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2014: Maggie Stables, Doctor Who actress, diesDoctor Who and A Town Called FortuneDoctor Who audio actress Maggie Stables, who originated the role of the first TARDIS traveler unique to the audio medium, dies after a lengthy illness. First appearing in a guest role in Big Finish Productions' inaugural Doctor Who story, The Sirens Of Time, in 1999, Stables was quickly cast as Dr. Evelyn Smythe, a new companion for the sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) who defied the series' convention of casting young actresses in such roles. Ms. Stables reprised the role intermittently, making her final appearance in a trilogy of stories released by Big Finish early in 2011; the character appeared in animated form in a 2002 webcast, but never appeared on television.


2001: Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken BowEnterpriseUPN debuts the newest Star Trek spinoff, the prequel series Enterprise, with a two-hour pilot movie, Broken Bow. Created by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, the series is set 100 years before the era of Kirk and Spock, with Scott Bakula starring as Captain Jonathan Archer, commander of the first warp-capable ship in the Earth's Starfleet, predating the United Federation of Planets. James Cromwell guest stars. (This series begins its run without "Star Trek" as part of its title.) More about Star Trek: Enterprise in the LogBook


1997: Stargate SG-1: Thor’s HammerStargate SG-1Pay cable channel Showtime premieres the ninth episode of Stargate SG-1. James Earl Jones (the voice of Star Wars' Darth Vader) provides a character voice in this episode. More about Stargate SG-1 in the LogBook


1994: Star Trek: DS9: The Search, Part IStar Trek: Deep Space NineThe week-long national syndication window opens for the 46th episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. This episode marks the beginning of Deep Space Nine's third season and introduces the U.S.S. Defiant, a small starship designed to give the show's characters the ability to leave the station. Salome Jens makes her first appearance as the female shapeshifter who leads the Dominion. More about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the LogBook


1983: Soyuz T-10-A: launch pad disasterSoyuzFor the first time in history, a launch abort escape system saves its crew from a doomed launch. When a fuel spill is ignited at the base of the launch vehicle for Soyuz T-10-A - an otherwise routine mission to Soviet space station Salyut 7 - the entire rocket catches fire, and ground controllers quickly discover that cables running from their bunker to the vehicle have been severed, preventing them from remotely activating the launch escape tower. A radio frequency backup system finally sends the signal, and the tower blasts the Soyuz capsule free of its doomed rocket just two seconds prior to a massive explosion on the pad. The capsule brings the crew to a safe, but rough, landing a few miles away, while the launch pad fire burns out of control for nearly a day.


1982: PengoPengoSega releases the arcade game Pengo in American arcades. The game goes through several iterations and revisions related to the legality of music use. More about Pengo in Phosphor Dot Fossils


1979: Star Blazers: Episode 18Star BlazersThe 18th episode of Star Blazers, an English rewrite and dub of the 1974 anime series Space Battleship Yamato, premieres in syndication across the U.S. More about Star Blazers in the LogBook

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