9 February 1970 "The Plastic Eaters", the first episode of the British science fiction television series "Doomwatch", is broadcast on BBC1. The series, created by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler, starred John Paul as Dr. Spencer Quist, Joby Blanshard as Colin Bradley, Simon Oates as Dr. John Ridge and Vivien Sherrard as Barbara Mason. From 1970 to 1972 three series were produced with a total of 38 episodes. Unlike most science fiction series “Doomwatch” was set in the then present day (1970) and delt with the dangers of modern science.
In 1972 Tigon British Film produced a "Doomwatch" film with Ian Bannen and Judy Geeson as new characters. In 1999 Channel 5 produced a new "Doomwatch" TV film subtitled "Winter Angel".
|John Paul as Dr. Spencer Quist, Joby Blanshard as Colin Bradley|
and Simon Oates as Dr. John Ridge
The "Department for the Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work", nicknamed Doomwatch, is a scientific team under the leadership of Nobel Prize winning physicist Dr. Spencer Quist. His team initially consisted of Dr. John Ridge a former intelligence agent, Colin Bradley a computer specialist, Toby Wren (Robert Powell) an eager young researcher and secretary Pat Hunnisett (Wendy Hall). The main aim of the department is to keep an eye on the environment and supervise governmental and private sector research to prevent pollution or other disasters...
|Simon Oates as Dr. John Ridge, Joby Blanshard as Colin Bradley, John Paul as Dr. Spencer Quist,|
Robert Powell as Toby Wren and Wendy Hall as Pat Hunnisett
Synopsis "The Plastic Eaters"
A commercial airliner to San Pedro in South America crashes after the mysterious meltdown of all plastic on board. Scientist Tobias ‘Toby’ Wren from "Doomwatch" is sent off to investigate the crash...
|Robert Powell as Toby Wren in the fourth episode "Tomorrow, the Rat"|
- "Doomwatch" was very popular, it had as high as 13.6 million viewers at its peak.
- The BBC didn't have a proper archiving policy until 1978 so only 24 episodes survived.
"Doomwatch" opening credits (1970)