The Catacombs Episode Guide

Seed of Destruction

The AB Chrysalis Year 2 - Episode 13 The Beta Cloud

Writer John Goldsmith
Director Kevin Connor

France/Canada Le secret de la caverne The Secret Of The Cavern
Germany Das Spiegelwunder The Mirror Wonder
Italy Kalthon
Japan Planet KALTHON, Seed of Destruction
Poland Ziarno zaglady
Portugal Semente da Destruição Seed of Destruction
Portugal A Semente da Destruição The Seed of Destruction
Spain Semilla de destrucción Seed of destruction

An ice-cold replica of Commander Koenig takes control of the moon -and orders its destruction.

Background

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Sets

Int. Command Centre
Int. Medical Centre
Int. Maya's Quarters
Int. Observation
Int. Life Support Section (revamp of Weapons Section)
Int. Alpha Corridor
Int. Travel Tube
Int. Eagle Pilot Section
Int. Eagle Passenger Section

Ext. Asteroid Cave Mouth
Int. Hall Of Mirrors

The "Observation" set is the first in Year Two to include windows to the surface (according to publicity the Moonbase had moved underground). There are also windows in the Recreation Center in The Lambda Factor and Seance Spectre.

SFX

  • The opticals from the firestorm in Catacombs Of The Moon are reused.
  • The DVDs contain an interview from July 1976 with Brian Johnson, showing the storyboards and the setting up of one shot. The shot (scene 73, showing the Eagle from below illuminated green) is not in the final episode.
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Music

Science

Continuity

Chronology:

1608 days after leaving Earth orbit (Sat 7 Feb 2004)

Alpha Personnel:

0 fatalities.

Alpha Technology:

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Eagles:

Eagle 1 (Koenig, Tony)

Maya transformations:

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lizard animal (as seen in The Beta Cloud), Cranston

Planets:

None (Kalthon asteroid)

Aliens:

Kalthon seed

Props:

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Life Support Section is a minimally changed Weapons Section (among the red panels beyond are the "Life Support Systems Control" panels also seen in the Power Room in The Beta Cloud and Bringers Of Wonder part 1)
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The first Moonbase window to be seen in Year 2. Note the gravity tower immediately outside. The dish is presumably the transmitter dish- although the model version does not have the number "3".

Errors

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Koenig's Eagle has a booster pod when first seen, then a standard pod subsequently
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Koenig is in the Weapons Section when he calls Weapons.

Observations

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Unusually, Helena isn't wearing her long boots in this shot.

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Contents copyright Martin Willey