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Friday 24th September 1999

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Fri, 24 Sep 1999
(posted Fri, 24 Sep 1999, via the Doctor Who Alliance)
By Benjamin F. Elliott
It's been a very good week for Doctor Who rumours. The reported movie project is on, off, on, off, on with the Blair Witch Producers, off and never had them, and so on. More immediately relevant to TV viewers, rumours claim that reruns will / will not / will / will not be returning to BBC 2 in November. We'll see. At least that Doctor Who night on November 13th is a definite. The shifting sands of the unconfirmed news grate against the toes.
A couple of months ago, KBTC / KCKA Tacoma / Centralia, WA forgot to air the last 2 episodes of The Mind of Evil. To make up for it, they are going to air those episodes this weekend after their regular 2 episodes. So don't turn the channel at 8PM. It's not over yet.
UK Gold Classics is not re-airing UK Gold's Doctor Who broadcast this week. It appears to be because of an extra long movie. Hopefully this is a one week pre-emption.
WYBE 35 got its tapes mixed up again last week. At 11PM last Saturday, they aired an episode of The Masque of Mandragora instead of episode 4 of The Deadly Assassin. No announcement had been made at publication time regarding when the conclusion of "Deadly" will air.
Corrections and updates are welcome at .
And now, the listings:

The UK:
UK Gold
Sun 8 - 9:50AM BST Meglos movie
Enraged at the news that this story won't get a rerun like all the recent Tom Baker stories have had, Meglos decides to get revenge. To do that, Meglos must impersonate the Doctor. (VCR Alert - The Friday night Hartnell / Troughton stories resume next weekend!)

UK Gold Classics
Pre-empted this week. Unknown if pre-emption is one-time or permanent.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM CET (Not Africa) The Armageddon Factor ep 3 of 6
Sat 9:30AM and 6PM CET/CAT The Armageddon Factor ep 4 of 6

The 4th Doctor and Romana discover the reason why Zeos has been able to successfully fight Atrios for so long. K9 attempts to develop a dance ala the Bat-tussi. Unlike the Bat-tussi, this dance is ignored.
UKTV and
Sat 1PM, Sun 2 and 8AM AEST Survival all 3 eps
Mon-Tue 11:30PM AEST The Robots of Death eps 3 - 4 of 4 (#10 Doctor Who story)
Wed-Fri 11:30PM AEST (#9 Doctor Who story) eps 1 - 3 of ?
(confirmed as City of Death)
Over the weekend, it's the final 7th Doctor story, the story that accidentally predicted the show's long suspension from active duty. The weekday episodes are from the top 10 Doctor Who stories as chosen by UKTV viewers. Unfortunately, UKTV has not yet lived up to its promise of saying what the top 10 stories would be in advance, so for the moment, no one knows what serial will air until the opening credits of episode 1 air.
SPACE: The Imagination Station and
Sat-Sun 7:30AM EDT The Krotons eps 3 - 4 of 4
Mon-Fri 7:30AM EDT The Seeds of Death eps 1 - 5 of 6

Pat Troughton continues as the 2nd Doctor. Spend your weekend with the Krotons, crystalline monsters who are living like vampires upon the Gond population in order to find people intelligent to do what the Krotons want, and stupid enough to not resist.
MBPC Maine 10, 10, 12, 13, 26
Sat 11:30PM EDT (12:30AM ADT) The Talons of Weng-Chiang ep 2 of 6
Someone is stalking the streets of London, and women are disappearing. Leela and the Doctor finds themselves hopelessly involved.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11, 49, 52
Sun 3PM EDT Frontier In Space ep 6 of 6
Sun 3:30PM EDT Planet of the Daleks ep 1 of 6 (5 ep version)

The Doctor, human, and draconian agents pursue the Master to the homeworld of the Ogrons, where they hope to find enough proof of the Master's actions to prevent an intergalactic war. In "Planet", the severely-injured Doctor gets the Time Lords to send the TARDIS in pursuit of the Master's allies, who have their own ideas for interstellar conquest.
WQED/WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA zip 15201
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Masque of Mandragora ep 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor decides to start using a different console room. A literal 'ball of hate' decides to use the Doctor in a plot to conquer Earth.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Website preparing to relaunch. Not much use until next week.
Sat 11PM EDT The Face of Evil eps 2+3 of 4
In the episodes that are supposed to air, the Sevateem are tricked into preparing to fight the Tesh, who are either the guardians protecting Xoanon or the monsters holding him prisoner. The Sevateem are woefully unprepared for the task, and they'd rather kill the Doctor than take his advice.

ยป next edition confirmed that this was The Deadly Assassin: Part Four and The Face of Evil: Part Two instead.
MPT Maryland 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67
Late Sat 12:30AM EDT Revenge of the Cybermen movie
Voga, the planet of Gold. This is the voyage of the space beacon Nerva. It's 50 year mission - to warn space freighters off this strange new world. To keep out new life and new civilizations. To boldly protect a barren lump of rock as no man has protected a barren lump of rock before.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT Frontios ep 3 of 4
Turlough's mental breakdown could prove the key for finding out what is happening to Frontios.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Mutants ep 6 of 6
Late Sat Mid EDT The Time Monster ep 1 of 6

WCET seems determined to rerun these stories that they aired not very long ago. Oh well. The Marshall Plan reaches its zenith. Back on Earth, scientists at Cambridge think they have found a way to send objects through interstitial time. Little did they know that the only people who use the word interstitial in the 1990s use it as a synonym for a commercial.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT Planet of Evil ep 3 of 4
The Morestan ship begins its journey back from Zeta Minor, unaware that there is still anti-matter aboard.
KTCA 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM CDT Terror of the Zygons ep 3 of 4
The Zygons use the Loch Ness Monster in an attempt to kill the Doctor. Sarah decides to brush up on the history of the region. Of course, those pesky Zygons would put the doorway to their spaceship right among the historical documents, wouldn't they?
IPTV Iowa 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36 and
Fri 11:05PM CDT Frontier In Space eps 2+3 of 6
The human authorities interrogate the Doctor and Jo, convinced that our two heroes must know why the Draconians are attacking Earth ships. The one thing Earth is certain about - the Draconians must be the ones responsible.
PPTV North Dakota 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) The Seeds of Doom ep 6 of 6
The Krynoid decides to destroy the Chase mansion, while the Doctor, Sarah, and Scorby are still inside. UNIT, in its last official action of the Tom Baker years, decide to bomb the place. (Well, okay, it was the Doctor's idea, but it's interesting that the last regular UNIT action is to drop a bomb.)
KBDI/K32EO 12, 32 Denver / Colorado Springs, CO
No episodes this week. Pledge specials. Website back online and preparing to relaunch.
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 11PM MDT Underworld movie
The Doctor, Leela, and K9 are drawn into the quest of the Minyans. The Minyans want their future, race banks with the ability to recreate their species. The Doctor finds himself unable to say know, partially because it's the Time Lords' fault that the Minyans have to 'recreate' their species in the first place.
KRWG 22 Las Cruces, NM (El Paso, TX)
Sat 10:30PM MDT The Robots of Death movie
The Doctor and Leela land on a sandminer, a craft that mines for minerals on an impossibly large desert. Just as they arrive, people start to die.
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA zip 99223
Sat 10:30PM PDT (11:30PM MDT) Warriors of the Deep movie
Many years ago, the Silurians were blown to smithereens when they tried to take over the Earth. Almost as many years ago, the Sea Devils were blown to smithereens when they tried to take over the Earth. To get revenge, they team up and try to take over the Earth. Rather single-minded, aren't they?
KBTC/KCKA 28, 15 Tacoma / Centralia, WA zip 98405
Sat 7PM PDT The Sea Devils eps 3+4 of 6
Sat 8PM PDT The Mind of Evil eps 5+6 of 6

In "Sea", the Master's true level of involvement with The Sea Devils are revealed. Then, stick around. The long-delayed conclusion of The Mind of Evil is finally airing. In this special prime- time broadcast, the Master manipulates the inmates in his efforts to disrupt a peace conference, steal a nuclear weapon, and destroy the Doctor, all at the same time. Complication - the 'mind' is going mad, and even the Master can't control it.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11:10PM PDT The Armageddon Factor all 6 eps
Late start due to Space Island One launch. The final segment to the Key To Time is hidden in the chaos that is the interstellar war between Atrios and Zeos. As the Doctor tries to unravel the mystery, he begins to realize that he isn't the only agent who's been looking for the Keys.
BBC America
Sat 5PM, Sun 8AM EDT The Android Invasion movie, pt 1 of 2
The 4th Doctor and Sarah return to Earth. No one recognizes them. And people no longer seem able to die. Something's wrong, all right. 1 hour including commercials.

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