1 9 6 9 (Australia)
26 x 25 minute episodes
The first attempt at an Australian sci-fi series had been The Interpretaris in 1966, which had a brief run of six episodes. They pulled the plug and tried again two years later, using the same model ship and sets, with Vega 4. After seven episodes, that show was also killed.
This subsequent low-budget Sci-Fi drama series from the Australian ABC featured the crew of the spaceship Phoenix Five – “the most sophisticated craft in the Earth Space Control Fleet”.
Captain Roke (Mike Dorsey) and his team – Ensign Adam Hargreaves (Damien Parker) and Cadet Tina Kulbrick (Patsy Trench, pictured at left) – patrolled the outer galaxies for Earth Space Control in the year 2500 AD, dressed in gold tunics, black slacks and Beatle boots.
Accompanied by their ‘computeroid’, Karl (also pictured at left), they fended off a plethora of evil would-be universe dominators, especially their two regular foes, Zodian the Humanoid (pictured below right) and Platonus.
Zodian’s ambition was to become “dictator of outer space”, with the aid of his computers, Alpha and Zeta (a couple of flashing illuminated heads).
Ensign Adam Hargraves
Cadet Tina Kulbrick
Earth Space Controller
Zone of Danger | Two Heads Are Better Than None | To End Is To Begin | Stowaway | The Human Relics | Six Guns Of Space | Back to Childhood | Two Into One Won’t Go | A Sound In Space | A Gesture From Kronos | The Hunter | Slave Queen | The Bigger They Are | The Cat | Toy Soldier | Something Fishy | Spacequake | The Pirate Queen | The Baiter Is Bitten | Planet Of Fear | Dream On | Shadow Ship | General Alarm | Efficiency Minus | Spark For A Dying Fire | A Little Difficulty