The Catacombs Breakaway Lost Scenes


The first episode, Breakaway, took over 5 weeks to film (instead of the allocated 2 weeks). When the editors produced the first cut, it ran for nearly two hours. In addition to major cuts, scenes were reshot and new scenes filmed to to bring it down to the required 50 minutes.

The original cuts of the episode are long lost, but amazingly audio of the missing scenes resurfaced in 2010, 35 years after the series finished. Some years after filming, the original sound tapes were donated to students to practice with. One student was a Space 1999 fan and was allowed to keep the tapes. The audio is courtesy Simon Rhodes, and was put on YouTube by David Sisson. The transcribed dialogue is shown below, with some additional commentary.

This is scene 44. Koenig has just witnessed the death of Collins, and Helena switches off life support for the Meta Probe astronaut Eric Sparkman. Now we find Koenig watching the Meta signals on a screen (we see a version of this in the final episode). Koenig answers his commlock. This take ends with Gorski (Philip Madoc) forgetting his line and dropping out of the Russian accent.

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232 take 5.
Action

Koenig: "Yes"

Gorksi is on the screen. "Commander, I should appreciate a word with you."

Gorski enters. "I should be leaving tomorrow, I thought I would say goodbye."

Koenig nods. Gorski continues. "I wish you well here. I'm not sure you understand how complex it all is."

"I'm learning."

"It's becoming more complex, with the deaths of the two astronauts"

"Uh huh"

"The commissioner has a very delicate situation. Whatever solution he offers will have to be quite convincing. It is a question of security, Commander. Should one grain of truth ever be exposed, then Earth Command..." Gorski trails off.

"That's not my evaluation, Commissioner. Gorski. You said you wanted to talk, so far I haven't heard a thing I don't already know."

"Then I shall try to be more informative. For instance... Dr Russell. She has personal problems, prejudices, which I have found affect her work. Basically they are emotional problems ... anxieties ... neuroses."

"Is that a judgement or opinion?"

Gorski pauses, taken aback by Koenig's hostility. "I don't like you either, Koenig. But this is something you should know. Dr Russell was married to someone in the space programme, a doctor. A very important man, who was lost on a mission five years ago."

"Which means what?"

"Which means she is too emotionally involved to suit her job. Secure.. sorry... what is that bloody line?"

Stand by. 232 take 2. Action.

Koenig says "I'm learning."

"It's becoming more complex, with the deaths of the two astronauts"

"Uh huh"

"The commissioner is in a very delicate situation. Whatever solution he offers ..."

In this last take, we hear the end of the scene. As in the first take, Martin Landau calls Gorski "Commissioner" instead of "Commander".

Stand by 232 take 7 pickup

"I'm learning."

"It's becoming more complex, with the deaths of the two astronauts"

"Uh huh"

"The commissioner is in a very delicate situation. Whatever explanation he offers will have to be quite convincing. It is a question of security, Commander. Should one grain of truth ever be exposed, then Earth Command ..."

"That's not my evaluation, Commissioner."

"Look, Gorski, you said you wanted to talk. So far I haven't heard a thing I don't already know."

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"Then I shall try to be more informative. For instance... Dr Russell. She has personal problems, prejudices, which I have found affect her work. Basically they are emotional problems, anxieties, neuroses..."

Koenig interrupts. "Is that a judgement or opinion, Gorski?"

There is a beat. "I do not like you either, Koenig. But here is something you should know. Dr Russell was married to a member of the space programme, a doctor, a very important man, who was lost on a mission about five years ago."

"Which means what?"

"Which means she is too emotionally involved to suit her job. Her idea of security in this volatile situation would ruin the entire Meta Probe operation. The repercussions on Earth if the news leaked..."

Koenig interrupts, speaking slowly and precisely. "The place for security is back on Earth, Commissioner. Thank you Gorski, you've been very helpful. Have a good trip back."

This is a different version of scene 5, with Koenig in the Eagle passenger module flying to take up his command at Alpha. He is watching a newscast from Earth. The newscaster is played by Shane Rimmer (the voice of the pilot in the final episode, and Kelly in Space Brain).

The newscaster is talking: "...that the long-prepared for space mission to Meta would be delayed no more than forty-eight hours. Commissioner Simmonds, can you now tell us more about Meta ..."

"Yes..." But Simmonds is muted as the stewardess approaches.

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"Commander, touchdown at Moonbase Alpha will be at twenty three thirty five lunar time."

"Fine, thank you." says Koenig.

The sound resumes on the broadcast, as Simmonds says "..has approached much closer to our own solar system, now the reason for this.." (the take ends)

This is the start of the scene, with the full dialogue of the newscast which would have been muted when the stewardess talks to Koenig.

The newscaster begins: "It was announced today that the two probe astronauts of the Meta mission have contracted a mild viral infection during training. Lunar Commissioner Gerald Simmonds has reported though that the long-prepared for space mission to Meta would be delayed no more than forty-eight hours. Commissioner Simmonds, can you now tell us a little more about Meta ..."

"Yes, I'd be very happy to. Meta is a rogue planet, which has broken away from some distant galaxy. However, it's trajectory has brought it much closer to our own solar system. The reason why we don't as yet know. But we have for the first time received identifiable signals which indicate a high form of life on another planet. From Earth's Space Research Centre at Moonbase Alpha, we intend to explore that planet and indeed, John Koenig, our first Alpha Commander, is already returning to the Moonbase in order to supervise this, the most important space journey in the history of man."

This is a different version of scene 21, when Koenig arrives in the Command Office with Bergman. You can hear the command doors to Main Mission closing behind them, and Koenig puts his bag on the desk.
27 take 2. Action.
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Koenig says "So. No virus infection."

"Ah, no, no virus infection."

"Then what is it?"

"Dr. Russell has some interesting ideas."

"Any facts?"

"A few - theories mostly - specifically one dealing with radiation."

"Radiation. Earth Command doesn't buy that."

Bergman says quietly "They may not have any choice."

"That's what I like about you, Victor, you're an optimist. I'll deal with the doctor."

The line should be "I'll talk with the doctor."
27 take 3. Action.

Koenig says "No virus infection, uh?"

"Uh, no, uh, not of any kind."

27 take 4. Action.

Koenig says "No virus infection."

They burst out laughing (possibly he drops his bag as he puts it down). We hear Landau saying "It's alright..."

This is another version of scenes 54 and 57, as Koenig flies to Area One. The off set lines (Morrow in first scene, Koenig in second) are spoken by another actor- possibly the director, Lee H Katzin.
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241, take 1. Level to begin with.

Koenig says "Approaching Area One. Check data systems ready."

Morrow replies (off set) "Data systems functioning."

"It's getting more active. I'm increasing altitude"

They begin to shake the set, to represent the turbulence from the lightning. "I'm in trouble. Are you still getting the data?"

Morrow replies: "The magnetic field is expanding. Commander, you've got to get away from there. Switch to onboard backups. Commander, we're losing you."

"Back-up failing." says Koenig. "All systems are out."

"Rescue ship, move in." calls Morrow.

Cut.
This is version of the scene when Koenig and Bergman visit the depot and watch the astronauts check the radiation levels. Jackson has just finished the checks. Nick Tate is recording a line as the pilot of a rescue ship.

This line is Koenig (but spoken by another actor): "Okay boys, get out of there fast."

Alan says "Glad we weren't needed, Commander. Returning to base."

The director says "You don't go to until after- after is fine - "

Again, the actor speaks Koenig's line: "Alright, rescue ship step down. Okay boys, thanks."

Alan says "Glad we weren't needed, Commander. Returning to base."


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