This Week In Doctor Who - July 27, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 30
The upgrades of the This Week In Doctor Who system are now largely complete.
A new computer is in place, allowing me to search schedules and write up the
column at a much faster speed. Now that I am fully online again, expect to
see some modifications to the Yahoo! Group site
in the next week or so.
Expect the sections that only subscribers can access (calendar, files) to
become more interesting. And maybe the front page can be personalized a bit
to look more like interesting than just a drab Yahoo! Group page. It appears
that I am clueless at making html, but perhaps I can convert the Yahoo! site
into a decent home page for TWIDW, at least for now.
Philadelphia, PA area fans were surprised last weekend when the first 2
episodes of Time And The Rani (the first Sylvester McCoy story) aired on
WYBE 35 http://www.wybe.org/
instead of the first half of Attack Of The
Cybermen (the second Colin Baker story). As the days progressed, it turned
out that, at least for a while, some or all of the Colin Baker stories have
been removed from US syndication. Various stories are circulating around
regarding reasons for this situation, but the removal seems to be linked
with the end of one syndication window and the start of another. It is
apparently a temporary situation that should rectify itself. When I know
more concrete information, I will announce it. And for the time being, WYBE
will run through the Sylvester McCoy stories.
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/
, which serves Europe, Africa, and parts
of Asia, is skipping over The Five Doctors in its airings of Doctor Who
episodes. Hopefully this is merely due to The Five Doctors being a 90 minute
episode, as opposed to a clearance problem (they skipped Earthshock due to
clearance problems some months back). If it is merely a length problem, they
could air it as a movie down the road.
Initial web ratings came out early this week about how "Death Comes To
Time", the pilot episode for a 7th Doctor audio story, performed on its
first 3 days being available online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/
. The BBC hoped for 50,000 hits (however they count hits). Fan rumors
claimed that there were 400,000 hits (however the hits were being counted).
The BBC claims that, by whatever method they used to count, there were 1.6
Million hits. It is unclear from that how many listeners actually tuned into
the full episode, but the numbers have apparently pleased many people at the
BBC. Maybe the other episodes of the story will finally be recorded? I still
have not managed to listen to the episode yet, but it has generated strong
reactions. Listeners either love the episode or hate it with an
all-consuming passion. These days, I think anything that gets fans excited
and active is a good first step.
Word came out this week that Big Finish Productions
has had their license for monthly full-length
direct to CD Doctor Who stories renewed for several more years. This column
does not cover the Big Finish releases because they do not air on TV, the
radio, or on the internet. However, they do issue a new Doctor Who story
every month, using members of the original cast. Right now they are
alternating between 5th, 6th, and 7th Doctor stories. In January, a second
season of 8th Doctor (Paul McGann) audios are beginning. If you can get the
audios, and you have the money to spend, they are the best outlet for new
Doctor Who stories to hear these days. UK and Australian readers seem to be
able to get the audios from specialty stores. Most US fans have to order
online, where WhoNA http://www.whona.com/
is the best source available.
And remember, pledge season in the US is coming up (again). Some stations
(like KUED 7 in Salt Lake City) will have Doctor Who pledge specials. Some
stations will pre-empt the show. Some stations will air the regular episodes
with no effort to raise money. And of course WYBE, KBTC, and IPTV will not
have a pledge drive during August at all. Expect weird schedules. And if you
feel so inclined, maybe financially support your station or another one
which is keeping Doctor Who on the air.
Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@...
, bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo!
Messenger. And now, the listings:
BBC Online Doctor Who Site http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/
"Death Comes To Time" radio pilot
Follow the links. Available as just audio or with illustrations.
"The Abominable Snowmen" ep 2 of 6 (photonovel)
Episode 1 and all 6 episodes of Fury From The Deep are still online. A
chance to see the photos of the episodes and get a sense of the experience
that fans had seeing these stories in the 60s.
BCB Radio Bradford, UK http://www.bcb.yorks.com/
RealAudio stream http://www.bcb.yorks.com/bcb.ram/
"The Who Review" monthly update on Doctor Who in the UK, with discussion of
events and reviews of new video/audio/book releases. Airs on cable radio
with a worldwide online simulcast.
Airs at Thu 7ishPM BST (2ishPM EDT, 11ishAM PDT, Friday 4ishAM AEST)
Apparently the show has aired again for the last couple of months, so I am
putting it back in the column. Tim Moon hosts, and it's a lot of fun if it
actually airs. If anyone tunes into the station and they mention, say, a
time or date change for the show, please alert me so I can keep the column
up to date. This show has moved several times in the past.
UK Gold http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
Sat 8:05-11AM BST "The Armageddon Factor" movie
Endgame. The final segment of the Key To Time is the subject of the Doctor's
search. The secret behind its location is hidden in a war between the worlds
of Atrios and Zeos. And the price of victory may be worse than defeat.
Sun 9:05-11AM BST "Destiny Of The Daleks" movie
Before the Daleks set forth on their reign of intergalactic conquest and
general unpleasantness, the Daleks were created. They tried to kill their
creator - eliminate all evidence of his existence. So why do they want to
find him now? This story will be part of the 5 story "Davros" box set coming
out in the UK this fall.
BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET "Warriors From The Deep" ep 1 of
Late Thu 12:30AM CET "Warriors From The Deep" ep 2 of 4
*Not seen in all regions. In 2084, the latest cold war is heating up. Two
factions left threatening each other for control of the Earth. While they
face off, an underwater menace brings forth a fury from the deep, as the
invasion of a seabase begins. The Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough make a voyage
to the bottom of the sea to save the day.
UKTV http://www.varos.com/drwho/uktv/ http://www.uktv.com.au/
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST "Destiny Of The Daleks" all 4 eps
See UK Gold for details.
Mon 11:30PM AEST "State Of Decay" ep 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Romana must destroy the Giant Vampire to free the
peasants and fulfill an ancient Time Lord decree. But where do you get a
stake big enough to kill a vampire the size of a mountain?
Tue-Fri 11:30PM AEST "Warriors' Gate" eps 1 - 4 of 4
The way back. The voyage home. The Doctor and Romana have a chance to avoid
being lost in space for all eternity. A gateway to the main universe has
been found. And greedy humans are trying to exploit it, with disastrous
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org/
Late Sat Mid EDT "City Of Death" eps 3+4 of 4
Time is the friend of Count Scarlioni. The Doctor discovers just how much
the Count is into time. The "Mona Lisa" plot twist, a surprise cameo, and a
race to the past highlight the most popular Doctor Who story of the series.
Enjoy it, or we'll make you fly down from the Eiffel Tower.
Late Thu Mid EDT "The Creature From The Pit" eps 1+2 of 4
Good samaritans Doctor and Romana answer a distress call that was apparently
made by an egg. An incredibly large egg. What kind of creature leaves an egg
like that? The kind that someone would want to trap in a pit, no doubt.
Geoffrey Bayldon steals the show as Organon, the flaky astrologer.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Leisure Hive" eps 3+4 of 4
An accident leaves the Doctor severly aged, and complicates efforts to clear
his name of a murder. Meanwhile, twin plots for conquest are underway.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/
Sat 4AM+5:30PM EDT "Time And The Rani" eps 1+2 of 4
Sat 11PM EDT "Time And The Rani" eps 3+4 of 4
(Due to the current unavailability of the Colin Baker stories, WYBE has
switched to Sylvester McCoy.) The Doctor's regeneration and amnesia leads
him to unwittingly help an evil Time Lady fix a device to alter the fabric
of time. Now, he and Ace must undo the damage and free a people from slavery
who don't seem to want to be helped. Kate O'Mara's impersonation of Mel
(Bonnie Langford) and Sylvester McCoy's portrayal of a Doctor unsure who he
is and who he will be are the highlights of this story.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67 http://www.mpt.org/
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Ark" movie (The Steel Sky, The Plague, The Return, The
It's a shame that new Doctor Who material was not allowed to come to US
television for years. The sound and picture on the US prints of The Ark are
pretty bad, while the version cleaned up for video looks and sounds
beautiful. Until someone decides to send it to the syndicators, you're left
with this blurry version. The 1st Doctor, Steven, and new companion Dodo
stumble across a ship where the descendants of humanity are journeying to a
new world to call home. This is the story of the people on that ship, and
their 700 year voyage to the planet Refusis.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL http://www.wusftv.usf.edu/
Doctor Who is no longer on the WUSF schedule. WUSF departs the column
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/
Sat 11PM EDT "The Power Of Kroll" eps 2+3 of 4
The next episodes will air on August 18. The Doctor, Romana, and Rohm-Dutt
discover the true identity of Kroll. Meanwhile, the Swampies and the humans
running the refinery decide to start killing each other, inadvertently
waking up the sleeping beast. And Kroll is hungry.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.wyin.org/
Sat 10PM CDT "The Horns Of Nimon" eps 3+4 of 4
(Next week, three pledge airings of The Deadly Assassin through the
weekend.) Romana and the Anethians are offered as sacrifices to the Nimon.
Soldeed begins to learn the truth about the great journey of life, and tries
to figure out how he will factor into the new order. Lots of comedy and a
perfidious maze highlight the story.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu/
Sat 11:35PM CDT "The Brain Of Morbius" ep 1 of 4
The Doctor and Sarah land on a world where visitors are either unwelcome or
potential body parts. Not a good place to search for a cup of water.
TPT St. Paul, MN http://www.tpt.org/
analog KTCA 2, digital KTCI-DT 16-5 (2-5)
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT "The Power Of Kroll" ep 4 of 4
The next episode will air on August 11. The death toll rises as Kroll gets
angrier, and everyone wants to kill the Doctor, even though he's the only
one who might be able to stop Kroll. One gets the opinion that these humans
and swamp people were not the geniuses of their respective species.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org/
Fri 11:05PM CDT "Kinda" eps 3+4 of 4
Tegan/Mara attempts to conquer the Kinda people and begin a new reign of
evil. A priestess gives the Doctor a vision of the past and future. Hindle's
insanity grows worse.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19 http://www.pptv.org/
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) "City Of Death" ep 4 of 4
See NHPTV for details. The next episode will air on August 17.
KERA 13 Dallas, TX http://www.kera.org/
Late Fri Mid CDT "The Ambassadors Of Death" eps 6+7 of 7
Black & White. The 3rd Doctor learns the truth about the "ambassadors". But
General Carrington is determined to start a way, and will arrest anyone who
gets in his way. Even the Brigadier.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org/
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT "Logopolis" eps 1+2 of 4
Late Fri 1:30AM, Sat 11PM MDT "Logopolis" eps 3+4 of 4
The next episodes will air on August 25. The 4th Doctor's era ends on a dark
note. The Doctor and Adric are the only ones who can prevent the accidental
destruction of the universe by entropy. Oh dear. Meanwhile, the Master takes
up public speaking.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT http://www.kued.org/
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT "Horror Of Fang Rock" ep 2 of 4
A dead man comes back to life, and the mysterious green creature is nowhere
to be found. This is not a good time to stay in the lighthouse.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "Destiny Of The Daleks" eps 3+4 of 4
See UK Gold for description.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA http://www.kteh.org/
Sun 11PM PDT "Doctor Who and the Silurians" eps 5+6 of 7
Recolored using a US recording of a 1970s TV broadcast. The tail end of
episode 5 and the start of episode 6 had to be colored from scratch, with
vastly inferior results. The 3rd Doctor tries to make peace with the
Silurians, but one of them gets the idea to infect and wipe out humanity.
Anyone infected must be quarantined before it spreads out of the area - or
out of the UK!
Late Sun Mid PDT "Interview With Terry Nation" inventor of the Daleks and
Blake's 7 - 30 minutes
One of KTEH's various interviews with people involved in Docor Who.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.
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