Veteran British TV creator/producer Gerry Anderson died today at age 83. He first came to notice as the mind behind such puppet/marionette series, most with science fiction themes as Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet before moving to live action with the 1968 movie Doppleganger, known in North America as Journey to the Far Side of the Sun. Anderson's most successful live action production would turn out to be 1975's Space: 1999, starring Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. Although he had been working on a number of projects in recent years it was announced in June of this year he was suffering from Alzheimers.
In memoriam here's "Breakaway," the opening episode of Space: 1999