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Friday 3rd March 2000

(posted Fri, 3 Mar 2000, via the Doctor Who Alliance)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Bad News For Canadians - SPACE drops the series!

Canada - SPACE: The Imagination Station is discontinuing Doctor Who after the 10 March broadcast (The Sontaran Experiment episode 2). The channel has made no statement over whether this is a permanent or temporary drop. However, they have not ordered any episodes beyond the original 130 episode deal, and the show has been exiled to a 7:30AM Eastern showing for well over a year, so I would be very surprised if it returns anytime soon. Not that this is the final end of the TARDIS on SPACE. SPACE almost always airs their movies a number of times, and they have only shown Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. once so far.

Among the likely casualties of SPACE's cancellation is Tom (Sloth)'s SPACE Doctor Who schedule page. It's a nice, easy to load page (as opposed to SPACE's own website) which has kept Canadian fans up to date through the shifting fortunes of the show. While it's still there, you might want to give it a quick look and let him know what you think. Tom's Doctor Who on SPACE page is at .
UK - I may have spoken too soon about the Doctor's ratings last week. Overnight ratings for the final BBC 2 broadcast (Genesis of the Daleks 6) indicate that only 1.5 million people watched. I guess showing the most rerun Doctor Who story in BBC broadcast TV history is not the best way to draw in new viewers.
USA - Pittsburgh fans will want to search through WQED's website. They've put up a sci-fi page (pretty much just Doctor Who) updating their viewers on current plans and fundraising goals. It also lists how much it costs to order each story that they are trying to obtain. The website is .
Next week's column will be sent out on Thursday, March 9, due to the editor's flight plans.

Additions and corrections are welcome at . And now, the listings:

(Note: Due to formatting problems, all quotation marks will be "" instead of '' until further notice. While it is slightly less accurate for most countries, it will cause fewer computers to create hard to read gibberish.)
CANCELLED! Replaced by The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.
Channel 4
Harry Hill comedy show
Sun 9:30PM GMT "Episode 302"
Last week, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart forgot that he absolutely was not supposed to be in the season premiere. Hopefully he'll forget that he's not advertised to be in this episode, either, and show up

Harry Hill comedy show
Wed 11:40PM GMT "Episode 302".
Tue-Thu 6PM GMT The Dæmons eps 1 - 3 of 5
This story was intended to air before Day of the Daleks, not after, but at least it is airing. The Doctor is drawn to the mystery of Devil's Hump, an archaeological site that could be home to the Devil. The Master also finds himself drawn to the place.
UK Gold
Sun 9:25-11:15AM GMT The Caves of Androzani movie
The 5th Doctor and Peri land on Androzani Minor, a volcanically active planet with dark secrets and fatal riches. Normally the Doctor would dig right in, exposing the corruption, and saving the day. But when tragedy strikes the TARDIS team, the Doctor finds himself trying to save the day on a more personal scale.

UK Gold Classic
Sun 6-7:50PM GMT The Caves of Androzani movie
Time-shifted broadcast. By the way, this story is often claimed to be a remake of The Power of Kroll. I don't see the relation, somehow.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1:05AM (Not Africa), Sat 5PM CET The Horns of Nimon ep 4 of 4
The Doctor and Romana must find a way to keep the Nimon from invading Skonnos. Soldeed develops a more "final" solution.
Sun+Mon 11:30AM CET The Leisure Hive ep 1 of 4
Startled from a vacation by a sudden change in theme tune and set design, the Doctor and Romana decide to visit The Leisure Hive, the intergalactic version of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT Planet of Giants all 3 eps (Planet Of Giants, Dangerous Journey, Crisis)
A freak event in Time/Space shrinks the TARDIS crew to the size of ants. Such a pity - they had finally reached 20th Century Earth.
Mon 11:30PM AEDT The Dalek Invasion of Earth: Flashpoint ep 6 of 6
Earth's final conflict with the Daleks begins. Only one species can survive.
Tue-Wed 11:30PM AEDT The Rescue eps 1 - 2 of 2 (The Powerful Enemy, Desperate Measures)
Reeling from the events in "Dalek Invasion", the TARDIS crew arrives on a planet of peaceful people who are the prime suspects in the massacre of the crew of a space ship.
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEDT The Romans eps 1 - 2 of 4 (The Slave-Traders, All Roads Lead To Rome)
The TARDIS lands in Ancient Rome, where they get involved in the intrigue of slaves and emperors.
SPACE: The Imagination Station
Sat-Wed 7:30AM EST The Ambassadors of Death eps 3- 7 of 7
The 3rd Doctor doesn't think that the Ambassadors are human. General Carrington begins to act erratically. What's he hiding?
Thu-Fri 7:30AM EST The Sontaran Experiment eps 1 - 2 of 2
The 4th Doctor T-Mats down to Earth to see if it's ready for the return of humanity. But someone else got there first.

*Final Installments on SPACE.* Replaced by Prisoners Of Gravity.
BBC America
The Deadly Assassin movie, pt 2 of 2
Sat 7AM, Sun 10AM+5PM EST Eastern Feed (PST Pacific Feed)

The Doctor battles the assassin in the APC Net, part of the Matrix of all Time Lord knowledge.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11, 49, 52
Sun 3PM EST The Ark In Space eps 3+4 of 4
Adam discovers that he has been infected by the Wirrn. With his knowledge, he can doom the human race to destruction. And his mental control is slipping ... No further airings until April?
WQED/WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA
Next episode airs March 25
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EST The Stones of Blood eps 3+4 of 4
On a spaceship in Hyperspace, the Doctor and Romana awaken an ancient Good from the Dawn of Time. Unfortunately, it's a very grumpy Good, which could be more dangerous than the Evil that's still on Earth.
MPT Maryland 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67
Late Sat Mid EST The Power of Kroll all 4 eps
The 5th segment of the Key To Time is hidden on the third moon of Delta Magma, where green natives fear the encroachment of money-loving humans.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EST Vengeance on Varos 4 part version, ep 1
The TARDIS stalls out in space when one of its rarest elements runs out.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EST Planet of the Spiders eps 4,5,+6 of 6
*Pledge drives. Give extra time.* Sarah enters an alliance with a spider. Lupton plays a dangerous game for control of both Earth and Metebelis III. The Doctor faces his fears.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 9:30PM CST The Deadly Assassin eps 1+2 of 4
*Time approximate after wrestling.*
The Doctor is recalled to Gallifrey by a vision of a tragedy. Episode 4 is listed for next week. Where is episode 3?
KTCA 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 10:05PM CST The Seeds of Doom eps 4,5,+6 of 6
Time approximate after Red Green Live. The 2nd pod germinates and grows into a big, strong monster. And Gabriel Chase is as happy as can be.
Sat 11:45PM CST The Masque of Mandragora ep 1 of 4
Intrigued by the Doctor's wood-paneled console room, the Mandragora Helix invades the TARDIS.
IPTV Iowa 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36
Fri 11:35PM CST Just Who On Earth Is Tom Baker? documentary
Tom Baker is widely rumored to be in this documentary.
No episodes next week. A *very special* episode in 2 weeks.
PPTV North Dakota 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19
Sat 10-11:30PM CST (9-10:30PM MST) The Robots of Death eps 3+4 of 4
The Doctor thinks that the Robots are about to try to wipe out everyone on the Sandminer, but most of the humans don't believe him. No episode next week. Returns March 17.
KBDI/K32EO 12, 32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO zip 80205
No episodes. Returns March 24!
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 10:30PM MST The Face of Evil movie
In the far future, a lost colony has been driven into primitive squalor by a being with a grudge against the Doctor.
KRWG 22 Las Cruces, NM (El Paso, TX)
9PM MST The Brain of Morbius movie
The Doctor and Sarah are invited to dinner and a head-snatching. Well, that's what you get for visiting the home of a mad scientist when it's raining.
Sat 11PM MST The Seeds of Doom movie
In Antarctica, two seed pods are discovered. If allowed to germinate, they have the ability to wipe out all animal life on Earth.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11:20PM MST The Sontaran Experiment ep 2 of 2
Time approximate. No rerun this week. The Doctor engages Styre in mortal combat in an effort to prevent a Sontaran invasion. Next episode March 18.
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA
Sat 10:30PM PST (11:30PM MST) The Happiness Patrol movie
Time approximate after pledge drives. On a planet where the citizenry are forced to be happy, the Doctor and Ace show up to try to sadden everyone's mood.
KBTC/KCKA 28, 15 Tacoma/Centralia, WA
Sat 11:30PM PST Invasion of the Dinosaurs eps 1+2 of 6
Late start due to Red Green Live '00. No rerun time. Episode 1 in Black & White and titled "Invasion". The TARDIS returns to present-day London, which has been mysteriously abandoned. Anyone there is assumed to be a looter, or a massive extinct monster from the past.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11:12PM PST Castrovalva all 4 eps
Late start due to pledge drives. The Doctor's regeneration malfunctions, leaving the new 5th Doctor battling for his life and mind.

Until next week, take care.