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This Week In Doctor Who - February 1, 2002

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 1, 2002 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 5, No 5 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho/
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2002
      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 1, 2002
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 5, No 5

      Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts around the world.

      AUSTRALIA - News on the TV front. The full story is at
      http://www.varos.com/drwho/uktv/ and http://www.dwca.org.au/ . In brief,
      UKTV, which interrupted their weeknight airings of Doctor Who back in
      December, will resume those 11:30PM broadcasts on Monday 18 March. First up
      will be Attack Of The Cybermen, which was skipped before, followed by The
      Trial Of A Time Lord and the remainder of the series. The weekend broadcasts
      will continue uninterrupted. When UKTV reaches the end of the series this
      time, Doctor Who will be given a "bit of a rest". Thanks to the Doctor Who
      Club of Australia, Jason Fraser, and Brian Lindsey.

      NEW ZEALAND - Prime TV is airing the Peter Cushing movie "Daleks: Invasion
      Earth 2150A.D." on Wednesday, 6 February, at 10:35PM. It is a remake of the
      1st Doctor story "The Dalek Invasion Of Earth". This is the first Doctor Who
      broadcast in New Zealand since last June, when Prime TV interrupted the
      weekday reruns of the series.

      CANADA - BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca/ now has a detailed TV schedule
      online, as opposed to the rather useless listings it had before. I've been
      told that they had the detailed schedule available before I commented in
      last week's column about how hard it is to find out what BBC Kids is doing.
      Apparently the cache on my browser didn't update for BBC Kids to show me
      what they actually had. Hmm.

      As for Doctor Who on BBC Kids, it looks like it will continue airing 5 days
      a week, 4 times a day, for at least the next month or so without
      pre-emptions or extra airings. They're skipping over The Robots Of Death,
      which aired on New Years Eve, airing The Talons Of Weng-Chiang, and then
      returning to Robot, the first 4th Doctor story. Apparently they only bought
      the 72 episodes from Robot 1 to Talons Of Weng-Chiang 6. Hopefully the show
      is performing well enough that BBC Kids will buy additional episodes before
      too long.

      One point to ponder about BBC Kids - they'll have aired 72 episodes of
      Doctor Who in their first 3 and a bit months on the air. BBC America - the
      BBC channel in the US - only aired 66 episodes of the show total, and it
      took them 26 months to premiere all of them. BBC America never aired The
      Talons Of Weng-Chiang.

      USA - Maryland Public TV (MPT) had a technical mixup last weekend. Those of
      us who were watching or taping Frontier In Space last Saturday night noticed
      in horror that 1 hour, 58 minutes, and roughly 40 seconds into the 2 hour,
      15 minute movie, they cut to a commercial and a magazine about living in
      Alaska. The last portion of the show, which ended with a cliffhanger linked
      to the following story, did not air. According to the people at MPT, it was
      an unfortunate case of a clock being mistakenly set to 2 hours instead of 2
      1/2 hours. As of press time, MPT was not planning to repeat Frontier In
      Space this weekend, or re-air it in the near future. Let this be a warning -
      it's not only those of us at home who sometimes have trouble setting our VCR
      clocks. TV stations can get confused too.

      USA - It turns out that WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) pre-empted Doctor Who
      on January 19 for a sports event not on their schedule. As a result, the
      episodes advertised for that night (Four To Doomsday episodes 1+2) were
      moved to January 26, and the second half of that story will air this week.

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


      BCB Bradford http://www.bcb.yorks.com/
      Realplayer Stream http://www.bcb.yorks.com/bcb.ram
      Thu 7-8PM GMT (2-3PM EST, 11AM-12PM PST, 6-7AM AEDT) - "The Who Review"
      BCB's monthly roundup of Doctor Who news and releases throughout the UK. I
      stopped listing the program last year when several attempts to tune in at
      the advertised time resulted in finding rap music in its place. It's
      definitely been back on the air the last couple of months, so it returns to
      the column. The show could start any time between 7 and 7:20, and end any
      time between 7:40 and 8PM, lasting from 25 minutes to an hour. Next
      broadcast 7 March.


      UK Gold http://www.sceneone.co.uk/s1/tv/listings
      Sat 7:10-9AM GMT "The Curse Of Fenric" movie
      Fear, suspicion, and an old Viking curse turns humans into vampires. Unless
      the 7th Doctor and Ace can solve the mystery, the bloodiest battle of World
      War II won't involve the Germans.
      Sun 7:40-9AM GMT "Survival" movie
      Last story of the original series. UK Gold will probably go back to the
      beginning of the Jon Pertwee (3rd Doctor) era next weekend. Visiting her
      hometown, Ace discovers that her old friends are disappearing, one by one.
      Right before each one disappears, a black cat appears. And now the cat is
      shadowing Ace. With Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor.


      BBC Prime http://www.bbcprime.com/
      Late Fri 12:30AM, Sat 4PM CET "Revelation Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, ep 3
      Sat 4:30PM, Late Sun 12:30AM CET "Revelation Of The Daleks" 4 pt version, ep
      An assassin carries out a plan to eliminate Davros, only to find himself
      distracted by a loud man in a louder suit (the 6th Doctor). To eliminate the
      Daleks from their facility, the employees of Tranquil Repose decide to call
      in - *more* Daleks. Suffice it to say those guys will never will the
      strategic planning of the year award.
      Wed Noon CET "The Trial Of A Time Lord" ep 1 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet ep
      Thu Noon CET "The Trial Of A Time Lord" ep 2 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet ep
      Taken out of time and suffering from partial amnesia, the 6th Doctor finds
      himself on trial for meddling in the affairs of other worlds. Exhibit one -
      footage of the time he poked and prodded into the affairs of the planet


      UKTV http://www.varos.com/drwho/uktv/ http://www.foxtel.com.au/
      Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT "Planet Of Fire" all 4 eps
      Under alien control, Kamelion manipulates the TARDIS to drag the 5th Doctor
      into the affairs of Trion, a dying world. The symbol of power on Trion is a
      special triangle - the same triangle that is on Turlough's wrist. And
      Turlough has no intention of explaining why that is.


      Prime TV http://www.tetrap.com/drwho/nzdwfc/ http://www.primetv.co.nz/
      Wed 10:35PM "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150A.D." 1966 theatrical movie
      Colour movie remake of the black & white story "The Dalek Invasion Of
      Earth". Starring the Daleks as themselves, with Peter Cushing as "Dr. Who".
      Dr. Who, Susan, Louise, and a policeman named Tom use the TARDIS to visit
      the future, where they find Earth under the brutal oppression of the Daleks.
      Only previous broadcast of this movie on New Zealand TV was in 1989.


      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca/
      Weekdays 7:30PM, 10:30PM, 2AM, 4AM EST (4:30PM, 7:30PM, 11PM, 1AM PST)
      Fri "The Face Of Evil" ep 3 of 4
      Mon "The Face Of Evil" ep 4 of 4
      Xoanon, a lunatic computer who believes himself to be the 4th Doctor,
      decides to have the two groups of people on the planet kill each other, and
      kill off the Doctor while he's at it. Afterwards, he plans to Oop Oop
      Gleeble Whirp Glam Ding. As I said, the computer's a lunatic.
      Tue-Fri "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" eps 1 - 4 of 6
      London police blotter, 19th Century. 2:45AM. "The mysterious disappearances
      of young ladies continues. Some mad nut (Tom Baker, the 4th Doctor) thinks
      that the Chinese are involved. Some Chinese attacked him. He's
      'appropriated' Professor Litefoot to investigate his theories. Could be
      worse, I suppose. He could have claimed it was an alien from the future."


      I have made a minor change to the DirecTV channel info. The lower channel
      number is the one used on newer receivers, which are likely to replace older
      receivers over time, so it is now listed first.

      NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52 http://www.nhptv.org/
      Dish Network Boston Local 8781 - not yet offered
      Late Sat Mid EST "The Visitation" eps 1+2 of 4
      Late Thu Mid EST "The Visitation" eps 3+4 of 4
      1664 England. The 5th Doctor, Tegan, Adric, Nyssa, and the Sonic Screwdriver
      find Black Death, ordinary death, space aliens, aggrivated locals, and a
      Highwayman. That's the trouble with visitations - whenever you have guests
      over, someone makes a mess.

      WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA http://www.wqed.org/
      DirecTV Pittsburgh Local 13/947
      Dish Network Pittsburgh Local 8136
      Late Sat Mid EST "Kinda" ep 1 of 4
      The 5th Doctor and company land on a forest planet which appeals Kinda
      tranquil. But whatever you do, don't fall asleep.

      WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org/
      DirecTV Philadelphia Local 35/909
      Dish Network Philadelphia Local 8162
      Sat 4AM+5:30PM EST "Genesis Of The Daleks" eps 3+4 of 6
      Sat 11PM EST "Genesis Of The Daleks" eps 5+6 of 6
      The Kaleds and the Thals discover that they face a threat more serious than
      each other - grey metallic monsters called The Daleks. Now both species face
      extinction unless a tall man wearing a long multicolored scarf can wipe them
      out. But the tall man isn't certain if the Daleks should be eliminated. Tall
      man - Tom Baker.

      MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67 http://www.mpt.org/
      DirecTV DC & Baltimore Local 22/980
      Dish Network DC Local 8083 - not yet offered
      Dish Network Pittsburgh Local 8141 - not yet offered
      Dish Network Baltimore Local 8736 - Baltimore Locals not yet offered
      Late Sat Mid EST "Planet Of The Daleks" movie
      Picking up from the climax of Frontier In Space, which you didn't see last
      week, the 3rd Doctor and Jo hunt a Dalek army to the planet Spirodon, where
      experiments in invsibility could give the Daleks a key advantage in the next
      war. Based on the running time indicated on MPT's web site, it appears they
      (again) ordered the 1 hour, 45 minute movie version of this story. The movie
      version is missing an entire episode in the middle, cut out because it is in
      black & white. A number of color scenes are also cut to hide the missing
      episode. My advice - tape this version for comparison - the edit was
      masterfully done. Then, go to your local video store and buy Planet Of The
      Daleks on video so you can see what you missed. Now, if the broadcast runs 2
      hours, 15-20 minutes and has a black & white section in the middle, then
      that would mean they figured it out and got the complete version in time.

      WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org/
      DirecTV Cincinnati Local 48/909
      Dish Network Cincinnati Local 8356
      Sat 11PM EST "Warriors' Gate" eps 2+3 of 4
      Humans use time-sensitive slaves to cross the boundaries of the universes.
      But the boundaries are falling in on each other, secrets from the past and
      future are coming together, and a gateway between the realms is endangered.
      Meanwhile, K9 suffers the metallic equivalent of a stroke, limiting his
      ability to travel in space and time. 4th Doctor - Tom Baker.

      WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) http://www.chicagowho.com/
      Dish Network Chicago Local 8502 - coming soon
      Sat 11PM CST "Four To Doomsday" eps 3+4 of 4
      (Postponed from an earlier date.) The 5th Doctor lets Bigons be bye-gones.

      WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu/
      Sat 11:27PM CST "The Robots Of Death" ep 2 of 4
      Yes, I know it's an odd start time. The shows WILL is airing on Saturday
      nights at the moment have varying lengths. As long as they keep giving the
      actual start time out, it's all good. Oh, you want a story description? The
      4th Doctor and Leela are accused of committing the murders that have been
      occuring on the Sandminer. Fortunately for the Doctor's claims of innocence,
      the murders keep happening ...

      TPT St. Paul, MN http://www.tpt.org/
      analog KTCA 2 digital KTCI-DT 16.5 (2.5)
      DirecTV Minneapolis Local 2/891
      Dish Network Minneapolis Local 8576
      Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CST "The Horns Of Nimon" ep 2 of 4
      Romana investigates strange customs on Skonnos, while the 4th Doctor and K9
      play cricket with the TARDIS and a Black Hole.

      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 "Frontios" eps 3+4 of 4
      A super-intellectual beetle of immense size leads an army that plans to wipe
      out humanity and invade the cosmos. A TARDIS would be ideal as a means to
      help the army spread its power.

      KERA/K24AD Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org/
      analog 13,24 digital KERA-DT 14.1 Dallas, TX
      DirecTV Dallas Local 13/889
      Dish Network Dallas Local 8406
      Late Fri 12:15AM CST "The Three Doctors" all 4 eps
      A Black Hole drains the power from Gallifrey, leaving it vulnerable, then
      sends forces to Earth in an attempt to capture the 3rd Doctor. This story
      was designed to celebrate Doctor Who beginning its 10th Season. Patrick
      Troughton returns as the 2nd Doctor. William Hartnell returns as the 1st
      Doctor. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Seargeant Benton see the inside of
      the TARDIS for the first time. And the plot twist at the end that viewers
      had been expecting for years.

      KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org/
      DirecTV Denver Local 12/910
      Dish Network Denver Local 8211
      Late Fri 12:30AM MST "Snakedance" eps 3+4 of 4
      The 5th Doctor goes on a spiritual quest to find the key to preventing the
      Mara from re-manifesting itself. The Manussan civilization prepares for its
      celebration, unaware that it will bring the Mara into being.
      Sat 11PM MST "Mawdryn Undead" eps 1+2 of 4
      The crippled crew of a space ship park themselves above Earth to seek help
      for their problem. But the presence of the ship sets off a chain of events
      which separates the 5th Doctor from his TARDIS, and retired Brigadier
      Lethbridge-Stewart from his memories.

      KUED/KUES Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org/
      analog 7,39 digital KUED-DT 42 Salt Lake City, UT
      DirecTV Salt Lake City Local 7/982
      Dish Network Salt Lake City Local 8536
      Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MST "The Pirate Planet" ep 1 of 4
      Romana decides to land the TARDIS herself, a thought that terrifies the 4th
      Doctor. When the TARDIS finds itself in the right place, but the wrong
      planet, is it a case of bad TARDIS piloting, or something very sinister.
      This was the first Doctor Who story written by Douglas Adams, who went on to
      write some book series or other that got international attention.

      KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
      DirecTV Seattle Local 28/970
      Dish Network Seattle Local 8620
      Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST "Kinda" eps 1+2 of 4
      See WQED for details.

      KTEH/KCAH 54,25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org/
      DirecTV San Francisco Local 54/903
      Dish Network San Francisco Local 8234
      Sat 11PM PST "The Sea Devils" eps 5+6 of 6
      The 3rd Doctor finds out where the devil the Sea Devils are, while Jo Grant
      and the Royal Navy prepare for The Invasion and a Fury From The Deep.

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2002.
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