Fifty years ago this month, four events occurred in the history of Doctor Who- the first appearance of the Cybermen in the story “The Tenth Planet;” William Hartnell’s final regular appearance in the role of the Doctor; the change of actors, and how it was approached; and the first appearance of Patrick Troughton in the role of the Doctor.  Each week, we will touch on those elements of the period.  This week- a primer, with John Peel, who watched the show behind the sofa as a kid in 1966- and also is an established author of original science fiction, novelisations and original fiction based on “Doctor Who,’ and also co-author with Terry Nation on the 1988 release “The Official Doctor Who and the Daleks Book.”

What would October be without Hallowe’en- and with that, what would TV have been without what TV Guide called “Hallowe’en, five days a week”? Dark Shadows’ 50th anniversary celebrations continue this month in a recent interview with Kathryn Leigh Scott, but not before we talk about her new book “Last Dance at the Savoy”- a memoir of life, love and loss, as she takes us through her journey of providing care to her husband Geoff Miller as he suffered through and passed from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. For more information on the disease, and how to help donate to find a cure, go to