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Horror of Fang Rock: Movie Format
Broadcast: Sunday 22nd November 1987
11:00pm-12:28am CST (05:00 GMT) < > « »
WTTW 11 Chicago
Featuring: Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Colin Douglas, Ralph Watson

The TARDIS lands on the island of Fang Rock at the start of the 20th century. There the Doctor and Leela find a lighthouse keeper has been killed and a creature is at large...

Synopsis Source: Doctor Who Guide

Broadcast notes:

Outro: Be with us next time for an incredible voyage and the first appearance of the wonderful invention of Professor Marius. The Doctor and Leela confront "The Invisible Enemy." [source: ChicagoEpguides]

The episode was interrupted for about two minutes by a video pirate acting out as Max Headroom, the second interruption of the evening on the channel.

Broadcast Source: BroaDWcast


23 Nov 1987News reports on Max Headroom interruption to Doctor Who
24 Nov 19872 channels interrupted to the Max, by Don Hayner

The Max Headroom Incident On The News
WTTW and WGN-TV joined HBO (which had a similar incident occur 19 months earlier) as instances of broadcast signal intervention. The Max Headroom incident made national headlines and was reported on the CBS Evening News the next day. WTTW received numerous phone calls from viewers who wondered what was occurring for the duration of the station being targeted.

WTTW Chicago - The Max Headroom Pirating Incident
During a broadcast of the Dr. Who episode "Horror of Fang Rock" on WTTW Chicago Channel 11, on Sunday November 22nd, 1987, at around 11:15pm, a Video "Pirate" wearing a Max Headroom mask broke into the signal and transmitted one of the weirdest, unauthorized things ever to hit the Chicago airwaves.

Federal Communications Commission officials are seeking to unmask a phony Max Headroom.

A video pirate disguised as the high-tech television character illegally invaded TV airwaves Sunday night to interrupt briefly programming at WGN-Channel 9 and WTTW-Channel 11.

At the end of the 1-minute-28-second interruption of "Dr. Who" on Channel 11, the Headroom character appeared to have his pants down while being spanked with a fly swatter or spatula.

FCC officials are seeking the person behind the Headroom mask. If caught, that person and any others involved could face up to $100,000 in fines and a year in jail, said FCC spokeswoman Christine Jelinek.

Credit: Chicago Sun-Times