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Friday 14th January 2000

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Fri, 14 Jan 2000
by Benjamin F. Elliott
A mere 21 months after its last 'new' Doctor Who broadcast (on April 17, 1998), SPACE: The Imagination Station is planning to treat its viewers to Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., a 1966 colour movie remake of The Dalek Invasion of Earth, a William Hartnell TV story. This version stars Peter Cushing as Dr. Who and Roberta Tovey as Susan. It will air in their late movie slot on Monday, January 24th (Midnight EST, 9PM PST) as part of a series of films on life in 2000+. This was the 2nd Cushing outing as Dr. Who. (Dr Who and the Daleks came out in 1965 as a remake of the original Dalek story.) While the script, acting, and sets were all better than the earlier Cushing film, this film was much less successful in its original release.
The overnight ratings for Doctor Who And The Silurians ep 5 on BBC2 (Tuesday, 11 January) have come in. Based on the early numbers, 1.7 million people watched BBC2's broadcast, though that number always rises when the final tallies come out. Silurians came in fourth in the time slot, beating only Channel 5 among UK terrestrial stations. The first 4 episodes of Silurians have been bringing in about 2 million viewers, not high enough to make BBC2's top 30 list of shows (or get announced in public forums, for some reason). Episode 5 was the first episode to air in competition with TG4 in Ireland's Tuesday Doctor Who broadcasts. I have no information about how many people watched TG4's airing, or which station got more viewers in Ireland.
Last week, MPT aired The Invisible Enemy, one week after airing Image of the Fendahl by mistake. Image was in episode format, while Invisible was in the same movie format that MPT has traditionally used. It remains to be seen whether MPT will switch to episodic format on a regular basis.
Shortly after last week's column went out, updated TV listings showed that TG4 in Ireland was airing 3 Doctor Who episodes a week, not 2. Apologies if anyone missed the Thursday 6PM showing, which was episode 3 of Terror of the Autons.
Additions and corrections are welcome at . And now, the listings:

Tue 1PM GMT (8AM EST, 5AM PST, Late Tue Midnight AEDT) The Who Review
half-hour monthly Doctor Who roundup. Normally airs on the 1st Tuesday of the month, but postponed due to holiday programming.
Tue 6PM GMT Doctor Who And The Silurians ep 6 of 7
The Silurian plaque spreads throughout London, leaving a wave of death.
Restored colour version.
Tue 6PM GMT Terror of the Autons ep 4 of 4
The Master and the Autons manipulate plastic to kill people, to create the panic necessary for an invasion. Black & White version.
Wed-Thu 6PM GMT The Mind of Evil eps 1 - 2 of 6
UNIT is forced to deal with an international peace conference and the disposal of a nuclear missile at the same time. The Brigadier wants to bring in the Doctor, but he's off at a prison investigating a dangerous new technique to civilize prisoners. Black & White, because no colour version of this story is known to exist.
UK Gold
Late Fri Mid-2:45AM GMT The War Games movie, pt 2 of 2
Final scheduled Friday night broadcast at this time. The 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe organize the humans to defeat the minions of the War Lord. Even if they win, how will the Doctor be able to return everyone home?
Sun 10:15-11:25AM GMT The King's Demons movie
The 5th Doctor arrives in 1215, where King John declares him to be an honoured demon.

UK Gold Classics
Sun 6-7:10PM GMT The King's Demons movie
Same day replay which Sky Digital subscribers can get.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM CET (Not Africa), Sat 5PM CET Nightmare On Eden ep 1 of 4
Sun 11:30AM CET, Mon 11:35AM CET Nightmare On Eden ep 2 of 4

Posing as insurance salvagers, the Doctor and Romana try to separate two ships that are attached to each other in dimensionally undesirable ways. Add one hour to times for Africa and more Eastern portions of Europe.
Mon-Tue 11:30PM AEDT An Unearthly Child eps 3 - 4 of 4 (The Forest Of Fear, The Firemaker)
To escape the cavemen, the Doctor and Ian will have to trust each other enough to work together. Or at the very least, they'll have to stop getting furious at each other.
Wed-Fri 11:30PM AEDT The Dead Planet eps 1 - 3 of 7 (The Dead Planet, The Survivors, The Escape)
The TARDIS misses Earth and arrives on a barren world. All life appears to be dead, but a city of metal fascinates the Doctor. The Doctor decides to make sure they stay long enough to explore the city, by whatever means necessary.
SPACE: The Imagination Station
Sat-Sun 7:30AM EST The War Machines eps 3 - 4 of 4
Polly's mind has been taken over by WOTAN. The War Machines prepare to attack London.

Mon-Thu 7:30AM EST The Tomb of the Cybermen eps 1 - 4 of 4
Rediscovered in Hong Kong in 1991, this story sees the 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria joining an archaeological team exploring the lost tombs of the Cybermen. The team's leader believes that all the Cybermen are dead. He is mistaken.

Fri 7:30AM EST The Dominators ep 1 of 5
A radioactive island on a peace-loving planet is disrupted by the arrival of two Dominators, who suck up all the radiation and start drilling. If they are disturbed, they will kill.
BBC America
Sat 7AM, Sun 10AM+5PM EST The Seeds of Doom movie, pt 2 of 3
Returning to England, the 4th Doctor and Sarah work with UNIT and an artist to investigate the activities of Harrison Chase, the most likely person to have stolen the pod.
NHPTV 11, 49, 52
Sun 3PM EST The Monster of Peladon eps 5+6 of 6
The Pels and the Peladon nobility must band together before the Ice Warriors ravage their planet and destroy the Galactic Federation.
WQED/WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EST The Deadly Assassin ep 3 of 4
The Doctor and the assassin engage in a deadly mind battle inside the APC Net, part of the Matrix that contains all Time Lord knowledge.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EST The Invasion of Time eps 3+4 of 6
Andred learns the truth behind the Doctor's betrayal of Gallifrey. Leela develops a force to battle the invaders. K9 gets to use his blaster to do some real damage.
MPT Maryland 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67
Late Sat Mid EST The Sun Makers either movie or all 4 eps
After celebrating Washington's defeat of Tampa Bay in the NFC playoffs, the Doctor and Leela visit Pluto, a normally lifeless heap of rock, currently filled with exploited humans.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EST The Twin Dilemma ep 2 of 4
The 6th Doctor's efforts to recover from the insanity-inducing after-effects of his regeneration are not helped by the news that an old friend of his is responsible for the kidnaping of the twins. And his excuse that Tampa Bay was thrashed by the Washington Redskins in the playoffs doesn't go over well, either.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EST Death to the Daleks eps 2+3 of 4
Weaponless and powerless, the Daleks must try to convince the Doctor and the humans to team up with them in order to save the Dalek mission to Exxilon.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CST The Seeds of Doom ep 5 of 6
Harrison Chase loses the final loops of his sanity and goes out to commune with the killer Krynoid.
KTCA 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:40PM CST The Brain of Morbius ep 1 of 4
On a cold, rainy night, Doctor Solon receives visitors - a young woman and a large man wearing a floppy hat, a brown coat, and an incredibly large scarf. But Solon is more interested in the head ...
IPTV Iowa 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36
Fri 11:30PM CST The Monster of Peladon eps 4-6 of 6
Similar to NHPTV, but also has episode 4, with more antagonism between the Pels and the royalty.
PPTV North Dakota 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19
Fri 10:30PM CST (9:30PM MST) The Deadly Assassin ep 4 of 4
The real villain is revealed, a man that the Doctor knows all too well. The villain plans to destroy Gallifrey to save his own hide.
KBDI/K32EO 12, 32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO zip 80205
Late Fri 12:30AM MST The Seeds of Doom eps 5+6 of 6
Thanks to Chase's actions, the Krynoid has taken over the house and is preparing to take over all the plants on Earth.
Sat 10PM MST The Masque of Mandragora all 4 eps
An vicious ball of fire invades the TARDIS, luring it to 15th Century Italy, where the ball plans to take over the world.(Next episodes air January 28.)
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 10:30PM MST Planet of Evil movie
Trying to get to London 5 minutes before they left Scotland, the Doctor and Sarah wind up in the future at the far end of the galaxy, on a planet that borders the realms of matter and anti-matter.
KRWG 22 Las Cruces, NM (El Paso, TX)
Sat 10:30PM MST The Sontaran Experiment movie
The Doctor, Sarah, and Harry transmat down to Earth, to see if it is inhabitable again. Indeed, it seems to be well enough to support crops again. There's a full-size potato over there wearing body armor and holding a gun!
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM+12:30AM MST Robot ep 3 of 4
Sarah and Harry's lives become endangered as they learn the secrets of the SRS.
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA
Sat 10:30PM PST (11:30PM MST) Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe movie
As the Inquisitor prepares to render her verdict, surprise witnesses arrive, plunging not only the trial, but all of Time Lord society, into chaos.
KBTC/KCKA 28, 15 Tacoma/Centralia, WA
Sat 7PM+12:30AM PST Planet of the Daleks eps 3+4 of 6
Episode 3 is in Black & White. The Doctor must escape from the Daleks and take control of the Thal mission if he is going to defeat the Dalek army.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Late Sun Mid PST The Five Doctors 1995 extended version
(Late start due to auction.) Added scenes, alternate angles, updated special effects and sound. Doctor Who's 20th anniversary story gets a makeover.

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