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Friday 28th January 2000

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 28, 2000
by Benjamin F. Elliott
BBC2 - Tom Baker's Back, And So's The Double Episodes, If Only For One Week
UK - On Tuesday, 1 February, BBC2 will jump to Tom Baker's Doctor Who episodes, beginning with Genesis of the Daleks (in case anyone hadn't heard yet). What is more interesting is that 2 episodes will air on 8 February (Genesis Of The Daleks 2+3), beginning at 6PM. They are showing 2 episodes instead of one due to the extensive Snooker coverage that day, which will make it impossible to air their regular 6:25PM programme (Due South). The best ratings that the BBC2 Tuesday reruns achieved to date were on 16 November, when the 6:25PM episode went up from the 6PM episode's score.
UK - BBC Radio 4 has a comedy show called Dead Ringers that airs sometime Friday evenings and 12:30PM GMT on Saturdays. In the last several weeks it has gotten into a habit of airing Doctor Who-ish skits with a Tom Baker impersonator. In the Who skits, "Tom" calls unsuspecting people as the Doctor trying to get help on bizarre matters. The column goes out before the show airs, so I have no way of knowing which weeks will have Who skits material. Radio 4 has a real audio feed. However, there is a copyright issue getting in the way, so Dead Ringers is not available online at this time. Having heard the Doctor Who part of last week's Ringers, I strongly recommend that anyone who lives outside the UK and can't get either the FM or LW versions of this station make friends with someone in the UK who can send them tapes.
Australia - UKTV in Australia ran an incomplete print of episode 7 of The Dead Planet on Thursday, 27 January. The final cliffhanger scene, which is also the first scene of episode 1 of The Edge of Destruction, was gone. I'm somewhat surprised by this. While the US/Canada prints of The Dead Planet and a number of early stories had the cliffhangers at the end edited, I thought that UKTV had been sold the complete versions. Oh well.
Canada - SPACE's broadcast of Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. on January 24 was the complete 84 minute version, in case anyone was interested. Some video releases are 80 minutes long. SPACE is known for repeating their movies several times within a few months, so if you missed it the first time, you should have another chance soon.
Canada - Apparently SPACE considers some early Doctor Who episodes to be unsuitable for children. Recent broadcasts of the first 2 episodes of The Dominators were rated "14+". Expect more on Doctor Who and TV ratings next week.
Additions and corrections are welcome at . And now, the listings:

Radio/Real Audio:
Tue 1PM GMT (8AM EST, 5AM PST, Late Fri Mid AEDT) The Who Review - monthly half-hour show on UK Doctor Who events / books / videos
Tue 6PM GMT Genesis of the Daleks ep 1 of 6
Tom Baker episodes begin airing in BBC2's quest for higher ratings. First up - the Doctor is talked into investigating the birth of the Daleks and finding a way to alter Dalek history. Next week - 2 episodes in a row.
Tue 6PM GMT The Mind of Evil ep 6 of 6
Endgame. UNIT brings an end to the Master's plans. But the Keller Machine is in no mood to give up. Black & White.
Wed-Thu 6PM GMT The Claws of Axos eps 1 - 2 of 4
The Americans send in a special agent to aid in the search for the Master. Meanwhile, a spacecraft lands requesting peaceful trading relations with Earth. Colour.
UK Gold
Sun 8:55-10:50AM GMT Warriors of the Deep movie
2084 A.D. Mankind has finally solved the problems of underwater lighting, so when the Silurians and Sea Devils attack a sea base, you can see them quite clearly. No wonder monsters prefer to lurk in the dark. Terrifying or embarrassing, their weapons still kill. And if the Silurians take control, mankind is doomed.

UK Gold Classics
Sun 6-7:55PM GMT Warriors of the Deep movie
Same day replay.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM CET (Not Africa), Sat 5PM CET Nightmare of Eden ep 3 of 4
Sun 11:30AM, Mon 11:35AM CET Nightmare of Eden ep 4 of 4

Note to party planners - if showing these episodes to an audience of politically active people, please keep the animal rights activists and anti-drug activists far away from each other during the post airing discussions. It seems that the cuddly killer monsters that have escaped the projection and are rampaging through the ships are in fact the source of an illicit drug.
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT The Dead Planet all 7 eps (The Dead Planet, The Survivors, The Escape, The Ambush, The Expedition, The Ordeal, The Rescue)
On a planet ravaged by radiation, two species try to eke out a life for themselves. One group are "perfect" beings (who happen to look British with a twinge of Scandanavian). The other group have withered away and must live in pepper pots. Perhaps the biggest British pop culture icon after the Beatles is born in this story. The cliffhanger at the end of episode 7 appears to not be included in this version.
Mon 11:30PM AEDT The Edge Of Destruction - The Brink Of Disaster ep 2 of 2
Since the TARDIS crew seem incapable of figuring out what's going on themselves, the TARDIS decides to clarify matters.
Tue-Fri 11:30PM AEDT The Keys of Marinus eps 1 - 4 of 6 (The Sea Of Death, The Velvet Web, The Screaming Jungle, The Snows Of Terror)
The 1st Doctor is blackmailed into leading a search for 4 keys that will enable Arbitan to operate a mind-control machine. He promises to use the machine for good, and not evil. SURE he does.
SPACE: The Imagination Station
Sat-Sun 7:30AM EST The Mind Robber eps 4 - 5 of 5
The 2nd Doctor takes on the malevolent powers that run the Land of Fiction. 2 very clever episodes that are surprisingly short (ep 5 is only 18 minutes long).

Mon-Thu 7:30AM EST The Krotons eps 1 - 4 of 4
Robert Holmes, possibly the most popular writer of the series, began his Who career with this story about crystalline aliens that enslave a primitive people, hoping to train some of the primitives for a dark purpose.

Fri 7:30AM EST The Seeds of Death ep 1 of 6
The Ice Warriors, who'll you remember from an earlier story that the BBC junked, and therefore can't be shown, take over the Moonbase, bringing commerce on Earth to a halt and threatening the planet with famine.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11, 49, 52
Sun 3PM EST Planet of the Spiders eps 3+4 of 6
The Spiders and the Doctor battle for control of the crystal. The Doctor's new car gets to make an appearance, and even chase its predecessor in one of the longest, wildest car chases in TV history.
WQED/WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EST The Face of Evil ep 1 of 4
The Doctor lands on a planet in the far future where he is mistaken for an ultimate evil.

ยป The following week reported this was replaced by The Tomb of the Cybermen: Episode 1.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA zip 19128
Sat 11PM EST The Ribos Operation eps 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor's wanderings are interrupted by a man in white, who needs the Doctor to locate the six segments of a key that can control the entire nature of time. The first key is hidden on the planet Ribos, where a dangerous military commander is in the process of buying the planet for exploitation purposes in his latest war.
MPT Maryland 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67
Late Sat Mid EST The Invasion of Time all 6 eps
This is the saga of the Time Lord who had the shortest ever term as President of his species. A Presidency mired in scandal, conspiracy, and alien invasions. Will absolute power corrupt the Doctor absolutely?
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EST The Twin Dilemma ep 4 of 4
The 6th Doctor tries to undo Mestor's plans before Joconda is destroyed and the universe is threatened. But he may not be strong enough to handle the problem himself.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EST The Monster of Peladon eps 2+3 of 6
As relations between the Pels and the aristocracy continue to deteriorate, Alpha-Centauri makes a decision. An incredibly bad decision that could result in everyone's death, but it's not like Alpha gets worked up enough to do this sort of thing every decade.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CST The Masque of Mandragora ep 1 of 4
A ball of hate invades the TARDIS and piggybacks a ride to 15th Century Italy.
KTCA 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM CST The Brain of Morbius ep 3 of 4
There seems to be a recurring eye motif in Tom Baker's stories. This time, an explosion renders Sarah blind.
IPTV Iowa 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36
Late Fri 12:05AM CST Planet of the Spiders eps 4,5,+6 of 6
Late start due to wrestling. Jon Pertwee's final episodes as the Doctor. A colony of humans on Metebelis III are being abused and eaten by the same spiders that are searching for the Doctor's crystal on Earth. To save the humans, the Doctor will have to sacrifice the crystal - and himself.
PPTV North Dakota 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19
Fri 10:30PM CST (9:30PM MST) The Face of Evil ep 2 of 4
The Sevateem think that the Doctor is The Evil One (TM), and try to kill him. Meanwhile, the mystical Neeva wears a glove on his head.
KBDI/K32EO 12, 32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO zip 80205
Late Fri 12:30AM MST The Masque of Mandragora all 4 eps
15th Century Italy, the Doctor, a glowing ball of hate, Sarah acting strange, and salami.
Sat 10PM MST The Hand Of Fear eps 1+2 of 4
Sarah's acting strange (again), this time thanks to a hand she mistakes for the Doctor after she's buried in a quarry accident.
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 10:30PM MST The Brain of Morbius movie
On a wet night in the constellation of Kasterborous, the Doctor and Sarah pick the wrong Mad Scientist's house to visit in search of a place to spend the night.
KRWG 22 Las Cruces, NM (El Paso, TX)
Sat 10:30PM MST Revenge of the Cybermen movie
The Doctor, Sarah, and Harry return to Nerva millenia before they left, only to discover it full of corpses. Plague, or murder? Or maybe the folks in the title of the story are responsible.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM+12:30AM MST The Ark In Space ep 1 of 4
The Doctor, Sarah, and Harry arrive on Nerva the first time.
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA
Sat 10:30PM PST (11:30PM MST) Paradise Towers movie
The 7th Doctor and Mel come across the only resort plaza in the cosmos where the security kills the teenagers, the grandparents kill the teenagers, and the cleaning equipment kill the teenagers. Okay, maybe not the only resort plaza in the cosmos like that, but the only one with a clean pool.
KBTC/KCKA 28, 15 Tacoma/Centralia, WA
Sat 7PM+3AM PST The Green Death eps 1+2 of 6
Green liquid in a mining cave begins killing the miners, bringing in the attention of UNIT. But not the Doctor - he's finally found out how to get to Metebelis III.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PST The War Machines - BBC Restored Version all 4 eps
KTEH airs this story one more time before its current round of rights to it expire. The 1st Doctor and Dodo arrive in 1966 London, in the land of the supercomputer.

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