The Catacombs Episode Guide

Space Brain

The Troubled Spirit Year 1 - Episode 20 The Infernal Machine

Screenplay by Christopher Penfold
Directed by Charles Crichton
Guest Artists Shane Rimmer, Carla Romanelli
Denmark Rumhjernen 18 Dec 1976
France/Canada Cerveau spatial Space Brain 13 Aug 1977
Germany Wer programmiest Kelly? Who Programs Kelly? 2 Oct 1977
Italy Il cervello spaziale The Space Brain 26 Dec 1976
Japan Attack of the Huge Space Brain 31 Jul 1977
Netherlands Kosmisch Brein Cosmic Brain 14 Jul 1978
Poland Mozg kosmosu 29 Oct 1977
Portugal O Cérebro do Espaço The Brain Of Space 11 Dec 1976
Spain Cerebro del espacio Space Brain20 Jan 1977
South AfricaRuimtebrein Space Brain13 May 1977
Hungary Űr-agy Space brain 20 Sep 1984
USA (New York) 15 Feb 1976
USA (San Francisco) 31 Jan 1976
UK (ATV) 29 Jan 1976
UK (LWT) 7 Feb 1976

Alpha encounters an intangible mass as it heads though space...and towards disaster. Whatever the mysterious energy field might be, it possesses a strange and frightening power. ITC summary


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Alpha Personnel:

3 fatalities, Cousteau, Wayland, Kelly.

In the script cast list and some publicity material, Melita is listed as "Melita Janni" - although the surname is never used in dialogue. They are married (Koenig talks to her about "her husband"), so it is possible that Kelly is a forename; alternatively Melita may use her maiden name.

Alpha Technology:

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Eagle 1 (Wayland and Cousteau, destroyed); 4 (Rescue); 7 (Koenig, fastest); remote Eagle (crashed); cargo Eagle




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During the space-walk, the stripes on the rescue pod are gone.


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Several publicity shots exist of a fight between Kelly and Alan Carter in the Eagle cabin. This makes no sense in the context of the episode (as rewritten) and is not seen in the final print.

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Carla Romanelli and (partially hidden behind Barry Morse) Troubled Spirit star Giancarlo Prete with the Main Mission crew. Probably shot on the first day of shooting, 5 December 1974, when Prete was still filming his final scenes of the previous episode. Picture thanks to Mark Spalding.

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Two shots on the Carlton DVDs are in widescreen (with black borders top and bottom). They are zoomed in on the Network DVDs, cropping the sides of the shot.



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