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Mission of the Darians 

The Alphans encounter a miles-long ark from the planet Daria, where the inhabitants have a very distinctive class separation.

Director:

Ray Austin

Writers:

Johnny Byrne (screenplay), Gerry Anderson (series creator) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Landau ... Commander John Koenig
Barbara Bain ... Dr. Helena Russell
Barry Morse ... Prof. Victor Bergman
Joan Collins ... Kara
Dennis Burgess Dennis Burgess ... Neman
Aubrey Morris ... Petros High Priest
Prentis Hancock ... Paul Morrow
Clifton Jones ... David Kano
Zienia Merton ... Sandra Benes
Nick Tate ... Alan Carter
Paul Antrim Paul Antrim ... Bill Lowry
Robert Russell ... Hadin
Gerald Staddon Gerald Staddon ... Male Mute (as Gerald Stadden)
Jackie Horton Jackie Horton ... Female Mute
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The Alphans encounter a miles-long ark from the planet Daria, where the inhabitants have a very distinctive class separation.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1975 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode and "The Infernal Machine" are the only season one episodes that don't include Anton Phillips (Dr. Bob Mathias) in the cast. See more »

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[first lines]
Prof. Victor Bergman: Twenty miles long by five miles wide.
Cmdr. John Koenig: One hundred square miles of space ship.
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Joan Collins!
17 May 2019 | by RrrobertSee all my reviews

Joan Collins is the main guest star here. She is fantastic, and looks great. There are several other interesting performances from other members of the guest cast too.

The overall story has a lot going on and is very suspenseful. There are very few scenes on Alpha. Most of the action involves Helena, Victor, John, Paul and Alan who have become split up and involved in differing problems on a large old damaged spaceship that operates a bit like Noah's Ark.

The story did remind me a bit of Doctor Who serial Underworld and some of the religious satire recalls moments from the Planet of the Apes film series. But it is not too derivative and the story unfolds in quite a suspenseful way. The sets here are quite good and I loved the various costumes worn by those on the spaceship.


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