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Thanks for your help in advance. I remember a series shown in the early 80s in the UK on a Saturday morning. It was centered around a silver spaceship and featured, in the first episode, the destruction of a base on Pluto. There was a younger male character together with a grey/black haired scientist who also created the spaceship.

Occasionally a mysterious flying space galleon would appear and, in addition, the spaceship would morph into a transformer like fighting droid.

It was puppet base with not so great special effects.

Any thoughts?

Paras Jethwa

Hi there.

My off-hand guess is "Galaxy Express 999" (a.k.a. Ginge Three-Nine), which seems to fit the time and the description.

Here's a list of the show's incarnations:

Let me know if this is not the one; then I'll dig deeper.

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I am a life-long fan of science fiction in all forms, but especially in movies. I have a very good overview of science fiction movies from the '60s and forward, incl. the very recent. Movies in black&white (from the '50s and earlier) is my weakness, but I am trying to educate myself more and more in those movies as well. I can also answer questions about science fiction in general and in books. I'm not strong on old TV shows; my forte is definitely movies.


Besides my life-long hobby and enthusiasm for SF, I have been a leading member of a local SF fan society since 2003 (chairman from 2006-2009), and written more than a hundred SF movie reviews. I am also a contributor for various review websites (incl., but not limited to, IMDb and Amazon).

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I have studied biology, English and history, incl. a number of media courses.

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