UFO (1970–1973)
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The Psychobombs 

A trio of innocent civilians, Linda Simmonds, Clem Mason and Daniel Clark are captured by aliens using a hypnotic signal and imbued with superhuman powers. Straker encounters Clark, who ... See full summary »


Jeremy Summers


Gerry Anderson (format), Sylvia Anderson (format) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Bishop ... Cmdr. Ed Straker
Ayshea Brough Ayshea Brough ... SHADO Operative (as Ayshea)
Wanda Ventham ... Col. Virginia Lake
Deborah Grant ... Linda Simmonds
David Collings ... Daniel Clark
Mike Pratt ... Clem Mason
Gavin Campbell Gavin Campbell ... Police Motorcyclist
Michael Billington ... Col. Paul Foster
Vladek Sheybal ... Dr. Doug Jackson
Peter Blythe ... Lt. Blythe
Peter Davies Peter Davies ... Fairfield Tracker Station Guard
Derek Steen Derek Steen ... Fairfield Tracker Station Guard
Tom Adams ... Captain Lauritzen
Alexander Davion ... The Executive (as Alex Davion)
Christopher Timothy ... Skydiver 3 Navigator


A trio of innocent civilians, Linda Simmonds, Clem Mason and Daniel Clark are captured by aliens using a hypnotic signal and imbued with superhuman powers. Straker encounters Clark, who overpowers him and leaves him unconscious. When he comes round, Straker is given an ultimatum by the aliens. Unless SHADO ceases its operations, the trio will be sent in as suicide bombers to destroy it. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

30 December 1970 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The red mini dress worn by Deborah Grant in this episode was previously worn by Susan Jameson in The Sound Of Silence and would later be worn by Kirsten Lindholm in Timelash See more »


In order to replace Skydiver 3's Captain Lauritzen, Clem Mason puts his fingertips against the captain's apparently in order to absorb the fingerprints. However, he uses his own right hand against the captain's left! Not only will he have the prints on the wrong hand, they will be reversed as in a mirror. How did he ever expect this to work? See more »

Crazy Credits

"The Psychobombs" and "Confetti Check A-OK" did not have the opening credit sequence. These episodes both started with the teaser. See more »


Edited into UFO: Distruggete Base Luna (1974) See more »


UFO: Theme from the Gerry Anderson Television Series
Written by Barry Gray
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Ahhhh!!! Psychobombs!!
11 May 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode begins with an ordinary guy begging Commander Straker for a lift---saying he was having car trouble. Everything seemed to go fine until suddenly this man goes crazy and attacks Straker. When Straker awakens from the pummeling, he finds a note that had been stuffed into his clothes demanding, in effect, that SHADO surrender. It's obvious that aliens had somehow taken care of this guy, but what SHADO doesn't yet know is that there are two more like him--and the three all possess super-human abilities making them extremely difficult to stop. Once they begin their attacks on SHADO, these zombie-like suicide agents are quite formidable and are totally ordinary by all appearances--plus, interestingly enough, these folks don't even know that they are under alien control and have long periods of normality.

This is a very interesting episode--especially since you can actually see some parallels to today's suicide bombers. I am sure that this was not the intention of the writer--but the similarities are there. One of the alien-controlled agents' most interesting abilities is the way that they can steal fingerprints! Cool and quite clever. Not surprisingly, however, Colonel Foster falls for a hot woman who happens to be one of these agents--this sort of thing seems to happen a lot to Foster, the buff stud of SHADO (see various other episodes to see what I mean). Overall, a very interesting show that brings a new type of threat to the planet...evil 'psychobombs'!

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