Moonbase 3: Season 1, Episode 6

View of a Dead Planet (14 Oct. 1973)

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Ralph Bates ...
Dr. Michel Lebrun
Fiona Gaunt ...
Dr. Helen Smith
Barry Lowe ...
Tom Hill
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Sir Benjamin Dyce
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Magda Miller ...
Paula Renner
Ed Stewart ...
Disc Jockey
Robert McBain ...
Gregor Semyonov
Leonard Gregory ...
Quiz Master
Aubrey Danvers-Walker ...
Mr. Edward Hopkirk
Anne Rosenfeld ...
Lisa
Joe Santo ...
José
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Last show of the series. See more »

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Despite establishing Garrick Hagon's character as Bruno Ponti, the credits for "View of a Dead Planet" list him as Bruno Bertoli. See more »

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Sir Benjamin Dyce: [gesturing to Moonbase window] Look out there, all of you. What do you see?
Michel Lebrun: The Earth.
Sir Benjamin Dyce: And can you see your beloved France?
Michel Lebrun: Yes, not clearly...
Sir Benjamin Dyce: And can you see where France stops and Germany, Switzerland or anywhere else starts?
Michel Lebrun: Not with the naked eye...
Sir Benjamin Dyce: You cannot see that if the soil is as close to your face as this meaningless bit of cloth!
[throws mini-French flag to the floor]
Sir Benjamin Dyce: It is only on maps that the colour of one country is different from the colour of the next.
Michel Lebrun: There is nothing wrong ...
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Double Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043
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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Igor Oistrakh, David Oistrakh and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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A glimmer of hope!
19 September 2011 | by (North West England) – See all my reviews

What I like about the all-too-short Moonbase 3 series is that it certainly gets better towards the end. Alas it was cut short as it was really getting into its stride. To me this final episode is the pinnacle of the series and an absolute sci-fi classic. Being infinitely bleak until the last couple of minutes though as it appears that all life on Earth has been destroyed by a grandiose civil engineering project which went terribly wrong. The idea was to utilise an immense thermonuclear reaction to melt the polar ice caps in order to provide more useful land for Earth's population. However, the dispossessed elderly progenitor of the project arrives on Moonbase 3 and explains that in fact he had later calculated that it will result in destruction of all life on the planet Earth.

Sadly, no governments had listened to the eminent scientist or his colleagues and decided to proceed with this project regardless. When the Earth is apparently wiped out (as viewed from the Moon when it starts to take on the appearance of a giant sublimating comet and all radio contact is lost), Caulder is left with the decision of how and when to best euthanise the entire moon-base crew. Given that they will run out of oxygen and food supplies in a matter of weeks, this seems like the only option.

The result is a breakdown of order and morals, particularly amongst some of the more emotionally troubled senior members of the crew. Of course, Caulder, Tom hill, Helen and a few others manage to stay in control and professional despite the circumstances throughout.

As Tom Hill is just about to sneak off per Caulder's plan and put the entire crew permanently to sleep by means of carbon-monoxide poisoning, an inane TV broadcast of a game-show is received on the Moonbase, indicating just in the nick of time that in fact the human race was not destroyed. Instead the Earth just suffered a "lesser" catastrophe of a nuclear winter scenario, where temperatures had plummeted, but looks like things will eventually get back to normal.

From this experience, the dangers of messing around with Hydrogen bombs are certainly driven home and the scientist concludes the series by saying that although one man may make a mistake, humankind cannot afford to make a mistake. A very potent message, particularly in the cold-war era of the '70s.

So, the series is neatly wrapped up with an outstanding episode having a fitting conclusion. In particular, the scene where Caulder discreetly reminds Tom Hill to start killing everyone in twenty minutes time whilst sitting around the dinner table, laughing and joking remains very memorable. I would have loved the series to go on after this episode, but alas it was not to be. I'm just grateful that the tapes which were wiped by the BBC were later recovered.


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