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TV Schedule - Doctor Who on the Horror Channel in June

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The Horror channel have furnished us with the June scheduling details for Doctor Who...

PLANET OF EVIL (4-part story)

Mon 2nd June - Episodes 1 & 2 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25 Tues 3rd June - Episodes 3 & 4 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25

With the sun dying, an expedition from Earth led by professor Sorensen has come to the planet Zeta Minor in search of a new energy source but such extraction has led to the release of anti-matter creature which has been killing crew members. As the Doctor (Tom Baker) and Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) help to prevent the matter and anti-matter universes from destroying each other, Sorensen has been secretly injecting himself with a vaccine and has becomes a murderous anti-man. Influenced by Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, this is part of the gothic period for the series .. Starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen. Originally broadcast in 1975.

THE ANDROID INVASION (4-part story)

Wed 4th June - Episodes 1 & 2 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25 Thurs 5th June - Episodes 3 & 4 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25

The Doctor and Sarah Jane find themselves in a quiet country village, but all’s not what it seems. The inhabitants are unfriendly, gun-carrying engineers threaten them and even UNIT personnel behave less than human. It becomes apparent this this a replica village built by the Kraals as a testing ground for their android replicas which are intended to be sent to Earth to prepare for a full-scale invasion. Starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen. Originally broadcast in 1975.

MASQUE OF MADRAGORA (4-part story)

Fri 6th June - Episodes 1 & 2 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25 Mon 9th June - Episodes 3 & 4 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25

When the TARDIS is drawn off course by the powerful alien energy source Mandragora Helix, the Doctor fails to notice a portion infiltrates only to escape when they arrive in San Martino in Renaissance Italy. The young Duke Giuliano welcomes the Doctor and Sarah Jane to his court, but his uncle Count Federico plans to usurp him. He’s allied himself with court astrologer Hieronymous, who also leads a secret cult of star-worshippers, making him an ideal vessel for the Mandragora energy to conquer Earth. Filmed in Port Merion, best known as the location for cult TV series The Prisoner, it also features an early role for Tim Pigott-Smith . Starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen. Originally broadcast in 1976.

THE DEADLY ASSASSIN (4-part story)

Tues 10th June - Episodes 1 & 2 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25 Wed 11th June - Episodes 3 & 4 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25

Returning alone to Gallifrey, home planet of the Time Lords, the Doctor (Tom Baker) finds himself accused of assassinating the out-going President. With the help of kindly Cardinal Borusa, the Doctor is determined to clear him name and discover who the real traitor is. He doesn’t expect to find an old nemesis, The Master (Peter Pratt) who needs the planet’s power source to help him regenerate from his current decayed state. Written by Robert Holmes, with echoes of political thriller, The Manchurian Candidate, this adventure redefines and elaborates on the whole Time Lord mythology. The controversial violence of some scenes made Mary Whitehouse explode but it was hugely popular adventure. Starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen, also featuring Bernard Horsfall and Angus Mackay (Porridge). Originally broadcast in 1976.

ROBOTS OF DEATH (4-part story)

Thurs 12th June - Episodes 1 & 2 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25 Fri 13th June - Episodes 3 & 4 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25

Aboard a Sandminer that’s mining ore from a deserted planet, the human crew leave all the hard work to the robots. However, members of the crew are being killed one by one, and yet the robots are programmed only to serve, so who is the murderer in their midst? With the timely arrival of The Doctor (Tom Baker) and Leela (Louise Jameson), the suspicion falls on them but as Leela soon discovers, there are undercover agents on board, both human and robot, who are making their own investigations and hoping to catch the culprit before there’s a full robot revolution. A kind of Agatha Christie whodunnit in space. Itremains one of the perennially most popular stories. Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson, also featuring Russell Hunter (Callan) and Pamela Salem (EastEnders, The Onedin Line). Originally broadcast in 1977.

THE TALONS OF WENG CHIANG (6-part story)

Mon 16th June - Episodes 1 & 2 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25 Tues 17th June - Episodes 3 & 4 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25 Wed 18th June - Episodes 5 & 6 - - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25

The TARDIS materialises in Victorian London, which is experiencing a wave of gruesome murders. The Doctor (Tom Baker), suitably dressed in deerstalker and cloak, turns detective with Leela (Louise Jameson) on hand as they investigate a mysterious Chinese magician and the Tong of the Black Scorpion. Befriending music hall manager Henry Gordon Jago and Professor Litefoot, an oriental expert, they’re confronted with giant sewer rats, a killer ventriloquist doll called Mr Sin, and a fugitive war criminal from the 51st Century, Magnus Greel. With a whole handful of influences from Sherlock Holmes, to Jack the Ripper, Fun Manchu and The Phantom of the Opera, this darkly delicious adventure cements Tom Baker’s era in gothic horror and it remains in the top five all-time favourite stories of the Classic series. Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson. Originally broadcast in 1977.

HORROR OF FANG ROCK (4-part story)

Thurs 19th June - Episodes 1 & 2 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25 Fri 20th June - Episodes 3 & 4 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25

The Doctor (Tom Baker) and Leela (Louise Jameson arrive on a lighthouse in early 1900s, where something is causing power cuts and killing crewmen. When a clipper runs aground, the survivors are brought into the lighthouse but one by one, they all die. A shape-changing alien is stalking them but the lone Rutan, sworn enemy of the Sontarans, is simply the scout for a full invasion of Earth. A Hammer Horror-style supernatural mystery, Tom Baker has said this is his favourite story of his time in the role. Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson. Originally broadcast in 1977.

CITY OF DEATH (4-part story)

Mon 23rd June - Episodes 1 & 2 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25 Tues 24th June - Episodes 3 & 4 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25

An alien ship explodes on primeval Earth, shattering its pilot into separate pieces across time. When The Doctor (Tom Baker) and Romana (Lalla Ward) arrive in Paris in 1979, they meet a British detective called Duggan who’s on the trail of Count and Countess Scarlioni. They are planning to steal the Mona Lisa. When the Doctor finds that the Count already has six copies of the painting he travels to Renaissance Italy , encountering Da Vinci and Captain Tancredi who closely resembles Scarlioni. The Doctor discovers that Count is actually Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth , who’s selling his art collection to fund time travel experiments in the hope of preventing the original explosion and making him whole once more, but at what price to Earth’s evolution? Starring Tom Baker and Lalla Ward.

With then Script Editor Douglas Adams helping with the finished script, it contains his trademark sense of humour that became a part of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. An all-star cast is headed by Julian Glover and Catherine Schell (TV’s Space 1999) and features cameo roles from John Cleese and Eleanor Bron. Remarkably, this is the first Doctor Who story to be filmed outside the UK and remains in the top ten of most popular stories from the Classic series. Originally broadcast in 1979.

SNAKEDANCE (4-part story)

Wed 25th June - Episodes 1 & 2 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25 Thurs 26th June - Episodes 3 & 4 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25

Under the influence of the snake-line Mara, Tegan (Janet Fielding) guides the TARDIS to the planet Manussa, whose inhabitants have developed a whole series myths and customs around the creature’s defeat centuries ago. With the Doctor (Peter Davison) and Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) determined to free their companion from the mind-control, they have to defeat the Mara before it regains physical form, but when the governor’s son Lon falls under its power too, the annual festival of banishment celebrations threatens to bring about the Mara’s fearful return. Starring Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton. This also features Martin Clunes in one of his earliest TV roles. Originally broadcast in 1983.

RESURRECTION OF THE DALEKS (4-part story)

Fri 27th June - Episodes 1 & 2 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25 Mon 30th June - Episodes 3 & 4 - 10:00 & 10:35; then repeated 15:10 & 15:45; 19:50 & 20:25

When the TARDIS crew arrive in contemporary London, they find police in battle with futuristic gunmen whilst a bomb disposal team are investigating alien capsules. Befriending Stien (Rodney Bewes) one of the future soldiers, the Doctor (Peter Davison), along with Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson) find a time corridor linked to a battle cruiser in the future. It’s under attack from The Daleks who plan to release their creator Davros from imprisonment, to help find an antidote to the deadly Movellan virus as well as using the Doctor himself to regain their galactic domination. Filmed around Butler’s Wharf in London’s Docklands, this is Tegan’s farewell story.

Starring Peter Davision, Janet Fielding and Mark Strickson. Guest stars include Rodney Bewes (The Likely Lads), Rula Lenska (Rock Follies) and a pre-Dirty Den Leslie Grantham. Maurice Colbourne (Howards’s Way) plays Lytton, a mercenary who also features in the later Colin Baker adventure, Attack of the Cybermen. Originally shown in 1984.

TV: Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138

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