(Year One)

Episodes listed in production order with production number in brackets

Regular Cast

Commander John Koenig Martin Landau
Sandra Benes Zienia Merton
Dr. Helena Russell Barbara Bain
David Kano Clifton Jones
Professor Victor Bergman Barry Morse
Dr. Bob Mathias Anton Phillips
Paul Morrow Prentis Hancock
Tanya Alexander Suzanne Roquette
Captain Alan Carter Nick Tate

Episode List

  1. Breakaway
  2. Matter Of Life And Death
  3. Black Sun
  4. Ring Around The Moon
  5. Earthbound
  6. Another Time, Another Place
  7. Missing Link
  8. Guardian Of Piri
  9. Force Of Life
  10. Alpha Child
  11. The Last Sunset
  12. Voyager's Return
  13. Collision Course
  14. Death's Other Dominion
  15. The Full Circle
  16. End Of Eternity
  17. War Games
  18. The Last Enemy
  19. The Troubled Spirit
  20. Space Brain
  21. The Infernal Machine
  22. Mission Of The Darians
  23. Dragon's Domain
  24. The Testament Of Arkadia

Space Brain (#20)

Space Brain Screenplay by Christopher Penfold
Directed by Charles Crichton
Edited by Derek Hyde Chambers

"What's happening? You must not touch my brain!"

Alien hieroglyphics appear on all of Alpha's screens and an Eagle sent to investigate their origin becomes covered by a white glutinous substance. Contact with the Eagle is lost, but after a small meteorite impacts on the lunar surface, analysis reveals it to be the compacted remains of the Eagle and its two pilots. Meanwhile, Carter has set out in a second Eagle in search of the first and when his co-pilot Kelly spacewalks in the vicinity of the Eagle's disappearance he too is covered by the glutinous substance. Carter recovers Kelly's body, but the pilot has become a conduit for a huge alien space brain that is attempting to communicate with the Alphans. Unable to understand its messages and with Alpha on a collision course, Koenig has no choice but to attempt to destroy the brain with nuclear explosives...

Filming Schedule:
Thursday, December 5th - Thursday, December 19th, 1974
Thursday, February 27th - Friday, February 28th, 1975

Original UK Airdate: Thursday, January 29th, 1976 (ATV Midlands)


Space Brain features the longest pre-credits sequence of any Space:1999 episode, lasting well over seven minutes.

The incidental music that accompanies the Cosmic Intelligence's anti-body bombardment is an arrangement by Malcolm Sargent of Gustav Holst's "Mars, Bringer Of War" from "The Planets" suite.

This episode contains the very last scenes shot for the series, as two additional days of filming on Space Brain were added to the series' already over-extended production schedule after filming was completed on episode 24, The Testament of Arkadia.

Guest Artists:

Shane Rimmer is best-known for his vocal role as Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds, Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) and Thunderbird 6 (1967), a role which led to his becoming one of the most prolific performers in the Gerry Anderson canon with further vocal credits on Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons, Joe 90, The Investigator and Dick Spanner and on-screen appearances in UFO (three episodes), The Protectors (two episodes) and Space Police. In addition, Rimmer scripted episodes of Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons, Joe 90, The Secret Service and The Protectors, and can be heard in voice-overs in five other episodes of Space:1999. He made his film debut as Captain G.A. "Ace" Owens in Dr. Strangelove (1963) and went on to appear in The Bedford Incident (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), S*P*Y*S (1974), Rollerball (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), The People That Time Forgot (1977), Star Wars (1978), Warlords Of Atlantis (1978), Arabian Adventure(1979), Superman II (1980), The Dogs Of War (1980), Gandhi (1982), Superman III (1983), White Nights (1985), Out Of Africa (1985) and Whoops! Apocalypse (1986). On television, he has appeared in Compact, Doctor Who, Coronation Street, The Persuaders!, Jason King, Alias Smith And Jones, Return Of The Saint, Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense and Casualty, and the mini-series A Man Called Intrepid, Mistral's Daughter, Master Of The Game, Ellis Island, James A. Michener's Space, Mario Puzo's The Fortunate Pilgrim and The Nightmare Years. More recently, he has been seen as Lt. Colonel Trekker in Lipstick On Your Collar, the villainous E.J. Saggs in Space Truckers (1997), and as President Hoover in the Kreuger mini-series. Rimmer also narrated Fanderson's The UFO Documentary and The Space:1999 Documentary programmes.

Carla Romanelli is a well-known actress in her native Italy, but has made few appearances in English-speaking productions. She made her film debut in Inconsolable Widows (1968) and went on to appear in Man Only Cries For Love (1968), My Name Is Shanghai Joe (1972), Steppenwolf (1974), The Nurse (1976), Improperly Dressed (1976), Le Guignole (1979) and The Lonely Lady (1983). She was also seen in the Appointment In Florence episode of Return Of The Saint.

Derek Anders is best-known to television viewers in the UK for his regular role as David Blair in the popular long-running Scottish soap Take The High Road. His guest role in Space:1999 was his screen debut and, shortly after, he appeared in The Omega Factor, Shoestring, Buccaneer and the 1978 remake of The Thirty-Nine Steps. He was last seen as Bailie Simpson in Mairi Mhor (1993).

Regular Cast:
Koenig, Helena, Bergman, Morrow, Carter, Sandra, Kano, Mathias, Tanya

Additional Cast:
Kelly Shane Rimmer
Melita Kelly Carla Romanelli
Wayland Derek Anders
Main Mission Operatives Sarah Bullen, Loftus Burton, Laurie Davis,
Jacqueline Delhaye, Andrew Dempsey, Michael Stevens
Security Guards Tony Allyn, Quentin Pierre
Technicians Robert Atiko, Michael Sirett
Nurses Judith Hepburn, Diana Reeves, Erica Svenson
Patient Carol Dee
Alphans Marc Boyle, Joe Dunne, Dorothy Ford, Eddie Stacey

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The Infernal Machine (#21)

The Infernal Machine Screenplay by Anthony Terpiloff, Elizabeth Barrows
Directed by David Tomblin
Edited by Alan Killick

"To attempt to preserve your personality is the ultimate vanity."

A strange craft appears over Moonbase Alpha and a voice appeals for help and permission to land. Koenig, Helena and Bergman reluctantly accept an invitation to visit the craft, where they meet an old man who calls himself 'Companion'. Companion requests supplies for Gwent, the owner of the voice, which is revealed to be the ship itself, a cybernetic man/machine combination. Helena realises that Companion requires urgent medical attention, but Gwent refuses to allow them to return to Alpha and Companion collapses and dies. Gwent becomes enraged, blaming Companion's death on the Alphans, imprisoning them in the ship and demanding that the trio should replace the old man...

Filming Schedule:
Friday, December 20th - Tuesday, December 24th, 1974
Monday, December 30th - Tuesday, December 31st, 1974
Thursday, January 2nd - Thursday, January 9th, 1975

Original UK Airdate: Thursday, January 8th, 1976 (ATV Midlands)


Having completed his stint on Barry Lyndon (1975), director David Tomblin returned to the series with this episode.

Actor Prentis Hancock (Morrow) was replaced for this episode by Gary Waldhorn (Winters). Morrow is said to be recovering from fractured ribs and a broken ankle - in fact, Hancock was undergoing emergency surgery for a growth on his neck.

The Gwent spacecraft model caused endless frustration for visual effects supervisor Brian Johnson who destroyed the model by hurling it across the studio once filming on the episode was completed.

The episode again employs scores from the Chappell Recorded Music Library for the incidental music: "Outer Space" by Robert Farnon, "Lunar Landscape" by Roger Roger, "Mission Control" by Harry Sosnik, "The Monsters" by Ivo Vyhnalek, "Dark Suspense No. 1" by Beda Folten and "Subterranean" by Joe Venuto. One very distinctive piece (accompanying Winters' attack on Gwent) was originally composed and recorded for the Thunderbirds episode Terror In New York City.

Guest Artists:

Leo McKern is best-known for his role as John Mortimer's irascible barrister Horace Rumpole in Rumpole Of The Bailey, in which he starred from 1978 to 1992, after first appearing in the role in a one-off play in 1975. However, the Australian actor made his film debut as Gaston Nikopopoulos in All For Mary (1955) and went on to appear in X The Unknown (1956), A Tale Of Two Cities (1958), The Running, Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959), The Mouse That Roared (1959), The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961), Doctor In Distress (1963), Hot Enough For June (1964), Help! (1965), A Man For All Seasons (1966), Assignment K (1968) and Ryan's Daughter (1970). On television, he guested in The Adventures Of Robin Hood and previously worked for The Infernal Machine's director David Tomblin on The Prisoner in which he appeared as Number Two in three episodes. He was also seen in a number of one-off television plays including Case Suspended, On The Eve Of Publication, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and The House On Garibaldi Street, and starred in the serials Our Mutual Friend, Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde and Reilly: Ace Of Spies. McKern's feature film appearances over the last three decades have included The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975), The Omen (1976), Candleshoe (1977), Damien: Omen II (1978), The Blue Lagoon (1980), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), The Chain (1985) and Ladyhawke (1985).

Gary Waldhorn is currently known for his regular role as David Horton in the BBC situation comedy The Vicar Of Dibley. He made his film debut in Zeppelin (1971) but made a more noteable appearance on television as Caulaincourt in the 1974 serial Napoleon And Love. After Space:1999, Waldhorn made guest appearances in The Sweeney, The New Avengers, Return Of The Saint, Edward & Mrs. Simpson, and Robin Of Sherwood. He was also seen in the feature films The Great Riviera Bank Robbery (1979), Hanover Street (1979), Sir Henry At Rawlinson End (1979), Escape To Victory (1981) and The Chain (1985). More recently, he has been seen in regular roles in Brush Strokes and All At Number 20, and starred as Ralph Apsoland in the 1992 BBC adaptation of Ruth Rendell's Gallowglass.

Regular Cast:
Koenig, Helena, Bergman, Carter, Sandra, Kano

Additional Cast:
Companion/Voice of Gwent Leo McKern
Winters Gary Waldhorn
Main Mission Operatives Sarah Bullen, Loftus Burton, Andrew Dempsey,
Michael Stevens, Andrew Sutcliffe
Security Guards Tony Allyn, Quentin Pierre

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Mission of the Darians (#22)

Mission of the Darians Screenplay by Johnny Byrne
Directed by Ray Austin
Edited by Derek Hyde Chambers

"You can't justify using the living bodies of your own people to survive!"

Alpha receives an SOS from a colossal spaceship, the S.S. Daria, twenty miles long and five miles wide, and Koenig leads a rescue party of six on board. Separated into three groups, the Alphans discover a vast world of startling contrasts, the result of the explosion of the ship's nuclear reactor 900 years before. While Koenig and Bergman meet the sophisticated and intellectual original Darians whose lives have been prolonged by transplant surgery, the rest of the party encounter the savage descendants of the survivors of Level 7 whose religious beliefs reward imperfection with execution!

Filming Schedule:
Friday, January 10th - Friday, January 24th, 1975

Original UK Airdate: Thursday, October 30th, 1975 (ATV Midlands)


Actor Paul Antrim (Bill Lowry) actually owns a full set of fingers - a 'hand double' was used for the close-up shot of Lowry's hand. Oddly, this close-up is the only scene in the entire series that was edited from the Japanese laser disc releases.

The spacesuit worn by the Darian 'Spirit' originally appeared in the British space western feature Moon Zero Two (1969).

The model of the S.S. Daria was later revamped to appear as Space Station Delta in Gerry Anderson's The Day After Tomorrow TV pilot.

The distinctive incidental music heard in the episode comprises the introduction from "The White Mountain" by Frank Cordell and "Experiments In Space - Vega" by Robert Farnon, both tracks from the Chappell Recorded Music Library. Some of the music was also originally composed and recorded by Barry Gray for the Stingray episode Ghost Of The Sea and the Joe 90 episode King For A Day.

Guest Artists:

Joan Collins is internationally reknowned for her role as Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan in the glossy primetime soap Dynasty, which she joined in 1982 at the start of the second season. Since her film debut in Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951), she has appeared in over 55 feature films including The Good Die Young (1954), The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing (1955), Island In The Sun (1957), Esther And The King (1960), The Road To Hong Kong (1962), Warning Shot (1967), If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969), The Executioner (1970), Tales From The Crypt (1972), Fear In The Night (1972), Tales That Witness Madness (1973), Alfie Darling (1975), Empire Of The Ants (1977), The Stud (1978) and its sequel The Bitch (1979). On television, she has made guest appearances in The Human Jungle, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Virginian, Star Trek, Batman (as Lorelei Circe, The Siren), Mission: Impossible, The Persuaders!, Orson Welles' Great Mysteries, Starsky And Hutch, The Fantastic Journey, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected (three times), Fantasy Island, Faerie Tale Theatre, Future Cop, and Roseanne, and starred in Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers, Paper Dolls, The Making Of A Male Model, Monte Carlo and Sins. More recently, she guested in the Hart To Hart TV movie Two Harts In Three-Quarters Time, reprised her role as Alexis in Dynasty: The Reunion, and starred as Christina Hobson in Pacific Palisades.

Aubrey Morris made his debut as Silvertop in The Quare Fellow (1962) and appeared shortly after as Professor Ludwig Ziebrecken in the short-lived ITV series City Beneath The Sea. He went on to appear in The Great St. Trianian's Train Robbery (1966), Up The Junction (1967), If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Blood From The Mummy's Tomb (1972), The Wicker Man (1973), Man About The House (1974), Lisztomania (1975), The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975), Love And Death (1975) and Lifeforce (1985), and has been seen on televison in Danger Man, The Sweeney, Ripping Yarns, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy, War And Remembrance, Hot Metal, Murder She Wrote and Lovejoy. More recently, he has appeared in My Girl 2 (1994), The White Gorilla (1995), Tales From The Crypt Presents Bordello Of Blood (1996) and Legend Of The Mummy (1997) and guest-starred in the Exogenesis episode of Babylon 5.

Paul Antrim made his screen debut as Anderson in the film adaptation of Spike Milligan's Adolf Hitler - My Part In His Downfall (1972). He went on to appear in Suburban Wives (1973), Juggernaut (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), March Or Die (1977), Revenge Of The Pink Panther (1978), Evil Under The Sun (1982), Lassiter (1984) and Wild Geese II (1985), and has been seen on television in The Sweeney, The Enigma Files and The Chinese Detective.

Robert Russell is a bit-part actor who was first seen in Shadow Of Fear (1963). He later appeared in Othello (1965), Bedazzled (1967), Witchfinder General (1968), Sitting Target (1972), Silver Dream Racer (1980), Strange Horizon (1993) and A Young Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court (1995), and has made numerous appearances in television series such as The Persuaders!, Doctor Who, Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense, The Enigma Files and The Chinese Detective.

Regular Cast:
Koenig, Helena, Bergman, Morrow, Carter, Sandra, Kano

Additional Cast:
Kara Joan Collins
Neman Dennis Burgess
High Priest Aubrey Morris
Lowry Paul Antrim
Hadin Robert Russell
Male Mute Gerald Stadden
Female Mute Jackie Horton
Hirsute Darian Guard Ron Tarr
Blonde Darian Girl Linda Hooks
Main Mission Operatives Bina Balini, Sarah Bullen, Loftus Burton,
Andrew Dempsey, Michael Stevens

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