Star Trek Series 3, Episode 1 – “Spock’s Brain”

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“Spock’s Brain”, title card

An alien raids the Enterprise and steals Spock’s brain, leading Kirk and McCoy into a desperate race to retrieve it.

“Spock’s Brain” was the third season’s premiere, written by “Lee Cronin”, the pseudonym of former writer and producer Gene L. Coon.

This episode first aired in the UK on October 13, 1971.

  • Previous episode: “Assignment: Earth”
  • Next episode: “The Enterprise Incident”

Notable Cast

  • William Shatner, “Captain Kirk”
  • Leonard Nimoy, “Mr Spock”
  • DeForest Kelley, “Dr McCoy”
  • James Doohan, “Scott”
  • Walter Koenig, “Chekov”
  • George Takei, “Sulu”
  • Nichelle Nichols, “Uhura”
  • Majel Barrett, “Nurse Chapel”

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September, 1978: Dr Who Annual 1979 in all good bookshops

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The Dr Who Annual 1979

The Dr Who Annual 1979 was the 13th Doctor Who annual published by World Distributors, released in September 1978. The hardback cost £1.50 and featured the Fourth Doctor and Leela.

It contained some text stories, a couple of comic strips, and some features and puzzles.

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September 15, 1988: Target Books publish Doctor Who – The Ultimate Foe

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The Ultimate Foe by Pip & Jane Baker (1988)

The Ultimate Foe was a novelisation, written by Pip & Jane Baker, based on the 1986 television story The Ultimate Foe.

Snatched out of time and space and brought before the Time Lords on Gallifrey, the Sixth Doctor is on trial for his life.

While the Doctor asserts that the evidence of the Matrix, the repository of all Time Lord knowledge, has been tampered with, the mysterious and vengeful prosecuting council, the Valeyard, is confident that the Doctor will be sentenced to death.

In a dramatic intervention the Valeyard’s true identity is revealed but he escapes from the courtroom into the Matrix, and it is into this nightmare world that the Doctor must follow – to face his ultimate foe …

Published Sep 15, 1988 (hardcover & paperback)

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September 14, 1968: The Doctor Who adventure The Mind Robber begins

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The Mind Robber (1968) [Doctor Who Collectors Wiki]
The Mind Robber was the second serial of season 6 of Doctor Who. It was the only televised story to feature the Land of Fiction.

Hamish Wilson played Jamie in episodes two and three when Frazer Hines contracted chicken pox.

To escape from the volcanic eruption on Dulkis, the Second Doctor uses an emergency unit. It moves the TARDIS out of normal time and space. The travellers find themselves in an endless void where they are menaced by white robots.

Having regained the safety of the TARDIS, they believe they have escaped — until the ship explodes. They find themselves in a land of fiction, where they are hunted by life-size clockwork soldiers and encounter characters like Rapunzel, the Karkus, and Swift’s Lemuel Gulliver.

This domain is presided over by a man known only as the Master — a prolific English writer from 1926 — who in turn is controlled by a Master Brain computer. The Master is desperate to escape and wants the Doctor to take his place, while the Master Brain plans to take over the Earth.

The Doctor engages the Master in a battle of wills using fictional characters. Zoe and Jamie overload the Master Brain. In the confusion, the White Robots destroy the computer, freeing the Master.

The serial was novelised as The Mind Robber, written by Peter Ling.

Notable Cast

  • Dr WhoPatrick Troughton
  • Jamie McCrimmonFrazer HinesHamish Wilson
  • Zoe HeriotWendy Padbury
  • The Master – Emrys Jones
  • A Stranger/Gulliver – Bernard Horsfall
  • Child – Sylvestra Le Touzel

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September 11, 1958: Actress Roxann Dawson born

Roxann Dawson is an American actress, producer, and director and writer, best known as B’Elanna Torres on the television series Star Trek: Voyager.

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Roxann Dawson (1958-)

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B’Elanna Torres, portrayed by Roxann Dawson

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September, 1978: Terry Nation’s Dalek Annual 1979 in all good bookshops

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Terry Nation’s Dalek Annual 1979

Terry Nation’s Annual 1979 was the 4th Dalek annual published by World Distributors, released in September 1978, and the last of seven (first three published by Souvenir Press, 1964-1966).

It contained five stories, and a number of features.

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September 2, 1978: K9 Mark II joins the Doctor

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K9

K9 was the designation given to a series of intelligent, dog-like robots who served as companions of Professor Marius, the Fourth Doctor, Leela, Romana, and Sarah Jane Smith.

K9 Mark I, II, III, and IV addressed whoever was directing them as “Master” or “Mistress” depending upon gender, and used the formal “affirmative” and “negative” rather than “yes” and “no”. They were programmed to be both loyal and logical, with a penchant for taking orders literally, almost to a fault. Their striped collars mirrored the Fourth Doctor’s trademark scarf.

K9 had a personality very consistent across the models with some contact with the Doctor. He was polite and formal, with pedantry bordering on condescension. Though he often displayed feelings such as sorrow and self-regard, he often stated that he had not been programmed to have emotions.

He did not use contractions such as “you’ve” for “you have” and addressed others by titles such as “Master”, “Mistress”, “Doctor-Master” (to refer to the Doctor) or “Young Master” (Adric). Though he did not seem to resent his subordinate status, he sided with the Doctor’s companions over the Doctor and showed a dark side, regarding other artificial intelligences with contempt.

With his great intelligence, he had a tendency to bore people with facts and did not stop immediately when asked, as he did to Leela on Pluto. When being told that he would have to stay behind in the TARDIS, K9 often argued, giving the Doctor reasons why he should go such as “he would be a good dog.” K9 always wanted to assist the Doctor.

K9 Mark I

Professor Frederick Marius, who invented the first K9 in the year 5000 while working on the asteroid K4067, described him as “my best friend and constant companion.” Marius had a dog on Earth, but weight requirements did not allow him to bring his real dog into space, so he built K9. Marius used his own medical computer, a state-of-the-art intraresponsive brain app, protective anti-radiation cladding, probes, a laser scalpel, a vision and voice box and two scanning antennas.

The Professor offered K9 to the Fourth Doctor as the same weight requirements made him unable to take Mark I back to Earth. After adventures with Leela and the Doctor, Mark I decided to stay on Gallifrey with his “mistress”.

Appearances

  • The Invisible Enemy
  • Image of the Fendahl
  • The Sun Makers
  • Underworld
  • The Invasion of Time

K9 Mark II

The Doctor obtained or constructed at least one backup model of K9. Immediately after leaving Mark I behind with Leela, he unpacked K9 Mark II. This version of K9 accompanied the Doctor and his new companion on their quest to locate the segments of the Key to Time.

This K9 exhibited the ability to sense and warn others of danger. He was also more mobile than his predecessor.

K9 travelled to E-Space with the Fourth Doctor and Romana II, where they met Adric. Damaged by the time winds, K9 Mark II could not cross back into N-Space with the Doctor. He decided to stay behind at the Gateway with Romana II to help her free the remaining Tharils from slavery.

Appearances

  • The Ribos Operation
  • The Pirate Planet
  • The Stones of Blood
  • The Androids of Tara
  • The Armageddon Factor
  • Destiny of the Daleks
  • The Creature from the Pit
  • Nightmare of Eden
  • The Horns of Nimon
  • The Leisure Hive
  • Meglos
  • Full Circle
  • State of Decay
  • Warriors’ Gate

K9 Mark III

A third model, K9 Mark III (again either obtained or constructed by the Doctor), was shipped in 1978 to Sarah Jane Smith at the home she had shared with her Aunt Lavinia in South Croydon during her companionship of the Third and Fourth Doctors (A Girl’s Best Friend).

After several adventures, K9 Mark III slowly began breaking down and eventually ended up deactivated in a cardboard box in Sarah’s attic. When the Tenth Doctor met Sarah Jane, he reactivated K9 and made temporary repairs. However Mark III ended up sacrificing himself whilst fighting strange, bat-like creatures.

As a heartbroken Sarah Jane watched the Tenth Doctor depart, the TARDIS dematerialised to reveal Mark IV. K9 said the Doctor rebuilt him with “new omniflexible hyperlink capabilities”.

Appearances

  • A Girl’s Best Friend (K9 and Company)
  • The Five Doctors

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