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Friday 4th February 2000

This Week In Doctor Who - February 4, 2000
(posted 4th Feb 2000, via rec.arts.drwho)
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 4, 2000

The UK - BBC2 is having Doctor Who do double duty this week. Assuming that afternoon Snooker coverage doesn't overrun, 2 episodes will air on Tuesday, 8 February at 6PM. My guess is that the 6:25PM episode would do better than the 6PM episode, as more of the potential audience gets home from work and / or finishes watching the news.
The USA - WQED Pittsburgh, PA replaced episode 1 of The Face of Evil with episode 1 of The Tomb of the Cybermen last weekend. This Cybermen story is being rerun now as a prelude to being offered as a pledge item on their next Sci-Fi Night. The Sci-Fi Night will be February 26thfrom 11PM to 2AM, and focus on Red Dwarf and Doctor Who. The hosts will be T. J. Lubinsky and Alicia Maloney.
The USA - KTEH San Jose, CA has convinced Peter Davison to visit their studios after his appearance at the Gallifrey One convention for a Peter Davison weekend. On Saturday, February 26, Mr. Davison will be in the studios for an All Creatures Great And Small night. On Sunday, February 27, Mr. Davison will be there from 8PM on for a Doctor Who night. Several of Mr. Davison's favorite episodes from his tenure as the 5th Doctor will air, followed by the Special Edition of The Five Doctors.
CANADA - Last week's mention about SPACE's erratic ratings for Doctor Who episodes was slightly mistaken. Only in the early days of SPACE (ca. Late 1997, Early 1998) were they giving some early Who episodes 14+ ratings. More recently, they have just given every episode an arbitrary PG rating.
Additions and corrections are welcome at . And now, the listings:

Tue 6PM GMT Genesis Of The Daleks eps 2+3 of 6
The Doctor meets Davros, a crippled Kaled scientist, who has just developed a new kind of travel machine. The Kaleds see it as an eventual means of survival as they continue to mutate. Davros sees it as a weapon to war.
**ALERT** Extensive Snooker coverage this week. If the afternoon portion of Tuesday's Snooker does not end on time, then BBC2 will probably drop 1 Doctor Who episode. Hopefully in that event they will drop and postpone episode 3, as dropping episode 2 would be really confusing for casual viewers.
Tue-Wed 6PM GMT The Claws of Axos eps 3 - 4 of 4
As Axos prepares to consume Earth, shifting politics could cause the Master to side with U.N.I.T., and the Doctor to side with Axos.
Thu 6PM GMT Colony In Space ep 1 of 6
The Doctor tries to pilot his TARDIS for the first time since his regeneration, landing himself and Jo on a barren planet 5 centuries in the future, which happens to resemble a mid-sized sound stage.
UK Gold
Sun 9:50-10:50AM GMT The Awakening movie
The Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough visit the village of Little Hobcombe to meet Andrew Verney, a relative of Tegan's. But he has disappeared, and the village has become involved in a sinister reinterpretation of a 1643 massacre.

UK Gold Classic
Sun 6-7PM GMT The Awakening movie
Time shifted from UK Gold.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM (Not Africa), Sat 5PM CET Nightmare of Eden ep 4 of 4M
The interdimensional spacial mess that was intended to benefit the drug smugglers is the Doctor's only hope of saving the day.
Sun+Mon 11:30AM CET The Horns of Nimon ep 1 of 4
The Doctor shuts down the TARDIS in deep space to make long needed repairs, and gets dragged towards a Black Hole. Rule #27 of Time/Space travel - an empty piece of deep space is never empty.
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT The Edge of Destruction both eps (The Edge Of Destruction, The Brink Of Disaster)
An explosion in the TARDIS leaves the crew with amnesia, the instruments in disarray, and the TARDIS on a deadly course with death.
Mon-Tue 11:30PM AEDT The Keys of Marinus eps 5 - 6 of 6 (Sentence Of Death, The Keys Of Marinus)
Ian discovers the final Key of Marinus, only to be accused of murder.
Wed-Fri 11:30PM AEDT The Aztecs eps 1 - 3 of 4 (The Temple Of Evil, The Warriors Of Death, The Bride Of Sacrifice)
The TARDIS lands in an Aztec tomb, creating a situation where Barbara is mistaken for an Aztec god. Will she use her new authourity for good, or to protect the course of history?
SPACE: The Imagination Station

Sat-Wed 7:30AM EST The Seeds of Death eps 2 - 6 of 6A
The 2nd Doctor leads the efforts to restore T-Mat and defeat the Ice Warriors before they have the opportunity to conquer Earth and kill everything squeaky clean.

Thu-Fri 7:30AM EST The War Games eps 1 - 2 of 10
Mistaken as traitors in No-Mans'-Land in 1917, the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe try to figure out why the soldiers are behaving so oddly, and avoid getting killed themselves.
BBC America
Sat 7AM, Sun 10AM+5PM EST The Masque of Mandragora movie, pt 2 of 2
Mandragora develops indigestion while swallowing the Moon. Evil characters kill other evil characters, then get around to trying to kill the good guys.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11, 49, 52
Sun 3PM EST Planet of the Spiders eps 5+6 of 6
Jon Pertwee finishes his run as the Doctor when he battles evil on Earth and Metebelis III simultaneously. Note: the people in the Monestary do not sing the Beatles' song "Yellow Submarine" in this story. That is just an inaccurate urban legend.
WQED/WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EST The Tomb of the Cybermen ep 2 of 4
When a "dead" Cyberman commits a murder, paranoia begins to grow among the archaeologists. Sadly, their paranoia is all too justified. Someone on the expedition has decided to revive the Cybermen, and nobody will be allowed to stand in his way. Starring Patrick Troughton as the 2ndDoctor.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EST The Ribos Operation eps 3+4 of 4
See MPT for details.
MPT Maryland 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67
Late Sat Mid EST The Ribos Operation all 4 eps
See WYBE for details.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EST Attack of the Cybermen ep 1a of 2
4 part version of this story. The 6th Doctor repairs the TARDIS' chameleon circuit, enabling it to take shapes other than a police box. Meanwhile, an alien distress call emanates from Earth in 1985.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
No episodes this week. Returns next week.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN
Sat 10PM CST The Masque of Mandragora ep 2 of 4
See Doctor get framed and sentenced to death. See Doctor swash- buckle. See Doctor ride a horse. See Doctor get betrayed by Sarah. Come to think of it - Sarah gets brainwashed / mentally taken over / conned into betraying the good guys in far too many stories of her tenure.
KTCA 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:35PM CST The Brain of Morbius ep 4 of 4
To keep Morbius from stabilizing in his new body, the Doctor challenges him to a mind battle.
IPTV Iowa 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36
Late Fri 12:35AM CST Robot eps 1+2 of 4
Late start from wrestling. Tom Baker becomes the Doctor in this installment, where U.N.I.T. investigates the theft of the materials and plans to build the ultimate weapon (TM) and set off a nuclear war.
PPTV North Dakota 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19
Fri 10:30PM CST (9:30PM MST) The Face of Evil ep 3 of 4
The Doctor must climb through his own nose to learn the secrets of Xoanon.
KBDI/K32EO 12, 32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO zip 80205
Late Fri 12:30AM MST The Hand Of Fear eps 1+2 of 4
Sat 10PM MST The Hand Of Fear eps 3+4 of 4

A less than successful execution millions of years ago results in a dormant hand lying buried in a rock quarry. When the Doctor and Sarah wander into the quarry at the same time that it is blown up by a demolition crew, the hand decides to return to the land of the living, and no one in its way is safe.
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 10:30PM MST The Seeds of Doom movie
The 4th Doctor and Sarah, special agents of U.N.I.T., race to undo the damage when a well- meaning group of scientists at the South Pole unearth a pair of prehistoric green pods. If the pods are not kept frozen, an evil from the middle of Time will be released into the present.
KRWG 22 Las Cruces, NM (El Paso, TX)
Sat 10:30PM MST Terror of the Zygons movie
The Doctor goes to Scotland to help the Brigadier when oil rigs begin to sink into Loch Ness. The Brigadier suspects sabotage. He does not, however, suspect shape-changing aliens with their own personal Loch Ness Monster who (spoiler deleted).
KUED 7 Salt Lake, City, UT
Sat 11PM+12:30AM MST The Ark In Space ep 2 of 4
Sarah has been put into a stasis that will last at least 5000 years, just as the humans on the Ark begin to wake up.
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA
Sat 10:30PM PST (11:30PM MST) Delta and the Bannermen movie
The 7th Doctor and Mel win a time travel trip to 1959 Disneyland that a bunch of Navarino tourists are offering. A bit like signing on for a cruise on the Titanic, but with Rock & Roll music.
KBTC/KCKA 28, 15 Tacoma/Centralia, WA
Sat 7PM+12:30AM PST The Green Death eps 3+4 of 6
The slime seems to be mutating into killer larvae grubs. The power plant's director seems to be losing his grip on reality. What a time for two people to fall in love.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PST Doctor Who And The Silurians all 7 eps
Colour version. The 3rd Doctor and Liz are asked to investigate mysterious power failures at an experimental underground nuclear power plant. The early evidence suggests extinct reptiles.

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

Benjamin F. Elliott

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