The Catacombs Episode Guide

Brian the Brain

The Mark of Archanon Year 2 - Episode 9 New Adam New Eve

Writer Jack Ronder
Director Kevin Connor
Guest star Bernard Cribbins
Belgium (Flemish) Brian het Brein
Spain Brian el cerebro Brian the brain
France/Canada Le cerveau ordinateur The Computer Brain
Italy Il robot The Robot
Japan Intrigue of the Killing Computer
Portugal Brian, o Cérebro Brian the Brain
South AfricaBanie die Brein Banie the Brain

Hijacked by a robot -a living machine with a brain, a human voice, and a terrifying secret.

Background

  • Shooting script dated 5th May 1976. Revised 11 May. Filmed 18th May-2nd June
  • Brian is renamed Marcel in the French version of this episode
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Sets

Int. Command Centre
Int. Medical Centre
Int. Weapons Section (screens only)
Int. Alpha Corridor
Int. Travel Tube
Int. Eagle Pilot Section

Int. Swift Pilot Section/ Passenger Section/ Airlocks
Int. Mothership
Ext. Planet D Surface

SFX

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Music

Science

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Continuity

Chronology:

1150 days after leaving Earth orbit (Wed 6 Nov 2002)

Alpha Personnel:

0 fatalities.

Alpha Technology:

  • In Dragon's Domain Cellini comments "There are ships here that could make the dream of interstellar travel a reality. We could be liberated from our solar system". However this episode shows a 1996 mission with a mothership and Swifts was launched beyond the solar system. Note while the Ultra Probe was a high profile public mission, no-one can even remember the Swift mission here. Also note the Swift uniforms are different to the standard moonbase uniforms worn by the Ultra Probe crew. Perhaps it was a different (more secretive) space organisation. Alternatively, it is possible the details of the mission were changed or invented by Brian, who had control of the Moonbase computer systems.
  • Although they don't recognise the Swift, they do recognise the Superswift design in Bringers Of Wonder. Note that the design may have been heavily modified for the deep space mission.
  • Brian says the Alpha computer doesn't talk. This contradicts many Year One episodes such as Breakaway, and Mark Of Archanon and All That Glisters where the Eagle computer talks.
  • We see a silver version of the spacesuit (although the neck segment is orange). This is also seen in The Seance Spectre.
  • The Alpha Log Recorder is seen (it's the trolley with yellow wheels).
  • The nuclear detonator from Space Brain is seen in the passenger section of the Swift.
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Eagles:

Eagle 1 (Tony); 2 & 10 (investigation)

Maya transformations:

Mouse, Capt Michael

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Planets:

Planet D

Aliens:

None

Errors

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Observations

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Merchandise:

Links

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Contents copyright Martin Willey