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, Gerry Anderson claimed it ran for nearly two hours (probably an exaggeration, but it was overlong). 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 described in the pages below, with some additional commentary.

Space: 1999 copyright ITV Studios Global Entertainment