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Friday 29th September 2000

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - Fri, 29 Sep 2000
(posted Fri, 29 Sep 2000, via the Doctor Who Alliance)
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Welcome to the weekly guide to the known Doctor Who TV and radio broadcasts around the world. It's a busy week, so let's get started.
UK - UK Gold 2 appears to be resuming its 6PM replay of the Sunday UK Gold Doctor Who broadcasts, beginning with this weekend's airing of The Claws of Axos. Hopefully this will be a permanent resumption.
NEW ZEALAND - Hmm. Well, Prime TV was going to air Doctor Who and the Silurians in colour. Something must have happened, however, because they wound up airing the Black & White version. A shame that Prime TV viewers won't get to see the excellent colourization job on the story. It remains to be seen what this will mean when the other restored colour stories (Terror of the Autons and The Daemons) come up. At least early Pertwee also looks good in Black & White, a result of selling the stories in both formats in the 70s.
USA - MPT in Maryland is doing fans a good turn in October. On October 28th, Doctor Who is being promoted from Midnight to 11:30PM. If this is a permanent change, then it will be the first time the show will have had a regular start time before Midnight on MPT since August 1998. Good work, MPT.
USA - WQED's listings in the column have been wrong for the last two weeks due to my error. I forgot that they were pre-empting the show on Saturday September 16 for a concert, so they are 2 episodes behind what I was reporting. It is now corrected.
USA - WYBE's listing in the column was wrong last week due to WYBE getting the tapes mixed up again. They were supposed to air episodes 3+4 of The Keeper of Traken. Instead, they aired episode 4 of The Keeper of Traken, followed by episode 4 of Full Circle. Full Circle episode 4 has now aired 3 times, once out of order before Full Circle episode 3, once in order after Full Circle episode 3, and now a bit out of place. While WYBE seems incapable of checking their tapes in advance to make sure they air the right shows, they do always go back and try to fix it. So, expect the last 2 episodes of Keeper Of Traken to air this weekend. (it was confirmed they didn't!)
USA - KTEH's live, local Doctor Who Night in San Jose, CA is less than 3 weeks away now. Carole Ann Ford, Sylvester McCoy, popular episodes, and lots of local references, live on KTEH Wednesday October 18th from 8PM to 11:15PM Pacific Time. As of this time, this special is only going to air in San Jose.
USA - Now, as to the National Doctor Who Night, news has been hard to come by for several weeks. The details are still being worked on as of press time. The special is scheduled to record on October 21st at WQED's studios in Pittsburgh, PA. Nicholas Courtney and Sylvester McCoy will be the guests for the three hour event, and episodes from their eras will be included. It will be tape-delayed everywhere instead of live as hoped at one point. The 14 PBS affiliates in the US airing the series have the rights to acquire the special, and most will presumably schedule it once the details are finally dealt with. WYBE in Philadelphia, PA and MPT Maryland have tentatively scheduled it for October 21st, the day it is taped.
Additions and corrections are welcome at, , or bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:

Cable Radio/Real Audio:

BCB Bradford, UK
RealPlayer Stream - click on the Listen button on the site
Thu 7:10PM BST (2:10PM EDT, 11:10AM PDT, Fri 5:10AM AEDT)
The Who Review monthly 40-50 minute feature of BCB's evening programme covering the latest Doctor Who audio/book/video releases in the UK, and other Who developments. Host - Tim Moon.


UK Gold
Sun 8:55-10:55AM BST The Claws of Axos movie
The DaSilva package of Tom Baker stories in 1978 was not the first attempt to sell Doctor Who to the Americans. First, there was a package of Jon Pertwee stories in the early 70s. This story may have been intended to attract viewers in America, with American agent Bill Filer having so much to do in the story. Alas, his accent is terrible, sending Americans out of the room screaming in pain. Think of it this way - had Bill's accent been less scary, he could have become a regular.

UK Gold 2
Sun 6-8PM BST The Claws of Axos movie
If you have Sky Digital, you don't need a VCR to see the UK Gold broadcasts that you're missing while at Church or sleeping in. Sky should use this as a selling point to increase their digital penetration.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 1:10AM*, Sat 3:30PM CET Castrovalva ep 2 of 4
Sun 11:30AM, Late Thu 12:35AM CET Castrovalva ep 3 of 4
*Not seen in all regions. To stabilize the Doctor's regeneration, Tegan and Nyssa search for Castrovalva, a city of temporal grace, where the mind can heal.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT The Time Monster all 6 eps
The 3rd Doctor finds evidence that the Master is at work on Earth again. And for the first time, the Master has remembered that he is a Time Lord, and that maybe the trick to galactic conquest is not through armies, but by taking control of time itself.
Mon-Wed 11:30PM AEDT The Three Doctors eps 2 - 4 of 4
The 3rd Doctor has been captured by the Gel Guards, leaving the 2nd Doctor and U.N.I.T stranded. So the Time Lords try to send the 1st Doctor in to help. Meanwhile, the Brigadier has his first ever trip through time and space.
Thu-Fri 11:30PM AEDT Carnival Of Monsters eps 1 - 2 of 4
The search for Metebelis III leads the Doctor and Jo to the SS Bernice in the Indian Ocean in 1926. Special guest star - a dinosaur.
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun-Wed 6:30PM Doctor Who And The Silurians eps 4 - 7 of 7
Last rerun in 1991. Black & White version, it appears. The Doctor tries to bring peace between the Silurians and humans. While some on both sides see the benefits, forces are setting up to guarantee a conflict.
Thu-Fri 6:30PM The Ambassadors of Death eps 1 - 2 of 7
Last rerun in 1991. Episode 1 exists in colour, but it is unknown at publication time if Prime TV will get that version, which has never aired in New Zealand. Episode 2 only exists in Black & White. The Doctor is called in to find out what happened to the British astronauts who went to Mars. The capsule is coming back, but no contact has been heard from them in eight months.
BBC America
Monday thru Thursday 8AM EDT (5AM PDT) - 2 episodes daily, reruns following weekday 5AM EDT (2AM PDT)
Mon-Wed/Tue-Thu Genesis of the Daleks eps 1 - 6 of 6

Stranded on the planet Skaro, and separated from their only means to return to the TARDIS, the 4th Doctor, Sarah, and Harry investigate the creation of the Daleks, searching for a way to either erase the metal monsters from history or make them kinder, gentler metal monsters.
Thu/Fri The Android Invasion eps 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor and Sarah land on Earth to find the place deserted. What happened to all the people? Indeed, some viewers may wonder what happened to Harry Sullivan, as BBC America is skipping over a few stories.
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Sun 3PM EDT The Deadly Assassin eps 3+4 of 4
The APC Net holds the truth behind the assassin and a hooded figure's dark plans for Gallifrey's future. Episode 3 is one of the darkest and most surreal episodes in the show's history, while episode 4 sounds the countdown to destruction.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11PM EDT The Sun Makers eps 2+3 of 4
See last week for description.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EDT The Keeper of Traken eps 3+4 of 4
WYBE tries to air the second half of Keeper Of Traken again. Will they succeed? Only one way to find out. Watch.
ยป it was confirmed that they actually showed the originally scheduled Logopolis 1+2.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Late Sat Mid EDT Frontios movie
Future's end. There are some places a TARDIS will not go. Some secrets that must not be revealed to us. No Time Lord must ever try to go past these barriers, or nasty things can happen. But what can you do when an incontrovertible law meets an irresistible force?
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Trial Of A Time Lord ep 9 of 14 (Terror Of The Vervoids ep 1 of 4)
See KTEH for story description.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EDT The Hand Of Fear eps 2+3 of 4
Under the control of the hand, Sarah invades the same nuclear power plant that the Axons once took over. So much for the theory that you could change the spelling of your name and be safe from being disturbed.
WYIN 56 Gary, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CDT Image of the Fendahl ep 3 of 4 (it was episode 2)
As the Fendahl force continues to grow in Thea Ransome, the Doctor learns a secret about his own peoples' role in the current threat to Earth.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CDT The Invisible Enemy ep 1 of 4
"Contact has been made. We are the nucleus of the swarm. Watch our efforts to take over the Doctor's mind or we will try to convince TPT to replace Doctor Who with Newsnight Minnesota reruns! If we're being really nasty, we'll rewrite the song We Are The World to be about us and sing it to you. Don't think we don't know how."
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:05PM CDT The Pirate Planet eps 3+4 of 4
The Mentiads power grows, giving the Doctor a chance to overcome the power behind the Captain before the hollow world Zanak can swallow another planet - Earth.
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CDT (9:30PM MDT) The Invasion of Time ep 2 of 6
The 4th Doctor suffers a nasty reaction from contact with the Matrix, leaving his ability to act as President in doubt. The suspicions worsen when the Doctor begins to mistreat everyone who cares about him. K9 gets a violent action scene.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MDT The Pirate Planet eps 3+4 of 4
See KBDI for story description.
Sat 10PM MDT The Stones of Blood eps 1+2 of 4
Romana's Log. Stardate: Omega 43692.8. Still traveling with the scarf- wearing nutcase. Have taken to wearing a shorter scarf as a hint that his is unreasonable. We'll see. The tracer indicates that the 3rd segment of the Key To Time is housed on Earth in the late 20th Century. Earth. That infamous backwater that all Time Lord renegades tend to come across at one point or another. How depressing. Just as long as there aren't any big boulders, nosy archaeologists, or blood cults.
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MDT The Brain of Morbius ep 3 of 4
Morbius' dream to have a new body may come true. But victory may taste as bitter as defeat. The blind lead the blind.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT The Seeds of Doom eps 1+2 of 6
Back on Earth, the 4th Doctor and Sarah carry out a mission for U.N.I.T. In Antarctica, an extraterrestrial seed pod has been found. Some people want it destroyed. Others want it to germinate.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PDT The Trial Of A Time Lord eps 9,10,11,+12 of 14 (Terror Of The Vervoids all 4 eps)
The 6th Doctor begins his defense case with an incident from his future. The Hyperion III is returning to Earth, with multiple sets of conspirators and murderers on board. But none of them are prepared for the real menace lurking in the shadows.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care.