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Friday 11th February 2000

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - February 11, 2000
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Goodbye, KSPS?

USA - Mustafa Hirji in Alberta, Canada learned some potentially bad news about the future of Doctor Who on KSPS 7 in Spokane, Washington, a station which sends the Doctor into portions of several US states and much of Western Canada. After airing Doctor Who continuously since 1987, KSPS may be considering pulling the show.

From: "Cary Balzer"
"With the Sylvester McCoy episodes coming to closure, the future of Dr. Who on KSPS-TV is a topic of discussion. Our discussions are based on balancing the mission of our programming with the acquistion and operational costs of this series. The lack of new programs and an increase of the acquistion cost of the series indicate it may be time to give the series a rest."

KSPS airs the movie format versions of the stories every Saturday night at 10:30PM PST (11:30PM MST). Their practice has been to go from the beginning of Pertwee to the end of McCoy, and repeat.
US - In better news, Dan McGrath announced that KTCA 2 St. Paul, MN has just ordered 50 more episodes of the series, keeping the show on the air for another year and through at least episode 2 of The Ribos Operation. KTCA is planning to have a mini-marathon/pledge drive on March 4. Doctor Who has performed better than KTCA expected. Its lead-in, Red Dwarf, has actually underperformed, pulling in much less money than in the past. Mr. McGrath runs the Red Dragon Hobby store, one of Doctor Who's sponsors on KTCA.
UK - BBC2's Doctor Who reruns should see an increase in quality with this week's broadcast (Genesis Of The Daleks 4). The Doctor Who Restoration Team (video release of The War Machines, colour-restored Pertwee stories, Five Doctors Special Edition, etc.) is checking all the scheduled episodes over and touching things up before they air, something that did not happen for Genesis Of The Daleks 2+3 for some reason.
Additions and corrections are welcome at . And now, the listings:

Tue 6PM GMT Genesis of the Daleks ep 4 of 6
The Kaled race has been virtually destroyed, but the danger for the Thals has just begun. Unlike last week's episodes, the Doctor Who Restoration Team is getting to work on the episode before it airs.
Tue-Thu 6PM GMT Colony In Space eps 2 - 4 of 6
The IMC battles the colonists for control of the planet. An Adjudicator is called in. This adjudicator has a black goatee, a chesire cat smile, and a Tissue Compression Eliminator.
UK Gold
Sun 9:25-11:25AM GMT Frontios movie
The TARDIS exceeds the outer limits of where Time Lords are allowed to explore. Ideally, the Doctor must leave before he can have any effect on the timeline. But if he leaves, the final remnants of the human race will be eliminated. This is a later start time than Doctor Who has had for a little while, and it might be permanent, as Blake's 7 is back on UK Gold's schedule, airing just before Doctor Who. Oddly, UK Gold will air the same Blake's 7 episode that BBC2 will show just a few hours earlier on Saturday. Maybe UK Gold wants viewers to notice that the helmets in Frontios are the same as the ones used in Blake's 7.

UK Gold Classic
Sun 6-7:50PM GMT Frontios movie
See UK Gold for details. No Blake's 7.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM (Not Africa), Sat 5PM CET The Horns of Nimon ep 1 of 4
Sun 11:30AM, Mon 11:35AM CET The Horns of Nimon ep 2 of 4

An artificially constructed Black Hole traps the TARDIS, leading the Doctor, Romana, and K9 into a bizarre tribute system between a conquered world and a crumbling empire.
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT The Keys Of Marinus' all 6 eps (The Sea Of Death, The Velvet Web, The Screaming Jungle, The Snows Of Terror, The Sentence Of Death, The Keys Of Marinus)
The 1st Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan are blackmailed into searching the planet Marinus for the keys that operate a mind-control machine. Unless they succeed, they will be trapped on Marinus forever. If they succeed, an entire planet will be enslaved to the will of whoever controls the machine ...
Mon 11:30PM AEDT The Aztecs - The Day Of Darkness ep 4 of 4
High Priest Autloc learns that Barbara is not divine after all, giving Tlotoxl the leverage he needs to move against the Time Travelers.
Tue-Fri 11:30PM AEDT The Sensorites eps 1 - 4 of 6 (Strangers In Space, The Unwilling Warriors, Hidden Danger, A Race Against Death)
The TARDIS lands on an Earth ship that is stuck in a perpetual orbit over an unknown planet. Two of the humans aboard appear to be in a Coma, the other has been driven insane. And the TARDIS lock has just been stolen.
SPACE: The Imagination Station
Sat-Fri 7:30AM EST The War Games eps 3 - 9 of 10
The 2nd Doctor has to thwart the plans of a fellow member of his species, who is helping a war- like species kidnap humans and send them against each other to fight and die, with the survivors being turned into an intergalactic army.
BBC America
The Hand Of Fear movie, pt 1 of 2
Sat 7AM, Sun 10AM+5PM EST Eastern Feed (PST Pacific Feed)

The 4th Doctor arrives in a rock quarry, which is mistaken for an alien planet. When he and Sarah are buried in a blast, things turn bad.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11, 49, 52
Sun 3PM EST Robot eps 1+2 of 4
The Doctor (Tom Baker) tries to cope with his latest regeneration while helping U.N.I.T. investigate the theft of items necessary to build a doomsday weapon.
WQED/WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EST The Tomb of the Cybermen ep 3 of 4
The Cybermen have awakened. But they are not yet at full power. They need energy, they need time, they need ... converts ...
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EST The Pirate Planet eps 1+2 of 4
The Tracer finds the location of Calufrax, where the 2nd segment of the Key To Time is supposed to be. Slight problem - Calufrax is not there anymore. Another planet swallowed it.
MPT Maryland 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67
Late Sat Mid EST The Pirate Planet all 4 episodes
Same beginning as with WYBE, and has the ending as well.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EST Attack of the Cybermen4 part version, ep 2
(The 2nd half of episode 1 of the UK broadcast.) The Cybermen want to take control of the TARDIS and head for Telos, where their current base of operations is.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Late Sat 12:10AM EST The Monster of Peladon eps 4+5 of 6
Late start due to special programming. Renegade Pels do not get the message that the Aristocracy is willing to listen to their terms, and decide to step up their terrorist activities. On the other hand, what does it matter? The GF Peacekeepers seem more determined to take over the planet then actually make a peace.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CST The Masque of Mandragora ep 3 of 4
The human villains' plans are disrupted when the Mandragora energy ball doesn't discriminate in who it kills.
KTCA 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM CST The Seeds of Doom ep 1 of 6
Scientists at the South Pole unearth a seed pod that originated in Outer Space. U.N.I.T. sends the Doctor to investigate.
IPTV Iowa 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36
Fri 11:35PM CST Robot eps 3+4 of 4
The SRS' attempts to set off a nuclear war create a conflict in the Robot's circuits, leading the Robot to go to the next level of sentience and make moral choices. Mental theorists would insist that the fact that the Robot advanced to the level was more important than the Robot's decision to wipe out humanity to cleanse the planet.
Late Fri 12:25AM CST The Ark In Space eps 1+2 of 4
Far in the future, the Global Warming/Global Cooling cyclical argument is settled by the Sun when it decides to have a midlife crisis and overheat. To protect the species, Earth's government places selected people and Earth's records on a space wheel in suspended animation. This is the story of their reawakening.
PPTV North Dakota 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19
Fri 10:30PM CST (9:30PM MST) The Face of Evil ep 4 of 4
The Doctor duels with an insane computer that thinks it is him.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO zip 80205
Late Fri 12:30AM MST The Hand Of Fear eps 3+4 of 4
Eldrad, a crystalline creature, offers to stop causing problems on Earth if the Doctor will return her to her home planet to rebuild it.
Sat 10PM MST The Deadly Assassin eps 1+2 of 4
A distress call brings the Doctor home to Gallifrey, where an old foe is manipulating him into trying to prevent the death of the President of the High Council. The death of the President would shatter aeons of peace on the Time Lord home world.
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 10:30PM MST The Masque of Mandragora movie
The Doctor must undo the damage when a ball of hate sneaks aboard and brings the TARDIS to 1492 Italy, where it can kill the Renaissance before it begins.
KRWG 22 Las Cruces, NM (El Paso, TX)
Sat 10:30PM MST Planet of Evil movie
At the border between matter and anti-matter, a well-meaning scientist thinks he has found the way to save his civilization from the death of their Sun. Just take the anti-matter from one realm to produce energy in the other realm. Now the Doctor must save the scientist from himself.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM+12:30AM MST The Ark In Space ep 3 of 4
Noah has been infected by the Wirrn, just as his guidance is needed for reviving the humans.
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA
Sat 10:30PM PST (11:30PM MST) Dragonfire movie

The 7th Doctor and Mel visit Iceworld, a tourist trap deep in space. Also present is Sabalom Glitz, in search of the famous Dragonfire treasure.

**KSPS is considering discontinuing the series after its current run of Sylvester McCoy stories.**
KBTC/KCKA 28, 15 Tacoma/Centralia, WA
Sat 7PM+12:30AM PST The Green Death eps 5+6 of 6
Jo's feelings for Cliff come out when he is infected by the Death. BOSS goes insane and accelerates its plan to take over the world.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PST Terror of the Autons all 4 eps
Color-restored version. The Nestene Intelligence wants to take over the Earth again. This time the Intelligence is staying away from the planet, and sending in an expert to run their organization. He is The Master, a renegade from the Doctor's own species. No episodes next week. Peter Davison night in 2 weeks.

Until next week, take care.