periodically, resulting in a sudden
      increase in mineral wealth. Something is rotten in the center of the world.

      WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
      Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Armageddon Factor" eps 3+4 of 6
      The Doctor, Romana, and K9 discover the truth behind the Atrios/Zeos War,
      then have to find a way to stop a disastrous confrontation.

      WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/
      Sat 11PM, Mon 4AM EDT "The Five Doctors" eps 3+4 of 4 (4 part version)
      As the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Doctors make their way towards the heart of the
      Tower Of Rassilon, the 5thDoctor uncovers evidence that the scheme to pull
      them out of time was caused by ... (end of sentence burned with the Black
      Scrolls of Rassilon)

      MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67 http://www.mpt.org/
      Sat 11:45PM EDT "The Curse Of Fenric" movie or extended version
      MPT will probably air the movie version. However, they showed the special
      edition of 5 Doctors a while back, and the extended version of Curse Of
      Fenric was in the same package of stories. If they go directly into the
      story, it will be the 90 minute movie version, ending around 1:15AM. If a
      BBC Video logo appears, assume it is the extended episode version and set
      the VCR to tape till 1:30AM. In either version, the Doctor and Ace visit a
      sleepy English village in 1943 that is about to be plunged into a conflict
      more deadly than the ongoing World War II. A Viking curse, human greed, and
      a hideous chain of coincidences come together.

      WUSF 16 Tampa, FL http://www.wusftv.usf.edu/
      Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Happiness Patrol" ep 2 of 3
      Ace is sentenced to audition for the Happiness Patrol. A prospect that makes
      her very unhappy.

      WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/
      Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Invasion Of Time" eps 2+3 of 6
      See Prime TV New Zealand for description.

      WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.wyin.org/
      Sat 10PM CDT "The Armageddon Factor" ep 3 of 6
      See WQED/WQEX for description.

      WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu/
      Sat 11:35PM CDT "Terror Of The Zygons" ep 1 of 4
      The 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry return to Earth in response to a call from
      the Brigadier. The situation must be serious - the Brig's wearing a kilt!

      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 Pirate Planet" ep 2 of 4
      See NHPTV for description.

      IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org/
      Fri 11:05PM CDT "Meglos" eps 3+4 of 4
      Due to the actions of Meglos, the Doctor is blamed for the theft of the
      Dodecahedron. The penalty - making a sacrifice to Ti. Or, more accurately,
      being made a sacrifice to Ti. Jacqueline Hill (Barbara from the 1st Doctor
      stories) guest stars as Lexa.

      PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19 http://www.pptv.org/
      Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) "The Power Of Kroll" ep 2 of 4
      Due to the actions of Rohm-Dutt, the Doctor is blamed for weapons that don't
      work. The penalty - making a sacrifice to Kroll. Or, more accurately, being
      made a sacrifice to Kroll. John Leeson (voice of K9 from many 4th Doctor
      stories) guest stars as Dugeen.

      KERA 13 Dallas, TX http://www.kera.org/
      It seems now that KERA is waiting until June to begin its weekly Doctor Who
      broadcasts, when it was previously reported to be March. Alas, we don't have
      any mythical creatures to sacrifice KERA to at this time, or any old guest
      stars who could take part. Unless we could track down John Levene - he lives
      in the US. (Just kidding, KERA. We'll put you back in the column when we
      have a premiere date.)

      KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org/
      Late Fri 12:30AM MDT "The Leisure Hive" eps 1+2 of 4
      Sat 10PM MDT "The Leisure Hive" eps 3+4 of 4
      The Doctor and Romana visit a recreation facility where a new kind of
      science is being developed - and hideously abused. The sins of the parents
      will be re-enacted by the children.

      KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT http://www.kued.org/
      Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT "The Face Of Evil" ep 4 of 4
      Tom Baker vs. Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor battles Xoanon to save the
      Sevateem and the Tesh from destruction.

      KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
      http://www.kbtc.org/
      Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "The Invasion Of Time" eps 3+4 of 6
      See Prime TV New Zealand for description.

      KTEH 54 San Jose, CA http://www.kteh.org/
      Sun 11PM PDT "The Time Meddler" movie (The Watcher, The Meddling Monk, A
      Battle Of Wits, Checkmate)
      Do not adjust your sets - this story is in desperate need of cleaned up
      prints. As the Doctor and Vicki try to convince Steven that they have
      traveled through time, a Monk with wristwatches, a record player, and a
      toaster is making himself at home in the 11th Century.

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2001.