|Place of origin:||United Kingdom|
|Appearances:||TV: The Christmas Invasion|
The project was started on 1st August 2003, under Professor Daniel Llewellyn, who named it after his love of Arthurian legends. According to the Rocket Group's press releases, it was the most advanced space probe the world had seen. (WEB: Guinevere One (Wayback Machine))
On Christmas Eve 2006, it was intercepted by a Sycorax spaceship, and therefore never reached its destination. Among other articles, it contained a sample of A+ blood on board which the Sycorax exploited, using blood control. (TV: The Christmas Invasion)
Apart from blood, the satellite also contained:
- whale song
- bird song
- spoken greetings in 120 languages
- wheat seeds
Behind the scenes Edit
- Part of the inspiration for Guinevere One came from the failed real world British probe Beagle 2, which would have landed on Mars in December 2003. However, the probe itself is a virtual copy of the NASA Magellan Mission to Venus.
- The probe is described as Britain's first mission to Mars. This contradicts the events of TV: The Ambassadors of Death, which referred to a manned British mission to Mars during the UNIT era which, while still ambiguous as to its exact dating, is still said to have occurred at some point prior to The Christmas Invasion.
- The probe's name is spelled in differing ways by BBC Wales Graphics throughout the episode. On some screens, it appears as "Guinivere One" — much to the chagrin of Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner in the in-vision commentary to The Christmas Invasion on the series 2 DVD boxset.