The Catacombs Production Guide
Observations: Dragon's Domain

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In the first shot when Cellini wakes, his hair is ruffled. In the next longer shot, he has combed his hair.

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The painting on the wall is "Wise Old Elephant" by David Shepherd. Born in 1931, Shepherd is a British artist and wildlife conservationist. "Wise Old Elephant" was first produced as a poster print by Boots in 1962 and in the 1960s became the best selling print in the world.

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The painting on the wall is "Elephants at Amboseli" by David Shepherd. Another of Shepherd's popular elephant prints.

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Cellini's bedroom has a variety of old weapons, including knives, spears, axes, a boomerang and a rifle. The spears seen here were seen in the episode The Full Circle.

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In the early scenes Koenig and Kano are playing chess. The moves are correct and Kano really does place Koenig in checkmate (how Kano got his rook onto the second row is a complete mystery though). The real error is that the board itself is incorrect! A chessboard is always placed with the white corner on the players' right, they have it set up with the black corner on the right. Also, Koenig's penultimate move (which is seen in close up in the THIS EPISODE sequence) is extremely poor. He takes Kano's knight instead of his rook - which Kano then uses two moves later to place him in checkmate. DOH! [commentary thanks to Patrick Zimmerman]

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Note the position of Cellini's discarded commlock.

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When Koenig arrives, the commlock has moved- Koenig turns over Alan, and only then is Cellini's commlock close by.

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As Cellini enters the Eagle in his pyjamas, the camera looks forward as he strides to the pilot section. The pilot section door is closed..

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...the next shot shows him from the opposite angle, through the open pilot section door. The same thing happens after the launch is aborted and he leaves the pilot section. The studio set does not include the front of the pilot section, so they could not shoot forwards. Thanks to Martin Daoust.

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When Koenig storms from Medical, he walks first to the Embarkation Point, and the next shot shows his striding away from it (there was only one corridor set, which is supposed to be two different but identical corridors here).

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The Probe is docked with its starboard to the Space Dock. The crew board through the port side.

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The commlock photos of the Ultra Probe crew may show other actors. Monique's commlock picture may be Kate. Juliet's picture shows someone with longer hair, although it may be Susan Jameson. Darwin's faded picture may be Warren. Thanks to Craig Rohloff.

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Why aren't the ships all docked together? (Orbital stresses may have broken them apart, but there is no apparent damage).

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The Probe docks with its underside to the dragon ship. There is no floor hatch.

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The shot when the dragon appears shows the top of the pillars, with wood just above them.

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The dragon first appears, the image dissolves from the shot of the empty doorway to the dragon. During the dissolve, the chair on the right just in front of the pillar moves round.

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After Cellini hacks away at the tentacles, the door starts to close- before he pushes the lever down. Thanks to elliotpav

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The nebula seen as Cellini's command module flies through space was originally created for an unused shot in The Last Enemy (later used in Message From Moonbase Alpha). Thanks to Craig Rohloff.

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The "Laser Control Unit X5" panel is a long thin panel normally seen mounted over surgical beds in Medical (apparently being used to control anaesthesia). During this episode the word "Laser" is removed (the other captions "Re-pressurize" and "Medical M501" are still readable). Cellini is monitored using it after being stunned by Koenig. It is also seen over Cellini's 1996 bed on Earth. And it is part of the pilot controls of the Ultra Probe.

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On the left in the background of the 1996 Alpha lab is a whiteboard. It shows Bergman's plan for operation shockwave from Collision Course

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In Dixon's office, an intray at the front of his desk shifts from one side to the other as we change camera angle.

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Eagles in scale with the Ultra Probe. In both shots, we see the 2.5 foot Ultra Probe. In the Space Dock shot, the 5.5 inch Eagle is used; in the dragon ship shot, the 11 inch Eagle is used.

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The Eagle docks the portside to the Ultra Probe. They leave the starboard side of the Eagle- and enter the Ultra Probe correctly on the starboard.

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The tentacles are operated by thin wires, visible briefly in this shot.


Copyright Martin Willey.