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|Episode no.||Season 1|
|Directed by||Ken Turner|
|Written by||Dennis Spooner|
|Production code||4 June to 16 June 1970|
|Original air date||2 December 1970 (ATV Midlands)|
"Destruction" is the ninth episode aired of the first series of UFO - a 1970 British television science fiction series about an alien invasion of Earth. The screenplay was written by Dennis Spooner and the director was Ken Turner. The episode was filmed between 4 June to 16 June 1970 and aired on the ATV Midlands on 2 December 1970. Though shown as the ninth episode, it was actually the twentieth to have been filmed.
A Royal Navy destroyer in the Atlantic Ocean shoots down a UFO. Straker wants to know why the UFO was interested in the ship and how it managed to evade SHADO's detection. The UFO's wreckage is too deep for Skydiver One to retrieve and a Royal Navy admiral, Sheringham, refuses to divulge any information on the incident or the ship's mission.
Straker decides to see if he can get information out of the Admiral's secretary, astrophile Sarah Bonsanquet (the daughter of one of the astronauts who disappeared while building the SHADO Moonbase). His sends Foster on a date with Sarah, whilst he and Colonel Virginia Lake break-in and search her apartment. There they discover a refracting telescope with a transmitter powerful enough to reach the aliens - she has been passing information to them.
Straker learns that the ship was going to dump nerve gas into the sea, but the aliens see an opportunity to release it into the atmosphere to kill everyone. Three UFOs are then detected heading for the ship, proving the aliens have managed to circumvented SHADO's detection systems. Moon-based SHADO Interceptors destroy one UFO, but another attacks the ship, which is later saved when Skydiver One arrives and Sky One destroys the UFO.
- Ed Bishop — Commander Edward Straker
- Michael Billington — Col. Paul Foster
- Wanda Ventham — Col. Virginia Lake
- Dolores Mantez — Lt. Nina Barry
- Ayshea — Lt. Ayshea Johnson
- Edwin Richfield — Admiral Sheringham
- Philip Madoc — Captain Steven
- Peter Blythe — Second Officer Cooper
- Steven Berkoff — Captain Steve Minto
- David Warbeck — Sky Diver Captain
- Barry Stokes — Sky Diver engineer
- Jimmy Winston — Rating
- Michael Ferrand — Radar technician
- Robert Lloyd — Radar officer
- Locations included Neptune House, BBC Elstree Studios, Borehamwood; Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire; and Horseguards Parade, Admiralty House and Trafalgar Square in London.
- Archive Footage, provided by the Ministry of Defence, featured HMS Hampshire (D06), a County Class Guided Missile Destroyer and the Seaslug Missile System
- Philip Madoc is one of the eleven actors to appear in both Doppelgänger and the UFO series. This was also his second episode having previously appeared as Straker's ex-wife's new husband in A Question of Priorities.
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- "UFO Characters - Sub-Smash". SHADO Library. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
- "Underappreciated TV: UFO". Den of Geek. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- Bentley, Chris (10 January 2003). The Complete Book of Gerry Anderson's UFO. 978-1903111659. p. 84. ISBN 978-1903111659.
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