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Survivors – Terry Nation’s Third Great Television Science Fiction Masterpiece

1970's BBC Series - Survivors

The Title Shot from the Original Survivors Opening Credits

Terry Nation will probably be best remembered as the man who created the Daleks on Doctor Who . He will also be remembered by the hardcore seventies British science fiction fan as the man behind the dark and flawed characters of Blake’s 7. But he had a third television masterpiece that he should be remembered for, Survivors.

Survivors is a bleak, yet hopeful vision of a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by fast acting plague released during the opening credits. The show ran for three series on the BBC from 1975 to 1977. I first encountered it on KERA, a PBS station in Texas when I was a kid. Having always been a fan of post-apocalyptic films like The Omega Man, the series was right up my alley.

Terry Nation didn’t like the direction the producer wanted to take the show after the first series and he removed himself from the production. Personally, I do believe the first series is the best of the three.

3 Main Characters from the First Series of Survivors

Characters from Survivors-Lucy Fleming, Ian McCulloch, Carolyn Seymour

The BBC offered up a re-tooled series a few years ago. I watched a bit on BBC America, but it didn’t have the same impact that the original offering did. I was thrilled to find that they released the original show on DVD. I’m currently in the process of re-watching it for the first time in 20 years and I’m as enthralled as I was the first time I viewed it.

The beauty of Survivors was the mundane elements of existence that the series focused on. It’s about as far away from the post-apocalyptic stylings of the countless good and bad films of the eighties. There aren’t Mad Max styled hero’s fighting leather clad hooligans. Just normal people from a modern world, having to figure out how to make their way from scratch. An aged school teacher drives home the point that in order for society to survive, they will have to relearn all of the tasks that society was built upon. He points out that although he could read in a book how electricity is made, it wouldn’t tell him where or how to dig in the earth to find the ore to make the metal to build the parts of the generator. Obviously, there is a bit of hyperbole involved, but his point is well made.

If you are a fan of intelligent dramas, I highly recommend checking out the Survivors. And if you watched in the past, I recommend you watch it again. I’ve found that it has held up well.

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Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series [Blu-ray]

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series [Blu-ray]

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan star as the new Doctor and his companion in an all-new series of Doctor Who. After his explosive regeneration, the Eleventh Doctor awakes to discover his TARDIS is about to crash! After falling from the sky, he pulls himse

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The Time Tunnel – Volume Two

The Time Tunnel – Volume Two

  • TIME TUNNEL

FROM THE CREATIVE GENIUS OF IRWIN ALLEN COMES ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND ORIGINAL SCI-FI SHOWS OF THE 1960s! Determined to prove that Project Tic Toc was capable of sending humans through time, Dr. Tony Newman and Dr. Doug Phillips entered the proj

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The Outer Limits Theme

The Outer Limits is an American television series. Similar in style to the earlier The Twilight Zone, with more science fiction than fantasy stories, The Outer Limits is an anthology of discrete story episodes, sometimes with a plot twist at the end. The original series was filmed in artistic black & white and ran for two seasons from 1963 to 1965. In 1995, the series was revived on the Showtime network and ran for seven seasons until 2002.

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Promo for THE TIME TUNNEL!!

Here is a generic promo for the 1960s series THE TIME TUNNEL!

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Blakes 7 opening

Blakes 7 opening

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Space: 1999 – TV intro (season 1) HQ (1975)

The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space.

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Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Replica (Light & Sound Effects)

Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Replica (Light & Sound Effects)

  • Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Replica
  • Requires 3 x L1154 batterie
  • This sonic Screwdriver measures aproximately 9 inches long
  • Makes a great costume prop
  • For ages 5+

The Doctor’s multipurpose tool is a Gallifreyan device, with numerous settings, easily controlled at the press of his thumb. The Doctor has had many sonic screwdrivers of different designs throughout his life, and this latest one was created from wit

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The Making of Space 1999

The Making of Space 1999

Now for the first time, the complete story behind Space: 1999! A backstage look at the creation and production of a TV series! Lots of photos — many available for the first time anywhere. Candid pictures of the technical crew at work and spectac

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Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan star as the new Doctor and his companion in an all-new series of Doctor Who. After his explosive regeneration, the Eleventh Doctor awakes to discover his TARDIS is about to crash! After falling from the sky, he pulls himse

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