Cable channel Disney XD airs the seventh episode of the series Star Wars: Resistance, set prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Nazneen Contractor (24, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Heroes Reborn) guest stars.
Cable channel Disney XD premieres the 21st episode of the series Star Wars: Rebels, a CGI animated storyline falling between the original and prequel trilogies of the Star Wars saga. Gina Torres (Firefly, Cleopatra 2525) guest stars.
David Tennant and Billie Piper star in a “special scene” written and filmed for the BBC’s Children In Need telethon. Not a spoof sketch, the short “mini-episode” bridges the gap between The Parting Of The Ways and the upcoming Christmas special, The Christmas Invasion. Though it can be considered an official part of the storyline, this is not considered a standalone episode of Doctor Who.
The first volume of Michael Giacchino‘s selections from the soundtrack of the TV series Alias, is released.
The Tori Amos comiplation album Tales Of A Librarian is released, including newly re-recorded versions of previously released songs. The album only covers her material from her years with Atlantic Records.
Dapol, the makers of Doctor Who action figures, release a fourth wave of 3 3/4″ toys from the long-running series, including two varieties of Sontarans and the calcified Melkur from season 18’s The Keeper of Traken. Though not the last action figure release from Dapol, it will prove to be the last non-Dalek-related wave of Doctor Who figures before the Welsh toymaker loses the Doctor Who license.
UPN airs the 99th episode of Star Trek: Voyager. UPN promotes this heavily as the 100th episode, a count that can only be reached by considering the two-hour pilot movie to be two episodes. LeVar Burton (Star Trek: TNG) guest stars as Geordi La Forge.
Cable channel TNT premieres the 109th episode of J. Michael Straczynski’s science fiction series Babylon 5.
Joseph Lo Duca’s soundtrack from the second season of Xena: Warrior Princess is released on Varese Sarabande Records.
The week-long national syndication window opens for the 104th episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Kurtwood Smith guest stars.
The week-long national syndication window opens for the 69th episode of J. Michael Straczynski’s science fiction series Babylon 5.
The week-long national syndication window opens for the 108th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Matt Frewer (Max Headroom) guest stars.
The Space Shuttle Enterprise arrives to begin its new life as a star exhibit at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. Having used the Enterprise as a test shuttle for landings and engineering fit checks, and having dispatched it on a world tour of air shows and other public appearances, NASA donates Enterprise to the Smithsonian, as any plans to refit it into a spaceworthy orbiter have been nixed by this point.
Activision releases the Space Shuttle cartridge for the Atari 2600 home video game system, an attempt to do a realistic flight simulator on limited hardware. Many of the console’s option switches – normally used to toggle difficulty levels, color or black & white graphics, and so on – are used for in-game functions instead.
Still trying to stem the tide of bootleg copies of Pac-Man in American arcades, Midway releases the coin-op conversion kit Pac-Man Plus, offering arcade operators an inexpensive (and legal) way to “freshen” old Pac-Man machines on-site rather than turning to bootleg enhancement kits, a problem that has been stealing Midway’s market share since Pac-Man became a hit.
CBS airs the 11th episode of the Space Academy spinoff series Jason Of Star Command, starring Craig Littler, Sid Haig, and James Doohan (Star Trek). Julie Newmar (Batman) guest stars.
Charisma Records releases Genesis‘ epic-length double album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, a mythological concept album which proves to be Peter Gabriel’s last studio album with the band. The album will go on to be widely regarded as one of the creative peaks for the group.
Electric Light Orchestra‘s fourth album, Eldorado, is released, featuring the single “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head”. This is the first ELO album with a full orchestra (as opposed to previous albums’ practice of overdubbing three string players endlessly), and the first to be released in the US before its UK release date.
The 181st episode of Doctor Who airs on the BBC. Continuing the icy theme of the fifth season, this is the first story to feature the lumbering Ice Warriors from the planet Mars. This episode is now missing from the BBC’s archives.
NASA launches the Ranger 2 lunar probe, intended to travel the distance from Earth to the moon and collide with the lunar surface, taking pictures and transmitting them back to Earth up to the moment of impact. Much like its predecessor in the Ranger series earlier in the year, Ranger 2’s Agena second stage booster fails, leaving it stranded in a low Earth orbit. Ranger 2 disintegrates upon reentering Earth’s atmosphere two days later, another blow for a NASA program that can’t seem to score a success.