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This Week In Doctor Who - December 21, 2001

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 21, 2001 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 4, No 51 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho/ Welcome to This Week In
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      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - December 21, 2001
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 4, No 51

      Welcome to This Week In Doctor Who, the weekly guide to Doctor Who
      broadcasts on TV. Christmas is here in a few days, though being on a
      Tuesday, the only channel pre-empting Doctor Who episodes is BBC Kids in
      Canada. And no real tie-ins between Doctor Who and Christmas on the
      television. Just as well - Christmas shouldn't be about commercialism or TV
      shows. There are other things to think about.

      Of course, if you really want to associate Doctor Who with Christmas, this
      is the year to do it. It's a tad late to get it for the 25th unless the BBC
      audio releases are being sold in a local store, but "The Daleks' Masterplan"
      is out on CD. Apart from being the longest missing Doctor Who story, it also
      has "The Feast Of Steven", episode 7 of the story, where they forgot about
      the Daleks and had a wild comedy adventure right at Christmas. If you ever
      come across a .way or MP3 file of William Hartnell saying "A Merry Christmas
      To All Of You At Home", it comes from that episode. The CD release of the
      full story has gotten very good reviews - good story, good narration, good
      cleanup, and it has the Christmas episode. In the UK and Australia the BBC
      Audios usually show up on bookstore shelves, for most Americans you'll have
      to use an online realtor like http://www.whona.com/ .

      K9 & Company, the pilot for an unproduced spinoff series featuring Elisabeth
      Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith and John Leeson as the voice of K9, is also set
      at Christmas time, though most of the story features on December 21st and
      just a little bit happens at Christmas. Alas, no station is airing it at
      this time of year, and the video release is no doubt long deleted in the UK
      and Australia. Americans who want to see that story can buy or special order
      it from Borders - Warner Video still sells it in the NTSC format.

      In other Doctor Who matters:

      CANADA - BBC Kids skipped over Pyramids Of Mars a week or so back, going
      straight to The Android Invasion. This is probably because all 4 episodes of
      Pyramids Of Mars will be aired on December 31 as part of a Doctor Who
      marathon. Alas, it is very difficult to get accurate information on what BBC
      Kids is airing, and the various online TV Guides were disagreeing on that
      point. A pity - nothing gets you viewers faster than if people know what you
      are airing.

      USA - Remember, the SCI-FI Channel is airing the 1996 DOCTOR WHO movie
      Christmas Eve at 11PM Eastern/Pacific. Of course, that puts it up against
      many Midnight Christmas Church services that night, not to mention lots of
      people going to sleep early so they can get up early Christmas Day. But if
      you're home and awake at that hour, or you can set your VCR/DVD
      recorder/Tivo/Dishplayer/UltimateTV/any other new recording device out
      there, you can see the most recent full length Doctor Who TV story.

      USA - A couple of schedule errors snuck in last week. WQED Pittsburgh was
      airing episodes 3+4 of Logopolis, not episodes 1+2. KERA in Dallas wasn't
      actually airing Doctor Who at all - it was still pledge season. And MPT in
      Maryland made a late schedule change, which bumped Doctor Who from Midnight
      to 12:25AM last Saturday night (when The Curse Of Peladon aired). Hopefully
      the errors have been flushed out this time.

      USA - As January 1, 2002 approaches, DirecTV and Dish Network are facing the
      consequences of satellite must-carry. In all local TV markets where they
      offer at least one full power station, they have to offer all the stations
      in the market who want to be carried, can get a good signal to them, and
      don't make unreasonable financial demands. 12 of the 14 US broadcasters who
      still air Doctor Who are in areas where DirecTV and Dish provide local
      channels, so they qualify for must carry. As of this writing, DirecTV has
      announced plans to carry 10 of the 12 eligible stations along with many
      other UPN, WB, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, Telefutura, and Independent
      stations effective December 27, 2001, 5 days ahead of the deadline, and
      allowing Doctor Who fans who subscribe to local stations by satellite in
      those markets to see Doctor Who that way before the new year. Dish Network
      has assignments for 5 of the 12 eligible stations, though more are expected
      to appear - Dish is aiming for the January 1 deadline. Where the DirecTV or
      Dish Network channel number is known, I have listed it - otherwise the
      comment TBA (To Be Announced) is in its place.

      DirecTV and Dish Network are going to use Spot Beam technology to carry as
      many local stations as possible without overloading their satellites.
      Essentially, the local channels are only physically available in a
      comparatively small area, leaving that portion of the spectrum open for
      other local stations in the next zone over. DirecTV already has this
      technology in place - Dish is aiming for January. So, when you see multiple
      Doctor Who affiliates with the same DirecTV channel number - it is not an
      error. New Hampshire Public TV seems to be having trouble getting their
      signal to the uplink locations for DirecTV and Dish, so its inclusion in
      local satellite service may be delayed.

      NEW ZEALAND: Just a reminder - Prime TV (at last word) is bringing back
      Doctor Who early in 2002, probably in the 6:30PM weekdays time slot. When
      Prime finally gets around to announcing the return date, the info will
      probably show up on http://www.tetrap.com/drwho/nzdwfc/ first.

      Additions and corrections are welcome at bfelliott@... ,
      bfelliott3 on AOL IM , or thebfe on Yahoo! Messenger. And now, the listings:


      UK Gold http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
      Sat 9:05-11AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" movie, pt 3 of 4 (Terror Of The
      Sun 9:55-11AM GMT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" movie, pt 4 of 4 (The Ultimate
      As the trial continues, the 6th Doctor provides evidence in his defense from
      an adventure in the future, when he battles a race of plants that want to
      wipe out animal life and plan to destroy humanity when they reach Earth.
      As the case approaches a conclusion, an uninvited guest makes life miserable
      for the jury, the 6th Doctor, the Inquisitor, and the Valeyard. The final 2
      episodes of this story were plagued by the unexpected death of Robert Holmes
      before he could finish writing it, the resignation of the script editor who
      was trying to finish it, a new writing team having to create an ending
      without knowing what was intended, and the story running overlength.
      Unbeknowest to the writers and the cast, Colin Baker (6th Doctor) would be
      fired after this story aired, and would not be in the following season.


      BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/
      Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET "The Two Doctors" 6 ep version, pt 1
      Sat 4:25PM, Late Sun 12:55AM CET "The Two Doctors" 6 ep version, pt 2
      Wed Noon CET "The Two Doctors" 6 ep version, pt 3
      Thu Noon CET "The Two Doctors" 6 ep version, pt 4
      The 2nd Doctor's apparent death causes ripples in the 6th Doctor's timeline,
      leading him to investigate. With Peri and a psychologically damaged Jamie
      (Frazer Hines), the Doctor searches to find out what happened in his past
      and complete his former self's mission in the present.


      UKTV http://www.varos.com/drwho/uktv/ http://www.uktv.com.au/
      Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT "Terminus" all 4 eps
      It's actually airing this week, and not two weeks ago as erroneously said
      here two weeks ago. At the center of the Universe, a dead ship serves as a
      colony for lepers with Lazar's Disease. While a corrupt corporation uses the
      colony as a revenue maker, no one is keeping an eye on the ship, which may
      be more alive than anyone realizes.


      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca/
      Weeknights 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
      Fri "The Brain Of Morbius?" ep 1? of 4
      Mon, Tue, + Wed - pre-empted
      Thu "The Brain Of Morbius?" ep 2? of 4
      Fri - pre-empted
      BBC Kids' schedule is unreliable, and they are airing a lot of specials
      right now. If these episodes air, then the 4th Doctor and Sarah are lured to
      a planet near Gallifrey where visitors tend to be murdered by a band of
      fanatical women or used for body parts by a corrupt scientist. Karn may not
      be the best planet to give a 5 star rating to in a travel magazine.
      Remember - December 31st - 8 episodes in a row, including Pyramids Of Mars,
      which BBC Kids skipped a week or so back.


      SCI-FI http://www.scifi.com/
      DirecTV Channel 244
      Dish Network Channel 122
      "Doctor Who" 1996 TV Movie
      East Feed Mon 11PM EST (10PM CST, 9PM MST, 8PM PST, 7PM Alaska, 6PM Hawaii)
      West Feed Mon 11PM PST (Midnight MST, 1AM CST, 10PM Alaska, 9PM Hawaii)
      TV-Movie co-production between the BBC and Universal. Pilot for a new TV
      series which wasn't picked up. Attempting to return the Master's remains to
      Skaro, the Doctor sets down in San Francisco, where he is accidentally
      killed during an emergency operation. When the Doctor comes back to life
      (played by Paul McGann), he finds himself in a race against time to regain
      his memory and stop what's left of the Master from destroying Earth. With
      Daphne Ashbrook as Dr. Grace Holloway and Eric Roberts as "The Master".

      NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org/
      DirecTV Local TBA effective 12/27/01
      Dish Network Local TBA effective 1/1/02
      Late Sat Mid EST "Castrovalva" eps 1+2 of 4
      Late Thu Mid EST "Castrovalva" eps 3+4 of 4
      The 5th Doctor's body is ailing from an unstable regeneration, forcing him
      to retreat to environments of tranquility so he can heal. To aid the
      process, Tegan and Nyssa seek out a planet the TARDIS recommends -
      Castrovalva - where the Doctor can have the time he needs to reconnect with
      his body.

      WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
      DirecTV Local 947 effective 12/27/01
      Dish Network Local 8136 effective 1/1/02
      Sat 11:30PM EST "Castrovalva" eps 1+2 of 4
      See NHPTV for details.

      WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/
      DirecTV Local 909 effective 12/27/01
      Dish Network Local TBA effective 1/1/02
      Sat 4AM+5:30PM EST "Robot" eps 1+2 of 4
      Sat 11PM EST "Robot" eps 3+4 of 4
      The 4th Doctor's first adventure concerns a 7 foot tall robot being
      manipulated to steal nuclear plans and info, leaving death and destruction
      in its path. Who would use a robot for evil? (Ok - who wouldn't?) But who
      would have such a convoluted plan and access to such a machine? The Doctor
      tries to track down the culprits before nuclear war begins - or the robot
      develops a will of its own.

      MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67 http://www.mpt.org/
      DirecTV Local 980 effective 12/27/01
      Dish Network Local TBA effective 1/1/02
      Late Sat Mid EST "The Sea Devils" movie
      The 3rd Doctor and Jo are distracted from their visit to check on the Master
      by the sinking of ships off the coast of the Master's island prison. A race
      of sea creatures has been awakened, and they want to take control of the
      Earth, wiping out humanity in the process. Unless the Doctor can talk them
      into a peaceful alternative. Special appearance by "The Clangers" in episode
      1. It seems even the Master can be conned by television.

      WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/
      DirecTV Local 909 effective 12/27/01
      Dish Network Local 8356 effective 1/1/02
      Sat 11PM EST "Meglos" eps 2+3 of 4
      Meglos, impersonating the 4th Doctor, steals the Dodecahedron from a world
      that needs it to survive. This leads to complications and distress when the
      real Doctor arrives. Guest starring Jacqueline Hill as the religious high

      WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.chicagowho.com/
      DirecTV Local TBA effective 12/27/01
      Dish Network Local TBA effective 1/1/02
      Sat 10PM CST "Logopolis" eps 3+4 of 4
      The Master's foolish meddling inadvertently sets off the destruction of the
      Universe. To save it, the 4th Doctor and the Master must team up to do
      battle with the forces of Entropy. One of them will not survive the
      Pre-empted next week. Returns January 5, 2002.

      WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu/
      Sat 11:35PM CST "The Deadly Assassin" ep 4 of 4
      The real assassin is revealed, as is the man responsible for this death on
      Gallifrey. The mastermind dies before capture, but death doesn't seem to
      mean what it used to. Soon the 4th Doctor faces a plot to destroy all of

      TPT St. Paul, MN http://www.tpt.org/
      analog KTCA 2 digital KTCI-DT 16.5 (2.5)
      DirecTV Local 891 effective 12/27/01
      Dish Network Local 8576 effective 1/1/02
      Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CST "The Creature From The Pit" ep 4 of 4
      Has Erato told the 4th Doctor and Romana the real truth about the future of
      Chloris? Organon and the Doctor think not. A weapon of death is rapidly
      approaching the planet.

      IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com/ http://www.iptv.org/
      analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36 digital KDIN-DT 50 Des Moines, IA
      Sat 11:35PM CST "The Five Doctors" 4 ep version, pts 1+2
      The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, + 4th Doctors, along with many of his companions, are
      yanked out of time and space, leaving the 5th Doctor at the point of
      collapse. In the Death Zone on Gallifrey, the Doctor must find their way to
      the Dark Tower in hopes of finding out who took them all out of time. The
      20th Anniversary story - which originally aired as a 90 minute movie.

      KERA/K24AD Dallas/Wichita, TX http://www.kera.org/
      analog 13,24 digital KERA-DT 14.1 Dallas, TX
      DirecTV Local 889 effective 12/27/01
      Dish Network Local 8406 effective 1/1/02
      Fri 11:50PM CST "The Day Of The Daleks" eps 3+4 of 4
      The readers get Deja-vu, as I accidentally put this in last week's column,
      when KERA wasn't airing any episodes. OOPS! The Doctor tries to find out who
      in the future caused destruction in the soon-to-be present.

      KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org/
      DirecTV Local 910 effective 12/27/01
      Dish Network Local TBA effective 1/1/02
      Sat 11PM MST "Arc Of Infinity" eps 1+2 of 4
      When a being from an anti-matter universe attempts to bond with the 5th
      Doctor, the Time Lords recall him to Gallifrey to investigate. Back on
      Earth, Tegan tries to make contact with a cousin of hers, only to find that
      he has disappeared.

      KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org/
      analog 7,39 digital KUED-DT 42 Salt Lake City, UT
      DirecTV Local 982 effective 12/27/01
      Dish Network Local 8536 effective 1/1/02
      Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MST "The Invasion Of Time" ep 5 of 6
      The 4th Doctor, Borusa, and Leela have evicted the Vardans from Gallifrey.
      Unfortunately, it appears the Vardans had allies. Gallifrey joins the ranks
      of unlucky planets like Earth that manage to get invaded by at least 2
      different armies in the same day.

      KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
      DirecTV Local 970 effective 12/27/01
      Dish Network Local TBA effective 1/1/02
      Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST "Logopolis" eps 1+2 of 4
      The 4th Doctor and Adric visit Earth in search of an actual Police Box (to
      use for measuring the TARDIS). Murder, police, an old enemy, a new airline
      stewardess, and an elusive man in white proceed to cause them a rough day.

      KTEH 54 San Jose, CA http://www.kteh.org/
      DirecTV Local 903 effective 12/27/01
      Dish Network Local TBA effective 1/1/02
      Sun 11PM PST "The Day Of The Daleks" eps 1+2 of 4
      Commandos from the future come to Earth to assassinate Sir Reginald Styles,
      who is trying to negotiate world peace.

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care. Merry Christmas.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright A.D. 2001.
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