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Friday 13th August 1999

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Fri, 13 Aug 1999
By Benjamin F. Elliott
First, some good news. Last weekend, KTCA St. Paul, MN aired a mini-Doctor Who pledge marathon. It didn't receive much press, even by me. But it actually did quite well. Dan McGrath, owner of the Red Dragon Hobby store and Who supporter up there, had this report:

"KTCA's Doctor Who Mini-Marathon and Pledge Drive was on Saturday, August 7th. Episodes 4-6 of Genesis of the Daleks were shown beginning at 10:15PM. 32 volunteers attended to man the phones for Who. KTCA's goal was 200 pledges, and $10,500 raised. While we came in with just slightly under 200 pledges, I think they'll forgive the minor miss, since in dollars, we raised $11,800, $1,300 over their goal, which we believe was set high for TV drama. The KTCA staff was quite pleased, and it looks like Doctor Who will run for another year. Thank you gifts were a 16 month Who calendar, a Doctor Who music cassette, and the Sirens Of Time audio drama on CD."
The much anticipated WQED Sci-Fi Saturday Night Fever pledge drive aired last Saturday. First they showed Back In The Red, the 3 part Red Dwarf VIII season opener. Then came Remembrance of the Daleks, a 7th Doctor story. Finally came Resurrection of the Daleks, a 5thDoctor story. Their special guest in the studio was John Peel, who has written several Doctor Who novels and novelizations, most notably Dalek stories. As of publication time, I do not know if this pledge drive was successful in its goal of keeping Doctor Who in Pittsburgh or not.
WYBE Philadelphia decided to air Seeds Of Doom episode 6 last week after all. At the beginning of last week's broadcast, they had a nice caption saying approximately "Last week we missed episode 6 of The Seeds Of Doom, but you don't have to. We are showing it again - we heard your call - we are showing them in order. (Thanks to Jim Castelli for the caption wording.) It ran at 11PM, pushing Masque Of Mandragora 1 to 11:30PM and delaying Masque Of Mandragora 2 by a week. Presumably they will air Masque 2 and 3 this week, Masque 4 and Hand 1 next week, etc.
WYIN Gary, IN (Chicago, IL) is not the easiest station to keep track of. I know they like Doctor Who, and they're doing their best for the show, but that doesn't make them column friendly. First, they start airing the Doctor Who episodes 1 week ahead of the information in the regular TV listings. Then, just after I've heard the correct schedule information and change what I put in the column, they finally update their website. Assuming the information on their own website is right, I update what I'm putting in the column again to reflect it. Well, their website's wrong. They are still airing episodes 1 week before they say they will air them. Very confusing.
In case anyone's curious, LPB Louisiana's current policy regarding Doctor Who is that it is being rested now but it will be back at a point yet to be determined. I remember this station saying this when they dropped Doctor Who in October or November 1996, and they did pick it back up in July 1997, 8 or 9 months later. LPB dropped Doctor Who this time back in May, 3 months ago.
UK Gold has dropped its late Friday night broadcast of the 60s Black & White stories, effective immediately. The Sunday morning movie, with its Sunday night rerun on UK Gold Classics, remains.
Corrections and updates are always welcome..
And now, the listings:

The UK:
BBC Choice
Sat 7:30PM BST Genesis of the Daleks episode 6 of 6
Davros holds a meeting that will determine whether or not the Daleks survive. This was the only story that BBC Choice was committed to airing in this slot. More Doctor Who stories will almost certainly air on BBC Choice.
UK Gold
Friday broadcast canceled.
Sun 9:25 to 1 1:20AM BST Destiny of the Daleks movie

The 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki have disappeared from UK Gold. Rumour has it that they were ensnared in some kind of web. In the surviving broadcast, the 4th Doctor and a new Romana explore a desolate world. The Doctor soon discovers that he knows this planet only too well.

UK Gold Classics
Sun 6 to 7:50PM BST Destiny of the Daleks movie
Same as UK Gold, but in prime time.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1:05AM CET (not Africa) The Power of Kroll ep 1 of 4
Sat 9:30AM and 6PM CET The Power of Kroll ep 2 of 4

A swamp planet. Slimy green natives. Refinery experts who look suspiciously like guest stars from previous stories. The largest squid that ever existed. What does any of this have to do with the Key To Time? Watch this story, the most popular installment of the 1978-1979 season, and find out.
UKTV and
Sat 1PM, Sun 2 and 7AM Time and the Rani all 4 eps
Sat 3PM, Sun 4 and 9AM DOCTOR WHO 1996 movie
Mon 11:30PM Resistance Is Useless 1992 semi-documentary
Tue-Fri 11:30PM The War Games eps 1 - 4 of 10

Two stories on the weekend. The Rani kidnaps the 6th Doctor, accidentally triggering a regeneration. She then tries to use the 7th Doctor to repair a machine that could give her control over time itself. In the second story, Dr. Grace Holloway operates on the 7th Doctor, accidentally triggering a regeneration. She then tries to use the 8th Doctor to repair the emptiness of her failed engagement. On Monday, Resistance Is Useless, a quasi-documentary filled with surviving clips of lost episodes, airs instead of The Tenth Planet part 4, a lost episode. The rest of the week goes to The War Games, where a perfectly ordinary World War I slaughter ground may not be as innocent as it seems.
SPACE: The Imagination Station and
Sat-Tue 7:30AM EDT The Space Museum eps 1 - 4 of 4 (The Space Museum, The Dimensions Of Time, The Search, The Final Phase)
Wed-Fri 7:30AM EDT The Chase eps 1 - 3 of 6 (The Executioners, The Death Of Time, Flight Through Eternity)

The mysteries of time get explored in this week's episodes. In Space Museum, the time travelers get a glimpse of a future where they are doomed to die. Can they prevent it? Are they supposed to? Later in the week, the Doctor learns from the past that the Daleks plan to exterminate him in the future, which is rapidly approaching the present. Daleks with time travel. Oh dear.
MPBC Maine 10, 10, 12, 13, 26
Sat 11:30PM EDT (12:30AM ADT) The Face of Evil ep 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor battles Xoanon (Tom Baker), the schzoid computer from hell. Leela receives a job offer. Neeva gets annoyed.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11, 49, 52
No episodes this week. Drum corp special.
WQED / WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA
No episodes this week. Drum corp special.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EDT The Masque of Mandragora eps 2 and 3 of 4
In 1492, Sarah and the Doctor battle Mandragora, a being that used the TARDIS to invade Earth. If Mandragora wins, Earth will remains in the Dark Ages forever.
MPT Maryland 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67
Late Fri and Sat 12:30AM EDT The Monster of Peladon movie
Time very approximate after pledged programming. The 3rd Doctor returns to Peladon to see whether his previous visit did any good. He winds up in the middle of a deadly battle between the rulers and the miners, battling for some reason or another. But is this the most important problem for the Doctor to worry about? Final TV appearance of the Ice Warriors to date.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Late Sat 12:30AM EDT Warriors From The Deep ep 3 of 4
Late start due to pledge programming. When last we left the Doctor and Tegan, a biologically impossible monster made out of cloth was on the verge of killing them quite dead. Frankly, it can be more scary when you see a monster, know that it can't possibly do anything, then see it do that thing in spite of what you think.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Late Sat Midnight EDT Frontier In Space eps 5 and 6 of 6
Time Approximate after pledges. The Master plans to spark a war between Earth and Draconia, and reap the benefits once the slaughter is over. Final appearance by Roger Delgado as the Master.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT Terror of the Zygons ep 1 of 4
Having dealt with the twin menaces of Cybermen and friendly but inept WYIN programmers, the 4th Doctor returns to Earth and investigates disappearing oil rigs. The Brigadier wears a kilt. One well-known character is [spoiler deleted], leaving the character between life and death.
KTCA 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM CDT Revenge of the Cybermen ep 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor and crew return to Nerva Beacon. While awaiting the return of the TARDIS, they focus on fighting a space plague. Beware snakes bearing venom.
IPTV Iowa 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36 and
Fri 11:15PM CDT The Time Monster ep 6 of 6
Fri 11:40PM CDT The Three Doctors ep 1 of 4

Late start this week. First up, the Master finally gets everything he wants, and lives to regret it. Only the Doctor can clean up the mess, and not everything can be fixed. Afterwards, a mysterious force attacks the Doctor and eats Bessie the car wonder. The Doctor begins to think that someone wants to get his attention. Then, a recorder appears, as does its disreputable owner ...
PPTV North Dakota 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19
Fri 9-11:30PM CDT (8-10:30PM MDT) The Masque of Mandragora all 4 eps
Hmm. I thought they aired episode 1 of Masque last week. Anyway, the whole story runs as a pledge special this week. The closest thing to a historical story in the 4th Doctor's era. This installment also introduces the wood-paneled console room, believed to be the inspiration for the room in the Paul McGann movie.
KBDI / K32EO 12, 32 Denver / Colorado Springs, CO
No Friday episodes this week.
Sat 10-11:30PM MDT "???"

A 90 minute block titled Doctor Who is scheduled to air after the Drum Corp special. There was no indication what this block would be.
» the following week and the schedule the week after indicated that there was no story in the end.
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 11PM MDT The Face of Evil movie (more likely The Robots of Death)
Time approximate after pledge programs. The Doctor lands on a planet where he is revered as a god and feared as the demon holding the god prisoner. Flattering, but very problematic, what with everyone trying to kill him and such. Keep an eye out for the Horta. I believe we now know which planet the Cybermen invaded to create the Cybermats.
KRWG 22 Las Cruces, NM (El Paso, TX)
No episodes this week. Pledge specials.
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA zip 99223
No episodes this week. Pledge specials.
KBTC / KCKA 28, 15 Tacoma / Centralia, WA zip 98405
Sat 6:30PM PDT The Dæmons eps 3-5 of 5
Early start time. The Master wants Azal to grant him control of Earth. The Brigadier and UNIT can't enter the village because of a deadly heat barrier in the way. The Brigadier's swagger stick meets a tragic end.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 9PM PDT Doctor Who And The Silurians all 7 eps, color restored
Special prime time broadcast. An underground nuclear power plant suffers a series of devastating power failures. As tempers flare and sanity breaks down, a quasi-secret military organization is asked in to save the day.
BBC America
Sat 5PM, Sun 8AM EDT Terror of the Zygons movie, pt 1 of 2
The 4th Doctor returns to Earth. Everyone dons Scottish garb. If an alien menace is planning to take over the world, at least they chose a picturesque place to show up.

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