The Catacombs Episode Guide

The Bringers of Wonder Part 1

France/Canada Un message d'espoir 1ère partie A Message Of Hope Part 1
Spain Portadores de ilusiones 1 Carriers of illusion 1
Italy Attenti ai terrestri Beware the Earth People (terrestrials)!
Portugal Os Emissários do Terror I The Emissaries of Terror I
Portugal Os Criadores de Sonhos I The Creators of Dreams I

Everyone on Moonbase is electrified by the arrival of a spaceship from earth. Everyone, that is, except Commander Koenig. Where the others see long-lost friends and relatives, he sees hideous aliens, bent on taking over the Moonbase...

Background

  • Shooting script dated 23rd June 1976. Pink page amendments undated "August" and 12-13th August 1976. Blue page amendments dated 25 August 1976. Filmed 25th August- 28th September 1976
  • Edited with part 2 in the compilation movie Destination Moonbase Alpha
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Sets

Int. Command Centre
Int. Medical Centre
Int. Records Lab & Corridor
Int. Alpha Corridor
Int. Travel Tube
Int. Eagle Pilot Section
Int. Eagle Passenger Section

Int. Pilot Ship
Ext. Moon Surface

SFX

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Music

Science

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Continuity

Chronology:

1912 days after leaving Earth orbit (Tue 7 Dec 2004)

Alpha Personnel:

1 fatality, Clive Kander.

Alpha Technology:

  • The fixed laser cannons are seen. They are also in The Metamorph, Seed Of Destruction, The Beta Cloud and The Dorcons.
  • The Ellendorf Quadrographic Brain Complex was used to test the artificial heart in Catacombs Of The Moon and also appears in The Lambda Factor.
  • The silver firesuits are seen, both in the crashed Eagle and in the Records Lab fire. Note they do not have oxygen backpacks.
  • The Records Unit, consisting of technician Clive Kander, films significant events on a small hand-held camera. This is the only episode where Eagle crashes or alien contact is recorded.
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Eagles:

Eagle 10 (Koenig, crashed)

Maya transformations:

blue Kreno creature, green lizard animal, kendo fighter, beetle.

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Planets:

None

Aliens:

Alien blobs

Cast:

Footage:

Errors

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When Koenig crashes he does not have his front pack on. When the rescuers arrive, his back pack is on, although he was unconscious since the crash.

Observations

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They have forgotten Journey To Where, in which they found the Earth date was 2120 AD.

Maya transforms into the full armour (bogu) of a Kendoka, and attacks Sanderson with a shinai (a staff consisting of bamboo slats bound together). Her role is performed by sensei Okimitsu Fujii, one of the founding fathers of kendo in the UK. In Testament of Arkadia Koenig and Luke Ferro practice kendo (performed by stuntmen Eddie Stacey and Gerry Crampton). In several martial arts, Maya's short stick would equally effective. Known technically as a yawara-bo or kubotan (the latter form is often sold as a keychain), it is easily improvised with pens, flashlights or any short stick around 5 - 6 inches long. Techniques include striking, attacking pressure points, and leverage for compliance locks.

David Jackson on his role:
They gave me the script, and I didn't even have to memorise it! 'Your character is actually a 7 foot tent with blood vessels and eyes on the outside of it, and it can grow up to 9 feet.' They had a fellow about my size inside, dressed in a swim suit, sweating like anything, manipulating this thing, more like a teepee than a pyramid. It kept going up and down and sweating blood and I was just offstage in a T shirt and trousers. It was fun!

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