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Friday 1st September 2000

(posted Fri, 1 Sep 2000, via the Doctor Who Alliance)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Double Trouble! TWO Doctor Who Nights To Occur In October!
New month, big developments. As already mentioned here, TJ Lubinsky and Dan Harris were developing a National Doctor Who Night for current US Doctor Who affiliates to air in October. But while that night was being developed, Ken Patterson at KTEH San Jose, CA was planning a LOCAL Doctor Who Night to air at about the same time, independent of the national production. Both have now gotten the go- ahead. Here's what can be revealed so far:
NATIONAL - Doctor Who - Whovians Across America. To be recorded October 21st at WQED studios in Pittsburgh. Studio guests - Nicholas Courtney and Sylvester McCoy. Wild night. Fan survey to go out online within the next few days asking people to select their 2 favorite Courtney and 2 favorite McCoy episodes to air in the special. Available to stations "currently" airing the series. Awaiting word on how many stations would air it live before deciding whether to offer it live or just record it to show when stations are ready. Even if live, stations could opt to air it tape delayed. Only episodes currently available for US syndication can be chosen for the marathon (so no requests for the color Ambassadors Of Death 1 or surviving episodes of Invasion, please). Produced by TJ Lubinsky (Doo Wop 50) and Dan Harris.
SAN JOSE, CA - Doctor Who - (Title To Be Announced). Live Wednesday October 18th at 8PM Pacific Time on KTEH 54. Studio guests - Carole Ann Ford and Sylvester McCoy. No, you don't get to pick the episodes on this one. They're planning a wild night too. Produced by Ken Patterson and Dan Harris. Not expected to be available nationally.
Stay tuned. There should be much more information about the nights coming out next week.
Additions and corrections are welcome at,, or bfelliott3 on AOL IM.


Tue 1PM BST (8AM EDT, 5AM PDT) The Who Review (actually Thu at 7:10PM BST) - a monthly overview of Doctor Who developments in the UK. RealAudio stream on the website.


UK Gold
Sun 7:10-10:35AM BST The Ambassadors of Death movie
Eight months after its disappearance, Mars Probe 7 is coming home. But not everyone at Space Control wants the people inside to make contact with humanity just yet. A fast-moving tale of suspense and deception, and even the return of Benton!

UK Gold 2
No replay this week. Hmm.
Sat-Sun 5:05PM BST The Mutants eps 1 - 2 of 6
This time, the Time Lords at least have the dignity to clue the Doctor in that he's being dragged off on a mission to stop a tragedy. Mind you, it would help if they had told him who he was supposed to be contacting and why, but who needs details anyway.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 12:50AM*, Sat 5PM CET Logopolis ep 2 of 4
Sun+Mon 11:30AM CET Logopolis ep 3 of 4
* Not seen in all regions. The 4th Doctor and Adric go to Logopolis to get the TARDIS properly measured. But Death, the Master, and an airline hostess named Tegan haunt him there as well. Three guesses who causes the most trouble.
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1:10AM AEDT The Day Of The Daleks all 4 eps
Late start due to special programming. The 20th and 22nd Centuries converge when the Doctor uncovers an effort to kill a politician believed responsible for the Daleks' conquest of Earth.
Mon 11:30PM AEDT The Curse of Peladon ep 4 of 4
The alien menace has been defeated, but a homegrown threat continues to endanger the ambassadors and the Doctor.
Tue-Fri 11:30PM AEDT The Sea Devils eps 1 - 4 of 6
In search of closure, the Doctor and Jo visit the Master in the island prison where he is sentenced to spend the rest of his lives. While the Master is in remarkably good condition, ships near the island are sinking at an alarming rate. As the death toll mounts, the Doctor opts to get personally involved, and discovers a second chance to bring about a peace he failed to deliver long ago.
Prime TV
Sun 6:30PM The Krotons ep 4 of 4
Last rerun in New Zealand in 1991. The Krotons want to use the Doctor and Zoe's brains to power their ship and return into space. That was their first mistake.
Mon-Fri 6:30PM The Seeds of Death eps 1 - 5 of 6
Last rerun in New Zealand in 1991. The 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe find themselves involved when the worldwide T-Mat system goes down. Someone must get to the moon to find out what's going on. Otherwise, world society could collapse.
BBC America
Weekdays 5AM EDT (2AM PDT) - 2 episodes edited together daily
Mon The Android Invasion eps 3+4 of 4

The Kraals intend to use the androids to replace key people in British society to aid in the conquest of Earth. Final appearances of Benton and Harry Sullivan.
Tue-Wed The Brain of Morbius eps 1 - 4 of 4
The TARDIS goes to Karn, where Professor Solon takes an inappropriate interest in the Doctor's head and a Sisterhood tries to kill any visitors.
Thu-Fri The Seeds of Doom eps 1 - 4 of 6
The Doctor and Sarah travel the globe in search of alien seed pods which, if allowed to germinate, could transfer all the plants on Earth into ruthless killers.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Sun 3PM EDT The Masque of Mandragora eps 3+4 of 4
To the horror of Evil Count Frederico, court astrologer Hieronymous uses the Mandragora Helix energy to through Frederico's plans out the window and plot his own conquest of Earth. Prince Giuliano didn't know when he was well off.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11PM EDT The Invisible Enemy ep 4 of 4
The virus escapes from the recesses of the mind into the physical realm. Now it wants to reproduce.
Sat 11:30PM EDT Image of the Fendahl ep 1 of 4
A time scanner alarms the Doctor, leading him back to Earth, and a violent argument with - cows.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EDT Warriors' Gate eps 3+4 of 4
The E-Space saga concludes, as the gateway between the universes continues to collapse. The humans battle for their lives, while the Doctor faces the possibility that his TARDIS will become somewhat emptier.
» it was reported later that the episodes were shown in the wrong order.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Late Sat Mid EDT The King's Demons movie
Short semi-historical story, where the 5th Doctor is alarmed to find King John at a nobles' house when he's supposed to be somewhere else signing the Magna Carta. Who is playing with history, and why wasn't the Iron Maiden one of the top children's toys of 1983?
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Trial Of A Time Lord ep 5 of 14 (Mindwarp ep 1 of 4)
The Trial takes a darker turn as the Valeyard presents evidence from a more recent adventure. The 6th Doctor and Peri land on Thoros Beta, and find themselves in a nightmare of genetic experimentation.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Seeds of Doom eps 4+5 of 6
Harrison Chase is insane, and is perfectly prepared to let the surviving seed pod come to life. Can Scorby, vicious killer and lousy beard wearer, get through to what's left of his employer's mind?
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT The Invisible Enemy?? ep 3 of 4 (it was episode 2)
If the scheduled episode airs, prepare for an exploration of the Doctor's mind. Scary. No wonder he's such a nut at times ...
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT Horror of Fang Rock ep 1 of 4
A lighthouse is beset by an unlikely fog which hides an unspeakable terror which is pretending to be a different unspeakable terror. Enter The Doctor and Leela, who terrorize unspeakable terrors as a hobby. Hmm. Someone's likely to be terrorized at this rate.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:30PM CDT The Invasion of Time all 6 eps
One last chance to see a complete Doctor Who story on IPTV before it cuts back to 2 episodes next week. And what a story to go out on. The Doctor's gone nuts, Leela's got to rally what's left of Time Lord society, shimmering aliens, K9 gets an action sequence, Borusa gets the one-liners, and a whole new area of the TARDIS gets explored. 6 wild episodes to party the night away with.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) Underworld ep 2? of 4
Last week's episode was reportedly pre-empted without notice, so this may not be the actual episode that airs. If it does air, the crew of the P7E find themselves inside a young planet, where a slave society is controlled by androids.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT The Ribos Operation eps 1+2 of 4
The first segment of the Key to Time is hidden on the planet Ribos, currently in the midst of an extended Winter. Look for the delightfully over the top Graff Vynda-K.
Sat 10PM MDT The Pirate Planet eps 1+2 of 4
The TARDIS leads the Doctor and Romana to exactly the right place, at exactly the right time, but the wrong planet. Now the tracer's gone mad, if not as mad as the Pirate Captain.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT ""
A 4th Doctor episode. Probably.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Android Invasion eps 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Sarah find themselves in an elaborate recreation of 20th Century England, right down to the people. The writers on Star Trek: Voyager must have watched these episodes at some point before filming season 5. This version is very effective.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PDT Timelash both 45 minute episodes
Controversial story. Some love it, some hate it, some use it to bang people over the head when they've said something silly. The 6th Doctor is forced to retrieve an amulet which holds the key to power on Karfel. Meanwhile, he winds up with a hanger-on named Herbert who gives every indication that he's become a new companion. Watch for the Bandril, while I watch for a way to get out of this plot description.

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