|Character Name||Sandra Benes|
|Played by||Zienia Merton|
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Merton was 29 in 1974, so presumably Sandra is the same age in 1999, born 1970.
Titled "data analyst" in Matter Of Life And Death, Black Sun. She is renamed "Sahn" in Year 2 (the name first appears in the script of Journey To Where, but she first appears with the name in Catacombs Of The Moon onwards; the name Sahn also appears on her ID badge, with no surname).
Sandra is usually at her Main Mission/Command Centre desk, working on communications or scanners and sensors. Sometimes assigned to missions: Matter Of Life And Death, Black Sun, The Full Circle, Missing Link, The Last Sunset. She is part of the command team, and attends command conferences. In addition to operating communications and sensors, Sandra also has practical training as an electrician and advises Fraser on setting up an electrical barrier in The Beta Cloud.
Her fiancee was pilot Peter Rockwell, seen in The Bringers Of Wonder part 1 (their marriage was to be when her duty tour on Alpha ended). In Black Sun she was attached to pilot Mike Ryan. By the end of Black Sun a relationship was evolving with Paul Morrow; the alternative Paul and Sandra in Another Time, Another Place were married with children. Their closeness is also seen in Matter Of Life And Death, Alpha Child, The Last Sunset, The Full Circle: "Give my love to Sandra" he tells Alan. "Not if I can help it" Alan replies. She is often placed under great emotional stress, but recovers her wits and composure quickly (she is blinded in Matter Of Life And Death, she faints at the death of her boyfriend in Black Sun, she is captured and tortured by cavemen in The Full Circle).
Featured in all Year 1 and 11 Year 2 episodes (not Journey To Where, All That Glisters, The Taybor, The Mark Of Archanon, The Rules Of Luton, New Adam, New Eve, Brian The Brain, The A B Chrysalis, A Matter Of Balance, Dorzak, Devil's Planet, The Immunity Syndrome, The Dorcons). Prominent roles in Matter Of Life And Death, Black Sun, Missing Link, The Full Circle, The Beta Cloud, The Bringers Of Wonder part 1. She also appeared in Message From Moonbase Alpha as the last Alphan to leave the base before the Exodus to Terra Alpha.
"Paul. Commander. There is a steep rise in heat levels in Disposal Area One. This is impossible." (Breakaway)
|Breakaway||Sandra doesn't appear in Main Mission until half way through, with data on NDA1.|
|Matter Of Life And Death||Sandra joins the expedition. She is blinded when Paul's laser explodes.|
|Ring Around The Moon|
|Another Time, Another Place|
|Guardian Of Piri||Sandra dances at the Medical Center party.|
|Force Of Life|
|The Last Sunset|
|Death's Other Dominion||In Main Mission|
|The Full Circle||Sandra is kidnapped by cavemen|
|End Of Eternity||In background only, no dialogue|
|The Last Enemy|
|The Troubled Spirit|
|The Infernal Machine|
|Mission Of The Darians||Briefly seen at start|
|Dragon's Domain||Very brief appearance in Main Mission scenes|
|The Testament Of Arkadia|
|One Moment Of Humanity|
|Catacombs Of The Moon|
|Seed Of Destruction|
|The Beta Cloud|
|The Bringers Of Wonder|
|The Bringers Of Wonder part 2|
|The Lambda Factor|
|The Seance Spectre||Stunned by Sanderson. In copilot's seat in Tony's Eagle|
|Message From Moonbase Alpha||Sandra narrates.|
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