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Dr. Who and the electronic pirate (1987)

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Dr. Who, the galaxy-roaming "Time Lord" of Channel 11-WTTW's series, came up against some real science a week ago Sunday night and lost. Somebody with a rare knack for electronics and a strange sense of humor took over WTTW's signal. For 88 seconds—it must have seemed much longer—fans of Dr. Who watched Max Headroom, the high-tech TV caricature, gabbling unintelligibly and being spanked on his bare behind with a fly swatter.

Earlier the same joker had interrupted WGN-Channel 9's highlights of the Bears game with the ghost of Max Headroom. Both stations and the Federal Communications Commission are doing all they can to find this invader of the airwaves and correct him or her, not with a fly swatter.

The meeting of Dr. Who and the electronic pirate is a science-fiction fantasy in itself. To his doting fans, Dr. Who seems like a real person; to just about everybody, the video invader seems fictional—a weirdo who uses amazing technological skill to perpetrate a silly stunt involving a parody of a parody, and now has technicians busily thinking up new ways to prevent such stunts. Scientific progress does seem to be more fun than it used to be.

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  • APA 6th ed.: (1987-11-30). Dr. Who and the electronic pirate. Chicago Tribune p. sec. 1, p. 12.
  • MLA 7th ed.: "Dr. Who and the electronic pirate." Chicago Tribune [add city] 1987-11-30, sec. 1, p. 12. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: "Dr. Who and the electronic pirate." Chicago Tribune, edition, sec., 1987-11-30
  • Turabian: "Dr. Who and the electronic pirate." Chicago Tribune, 1987-11-30, section, sec. 1, p. 12 edition.
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