Doctor Who: Arc Of Infinity, Part 1

Doctor WhoThe 580th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Leonard Sachs and Michael Gough guest star; for the first and only time to date in the series, the next actor to play the Doctor appears in a small guest role (Colin Baker). This episode is the beginning of the 20th anniversary season of Doctor Who, and brings back Omega, the villain of 1973’s The Three Doctors, in a story set on the Time Lord planet of Gallifrey.

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Doctor Who: Arc Of Infinity, Part 2

Doctor WhoThe 581st episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Leonard Sachs and Michael Gough guest star; for the first and only time to date in the series, the next actor to play the Doctor appears in a small guest role (Colin Baker). This episode, in keeping with the season’s 20th anniversary theme, and brings back Omega, the villain of 1973’s The Three Doctors, in a story set on the Time Lord planet of Gallifrey.

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Doctor Who: Mawdryn Undead, Part 1

Doctor WhoThe 588th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. This story, in keeping with the 20th season’s theme of revisiting past stories, brings back both the Brigadier (intended to be schoolteacher Ian Chesterton in the earliest script drafts) and the Black Guardian. Mark Strickson joins the cast as new companion Turlough; Nicholas Courtney returns as the Brigadier and Valentine Dyall guest stars as the Black Guardian.

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Kosmos 1443

Salyut 7The Soviet Union launches an unmanned module, Kosmos 1443, on a trajectory that will bring it to the Salyut 7 space station for an automated docking. Once connected to Salyut 7, Kosmos 1443 provides extra habitable space for experiments and storage. A hardware holdover from the abandoned Almaz military space station program of the early 1970s, Kosmos remains docked to Salyut 7 through August 1983, at which time it is undocked and jettisoned, falling out of orbit and burning up in Earth’s atmosphere in September.

Exporting the Compact Disc

Compact DiscFor the first time, Compact Disc players and pre-recorded CDs appear in the English-speaking world (having been available in Japan since late 1982. The first label to embrace the new digital format is CBS Records, which publishes 16 existing titles on CD ranging from classical to rock. The technology has been developed jointly by Philips and Sony since the 1970s.

Discs Of Tron

Discs Of TronMidway releases the arcade game Discs Of Tron in American arcades. The second coin-op game based on the movie Tron, this game was originally devised as an additional “stage” of the original Tron coin-op until designers split it off into its own game. The “environmental” cabinet, allowing players to stand inside the brightly black-lit game, becomes a legend of arcade architecture.

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Doctor Who: The King’s Demons, Part 2

Doctor WhoThe 601st episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Anthony Ainley guest stars as the Master, and the episode introduces a robotic companion intended to be portrayed by a real robot, Kamelion. Kamelion’s designer dies prior to production, however, leaving minimal documentation for the robot’s operation; Kamelion’s further appearances are written out of the show and the robot only makes one further appearance. This brings Doctor Who’s 20th season to a close; the 20th anniversary special, The Five Doctors, airs later in the year as a stand-alone with a budget and production schedule separate from the rest of the season’s episodes.

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Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator

Star Trek: Strategic Operations SimulatorSegaa releases the arcade game Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator in American arcades. The vector graphics coin-op, simulating the “tactical views” seen on the Enterprise in the first two Star Trek movies, is the first officially licensed Star Trek video game. It also reflects some corporate synergy: Sega has recently been bought by Paramount Pictures parent company Gulf + Western.

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