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Friday 18th August 2000

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - August 18, 2000
by Benjamin F. Elliott
First Ever National Doctor Who Night Being Developed For October

On Wednesday, I issued a press release concerning the first ever national "Doctor Who Night", a special broadcast planned for October and aimed at the US public TV stations currently airing the series. It is still in the negotiations stage, although we are hopeful that it will go forward. The live special, titled Whovians Across America, would have two Doctor Who guests at WQED's studios in Pittsburgh picking their favorite episodes from their eras, while fans would vote for their own favorite episodes via an internet poll. It is being produced by T.J. Lubinsky (producer of Doo Wop 50, the most successful pledge program in PBS history), along with Dan Harris and Mark Woda. I have been asked to be the publicist for this special, and look forward to the challenge. Stay tuned for more information over the next few weeks as plans can be confirmed. If it all comes together, it should be an exciting night.
Looking at KBDI Denver's schedule this month, it appears that they have discontinued their Friday night reruns and gone to only airing 1 episode a week on Saturdays. We will know for certain when they send out their September schedule. This week, of course, they are skipping the show altogether due to pledge programming.
AUSTRALIA - The Olympics will create headaches for some Doctor Who fans this fall. The state of New South Wales will switch to Daylight Savings Time on August 27, two months before the rest of Australia. UKTV originates from Sydney in New South Wales, so viewers in other states may need to compensate for the different time zone until the rest of Australia goes to Daylight Savings in late October. Also, the episode on August 28 (Day of the Daleks episode 3 will air at 11:45PM AEDT instead of 11:30, due to prime time programming running longer than normal.
NEW ZEALAND - Prime TV will move Doctor Who's start time from 6:25PM to 6:30PM effective August 27. The show will still air 6 days a week.
Additions and corrections are welcome at , , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:

UK Gold
Sun 9:10-11:10AM BST Spearhead From Space movie
Hopefully UK Gold ordered the cleaned up prints that BBC2 used last year. The Doctor (Jon Pertwee) has been exiled to Earth by the Time Lords, just in time to get involved in an invasion of Earth that began with a meteor shower.

UK Gold 2
Sun 6-8PM BST Spearhead From Space movie
Time-shifted from UK Gold.
Sat-Sun 5:05PM BST The Sea Devils eps 3 - 4 of 6
The Master has awakened The Sea Devils, distant cousins of the Silurians that the Brigadier so kindly blew up while the Doctor tried to negotiate peace with them. Needless to say, the Sea Devils are not terribly interested in peace at the moment.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1AM*, Sat 5PM CET The Keeper of Traken ep 4 of 4
* Not seen in all regions. Melkur's true identity is revealed. It's an old foe, and he wants the Doctor's body. Meanwhile, the death of the old Keeper leaves Traken in chaos.
Sun+Mon 11:30AM CET Logopolis ep 1 of 4
Tom Baker's final story begins as the Doctor and Adric try to measure the TARDIS, with troubling results.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEST Colony In Space all 6 eps
The Time Lords trick the Doctor into thinking his TARDIS is working so he'll stop a thief with knowledge of a Doomsday Weapon hidden beneath the surface of a colony world.
Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEST The Dæmons eps 3 - 5 of 5
The Master tries to control Azal, last of the Daemons, in a bid to rule Earth. The Brigadier and company are trapped outside the village by a heat barrier. Meanwhile, savage incidents of Morris Dancing are on the rise.
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEST Day of the Daleks eps 1 - 2 of 4
In the 22nd Century, an invasion of Earth by the Daleks was defeated by the 1st Doctor. But the Daleks have won, the planet is subjugated, and no one ever thought to remove the core to fly it around the galaxy. Something went wrong, and the 3rd Doctor is trapped in the middle of the efforts to fix it.
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun-Wed 6:25PM The Dominators eps 2 - 5 of 5
Never before televised in New Zealand. The Dominators try to subjugate Dulkis, but are unprepared for a race of pacifists. Sometimes peaceful co-existence is simply a bad idea.
Thu-Fri 6:25PM The Mind Robber eps 1 - 2 of 5
Last rerun in New Zealand in 1991. In a surreal world where nothing is impossible, the struggle for survival begins in the mind.
BBC America
Weekdays 5AM EDT (2AM PDT) - 2 episodes edited together daily
Mon Genesis of the Daleks eps 5+6 of 6

The Thals decide that the time has come to wipe out the Daleks altogether. Meanwhile, the Kaleds want to do the same thing.
Tue-Wed Revenge of the Cybermen eps 1 - 4 of 4
Back on Nerva Beacon, the Doctor, Sarah, and Harry uncover a plot to destroy Voga, the forgotten planet of gold.
Thu-Fri Terror of the Zygons eps 1 - 4 of 4
Body snatching, the Loch Ness Monster, kilts, and the final adventure of Brigadier Lethbridge- Stewart before his retirement.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Next episode on August 27.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EDT "(Doctor Who Special)"
Exact program not announced as of publication time.
(see next edition)
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EDT State of Decay eps 3+4 of 4
Many years ago, the Time Lords battled a vicious race of vampire bats. All but one were destroyed. Any Time Lords that come across the surviving bat must destroy it at any cost to themselves. Naturally, Adric fouls things up by joining the bat team.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Late Sat Mid EDT Terminus movie
Sabotage endangers the structural integrity of the TARDIS, forcing an emergency bonding to a space ship heading for the center of the universe.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Trial Of A Time Lord ep 3 of 14 (The Mysterious Planet ep 3 of 4)
In the trial footage, the 6th Doctor finds himself increasingly drawn into the struggle between the Tribe of the Free and Drathro. In the courtroom, censored testimony draws a harsh reaction from the Doctor.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Next episodes on August 26.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT The Invisible Enemy ep 1 of 4 (more likely Horror of Fang Rock: Part Four)
A space virus decides to use the Doctor as its brain center. To secure the Doctor, Leela must die.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT The Talons of Weng-Chiang ep 5 of 6
Professor Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago are forced to work together on a rescue mission.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:35PM CDT The Sun Makers all 4 eps
In a time of Suns and Gatherers, a world awash in taxation cried out for a hero. She was Leela. A mighty huntress, forged in the skills of strategy and tossing a knife into the neck. Her courage would change the world.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) The Sun Makers ep 4 of 4
Note from the Doctor: "You know, I was involved a bit in that matter as well."
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Doctor Who returns Saturday, August 26.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT Genesis of the Daleks ep 2 of 6 OR Pyramids of Mars ep 4 of 4
» the following week reported that this was The Android Invasion: Part One instead!
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT Pyramids of Mars eps 1+2 of 4
An archaeologist unearths a secret from Egypt's past which endangers all of Earth. Well, it endangers the entire galaxy, but only a few people on Earth even care about the matter.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11:20PM-1:05AM PDT Mark Of The Rani both 45 minute episodes The
6th Doctor and Peri get entangled in the Luddite rebellion against the Technological Revolution. It seems that the Luddites have been artificially aggravated - by technology, of course. Meanwhile, the Scarecrow searches for a brain.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.