In 1999, Moonbase Alpha, nestled in the Lunar crater Plato, is a scientific research colony and watchdog over silos of atomic waste from Earth stored on the Moon's far side. On September 13, 1999, magnetic energy builds to cause an explosive chain-reaction of the waste, blasting the Moon out of Earth's orbit and off the plane of the ecliptic, out of the Solar System. The inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha are unable to return to Earth and must survive on their wandering Moon as it is displaced further into unknown space by freak space warps. Along the way, they are joined by an alien woman with the ability to change herself into any living creature at will.Written by
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Astronaut Alan Carter (played by Nick Tate) was originally supposed to be just in the pilot episode (which is why his name appears after the other series regulars in the Season One ending credits). His character gained some interest, so Tate was offered a few more episodes. That led to the producers increasingly realizing he was the character most of the young male audience could identify with, so Tate was finally signed on for the series. He then ended up receiving more fan mail than the rest of the cast. See more »
Throughout the series, Alpha personnel take Eagles through the vacuum of space in just their uniforms--not only are they not wearing spacesuits, there don't seem to be any nearby in case the Eagles' hulls were breached. [For season two, the studio set of the Eagle's interior was condensed to save stage space, eliminating the corridor containing the closet where the spacesuits were usually kept. There was only one set of doors separating the passenger module from the pilot section on the later season, while two sets of doors had been in place on Year One]. See more »
During the first season, excerpts for each week's episode were incorporated into the opening credits, more specifically the "This Episode" section, which was something of a Gerry Anderson trademark. See more »
Three episodes were edited together into the movie Spazio: 1999 (1975) for release in Italy. This film, which has been released to video in Italy, features new music by Ennio Morricone. See more »
When I think of Space 1999 I think of South Side Elem School, Schwinn Sting-Ray 5 Speed Bikes, My dad's Navy Blue 1974 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme & my parents big 25in cabniet model Zenith TV. When this show was on the air it was the hottest thing to hit TV since the original Star Trek. I remember all the toys, the big plastic EAGLES and the walkie talkie communicators and battery powered laser guns. Catherine Schell as MAYA still holds the Sexiest Alien girl ever Trophy in my opinion. I was very sad to learn from this site that Tony Anholt passed away of a brain tumor in July 2002. To this day I am at a loss as to why this series had such a short life. I suspect production costs in the UK sank it. To any of the former cast & crew who may read this, Martin, Barbara, Nick, Catherine, & so many others thanks so much for the memories and for an outstanding job. I own all the DVDs now and show it to friend's kids every now and then and they LOVE IT !
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