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Friday 20th August 1999

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Fri, 20 Aug 1999
By Benjamin F. Elliott
A quiet week. Nothing shocking happened TV-wise. That's about it.
Corrections and updates welcome at . And now, on to the schedules

The UK:
UK Gold
Sun 9:20 to 11:10AM BST City of Death movie
The 4th Doctor and Romana go to Paris to have a restful vacation. But something is not right. All the Frenchmen seem suspiciously like excellent well-known British actors. More seriously, time is jum +=\ re seriously, time is jumping a track. Written by Douglas Adams in his early period when he was a great writer.

UK Gold Classics
Sun 6 to 7:50PM BST City of Death movie
Time shifted broadcast.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1:05AM CET (Not Africa) The Power of Kroll ep 2 of 4
Sat 9:35AM and 6PM CET The Power of Kroll ep 3 of 4

The Swampies and the manager of the refinery both want to kill the Doctor. This could make it very difficult for the Doctor to help them out in the event that the galaxy's largest octopus awakens.
UKTV and
Sat 1PM, Sun 2 and 8AM More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS
Sat 2:30PM, Sun 3:30 and 9:30AM Resistance Is Useless ?
Mon - Thu 11:30PM The War Games eps 5 - 8 of 10
Fri 11:30PM The War Games eps 9 + 10 of 10

Over the weekend, see classic clips of Doctor Who stories with More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS. In theory, Resistance Is Useless would air afterwards, but I'm not certain about that. During the week, The War Games continues. The 2nd Doctor and company battle a race that wants to use humans as an intergalactic army. To determine the most competent humans, they are making the people fight the most savage wars of history, and picking the survivors. The last 2 episodes air as a double feature on Friday. In those episodes, the Doctor is in a real bind. He can only end the games and send the humans home if he calls in his own people. If he does, they will catch him and punish him for his own actions.
SPACE: The Imagination Station and
Sat - Mon 7:30AM EDT The Chase eps 4 - 6 of 6 (Journey Into Terror, The Death Of Doctor Who, The Planet Of Decision)
Tue - Fri 7:30AM EDT The Time Meddler eps 1 - 4 of 4 (The Watcher, The Meddling Monk, A Battle Of Wits, Checkmate)

Over the weekend, the Daleks continue their relentless pursuit of the Doctor. The TARDIS, in an attempt to show its contempt for this chase, lures the Daleks into an out of control funhouse and onto a planet where the plant life likes to eat people and Daleks. Of course, the TARDIS appears unaware that the same tricks that could kill the Daleks could also kill the Doctor and company. The rest of the week is spent by the coast of England in the Summer of 1066. It's the eerie calm before King Harold must fact both a Viking invasion and a French invasion almost simultaneously. England will be rocked to its very core. And someone with too much knowledge of the future wants to shake England even more.
MPBC Maine 10, 10, 12, 13, 26
Sat 11:30PM EDT (12:30AM ADT) The Robots of Death ep 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor's efforts to teach Leela that most people in the universe are benign and friendly goes very wrong when they wind up on board a paranoid sandminer, where the people are being murdered at an unusually high rate.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11, 49, 52
Sun 3PM EDT The Three Doctors ep 4 of 4
Afterwards - Carnival Of Monsters ep 1 of 4

William Hartnell gives his final television performance in the conclusion of "Three Doctors", a pivotal episode that changes the ground rules for the 3rd Doctor and sets up a major event for the 5th. By the way - no recorders were harmed during the filming of that episode. Later, the 3rdDoctor and Jo find themselves on board a doomed cruise ship in the South Sea in the Summer of 1926. The ship is attacked by an extinct monster.
WQED / WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA zip 15201
No broadcast this week. Viewer favorites airing. Unless, of course, Doctor Who is considered a viewer favorite. Doctor Who returns next week at 11:30PM.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EDT The Masque of Mandragora ep 4 of 4
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Hand Of Fear ep 1 of 4

Mandragora's followers' decide to kill off the nobility of Italy at a costume ball. Later, the 4thDoctor and Sarah land on a quarry that looks suspiciously like an alien planet - until a preplanned explosion buries Sarah.
MPT Maryland 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67
Late Fri Midnight? EDT, Late Sat 12:30?AM EDT Planet of the Spiders movie
Time approximate after pledges. Jon Pertwee finishes his role as the 3rd Doctor in this story. Some time ago, the Doctor removed a crystal from Metebelis Three. Now, its unrightful owners want it back, and are prepared to tear Earth apart to get it. These spiders have set up residence in the monastery where Mike Yates was trying to recover from the events of Invasion of the Dinosaurs. Only story where both of the Doctor's cars appear in the same story. As of publication time, it is unclear exactly when the broadcast will air. The Saturday broadcast is a particular question mark. TV Guide lists this 2 1/4 hour story as airing in a 90 minute slot. MPT's web site was listing it as beginning at 2AM (following a 2 ´ hour broadcast of a 52 minute Blake's 7) and running for 1 hour.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Late Sat 12:15AM EDT Warriors of the Deep ep 4 of 4
The 5th Doctor is running out of options. If he can't convince the Silurians and Sea Devils to desist from their plans to eliminate humanity, he may be forced to wipe them out once and for all.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EDT Planet of the Daleks eps 1 + 2 of 6 (5 episode version)
WCET must have been given the version without episode 3, because it is listed as being 5 episodes long. The Time Lords send the Doctor and Jo to Spirodon, a jungle planet where the Daleks have set up operations. Why would the Daleks want a miserable, killer jungle like that whose only positive aspect is an absence of stairs? That's the real cliffhanger in episode 1, not the fact that Daleks are there.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT Terror of the Zygons ep 2 of 4
Blobby aliens covered in suckers are using advanced technology to impersonate humans. The local hospital becomes a very dangerous place. The Doctor gets an excuse to practice breathing techniques.
KTCA 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM CDT Revenge of the Cybermen ep 2 of 4
Nerva Beacon's traitor appears to have invited the Cybermen to visit. The Doctor and Harry resort to desperate measures to save Sarah's life.
IPTV Iowa 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36 and
No episodes this week. State Fair Coverage.
PPTV North Dakota 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) The Seeds of Doom ep 1 of 6
Having already aired Masque Of Mandragora, PPTV flips back one story. The 4th Doctor and Sarah are sent by UNIT to investigate a mysterious new variety of plant that researchers discover at the South Pole. The Doctor is not the only party interested in the pod.
KBDI / K32EO 12, 32 Denver / Colorado Springs, CO zip 80205
No episodes this week (again). Pledge specials. Doctor Who returns next week.
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 11PM MDT The Robots of Death movie (more likely The Talons of Weng-Chiang)
The Doctor teaches Leela how to use a yo-yo. A sand miner is being plagued by a series of inexplicable murders. When the Doctor arrives, they think they can just blame him and their troubles will be over.
KRWG 22 Las Cruces, NM (El Paso, TX)
No episode this week. Pledge programming.
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA zip 99223
Sat 10:30PM PDT (11:30PM MDT) Terminus movie
» The 3rd Sep edition corrected this to Mawdryn Undead
Turlough's sabotage fails to endanger the Doctor, but accidentally traps Nyssa on board a ship full of lepers. The final Nyssa story.
KBTC / KCKA 28, 15 Tacoma / Centralia, WA zip 98405
Sat 7PM PDT Day of the Daleks eps 1 + 2 of 4
Agents from the 22nd Century come back to the 20th to assassinate a pompous idiot who wants to call a world peace conference to avert a nuclear war. If they succeed, they will never exist.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PDT The Ribos Operation all 4 eps
The Doctor's vacation is interrupted by a man in white. The man has an offer the Doctor can't refuse. With Romanadvoratrelundar, his new assistant, the Doctor goes in search of the segments that make up The Key To Time. First up - a friendly pair of con men want to sell control of a pre- industrial planet to a lunatic warlord. This time, the crooks may have set off events that they won't be able to control.
BBC America
Sat 5PM EDT, Sun 8AM EDT Terror of the Zygons movie, pt 2 of 2
The Loch Ness Monster traipses across the Moors while the Zygons prepare to conquer the world by taking control of London. Final appearance of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart as a semi-regular.

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