Gerry Anderson Encyclopedia
Released by ATV
Producer Gerry Anderson
Directed By David Elliott
John Kelly
Alan Pattillo
Desmond Saunders
Music Director Barry Gray
Special Effects Derek Meddings
Medium Colour
Episodes 40
Duration 25 Minutes
Original Air Date 4th October 1964
Series Guide
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Fireball XL5 Thunderbirds

For other uses of Stingray see Stingray (Disambiguation)

"Stand by for action! We are about to launch Stingray! Anything can happen in the next half hour!"

Stingray is a science-fiction television programme; it had a run of 340 episodes during the mid-1960s. It was the forth of Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation shows and his first show to be filmed in Videcolor. The show follows the adventures of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol (WASP), focussing on the exploits of Aquanaut Troy Tempest, captain of the underwater craft Stingray, and his crew.

Other main characters were Commander Sam Shore, Phones Sheridan, Atlanta Shore, Lieutenant Fisher and a beautiful mute girl from under the sea called Marina. Also seen was the evil Titan, his sidekick X20 and the Aquaphibians, who were the main enemy of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol. The Aquaphibians were often seen pursuing Stingray in mechanical fish-like craft.

The series was the first of the Gerry Anderson saga that made the use of facial expressions on the puppets, instead of just having blinker heads like in Fireball XL5. This was also the first series to use glass eyeballs in the puppets' heads as opposed to just painted eyes in all the previous puppet shows. Facial expressions were later used in Thunderbirds. However, fewer facial expressions were used in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, because the heads of the puppets in that series were too small.

Regular Characters[]

WASP Personnel[]


Recurring characters[]

Grupa - Ray Barrett Noctus - David Graham


 Guest Cast[]

Other Media Stories[]


  • The Incredible Voyage Of Stingray — a compilation of the installments "Stingray," "Plant Of Doom," "Count Down" and "The Master Plan"
  • Invaders From The Deep — a compilation of the installments "Hostages Of The Deep," "Emergency Marineville," "The Big Gun" and "Deep Heat"

Audio Books[]


  • Stingray was the first British television show to be entirely filmed in colour; The Adventures of Sir Lancelot having beaten them to the punch for first colour tv show period in 1958 when the show switched to colour stock.


References or Tributes

About Supermarionation: What is it? | Who makes it? | The marionettes | the legacy
The Series: Four Feather Falls |Supercar | Fireball XL5 | Stingray | Thunderbirds | Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons | Joe 90 | The Secret Service
The Films: Thunderbirds Are Go | Thunderbird 6
Other Uses: Calling Elvis | The Investigator
Imitators and tributes: Paul starr | Team America World Police | Interster | X-Bomber (Star Fleet) | Superthunderstingcar | Thunderbirds F.A.B. | Misc. Parodies and references

Preceding series: StingrayFollowing series:
Fireball XL5Thunderbirds