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Friday 23rd June 2000

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Fri, 23 Jun 2000
(posted Fri, 23 Jun 2000, via the Doctor Who Alliance)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
"Take me to your leader or I'll kill this man with this deadly jelly baby!"
Readers of this column in Israel may want to know that the Cable companies over there added BBC Prime to their lineups last week. Check your local listings for the channel number, and adjust the information in this column from Central European Time to the local time to know when the Doctor is on. This is the 24 hour version of BBC Prime. Thanks to Adi Kagan for the news.
Dead Ringers, the BBC Radio 4 comedy show which had a Tom Baker impersonator calling unsuspecting people as "The Doctor" last Winter came back on last week, and the Tom Baker segment is expected to be in every episode. The rest of the show's fairly good too. Radio 4 has now gotten permission to simulcast much more of its lineup on the internet, so non UKers should tune to Radio 4's website Fridays at 6:30PM and Saturdays at 12:30PM BST to hear the show and cross their fingers.
S4C in the Wales portion of the UK is finally airing the Peter Cushing movie Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. this Saturday at 5:25PM BST, several weeks after Channel 4 aired the movie through the rest of the UK. Thanks for the alert, David Brunt.
Prime TV in New Zealand has reported that their 6:25PM Doctor Who broadcasts are getting triple the ratings of the show that used to have the timeslot, even though the Doctor is up against 2 newscasts. Thanks to Alden Bates for this report.
MPT Maryland has started its digital transition. WMPT 22 Annapolis is now running WMPT-DT 42. As of publication time, I am trying to find out if WMPT-DT is simulcasting MPT's programming yet, and if the signal covers the same area. MPT's website does not have information on this station yet. If anyone in the Baltimore/DC/Northern Virginia area with a digital television could check out what MPT is doing on 42, I would appreciate it. As stations airing Doctor Who begin transmitting their digital signals, I will try to add them to the column ASAP.
IPTV Iowa is moving the Doctor from 11:35PM to 11:05PM once The Invisible Man ends next month. The last 11:35 start is July 14, and the first 11:05 start is July 28 (11:45PM start on July 21 due to special programs). At the moment, 4 part stories are airing in their entirety, and 6 part stories are airing over 2 weeks.
KTEH San Jose, CA has tinkered with their version of Resurrection of the Daleks to improve the quality for its upcoming showing. KTEH has previously restored several edited episodic Tom Baker stories to full length for its viewers.) Details in next week's column.
Reminder to BBC America Doctor Who fans. The weekday 5AM EDT showings begin on Monday, June 26.
Finally, US fans of the UK show The League Of Gentlemen will want to know that the Comedy Central cable channel is now showing it Monday nights at 10:30PM EDT. While it stars and is produced by popular Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss, I do not believe the show is sufficiently connected to Doctor Who to cover it in This Week.
Additions and corrections are welcome at or . And now, the listings:


BBC Radio 4
Real Audio stream
Dead Ringers ep 202
Fri 6:30PM BST (1:30PM EDT), Sat 12:30AM BST (7:30AM EDT)

British comedy show with imitations of famous political figures. Mostly funny. A Tom Baker impersonator calls unsuspecting people as "The Doctor".


Sat-Sun 5:05PM BST Day of the Daleks eps 1 - 2 of 4
Time travelers from the future come back to assassinate a pompous politician as a peace conference looms. The theme of world-wide peace conferences to avoid war is a carry-over from The Mind of Evil, which TG4 hasn't aired during this second run of the Pertwee stories they purchased.
S4C (Welsh version of Channel 4)
Sat 5:25PM BST Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. 1966 theatrical movie
While Channel 4 aired the movie in most of the UK several weeks ago, it was postponed on S4C. Not sure if it is also on S4C Digital. Inventor Dr. Who (Peter Cushing) rescues a policeman while performing further tests on his experimental ship, Tardis. They find themselves in a colour remake of the Black & White Hartnell story The Dalek Invasion of Earth.
UK Gold
Sun 8:45-10:40AM BST Remembrance of the Daleks movie
Week 5 of the Summer of Syl. The 7th Doctor and Ace get involved in a tail of intrigue and exploding Daleks when the wee beasties turn up in London in 1963. It seems that the Doctor left something behind that the Daleks want.

UK Gold 2
Sun 6-7:55PM BST Remembrance of the Daleks movie
Time-shifted from the main UK Gold.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 5PM CET State of Decay pt 4 of 4
*Some regions do not see this broadcast.
To keep the Giant Vampire from awakening, the Doctor must find a stake the size of a spaceship to plunge into it.
Sun+Mon 11:30AM CET Warriors' Gate pt 1 of 4
The TARDIS finds a gateway that could help the crew escape from E-Space. Of course, it's never that simple.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST The War Games eps 6,7,8,9,+10 of 10
Jamie and Zoe try to organize the Resistance to battle the warrior aliens. The Doctor gets a job offer from an unlikely source. The War Chief and The Security Chief squabble like jealous brothers.
Mon-Thu 11:30PM AEST Doctor Who And The Silurians eps 4 - 7 of 7
It turns out that this is the 1999 BBC2 colour broadcast of "Silurians", not the Black & White version that UKTV's advertising led people to believe. The version of Spearhead From Space rerunning next weekend is also the one cleaned up for broadcast on BBC2 in 1999. In this story, the 3rd Doctor tries to convince the Silurians that peaceful coexistence with humanity is possible.
Fri 11:30PM AEST The Ambassadors of Death ep 1 of 7
8 months ago, a mission to Mars disappeared. Now, the ship has started its return to Earth. A rescue rocket is going to investigate, blithely unaware of how dangerous the situation has become.
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun-Thu 6:25PM The Dalek Invasion of Earth eps 2 - 6 of 6 (The Daleks, Day Of Reckoning, The End Of Tomorrow, The Waking Ally, Flashpoint)
Last shown in New Zealand in 1991. The Daleks have conquered Earth, killed most of humanity, and are using the rest for a secret project. Now is the time for Resistance, bravery, and a teen romance.
Fri 6:25PM The Rescue - The Powerful Enemy ep 1 of 2
Only previous New Zealand showing was in 1968. The 1st Doctor and company land on a planet renowned for its peaceful natives, one of whom apparently wants them dead.
BBC America
Sat 6AM, Sun 8AM+5PM EDT East Feed (PDT West Feed) - 2 pts
The Robots of Death pts 3+4 of 4

Taran Capel reveals himself and orders the robots to kill all the remaining humans. A major tactical error, considering how effective the robots were when everyone trusted them.
Weekdays 5AM EDT East Feed (PDT West Feed) - 2 pts
Mon-Tue Robot pts 1 - 4 of 4

The newly-regenerated Doctor is called upon to investigate the theft of materials and plans needed to build a powerful weapon.
Wed-Thu The Ark In Space pts 1 - 4 of 4
The survivors of humanity sleep in space, waiting for a wakeup call that never came.
Fri The Sontaran Experiment pts 1 - 2 of 2
While humanity was sleeping, someone set up shop on Earth.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Sun 3PM EDT The Android Invasion pts 1+2 of 4
The Doctor and Sarah have a close encounter with the Twilight Zone when they find Britain virtually abandoned. Where is Rod Serling when you need him?
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:31PM EDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang pt 2 of 6
(The Red Dwarf lead in is 31 minutes.)
The Doctor decides to investigate the mysterious Li Hsen Chang while Professor Litefoot finds that Leela can be a *challenging* houseguest.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EDT The Horns of Nimon pts 3+4 of 4
Romana learns the truth behind the Nimon. Soldeed must learn to accept the truth, or go mad.
MPT Maryland
Analog = 22,28,31,36,62,67
Digital = 42-1 (not yet confirmed if airing the same programming as
MPT - need verification from someone with digital TV)
Late Sat Mid EDT Kinda all 4 pts
Leaving Nyssa to recover from an illness, the 5th Doctor, Adric, and Tegan visit a jungle planet where madness is common and evil strikes from within your mind.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT Timelash 4 pt version, pt 3
The 6th Doctor enters the Timelash. On purpose.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EDT Planet of Evil pts 2+3 of 4
The scientific expedition was meddling in elements they did not understand. To save everyone's lives, the Doctor decides to communicate with the anti-matter universe.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang pt 2 of 6 (more likely episode 3)
See WQED for story details.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT The Robots of Death pt 1 of 4
Leela and the Doctor land in a sandminer. The TARDIS appears to have a suicidal tendencies with where it lands at times.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:35PM CDT The Face of Evil all 4 pts
The Doctor arrives on a planet where he is known as "The Evil One".
Leela's first story.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) Image of the Fendahl pt 1 of 4
Evidence of a time scanner in use brings the Doctor to Earth, where he confronts the alleged operators - a group of cows. The TARDIS' sense of humor is simply not funny.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT The Sun Makers pts 1+2 of 4
Sat 10PM MDT The Sun Makers pts 3+4 of 4

Pluto. A desolate rock. Small, far away from the Sun, next to impossible to live on. So, how many humans do you want to move in, Collector?
KNME 5 Albuquerque, NM
Sat 10:30PM MDT The Androids of Tara movie
Romana finds the 4th segment of the Key To Time, and finds herself in a realm that would impress the White Rabbit. Serfs using computers and nobles using swords. A wild and wacky story to break the tension of the Key saga.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT Underworld? pt 1 of 4 (actually Planet of Evil: Part One)
I'm a tad dubious that they'd actually air this story, as the next one in order for KUED would be Planet of Evil. But I am positive that it will be part one of a story.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Genesis of the Daleks pts 3+4 of 6
Possibly these two episodes should have been renamed "The Davros Show". Davros wins it all. Can anyone survive his treachery?
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PDT Frontios all 4 pts
The TARDIS is forced to exceed its programming, leaving the Doctor, Turlough, and Tegan trapped on a dying outpost of humanity. Next week - a KTEH fixed-up version of Resurrection of the Daleks.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.