Journey into Space
was a BBC
radio series written by Charles Chilton. It was originally broadcast from 1953 to 1958
but set initially in the distant future of 1965
The original series consists of:
- Journey to the Moon (1953-4), remade in 1958 as Operation Luna as the original tapes had been wiped.
- The Red Planet (1954-5)
- The World in Peril (1955-6)
Several further one-off instalments were produced after the original run:
- The Return from Mars (1981)
- Frozen in Time (2008)
- The Host (2009)
The main characters are:
Notable tropes include:
- Absent Aliens: Averted, even though the series at first merely appears to a fairly realistic drama about the struggle to achieve a manned moon-landing.
- Ancient Astronauts: The Martians were huge, and their visit to Earth gave rise to myths about giants.
- The Commonwealth Of Nations: The crew is British, Canadian and Australian. Possibly Creator Provincialism.
- Cool Ship: The Luna and the Discovery.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Jet is sanguine, Mitch is choleric, Doc is melancholic and Lemmy is phlegmatic and/or supine.
- FTL Travel: Averted. Space travel is limited to the inner planets, and takes a very long time until the Time Travellers show up.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: The Time Travellers encountered a vicious, violent species on Earth: Early humans. They're not convinced that modern humans are any better. In The World in Peril we learn that the Martians had previously attempted to settle on Earth. They found the inhabitants too violent and were driven off. But see Rousseau Was Right.
- Interplanetary Voyage
- Last of His Kind: The Martian in The World in Peril.
- Mars: In The Red Planet, obviously.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: JOURNEY. INTO. SPACE!
- Retro Rocket: The Luna.
- Rousseau Was Right: In The World in Peril Jet delivers something of a Kirk Summation, admitting that although humanity has made some terrible mistakes it is learning and will better itself if allowed to develop in freedom.
- Sub Space Ansible: Averted. Becomes a plot point in The Red Planet, when the lack of any delay in communicating with Earth alerts the crew to the fact that the voice is an imposter.
- Time Travel: Happens to the crew in Journey to the Moon/Operation Luna.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Martian in The World in Peril believes that invading Earth and enslaving humanity will bring about an unprecedented era of peace and happiness and prevent the problems that doomed the Martian civilisation.