|Character Name||Alan Carter|
|Played by||Nick Tate|
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Nick Tate was 33 in 1974, so presumably Carter is the same age in 1999, putting his birthdate as 1966. He was born in Australia (The Mark Of Archanon, Dorzak). According to Dorzak script, his family had a cattle ranch on the Eastern Seaboard, near a beach where he would go surfing.
Carter holds the Houston Base Championship for boxing. Other sports include badminton (The Last Sunset) and rugby league (The Mark Of Archanon; he owns the ball used in the Australia-Great Britain game, Swinton, 1963, with Harrison's signature, as Alan's grandfather used to play in Harrison's team). Assigned to Alpha, overseeing Meta Probe, about 1999. Rank of Captain (Breakaway, Matter Of Life And Death), although addressed as "astronaut" in Black Sun. Head of Reconnaissance Section, attends command conferences, assumes command in New Adam, New Eve & Space Warp. Also part of the Radioactive Monitoring Team (The Bringers Of Wonder part 1). Flies most Eagle missions, as copilot if Koenig is pilot.
A skilled pilot (see The Last Sunset, Death's Other Dominion, War Games, The A B Chrysalis), he has had several crashes (Ring Around The Moon, Another Time, Another Place-fatally, Alpha Child, Missing Link, The Last Sunset, The Immunity Syndrome).
Carter is fiercely loyal (Missing Link, Seed Of Destruction) although he can be impulsive and emotional (arguing with Koenig in Matter Of Life And Death, Black Sun, Ring Around The Moon, Another Time, Another Place; attacking the Guardian's casket in The A B Chrysalis; in pursuit of Sandra in The Full Circle).
Alan is often involved in fights: Guardian Of Piri, Missing Link, The Last Sunset, Collision Course, Mission Of The Darians, Journey To Where, The Mark Of Archanon, Space Warp, The Bringers Of Wonder part 2. He can be bitter (Black Sun, Guardian Of Piri, Voyager's Return, The Infernal Machine, The Testament Of Arkadia) but he is normally cheerful and amiable (Earthbound, Alpha Child, The Full Circle, Journey To Where, The Mark Of Archanon, The Bringers Of Wonder part 1, Dorzak).
He flirts with Sandra in The Full Circle, but in Alpha Child & The Last Sunset he seems close to Tanya (he has his arm round her in both episodes). In Another Time, Another Place the "alternative" Alan married Regina Kesslann. He also pursues a blonde (Jennie) in The Bringers Of Wonder part 2.
Alan loses his shirt in Guardian Of Piri and runs around in pyjamas in Collision Course and The Beta Cloud. But this scene never made it to screen in The A B Chrysalis- it's a publicity shot.
"Hey, come on, Commander, you've got a problem you're not telling me about." (Breakaway)
"Well, I should be one of those six, Commander. Because if anyone could get them somewhere...I can." (Black Sun)
"Hey! All this concern. Paul's going to get jealous." (The Full Circle)
"Hey, Paul! Tomorrow we'll build a swimming pool!" (The Last Sunset)
"When the ship's sinking the rats are the first to leave." (The Testament Of Arkadia)
"On Earth I come from a country called Australia." (Dorzak)
"Well, now you can see why I got drummed out of the boy scouts." (Journey To Where)
"Can you kill me, cobber?" (The Mark Of Archanon)
"Words, huh? Well, they may be just words to you, but to me they add up to something else. Loyalty and duty and my duty is to John Koenig." (Seed Of Destruction)
"Where's the nearest john?" (The Bringers Of Wonder part 2)
"As you said, if you like nature, doctor." (The Seance Spectre)
"Compliments of computer. Two genuine, one hundred per cent imitation coffees." (The Dorcons)