The Catacombs The Continuity Guide
Moonbase Guide
by Martin Willey

Moonbase Exterior Structures


Collision Course

Moonbase Alpha is constructed in a radial pattern around a central tower. Apart from the tower, other buildings seem to be 2 or 3 storeys high above the surface. Travel tube tunnels extend between buildings, the five launch pads and small structures. The lunar surface around the buildings is marked by small craters and occasional tracks, but there is no evidence of the heavy construction that must have been used to build the base. Without weather and erosion, every footstep in the lunar surface would be preserved - although the breakaway and numerous explosions would have obscured some details with new craters.

Most shots of Moonbase Alpha in Year 2 are library shots from Year 1 and photo cut-outs, but some new footage is used. Between Year 1 and 2, the Main Mission Tower has turned a little, and a thin boarding tube has been added to the launch pads. There is a little more detail on the launch pad spur.

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An overhead view. Note launch pad in the foreground and the radial pattern of travel tubes. This image was used as a large photo cut-out in the series: in Alpha Child (see below) and Dorzak.

Moonbase Alpha

Another version of the same shot.

Year 1 title without caption

From the Year One titles.

The Last Enemy

The same view, as seen in the opening shots of The Last Enemy, Space Brain and Dragon's Domain (it is also seen in the establishing shot of 1996 Alpha).

Dragon's Domain

The base drops with the Earth above, as seen in Breakaway and Dragon's Domain, and the opening titles of every episode.

Breakaway

The first view of Moonbase Alpha in Breakaway.

Breakaway

A view of Moonbase Alpha in Breakaway with foreground hills.

Breakaway

A view of Moonbase Alpha in Breakaway with foreground hills.

Breakaway

A view of Moonbase Alpha in Breakaway. A similar angle to the series titles, but with different hills beyond.

Another Time, Another Place

The duplicate Alpha from Another Time, Another Place, with more different hills beyond.

Guardian Of Piri

Five Eagles flying from Alpha, from Guardian Of Piri (also seen in flopped left for right in a few seconds later; it is repeated in War Games and the title shot of Brian The Brain)

Ring Around The Moon

The opening shot from Ring Around The Moon, with strong illumination.

Ring Around The Moon

Another shot from Ring Around The Moon, with different hills beyond.

Black Sun

The base in Black Sun with the Bergman forcefield active.

Another Time, Another Place

An unusual view of one side of the base (actually the duplicate Alpha) from Another Time, Another Place.

Guardian Of Piri

The same shot, with different colour, from Guardian Of Piri. The same shot is also seen in Voyager's Return

Alpha Child

Low angle opening shot from Alpha Child.

Alpha Child
The Last Sunset

The small cylindrical building in the foreground disappears in Year 2 (perhaps destroyed by aliens); the travel tube ends abruptly.

Alpha Child Alpha Child
Force Of Life

Force Of Life

The Last Sunset

A very low angle shot from The Last Sunset.

Force Of Life

Very low angle from Force Of Life. The lights go out.

War Games War Games

The battle scarred Moonbase in War Games.

The Troubled Spirit The Infernal Machine

A pan down from space to the Moonbase is seen behind the title credits of The Troubled Spirit. The second establishing shot from The Infernal Machine is identical.

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Low angle shot seen three times in The Infernal Machine

Distant views

Breakaway

A distant view of Moonbase Alpha in Breakaway.

Black Sun

A distant view of the base from Black Sun.

Alpha Child

High angle shot of the base from Alpha Child

Missing Link

Missing Link


Copyright Martin Willey