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Friday 23rd April 1999

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Fri, 23 Apr 1999
By Benjamin F. Elliott
Last week, WYIN Gary, IN actually aired episode 1 of The Sontaran Experiment, not episode 1 of The Ark In Space as the column had listed. Presumably this station, like WYBE Philadelphia, is trying to air the stories in production order instead of the original broadcast order. Thanks to the WYIN viewer who pointed this out.
Corrections, additions, and updates are always welcome.
And now, on to the listings:

UK Gold
Late Friday from 12:15 to 2:30AM The Dominators movie format
Sunday from 9:20 to 11:05AM The Deadly Assassin movie format

On UK Gold's Black & White Friday night, the 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe visit a peace-loving planet for a vacation. Unfortunately for them, two Dominators visit the planet as well, and they sure aren't looking for a pleasant beach. "Shall we destroy?" Sunday morning (or afternoon if you have a VCR and the timer works properly) the 4th Doctor is summoned back to Gallifrey, where he learns that the President's life is in danger. This is the only TV story where the Doctor does not have a regular companion at any time.

UK Gold Classics
Sunday from 6 to 7:45PM The Deadly Assassin movie format
Same as the Sunday morning broadcast, but at a better time for the few who have this digital station.
BBC Prime
Late Friday at 1AM CET The Ribos Operation episode 1 of 4
Saturday at 9:40AM and 6PM CET The Ribos Operation episode 2 of 4

The 4th Doctor, a new K-9, and new companion Romanadvoratrelundar search for the 1st segment of the key to time on Ribos, a primitive planet that the infamous Graff Vynda-K has infiltrated on a mysterious mission. Trust no one, particularly if they are green, cuddly, have teeth as big as their arms, and are approaching you in a menacing fashion.
Saturday at 1PM, Sunday at 2 and 8AM The Aztecs all 4 episodes (The Temple Of Evil, The Warriors Of Death, The Bride Of Sacrifice, The Day Of Darkness)
Monday at 11:30PM The Romans: Inferno episode 4 of 4
(actually 3-4)
Tuesday through Friday at 11:30PM Pyramids of Mars episodes 1 through 4 of 4 (actually episodes 1-3)
The Who-Files are in their final weeks, as FOXTEL takes a look at Doctor Who historical stories. Over the weekend, the 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan visit the Aztecs. Barbara is mistaken for a god, and the Doctor becomes engaged! The weekday episodes begin with the second half of The Romans, a comedic historical story where the 1st Doctor and Vicki visit Emperor Nero, and Barbara winds up as his slave. Will the Doctor learn to play the liar, er, lyre before he gets to meet the lions. Later that week, the 4th Doctor and Sarah try to reach UNIT again. They get the planet and place right, but they got the time wrong. It's 1911, the year that Earth was destroyed...
North America:
SPACE: The Imagination Station and
Saturday through Tuesday at 7:30AM EDT The Gunfighters the 4 episodes (A Holiday For The Doctor, Don't Shoot The Pianist, Johnny Ringo, The OK Corral)
Wednesday through Friday at 7:30AM EDT The War Machines episodes 1 through 3 of 4

Doctor Who goes to 7 days a week beginning with Saturday, April 24th, presumably to burn off their remaining episodes sooner. In the first story, the 1st Doctor goes to Tombstone, AZ in search of a dentist. Unfortunately, he bears a slight resemblance to the dentist, who happens to be the infamous Doc Holliday. And it so happens that a bunch of outlaws are out to kill Doc Holliday. 'So take up the call boys, the time will be soon / When there's blood upon the sawdust of the Last Chance Saloon!' In The War Machines, the 1st Doctor and Dodo return to 1966, where they meet WOTAN, the ultimate computer. Well, now we know where they got the idea for Hal 5000 from.
MPB Maine 10, 10, 12, 13, 26
No broadcast this week.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11, 49, 52
Sunday at 3PM EDT The Dæmons episodes 3 and 4 of 5
The Master cuts the village completely off from the outside world. His efforts to get Azal to obey him are, shall we say, slightly less effective. The Master gets his own cliffhanger!
WQED / WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday at 11PM EDT The Android Invasion episode 1 of 4
Immediately afterwards - The Keys of Marinus: Sentence of Death episode 5 of 6

The 4th Doctor and Sarah return to Earth, where the dead don't stay dead and the living don't seem alive. Later on, Ian discovers the final key of Marinus, only to lose it and be accused of murder.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Saturday at 11PM EDT Genesis of the Daleks episodes 3 and 4 of 6
The Kaleds move against Davros when it appears that he is taking his Dalek experiments into dangerous territory. The 4th Doctor and Harry try to rescue Sarah. The Thals receive a mysterious visitor, unaware that accepting this man's help may doom the future.
MPT Maryland 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67
Late Friday and Saturday at Midnight EDT The Claws of Axos movie version
The Axons and their spaceship crash-land on Earth. They claim they have the ability to solve all of Earth's problems. Can you really get something for nothing? Meanwhile, Bill Filer, an American security agent, searches for the Master.
WUFT 5 Gainesville, FL
Saturday at 5PM EDT Remembrance of the Daleks movie version
November, 1963. Two school teachers, one of their pupils, and the owner of a junk yard have disappeared. But the search for them has been forgotten. Something nasty has moved into the junk yard. And there are plenty more creatures where it comes from. Can the British military trust the funny little man in the white suit and his oddly dressed assistant? Can they trust anyone else?
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Saturday at 11:40PM EDT Terminus episode 1 of 4
The Black Guardian orders Turlough to try to kill the Doctor again. Turlough goofs, and now it's Nyssa who may die.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Pledge drive continues. No episode.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Saturday at 10PM CDT The Sontaran Experiment episode 2 of 2
The 4th Doctor challenges the Sontaran to single combat to buy the human's time.
LPB Louisiana 13, 18, 24, 24, 25, 27
Saturday at 10PM CDT The Monster of Peladon episodes 4 and 5 of 6
The Ice Warriors declare marshal law. Fanatical Pels, unaware that their leaders have joined the Peladonian leaders in fighting the Warriors, plot to destroy the Citadel.
IPTV Iowa 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 32, 36 and
Friday at 11:05PM CDT Doctor Who And The Silurians episode 7 of 7
Friday at 11:30PM CDT Planet of the Daleks episode 1 of 6

Restored 3rd Doctor episodes in Iowa. The Silurians concludes with Liz Shaw trying to rediscover the cure to the virus. The Silurians made a mess of the lab and kidnapped the Doctor. Very unwise, especially in the final episode of the story. Then, flash forward to Planet of the Daleks. The 3rd Doctor, barely alive after a confrontation with the Master, pursues the Daleks to the planet where they are massing an invasion force.
PPTV North Dakota 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19
Friday at 10:30PM CDT Planet of Evil episode 2 of 4
The 4th Doctor suspects that the scientists are being killed because the planet wants to keep its anti-matter for itself.
KBDI 12 Denver, CO
No episodes this week. Auction.
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA
Saturday at 10:30PM PDT Meglos movie version
The 4th Doctor is trapped in a Chronic Hysteresis while a cactus named Meglos impersonates him to steal a rare artifact that keeps an underground civilization alive. Can he prove his innocence before ~~~ The 4th Doctor is trapped in a Chronic Hysteresis while a cactus named Meglos impersonates him to steal a rare artifact that keeps an underground civilization alive. Will K-9's tail ever ~~~ The 4th Doctor is trapped in a Chronic Hysteresis ...
KBTC / KCKA 28, 15 Tacoma, WA (Seattle, WA)
Saturday at 7PM and 2:30AM PDT, Monday at 7:30PM and 12:30AM PDT The Ambassadors of Death eps 2 and 3 of 7
A well-planned conspiracy stays one step ahead of the 3rd Doctor and the Brigadier as they try to figure out what happened to the astronauts during their months on Mars. How far up does the conspiracy go?
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Late Sunday at Midnight PDT The Pryamids Of Mars all 4 episodes
[It's Auction time at KTEH. Most evening shows on KTEH are being knocked off the air, while Doctor Who is merely airing later.]

1911. Professor Scarman opens an ancient Egyptian tomb, unwittingly unleashing an ancient evil.
BBC America
Saturday at 11AM and 5PM EDT, Sunday at 8AM EDT Revenge of the Cybermen movie version, part 2 of 2
The Cybermen take over Nerva Beacon. Their goal: destroy Voga, the infamous planet of gold. Unfortunately, they've taken on one of the very few space ship crews in Doctor Who history to actually be COMPETENT! And they've teamed up with the Doctor. Edited for extra commercial time. 1 hour.

That's it for this week. Until next week, take care.