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Friday 7th July 2000

Episode 5 of The Ambassadors of Death was aired in colour on UKTV in Australia on Thursday. This was a recoloured episode, which was surprising since UKTV had aired episode 1 in black and white, even though episode 1 still existed in its original colour format, and would have looked better. Since only episode 1 exists in the original colour and only episode 5 was successfully restored, Ambassadors is usually offered only in the black & white format, to avoid confusing viewers.
The "Dead Ringers" parody show on BBC Radio 4 last weekend turned out to be more related to Doctor Who than anyone had expected. In addition to their regular sketch where "The Doctor" calls someone for help (the operator of a taxi service this time), there was also a preview of an upcoming Doctor Who movie - Doctor Who meets Are You Being Served?
Less than 48 hours after last week's column noted that all the US PBS stations had switched to airing Doctor Who in episode format, MPT in Maryland aired TheVisitation in movie format. No comment.
Additions and corrections are welcome at or . And now, the listings:


BBC Radio 4
RealPlayer Stream
Dead Ringers ep 204
Fri 6:30PM BST (1:30PM EDT, 10:30AM PDT), Sat 12:30AM BST (7:30AM EDT, 4:30AM PDT)

Note: last week's episode had both a "Doctor" segment and a rather bizarre preview of a hypothetical Doctor Who movie, which turned out to be a crossover with "Are You Being Served?" This week - who knows?


Sat 5:05PM BST The Daemons ep 1 of 5
TG4 appears to have an obsession for airing The Dæmons after airing Day of the Daleks, even though The Dæmons comes first. TG4 apparently aired the colour version of this story last time. A White Witch becomes obsessed with stopping the excavation at Devil's End hump. Does she know a deep secret, or is she merely unhinged? No Sunday broadcast due to special programming all that day.
UK Gold
Sun 9:30-11AM BST Silver Nemesis movie
Week 7 of the Summer of Syl. Every 25 years, an asteroid approaches Earth, inspiring great evil. Now, the asteroid's orbit has decayed, and will crash into Earth. So much for that jazz concert.

UK Gold 2
Sun 6-7:30PM BST Silver Nemesis movie
Same day replay of UK Gold.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 5PM CET Warriors' Gate ep 2 of 4
Sun+Mon 11:30AM CET Warriors' Gate ep 3 of 4

*Doesn't air in all regions.
The gate appears to not only be a door between universes, but between past, present, and future. It has disastrous effects on K-9.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST Doctor Who And The Silurians all 7 eps
Mysteriously high levels of mental breakdowns at an experimental power plant attracts the attention of UNIT and the Doctor. It all seems to lead back to ancient caves. Colour-restored version that was cleaned up again for a BBC2 broadcast in 1999/2000.
Mon 11:30PM AEST The Ambassadors of Death ep 7 of 7
It's a race against time to stop General Carrington from starting a war with another world.
Tue-Fri 11:30PM AEST Inferno eps 1 - 4 of 7
The Doctor wants to ignore evidence that the director of a project to drill to the centre of the Earth is making deadly mistakes. But his efforts to fix the TARDIS console lead him to a startling discovery.
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun-Thu 6:25PM The Web Planet eps 2 - 6 of 6 (The Zarbi, Escape To Danger, Crater Of Needles, Invasion, The Centre)
Never before televised in New Zealand. Vortis is under the control of an evil mind. To regain the TARDIS, the Animus must be stopped before its evil web is complete.
Fri 6:25PM The Space Museum ep 1 of 4
Last televised in 1968/1969. How would you feel if you could see your own future? How would you react? The 1st Doctor and company learn the hazards of knowing too much when they travel - into the Twilight Zone.
BBC America
Weekdays 5AM EDT East Feed (PDT West Feed) - 2 episodes daily
Mon-Tue Terror of the Zygons eps 1 - 4 of 4

Recalled to Earth, the 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry investigate the sinking of oil rigs in Loch Ness. One of them will take a bullet.
Wed-Thu Planet of Evil eps 1 - 4 of 4
Note to TARDIS console: Admittedly, a military ship full of paranoids engaged in a rescue mission at the border of matter and anti-matter are somewhat similar to Parliamentarians. But Zeta Minor is *not* Central London! Shape up, or I'll try the other console room for a while. Sincerely, the Doctor.
Fri Pyramids of Mars eps 1 - 2 of 4
Note to TARDIS console: Right country, wrong decade. You sent me up against Sutekh, the Destroyer when I was trying to take a break and visit friends. The brown-panel console room looks more appetizing every day.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Sun 3PM EDT The Brain of Morbius eps 1+2 of 4
On Karn, a planet not terribly far from Gallifrey, a sisterhood lives jealously guarding an elixir of life. Anyone who comes to Karn risks death at the hands of these sisters. Enter the Doctor.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Returns next week.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EDT The Leisure Hive eps 3+4 of 4
Sabotage ages the Doctor 500 years. Romana tries to investigate what happened, and who wants them out of the way. This would be a bit easier if she and the Doctor weren't prime suspects in a murder.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Late Sat Mid EDT Black Orchid movie
In 1925, an elaborate party is the victim of two forces of chaos - murder, and the Doctor.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT Revelation of the Daleks 4 pt version, ep 1
The 6th Doctor comes to Necros to pay respects to an old, dead friend. Evidence emerges that two great evils are at work, only one of which being the Doctor's cooking.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EDT Pyramids of Mars eps 2+3 of 4
The Doctor and Sarah seek to sabotage efforts to revive the evil Sutekh, with help from Lawrence Scarman.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang ep 4 of 6
Weng-Chiang loses confidence in Li Hsen Chang.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:35PM, Sun 5:35AM CDT The Robots of Death ep 3 of 4
The Doctor's newfound credibility on the Sandminer gives him access to figure out whether the robots are actually killers. But the trust seems to have come too late, as a massacre occurs.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:35PM CDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang eps 1 - 3 of 6
If you're ever in an old English city, take a ghost tour. While you're waiting for the opportunity, here's a story set on the kind of dark streets you'll walk over, with the kind of story you'll here. Now, the tour leader won't include the involvement of the Doctor and Leela, but you won't be able to smell the smells through your television, so it balances out.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) Image of the Fendahl ep 3 of 4
The Doctor learns a secret about his own people's involvement in the history of the Fendahl.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT Underworld eps 1+2 of 4
Sat 10PM MDT Underworld eps 3+4 of 4

The Minyans' millenia long search for the race bank that will revitalize their species shows signs of ending when the Doctor shows up. Will the Time Lord's arrival mean success, or death?
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT Planet of Evil ep 3 of 4
See BBC America for description.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tampa/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Revenge of the Cybermen eps 1+2 of 4
The Doctor returns to Nerva in search of the TARDIS. He finds a deadly epidemic instead.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PDT Planet of Fire all 4 eps
Turlough chickens out on the truth one time too many, endangering his future with the Doctor. A teenager's emotional problems with her father brings about side effects in Kamelion's already erratic behavior. On a primitive planet, unstable geology could doom a society to extinction. What's the solution to these and other crises? Find out in the next episode of Doctor Angst! (Just  kidding.)

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.