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Friday 29th October 1999

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Fri, 29 Oct 1999
By Benjamin F. Elliott
The Horns Of Nimon have gotten longer, the Dinosaurs are back, good news in Utah, potential trouble in Maine, and the Australian countdown. And it's not even sweeps month yet.
KTEH San Jose, CA has found the solution to the many incomplete episodic versions of the Tom Baker stories that US stations are stuck with - they made their own! Coming Sunday, KTEH will air a complete episodic broadcast of The Horns of Nimon, compiled from both the episodic and movie versions. The work was done by Ken Patterson:

"Well, we had both the edited episodic and the feature version in our library. Using a DVC-Pro digital deck for editing (and to preserve the quality) I took the openings and endings from the episodic version with some overlap in the scenes (for convenient editing) and filled with the footage from the feature version, which is complete (save for some alternate takes at the cliffhangers, which are preserved in the episodic versions)."

Ken did not expect to be able to restore any more Tom Baker installments during KTEH's current run through the stories, but there is always hope for the future. Also, this work was done at KTEH, not BBC Worldwide Americas, so if you convince a PBS station to order the episodic Horns, you're still going to get the edited for syndication version.
BBC Choice has made a last minute schedule change that Doctor Who fans will like. Much of this week's primetime lineup has been tossed to enable them to rerun Invasion of the Dinosaurs. Because of the time slots it is being given, all 4 versions of BBC Choice will air it, instead of just the England version. If you missed those dinosaurs last time, don't miss them again.
KUED 7 in Salt Late City, Utah is looking for volunteers, particularly from the Outer Gallifrey 2 group, to help man the pledge lines for a December Doctor Who pledge drive. It seems they have decided to bring the Doctor back to Utah TV. I don't know the return date for the show yet, only that it is not this weekend. Among the items that will be pledged on to support the show will be a convention poster signed by Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and some of the companions.
MPBC Maine is pulling Doctor Who from their schedule after Saturday's episode - Horror of Fang Rock episode 1. An e-mail asking about the future of the show on their station produced this response: "Unfortunately, the Doctor is on hiatus during these "Red Dwarf" specials. Since we have not completed our December programming schedule, I encourage you to check your December program guide for more details. Your letter and others like it are the best way to show us that there is support for the programming you enjoy."

The rest of the response asked for people to come out and vote on Question 5 on November 2nd . Question 5 asks if MPBC can receive a $9.4 million bond issue earmarked for building their digital stations by 2002, the original federally-mandated time to have digital stations on the air. (I was under the impression that the PBS stations had an extension through 2003.)
UKTV in Australia's Top 10 Doctor Who stories - the stories so far:
10 - The Robots of Death
9 - City of Death
8 - Planet of the Spiders
7 - Earthshock
6 - The Talons of Weng-Chiang
5 - Remembrance of the Daleks
UKTV tentatively plans to finish the top 10 stories on Thursday, November 25, which, according to Jason Fraser of the site, implies that there will be 3 more 4 episode stories and 1 more 6 episode stories. After the weekend replays on November 27 and 28 Doctor Who leaves UKTV for 2 months due to Sapphire and Steel. After that, UKTV will air all the surviving stories in order (they promise).
The UK, Europe, and most of the North American continent are going from Daylight to Standard Time on Sunday. Friday and Saturday listings will be in Daylight Time. Sunday listings on will be in Standard Time. Australia will be going the other direction, changing to Dalight Time. Some acronyms will change, some won't. If you are not changing your time zone, bear that in mind while checking these listings.
Corrections and additions are welcome. And now, the listings:

BCB Radio/real audio
Tue 1PM GMT (8AM EST, 5AM PST) The Who Review monthly show covering UK Doctor Who news, with interviews
BBC Choice (all versions)
Late Sat 12:30AM BST 'Screen Grabs' - Interview Show
Sun 9PM GMT Invasion of the Dinosaurs eps 1+2 of 6
Mon-Thu 8:30PM GMT Invasion of the Dinosaurs eps 3 - 6 of 6

Late Saturday night, David Howe is one of the guests on a BBC Choice show about collecting. Dave Howe has perhaps the largest collection of Doctor Who merchandise on Earth, and will discuss it among other matters. Also, BBC Choice has yanked already planned programming to give viewers another chance to see Invasion of the Dinosaurs. Episode 1 is in Black & White, episode 3 is extended. Because of the time slots it is airing in, all the BBC Choice regions get to see the programme. Only the England variation of BBC Choice has the on-air BBC Choice DOG interfering with the picture, so if you can watch another version, you can see 'Invasion' with nothing blocking the screen at all.
UK Gold
Late Fri 12:30-2:10AM BST The Ark movie
Sun 8:25-10:15AM GMT Logopolis movie

On the Friday night Black & White story, it's the adventures of the survivors of humanity, who travel under The Steel Sky of their spaceship. Dodo's cold causes The Plague to make The Return, which could be The Bomb that erases humanity. On Sunday, Reformation Day involves itself in the story when the Doctor decides to reform the Chameleon Circuit. His efforts are disrupted when an old enemy reforms itself to life, and engages in a policy of revenge and conquest. The final 4th Doctor story.

UK Gold Classic
Sun 6-7:50PM GMT Logopolis movie
Since most people who celebrate Reformation Day are likely to be at Church when Logopolis airs on UK Gold, they may prefer to watch the evening replay, if they have a TV platform that has reformed itself enough to carry the second UK Gold station.
Fri 6:31PM BST Doctor Who And The Silurians (2 eps) of 7 (actually episodes 5+6)
Next Fri 6:31PM GMT Doctor Who And The Silurians ??
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM CET (Not Africa) Destiny of the Daleks ep 2 of 4
Sat 4PM CET/CAT, Sun 11:30AM CET (12:30PM CAT), Mon 11:35AM CET (12:35PM CAT) Destiny of the Daleks ep 3 of 4

Davros has a really bad day. First, he wakes up from Millenia of slumber to come face to face with that scarf-wearing idiot who ruined his life a while earlier. Then, he learns that his Dalek super-race has been stalemated by the androids from the Planet Of No Dress Sense. Finally, it turns out that the Daleks only want him for his mind. How many humiliations must one megalomaniac be expected to experience in one day?
Sat 1PM AEST, Sun 2+8AM AEDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang all 6 eps (#6 story)
Mon 11:30PM AEDT Remembrance of the Daleks ep 4 of 4 (#5 story)
Tue-Fri 11:30PM AEDT '?' eps 1 - 4 of ? (#4 story)
confirmed as Pyramids of Mars)
Over the weekend, the Doctor and Leela tangle with a magician, a large rat, a live ventriloquist's dummy, and a 51st Century butcher, all in the effort to catch a show in 19th Century London. On Monday, the 7th Doctor faces off against Davros and a Dalek army with nothing but some old wires and worn out television sets to back him up. The top 10 stories will probably conclude on November 25.
SPACE: The Imagination Station
Sat 7:30AM EDT The Ambassadors of Death ep 7 of 7
Sun-Mon 7:30AM EST The Sontaran Experiment eps 1-2 of 2
Tue-Fri 7:30AM EST An Unearthly Child eps 1-4 of 4 (An Unearthly Child, The Cave Of Skulls, The Forest Of Fear, The Firemaker)

One week - three Doctors. On Saturday, the 3rd Doctor races to try to stop General Carrington's address to the world about the 'alien menace'. As the clocks go back to Standard Time, the 4thDoctor finds himself on post-solar flare Earth, checking to see if the planet is ready to be re- inhabited. It already is. To finish the week, it's the original Doctor Who story from 1963. Two schoolteachers, concerned about their pupil Susan, follow her home to a junkyard. Inside the junkyard is a blue telephone box ...
BBC America
Sat 6AM+5PM EDT, Sun 8AM+2PM EST The Seeds of Doom movie, part 2 of 3
Bonus Sunday afternoon broadcast thanks to switchover to Standard Time. Saturday morning broadcast moves to 7AM EST effective next week. Back in England, the Doctor, Sarah, UNIT, and an eccentric painter investigate Harrison Chase, the person apparently responsible for the theft of the pod. It seems that the stupid fool wants to bring the deadly seed to life.
MPBC Maine 10, 10, 12, 13, 26
Sat 11:30PM EDT Horror of Fang Rock ep 1 of 4
Last scheduled episode. Early in the 20th Century, lighthouses served as the first defense for ships to keep them from hitting the rocks at night or during bad weather. This is the last story of a particular lighthouse, and the night that a strange fog settled over it. Remember - Question 5 on the Maine voting ballot involves MPBC.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11, 49, 52
Sun 3PM EST The Green Death eps 5+6? of 6 (episode 6 wasn't shown in the end)
The maggots make a fatal mistake. They decide to add some fiber to their diet without checking with their Doctor to make sure that there were no complications.
WQED/WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Hand Of Fear ep 2 of 4
Sarah, her mind taken over by a rather venemous crystal hand, overloads a nuclear reactor. The fictional Nunton nuclear power station portrayed in this story was originally going to be called Nuton to imply that it was a rebuilt version of the station in The Claws Of Axos.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EDT Horror of Fang Rock eps 1+2 of 4
MPT Maryland 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67
Late Sat 12:30AM EDT The Brain of Morbius movie
Not too far from the Doctor's home planet lies a world that few people ever visit, and even fewer depart from alive. Two forces that have had dealings with the Time Lords before fester on this world, blissfully unaware of each other's existence. When the Doctor arrives, both will turn homicidal, and worse, they might meet.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT Resurrection of the Daleks 4 part version, ep 4
The Daleks try to copy the Doctor's memories so they can invade Gallifrey. A suicide mission tries to wipe out the Daleks. Tegan makes a decision. So does Lytton.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Three Doctors ep 4 of 4
Late Sat Mid EDT Carnival Of Monsters ep 1 of 4

First up, poor old Omega has to deal with 3 Doctors and a recorder at the same time! Then, the Doctor's efforts to take Jo to Metebelis Three lead to a conversation with chickens.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT Pyramids of Mars ep 4 of 4
Sutekh forces the Doctor to bring the TARDIS to Mars, so that Sutekh's lackeys could release him.
KTCA 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM CDT Planet of Evil ep 4 of 4
The Doctor engages in desperate measures to force Professor Sorenson for the danger he has placed the Morestan ship in. Is it possible to save the ship without killing the man?
IPTV Iowa 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36
Fri 11:05PM CDT The Green Death ep 6 of 6
Fri 11:30PM CDT The Time Warrior ep 1 of 4

Goodbye, Jo. Hello, Sarah. The 3rd Doctor battles BOSS the computer to save humanity from enslavement, maggots, and terrible singing. Later, an alien who crashes in the 8th Century starts kidnapping scientists from the 20th, attracting the attention of the Doctor and an irritating journalist.
PPTV North Dakota 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) The Ark In Space ep 1 of 4 (this was actually The Hand of Fear)
The TARDIS lands on a space ark in the distant future, where the remnants of humanity slumber away for a signal that forgot to come.
KBDI/K32EO 12, 32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO zip 80205
Pledge week. No episodes. Next week the Friday rerun will move from 11PM to 12:30AM.
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 10:30PM MDT The Androids of Tara movie
Romana finds the 4th segment of the Key To Time, and is promptly attacked by a monster and imprisoned by an evil duke.
KRWG 22 Las Cruces, NM (El Paso, TX)
Sat 10:30PM MDT The Sun Makers movie
Pluto. The smallest, coldest, least attractive planet of the solar system. Or at least it was, until humanity was moved out there and 6 suns were built. The Doctor arrives to find a population pacified by fear, taxed to death by a mysterious Company that is a curious mix of capitalism and communism.
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA zip 99223
Sat 10:30PM PDT (11:30PM MDT) The Caves of Androzani movie
The 5th Doctor and Peri are poisoned by Spectrox Toxemia, a rare fatal disease that one gets by wandering around the caves of Androzani Minor. Also blundering through the caves are Sharaz Jek, the famous villain, a gang of gun-runners, and a semi-corrupt military organization.
KBTC/KCKA 28, 15 Tacoma/Centralia, WA
Sat 7PM PDT The Time Monster eps 1+2 of 6
The Master sets himself up as a Cambridge professor interested in the mechanics of moving items through the gaps of time and space. The 3rd Doctor intensifies his efforts to locate the Master and stop him before he interferes with Earth again.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PST The Horns of Nimon all 4 eps (complete!)
Specially restored by Ken Patterson, this will be the first complete US episodic broadcast of The Horns of Nimon in many years. Roughly 5 minutes of footage have only been available in the movie version. Share it with someone you love.

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