The week-long national syndication window opens for the 53rd episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Whoopi Goldberg guest stars.
The first novel based on the British science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf, Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers, is published. Written by series creators and writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor (under the collective pseudonym Grant Naylor), the book features familiar events and scenes, but is generally played out on a more expansive canvas than a BBC television studio would allow.
The week-long national syndication window opens for the 54th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Andreas Katsulas (Babylon 5) guest stars in an episode written by future Farscape producer David Kemper.
The week-long national syndication window opens for the 55th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Dan Shor (Tron) guest stars.
The 13th episode of the science fiction comedy Red Dwarf airs on BBC 2, kicking off the third season. Robert Llewellyn joins the cast as Kryten, and Hattie Hayridge replaces Norman Lovett as Holly.
The 694th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Dinsdale Landen, Alfred Lynch and game show host Nicholas Parsons (in a rare dramatic role) guest star.
This is the final Doctor Who television story to use the show’s traditional format of four 25-minute episodes.
The week-long national syndication window opens for the 56th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The Soviet Union launches the third Mir space station module, Kvant-2, to rendezvous and dock with Mir under automated control. With an airlock to make spacewalks easier, and additional living space and life support, Kvant also includes bathing facilities, water storage and reclamation systems (including a system to collect, detoxify and recycle human urine), and additional scientific equipment.
Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on 1989’s fifth and final shuttle launch, delivering a classified Defense Department payload into orbit on a five-day mission. Aboard Discovery are Commander Frederick Gregory, Pilot John Blaha, and mission specialists Story Musgrave, Manley Carter, and Kathryn Thornton.
The 15th episode of the science fiction comedy Red Dwarf airs on BBC 2. Frances Barber guest stars.
Bantam Books publishes the short story collection Tales From The New Twilight Zone by J. Michael Straczynski (story editor and frequent writer of the ’80s iteration of the series). Adapting several of his own scripts from the series into short stories, as well as the posthumously-produced Rod Serling-penned script Our Selena Is Dying, Straczynski also offers insights into the making of the series and the stories behind each storyline presented. Much of this material is later reprinted in another compilation, Straczynski Unplugged.
The 697th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Julian Holloway guest stars; Anthony Ainley makes his final appearance as the Master in the original series. This is the final episode of the original Doctor Who series, as the BBC quietly keeps the show off the schedule without making an announcement of the series’ cancellation. Doctor Who returns – with Sylvester McCoy briefly reprising his role – as a one-off TV movie in 1996, and then goes dormant again until revived in 2005.
The 18th episode of the science fiction comedy Red Dwarf airs on BBC 2. This concludes Red Dwarf’s third season; the series returns in 1991.