The Catacombs The Continuity Guide
by Martin Willey

The spacesuit helmet is attached to the suit with a flexible collar, which allows the astronaut to move their head (a problem with real life spacesuits).

Early soft fabric collar

Breakaway Breakaway Breakaway

The early scenes in Breakaway have a different collar, made of cloth with a zip at the back.

Corrugated rubber collar

Ring Around The Moon Breakaway Breakaway Breakaway

Later in Breakaway we see the corrugated rubber collar. The bolts on either side of the neck ring are spring-loaded and hold the helmet in place.

Black Sun The Last Sunset

The spacesuits have patches of Velcro to secure the neck ring. In the first series these are black, except for Helena's in white. Later, additional Velcro patches were added in a complete ring around the neck, this time in the same orange as the suits so they are not clearly visible on screen.

Real-life spacesuits also use Velcro to attach outer layers.

The Exiles

There are also a number of metal snap fasteners at the back; here there are 3, but other suits have 1 or 2.

The Infernal Machine The Infernal Machine

In The Infernal Machine, the Velcro patches have been removed (their original location, and the stitching holes, are visible). Under the spacesuits, the Alphans wear black sweaters.

The A B Chrysalis

The neck ring is occasionally seen separately.


Normally the helmet is taken off from the neck ring, but occasionally we see the helmet and neck ring held together.

War Games The A B Chrysalis The Seance Spectre The Mark Of Archanon

In many episodes, there is a black fabric inside the collar.

White neck ring

The Immunity Syndrome The Immunity Syndrome

In The Immunity Syndrome, Helena and Maya's neck rings are painted white ("We can replace the metal seals on our spacesuits", although they are actually fibreglass). Fraser's is still silver.

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