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Destination Moonbase-Alpha

Destination Moonbase-Alpha (1978) Movie Poster
UK  •    •  96m  •    •  Directed by: Tom Clegg.  •  Starring: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Catherine Schell, Tony Anholt, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton, Jeffery Kissoon, Toby Robins, Stuart Damon, Jeremy Young, Drewe Henley, Patrick Westwood, Cher Cameron.  •  Music by: Derek Wadsworth.
     After an atomic explosion blasts the Moon out of Earth orbit, Moonbase Alpha drifts in space, with 300 people on board. When a rescue team from Earth arrives in a faster-than-light space ship, everyone is overjoyed that they can now return to Earth. But Moonbase Commander John Koenig, having undergone an experimental brain soothing process after receiving a concussion in a crash on the Lunar surface, sees not friends from Earth but gruesome monsters which have telepathically caused all others on Alpha to see an illusion of an Earth party. The aliens are desperate for radiation and plan to manipulate the Alphans into detonating nuclear waste on the Lunar surface, reducing the Moon and everyone on it to dust. Koenig must expose this conspiracy to save his people.

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" I don't what one it as but it was about someone who was sick and he could see all these people but they were really horrible slimy monsters. You remember that one? "

Never one to miss the opportunity of sarcasm I replied " Aye that was a unique episode. Not only was it an episode that didn't feature the Doctor and his companions but it's the only episode from the show not called Doctor Who and instead is called Space 1999 "

Sarcasm aside ( Sorry Ange ) it's an episode people can be forgiven for confusing the memory with that of DOCTOR WHO. Between season one and season two of SPACE 1999 a new producer was brought in and out went the pretentious 2001 inspiration and in came camp concepts similar to that seen in STAR TREK which from an entertainment point of view was

certainly more entertaining DESTINATION MOONBASE ALPHA is the follow up to the compilation theatrical release of ALIEN ATTACK and like the first release is two episodes from the show stuck together. At least someone somewhere had the common sense to stick a two part story together instead of two random episodes that composes ALIEN ATTACK. The Bringers Of Wonder to give it its episodic title is written by Terence Feely and directed by Tom Clegg DESTINATION has a coherence missing from ALIEN ATTACK and involves the crew of Moonbase Alpha being visited by an expedition from Earth which strangely is entirely populated by people that the Moonbase crew knew from Earth. Commander Koenig becomes suspicious then realises the expedition are a hideous alien race that are after the Moon's nuclear waste. The story builds up a sense of mystery and suspense but this is almost ruined by the voice over in the title sequence which gives away most of the plot twists. Thankfully the sequence doesn't show the aliens themselves which are amongst the most impressive ones seen in a SF show.


Review by Theo Robertson from the Internet Movie Database.