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How did Scifibabes.co.uk come to exist

The three babes that started it all

Lt Ellis

Lt Ellis

Played by Gabrielle Drake in the TV series UFO (1970-71)
Judy Robinson

Judy Robinson

Played by Marta Kristen in the TV series Lost in Space (1965-1968).


Played by Jane Fonda in the film Barbarella (1968).

As a young boy, growing up in the 1960s, my interests were heavily influenced by the space race between the US and Russia, culminating in watching the first moon landing in the early hours of the morning of July 20th, 1969, on an old black and white television, aged 8 years old.

I quickly became a massive fan of science, and space, in particular. Although it becomes increasingly difficult to remember exactly what triggered my interest in science fiction, my earliest memories were of watching the Dr Who TV series on the aforementioned TV, and being terrified of some of the aliens, then hiding behind the preverbial sofa whenever the Cybermen appeared. I recall visiting the local cinema to watch one of the very early Doctor Who films, although I was very young at the time and my memory was only of attending and not of what I heard ans saw. The early puppet shows on TV made a big impression, too: Thunderbirds, Fireball XL5, Stingray and so on. I also remember some of the Flash Gordon stuff doing the rounds and thinking how exciting their worlds were. Like many people, it was when Star Trek appeared on the television that I became hooked on science fiction. I would watch every episode with admiration and fascination, again and again. The wait for the repeats to be screened seemed to be forever and even to this day, I still enjoy watching the original series and the many spin offs. More about that later.

To be clear, my interest in Star Trek was purely of a science fiction nature. But it introduced me into a realm that has stayed with me and interested me to this day. It was later that I realised it was laden with beautiful female space characters. From Star Trek, I tuned into other Sci-fi programmes and became a massive fan of UFO.

It was around this time, circa 1970, that I noticed the purple-haired commander of moonbase in the TV series UFO. I remember thinking how different the costume, the hair the make-up - the GIRL. Gabrielle Drake was a fresh-faced, pretty young lady who stood out as what I now call a "babe". I would watch each episode eagerly, interested in the story, yes, but waiting for the appearance of Ms Ellis to make my day.  
Then Judy Robinson, the eldest daughter of the space-family Robinson caught my eye. Again I would watch Lost in Space whenever I could for a glimpse of the sensational-looking scandinavian, Marta Kristen.
These two beauties were most definitely my first crushes from the world of science fiction, and whilst I would continue to admire beautiful women outside of the genre (noticeably Raquel Welch at the time), it wasn't until I came across the full length feature Barbarella that I knew this was going to be a thing . In many senses, Barbarella was a turning point for me.

With the advent of the internet, I was free from waiting passively for the next re-run of Star Trek - now I could see images and videos and find out much more about the characters and their backgrounds at will.
It was at this point that I first dabbled in creating web sites, encouraged by the offer of free web space provided by my internet provider. As a matter of coincidence, I had been made responsible for the creation a works intranet and I was duly despatched on a course to learn this new-fangled thing called HTML.

I used my interest to produce a blog of the top 10 Science Fiction films of all time (well up to the early 1990s at least!). I found the experience stimulating and challenging, preferring to write in HTML, rather than use the WYSIWYG interface and was proud and had a sense of wonderment about the way my work looked on the screen. It became a hobby - and just a hobby - this current site is the result of numerous up-dates and web tutorials.

The original blog was fun, but left me unfulfilled. In time I would research science fiction on TV and the silver screen and, having managed to reserve a catchy URL, this site was born.

First and foremost, it's a hobby. It's something I am interested in. It pleases me to research and view and gives me a well-deserved satisfaction in the challenge to design and create a web site using a number of different, mainly self-taught, skills. But, ultimately, it is for me, although I am willing to share it with the world.

It is not intended to be a "top-ten" list, it is not intended to be judgemental about the role of women in entertainment and it is certainly not intended to be pornographic. There are some that will say it's sexist - if that's your view, then that's okay with me, because I can see why you might think that, but I'm not going to debate it with you - just exit. There are some who won't agree with my choices - that's okay also, because it isn't for you - it's for me and we're all entitled to our own opinion about what beauty is.

So - it's a collection of images and background information of female characters in science fiction-based TV pogrammes and films worldwide. It begins as an historical documentary, but quickly becomes selective, based on what I have found to be attractive. It focusses mainly on English-speaking cultures, only because that's the easiest means for me to carry out research (although I am trying to improve on that as translations and information becomes more readily available). It is also intended to be the best and the biggest collection of images and information anywhere in the world on the subject matter. It won't be echaustive, but it will be very comprehensive and it will never be finished!. I hope you find it interesting.

Its taken well over ten years since this site was first launched. The content has changed considerably over the years and now a major revamp. But how did it all start and why do it?