While I always enjoy nostalgic memories of going to the local ABC or Odeon cinemas for the Saturday morning minors club and watching films showing kids having all kinds of adventures, this particular cost- effective (low budget) CFF film has a special interest for Gerry Anderson fans as it features…wait for it… an appearance of the Alien costume from UFO!
The Alien in question is from the planet Stoikal, and gets his name from the sound his antenna makes when he removes his space helmet – Kadoyng!
Other props from UFO can be seen aboard Kadoyng’s Easter egg - like spaceship, which, incidentally can talk and is called Babble. I know we've covered the numerous appearances of the props on the blog but I'm pretty sure Kadoyng wasn't mentioned.
These banks of controls appeared in Moonbase, as did the box of disco lights supporting Babble’s control stick.
And the circular control was part of the Shado Control room. (you can just see it under the TV monitor in between Alec Freeman and Ed Straker)
This control panel was originally used in the UFO episode 'Close Up' .
The story was written by Leo Maguire, who also played the title character. The action takes place in the fictional village of Byway which is under threat from a motorway being built right through it.
After befriending some local kids who witness his landing, he embarks, with a little otherworldly jiggery-pokery to help save the village from the developers.
A couple of other things I felt worth noting is that the music is provided by Edwin Astley, who wrote theme music to many of the cult sixties ITC series like The Saint and The Baron;
There’s also an appearance by the actor Stephen Thorne who played PC Palfrey. Doctor Who fans will know him as the powerful alien, Azal from the Jon Pertwee story, The Daemons.