The Catacombs The Continuity Guide
Moonbase Guide
by Martin Willey

Main Mission


The Big Screen in front of Main Mission is the focus of attention (it also appears in Command Center. Beneath the screen are TV monitors and computer panels.

Breakaway

Filming wider shots with actors in front is difficult to set up, so shots like these were used sparingly- either the screen is shown in close up, or it is out of shot.

Breakaway

In Breakaway and some early episodes, certain shots are back projection. Normally they were post-production inserts.

Breakaway

The Big Screen has a border with squares that illuminate randomly. Normally it is shown in close up, which is considerably easier to film. The squares show symbols, blocks and numbers in red, green and yellow (the yellows are green symbols that change into red). Thanks to Scatta.

The Last Enemy

The "wallpaper" image normally shown on set, a large intricate grid diagram with circles (an on-set backing).

End Of Eternity

Part of the "wallpaper". It is slightly changed and reused in Year Two.

Matter Of Life And Death

Red and Yellow Alert in Matter Of Life and Death- with a normal black and white screen. The black and white Red Alert also appears in Black Sun. The small screens are 9 inch (18cm x 14cm), the large screens are 12 inch (24cm x 118cm).

The Last Sunset

In Last Sunset, we see a mixture of orange and red colours, unusually on all four screens.

Voyager's Return

Other graphics, text and images are always black and white (this from Voyager's Return).

Breakaway

Computer panels under the Big Screen are frequently used; the four black and white screens are the only ones in Main Mission.

Voyager's Return

They are often used to display the medical readings for pilots during missions.

War Games

Generally the two smaller screens show medical traces or Red Alert status.

Voyager's Return

Typically, the screens show views of the Moonbase or launch pads, plus video communication. In Voyager's Return we see one of the screens shows a starmap.

Space Brain

The same starmap appears, with a rotating radar effect, in The Last Enemy, The Troubled Spirit, Space Brain and The Infernal Machine.

Skymap

The constellations depicted are those of the northern hemisphere as seen from our solar system. Presumably, the superimposed star map makes it easier to recognise which part of the sky is being scanned by the radar beam (the radar array scans the entire northern sky and the sweeps seem to be centred on the Pole Star). However, the constellation lines should have changed beyond recognition as the Moon supposedly had travelled millions of light years, so the map may in fact be an obsolete leftover from pre-Breakaway times. (Thanks to Marcus Lindroos)

Ring Around The Moon

The clock panel varies in position- normally it is on the left as seen here. The clock is a Metamec (also used on the communications panels). This panel first appears in some scenes in Ring Around The Moon.

Ring Around The Moon

In Ring Around The Moon we see it producing a print-out.

Another Time, Another Place

It is the only panel not removed from Main Mission in Another Time Another Place, as one of its functions is the Moonbase navigation signal.

End Of Eternity

In End Of Eternity, we briefly see the labels of the drink dispenser in the archway alongside the Big Screen. The same drinks panel is also seen in the nuclear generating area in Force of Life and Alpha Child.

Space-O-Mat Liquid Dispenser

This is the "Space-O-Mat Liquid Dispenser" (the text appears in the red panel top right, not visible in this shot). The available choices are:


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