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Series / Space Patrol (UK)

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Space Patrol is a 1963 British Puppet series, in the vein of the Gerry Anderson shows of the time (but nowhere near as known, although it is confused with Fireball XL5). It focuses on a 22nd-century police force, who are headquartered on a space station called Galasphere 347. Despite all claims to the contrary, it was the first show with an electronic theme (beating out the more famous tune of Doctor Who by seven months). It ran for two seasons and a total of 39 episodes. It was re-titled Planet Patrol in America, to avoid confusion with the American series Space Patrol.


  • Human Popsicle: The spaceships have "freezer cabinets" because, realistically, journeying around the Solar System takes weeks or months.
  • Nuke 'em: "I want forty space freighters loaded with atomic warheads and sent to Uranus."
  • Retro Rocket: The series both averted this trope and played it straight, as the spaceship used (called the Galisphere or Galasphere) looks like the stereotypical space-station, with a central cylinder connected by cylindrical "spokes" to a toroidial ring.
  • Uranus Is Showing: In this Youtube spoof Captain Larry Dart vs. the nasties from Uranus!
  • Supermarionation: In the style popularized by Gerry Anderson, the series was produced by a former Anderson colleague.
  • When Things Spin, Science Happens: The doughnut-shaped spacecraft are surrounded by spinning forcefields in flight. For a medium where you have to worry about things like strings getting caught, the makers sure did love this trope.


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