Story date(s)
Episode A-18
Production Info
Director Cyril Frankel
Story by
Screenplay by Terence Feely
Producer Reg Hill
Production Code
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Transmission Info
Airdate 17 February 1971
Previous Episode Transmitted The Dalotek Affair
Next Episode Transmitted Ordeal


Cmdr Ed Straker and Col Virginia Lake disappear and are discovered unconscious next to a dead body of a Shado operative named Turner. Col Foster and co then try to understand what has happened from here on the story is largely told in flashback. Straker and Lake observe a UFO which they follow but then seems to 'buzz' them. They radio for help but are unable to contact SHADO HQ. After racing back they discover the base and surrounding area are frozen in time and space. They move through the base and see everyone frozen including all the equipment. On entering the film set part of the base Straker observes and tries to move a stool fixed in mid air between too set builders which he hits then with a stick (they are able to pick up and manipulate the stick). At this point he realises there are inconsistencies in what exactly is frozen (they are also able to use a lift) and surmises it is all part of an Alien plot. In the lot they meet Turner who has become an Alien accomplice. He tells Straker of the powers they have given him and a device he's planted in the base disabling SHADO HQ. A UFO is now hovering around the base and Straker tries to take it out. Turner is too powerful and can actually skip around in time and space faster than the eye can see and prevents this. A chase and battle ensue with a power mad Turner foolishly taunting that he is never where you observe him to be. Finally Straker out smarts him and is able to destroy the UFO.[1]

Episode CastEdit

Episode CrewEdit

Art Direction by Bob Bell

Special Effects by

  • Ken Holt .... special effects production manager
  • Derek Meddings .... special effects director
  • Harry Oakes .... lighting cameraman: special effects
  • Alan Perry .... special effects cameraman
  • Mike Trim .... special effects designer (as Michael Trim)

Editorial Department

  • Desmond Saunders .... post-production executive (as Des Saunders)

Other crew

  • Doreen Soan .... continuity


  1. IMDB entry