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Thursday 9th March 2000

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - March 9/10, 2000
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Canada - If anyone missed last week's column, the SPACE channel has discontinued its Doctor Who airings. The final scheduled installment was The Sontaran Experiment episode 2. This leaves Canada without a domestic station airing Doctor Who, although NHPTV, KTCA, PPTV, and KSPS* provide Doctor Who to at least some Canadian households. Tom (Sloth) is winding down his Doctor Who page for SPACE - and shifting his focus to a history of the Audio- Visuals and other new projects. Here's hoping another station picks up the show soon.
I'm off on a vacation. Additions and corrections can be sent to guest editor Jefferson Eng at . And now, the listings:

Channel 4
Harry Hill comedy show
Sun 9:30PM GMT "Episode 303"
Does Harry Hill's humor with frequent doses of Doctor Who qualify to stay in this column? Or will Jefferson be getting the order to use the dreaded "delete" key? The show's future here depends on this episode.

Harry Hill comedy show
Wed 11: PM GMT "Episode 303"
Tue-Wed 6PM GMT The Dæmons eps 4 - 5 of 5
The Master discovers that Azal is not as cuddly an amoral monster as he believed. The Brigadier plots to get through the energy barrier.
Thu 6PM GMT The Curse of Peladon ep 1 of 4
The Time Lords manipulate the TARDIS to send the Doctor and Jo to Peladon as delegates to a conference.
UK Gold
Sun 8:55-10:45AM GMT The Twin Dilemma movie
The effects of a violent regeneration sends the Doctor (Colin Baker) to the brink of insanity.

UK Gold Classic
Sun 6-7:50PM GMT The Twin Dilemma movie
Time-shifted replay of UK Gold broadcast.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1:05AM (Not Africa), Sat 5PM CET The Leisure Hive ep 1 of 4
Sun+Mon 11:30AM CET The Leisure Hive ep 2 of 4

On a planet destroyed by war, the survivors set up a science-based vacation resort to teach peace to the galaxy. The Doctor may want a refund.
Sun 7AM+1AM AEDT The Dalek Invasion of Earth all 6 eps (World's End, The Daleks, Day Of Reckoning, The End Of Tomorrow, The Waking Ally, Flashpoint)
The TARDIS arrives in 22nd Century London, where something disastrous has befallen the planet. I won't say what, but I think the story title sums it all up.
Mon-Tue 11:30PM AEDT The Romans eps 3 - 4 of 4 (Conspiracy, Inferno)
Ian arrives in Rome searching for Barbara. The Doctor must figure out how to keep Caesar Nero alive without blowing his cover. Musicians may want to avoid these episodes.
Wed-Fri 11:30PM AEDT The Web Planet eps 1 - 3 of 6 (The Web Planet, The Zarbi, Escape To Danger)
The TARDIS is paralysed on a planet where the laws of physics have resigned due to insufficient pay. The result - an actually alien culture!
BBC America
The Face of Evil movie, pt 1 of 2
Sat 7AM, Sun 10AM+5PM EST Eastern Feed (PST Pacific Feed)

Leela, a warrior ostracized from her tribe for radical views, faces the biggest challenge of her life when the living embodiment of evil offers her a jelly baby.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11, 49, 52
No episodes this week. Returns in April?
WQED/WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA
No episodes this week. Returns March 25.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EST The Androids of Tara eps 1+2 of 4
The good news: Romana finds the 4th segment of the Key To Time almost immediately. The bad news: She's landed on the only planet around where other people look like her.
» the episodes were not broadcast in the end owing to a storm, and were shown the following week instead.
MPT Maryland 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67
Late Sat Mid EST The Armageddon Factor all 6 eps
Time approximate. The final segment of the Key To Time brings the Doctor into a war between the planets of Atrios and Zeos. Unlike ordinary blood fueds, this one is being manipulated by a force that is far less surprised by the Doctor's arrival than it should be.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EST Vengeance on Varos 4 pt version, ep 2
Trapped in the middle of a live recording of an execution video, the Doctor finds that life may be less precious than ratings.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Late Sat 12:10AM EST Robot ep 1 of 4
*Late start due to pledge drives.* Newly regenerated, the Doctor tries to decide between exploring the universe and his career with the Brigadier.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CST The Deadly Assassin ep 4 of 4
(I wonder what happened to episode 3.) A secret from Gallifrey's past is used to endanger its future.
» the following week reported that a basketball game was shown instead.
KTCA 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:35PM CST The Masque of Mandragora ep 2 of 4
The Doctor is very annoyed when he discovers that a great ball of fire used his TARDIS as a means to get to Earth. Couldn't it have visited before the redecoration?
IPTV Iowa 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36
No episodes this week. Returns March 17.
PPTV North Dakota 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19
No episode this week. Returns March 17.
KBDI/K32EO 12, 32 Denver/Colorado Sprigs, CO
No episodes this week. Returns March 24.
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 10:30PM The Robots of Death movie
Tonight on the X-Files - Mulder and Scully were supposed to investigate a Sand-miner where the Robots are being mildly more deadly than usual. But they've gone on vacation, so the Doctor and Leela are covering for them.
KRWG 22 Las Cruces, NM (El Paso, TX)
Sat 10:30PM-1:15AM MST The Masque of Mandragora movie
In the ultimate display of evil, this time the Mandragora Helix has found a way to expand a 95 minute story to 165 minutes. The Doctor better nail that evil energy ball this time!
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
No episode this week. Returns March 18.
KSPS 7 Spokane, WA
Sat 10:30PM PST (11:30PM MST) Silver Nemesis movie
1638 and 1988 have a crossover story together when Lady Peinforte dabbles in black magic.
KBTC/KCKA 28, 15 Tacoma/Centralia, WA
Sat 7PM PST Invasion of the Dinosaurs eps 3+4 of 6
The Doctor begins to wonder if his investigations are being impeded by someone within U.N.I.T. Meanwhile, Sarah tries to figure out what could be powerful enough to transport dinosaurs through time.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11:20PM PST Four To Doomsday all 4 eps
A species of frogs is traveling to Earth. Do they bring death and destruction, or has the Doctor finally found friendly aliens?

Jefferson's writing the column next week. I'm back on the 24th. Until then, take care.