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- we walk down CyberMemory Lane with Steven Warren Hill, part of the team behind a new book on Doctor Who in America- “Red, White and Who,” as well as part of the team behind the annual Thanksgiving Weekend “Doctor Who” event Chicago TARDIS.

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 www.curepsp.org

We continue our month-long look at the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek- September 8th, 1966. From the archives: Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway from “Star Trek: Voyager”) on her time on the series, as well as her one-woman show, “Tea at Five,” where she plays Katherine Hepburn in two stages of her life; Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) as she talks about appearing on the last episode of “Star Trek: Enterprise” and her time in the universe of “Star Trek.”

We continue our month-long look at the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek- September 8th, 1966. From the archives:  Denise Crosby, best known for her role as Lt.Tasha Yar in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” about her experience in producing two documentaries on the fan experience of “Star Trek.”  “Trekkies” and “Trekkies 2” were co-produced with Crosby and Roger Nygard.

We continue our month-long look at the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek- September 8th, 1966. From the archives: Robert Justman, associate and supervising producer on Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation; Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Nurse Chapel in the original series and also wife of Gene and mother to Rod); George Takei (“Sulu”) and Nichelle Nichols (“Uhura”).

I am off this week for Labor Day- but I could not think of NOT doing anything in tribute to Star Trek on the approach of the 50th anniversary of it’s first broadcast on television this coming week in 1966. For me, the heart and soul of Star Trek is Leonard Nimoy, who passed away in 2015. I had the honor of interviewing him in October 2002 in advance of his photo book, “Shekhina.” We discussed his faith, how it applied to his book of photographs of the female form, and the controversy surrounding it. Even though he has physically passed, Leonard Nimoy’s presence is still greatly felt as we approach the half-century mark of one of television’s finest hours- Star Trek. I’ll be back next week with a full hour of program as we continue our month-long look at 50 years of Star Trek.