" is the first episode of the second series of 1999
(andthe twenty-fifth overall episode of the programme). The screenplay was written by Johnny Byrne
; the director was Charles Crichton
. Previous titles were 'The Biological Soul' and 'The Biological Computer'. The final shooting script is dated 19 January 1976. Live-action filming took place Monday 26 January 1976 through Monday 16 February 1976.Destination: Moonbase Alpha
, Telos Publications, 2010.
It is 342 days after leaving Earth orbit, and Moonbase Alpha
is recovering after a recent encounter with a space warp. Without warning, the Moon
was catapulted six light-years across space. Though there were no casualties, one life-support system was critically damaged. A quantity of titanium
is required to complete repairs on the unit. Commander John Koenig
dispatches a survey Eagle
to reconnoitre a nearby solar system for the rare mineral. From the new, underground Command Centre
, the staff tracks Eagle One as it approaches a near-habitable planet. Possessing a breathable atmosphere, the barren surface is covered with active volcanoes
and temperatures average 180° Fahrenheit.
Analysing the telemetry, scientific officer Lew Picard locates deposits of titanium. Mission accomplished, Astronauts Bill Fraser and Ray Torens are recalled. As they ascend, a boulder inexplicably becomes a large sphere of green light, which follows Eagle One. ... Read More