The CatacombsThe Continuity Guide
Moonbase Guide
by Martin Willey

Moonbase Layout

The Moonbase is divided into "areas" or "sections" ("area B" and "section B" are synonymous in End Of Eternity). These may be named after the organisational sections ("Medical", "Security", "Service", as in Breakaway), or numerically (sections 1 to 5 in The Testament Of Arkadia; "section 5" in The Troubled Spirit; "section 8" in New Adam, New Eve; "section 37" in Guardian Of Piri; perimeter areas 4, 6 & 9 in The Dorcons; the air conditioning display in The Bringers Of Wonder part 2 shows just areas 1-3) or alphabetically ("area B" in The Exiles, sections A to E in Space Brain, sections C, F & G in Force Of Life, sections A through G & F in One Moment Of Humanity, section L in Dorzak). Blocks within alphabetic sections are numbered ("sections G6, 8 & 11" in Ring Around The Moon, "block 9 in section D" in Dorzak).

Floor levels are alphabetic (levels A, B ,C & D in both Space Warp & The Seance Spectre). Corridors are numeric (corridor 9 in War Games; 34 in The Beta Cloud; 15, 16, 49, 50 & 53 in Force Of Life). Elevators are numbered (elevator 7 in Space Warp) as are travel tubes (nearly all sets show the number 2; 12 appears in Collision Course; 4 and "D" appear in The Seance Spectre).

Force Of Life Force Of Life The Exiles

Bergman's Moonbase plan from Force Of Life also appears on the Life Support wall in The Exiles. The black image of the Moonbase buildings is a mirror image.

Communications posts in relevant areas display a symbol bearing the initial letter of the section on the background colour of the section (in most corridors this is the yellow S for Service). In Year 1 the letters were in the Countdown typeface; in Year 2 a plain sans serif typeface. The following letters were seen:

Ring Around The Moon Earthbound Earthbound Earthbound Another Time, Another Place The Beta Cloud The Beta Cloud

Communications posts in corridors had three direction signs. The locations indicated were:

Maintenanance sign misspelling

Other arbitrary letters and numbers appeared on corner wall panels in corridors. In Year 1 there were minimal signs (mostly over the top of doors, although round stickers were also seen identifying airlocks (eg End Of Eternity, The Last Sunset, The Last Enemy). In Year 2 more signs appeared, often multi-coloured. Note the unusual use of a glass panel in a corridor partly seen in Force Of Life, identifying the Nuclear Generating Area.

The wall map seen in corridors in both series listed locations and marked them in a table against columns headed "F E D C B A B C D E F". There is a rare close-up in Seed Of Destruction.

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F E D C B A B C D E F F E D C B A B C D E F
COMPUTOR BANKS POWER DISTRIBUTION
CHEMICAL RESEARCH RECONNAISSANCE SECTION
GYMNASIUM REACTORS
HANGER AREAS RESTAURANTS
HYDROPONIC FARM AREAS SOLA ENERGY PLANT
LAUNCHING/LANDING AREAs SOLARIUM 1
LIVING QUARTERS SUPPLY DEPOTS
MAIN MISSION SECURITY
MAINTENANCE WORKSHOPS SOLARIUM 2
MEDICAL CENTRE TRAVEL TUBE DEPOTS
NUCLEAR REACTORS TECHNICAL & ENGINEERING

Travel Tube Map

Breakaway

The travel tube map appears above the doors in the Travel Tube. It is a schematic map (not a geographic map), clearly inspired by the London Underground line maps designed by Henry Beck in 1931.

Travel Tube schematic from Brian The Brain

Copyright Martin Willey