Colour me SHADO

Designing costumes for a futuristic science fiction programme brings its own difficulties. How will fashions have changed in a century, or a millennium even? The designers of costumes in UFO had an even harder task in some respects – to look a mere decade ahead and imagine how the current fashions of the late 60’s would have developed. It’s easy to look back with the hindsight of fifty years and…

20th August 2017
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The Man Who Came Back

20th August 2017

The Man Who Came Back. Not a very inspiring title perhaps, but this is another little gem from Terence Feely, who also wrote the brilliant ‘Timelash’. In some respects TMWCB is ‘Kill Straker!’ but with a touch of romance, a goodly helping of stunning special effects and some phenomenal scenes set in space. The story starts with Craig Collins, ably played by Derren Nesbitt, who is in a romantic relationship…

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Conflict: the episode

20th August 2017

Ask any UFO fan to name their favourite episode. Destruction, Kill Straker! Psychobombs, Mindbender, Timelash. More often than not the action-packed episodes take centre-stage, with the character-driven CCA-OK and Question of Priorities a close second. But some episodes slip under the radar, not as ‘bad’ episodes’ (are there any ‘bad episodes of UFO?) but ones that don’t get the recognition they deserve, ones that don’t immediately spring to mind. Perhaps…

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Book Review: Century 21 FX Update

1st December 2015

Special STUDIOS REVISITED Edition By Alan Shubrook     ‘Special effects model maker Alan Shubrook recalls his moving journey back in time, revealing some of the tell-tale signs of the magical era of film making that are still hidden within its walls.’     This is a nostalgic look back at a world long since vanished apart from photographs and fading memories. A beautiful and at times deeply emotional journey…

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UFO film – the future is ‘not’ looking fantastic

1st September 2015

The long-awaited UFO film – initially lauded as the first in a trilogy of ‘tent-pole’ movies, looks to be dead and buried. The domain name expired on July 30th as so far has not been renewed. Not an auspicious sign. I may be wrong – I hope I am – but after so many years waiting for something, anything, to happen it looks as if UFO fans, yet again, are…

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Pop Apostle

1st September 2015

Article written by Clayton Barr, author and creator of  Pop Apostle Having been born a nerd in 1967, when the series was in its second season, I’ve been watching Star Trek for as long as I can remember. People use that term, “as long I can remember” a lot, but I literally can not remember a time before I had watched that show. It helps that my parents watched it…

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The Visit

1st June 2015

The small sign had a greenish patina, fading into the background as if trying to go unnoticed. A typical English eccentricity in this typical English village and I would have missed it on any other occasion, but I had researched my destination. The lane was only wide enough for one vehicle – with the occasional passing place – but there was no other traffic and the car park at the…

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Exposed: the debut of Paul Foster

I don’t intend to delve deeply into the biography of Michael Billington in this issue; that has been done far more effectively in other places. What I would like to attempt however, is to look at how the character of Paul Foster developed over the course of the series. Most UFO fans will already be well aware that the introduction of Paul Foster became necessary after the dismissal of Franco…

1st June 2015
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Who Is Your Role Model?

17th August 2012

No man is an island, entire unto himself. Each of us is the product of the influence of many other people, from parents and friends, teachers and spouses, those we have admired and those we have sworn never to emulate. As part of its rigorous training programme, SHADO gives each new member a questionnaire to answer. The results are then used to determine each person’s role model.   Answer the…

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Background Characters

17th August 2012

I recently wrote a story in which the Hood takes on Tracy Island, simply because the Tracys aren’t there. He conveniently forgets about everyone else on the island simply because they are only there when the plot line suits. Is that true for the rest of the characters? We know very little about them. I think that point is proved by the adaptation for the film – nearly all of…

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