The Catacombs The Character Guide
by Martin Willey

Sandra Benes (Service Section)

Character Name Sandra Benes
Played by Zienia Merton
Sex F
Approx. Age 29
Section Service
Episodes 35 episodes
35 end credits

Breakaway Sandra Benes
Matter Of Life And Death Sandra Benes
Black Sun Sandra Benes
Ring Around The Moon Sandra Benes
Earthbound Sandra Benes
Another Time, Another Place Sandra Benes
Missing Link Sandra Benes
Guardian Of Piri Sandra Benes
Force Of Life Sandra Benes
Alpha Child Sandra Benes
The Last Sunset Sandra Benes
Voyager's Return Sandra Benes
Collision Course Sandra Benes
Death's Other Dominion Sandra Benes
The Full Circle Sandra Benes
End Of Eternity Sandra Benes
War Games Sandra Benes
The Last Enemy Sandra Benes
The Troubled Spirit Sandra Benes
Space Brain Sandra Benes
The Infernal Machine Sandra Benes
Mission Of The Darians Sandra Benes
Dragon's Domain Sandra Benes
The Testament Of Arkadia Sandra Benes
The Metamorph Sandra Benes
The Exiles Sandra Benes
One Moment Of Humanity Sandra Benes
Catacombs Of The Moon Sandra Benes
Seed Of Destruction Sandra Benes
The Beta Cloud Sandra Benes
Space Warp Sandra Benes
The Bringers Of Wonder Sandra Benes
The Bringers Of Wonder part 2 Sandra Benes
The Lambda Factor Sandra Benes
The Seance Spectre Sandra Benes

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Merton was 29 in 1974, so presumably Sandra is the same age in 1999, born 1970.

Titled "data analyst" in Matter Of Life And Death, Black Sun.

She is renamed "Sahn" in later episodes of Year 2. The name first appears in the script of Journey To Where, but she first appears with the name in Catacombs Of The Moon onwards. The name Sahn also appears on her ID badge, with no surname, although occasionally she still has the name "S Benes" on her ID (in Seed Of Destruction and some scenes in The Beta Cloud).

Sandra is usually at her Main Mission/Command Centre desk, working on communications or scanners and sensors. Sometimes assigned to missions: Matter Of Life And Death, Black Sun, The Full Circle, Missing Link, The Last Sunset. She is part of the command team, and attends command conferences. In addition to operating communications and sensors, Sandra also has practical training as an electrician and advises Fraser on setting up an electrical barrier in The Beta Cloud.

Her fiancee was pilot Peter Rockwell, seen in The Bringers Of Wonder part 1 (their marriage was to be when her duty tour on Alpha ended). In Black Sun she was attached to pilot Mike Ryan. By the end of Black Sun a relationship was evolving with Paul Morrow; the alternative Paul and Sandra in Another Time, Another Place were married with children. Their closeness is also seen in Matter Of Life And Death, Alpha Child, The Last Sunset, The Full Circle: "Give my love to Sandra" he tells Alan. "Not if I can help it" Alan replies. She is often placed under great emotional stress, but recovers her wits and composure quickly (she is blinded in Matter Of Life And Death, she faints at the death of her boyfriend in Black Sun, she is captured and tortured by cavemen in The Full Circle).

Featured in all Year 1 and 11 Year 2 episodes (not Journey To Where, All That Glisters, The Taybor, The Mark Of Archanon, The Rules Of Luton, New Adam, New Eve, Brian The Brain, The A B Chrysalis, A Matter Of Balance, Dorzak, Devil's Planet, The Immunity Syndrome, The Dorcons). Prominent roles in Matter Of Life And Death, Black Sun, Missing Link, The Full Circle, The Beta Cloud, The Bringers Of Wonder part 1. She also appeared in Message From Moonbase Alpha as the last Alphan to leave the base before the Exodus to Terra Alpha.

Her original character name was Sandra Sabatini.

Space Brain The Beta Cloud The Seance Spectre The Seance Spectre
The Full Circle

"Paul. Commander. There is a steep rise in heat levels in Disposal Area One. This is impossible." (Breakaway)
"It's beautiful. Like fish scales." (Black Sun)
"You cannot do it, Commander. We have children, a future. We will not let you destroy it." (Another Time, Another Place)
"There are many forms of life. But this is beautiful." (Guardian Of Piri)
"Away from Alpha. Away from sensors, monitors and computers. We have done the longest tour of duty ever. We deserve a break." (The Last Sunset)
"Do you know which Earthly sound I miss most in the silence of space?" (The Last Sunset)
"Wild horses wouldn't drag me out of here." (The Full Circle)
"Well, at least somebody is happy.What is directive four?" (The Metamorph)
"You're the doctor, Helena, so forgive me for prescribing, need some rest." (Space Warp)
"What about fashions? What's everybody wearing?" (The Bringers Of Wonder part 1)
"Remember us" [Message From Moonbase Alpha]

Ring Around The Moon Ring Around The Moon Year 2 publicity
Breakaway Sandra doesn't appear in Main Mission until half way through, with data on NDA1. Breakaway
Matter Of Life And Death Sandra joins the expedition. She is blinded when Paul's laser explodes. Matter Of Life And Death
Black Sun Black Sun Black Sun
Ring Around The Moon Ring Around The Moon
Earthbound Earthbound
Another Time, Another Place Another Time, Another Place
Missing Link Missing Link
Guardian Of Piri Sandra dances at the Medical Center party. Guardian Of Piri Guardian Of Piri
Force Of Life Force Of Life
Alpha Child Alpha Child
The Last Sunset The Last Sunset The Last Sunset The Last Sunset The Last Sunset
Voyager's Return Voyager's Return
Collision Course Collision Course
Death's Other Dominion In Main Mission Death's Other Dominion
The Full Circle Sandra is kidnapped by cavemen The Full Circle
End Of Eternity In background only, no dialogue End Of Eternity
War Games War Games War Games
The Last Enemy The Last Enemy
The Troubled Spirit The Troubled Spirit
Space Brain Space Brain
The Infernal Machine The Infernal Machine
Mission Of The Darians Briefly seen at start Mission Of The Darians
Dragon's Domain Very brief appearance in Main Mission scenes Dragon's Domain
The Testament Of Arkadia The Testament Of Arkadia
The Metamorph The Metamorph
The Exiles The Exiles
One Moment Of Humanity One Moment Of Humanity
Catacombs Of The Moon Catacombs Of The Moon
Seed Of Destruction Seed Of Destruction
The Beta Cloud The Beta Cloud
Space Warp Space Warp
The Bringers Of Wonder The Bringers Of Wonder part 1 The Bringers Of Wonder part 1
The Bringers Of Wonder part 2 The Bringers Of Wonder part 2
The Lambda Factor The Lambda Factor
The Seance Spectre Stunned by Sanderson. In copilot's seat in Tony's Eagle The Seance Spectre
Message From Moonbase Alpha Sandra narrates. Message From Moonbase Alpha

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