The Catacombs Episode Guide

Alien Attack

Film Compilations
Film 2 (1979)

Compiled From
Breakaway
War Games

Additional Scenes Directed by
Bill Lenny

Additional Scenes Written by
Dennis Spooner

Portugal Ataque Alienígena
Italy Attacco Alieno
Germany Die Außerirdischen schlagen zu

Background

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Alien Attack card (293k) Alien Attack front Super Space Theatre Press Kit

Additional Cast

Narrator Mark Smith
Chairman Dexter Patrick Allen
Deputy chairman Walsh Weston Gavin
Commander Nardin Marc Smith
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Additional Sets

Int. International Lunar Finance Commission Boardroom
Ext. City at night (establishing shots)

Ext. Building Entrance (establishing shot)

The boardroom decoration includes unpainted Airfix models including a Saturn V rocket, two space shuttles and, on the desk, Starcruiser (an aborted Gerry Anderson project that spawned an Airfix kit). The consoles are old props from Gerry Anderson's 1969 series UFO. Strangely there is an American stars and stripes flag, although this is an "International" organisation with British chairman and deputy.

SFX

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Scenes of the Eagle training crash were reversed (left for right) shots from elsewhere in the episode, especially Koenig's crash. (The scenes of Main Mission glimpsed in this segment are also reversed).

Music

Additional library music is sourced from three British composers in the Bruton library. Thanks to Oliver Lomax and Chris Dale.

Changes

  1. An introductory narration. This is reworked from the narration for the film Destination Moonbase Alpha. The narration is spoken by Mark Smith (the voice of the Cloud in Beta Cloud).
  2. Title sequence is made from the "This Episode" clips from Breakaway and War Games, plus a few shots from The Bringers Of Wonder part 1, Missing Link and Black Sun.
  3. An opening sequence in the International Lunar Finance meeting monitoring a Meta Probe pilot training flight. Their Eagle passes Navigation Beacon Delta, then crashes (reversed footage from Koenig's crash plus clips of War Games pilots and pilots during the dispersal of the waste). This is supposedly Warren and Sparkman.
  4. Interval with the lunar finance boardroom where the deputy chairman argues that the Meta Probe should be launched immediately but the chairman asserts Koenig will take the decision.
  5. Minor editing in the final scenes of breakaway, removing shots of Roy Dotrice. There are two substitute shots from act 2, one of Helena walking by the desks (flopped left for right), one of Koenig and Bergman (in the NDA 2 depot). One line from Koenig's speech; "...without travel plots," is removed since it is heard over a shot of Simmonds. Thanks David Penn
  6. Interval (after the breakaway and the news cast finishes). The Chairman announces that during the last transmission from Alpha they learned Simmonds had died. They cannot mount a rescue mission but must instead devote their resources to the state of emergency on Earth.

Apart from the above, there were no cuts in the episodes.

The Lunar Commission scenes, filmed especially for this film.
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Continuity

Errors

Narration: "From the very first moment in time when man looked out into the Universe, our galaxy has been dominated by the Moon, the Earth's great natural satellite." Our galaxy contains billions of stars, none of which are dominated by the Moon. It should probably read "our sky has been dominated". It is still far better than the nonsense narration in Destination Moonbase Alpha.

Narration: "The Command Centre, Moon Base Alpha, is a well established colonised space station, regularly monitored and smoothly functioning, its very existence made possible by a specially developed support system fed by nuclear waste from Earth." This is a confusing sentence, probably as it is adapted from the narration in Destination Moonbase Alpha. Command Centre is the control room that replaces Main Mission in Year Two (and not seen in these episodes). According to the rest of the film, nuclear waste is just dumped on the far side of the Moon, not recycled.

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Why is a training flight on the dark side of the Moon being monitored from Earth in an otherwise ordinary office board room? By looking out the curtains the deputy determines they are passing over navigation beacon delta.

Observations

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Airfix Eagle

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Note the Starcruiser model on the table and Saturn V rocket beyond.

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