This Week In Doctor Who - June 15, 2001
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - June 15, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 24
The big news over the past week has been that BBC Online plans to finally
broadcast the pilot episode of the planned Doctor Who radio series that was
abandoned by BBC Radio 4 late last year. Only episode 1 was recorded of a
story that has been alternately reported as being 5 or 6 episodes long.
Episode 1 of "Death Comes To Time" features Sylvester McCoy and Sophie
Aldred as the 7th Doctor and Ace, with various guest stars including Stephen
Fry. A preview will be available to download on
http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/ beginning today, June 15th. The full
episode, broken into 6 downloadable segments, will go up on Friday, July
13th, the third anniversary of This Week In Doctor Who (alas, a
coincidence). It will also be the weekend that the Sci-Fi Channel in the US
airs the McGann Doctor Who movie for the first time since its FOX broadcast
KTEH 54 had a very successful pledge night on the 10th, celebrating Doctor
Who's 20thanniversary on their station. They raised more than enough money
to pay for the Jon Pertwee stories they will begin airing next month.
(They're returning to episode format for the Pertwee episodes.) For those
who participated in the online poll to pick the episodes for the marathon,
the winners were:
1st - An Unearthly Child ep 1 - 16% of 1st Doctor voters
2nd - The War Games ep 10 - 27% of 2nd Doctor votes
3rd - The Daemons ep 5 - 13% of 3rd Doctor votes
4th - City Of Death ep 4 - 18% of 4th Doctor votes
5th - The Five Doctors (4 ep version) ep 4 - 17% of 5th Doctor votes
6th - The Two Doctors (6 ep version) ep 2 - 25% of 6th Doctor votes
7th - Survival ep 3 - 13% of 7th Doctor votes
Popular runner-up episodes that just missed getting into the marathon
included The Chase ep 6, The Tomb Of The Cybermen ep 1, The Tomb Of The
Cybermen ep 4, The Mind Robber ep 3, The Three Doctors ep 4, Earthshock ep
4, The Caves Of Androzani ep 4, The Ultimate Foe ep 2, Dragonfire ep 3,
Silver Nemesis ep 3, and Battlefield ep 4. Congratulations to all the
episodes that placed well.
KTEH also presented old pledge pitches made in previous drives for KTEH by
Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Peter Davison, Colin
Baker, and Sylvester McCoy.
This column usually refrains from noting news about video releases, since I
try to keep the focus here on the actual TV broadcasts. But I must admit to
being rather enthused about the US VHS & DVD news that has been publicly
revealed this week. Warner Video has figured out that FOX's policy of
pricing single Doctor Who tapes at $19.98 when virtually all VHS releases in
the US were cheaper doesn't sell tapes, so the prices of Doctor Who videos
will be reduced to a price level where they might actually sell well on
September 11th, the day the first US DVD releases come out ($12.95 for
single tapes). Also, beginning early next year, new releases will come out
simultaneously on VHS and DVD in the US. Full details and updates at Outpost
Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com/ . Click on their news page.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... ,
bfelliott@... , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:
"Interstellar Transmissions" http://www.scifiradioguy.com/ sci-fi news/radio
Sunday - Relaunches as an internet exclusive show. See the website for
details. The show will now be available immediately online, as opposed to
when it was a radio show, with a 10 day delay before going online. Doctor
Who guests (including yours truly) periodically show up on the show, as well
as weekly updates on Doctor Who news.
UK Gold http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
Sun 8:05-10AM BST "Image Of The Fendahl" movie
Black magic, science, the pentagram, and an evil skull collide in the quiet
English countryside. The 4th Doctor and Leela search for the answers before
the end of the world hits. Or at least until tea time.
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET "Enlightenment" ep 1 of 4
Late Thu 12:30AM CET "Enlightenment" ep 2 of 4
*Not seen in all regions. Feeling betrayed by the Black Guardian, Turlough
actively helps the 5thDoctor look into the mysteries on board a sailing ship
run by immortals. But no matter what he does, guilt, doubt, and the Black
Guardian seem destined to destroy him.
UKTV Australia http://www.varos.com/drwho/uktv/ http://www.uktv.com.au/
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST "The Pirate Planet" all 4 eps
Douglas Adams' history with Doctor Who began with this story, the search for
the second segment of the Key To Time. The second segment is apparently on
the planet Calufrax. But when the 4th Doctor and Romana go to search for it,
another planet has taken its place. A planet seemingly run by a pirate
captain with a robotic killer parrot.
Mon-Tue 11:30PM AEST "City Of Death" eps 3 - 4 of 4
Another story Douglas Adams wrote, but the pen name David Agnew was used due
to contract conditions (Douglas Adams was also the script editor). The 4th
Doctor, Romana, and Duggan discover seven Mona Lisa's in Count Scarlioni's
basement - all genuine. Now, assuming that you could make have seven genuine
Mona Lisa's, what would you need them all for?
Wed-Fri 11:30PM AEST "The Creature From The Pit" eps 1 - 3 of 4
On a jungle world where metal is precious and the ruleress is ruthless, the
Doctor finds himself in a pit as potential monster food and K9's existence
is threatened. Geoffrey Bayldon steals the story as Organon, a
not-necessarily-completely-genuine Court Astrologer.
The SCI-FI Channel http://www.scifi.com/
Coming July 15th - "DOCTOR WHO (1996)" starring Paul McGann
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org/
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Armageddon Factor" eps 1+2 of 6
Late Thu Mid EDT "The Armageddon Factor" eps 3+4 of 6
The final segment of the Key To Time. In his search for the first five
segments, the Doctor had to deal with madmen, monsters, plots, and threats.
But he never had to worry about competition. Now he does. And the
competition - named "The Shadow" - knows where the 6th segment is.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Creature From The Pit" eps 3+4 of 4
See UKTV Australia for story details.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/
Sat 4AM EDT "Planet Of Fire" eps 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM EDT "Planet Of Fire" eps 3+4 of 4
Perpeguillium Brown, an American student vacationing with her step-father,
comes across Turlough, a shady red-headed character who saves her life.
Unfortunately, she also meets Kamelion, an android who may be falling back
under the control of the Master, a creepy man in Black. And then there's the
weirdo in the cricket outfit.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67 http://www.mpt.org/
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Rescue" 50 minute movie (The Powerful Enemy, Desperate
The 1st Doctor has lost a step following the departure of Susan. So the
TARDIS takes him to Dido, a world where the natives are peaceful. And
apparently trying to kill his crew. Hmm - something does not add up.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL http://www.wusftv.usf.edu/
Sat 11:40PM EDT "Battlefield" ep 2 of 4
Special time due to long movie. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is called out
of retirement to help deal with the knights from another dimension and the
surprise return of the Doctor. The Brigadier's wife Doris is less than
amused at the prospect of her aging husband putting himself into danger one
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Pirate Planet" eps 2+3 of 4
See UKTV Australia for details.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.wyin.org/
Sat 10PM CDT "City Of Death" eps 3+4 of 4
See UKTV Australia for details.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu/
Sat 11:35PM CDT "Pyramids Of Mars" ep 3 of 4
Sutekh decides that the Doctor is becoming a nuisance.
TPT St. Paul, MN http://www.tpt.org/
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16 (2.5)
Sat 11:30PM, Sat 5:30AM CDT "The Androids Of Tara" ep 2 of 4
The Doctor is hired to make a robot act like a prince. Romana is ordered to
impersonate a robot impersonating a princess.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org/
Fri 11:05PM CDT "Castrovalva" eps 1+2 of 4
Peter Davison takes over as the 5th Doctor. The Doctor's regeneration begins
to fail, forcing him to retreat to the Zero Room to recover. The Doctor
needs plenty of time to relax. Naturally, the Master takes the opportunity
to redirect the TARDIS towards certain heat death.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19 http://www.pptv.org/
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) "Destiny Of The Daleks" ep 2 of 4
The Doctor and the Movellans race the Daleks to find the mysterious item the
Daleks are searching for. But the Movellans seem to know too much about the
KERA 13 Dallas, TX http://www.kera.org/
Late Fri Mid CDT "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 1+2 of 7
Color-restored version. Energy drains at an experimental nuclear power plant
bring the 3rdDoctor, Liz, and the Brigadier to investigate. The only clue to
the power failures is that several people have been killed or driven mad in
the caves connected to the power station.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org/
Pre-empted by pledges, again. Finally returns June 23.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT http://www.kued.org/
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" ep 6 of 6
With key and Time Cabinet in hand, Magnus Greel prepares to return to the
51st Century, refusing to accept that such a trip will rip apart the fabric
of time. KUED is airing the stories in production order instead of broadcast
order, so they will skip to The Invisible Enemy next week.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "The Power Of Kroll" eps 1+2 of 4
Batman had the Bat-tucci dance, which shocked its viewers. Star Trek had the
Tribbles, which confounded its viewers. Babylon 5 had Zathras and his
brother Zathras. And Doctor Who had the "Kroll" dance. Tonight - the Kroll
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA http://www.kteh.org/
Sun 11PM PDT "The War Games" movie, pt 1 of 2
The 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe stumble across a series of Earth wars mixed
together like a deadly jumble sale. Where are they? Who's in charge? And was
Lieutenant Carstairs being groomed as a possible new companion for the
Doctor? The 2nd Doctor's epic final adventure begins.
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 Deadly Assassin" movie, pt 2 of 2
23 years before Keanu Reeves investigated the secrets of "The Matrix", the
4th Doctor entered the APC Net section of the Time Lord matrix to find out
the identity of the true assassin, or die trying.
Tue-Thu/Wed-Fri "The Seeds Of Doom" movie, pts 1 - 3 of 3
Secrets agents Doctor and Sarah are on a mission to protect the Earth from
two newly discovered seed pods, which have the ability to turn all plants
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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