After the Apollo missions of the 1960s and early 1970s, space exploration was very nearly abandoned as public pressure mounted for money to be concentrated on problems down here on Earth.To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the day the Moon was blasted out of orbit, Big Finish is releasing its first, official, Space 1999 audio drama, a reworking of that infamous pilot episode that set the crew of Moonbase Alpha on their journey through the stars.
But, by a whisker, funding was granted for a base on the Moon. Greatly expanded, it became the international Moonbase Alpha we know today. 311 personnel serve in a perfect, self-sustaining, artificial environment - their mission statement: ‘to forward the frontiers of human knowledge and science’.
Dateline: 13th September 1999. The interplanetary Meta Probe is due to be launched from a platform orbiting the Moon. What could possibly go wrong?
Available in CD and download formats, from either the Gerry Anderson store or Big Finish, the play was adapted and reimagined by Nicholas Briggs.
This feature-length first story is split over two CDs, with a further hour of behind-the-scenes interviews and extras on a bonus disc.