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Friday 9th June 2000

by Benjamin F. Elliott
"I was dead too long last time." - 8th Doctor
Hello, everyone. The elusive Benjamin has returned after 2 weeks traveling throughout the Southeastern USA. Things should be returning to normal here shortly.
Last week, This Week In Doctor Who did not put out a column for the first time since it launched in 1998. You did not miss it - it was not there. Wretched computers. Technology can be a real bear at times, and our apologies for any inconveniences.
Big BBC America development. Beginning Monday, June 26, BBC America will air Doctor Who episodes weekdays from 5 to 6AM EDT Eastern Feed (adjust for your local time zone and which version of BBC America you get). 2 episodes will air each day, beginning with Robot. It is not yet known if this will affect the weekend broadcasts.
Good news in Ireland. TG4 was not dropping Doctor Who altogether. Effective June 3rd, it now airs on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 5:05PM BST. It looks like it will air 2 episodes a week through the Summer.
Good news in New Zealand. PrimeTV added a 6th night of Doctor Who to their lineup as of June 4th. It will now air Sundays through Fridays at 6:25PM.
Finally, it might take a bit more effort to find the Doctor on the Pittsburgh cable dial in the near future. AT&T cable systems serving Pittsburgh and its suburbs plan to replace WQEX 16 with the Cable feed of the PAX TV network effective July 5. This move is planned because Pittsburgh was the largest major market without PAX TV and WQEX has carried a direct simulcast of WQED 13's programming since November 1997. If you live in Pittsburgh and have Cable, it would be a good idea to know exactly which station you are watching Doctor Who on so that you are not caught off guard if this takes place. WQED would still be on the Cable, WQEX would be gone. If you don't have Cable, this probably makes no difference to you.
Additions and corrections are welcome at . And now, the listings:

Sat-Sun 5:05PM BST Colony In Space eps 3 - 4 of 6
Tensions escalate between the colonists and the miners, so an adjudicator is called in. The adjudicator has a suspiciously familiar black beard.
UK Gold
Sun 9:35-11:10AM BST Delta and the Bannermen movie
In other news, the Gallifrey Revenue Service (GRS) conducted an audit of The Doctor today. The audit was caused by The Doctor's claim that the lavish Disneyland package he took advantage of with the Navarinos was actually a business expense, because he found himself in mortal peril. Skeptical auditors plan to watch the footage to see for themselves.

UK Gold 2
Sun 6-7:35PM BST Delta and the Bannermen movie
Same day replay of UK Gold's broadcast as the Summer of Syl continues.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 5PM CET State of Decay ep 2 of 4
Sun+Mon 11:30AM CET State of Decay ep 3 of 4

*Not seen on African BBC Prime feed.
It seems that the rulers of the planet are actually vampires. Bad enough, but if the vampires come from the legends of Gallifrey, then things could really be a mess.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST The Seeds of Death all 6 eps
Earth loses contact with Moonbase, leaving Earth in danger of societal collapse. The only way to get there to investigate is to find and repair an obsolete rocket. Interesting that no one wants to use a space shuttle. What do they know that we don't?
Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEST The War Games eps 8 - 10 of 10
Jamie and Zoe lead humanity's fight against The War Lords. The 2nd Doctor realizes that his abilities might not be enough to get everyone home, that he might need outside help.
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEST Spearhead From Space eps 1 - 2 of 4
First colour story. U*N*I*T investigates meteorites landing on Earth, and find an amnesiac outside a Police Telephone Box. The Brigadier suspects that the Doctor may be back.
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun-Mon 6:25PM The Aztecs eps 3 - 4 of 4 (The Bride Of Sacrifice, The Day Of Darkness)
Never before seen on New Zealand TV!
An Aztec woman tries to woo the Doctor into marrying her. Tlotoxl tries to expose Barbara as a false goddess. The course of Western history hangs by a thread and the TARDIS crew have a knife.
Tue-Fri 6:25PM The Sensorites eps 1 - 4 of 6 (Strangers In Space, The Unwilling Warriors, Hidden Danger, A Race Against Death)
Never before seen in New Zealand! A human spaceship drifts in perpetual orbit around an unidentified planet. Two of the crew are perpetual narcoleptics, the other is insane. What happened? How can the Doctor resolve the situation? And why is there an alien race who all look disturbingly like a prominent Government professor at George Mason University?
BBC America
The Face of Evil eps 3+4 of 4
Sat 6AM, Sun 8AM+5PM EDT Eastern Feed (PDT Pacific Feed)

The 4th Doctor must outwit an evil version of his own mind. The Sevateem attack the realm of the Tesh.
NHPTV 11, 49, 52 New Hampshire
Sun 3PM EDT Planet of Evil eps 3+4 of 4
The Morestrans try to leave Zeta Minor. But if any anti-matter fails to make it off the ship, the planet will retaliate in a more or less fatal manner.
ยป this was actually Pyramids of Mars 1+2, reported in the next edition.
WQED/WQEX 13, 16 Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor Who returns June 17.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EDT Nightmare of Eden eps 3+4 of 4
The Doctor and Romana are framed as drug smugglers, while the Mandrils get tired of the tedium and start rampaging through the ship, killing anyone in their path.
MPT 22, 28, 31, 36, 62, 67 Maryland
Late Sat Mid EDT Castrovalva all 4 eps
The newly-regenerated 5th Doctor suffers from regeneration problems, leaving the TARDIS susceptible to the Master's schenanigans.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT Timelash 4 pt version, ep 1
The 6th Doctor returns to Karfel, where all the decor has turned to a dull grey. His previous visit has been expunged from their history. Guest-starring Denis Carey and Paul Darrow.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11PM EDT Terror of the Zygons eps 2+3 of 4
Harry Sullivan is rushed to the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. People around Loch Ness are slowly being replaced by shape-shifting aliens, nearly two decades before the technology would be developed to let Star Trek pull off that trick. May start late - pledge drives.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 8-10PM CDT The Deadly Assassin all 4 eps
It's pledge season at WYIN (Doctor Who didn't air last week). So, WYIN is repeating a story that it bungled the first time it tried to show. The only story without the Doctor having an official "companion".
Sat 10PM CDT Doctor Who's Who's Who 1 hour documentary from 1985
Another program that WYIN had trouble with the 1st (and 2nd) time they tried to show it. As the series faces cancellation in England, it has become wildly popular in America. New Jersey Network commissioned this special to explore the phenomena that is Doctor Who. Guest starring Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, John Nathan-Turner, Matthew Waterhouse, Louise Jameson, George Takei, Issac Asimov, and some other people.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT The Face of Evil ep 3 of 4
See NHPTV's listing.
IPTV 11, 12, 21, 24, 27, 32, 32, 36 Iowa
Fri 11:35PM CDT The Hand Of Fear all 4 eps
The Doctor mistakes a quarry for an alien planet, as a slight change from mistaking an alien planet for a quarry. An ancient hand is discovered which has a profound effect on Sarah Jane Smith.
PPTV 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19 North Dakota
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) The Invisible Enemy ep 3 of 4
In an episode set almost entirely inside the Doctor's brain, the Doctor and Leela search for the truth behind the virus that is conquering humanity.
KBDI/K32EO 12, 32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Doctor Who returns June 16.
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 10:30PM MDT The Pirate Planet movie
In search of the second segment of the Key To Time, the Doctor and Romana arrive in exactly the right place at exactly the right time, but on the wrong planet!
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT Terror of the Zygons ep 3 of 4
See WCET for details.
KBTC/KCKA 28, 15 Tacoma/Centralia, WA
Sat 6PM PDT The Ark In Space eps 3+4 of 4
The Wirrn plan to use the knowledge of humanity they've absorbed from their human victims to wipe out the species. The closest thing ever to a competent argument for dumbing down education. Sat 7PM PDT The Sontaran Experiment both eps The Doctor can't get any breaks. He can't even show up on Earth when it's abandoned without getting into trouble. Ok, it's not fully abandoned, but it's supposed to be. Pledge drive night. No late night reruns.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11:30PM Warriors of the Deep all 4 eps
The Doctor learns he has one last chance to bring about peace between the Silurians, the Sea Devils, and Humanity. If he fails now, then either the reptiles or the humans will be completely wiped out.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.