If you missed the original show of Star Cops on television back in 1987, here’s a break down of the characters and stars of the Star Cops original series plus the new cast members in Big Finish’s new audio release, Mother Earth.
What is Star Cops? Set Boxes to record as we break down the principal characters of the show!
The colloquial name for the International Space Police Force (ISPF), a law enforcement body set up to police mankind’s expanding presence in near-Earth space. Comprised of full-time and part-time officers located in various space stations and outposts. The force’s headquarters office is on Moonbase.
NATHAN SPRING (played by David Calder)
Commander of the ISPF. A career police officer with 22 years in the job before he became a Star Cop. He distrusts the reliance other investigators place on computers to solve a case. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly and expects others to come up to his high professional and investigative standards.
INSPECTOR COLIN DEVIS (played by Trevor Cooper)
A brash, old-style copper recruited to the ISPF by Nathan Spring. Experienced, but rash and often abrasive in his dealings with others including his colleagues and superior officers. He’s been married five times, which he reckons is proof that he’s ‘cuddly’.
INSPECTOR PAL KENZY (played by Linda Newton)
A single-minded Australian who, although now regarded by Nathan Spring as one of his best officers, made a bad first impression (he even tried to have her fired). A Star Cop in the original series, Mother Earth begins with her starting a new career in the Australian police force.
BOX (voiced by David Calder)
Box is Nathan Spring’s sophisticated handheld computer. Physically a black case with flashing lights, Box speaks with a filtered version of Nathan’s voice and mirrors his personality. Enough personality, in fact, that most refer to Box as ‘he’ rather than ‘it’.
NEW STAR COPS: Paul Bailey (played by Philip Olivier) is an undercover officer with Earth force, and Priya Basu (played by Rakhee Thakrar) is the resident Star Cop on the Indian Space Station Rakesh Sharma. Joining them is Shayla Moss (played by Nimmy March), the newly appointed Moonbase Co-ordinator.
Keep an eye on the Big Finish website for more information from the world of Star Cops. Do you remember watching Star Cops? How do the audio adventures compare to the original television show? Let us know your thoughts!