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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Drama | Sci-Fi





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1 September 1973 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The science adviser for the program was James Burke, a BBC science journalist who had covered the NASA program. He took great pains to ensure the plots and scenes were scientifically plausible. See more »


Sir Benjamin Dyce: I've always held that the last words of mankind will not be the secret name of God, but "What is this knob for?"
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What an innovative show!
16 June 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Moonbase 3 was an ambitious attempt by the BBC in 1973 to create a technically accurate science fiction program. It also followed the "New Wave" of science fiction writing then popular.

In traditional science fiction, larger-than-life heroes zoom across the galaxy, fight swashbuckling space battles with evil interplanetary despots, and woo beautiful alien women. On Moonbase 3, scientists and administrators attempt to conduct experiments while beset with budget cutbacks, equipment failures, work stress, personal isolation, and a heartless Earth bureaucracy.

The stories are often grim and depressing. The base is small and understaffed, the technology is unreliable, and everyone is under constant pressure to produce breakthroughs. Outer space is deadly and unforgiving; a tiny error in piloting your rocket can kill everyone aboard.

Small teams of researchers on a European moonbase are isolated for weeks at a time, leading to psychological stress and conflict. Many times in the series the researchers can only stand helplessly watching their experiments fail and their friends die. It's easy to see why the program was never an audience-pleaser.

However, the program has some extremely innovative themes which are never explored in other television or movie dramas. It shows how difficult, yet personally rewarding, scientific research is. It shows what a difference having a good manager makes. It shows how following the rules really can work, and how rule-bending seat-of-your-pants rocket jockeys can get everyone killed.

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