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Earlier this week, Big Finish, a UK-based purveyor of original audio dramas based on various genre programs, and most famous for their 20 year run of original Doctor Who audio dramas announced they’d be starting a new line of full cast audio adventures based on the cult series, Space: 1999, and I couldn’t be more pleased.
To be clear, I have no horse in this race other than Big Finish get fair chunk of money from me every month because they put out a LOT of high-quality audio dramas – the kind that the British still get on radio but are almost nonexistent in the United States. These are the kind that push all the right buttons with me:
Doctor Who, Blakes 7, Sapphire & Steel, The Avengers, the Prisoner, The Omega Factor, The Survivors and Star Cops to name a few. Sound familiar? Yes, it’s exactly the kind of shows we like on Fusion Patrol.
And clearly they are fans, in the best sense of the word, because they care about these series and they do quality work.
Which brings us neatly to Space: 1999.
If you were with us as we went through the original series, you know that it’s a show and a premise that I still hold a great deal of affection for – despite some quite considerable shortcomings along the way. In our conclusion of the series, we opined that what Space: 1999 needed was someone to come back and give it another try. In fact, I think I even suggested that I’d like to see Big Finish give it a try because I think that they would give the show both a loving, faithful and considered approach.
And so on September 13, 2019 – the 20th anniversary since the moon was blasted out of Earth’s orbit, and 42 years since the series originally premiered, Big Finish will be releasing a 167-minute, feature-length re-imaging of the pilot, Breakaway starring Mark Bonnar as John Koenig and Maria Teresa Creasy as Doctor Helena Russell.
Another box set of four episodes, either new or retellings of original series episodes will follow in 2020.
Bonnar will be familiar to listeners of Big Finish’s Doctor Who adventures as the actor portraying the renegade Time Lord known as the Eleven.
In addition to being an actual, tangible product which you can order right now from the Big Finish website, this is, to me, the first piece of news or even speculation about a possible future for Space: 1999 that has me
excited. over the moon.
Only the future will tell, but I’ll be there for the Alpha’s newest journey into the unknown.
You can read the Big Finish Space: 1999 press release here:
and order it here: