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"Garanga kabuko otulo. Nik nik taraassa!"
— Zombite Leader
Season 1, Episode 10
Image Uninvited
Air date 2nd December 1965
Written by Alan Fennell
Directed by Desmond Saunders
Episode Guide
End Of The Road
Sun Probe

"The Uninvited" is the tenth episode of Thunderbirds season 1, first broadcast on 2nd December 1965. It was the fifth episode produced.


Scott is forced down in the desert by three mysterious jet fighters with strange unfamiliar markings. He and two archaeologists are captured by his attackers, the Zombites, a lost race living in a huge pyramid. Scott manages to create confusion in the Zombites' headquarters, the three escape, and the pyramid is destroyed following a gas accident.

Episode GuideEdit

Main article: The Uninvited/Episode Guide


Main article: The Uninvited/Transcript

Regular Voice CastEdit

Guest Voice CastEdit

Guest Cameo AppearancesEdit

International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit

Non-International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit


Main article: The Uninvited/Goofs


  • According to the episode's script, the mysterious tribe of people who shot down Thunderbird 1 are known as the Zombites.
  • In 1990, a comic book adaption of the episode revealed that the Zombites shot down Thunderbird 1 so they could copy its design to make fighter planes to wage war on another tribe called the "Nebab".
  • The original title for this episode was Desert of Danger.
  • In the comic book adaptation, the Zombite Leader and Zombite Controller's names are revealed as Khalid and Aziz respectively.
  • It is unclear why Scott flew over the Sahara on his way from Tokyo to Tracy Island, as doing so would have added approximately 10,000 miles to his journey.
  • Wilson was likely named after art assistant Keith Wilson or special effects lighting cameraman Michael Wilson.

Alternate VersionsEdit

Thunderbirds (FOX Kids Series)Edit

Main article: The Uninvited (Fox Kids Series)

Turbocharged ThunderbirdsEdit

Main article: The Lost Pyramid

Thunderbirds The Comic Edit

In 1992, several episodes of Thunderbirds were adapted into comic book format for Fleetway's Thunderbirds The Comic series. The Uninvited was the fourth story to undergo this treatment. Written by Alan Fennell and illustrated by Steve Kyte, the 12 page adaptation began in issue #12 and was spread over 3 issues, emulating the presentation of the 1960's TV Century 21 stories.

Foreign TitlesEdit


Dutch DVD

  • French: Perdus dans le desert
  • German: Das Geheimnis der Pyramide
  • Spanish: El que no fue Invitado; El intruso (DVD)
  • Italian: Attacco nel deserto
  • Dutch: De ongenodigden (TV 1966); Onwelkom bezoek (TV 1991); Ongenode gasten (VHS, DVD); De ongenode gast (DVD)
  • Japanese: ピラミッドの怪

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