Moonbase 3 (1973)

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The adventures of David Caulder and his crew stationed on Moonbase 3 on the moon's surface. In the 21st century, representatives of many of the world's governments live in bases on the moon... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Dr. David Caulder (6 episodes, 1973)
Ralph Bates ...
 Dr. Michel Lebrun (6 episodes, 1973)
Fiona Gaunt ...
 Dr. Helen Smith (6 episodes, 1973)
Barry Lowe ...
 Tom Hill (6 episodes, 1973)
Cy Town ...
 Technician (6 episodes, 1973)
Christine Bradwell ...
 Ingrid (4 episodes, 1973)
Madhav Sharma ...
 Rao (3 episodes, 1973)
 Bruno Ponti (3 episodes, 1973)
Peter Bathurst ...
 Director General (3 episodes, 1973)
John Hallam ...
 Dr. Peter Conway (3 episodes, 1973)
Tom Kempinski ...
 Dr. Stephen Partness (3 episodes, 1973)
John Moreno ...
 Juan Benavente (2 episodes, 1973)
Jonathan Sweet ...
 Walters (2 episodes, 1973)
Mary Ann Severne ...
 Sandy (2 episodes, 1973)
Robert La Bassiere ...
 Cmdr. Bill Jackson (2 episodes, 1973)
Anne Rosenfeld ...
 Lisa (2 episodes, 1973)
Patsy Trench ...
 Jenny (2 episodes, 1973)
Victor Beaumont ...
 Franz Hauser (2 episodes, 1973)
Peter Miles ...
 Prof. Heinz Laubenthal (2 episodes, 1973)
Jürgen Andersen ...
 Per Bengtson (2 episodes, 1973)


The adventures of David Caulder and his crew stationed on Moonbase 3 on the moon's surface. In the 21st century, representatives of many of the world's governments live in bases on the moon. Moonbase 3 was built by the more advanced countries of Europe and the United Kingdom. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Release Date:

1 September 1973 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The set-up was Moonbase 1: America, 2: Russia, 3: Europe (established in 1995), 4: China and 5: Brazil. The year was 2003, then thirty years into the future. See more »


David Caulder: Out there is a remorseless, implacable enemy; the most hostile environment Man has ever met. Now we must fight it together.
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Accents, production methods, and above all - Doors!
19 October 2004 | by (Highlands of Scotland) – See all my reviews

moon base 3 breaks one of the first rules of TV SF and at first I didn't spot it. I took me some time to work out what was so peculiar about this show. I knew, from a few minutes into the first episode, there was something profoundly odd going on but couldn't put my finger on it.

At first I thought it might have been the flashing "Artificial Gravity is ON" signs that seem to litter the corridors - They are there more a sop to the nit-pickers in the audience rather than serving any internal logic to the story - surely even the densest of Astronauts would be able to tell the difference between 1/6 and a full 1 G. (though, to be fair to the show, it DOES attempt to simulate 1/6 G whenever anyone stepped outside the base by use of slow motion filming and bouncy, slow motion "I'm in space" acting).

Then I thought it might be the ropey camera work: this show seems to have been performed like a stage show, the actors doing long scenes with 2 or three cameras shooting simultaneously; the editor then cutting between the various angles. Obviously, as in all live performances, people didn't hit their marks exactly and the cameramen have to re-frame constantly to get people's heads in. This looks pretty amateur by today's standards but I'm not a connoisseur of 70s TV so don't have much to compare it with - I guess at the time it must have looked OK.

Then it might have been the downright dodgy accents. The European's moon base is populated by RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) trained actors assuming variable "French", "Spanish" and the standard "All purpose Eastern European" accents. Even Donal Houston's Welsh accent (and the man IS Welsh) sounds weirdly fake - (what is it by the way, that made the BBC at this time think the future would be populated by dynamic Welshmen? Blake of "Blake's Seven" was played by Welshman Gareth Thomas) - the only American on view (in at least the first 2 shows) has an accent that is totally bizarre: sort of constipated West Indian - sort of not.

Then I finally realised what it was that was so unsettling... the Door Handles! The doors on moon base 3 open like regular doors in houses! Hinged Doors in Space? Everyone knows that in the future all doors will slide into the wall as soon as anyone approaches them. Star Trek, Babylon 5, Space 1999, you name it, doors slide... ever since Buster Crabbe played "Buck Rodgers" way back in the 1930s, doors in the future slide... but not in the cash strapped BBC of the 1970s they didn't. Why pay 2 props guys to pull doors open when you've got an actor who will do it on cue for half the price?

All in all, this show is of historical interest but not worth getting excited over.

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