The adventures of David Caulder and his crew stationed on Moonbase 3 on the moon's surface. In 2003, representatives of many of the world's governments live in bases on the moon. Moonbase 3... See full summary »








Series cast summary:
 Dr. Michel Lebrun 6 episodes, 1973
Fiona Gaunt ...
Barry Lowe ...
 Tom Hill 6 episodes, 1973
 Technician 6 episodes, 1973
Christine Bradwell ...
Madhav Sharma ...
 Bruno Ponti 3 episodes, 1973
Peter Bathurst ...
 Director General 3 episodes, 1973
 Dr. Peter Conway 3 episodes, 1973
Tom Kempinski ...
 Dr. Stephen Partness 3 episodes, 1973
John Moreno ...
 Juan Benavente 2 episodes, 1973
Jonathan Sweet ...
Mary Ann Severne ...
Robert La Bassiere ...
 Cmdr. Bill Jackson 2 episodes, 1973
Anne Rosenfeld ...
Patsy Trench ...
 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 2003, representatives of many of the world's governments live in bases on the moon. Moonbase 3 was built by many Europeans, including the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Italy. Written by Marty McKee <>

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1 September 1973 (UK)  »

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After the series was canceled, the BBC wiped all of its master tapes, as was common practice at the time. There were no known recordings of this program at all until 1993 when poor-quality NTSC copies of the episodes were found at an American TV affiliate (the series was a co-production between the BBC and the "Twentieth Century Fox Television Division in association with the ABC Owned Television Stations" and the latter had retained copies). All examples in existence of the program are taken from these tapes. 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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A long forgotten classic
3 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Very nearly lost forever as a result of the BBC's mass clear out of tapes in the 1970's, this gritty and claustrophobic sci fi series was only recently rediscovered in the vaults of a Canadian TV station.

This is a long forgotten example of how much more interesting sci fi used to be be pre George Lucas. The BBC never had the budget for whiz bang special effects and so concentrated on characters, story lines and heavyweight theatrical actors. Check out Blakes'7 or Star Cops for other more popular examples of this.

Moonbase 3 also contains that other classic BBC sci fi trait, realism, both in characters and settings.

The characters here are not Star Trek goody two shoes types who all get along and can be guaranteed to do whatever is morally right, their team includes a manic depressive, an egotist and many other fascinatingly real characters. Some are manipulative and many are suspicious and distrustful of each others motives.

The base itself is understaffed and under pressure to deliver value for money,as the base commander says "I can't produce the results without the funding but they won't give me the funding because I can't produce the results!"

This sort of bureaucratic nonsense is in stark contrast with the very real dangers and practical hardships faced with living on the moon.

In an enclosed society (of sometimes unstable personalities) living under the constant threats of a hostile environment, moonbase 3 is a powerfully written and tension filled sci fi series. Perhaps the most depressingly accurate glimpse into the future of space exploration

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