"Marina... Aqua Marina..."
The production of Stingray marked more than one turning point for AP Films. First and foremost, the decision was made to shoot the entirety of the series on Eastmancolor film – making it the first British television series to be filmed entirely in colour. At this point in time, British television was still screened exclusively in black and white, but it was hoped that the introduction of colour would increase the series' chances in the lucrative American market in addition to future proofing it for the UK. In order to facilitate the production of this ambitious series, the decision was also made to move premises from one side of the Slough Trading Estate to another, from the company's small studio on Ipswich Road to a larger set of buildings on Stirling Road. The company would continue to expand here through its biggest successes in the coming years.
It is the year 2065 and the seas are patrolled by the World Aquanaut Security Patrol (WASP), led by their star submarine Stingray, which protects the world against the evil that emanates from beneath the waves in the form of vicious marine life-forms.
Futuristic, sleek super-submarine. Capable of speeds of 600 knots. Equipped with automatic boson allowing the craft to pilot without a crew member at the controls.
The WASP’s base, ten miles inland from the West Coast of America. Marineville is a self-contained town, with accommodation for its residents, as well as a supermarket and power station. The control tower dominates the complex and from the top floor operations are directed. When attacked, the entire complex descends into a protected bunker, located deep underground.
(The following biographies are taken from official studio publicity.
It contains certain details not revealed in the series itself, including who Troy really loved…)
CAPTAIN TROY TEMPEST, commander of Stingray, strikingly handsome, fearless, conscientious and everything a man should be. He has dark brown hair and the clearest of blue eyes. His voice is spoken by Don Mason.
MARINA, a dumb beauty who really is dumb, but not in the accepted sense of the word. She is a lovely girl from an under-ocean continent whose race has never learned to speak. She understands what is said to her, however, and makes herself understood by the expressive use of her hands. After being captured and made slave by the leader of an underwater city, she escapes with Troy Tempest and becomes his devoted aide, accompanying him on most of his adventures. She is a lithe, beautiful creature, far more human than fish, with a perfectly shaped human body. Her hair is green, long, silky and glistening. Her eyes, too, are green. She is in love with Troy, but she has a rival.
ATLANTA is the attractive rival, daughter of the Marineville commander. She is the girl who is at the other end of the radio communications with Troy, and she has been in love with him for a long time. And Troy, despite being so attracted to Marina, is really in love with the earth girl, who has lovely red-brown hair and brown eyes. Her “voice” is actress Lois Maxwell.
SAM SHORE, Atlanta’s father, is commander of Marineville, the base controlling the activities of the WASPS organisation and from which Stingray is launched. Despite the fact that he is chairborne, due to his injuries in combat, he is a fine figure of a man, with short, greying hair. His manner is authoritative, and his voice is spoken for him by the well-known Australian actor Ray Barrett.
PHONES is the cheerful hydrophone operator, the second member of the Stingray crew and Troy’s constant companion – a man who can be relied upon under all circumstances. He gets his name of Phones because his job calls for him to wear headphones for so much of the time, and even when he is not actually using them they are usually dangling from his neck. His voice is provided by the tall, rangy American actor Robert Easton, who is also the voice:
X-20, the shrewd, ruthless earth spy of the underwater race, the Titans. His apparently innocent home can be changed be pressing buttons, into a fantastic scientific establishment from which he can make direct contract with the underwater continent.
TITAN is the cruel, vicious leader of the underwater city of Titanica, handsome in an evil way, and the brains behind the great underwater organisation which threatens the security of the world. His voice is also spoken by Ray Barrett.
Gerry & Sylvia Anderson
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
SPECIAL EFFECTS LIGHTING
SPECIAL EFFECTS DIRECTOR
Gerry & Sylvia Anderson
MUSIC COMPOSED, ARRANGED AND
TITLE MUSIC VOCAL
Richard Best Jr.
DIALOGUE AND CHARACTERISATION SUPERVISION
SPECIAL EFFECTS ASSISTANT
An APF Television Production. In Videocolor. Filmed in Supermarionation. In Association with ATV. Westrex Recording System. An ITC World Wide Distribution.