The week-long national syndication window opens for the ninth episode of Friday the 13th: The Series, starring John D. LeMay, Wendy Robie and Chris Wiggins. Barclay Hope (Doctor Who, Stargate SG-1) guest stars.
UK regional broadcaster TVS airs the 12th episode of Richard Cooper’s alternate-history series Knights Of God, portraying a struggle between oppressive government and rugged resistance fighters in a post-civil-war UK.
The week-long national syndication window opens for the tenth episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who played the recurring role of Nurse Chapel in the original Star Trek, makes the first of many appearances as Lwaxana Troi. This is actually one of the earliest episodes filmed. TNG’s first season resumes early in 1988.
UK regional broadcaster TVS airs the 13th and final episode of Richard Cooper’s alternate-history series Knights Of God, portraying a struggle between oppressive government and rugged resistance fighters in a post-civil-war UK. Michael Sheard (The Empire Strikes Back) guest stars.
The 669th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. David Selby (Dark Shadows) guest stars as Glitz; this story introduces Sophie Aldred as new TARDIS traveler Ace. Bonnie Langford makes her final appearance as Melanie. This story concludes the 24th season.
Lewis Galoob Toys releases its first wave of toys from Star Trek: The Next Generation, consisting of six characters (all members of the Enterprise crew) and a die-cast metal miniature starship Enterprise. While there’s an instant interest from Star Trek collectors, Galoob is perhaps a bit premature: the series upon which its toys are based is in the middle of a very uneven first season, and has demonstrated more appeal to older viewers than to the age group that normally buys action figures. A more successful line, geared more toward adult collectors, will surface in the 1990s.
The Soyuz TM-4 mission is launched by the Soviet Union, en route to space station Mir. Cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov take up residence as the new long-duration crew aboard Mir, formally known as Expedition 3, and they eventually break all previous space endurance records by staying aboard Mir for exactly one year and one day, returning to Earth on December 21st, 1988. Cosmonaut Anatoli Levchenko, after the week-long overlap with the Expedition 2 crew, returns to Earth with Expedition 2 crew members Yuri Romanenko and Aleksandr Aleksandrov aboard the Soyuz TM-3 vehicle.
Titan Books UK publishes Neil Gaiman’s non-fiction account of the making of the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy franchise, Don’t Panic! – The Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion. The book features numerous interviews with Douglas Adams and others involved in the making of the radio and television series, records and books.