The Catacombs Episode Guide

Alpha Child

Force of Life Year 1 - Episode 10 The Last Sunset

Screenplay by Christopher Penfold
Directed by Ray Austin
Guest Artists Julian Glover, Cyd Hayman
Belgium (Flemish) Het kind van Alpha 27 Apr 1977
Denmark Et Rumbarn Space Child 2 Jan 1977
France/Canada L'enfant d'Alpha The Child Of Alpha 22 Jan 1977
Italy Fiocco azzuro su Alpha Blue Band On Alpha 28 Feb 1976
Japan Bizarre! A Birth of Space Child 1 May 1977
Netherlands De basisbaby The Base Baby 30 Jun 1978
Poland Dziecko w Alfie 4 Jun 1977
Portugal A Criança de Alfa Alpha Child 29 Jan 1977
Spain El niño de Alfa The Alfa Child 11 Nov 1976
South AfricaAlpha Kind Alpha Child22 Apr 1977
USA (Los Angeles) 11 Oct 1975
USA (New York) 25 Oct 1975
USA (San Francisco) 11 Oct 1975
UK (ATV) 16 Oct 1975
UK (LWT) 18 Oct 1975

The first baby is born on the moon...but terrifying events follow with an outer space battle between spaceships deciding the fates of hundreds. ITC summary


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Int. Main Mission
Int. Command Office
Int. Nuclear Generating Area
Int. Victor's Quarters
Int. Medical
Int. Alpha Corridor
Int. Eagle Pilot Section
Int. Airlock
Ext. Moon Surface

Main Mission appears for the first time with green illuminated panels. Previously they had been white. It will remain this way for 15 episodes until it changes in End Of Eternity.

The Nuclear Generating Area is a reused set from Force Of Life.


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Martin Bower design sketch



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The birth of Jackie imposes some chronology. It is unlikely a pregnant woman would be allowed on Alpha by Earth's space programme, due to the risks of radiation and space travel. Jackie was either conceived shortly before September 1999, or some time after, so this episode is perhaps May-June 2000 or later.

Alpha Personnel:

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0 fatalities, but we learn of Jack Crawford's death some time previously. There is one new Alphan: Jackie Crawford

Alpha Technology:

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There is a flight of 3 Eagles, unnumbered

When Alan's Eagle drops down to the lunar surface, the passenger pod has grey stripes - it is a repainted Rescue pod. In subsequent episodes the model was weathered so the painted over stripes were less visible.




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Jarak's people. They do not have human form.



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In Medical, Jackie plays with a hypodermic needle (or the Alphan equivalent).


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