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Friday 30th July 1999

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Fri, 30 Jul 1999
By Benjamin F. Elliott
Australian Cable / Satellite subscribers, bad news. UKTV is not airing all 4 episodes of The Tenth Planet after all. The Tenth Planet had been scheduled to air August 11th - 13th, with episode 4 airing on August 16th. In the last week, however, the people at UKTV discovered that episode 4 of TheTenthPlanet is missing (this was apparently a big surprise). They don't have the rights to air incomplete stories at this time, so the rest of The Tenth Planet had to be pulled as well. The replacement programming:

August 11th - 13th: 30 Years In The TARDIS, a 50 minute documentary, at around 17 minutes a night. (Might instead air More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS, the 90 minute video version.)

August 16th: Resistance Is Useless - a 30 minute special with lots of surviving clips from lost stories.

Warning - 30 Years In The TARDIS was pulled from the Who Files last fall hours before being shown in 2 25 minute parts because UKTV discovered they didn't have the rights to show it. I wouldn't be surprised if the schedule changed again.

Also, UKTV has now decided to continue the Who-Files at least into November, with no word on when they will go through the series in order again. For the time being, special ads filmed by Frazer Hines playing Jamie are preceding each broadcast. The Tenth Planet would have begun their collection of final stories for each Doctor. On September 23rd, a collection of the top 10 Doctor Who stories, as chosen by UKTV viewers, will begin.
Other than Australia, Doctor Who has been suspiciously quiet this week in the TV realm. WYIN 56, the station in the Chicago market with the Doctor, has a mini-marathon this week, an old special next week, and, best of all, they've updated their web site for the first time since February. Also, a marching drum band has a special that's going out live on many PBS stations on Saturday, August 14 at 10PM EDT, and delayed in other markets. The special will pre-empt Doctor Who that weekend in New Hampshire, Pittsburgh, and possibly other markets.
Corrections and additions are always welcome. And now, the schedules:

The UK:
BBC Choice
Fri 9-10PM BST 'The Take On Doctor Who' last day of special Who week
The Antique Doctor Who Show 1993 documentary looking at old Who merchandise
The Curse of Fenric episode 4 of 4
Genesis of the Daleks episode 6 of 6
Sat 7:30PM BST Genesis of the Daleks ep 4 of 6

After The Take wraps up on Friday, BBC Choice viewers can once again see the 4th episode of "Genesis", where the aftereffects of Davros' treachery becomes clear. The victorious side in the war is promptly slaughtered. The Daleks are on the move.
UK Gold
Late Fri 12:25 to 2:55AM The Dalek Invasion of Earth movie
Sun 9:25 to 11:15AM The Power of Kroll movie

On the Friday night Black & White, catch the memorable 2nd ever Dalek story. The Daleks take their evil to Earth, and wipe the floor with us. Remade as Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., a 1966 movie with Peter Cushing as Dr. Who. On Sunday, the 4th Doctor and Romana search for the 5thKey of the Key To Time on a swampy moon. This is the weakest story of the Key series, even though it garnered the highest ratings of the six stories. John Leeson goes a long way towards making it watchable in his role as one of the refinery employees, his only appearance in the series where he wasn't playing the voice of K9.

UK Gold Classics
Sun 6 to 7:50PM The Power of Kroll movie
Same as UK Gold's broadcast, but closer to prime time.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1:05AM CET (Not Africa) The Androids of Tara ep 3 of 4
Sat 9:30AM and 6PM CET The Androids of Tara ep 4 of 4

Androids left, right, and center as Count Grendel and the Doctor battle over who will gain control of the throne of Tara. Weddings, sword fights, and K9 the boat pilot.
UK-TV and
Sat 1PM, Sun 2 and 8AM Castrovalva all 4 eps
Mon+Tue 11:30PM The Twin Dilemma eps 3 and 4 of 4
Wed-Fri 11:30PM Time and the Rani eps 1 - 3 of 4

If it's Australia, it must be the Who-Files. Over the weekend, the Doctor's regeneration into his 5th body suffers from complications, leaving him in no position to react when the Master sets off his traps. Early on the weekdays, the new 6th Doctor is slowly becoming less psychotic. Can he recover his senses soon enough to stop the plot of the giant gastropods? The week ends with the beginning of the 7th Doctor. Forced to crash and regenerate by the Rani, an amnesiac Doctor is tricked into helping the Rani repair her equipment.
SPACE: The Imagination Station and
Sat+Sun 7:30AM EDT The Daleks Invasion Of Earth eps 5 and 6 of 6 (The Waking Ally, Flashpoint)
Mon+Tue 7:30AM EDT The Rescue eps 1 and 2 of 2 (The Powerful Enemy, Desperate Measures)
Wed-Fri 7:30AM EDT The Romans eps 1 - 3 of 4 (The Slave-Traders, All Roads Lead To Rome, Conspiracy)

On the weekend, the original TARDIS crew works together for the final time to help Earth free itself from the Daleks. As the weekdays begin, the remaining members land on Dido, where they meet the survivors of a space crash. Did the Didoans kill off most of the crew, or one of the two people still alive? Later in the week, the 1st Doctor and company are in ancient Italy, where Barbara and Ian are kidnaped as slaves, and Vicki and the Doctor are invited to meet Emperor Nero in Rome. See the 1st Doctor in his prime, all this week.
MPBC Maine 10, 10, 12, 13, 26
Sat 11:30PM EDT (12:30AM ADT) The Face of Evil ep 3 of 4
The Sevateem try to attack the barrier to get at the Tesh. Xoanon goes suicidal. The 4th Doctor tries to undo damage he did in the past.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11, 49, 52
Sun 3PM EDT The Time Monster ep 6 of 6
Afterwards - The Three Doctors ep 1 of 4

In "Monster", the Master decides to unleash the Chronovore, no matter what the consequences are, unless the Doctor can stop him of course. Then, a devastating power loss strikes the Doctor's home planet, and anti-matter beings arrive on Earth in search of the Doctor. The entire universe is in danger, and one Doctor just might not be enough. But you can't bring yourself in as a consultant, can you?
WQED / WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA
SCI-FI SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER - The Final Chance To Keep Doctor Who on WQED - Next Saturday! zip 15201
Sat 11PM EDT The Seeds of Doom ep 3 of 6
Afterwards - Doctor Who And The Silurians ep 7 of 7 (color-restored)

In "Seeds", the 4th Doctor returns to England, having disposed of the first deadly seed. However, the second one has made it to England ahead of him, and the Doctor must track it down before the new owner can germinate it. Then, flash back to the 3rd Doctor's era. The Silurians engage in a sneak attack to make sure the Doctor can not find a cure to the disease wiping out humanity.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EDT The Seeds of Doom eps 5 and 6 of 6
In the final portion of "Seeds", the Krynoid takes root, gradually turning all the plants in the region against humanity. As soon as it releases its seeds, it will be able to turn every plant on Earth to evil.

» episode six wasn't shown, as the next edition reported it was The Invasion of Time: Part Six instead!
MPT Maryland 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67
Late Fri Midnight EDT, Late Sat 12:30AM EDT Invasion of the Dinosaurs movie (no ep 1)
Dinosaurs mysteriously appear in Central London, terrorizing the population. The 3rd Doctor tries to investigate, but someone is two steps ahead of him. There's a traitor in UNIT, and the UNIT family as we know it will never seem the same again.
WUFT 5 Gainesville, FL
Hiatus. Contact addresses to support the Doctor - and
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT Warriors of the Deep ep 1 of 4
In the 21st Century, the Soviets are still fighting the Western powers. While they engage in one- upmanship, an unidentified submarine appears. On board the submarine is humanity's worst nightmare.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Mutants eps 1 and 2 of 6
The Time Lords send the 3rd Doctor on a mission to Solos, a planet under the control of the decaying Earth Empire. Within minutes of arriving, he is pulled into a plot of kidnapping, murder, and political intrigue.

» based on future weeks' listings, it seems more likely the episodes were from Frontier In Space instead.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 9-11:30PM CDT Planet of Evil all 4 episodes
Pledge week in Chicago area. Revenge Of The Cybermen returns next week.
KTCA 2 St. Paul, MN
Pledge Marathon Next Week!
Sat 11:30PM CDT Genesis of the Daleks ep 3 of 6
The slave revolt against the Thals goes awry. A surprising turncoat has the ability to end the war.
IPTV Iowa 11, 12, 21 24, 27, 32, 32, 36 and
Fri 11:05PM CDT The Time Monster eps 2 and 3 of 6
The Master begins to play games with the laws of time from his offices at Cambridge University.
PPTV North Dakota 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) The Brain of Morbius ep 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Morbius engage in a Time Lord mind battle.
KBDI / K32EO 12, 32 Denver / Colorado Springs, CO zip 80205
Fri 11PM MDT Genesis of the Daleks eps 3 and 4 of 6
Sat 10PM MDT Genesis of the Daleks eps 5 and 6 of 6

The story of Davros, and how he went from being a respected scientist to being the feared master of the most evil pepper pots in the universe. Occasional appearances by Tom Baker as The Doctor.
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 11PM MDT The Deadly Assassin movie
Target: Time Lord known as The Doctor. Goal: discreditation, then obliteration. Means: Frame for murder. Side benefit: increase in political power. Price for failure: death.
KRWG 22 Las Cruces, NM (El Paso, TX)
Sat 10:30PM MDT The Android Invasion movie
The 4th Doctor and Sarah return to Earth to find it virtually abandoned. Final appearance of Benton and Harry Sullivan.
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA zip 99223
Sat 10:30PM PDT (11:30PM MDT) Snakedance movie
The Mara takes possession of Tegan's mind again, dragging the TARDIS crew back to its homeworld to witness its revenge on the population that expelled it so long ago.
KBTC / KCKA 28, 15
Tacoma / Centralia, WA zip 98405
Sat 7PM PDT Colony In Space eps 5 and 6 of 6
The 3rd Doctor and the Master are abducted by the primitives, who bring them to the underground city to be executed. The IMC gets its revenge on the colonists.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11:35PM PDT Underworld movie
The 4th Doctor and Leela wind up on a voyage of the damned as the join the crew of the Minyans, searching for the race bank that can restart their civilization.
BBC America
Sat 5PM, Sun 8AM EDT Revenge of the Cybermen movie, pt 1 of 2
The 4th Doctor and company return to Nerva Beacon, where most of the crew are now dead. Plague, or that guy from the first episode of Blake's 7?

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