This Week In Doctor Who - May 18, 2001
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - May 18, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 20
Friday evening May 18 through Friday morning May 25
(Australia/New Zealand Saturday 19 May through Friday 25 May)
Welcome to the weekly guide to all known Doctor Who broadcasts around the
Outpost Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com/ has received a somewhat more
believable explanation for BBC America's http://www.bbcamerica.com/ decision
to drop Doctor Who than the one that was on BBC America's web site. BBC
America has told Outpost Gallifrey that the revenue from the commercials in
Doctor Who were less than BBC America hoped for. BBC America is still airing
Doctor Who Monday through Thursday at 8AM Eastern and Tuesday through Friday
at 5AM Eastern, but will discontinue airing the series in July.
KTEH 54 in San Jose, CA http://www.kteh.org/ is still running its poll to
find out the most popular episode from each Doctor for their June marathon.
Details on the website. All votes must arrive by e-mail or traditional mail
by June 1st. This marathon will celebrate 20 years of Doctor Who on KTEH.
WCET 48 in Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/ achieved the rare feat of
pleasing fans by *not* airing the advertised episodes. The scheduled
episodes for May 12 were The Ribos Operation episodes 2+3. However, due to a
change in the dates of a recent auction, they had not yet aired The Invasion
Of Time episode 6 and The Ribos Operation episode 1. According to a fan
watching WCET, they aired Invasion Of Time episode 6 and episode 1 of Ribos
Operation on the 12th after all, making their posted schedules wrong, and
avoiding missing any episodes. So, thanks to WCET for airing the wrong
episodes, and by doing so airing the right episodes.
The "Interstellar Transmissions" radio program in West Palm Beach, FL
quietly expanded to 2 hours recently, with a new start time of 10:05PM EDT.
Yours truly will be a guest on that show this weekend during an all-Doctor
Who night. I will be taking part in a roundtable discussion with Charles
Martin and show host Joey Reynolds about the 1996 TV Movie, and why it did
not succeed on FOX. Last I heard, the archived broadcasts were getting to
the live365 website 10 days after they are first broadcast, so people
outside Florida should be able to hear this installment beginning May 30.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... ,
bfelliott@... , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:
WPBR 1340AM West Palm Beach, FL http://hometown.aol.com/scifiradioguy/
MP3 Archive http://www.live365.com/
Sun 10:05PM EDT "Interstellar Transmissions" 2 hour sci-fi news/chat show
Hour 1 - "Why Did The Telemovie Fail On FOX?" - roundtable discussion with
Joey Reynolds, Charles Martin, and Benjamin F. Elliott
Hour 2 - "In Memoriam: Jon Pertwee (1919-1996)" - live listener call-in to
give your memories of Jon Pertwee on the 5th anniversary of his passing. The
561-641-8256 (local Palm Beach line)
UK Gold http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
Sun 8:05-10AM BST "The Robots Of Death" movie
An allegory and attack on communism. With the robots as the huddled masses,
the human crew as their borgeoisie oppressors, and Taran Capel as Lenin, the
leader proclaiming communism while really controlling the gang in secret.
Now, do the Doctor and Leela represent Stalin, Trotsky, or Ronald Reagan's
threat to deploy SDI? I haven't figured out that bit yet.
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET "Terminus" ep 1 of 4
Late Thu 12:30AM CET "Terminus" ep 2 of 4
*Not seen in all regions. Trapped onboard a ship heading toward the center
of the galaxy, the Doctor and Nyssa face space pirates, while Turlough and
Tegan have some time for bonding.
UKTV Australia http://www.varos.com/drwho/uktv/ http://www.uktv.com.au/
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST "The Sun Makers" all 4 eps
There are two constants in the universe - death and taxes. In the telemovie,
the 8th Doctor tried to turn back death. In this story, the 4th Doctor tries
to turn back taxes. The story least loved by tax lawyers.
Mon-Thu 11:30PM AEST "The Androids Of Tara" eps 1 - 4 of 4
The search for the 4th segment of the Key To Time brings the Doctor and
Romana into a land where the peasants run the computers and the gentry play
with swords and chivalry. And dopplegangers shall inherit the kingdom.
Fri 11:30PM AEST "The Power Of Kroll" ep 1 of 4
What is the mighty Kroll? Why is it so worshiped by those guys in green? The
most watched story of season 16 begins.
Prime TV New Zealand http://www.tetrap.com/drwho/nzdwfc/
Sun 6PM "Destiny Of The Daleks" ep 4 of 4
Last rerun in 1988. The Daleks are racing to destroy the Movellans. The
Movellans are racing to destroy the Daleks. And the Doctor must destroy both
of them at the same time, to keep either side from leaving Skaro with
Mon-Thu 6PM "City Of Death" eps 1 - 4 of 4
Last rerun in 1988. Written by Douglas Adams under the pen name David Agnew.
The Doctor and Romana vacation in Paris, where an evil mastermind plots to
steal the Mona Lisa and travel back in time. Fortunately, he's not in a
hurry, so you get to enjoy the Paris scenery along the way.
Fri 6PM "The Creature From The Pit" ep 1 of 4
Last rerun in 1988. The TARDIS receives a distress call - from an egg shell.
A very big egg shell. What was in that shell, anyway? David Brierly joins
the cast as the new voice of K9.
I have decided to move BBC America's listings to the end of the US
information, as that network will be discontinuing its Doctor Who broadcasts
in July. You'll find it right after KTEH.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org/
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Androids Of Tara" eps 3+4 of 4
See UKTV Australia for description.
Late Thu Mid EDT "The Power Of Kroll" eps 1+2 of 4
See UKTV Australia for description.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
Sat 11:30PM EDT "City Of Death" eps 3+4 of 4
See Prime TV New Zealand for details.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/
Pre-empted by the same pledge drive that got you extra Who last week. Next
episodes June 2.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67 http://www.mpt.org/
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Aztecs" movie (The Temple Of Evil, The Warriors Of
Death, The Bride Of Sacrifice, The Day Of Darkness)
Barbara is mistaken for an Aztec god. The Doctor fears that power corrupts,
and that Barbara might try to use her influence to stop the Aztecs from
sacrificing humans, which would alter their culture to the point that it
might not be wiped out by the Spanish. This would create a devastating
change to human history. Neighboring tribes to the Aztecs, who made up most
of the people being slaughtered as sacrifices, probably would not have
shared the Doctor's concern.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL http://www.wusftv.usf.edu/
Sat 11:45PM EDT "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy" ep 2 of 4
The Doctor and Ace are expected to perform before the Psychic Circus. If
you're lousy, you die quickly. If you're entertaining, you die slowly. And
they wonder why most of their acts are so terrible?
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Ribos Operation" eps 2+3 of 4
Postponed from an earlier date.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.wyin.org/
Sat 10PM CDT "Destiny Of The Daleks" eps 3+4 of 4
See Prime TV New Zealand for details. With this broadcast, WYIN goes to 2
Doctor Who episodes a week. Congratulations to Doctor Who fandom in the
WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu/
Sat 11:35PM CDT "Terror Of The Zygons" ep 2 of 4
One of the TARDIS crew has been shot in the head. As the 4th Doctor hunts
for the reason, aliens are slowly impersonating the leaders of Loch Ness.
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 Stones Of Blood" ep 3 of 4
Romana finds herself on board a spaceship in Hyperspace, a theoretical
absurdity. The Doctor tries to brew up a machine to locate her.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org/
Fri 11:05PM CDT "The Keeper Of Traken" eps 1+2 of 4
Back in the regular universe, the 4th Doctor and Adric are sent on a mission
to the planet Traken to weed out the evil that has burrowed into the heart
of that peaceful civilization. Whatever the evil is, it wants to take over
the entire Traken union when its current Keeper dies.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19 http://www.pptv.org/
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) "The Armageddon Factor" ep 4 of 6
Time runs out in the hunt for the Key To Time. The Doctor needs the 6th
segment to complete the key, stop time, and prevent a catastrophe. But with
no idea where it is, and no other options, the Doctor is left with one
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org/
Sat 11PM MDT "State Of Decay" eps 1+2 of 4
Still in E-Space, the TARDIS crew lands on a planet ruled by vampires, with
bats everywhere, and the civilization collapsing.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT http://www.kued.org/
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" ep 2 of 6
The 4th Doctor insinuates himself into the pathology department to further
the investigations into the murders. Fine place for a holiday.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "The Stones Of Blood" eps 1+2 of 4
Key To Time's Log: Stardate - Infinity past teatime. "Well, the Doctor has
found two of my pieces. I have signaled the tracer to take the Doctor to
Earth. It's a small planet of no importance, but my third piece is somewhere
down there. I know it's near a stone circle. Hopefully the natives will be
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA http://www.kteh.org/
Sun 11PM PDT "The Mind Robber" movie
Patrick Troughton at his wildest. The TARDIS travels outside of time to
escape a lava flow, and straight into a land of fiction. Where the slightest
suggestion can alter the flow of reality, not even Jamie's face may be safe
from alteration. With unusually short episodes, this 5 part story lasts the
same length as most 4 part stories. Hang on for the ride.
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 Android Invasion" movie, pt 2 of 2
The Doctor and Sarah must get to Earth to warn humanity about the impending
invasion by the Kraals. Slight problem - the TARDIS went to Earth without
Tue-Wed/Wed-Thu "The Robots Of Death" movie, pts 1 - 2 of 2
See UK Gold for details.
Thu/Fri "Terror Of The Zygons" movie, pt 1 of 2
See WILL 12 Urbana, IL for details.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, so long, and thanks for all the fish.
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