Doctor Who: The Invasion, Part 1

Doctor WhoThe 220th episode of Doctor Who airs on the BBC. Kevin Stoney guest stars as Tobias Vaughn, and Nicholas Courtney returns as the freshly-promoted Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, head of the newly created UNIT. This is the last Cybermen story until 1975.

This episode is missing from the BBC’s archives, but has been replaced on DVD with an animated reconstruction.

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Soyuz 16

Soyuz 16The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 16, a six-day manned space mission to test modifications to the Soyuz vehicle design ahead of 1975‘s Apollo-Soyuz Test Project international flight. Cosmonauts Anatoly Filipchenko and Nikolai Rukavishnikov test the new Soyuz docking mechanism and solar panels, and new rendezvous/docking equipment intended to assist with the Apollo-Soyuz flight as well as to prevent “wasted” missions such as Soyuz 15.

Project UFO Sighting 4022: The Camouflage Incident

Project UFOThe 19th episode of Harold Jack Bloom’s sci-fi series Project UFO airs on NBC, portraying fictionalized investigations into what the show claims are actual cases from the U.S. Air Force’s Project Blue Book investigations. Edward Winter and Caskey Swaim star. Michael Strong guest stars.

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Cosmos: Travelers’ Tales

The sixth episode of Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking science documentary series Cosmos premieres on PBS. A popular history of science and scientific theory vs. tradition and superstition, segueing into Sagan’s field of expertise (astrophysics), Cosmos is a major milestone in American documentary filmmaking and the popularization of science and the scientific method (and makes an instant celebrity out of Sagan).

Playmates goes Trek-crazy

Mr. SpockHaving successfully kicked off a series of action figures and other toys based on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Playmates Toys goes into the 1993 Christmas season with a product that sends longtime Trek fans salivating: a box set of the complete Enterprise bridge crew from classic Star Trek, packaged in a cardboard replica of the bridge complete with captain’s chair, in the same scale as the growing lineup of TNG characters. With toys based on the relatively new Deep Space Nine spinoff on the horizon in 1994, it’s suddenly the best time ever to be a Star Trek toy collector.

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Hubble’s “pillars of creation”

Hubble Space TelescopeThe Hubble Space Telescope, observing M16 (also known as the Eagle Nebula), takes what may be its most famous image: towering clouds of rapidly-evaporating interstellar gas which scientists theorize are the birthplace of new stars. The huge, light-years-long hydrogen clouds are dubbed evaporating gaseous globules, or EGGs; astronomers also call the structure a stellar nursery. The image quickly becomes a mainstay of the media, making appearances in Babylon 5 and the movie Contact.

The X-Files: Redux

The X-FilesThe 98th episode of Chris Carter’s modern-day science fiction series The X-Files airs on Fox, starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. John Finn and William B. Davis guest star in the fifth season premiere.

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Welcome To Paradox: Blue Champagne

Welcome To ParadoxThe 12th episode of the Sci-Fi Channel original series Welcome To Paradox airs, a loosely-connected anthology of science fiction stories set in Betaville, a utopian future city whose incredible technology has frequently unintended side-effects. Rachel Hayward (Harsh Realm) stars in another story co-written by SF novelist Donald Varley.

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Dark Angel: Boo

Dark AngelThe 26th episode of James Cameron & Charles H. Eglee’s cyberpunk series Dark Angel, starring Jessica Alba and Michael Weatherly, airs on Fox. Ashley Scott (Birds Of Prey, Jericho) guest stars.

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Atlantis retired

Space ShuttleStripped of critical working systems and engines after her final landing, Space Shuttle Atlantis is moved via a ground transport to a new shuttle museum exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors’ Center at Cape Canaveral. Having flown 33 times, Atlantis was the last shuttle to travel in space, having returned from orbit the final time in July 2011. Originally intended to be the last addition to the shuttle fleet, construction on Atlantis began in 1980, and was completed in time for Atlantis’ maiden voyage in 1985.

Star Trek re-re-generated

Star TrekTen years after the last Star Trek TV project left broadcast television, CBS (corporate heirs to the television rights to Star Trek) announces that a new series is in preparation for a January 2017 premiere on CBS. But current plans call for only the pilot to air on CBS; future episodes will be streamed exclusively on CBS’ paid streaming service. (Territories outside the United States will get to see the new show on television and not just the web.) The new series is being overseen by Alex Kurtzman, co-producer of the two “reboot” movies to date, though CBS is quick to distance the new TV/streaming project from those movies.

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Arrow: Human Target

ArrowThe 97th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW. Chad L. Coleman (The Orville, The Expanse) and Wil Travel (Jessica Jones) guest star.

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