The Man Who Came Back (UFO)

"The Man Who Came Back" is the sixteenth 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 Terence Feely and the director was David Lane. The episode was filmed from 17 June to 29 June 1970, and aired on ATV Midlands on 3 February 1971. Though shown as the sixteenth episode, it was actually the twenty-first to have been filmed.[1][2]

"The Man Who Came Back"
UFO episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 16
Directed byDavid Lane
Written byTerence Feely
Production code17 June to 29 June 1970
Original air date3 February 1971 (ATV Midlands)

The series was created by Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson with Reg Hill, and produced by the Andersons and Lew Grade's Century 21 Productions for Grade's ITC Entertainment company.[3]


Captain Craig Collins is presumed to have been killed when his spacecraft, ship 534, disappears during a successful UFO attack to disable SID (the Space Intruder Detector, the early warning satellite). He is located on an island a few weeks later, and Straker sends him back to SID with the NASA SID 2 shuttle, to repair the satellite.

Cols. Lake and Grey both notice changes in Collins' behaviour, but not enough to convince Straker anything is wrong. During a training weightlifting session, Collins injures his co-pilot (Foster) and says the only qualified person available to replace him is Straker. Collins, who is under alien control, plans to kill Straker, but during a spacewalk Straker manages to sever Collins' oxygen supply, killing him instead.[4]





Other cast

Production notes

Locations used for the filming included Neptune House, BBC Elstree Studios, Borehamwood; Ashridge Farm, Chesham; Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire; and MGM-British Studios, Borehamwood.


  1. "UFO Episode Guide - Mindbender". Fanderson. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  2. "UFO Characters - Mindbender". SHADO Library. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  3. "Underappreciated TV: UFO". Den of Geek. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  4. Bentley, Chris (10 January 2003). The Complete Book of Gerry Anderson's UFO. p. 167. ISBN 978-1903111659.
Last produced:
UFO episodes Next produced:
"The Psychobombs"
Last transmitted:
Next transmitted:
"The Dalotek Affair"
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