The 82nd episode of Doctor Who airs on the BBC. This is part one of the story now collectively known as Galaxy Four, the first story of the series’ third season. As of this episode, John Wiles becomes the second producer of Doctor Who, after Verity Lambert gives up the job of creatively guiding the series. This episode is missing from the BBC’s archives.
The first episode of the time travel sitcom It’s About Time, created by Sherwood Schwarz (I Dream Of Jeannie) and starring Frank Aletter, Jack Mullaney, and Imogene Coca, premieres on CBS. The series involves two astronauts thrown back in time to the prehistoric era, and a comedy of errors ensues as they try to get along with the primitive neighbors with whom they find themselves stranded. Richard Donner (Superman: The Movie, Ladyhawke, Lethal Weapon) directs the series premiere.
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Despite an in-flight fuel pressure glitch that threatens to make this the third failure for the Surveyor program, Surveyor 5 successfully touches down in the moon’s Sea of Tranquility thanks to remote in-flight reprogramming by NASA engineers. Among its objectives on the lunar surface is a precise measurement of the elements comprising the lunar soil.
CBS airs the first episode of its Saturday morning science fiction series Ark II. Jonathan Harris (Lost In Space) guest stars.
ABC premieres the first episode of Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, part of the Krofft Supershow Saturday morning children’s programming block. This is part one of a two-part story, each episode lasting only around 12 minutes.
The International Cometary Explorer satellite – originally launched as International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 in 1978 – reaches the culmination of a series of complex orbital changes: a flyby of Comet Giacobini-Zinner, within 5,000 miles of the nucleus, primarily to sample and study the comet’s plasma tail and the interaction between that and the solar wind. ISEE-3 was not equipped with cameras at launch, so no imagery of the comet is obtained. The success of this flyby emboldens mission planners who hope to send it onward to study Halley’s Comet early in 1986, as part of a backup plan to use existing NASA spacecraft to study Halley in lieu of a specialized vehicle that would’ve been launched by space shuttle in 1986 (cancelled in the wake of the Challenger disaster).
Catalogued, restored, remastered, and released for the first time ever, The Carl Stalling Project is released by Warner Bros. Records. The album is the first-ever release of the original soundtrack recordings from Stalling’s scoring sessions for the Warner Looney Toons and Merrie Melodies cartoons from the 1930s through the 1950s, featuring many of Stalling’s variations on tunes originally written by Raymond Scott (including the famous manic “Powerhouse” cue). Classic cartoon fans snap the album up and demand more.
Warner Bros. releases Angelo Badalamenti’s soundtrack from the surprise midseason TV hit Twin Peaks, featuring the show’s signature dreamy jazz-synth-driven score and songs with vocals by Julee Cruise (including the theme tune, “Falling”). Shortly after its release, and for quite some time afterward, this album is the best-selling TV soundtrack album ever.
UPN airs the 43rd episode of Star Trek: Voyager. This episode airs three days after the 30th anniversary of the original Star Trek’s premiere, and guest stars original series cast members George Takei and Grace Lee Whitney in a storyline paying homage to the Kirk era (specifically, to the opening scene of the movie Star Trek VI). Michael Ansara appears as Kang.
Pay cable channel Showtime airs the fourth movie-length episode of Lexx (under the alternate title “Tales From A Parallel Universe”). Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Star Trek: Generations) guest stars. This is the last episode to air on Showtime; the series will late continue in a one-hour format on Sci-Fi Channel.
Actress Kim Hunter, who played Zira in Planet Of The Apes and two of its sequels, dies of a heart attack at the age of 79. She won an Oscar in 1952 as best supporting actress in A Streetcar Named Desire. Her career also included the legendary topical TV comedy That Was The Week That Was, guest shots on numerous episodes of Playhouse 90, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, Mission: Impossible, and many other films and TV appearances.
British toymaker Character Options releases a boxed set of action figures based on characters from the Doctor Who episodes The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End. This features the first Davros action figure since the earliest waves of Dapol action figures in the late 1980s.