Everything You Need to Know About Big Finish’s Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons!

Immediate launch, from the creator that brought you Thunderbirds, Stingray, Terrahawks, and much more: it’s the one and only – the darkest of all Supermarionation shows – Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons!

Celebrating 50 years of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s science fiction puppet classic, we have a big bonanza of 4 Big Finish audio releases for fans that are dying to engross!

For those who have no idea of the show’s premise, we witness a war between Earth and a race of formless alien entities, coincidentally similar to the Great Intelligence, known as the Mysterons.

At the same time, Cloudbase the headquarters of the world organisation Spectrum, similar to the Valiant (first seen in The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords), remains on duty of leading the ultimate mission. But then their most loyal officer Captain Scarlet becomes one of their very first victims; only to be reconstructed as a Mysteron agent before a tragic fall that later revives him as an indestructible hero, something like Captain Jack Harkness.

The first release is the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set, which consists of 13 audio episodes and a one-hour documentary; all compiled together in a special commemorative booklet with 7 discs (see titles below):

Mini albums
Introducing Captain Scarlet by Angus P Allan
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons by Angus P Allan
Captain Scarlet is Indestructible by Richard O’Neill
Captain Scarlet of Spectrum by Angus P Allan
Captain Scarlet versus Captain Black by Richard O’Neill

Adapted TV stories
Big Ben Strikes Again by Tony Barwick
Manhunt by Tony Barwick
The Trap by Alan Patillo
Special Assignment by Tony Barwick
Heart of New York by Tony Barwick
Model Spy by Bill Hedley
Flight 104 by Tony Barwick
The Launching by Peter Curran and David Williams

Also includes a brand new sixty minute Captain Scarlet anniversary documentary.

The remaining three releases are the Spectrum Files enhanced audiobooks (4 discs each), which have been adapted from the original novelisations by John Theydon. These have been recorded in a similar style to the Early Adventures release, The Black Hole, which mixes the voice actors’ dialogue and third-person narration.

These are directed by Jamie Anderson (Gerry’s youngest son), who is best known for his work on the Terrahawks Big Finish audio dramas, along with several Main Range releases (e.g. Order of the Daleks, Absolute Power, Quicksilver) and the Novel Adaptation of Cold Fusion.

They also star the vocal talents of Wayne Forester – the titular character in the 2005 CGI reboot, with the majority of scripts written by The Sarah Jane Adventures veteran Phil Ford; various characters in the Main Range releases, such as Glauber in The Waters of Amsterdam, Liz Morgan (the Angels in the original 1967 puppet series; Mrs Hurley/Sister in The Peterloo Massacre), and David Graham (Parker and Brains in Thunderbirds; the Daleks in the early Hartnell serials; Shedgerton in The Deflectors) providing the narration.

See a behind-the-scenes video of Wayne and Liz recording the dialogue of the characters, with Jamie in command:

Here are the synopses:

Spectrum File One: Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

A violent thunderstorm floods London. Florida is laid waste by hurricanes. Somehow the Mysterons are controlling the world’s weather, and only Spectrum can stop the devastation.

Captains Scarlet and Blue head into space aboard Fireball XL19 to destroy a weather-control satellite that has been taken over by the Mysterons – only to discover that the real cause of the destruction is much closer to home.

As Scarlet and Rhapsody Angel confront the mastermind behind the latest Mysteron attacks they discover the true scope of his plan, and if they cannot stop him then the Earth faces certain climatic catastrophe.

Based on the 1967 novel ‘Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons’ by John Theydon.

Spectrum File Two: Captain Scarlet and the Silent Saboteur

The disappearance of the Oceanus X stealth submarine coincides with the Mysterons announcing their intention to devastate the world’s greatest nation, and Spectrum are mobilised to locate the rogue vessel. Captains Scarlet and Blue join forces with a scientist who claims to be able to track the Oceanus – but even as they do so, power stations around the world come under devastating attack from the Mysteron-controlled submarine.

As the hours count down to the destruction of North America, Scarlet and Blue race against time to locate and destroy the Oceanus X – but even if they succeed, will this thwart the Mysteron plan?

Based on the 1967 novel ‘Captain Scarlet and the Silent Saboteur’ by John Theydon.

Spectrum File Three: The Angels and the Creeping Enemy

A chance encounter with Captain Black leads Melody Angel to uncover a plot by the Mysterons to devastate the world’s food supplies by contaminating them with a deadly new bacteria. While Destiny Symphony and Harmony pursue Black, Rhapsody is on the trail of the only man who may be able to destroy this new culture – but the Mysterons are one step ahead of her, and soon a new and even greater danger looms.

As a wave of death and destruction begins sweeping across Canada all five Angels are deployed to combat the threat – but will their attempts to stop it only make things worse?

Based on the 1967 novel ‘The Angels and the Creeping Enemy’ by John Theydon.

And do check out the audio extract of Spectrum File 1, along with the video trailer of all three dramas:

The Limited Edition Box Set is now available to buy on CD (£45.00 – limited to 5000) or Download (£35.00), along with Spectrum Files 1, 2 and 3 on CD (£16.99) or Download (£14.99), all exclusively from Big Finish.

Spectrum Is Gold!

  • ColeBox

    I dearly hope this leads to proper a proper dramatised BF series. Pleeeeeeeese!

    • The Lazy Womble

      Agreed. It would be awesome.

    • FrancoPabloDiablo

      Better that than the last CGI TV version.

      • ColeBox

        I quite enjoyed the New Captain Scarlet. It was a pity ITV treated it the way they did.

        • The Lazy Womble

          I enjoyed New Captain Scarlet but the original is the best. The new was excellent at telling the story and developing the characters but the animation didn’t quite convince for me.

          Same with Thunderbirds Are Go. I think they are doing an amazing job with it. And I am glad they spend so much time building up the characters. Especially John, who was hated by Gerry Anderson and relegated to the space station, now has decent storylines. But it doesn’t compare with the ingenuity and imagination of 60s Thunderbirds.

          • ColeBox

            Agreed: the CGI remakes will never better the originals. I gave up on Thunderbirds Are Go purely because I amassed such a backlog on the TiVo I couldn’t be bothered to catch up. However, I was very pleased that Thunderbirds got another outing and that the terrible Jonathan Frakes movie wasn’t Thunderbird’s last hurrah.

          • The Lazy Womble

            h blimey that film WAS awful!

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            I will never forgive them for doing away with patriarch Jeff Tracy. And they couldn’t use the name Tin-Tin anymore for copyright reasons?!?! Ridiculous. Nobody had a problem with her name in the 60’s and she is an established character now so what changed? If Herge had an issue with the name he would have brought it up when the character and show were first created and aired almost 50 years ago. Who in their right mind would ever confuse the two characters anyway?

          • The Lazy Womble

            It wasn’t just copyright reasons. Apparently “tintin” is part of the female anatomy in Malay or Indonesian or something.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Have tried to respond to you twice but have been stopped both times. I don’t know why. Says my comments are waiting to be approved by The DWC. I’ll just jump on the bandwagon and blame Brexit and Trump for it! 🙂

          • The Lazy Womble

            Exceeding strange 😉

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Let me see if I can reply this time…

            The only official reasons I’ve read mention copyright issues. If what you say is the case, which I’ve never heard, it still wasn’t a problem in the 60’s so why now? If it had been an issue for Herge in the 60’s then he or somebody would have brought it up then. Now, it has been almost 50 years and until this new cgi series there was never an issue. If they were worried about the name then why not just change it in those specific locations? At this rate we will have to change P*ssy Galore’s name to Deirdre Dull. Ting or Ting Ting is slang for a male’s certain body part in some asian countries particularly in China. I remember this mainly because of the musical duo The Ting Tings being confused at the humurous response to their name when they first played there. Could that be what you are thinking of?

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            OMG, seriously, it looks like the reason I couldn’t reply was because of a certain word. As soon as I put an * instead of a u there is no problem, which given the context is quite ironic! Clearly nothing wrong with typing Deirdre Dull 🙂

          • Philip

            I entirely blame Disqus for that! Sorry, Franco.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            I blame Deirdre Dull!

          • The Lazy Womble

            Yes that is exactly it. Thank you, FPD. And I also am mystified at the change of name.

          • Philip

            We tend to censor all your comments, FPD. Y’know, just in case.

            … Kidding of course. I have no idea why that’s happened. I can’t see anything in Pending. :/

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Damn you Philip! I knew it was only a matter of time before I’d be silenced on the site! 🙂 Will try responding to Womble again.

          • ColeBox

            The main problem I had with the film was they got the rights to use the Thunderbirds’ model, then decide to not bother with all that and have a load of kids running around on an island.

            They could have made that film as an original movie with new characters and not use the Thunderbirds heritage. If only they’d done it correctly – a proper big-budget rescue thrill-ride – they might have got a successful franchise on their hands. It was an opportunity p*ssed up the wall AFAIK.

            Wasn’t it rumoured that Frakes didn’t do any homework on the TV series before he took on the director’s megaphone?

            Don’t get me started on the product placement for Ford. In the cinema I saw the film in, the audience started giving collective, and audible, sighs over Ford’s product placement. Probably the most blatant I’ve ever seen.

  • FrancoPabloDiablo

    I do like Captain Scarlet but give me Thunderbirds or Stingray any day. Even have a soft spot for Terrahawks. Quite upsetting to know that Gerry Anderson was never truly happy working on the puppet shows and wanted more to do live action stuff, which at least he got to do. I just hope he realised how many people from different generations loved those damn Marionette shows! I was one of those that attempted to build Tracy Island from Blue Peter. A bit of sticky back pastic and a washing up bottle my ar*e. Not as easy as they made it look – still, fun trying.

    • ColeBox

      I’m the other way around; I like Thunderbirds and Stingray, but give me Captain Scarlet any day. Easily my favourite Anderson – I think my avatar might have given that away – closely followed by UFO. Terrahawks I remember being a huge disappointment, as I was hoping for the thrills of Thunderbirds, but then I realised it was a comedy.

      I was a bit old to make Tracy Island, but I did buy all of the Matcbox models and still have them. In fact my early 70s Dinky Thunderbird 2, battered and in the loft, was probably my most played with toy. There’s a 70s SPV up there too.

      As an aside, a few years ago I had a conversation with my then supervisor about Thunderbirds. As far as she was concerned, it was cheap. I tried to explain that it was the most expensive television programme at the time, but she was having none of it. It was cheap, just cheap. The charm, model work and the inventiveness completely passed her by. She just couldn’t see past the strings of the puppets.