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This Week In Doctor Who Classic - July 14, 2000

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
    November 23, 2001 38 Years Ago today, on 23 November 1963, Doctor Who premiered on UK TV screens. Since Friday is normally the publication day for This Week In
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 23 3:59 AM
      November 23, 2001
      38 Years Ago today, on 23 November 1963, Doctor Who premiered on UK TV
      screens. Since Friday is normally the publication day for This Week In
      Doctor Who, celebrations could normally be included in the regular column.
      But this is Thanksgiving Weekend in the United States, so much of the
      readership will be away from their computers visiting family. And the
      Chicago TARDIS convention is going on this weekend as well, occupying
      another portion of the readers. Therefore, the regular column went out on

      But some of us are still here, and an anniversary only comes around once a
      year. So I've gone into the archives of this column and dusted off one of
      the best editions. This was the 2nd anniversary edition of This Week In
      Doctor Who, as originally
      published in July of 2000. As a one time experiment, I invited people who
      had helped me on various aspects of producing the column (corrections,
      advise, staying sane) during those first two years to write their own story
      descriptions for the episodes that were airing. So many people put time into
      pulling off this
      special edition, that I think it'll be fun to showcase their efforts once
      again. Relax, have a laugh, and keep your eyes open - you might see some
      names you recognize in there. Possibly your own ...


      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - July 14, 2000

      This Week In Doctor Who turned two years old on the 13th (has it been that
      long?). To mark the event, over twenty fans of the series have provided
      their own story descriptions for the episodes being shown. Without the fans,
      the show would not be on anywhere anymore, and this column would not exist.
      Everyone involved in this special edition has been very helpful to either
      the series in general or This Week in particular. A big round of applause to
      everyone involved, please.

      I would also like to congratulate the Doctor Who Alliance of North America
      Newsletter on its 2nd anniversary, which is on the 17th. Shaun Lyon and the
      Alliance have supported This Week since the very earliest days. I look
      forward to many more years working together.

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

      Radio/Real Audio:

      BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/
      Realplayer Stream http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/realplayer/index_fm.html
      "Dead Ringers" ep 205
      Fri 6:30PM BST (1:30PM EDT, 10:30AM PDT), Sat 12:30PM BST (7:30AM EDT,
      4:30AM PDT)
      "This week on Radio Four we finally admit to bringing Doctor Who back
      without telling anyone. From the dark recesses of the minds of Radio Four,
      comes the second season of the Dead Ringers story. So far the fourth Doctor
      has phoned and annoyed some people before joining the First Doctor by going
      back in time to help the Prince of Denmark... probably to get away from
      those pesky Changing Rooms folks. Will Rolf Harris really see to K9? Will
      the Ground Force team deal with the Krynoids and will the Fourth Doctor
      finally get the telephone number for the Master?"... - Roger Clark



      TG4/TnaG http://www.tg4.ie/tg4.htm http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
      Sat-Sun 5:05PM BST "The Daemons" eps 2 - 3 of 5
      2. - The Doctor is frozen solid by the strange forces unleashed from the
      barrow and is presumed dead, but is later discovered to be in a deep coma. B
      enton and Yates rush to Devil's End in the Brigadier's helicopter, where
      Benton gets to play the hero and rescue a damsel in distress. The Brigadier
      follows them to the village, only to find the road blocked by a barrier of
      intense heat. 3. - The Doctor and Miss Hawthorne disagree over whether
      science or magic is behind the events occurring in Devil's End. Reverend
      Magister, alias The Master, delivers a sermon to his parishioners that
      they'll never forget. The Doctor approaches the heat barrier and instructs
      Sgt. Osgood in how to build a machine which will allow the Brigadier's
      convoy to pass through unharmed. - Gavin Winters

      UK Gold http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
      Sun 8:50-10:55AM BST "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy" movie
      <ring> Programme resources here..... What's that....? Asbestos in the
      ceilings of the TV Centre..... Ah..... How long will it take to clear it...?
      Right..... I'll see what have we got scheduled in the studios for the next
      few days. 'Top of the Pops', OK, they can go out to some nightclub. 'Blue
      Peter', the weather's nice, they can go outside to the garden. 'Newsnight',
      they can struggle at Lime Grove for a few days. 'Doctor Who'.... Ah....
      Something about clowns and a circus, and a woman turning into a werewolf -
      yes, that impressions woman. No, not Janet Brown.... Let me think... Could
      we cancel it...? No...? Not until next year.... Ah... Well all it needs is a
      big tent.... Is Billy Smart's Circus anywhere near London? Oh, Aberdeen....
      What about Cyril Smith, has he got a shirt you could use? Oh, you've tried
      him, he's on holiday and taken his shirt with him. What do you suggest? A
      tent in the 'Grange Hill' carpark at Elstree? Would that work? Mmm, don't
      suppose it matters, it's only 'Doctor Who'. UK Gold: The Greatest Show in
      the Carpark. Sunday 16 July. 8:50 - 10:55 am. - David Brunt

      UK Gold 2 http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
      Sun 6-8:05PM BST "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy" movie
      "Do you like clowns? No? But do they scare you? They scare Ace. So what does
      the Doctor do? He takes her to an intergalactic circus full of robotic ones.
      And that's not all - The Psychic Circus has a dangerous secret; the audience
      never leave. Faced with murderous bus conductors, killer clowns, and
      fanatical fanboys, the Doctor must enlist the help of the most boring
      explorer in the galaxy and his werewolf companion. Can the Doctor polish up
      his juggling act in time to please the gods? And can Ace restrain herself
      from clobbering Captain Cook?" - Mark Phippen


      BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/
      Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 5PM CET "State Of Decay" ep 3 of 4
      Sun+Mon 11:30AM CET "State Of Decay" ep 4 of 4
      *Not seen in all regions.
      The TARDIS crew are trapped in E-Space but have now found themselves at the
      gateway between the universes. Tied to a chair and being used as a time
      sensitive to guide a ship through time and space, Romana finally meets an
      escaped Tharil slave... but are they as friendly as they seem? One of the
      most complex and visually stunning stories concludes with a tearful farewell
      to Romana and K9. The history of the Tharils is finally explained and the
      gateway is opened... but not without the usual danger for all concerned. -
      Roger Clark


      UKTV Australia http://www.varos.com/drwho/uktv/
      Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST "The Ambassadors Of Death" all 7 eps
      Announcer's voice: Next time on Doctor Who:
      Ralph Cornish: Well something took off from Mars.
      Announcer: An exciting adventure, featuring UNIT.
      The Doctor: Someone's threatening to kill Miss Shaw!
      Announcer: A manned mission to Mars returns, with a mystery!
      The Doctor: I don't know what came down in Recovery 7,
      but it certainly wasn't human!
      Announcer: Alien ambassadors, but are they good, or evil?
      Reegan: With these three you can do anything.
      Walk into Fort Knox and help yourself.
      Announcer: Doctor Who - The Ambassadors of Death.
      General Carrington: I'm surprised to see you, Doctor.
      My instructions were that you should be killed.
      Announcer: Coming to UKTV July 16 at 7AM.
      General Carrington: I shall have to attend to the matter myself.
      [Carrington raises the automatic to the Doctor's head.]
      General Carrington: I'm sorry, Doctor, its my moral duty.
      Announcer: Don't miss it - Cameron Mason
      Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEST "Inferno" eps 5 - 7 of 7
      Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEST "Terror Of The Autons" eps 1 - 2 of 4
      "Two other Time Lords come looking for the Doctor: One with a warning, the
      other with a Nestene sphere, a plastics factory and an invasion plan..." -
      Jason Fraser

      Prime TV New Zealand http://www.tetrap.com/drwho/nzdwfc/
      Sun-Tue 6:25PM "The Space Museum" eps 2 - 4 of 4 (The Dimensions Of Time,
      The Search, The Final Phase)
      Following a promising opening episode, the Doctor resists the Mind Probe
      whilst the rest of the crew indulge in some unremarkable corridor running
      with stereotypical rebel Xerons and Morok oppressors. The story introduces
      the Time Space Visualiser (which later gave its name to the New Zealand
      Doctor Who Fan Club's magazine). First New Zealand screening since 1969. -
      Paul Scoones
      Wed-Fri 6:25PM "The Chase" eps 1 - 3 of 6 (The Executioners, The Death Of
      Time, Flight Through Eternity)
      Never before televised in New Zealand. The TARDIS crew are holidaying on
      Aridius when the call comes in - the Daleks have a time machine, and they're
      coming, ready or not! Soon the chase is on! - Alden Bates


      BBC America http://www.bbcamerica.com/
      Weekdays 5AM EDT - 2 episodes daily
      Mon "Pyramids Of Mars" eps 3 - 4 of 4
      Sutekh forces the Doctor into submission, and the TARDIS, after never going
      to the right place with Doctor, decides to work perfectly for Sutekh. The
      Doctor breaks free, and being so preoccupied with the TARDIS's betrayal of
      him, while trying to foil Sutekh, he burns down Mick Jagger's house
      (ironically previously owned by Lord Caernarvon who's death created the myth
      of the Curse of King Tutenkhamen). Tom Baker decides that for the next 10
      stories, he'll give the TARDIS console no screen time. - Mustafa Hirji
      Tue-Wed "The Android Invasion" eps 1 - 4 of 4
      "Could you be very kind and tell us where we are?" Dr. Who and Sarah stumble
      across another harebrained scheme to take over the world. Sure, it's a poor
      man's Terror of the Zygons. But you miss this timeless four-parter at your
      peril--it features the classic scene when Sarah's face falls off! - Matt
      Thu-Fri "The Brain Of Morbius" eps 1 - 4 of 4
      SWM. Early forties. Driven professional with an artistic streak. Owns castle
      and Condo. Seeks same for candle-lit dinner followed by experimentation. You
      must have a good head on your shoulders, a central nervous system (I cannot
      emphasize this last part enough!), and be willing to make a serious
      commitment. Compatibility with any of the known Gallifreyan blood-types an
      asset. Curious? Ad#: 6354 - Tom Robinson (Sloth)

      NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://nhptv.org/
      Sun 3PM EDT "The Brain Of Morbius" eps 3+4 of 4
      Sarah is blinded. More problems, including awareness of Timelord
      interference, has forced Solon to take more drastic steps for putting
      Morbius's brain into a new head and body with some nasty consequences. Also,
      the Doctor tries to help the sisterhood to get back their elixir of life in
      exchange for help to stop the resurrection of Morbius. Will the Doctor
      finally be able to stop Solon from resurrecting the sinister Morbius? Will
      the Doctor even get help from the sisterhood who are willing to sacrifice
      any Timelord as revenge? Also, watch out for the mind-bending contest in
      Part 4 which has put some fan debate as to which of those other unknown
      faces on the screen are either incarnations of Morbius or of the Doctor (We
      may never know). Also, watch out for cameos from the production team playing
      unknown incarnations of either the Doctor or Morbius including Terrence
      Dicks, Robert Holmes and Philip Hinchcliffe. - DavrosDW

      WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
      Sat 11:31PM EDT "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" ep 4 of 6
      The huntress finds herself the hunted until the Doctor prescribes the
      discharge from a "Chinese fowling piece." To make up for the dip in the
      sewers that delighted fans far and wide, the Doctor takes Leela to a show at
      the Palace where Li Hsen Chang's magic act goes awry and signals that the
      "gangrenous ghoul" Weng Chiang and his "pig-brained assassin" Mr. Sin are
      once more on the move. - Raymond Tate

      WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/
      Sat 11PM EDT "The Leisure Hive" ep 4 of 4
      Never mind how bulky lizards can disguise as humans- it's all down to
      collapsible bones or something, Gary Russell explained it later. Just enjoy
      the Angry Young Pangol's plans for the dying Argolins ("We shall begin
      again!") and count the remaining beads on Mena's head. Oh, and the main
      character has been aged into a doddering wreck. You won't see this on The
      Real World or Survivor. - Sean Bradshaw
      Sat 11:30PM EDT "Meglos" ep 1 of 4
      A chronic hysterisis throws the Doctor and Romana in for a loop. Meanwhile,
      K9 learns a lesson in tail-wagging. A chronic hysterisis throws the Doctor
      and Romana in for a loop. Meanwhile, K9 learns a lesson in tail-wagging. A
      chronic hysterisis throws the Doctor and Romana in for a loop. Meanwhile, K9
      learns a lesson in tail-wagging. - Jefferson Eng

      MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67 http://www.mpt.org/
      Late Sat Mid EDT "Earthshock" movie
      The Intergalactic Adric Celebrity Roast! Friends and Enemies gather from
      around the universe to celebrate the most underrated Doctor Who companion to
      date. Sadly Tom Baker and the Daleks were unable to attend, but fortunately
      the Cybermen are able to act as MCs. The big questions: episodic or movie
      form and what will the cyberleader be wearing! Alas, sometimes the BBC takes
      these things to seriously. . . - Jeffrey Jacobs

      WUSF 16 Tampa, FL http://www.wusftv.usf.edu/gateway.htm
      Sat 11:30PM EDT "Revelation Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, ep 2

      WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/
      Sat 11:30PM EDT "Pyramids Of Mars" ep 4 of 4
      Ooh, big explosion, of a pyramid, well that's the pyramids part of the title
      sorted, what about the Mars? Oh, big evil bloke in mask, in a dark room,
      probably on Mars. Glowing green eyes, glowing green Tom, in pain. Bloke in
      mask has one of those really sinister voices, he also has very hi-tech
      L.E.D.s imbedded in the wall. Bloke wants to use the TARDIS, get's the key,
      oops, isomorphic controls, has to possess the Doctor then, travel through
      tunnel-thingy, travel in TARDIS, to Mars! Nice to see a Doctor who doesn't
      gurn when being throttled. traps, puzzles, extendable stick, tiles,
      explosive floor, something about a crystal, automatic lock-in? The old hoary
      (or is it hairy) chestnut of the two guards, one is lying puzzle, been
      there, done that. Crystal destroyed, re-animated dead fella has a heart
      attack or something, Sutekh is loose. Eh? EH? A bit of traditional corridor
      running, back to Earth, Sutekh coming down the tunnel, but ah! There's a
      delay between Mars and Earth! Doctor twiddles knob, stops evil Osiran bloke,
      saves world, but sets fire to the house. No-one alive in house so it doesn't
      matter, world saved, hooray! - Gordon Dempster
      Sat 11:55PM EDT "The Android Invasion" ep 1 of 4
      The Doctor and Sarah stop off in Devesham for a quick pint (of ginger beer,
      naturally!); but the locals aren't what you might call 'talkative'.... -
      Alryssa Kelly

      WYIN 56 Gary, IN http://www.wyin.org/
      Sat 10PM CDT "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" ep 5 of 6
      These wonders are on offer tonight at the Palace Theatre: Weng-Chiang and
      Mr. Sin have stolen the time cabinet. Jago & Litefoot finally meet and in so
      doing become the most beloved Robert Holmes double act. Baffling origins are
      given for Mr. Sin, and they are porcine. Hear cruel pig- like snorting
      laughter! Watch opium used as an aid for severe injury from giant rodent!
      Learn how to navigate through locked doors and via dumb waiters! Plus: what
      sort of face is under Weng-Chiang's leather mask? This and more in episode
      five of "The Talons of Weng-Chiang". And if you're very good, I'll buy you
      an orange. - Sean Bradshaw

      TPT 2 St. Paul, MN http://www.tpt.org/
      Sat 11:35PM, Sun 5:35AM CDT "The Robots Of Death" ep 4 of 4
      The suspenseful mystery is over. Now that there is no longer any need for
      secrecy, the Robots are on a killing rampage. Episode highlight: (robot
      having mistaken one of his shiny pals as the Doctor) "Please do not kill
      me." - Dan McGrath

      IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org/
      Fri 11:35PM CDT "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" eps 4,5,+6 of 6
      Will the Doctor destroy the giant rats or will PETA protest too much? Is
      Professor Lightfoot humming the tune to "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face"
      as Leela gives a rousing rendition of "Wouldn't it Loverly?" ? What about
      the ticket sales for Henry Gordon Jago given that his top draw ends up as a
      rodent repast? And most importantly, will the estate of Sir Arthur Conan
      Doyle sue Robert Holmes? Regardless of these confusing conundrums and
      peculiar paradoxes, the Victorian epic "Talons of Weng-Chiang" wraps up with
      more fireworks than a Chinese news year celebration! - Dr. Siobahn Morgan

      PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19 http://www.pptv.org/
      Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) "Image Of The Fendahl" ep 4 of 4
      Thea gets a new dress and makeover, while the Fendahleen blow tinsel from
      their noses. After everything implodes, everyone settles down for fruitcake
      and tea. All in all, It's rather like Christmas in July in a Lovecraft sort
      of way. - J. Garth Wilcox

      KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org/
      Late Fri 12:30AM MDT "Underworld" eps 3+4 of 4
      "The Doctor and Leela fight the twin terrors of the Oracle and CSO caves as
      they find time repeats itself with the legend of Persephone. Can the Doctor
      develop a perception of depth in time to defeat the evil Seers? And remember
      'The Quest is the Quest'. As if you could forget." - Mark Phippen
      Sat 10PM MDT "The Invasion Of Time" eps 1+2 of 6
      The Doctor undergoes a drastic change in personality before taking the post
      of Gallifrey's Lord President. He then begins some shady dealings which may
      affect the future of the Time Lords...- Keith Brookes

      KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT http://www.kued.org/
      Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT "Planet Of Evil" ep 4 of 4
      The TARDIS gets disappointed that the Doctor won't take it to the X-men
      premier today. So instead of watching a Brit actor playing Magneto fight
      Wolverine, it goes to a strange planet and watches a Brit actor playing the
      Doctor fight a Wolverine look-alike. - Mustafa Hirji

      KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
      Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "Revenge Of The Cybermen" eps 3+4 of 4
      As the Doctor becomes involved with the events on Voga, Sarah-Jane finds
      that the Cybermen have planned a horrible fate for the planet of gold... -
      Keith Brookes

      KTEH 54 San Jose, CA http://www.kteh.org/
      Sun 11PM PDT "The Caves Of Androzani" all 4 eps
      Guns, drugs, and the phantom of the spectrox... Peter Davison ends his
      tenure as the Doctor with a bang, or at least a mud burst. Major fun is had
      on Androzani Minor, and don't forget to bring your bat's milk, because we're
      taking our summer holiday's in The Caves of Androzani. (First broadcast by
      KTEH in it's entirety on Saturday, 26 January, 1985 at 11:15pm) - Ken

      I have been asked to put just one more thing in this week's column:
      "Benjamin: Congratulations on two great years of 'This Week in Doctor Who'!!
      TWIDW is a unique service that Doctor Who fandom should be grateful for...
      so many people use it not only for their own cities, but when traveling too!
      Whenever I've received feedback on my own publication, TWIDW is always
      fondly mentioned. Your weekly contribution to the larger world of Who fandom
      is invaluable, and you have my sincerest thanks. -- Shaun Lyon, Editor, the
      Doctor Who Alliance of North America (a proud partner with TWIDW)"

      Well, thank you Shaun. I'll try to keep it worth reading, Lord willing and
      public supporting.

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

      Benjamin F. Elliott

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