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Friday 28th July 2000

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Fri, 28 Jul 2000
(posted Fri, 28 Jul 2000, via the Doctor Who Alliance)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Another quiet week on the TV front. With pledge season beginning on most PBS stations, that's likely to change soon, so try not to miss reading the column for the next few weeks, in case something exciting happens.
BBC America is changing its Doctor Who broadcast times - again. Beginning Tuesday, August 15, the show will air Tuesdays through Fridays at 5AM, instead of Mondays through Fridays at 5AM. (this was clarified as just a one week change next edition)
Fans in Iowa who were looking forward to Doctor Who's start time returning to 11:05PM should tune in tonight and enjoy it - it will only happen this week. A special sci-fi mini-series will air as a marathon next week, then take the 11:05PM spot for 6 weeks beginning August 11, returning Doctor Who to either 11:30 or 11:35PM.
If you are attending the Republican convention or the demonstrations near it in Philadelphia, remember that WYBE 35 airs 2 Doctor Who episodes every Saturday night at 11PM. And if you have access to BBC America, you can wake up early in the morning to see the show there,
Additions and corrections are welcome at or , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:

Radio/Real Audio:

BBC Radio 4
Realplayer stream
Dead Ringers ep 207
Fri 6:30PM BST (1:30PM EDT, 10:30AM PDT), Sat 12:30PM BST (7:30AM EDT, 4:30AM PDT)

Previously on Dead Ringers, "The Doctor" called Sylvester McCoy in hopes of getting help for an extreme emergency.
BCB Radio
The Who Review
Tue 1PM BST (8AM EDT, 5AM PDT) (actually Thu at 7:10PM BST)
Monthly program looking at the latest developments in Doctor Who from a UK perspective.


UK Gold
Sun 9:40-11:10AM BST Ghost Light movie
The final TV story filmed, and 3rd to last to air. Strange things are happening in a mansion in 1880s Perivale. People enter the house, but they don't leave. The latest visitors - the 7th Doctor and Ace. Week 10 of the Summer of Syl.

UK Gold 2
Sun 6-7:30PM BST Ghost Light movie
Time-shifted from UK Gold.
Sat-Sun 5:05PM BST The Curse of Peladon eps 2 - 3 of 4 (actually episodes 1+2)
The Doctor suspects the Ice Warriors are responsible for the threats to the ambassadors on Peladon. But the Ice Warriors want to protect the Doctor, for some reason. Skull-duggery and a marriage proposal are afoot in this story by Malcolm the Hulke.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 5PM CET The Keeper of Traken ep 1 of 4
Sun-Mon 11:30AM CET The Keeper of Traken ep 2 of 4

*Not seen in all regions.
When a Melkur on Traken fails to die in the usual manner, but instead plots the destruction of one of the most peaceful empires in the cosmos, the Doctor and Adric are called to investigate. Unfortunately, Traken's keeper forgot the importance of making certain his subjects developed their intelligence, leaving them under the easy temptation of the first strong mind to show up.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST Terror of the Autons all 4 eps
An evil Time Lord comes to Earth trying to stir up trouble. The Autons want to make a second attempt at an invasion, so should it be any surprise that they decide to team up?
Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEST The Mind of Evil eps 4 - 6 of 6
The Master has taken control of Stangmoor Prison, wrecked the peace process, and has designs on the nuclear missile. But his device to alter prisoners has developed a mind of his own, and now the hunters may become the hunted.
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEST The Claws of Axos eps 1 - 2 of 4
The Master has disappeared. The United States has sent over an expert to help in the search. The search may have to wait, though, as a space ship is rapidly approaching the planet. Friends or foes?
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun 6:25PM The Time Meddler - Checkmate ep 4 of 4
Last televised in New Zealand in 1993. It seems that the Meddler is a young rascal from The Doctor's own race. His irresponsible games with history could change the nature of Britain.
Mon-Thu 6:25PM The Ark eps 1 - 4 of 4 (The Steel Sky, The Plague, The Return, The Bomb)
Last televised in New Zealand in 1969. In a distant future where Earth is about to die, humanity boards a space ship in search of a new planet to live on. They think they have the ultimate civilization. But an important part of their history has been forgotten. An accidental visit from The Doctor reveals a disastrous problem that will wipe the species out if not dealt with promptly. Naturally, the Doctor and company take the blame for the "discovery".
Fri 6:25PM The Gunfighters - A Holiday For The Doctor ep 1 of 4
Never before televised in New Zealand. To treat the Doctor's toothache, the TARDIS takes him to Tombstone, Arizona, where Doc Holliday the gunfighter (retired) has just set up a dental clinic. But some people will not let Mr. Holliday forget his past.
BBC America
Weekdays 5AM EDT - 2 episodes edited together daily
Mon-Tue The Hand Of Fear eps 1 - 4 of 4

Sarah goes Nuclear when she bonds with a fossilized hand after being buried in a quarry accident.
Wed-Thu The Deadly Assassin eps 1 - 4 of 4
Alone and friendless, the 4th Doctor answers the call of Gallifrey to try to stop a tragedy, unaware that he's been set up by a vengeful old foe.
Fri The Face of Evil eps 1 - 2 of 4
The Doctor stumbles upon a world where he is considered the greatest evil that ever lived. In the "monsters we should have seen again" file, check out the Horda.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Sun 3PM EDT The Seeds of Doom eps 3+4 of 6
The Doctor and Sarah track down the stolen deadly seed pod to a mansion owned by Harrison Chase, plant lover and maniac.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11PM EDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang ep 6 of 6
Magnus Greel prepares to return to the 51st Century, destroying the 19th Century while he's at it.
Sat 11:30?PM EDT The Invisible Enemy ep 1 of 4
The Doctor's mind is invaded by a virus bent on intergalactic conquest. The virus views Leela as a liability that must die.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EDT Full Circle eps 1+2 of 4
The TARDIS passes through a CVE, one of the rarest events in the universe, trapping the Doctor and Romana in a pocket universe.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Late Sat 1AM EDT Arc of Infinity movie
Time approximate after pledge broadcast of "The Lathe Of Heaven". Yes, this is the famous story where halfway through a previous MPT broadcast they skipped to the last part of Trial Of A Time Lord. If you were among the people who saw the odd version and didn't find out about the corrected rerun the following week, then set extra time on the VCR this time to make certain you don't miss the ending.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT Revelation of the Daleks 4 pt version, ep 4
The 6th Doctor's been trapped, and Orcini's assassination plan seems destined for failure. But unbeknowest to all the main participants, an army has been invited to join in the fun.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Android Invasion ep 4 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Sarah race to alert Earth to the danger from the androids, while android versions of the 4th Doctor and Sarah lead the invasion fleet.
Sat 11:55PM EDT The Brain of Morbius ep 1 of 4
Professor Solon, a forgotten scientist, slaves away in his laboratory searching for the equipment he needs to perform an experiment. What he really needs is a head. The Doctor's would do nicely.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT Horror of Fang Rock ep 1 of 4 (more likely episode 2)
Classic ghost-story scenario. Inexplicably foggy night. Story of a monster. Old lighthouse man with secrets. Rich people stranded at the lighthouse. Prepare for the chills.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang ep 2 of 6
The Doctor investigates the disappearances of young women in London. The link the women share - they visited a theatre run by Henry Gordon Jago.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:05PM CDT The Invisible Enemy all 4 eps
Note early-ish time. A virus in deep space infects The Doctor's brain, hoping to use him in its efforts to take over humanity. Similar to Spock's Brain from Star Trek - but this one has a plot and decent acting! Next episode airs August 11.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) The Sun Makers ep 2 of 4
The Doctor is captured - but the rebels will do nothing to save him.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT The Invasion of Time eps 3+4 of 6
Sat 10PM MDT The Invasion of Time eps 5+6 of 6

Leela leads the resistance against the Vardan invaders, but they may not be Gallifrey's biggest danger. K9 gets to do some gratuitous blasting. The Doctor breaks one rule too many for even Borusa to condone.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT Pyramids of Mars ep 2 of 4
Marcus Scarman, under the influence of Sutekh, returns home to prepare the way to release Sutekh from his prison. His brother has no place to turn for help - except the Doctor.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Terror of the Zygons eps 3+4 of 4
The Zygons prepare to take over Earth by conquering the most important city - London. The U.N.I.T. stories were originally set several years in the future. This story accurately predicts Margaret Thatcher becoming the British Prime Minister.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11:15PM PDT The Twin Dilemma all 4 eps
Time approx. after Anime event. The spectrox poison has forced the Doctor to regenerate prematurely, with psychopathic results.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.