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Friday 1st October 1999

By Benjamin F. Elliott
by Benjamin F. Elliott
We begin the column this week with a rare exclusive. Most of today's info on BBC Choice has not been reported anywhere else yet.

BBC Choice will air all 6 episodes of Invasion of the Dinosaurs on the night of Friday, October 15th. BBC Choice selected this story because it fits a dinosaur theme that they will be going through at the time. Episodes 1 - 3 will air from 9 to 10:30PM. An unrelated half hour show airs. Episodes 4 - 6 polish off the night beginning at 11PM. Episode 1 (titled 'Invasion' instead of the full title) still only exists in Black & White, so that will be the version used. Episode 3 will be special, however. Before the original broadcast, 2 minutes of footage were cut out of episode 3. Presumably for the first time ever, the longer more-dino version will air! The only question I still have is whether the regional variations will break away at 10PM like most weeknights, or stay with this special. Today's information courtesy of the BBC web site . Go to the TV listings, and search through the upcoming listings for BBC Choice.
Hours after the last This Week column went out around the world, I got an e-mail from DavrosDW regarding NHPTV and its broadcast of Planet of the Daleks. NHPTV had planned to air the 5 episode version of that story, omitting the Black & White episode 3. DavrosDW - and hopefully other column readers - alerted NHPTV to this problem. And NHPTV fixed it! They have made whatever arrangements they had to make, and all 6 episodes of the story are airing - episode 2 and the BW episode 3 this weekend. And they are going to air all 6 episodes of Invasion of the Dinosaurs when it comes around. (I know they have aired the BW episode of Invasion of the Dinosaurs before - I visited New Hampshire in 1996 1 week too late to see it.) Congratulations to NHPTV for looking out for the concerns of their Doctor Who audience, and to DavrosDW.
BBC America is adding a new early broadcast time this weekend, so be advised. As of now, the Doctor Who hour bloc will air Saturday at 6AM and 5PM Eastern Time, and Sundays at 8AM Eastern Time. This weekend there will be a one time only 4th broadcast Sunday at 1PM Eastern. And coming Saturday, October 23rd - The Seeds of Doom, the first new story on BBC America since May!
WYBE Philadelphia, PA aired The Deadly Assassin episode 4 last Saturday at 11PM, to make up for accidentally missing it the previous week. As a result, The Face Of Evil episode 2 aired at 11:30PM, and The Face Of Evil episode 3 was delayed until this week.
UK Gold resumes its Hartnell / Troughton installments this week with The Web Planet. As before, the 60s Who serials are airing late Friday nights.
Technical problems sometimes keep some locations for this column from updating on schedule. In case any new readers don't know, there are several ways to read This Week:
  1. it appears Friday mornings (US Time) on the rec.arts.drwho newsgroup direct from my computer
  2. as part of the Doctor Who Alliance Of North America newsletter - go to to join
  3. Siobahn Morgan's famous Doctor Who Home Page carries the column in plain text, exactly as I wrote it, titled "What episodes are airing this week". Excellent for people who need or want the column without graphics.
  4. Outpost Gallifrey, Shaun Lyon's famous Doctor Who Home Page carries the column as one of its pages, formatted to fit Gallifrey's specs, and sometimes revised from the original version if I make a really bad error that needs correcting.
  5. The Wolves Of Fenric home page , maintained by Roger Clark in the UK, a growing site that likes to play around with graphics (the This Week In Doctor Who title floats across the screen in a pleasing manner) and sound.

And it's always possible that I missed one. So, when one or more of those has problems (and all of them have, thanks to the wonders of computers), just try the others.
Corrections and updates are welcome at
And now, the listings:


BCB Radio
Tue 1PM BST (8AM EDT, 5AM PDT, 11PM AEST) The Who Review 25 minute monthly wrapup of UK Doctor Who events


The UK:
UK Gold
Late Fri 12:30-2:55AM BST The Web Planet movie
Sun 8:55-10:45AM BST Full Circle movie

The Friday night Black & White stories return. This week, the 1st Doctor's TARDIS is dragged down to The Web Planet, where are heroes encounter The Zarbi. They Escape To Danger, and Barbara is imprisoned at the Crater Of Needles. Meanwhile, an Invasion occurs, and our heroes try to reach The Centre of the problem. The Sunday morning serials seem to have permanently moved to an earlier hour. This time, the Doctor has been ordered to take Romana back to Gallifrey. The TARDIS decides to avert this by throwing itself into a Charged Vacuum Emboitement, a freak time space event that traps travellers in a pocket universe, from which few can ever escape ...

UK Gold Classics
Sun 6-7:50PM BST Full Circle movie
Replay of the Sunday morning broadcast.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM CET (Not Africa) The Armageddon Factor ep 4 of 6
Sat 9:30AM + 6PM CET/CAT The Armageddon Factor ep 5 of 6

The Shadow uses K9 as a weapon against the Doctor, to try to get segments 1 through 5 of the Key To Time. Meanwhile, the Time Loop that is keeping everything from being destroyed begins to stretch.
UKTV and
The Top 10 Doctor Who Stories As Chosen By Viewers
Sat 1PM, Sun 2 + 8AM AEST The Robots of Death all 4 eps (#10 of 10)
Mon 11:30PM AEST City of Death ep 4 of 4 (#9 of 10)
Tue-Fri? 11:30PM AEST 'To Be Announced' eps 1 - ? Of ? (#8 of 10)
(confirmed as Planet of the Spiders)
Over the weekend, it's the number 10 story, where a lonely Sandminer vessel is stalked by robots that have become killers, an art deco classic. Early in the week, , the number 9 story, comes to an end. Later in the week is , the number 8 story.
SPACE: The Imagination Station and
Sat 7:30AM EDT The Seeds of Death ep 6 of 6
Sun-Fri 7:30AM EDT The War Games eps 1 - 6 of 10

Saturday morning, the 2nd Doctor develops a portable weapon to stop the Ice Warriors once and for all. Then, the final 2nd Doctor story begins. It looks like a perfectly ordinary hellhole of World War I. But the people there suffer from a strange amnesia. And if you go too far from the battlefield, you wind up in another time and place. Can the 2nd Doctor learn the truth without getting killed?
MPBC Maine 10, 10, 12, 13, 26
Sat 11:30PM EDT (12:30AM ADT) The Talons of Weng-Chiang ep 3 of 6
An assassin tries to eliminate Leela. The Doctor goes for a walk.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11, 49, 52
Sun 3PM EDT Planet of the Daleks eps 2+3 of 6
(It's the real episode 3, not episode 4 disguised as episode 3. Episode 3 is not part of the traditional US package of Pertwee stories.) The Daleks capture the Doctor and blow up the ship which Jo was resting in. Episode 3 only exists in Black & White at the moment. It is apparently the high budget episode, with a suspenseful escape scene and a balloon action scene, if I've read the novelization correctly.

ยป the next edition reported that, as it turned out, episode three wasn't shown after all, episode four was shown instead.
WQED/WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA zip 15201
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Masque of Mandragora ep 2 of 4
As people begin to die, the Doctor realizes that the Mandragora influence has manipulated his TARDIS. Count Frederico prepares to murder his nephew Giuliano, who is next in line for the throne.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EDT The Face of Evil eps 3+4 of 4
Xoanon, the super computer worshipped by both the Sevateem and the Tesh, lures the Doctor into coming for a visit, in order to destroy the Doctor and reaffirm Xoanon's existence. Xoanon - Tom Baker.
MPT Maryland 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67
Late Sat 12:30PM EDT Terror of the Zygons movie
The Brigadier summons the 4th Doctor back to the UK to investigate sinking oil rigs in Scotland. They appear to have been sunk by the Loch Ness Monster.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT Frontios ep 4 of 4
The head Tractator decides to complete his plan to eliminate humans on Frontios. Tegan gets reclassified as a computer with a faulty walk!
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Time Monster eps 2+3 of 6
The Master tries to use the TOM-TIT device to bring The Time Monster into our reality. With control over the Monster, the Master could play all sorts of nasty tricks on history.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT Planet of Evil ep 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor takes on Professor Sorenson, barely a man as his addiction to anti-matter reaches the extreme. If the Doctor can't reach the remains of Sorenson's conscience, the Morestan ship will be destroyed.
KTCA 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:45PM CDT Terror of the Zygons ep 4 of 4
The Loch Ness Monster visits London, as does one of the Zygons. (NOTE: this originally went out in the column on rec.arts.drwho as 11:30PM, but has been moved due to a Dave Matthews concert earlier in the evening.)
IPTV Iowa 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36 and
Fri 11:05PM CDT Frontier In Space eps 4+5 of 6
The Master's plans are dealt a severe blow when the Draconians capture him. Can he finesse the situation and escape before the Draconians learn the truth? Or will the devastating war fail to occur?
PPTV North Dakota 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) Robot ep 1 of 4
PPTV flips back to the beginning of the Tom Baker era. Newly regenerated, the Doctor is talked into investigating a series of robberies of top secret material.
KBDI/K32EO 12, 32 Denver / Colorado Springs, CO zip 80205
Fri 11PM MDT Terror of the Zygons eps 3+4 of 4
Sat 10PM MDT Planet of Evil eps 1+2 of 4

On Friday, the Zygons prepare for their conquest of Earth, while the Doctor has a run-in with the Zygon-enhanced Loch Ness Monster. The next night, the Doctor tries to pilot the TARDIS to London, and winds up on the wrong side of the galaxy on the border between matter and anti- matter.
**New Earlier Start Time On KNME**
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 10:30PM MDT The Invasion of Time movie
The Doctor, apparently suffering from megalomania, returns to Gallifrey and declares himself President of Gallifrey. Once in office, he creates the worst reign of terror that his home planet has ever seen. Tom Baker puts in one of his best performances as The Doctor in this heavily atypical story.
KRWG 22 Las Cruces, NM (El Paso, TX)
Sat 10:30PM MDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang movie
The Doctor and Leela find murder and fog in 19th Century London.
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA zip 99223
Sat 10:30PM PDT (11:30PM MDT) The Awakening movie
The 5th Doctor bring Tegan to Little Hobcome in search of her Grandfather. He's disappeared, and the town is involved in a deadly recreation of a battle in the English Civil War. A fairly short story.
KBTC/KCKA 28, 15 Tacoma / Centralia, WA zip 98405
Sat 7PM PDT The Sea Devils eps 5+6 of 6
The 3rd Doctor locates the Sea Devils and tries to convince them that it is better to make peace with the humans then fight them.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PDT Destiny of the Daleks all 4 eps
The TARDIS has been fitted with a randomizer to keep the Black Guardian off their backs. The first random stop - Skaro, just as the Daleks return to their ancestral home.
BBC America
Sat 6AM + 5PM EDT, Sun 8AM + 1PM EDT The Android Invasion movie, pt 2 of 2
The Kraals prepare to conquer the real Earth, even going so far as to make a duplicate of the Doctor. Final appearance of Harry Sullivan and RSM Benton.

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