THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - August 21, 2002
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 5, No 34
Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who on Television.
UK - More Who On UK Gold - This weekend, UK Gold is airing a bonus Doctor
Who movie on Monday 26 August, a Bank Holiday over there. Also, there are
reports in the UK that UK Gold has scheduled Doctor Who movie broadcasts
late on Friday and Saturday nights in September. It is not known yet if
those will be repeats of the Saturday and Sunday morning movies or alternate
POLAND - Tele 5 seems to have only purchased a few stories, airing them out
of order, and is already rerunning them. We will try to keep up with
whatever Tele 5 is doing, if that is possible.
USA - Upgrade in New Hampshire - New Hampshire Public TV
is moving the start time for the Thursday night Doctor
Who episodes from Midnight to 11:30PM. The late Saturday rerun will still
begin at Midnight. Change occurs in September. One amusing thing - NHPTV's
September schedule indicates that they will air a 4 part version of The Five
Doctors Special Edition. I was not aware that there was a 4 part version of
that variant of The Five Doctors.
CANADA - Reminder for BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca/
- starting Sunday 1
September, the 3:30PM omnibus weekend airings are discontinued while the
10:30PM omnibuses move to 2AM. The weekday airings are unaffected, and new
(to BBC Kids) episodes will air on the weekdays.
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:
"Real Time" - Firstrun Doctor Who Audio Drama. Colin Baker, Cybermen.
Episodes 1,2,+3 - still online
Episode 4 - goes online Noon Friday 23 August
Produced by Big Finish. Illustrations by Lee Sullivan for fans with fast
internet connections. Requires version of RealPlayer to see/hear.
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. Doctor Who news
usually discussed during the broadcast. 10 years after Hurricane Andrew,
could satellites alter the paths of hurricanes? We assume they'll be
discussing the news of the UK Doctor Who DVD releases in early 2003 as well
(The Three Doctors and The Seeds Of Death) in the news portion.
UK Gold http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Sat 7:10-9AM BST "Nightmare Of Eden" movie
A space accident leaves two ships merged with each other and unable to move.
As the 4th Doctor tries to free the ships, a dangerous drug starts to spread
Sun 7:10-9AM BST "The Horns Of Nimon" movie
Skonnos, a planet with a dying empire, is misled by an alien called Nimon
into a terrible bargain that will destroy Skonnos and many other worlds as
well, unless Romana and the 4th Doctor can stop it. A rather fun story which
often gets unkindly derided for not taking the story too seriously and being
on a slim budget.
Mon 7:20-9AM BST "The Leisure Hive" movie
New season, new producer, and a higher budget. The 4th Doctor and Romana
decide to vacation at the Leisure Hive, a resort/research lab where a new
kind of science is being developed. A science that can turn back age ...
Video On Demand. Now playing:
"Robot" all 4 pts
"The Ark In Space" all 4 pts
"The Sontaran Experiment" both pts
Yes, they still offer the same 10 episodes. No sign of additional episodes
being added or of these episodes being removed. I don't get it either.
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com
Wed Noon CET, Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET "The Five Doctors" 4 pt version,
Thu Noon CET, Sat 4:25PM, Late Sun 12:35AM CET "The Five Doctors" 4 pt
version, pt 2
Wed Noon CET "The Five Doctors" 4 pt version, pt 3
One by one, various incarnations of the Doctor and companions are pulled out
of their own times, plucked down in a land filled with death traps, and left
to fend for themselves, solving a mystery for a dangerous man in black.
TELE 5 Poland http://www.tele5.pl
Sat 8:25AM CET "Revenge Of The Cybermen" pt 3 of 4
Sun 8:35AM CET "Revenge Of The Cybermen" pt 4 of 4
TELE 5 only has a small number of episodes and is airing them out of order.
Airing in Polish.
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-Fri "Revenge Of The Cybermen" pts 2 - 4 of 4
The Cybermen are on their way. If they arrive, Nerva Beacon and the
inhabitants of Voga could pay the ultimate price.
Sat "The Sontaran Experiment" both pts
Whatever happened to Mr. Garabaldi, er, whatever happened to the Earth? The
4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry arrive on Earth to investigate its condition
following the Solar Flares. Everything appears normal, but danger lurks.
Sun "Genesis Of The Daleks" all 6 pts
Mission: Continuity Destroyer. The Doctor's mission, whether he chooses to
accept it or not, is to wipe the Daleks out of history, or turn them into
less dangerous creatures. The timeline will self-destruct in 5 seconds.
Mon-Tue "The Android Invasion" pts 1 - 2 of 4
BBC Kids seems determined to air this story out of order. Oh well. Hoping to
meet up with the Brigadier, Benton, and Harry Sullivan, the 4th Doctor and
Sarah arrive in England. But where have all the people gone?
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org
Due to pledge drives, next Doctor Who episodes air August 29.
WCNY/W59AU 24,59 Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Sun 5:30PM EDT "Revenge Of The Cybermen?" pt 3? of 4
WCNY's website also claims that an episode will air at 6:30PM, but that is
unlikely since it would require them to fit a Ballykissangel episode in a 30
minute (6PM) slot.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org
DirecTV 13,947 Dish 8136,13
Pledge drives pre-empt Doctor Who for the rest of August. Returns in
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
DirecTV 35,909 Dish 8162,35
Sat 11PM EDT "Horror Of Fang Rock" pts 2+3 of 4
Now a wealthy man desparate to get to London and his fellow passengers are
shipwrecked at the Lighthouse. Brilliant timing - people are starting to
die. The 4th Doctor and Leela search for the answers and try to limit the
MPT Maryland 22,67,28,31,62,36 http://www.mpt.org
Late Sat Mid EDT "Underworld" movie
The Minyans of Minyos, perhaps the most manipulative, self-serving,
nauseating, underhanded characters in the entire series, demand the 4th
Doctor's help to find their race bank and rebuild their race. Probably in
the hopes that the people in the race bank *have* to be better than these
cretins, the Doctor agrees. A dangerous search *inside* the core of a planet
begins. The Minyans are unprepared for what the Doctor will discover.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
DirecTV 48,909 Dish 8356,48
Sat 11PM EDT "Snakedance" pts 1+2 of 4
The Mara returns, invading Tegan's mind again. In search of treatment, the
5th Doctor and Nyssa travel to Manussa, the planet where the Mara was
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.chicagowho.com http://www.wyin.tv
Sat 11PM CDT "Warriors Of The Deep" pts 1+2 of 4
Hi. Remember us? We tried to wipe out your species back in the 20th Century.
Well, not all of us. Some of us objected to killing you - so we killed them.
One batch of us was defeated by the Doctor (who thought he was negotiating
peace) and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. The other batch was defeated by the
Doctor and the Master (who thought he was negotiating conquest). Well, we're
ticked. We, the Silurians and the Sea Devils, want revenge on you humans for
not taking your extinction like men. So we're coming back to finish the job.
There's nothing you can do about it. After all, what's the odds that the
Doctor is going to turn up again?
WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
Sat 11:41PM CDT "Underworld" pt 4 of 4
It's about this point that the Doctor discovers something which the Minyans
are not prepared to accept. About time their ego got punctured. Alas,
there's also a main villain who the Doctor has to stop as well.
KAWE/KAWB 9,22 Bemidji/Brainerd, MN http://www.lakelandptv.org
Sat 8PM, Sun 11PM CDT "The Android Invasion" pt 2 of 4
See BBC Kids for description.
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 3 of 4
A plot to discredit the 4th Doctor, Adric, and Tremas is underfoot. Will
Kassia betray her own husband?
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36 http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
Doctor Who pre-empted due to unusual schedule caused by Fair coverage. A
complete story (4 episodes) airs August 31st at 11:35PM.
KERA/K44FI 13,44 Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
DirecTV 13,889 Dish 8406,13
Fri 11PM CDT "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" movie
Special start time due to pledging. Doctor Who returns to 12:15AM (and
airing in production order instead of broadcast order) next week. The 4th
Doctor and Leela uncover magic, theatre, and a monster from the future in
this stylistic story set in 19th Century London, Chinatown, in the foggy
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8211,12
Pre-empted by pledge drives. Doctor Who returns late Fri August 30 at
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 2 of 4
With the 4th Doctor missing/presumed dead, Lady Adrasta needs the unwilling
help of Romana. Meanwhile, an astrologer gets a visitor. A visitor with a
long scarf, a smile, and a knack for annoying big green blobs.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Grays River, WA
DirecTV 12,910 Dish 8620,28
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "Frontios" pts 3+4 of 4
Turlough suffers a breakdown as a race memory of the Tractators floods into
his mind. The information could prove vital in saving humanity.
KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
DirecTV 54,903 Dish 8234,54
Doctor Who pre-empted by pledge drive. Returns September 1.
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA:
Sun 9:30AM, 9:30PM, Mon 4:30AM "" 1 episode
Another adventure for the errant Time Lord. But we don't know which
adventure, because the online listings do not say and no one watching down
there has contacted me.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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