Doctor Who Magazine Issue 125 (1987)

DWM_125The June 1987 issue of Doctor Who Magazine featured the Sixth Doctor on the cover and in an A3 sized poster alongside Peri. ¬†There was a feature on the locations used in Doctor Who and a look back at ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan‘. Jean Marsh is interviewed and the Ian Marter novelisation of ‘The Rescue‘ is reviewed. ¬†Find out more at


June 5, 1978: Strangers

Strangers-1978Strangers is a UK police drama that appeared on ITV between 5 June 1978 and 20 October 1982.

After the success of the TV series The XYY Man, adapted from books by Kenneth Royce, Granada Television devised a new series to feature the regular characters of Detective Sergeant George Bulman (Don Henderson) and his assistant Detective Constable Derek Willis (Dennis Blanch). The result was Strangers.

The series began as a fairly standard police drama series with Bulman as its eccentric TV-UK-06-05-1978lead. Its premise was that a group of police officers have been brought together from different parts of the country to the north of England. There, the fact that they are not known locally gives them the opportunity to infiltrate where a more familiar local detective could not. Initially, the team consisted of Bulman, Willis (promoted to Sergeant) and Linda Doran (Frances Tomelty). Their local liaison was provided by Detective Sergeant David Singer (John Ronane); their superior was Chief Inspector Rainbow (David Hargreaves). Despite being based around a comparatively small team of detectives, a regular feature of the programme in its early years was that few episodes featured the entire team, with most using just two or three of the regulars in any major role.

Series two, shown in early 1979, introduced the character of Detective Constable Vanessa Bennett who was played by Fiona Mollison. The same series would be the last to feature the characters Linda Doran and Chief Inspector Rainbow.


In series three (1980), Bulman, Willis, Bennett and the newly promoted Detective Inspector David Singer became members of the Inter City Squad under the command of Detective Chief Superintendent Jack Lambie (played by Mark McManus). The basic premise was similar, but rather than covering just the north west of England, the team’s remit now extended to the whole country.

By series four (1981), Bulman had also gained promotion – to Detective Chief Inspector. The same series also introduced the semi-regular character of William ‘Bill’ Dugdale (Thorley Walters) a member of the British Foreign Office/Secret Services who would become involved when there was a political or intelligence aspect to the investigation. His role was not necessarily to help the detectives; that would only happen when it was in the government’s interest for them to succeed.

The character of Chief Inspector Bulman, still played by Don Henderson, appeared in a subsequent series Bulman by which point he had retired from the police but was still involved in detective work. [Wikipedia]

Watch some Strangers on the djr2096 YouTube Channel.

June 5, 1965: Hector’s House

Hector's_House-1965Hector’s House (originally La Maison de Toutou – “The House of the Doggie”) is a children’s television series using hand puppets. Like the better-known The Magic Roundabout it was a French production revoiced for a British audience. A gentle series, it was first broadcast on BBC 1 in 1965. In the French version, Hector is known as Toutou and Zsazsa is known as ZouZou.

The main characters, affable Hector the Dog and cute Zsazsa the Cat, live in a house and TV-UK-06-05-1965beautiful garden. Kiki the Frog, dressed in a pink smock, is a constant and at times an intrusive visitor, through her hole in the wall. Despite Hector’s willingness to endlessly help them out, Kiki and Zsazsa often played tricks on him to teach him a lesson, leading him to say his catchphrase at the end of the episode, “I’m a Great Big [whatever he was] Old Hector.

Watch an episode on HectorsHouseOfficial YouTube Channel.

June 5, 1987: The Stepfather

“He wanted a perfect family in a perfect town. But they couldn’t measure up…neither could the others.”

The_Stepfather-1987The Stepfather is an American psychological horror thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Terry O’Quinn, Jill Schoelen and Shelley Hack. O’Quinn stars as Henry Morrison, an identity-assuming serial killer who remarries a widow with a teenage daughter. After previously killing his family and changing his identity, his killing spree continues after his stepdaughter becomes suspicious about him. It is loosely based on the life of mass murderer John List, although the plot is more commonly associated with slasher films of the era than a true story. The film was written by Donald E. Westlake, from a story by Westlake, Carolyn Lefcourt and Brian Garfield.

The film was theatrically released January 23, 1987 (Los Angeles), May 8, 1987 (New York City, and then country-wide on June 5, 1987. Upon its release, the film grossed $2.4 million at the box office and was well-received by critics. It has since gained a cult following and was followed by two sequels: Stepfather II (1989) and Stepfather III (1992). [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the glows YouTube Channel.

June 5, 1992: The Lawnmower Man

“God made him simple. Science made him a god.”

A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science. [IMDB]

The_Lawnmower_Man-1992The Lawnmower Man is an American science fiction action horror film directed by Brett Leonard and written by Brett Leonard and Gimel Everett. The Lawnmower Man is named after a Stephen King short story of the same name; but, aside from a single scene, the stories are unrelated. The film stars Jeff Fahey as Jobe Smith, a simple-minded gardener, and Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Lawrence Angelo, the scientist who decides to experiment on him.

The film was originally titled Stephen King’s The Lawnmower Man, but King successfully sued the producers for attaching his name to the film and stated in court documents that the film “bore no meaningful resemblance” to his story. An earlier short film, also titled “The Lawnmower Man”, is a more faithful adaptation of the short story. It was directed by Jim Gonis in 1987. [Wikipedia]


Watch the trailer on the Behind the Science Fiction YouTube Channel.