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Old 08-03-2014, 12:31 AM   #1
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Default Space: 1999 from Big Finish?

Hello Alphans! Some of you who are into other classic TV shows beyond S99 - shows like Dr Who, Avengers, Blake's 7 etc - are probably already aware of the generally excellent audio productions put on by Big Finish. BF are currently running a survey where they ask, among other things, what other shows might make for good audio - and I was very pleased to see Space: 1999 on the list of options.

If you think - like I do - that audio releases telling new stories featuring the classic cast would be fantastic, then follow this link, take the survey and let Big Finish know with your vote:

http://bigfinish.com/news/v/the-big-finish-survey

... and then keep your fingers crossed that something cool comes out of it!
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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Its a rather intrusive survey, asking way too many personal questions so I'm afraid I won't be completing it.
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Old 09-03-2014, 06:25 PM   #3
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Its a rather intrusive survey, asking way too many personal questions so I'm afraid I won't be completing it.
Agree.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:04 PM   #4
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I'd hardly call it intrusive, its a fairly typical type of survey designed to give an indication of the demographic buying their products and in what format. The only really personal question, (annual salary) you can choose not to answer.

I would guess that if this was to become a reality most of the major roles would be re-cast in a similar way to their Sapphire & Steel range as I cant see their budget being big enough to get Martin Landau et all even if they were interested.

Personally I would have thought that "UFO" would have been more suited to this format than "Space" as it's not such an expansive concept but i'll be pleased to be proved wrong if it comes off.
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:27 AM   #5
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I guess we have different standards as to what we consider intrusive.

What does my age, income, marital status, occupation, device ownership and internet activity have to do with them? They are collecting it for marketing purposes so under those cirucumstances I'm not going to freely hand out important data for nothing.
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:36 AM   #6
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I would guess that if this was to become a reality most of the major roles would be re-cast in a similar way to their Sapphire & Steel range as I cant see their budget being big enough to get Martin Landau et all even if they were interested.
Apparently, BF approached Joanna Lumley and David McCallum about reprising their roles in S&S after they secured the license. McCallum was open to returning, but was prevented for some reason (prior committments I think?); I understand Lumley declined outright - not that surprising considering the directions her career has taken since S&S. I wish they hadn't recast the two roles though - nothing against David Warner or Susannah Harker, but it just wasn't the same. I would have been so much happier with a spin-off series featuring David Collings - who did return as Silver - and Mark Gatiss as Gold. But, um, they didn't ask me, so...

I haven't seen enough of UFO to offer an opinion, so I'll have to take your word for it.

If BF did license S99, securing Martin Landau's participation would probably be their biggest challenge. But if an audio series were to take the approach of the Companion Chronicles, it's possible Nick Tate, Zienia Merton, Prentis Hancock, Catherine Shell and others might be tempted to come back for solo adventures. I would sign up for those!

It will probably come to nothing, of course... Star Wars and Red Dwarf were among the other possibilities on the list, after all!

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Old 10-03-2014, 04:22 PM   #7
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As much as I'd be happy to see a return of the series in some guise, one of the main things about S:1999 was its visuals. I'm not sure if it would work quite so well in audio or as a radio play.
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Old 10-03-2014, 09:22 PM   #8
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I certainly agree about the visual appeal of the series - Year One is still amazing to look at, even with the sound turned down... and I realize Gerry Anderson fans would feel something vital was missing in an audio-only production.

For me personally, S99 was always more about the bizarre, creepy scripts by writers like Johnny Byrne and Christopher Penfold. And when I think of moments from my favourite episodes - the destruction at the end of 'Matter of Life & Death', Anton Zoref bearing down on the trapped crewmember in the deserted corridor in 'Force of Life', confronting the monster in 'Dragon's Domain' - my memories are very much defined by the atmospheric sound design. So there might be hope!

It would certainly not be the same - but as far as I can see, a potential audio series would represent the best chance to get any new S99 material featuring the original actors. Worth the compromise, in my opinion.
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I remember listening to the Power Records albums when I was young, and I still get a kick out of them from time to time now. Even though there were no accompanying visuals, just hearing the sound effects and drama unfold got me totally into it. I could picture everything that was happening as I was hearing it.

So I think Space:1999 could work quite well in that audio format. Their Doctor Who stuff is amazing.
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Old 23-03-2014, 09:55 PM   #10
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That's a good point about the Power Records releases. I loved those things when I was little.
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Is there really that much interest in remakes or new audio etc? I'm not saying there isn't, just interested.

To me even Gerry Anderson himself would have had his work cut-out to make a really successful remake of any of the classic series. How is it possible for someone else and wouldn't the result just be a 'shadow' excuse the pun of it's former self? I notice UFO mentioned above, with the complexity of the main character I can't see any format of remake being a good idea.

Only opinion, but if I have an hour to spare to watch (or listen to) an episode of UFO or space, it will always be the originals that get my time.
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Old 24-03-2014, 06:43 PM   #12
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I have all the Blake's 7 Audio dramas they've done so far - very good generally. Would be interested in a Space 1999 or even a UFO one; trouble is I particularly like the B7 ones cos they use the original cast ...
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Is there really that much interest in remakes or new audio etc? I'm not saying there isn't, just interested.

To me even Gerry Anderson himself would have had his work cut-out to make a really successful remake of any of the classic series. How is it possible for someone else and wouldn't the result just be a 'shadow' excuse the pun of it's former self? I notice UFO mentioned above, with the complexity of the main character I can't see any format of remake being a good idea.

Only opinion, but if I have an hour to spare to watch (or listen to) an episode of UFO or space, it will always be the originals that get my time.
The Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas have been very successful over the years. They are very well done. In no way would new adventures take away your ability to enjoy the original stories. So I don't see anything wrong with this, especially in the hands of somebody like Big Finish.
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Old 26-03-2014, 06:48 PM   #14
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Well you are right there, if they made a million new episodes it wouldn't in the least bit stop me enjoying the originals, I just wondered what the demand was for this sort of stuff, as I'm more than aware I don't always think like other people.
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Big Finish has announced the latest addition to their lineup of titles - not S99, but Terrahawks. In the press release, Nick Briggs (one of the core producers behind BF) is described as a huge fan of Gerry Anderson, with a personal ambition to bring his shows to Big Finish audio. The original Terrahawks cast have signed on, and BF teases a 'visual dynamic' they hope to include as part of the release. I wonder what that would be?

Interested parties can read about it here: http://bigfinish.com/news/v/terrahaw...eturn-on-audio
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Never knew that BF might have been interested in doing 1999! Hell I might have bought them too as big a fan as I am!
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