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Space: 1999: Matter of Life and Death

As the Moon approaches a surprisingly normal Earth-like planet, Terra Nova, the initial surveillance team is hit by an energy beam. When it touches down on the Moon, it has acquired an extra passenger: Dr. Russell's long-lost husband Lee, presumed dead. He warns that the planet ahead is inimical to the Alphans and Koenig is forced to choose whether to accept his advice or take a chance and evacuate to the planet.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x13
Production Number: 102
Airdate: Friday January 16th, 1976

Guest Stars
Richard Johnson (1)Richard Johnson (1)
As Lee Russell
Stuart DamonStuart Damon
As Parks

Andy DempseyAndy Dempsey
As Main Mission Operative
Barbara KellyBarbara Kelly
voiced Computer Voice
Chai LeeChai Lee
As Main Mission Operative
Christopher MatthewsChristopher Matthews
As Main Mission Operative
Loftus BurtonLoftus Burton
As Main Mission Operative
Quentin PierreQuentin Pierre
As Security Guard
Suzanne RoquetteSuzanne Roquette
As Tanya Aleksandr
Tony AllynTony Allyn
As Security Guard
Jeremy AnthonyJeremy Anthony
As Main Mission Operative
John OxleyJohn Oxley
As Bannion
Saad GhaziSaad Ghazi
As Medic
Main Cast
Martin LandauMartin Landau
As Commander John Koenig
Barbara BainBarbara Bain
As Dr. Helena Russell
Barry MorseBarry Morse
As Professor Victor Bergman


The Moonbase command centre gets a reading from Eagle One as it departs a planet that lies ahead of them. They get the initial telemetry on the planet, Terra Nova, and it confirms that it has more than enough resources to support human life. The lead pilot, Parks, inform them that the planet is just like Earth but there's no signs of intelligent life. Suddenly the Eagle is enveloped in energy beams and Alpha loses contact with them. Eagle One continues on course and the crew's life signs show normal. As the Eagle comes in, Koenig sounds a yellow alert and Dr. Russell takes a med team out to the landing bay. The Eagle lands and the med team enter to find both pilots unconscious but alive. However, Professor Bergman finds something startling: another unconscious man in the passenger pod. Dr. Russell identifies him as her husband, Lee Russell...

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Episode Quotes
Lee Russell: Nobody dies. Matter never dies, Helena. It changes its form. There are many forms of life in space. Many forms of death, too.

Koenig: More to the point, Kano. Have you computed how much older you'll be when we reach the last of those planets?
Kano: Two thousand, five hundred and forty-three years old to be exact, sir. Just thought you might like to know.
Koenig: Thank you, Kano.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGerry Anderson (1)  |  Sylvia Anderson
Executive ProducerGerry Anderson (1)
ProducerSylvia Anderson
Production DesignerKeith Wilson (1)
EditorDerek Hyde Chambers
MusicBarry Gray (1)
Music EditorAlan Willis
Costume DesignerRudi Gernreich
Make-upAnn Cotton
Camera OperatorNeil Binney
Director of PhotographyFrank Watts
Production ManagementRon Fry
Sound EditorRoy Lafbery
Special EffectsBrian Johnson (4)  |  Michael S.E. Downing
Script EditorEdward Di Lorenzo
Sound RecordistDavid Bowen (1)
WardrobeEileen Sullivan
Assistant DirectorKen Baker (1)
Lighting CameramanHarry Oakes
ContinuityGladys Goldsmith
Story ConsultantChristopher Penfold
Casting DirectorMichael Barnes (2)
Supervising EditorDavid Lane (1)
AssociateVic Elms
Hair DesignerHelene Bevan
Special Effects DirectorNick Allder
Special Effects Camera OperatorFrank Drake
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