Aboard the Navy ship, Captain Steven
and Lt. Cooper appear to be peering
through a typical pair of
binoculars at 2:38 on the DVD. But
instead of the typical
conjoined-circular POV used for most
filmed productions, a
conjoined-square image is used. The
conjoined-squares POV is used to
better effect later in the episode when
Colonel Lake is looking through
The actor playing Captain Steven,
Philip Madoc, also plays the second
husband of Straker's ex-wife Mary,
Steven Rutland, in
"A Question of Priorities" and
"Mindbender". As far as is known,
however, these are intended to be
two entirely different characters.
It is odd that both characters have
the name "Steven" in common.
The rings on the cuffs of the naval jackets worn by Steven
and Cooper indicate their rank as Captain and Lieutenant,
respectively. Later, Sheringham's cuffs indicate his rank as
At 3:13 on the DVD, as the two naval officers observe the
UFO through their binoculars, the wire supporting the UFO
model is visible above it.
The newspaper read by Straker, after the Navy UFO incident,
appears to have a date of Friday, February 3. The year is
difficult to make out, but looks like 1969 more than
anything else, but February 3 fell on a Sunday in that year.
The episode was probably shot in 1969 (or maybe 1970), but
is supposed to take place in the 1980s; in my chronology,
the episode is set in 1984 and the date does, in fact, fall
on Friday in that year.
|| Notice in the
headline at left that
"correspondent" is incorrectly
spelled with an "A".
The story that follows has nothing to do with the headline; it is
about a play called "Pools Paradise"
performed by the Slough Centre
Players at the Slough Community
Centre. The Slough Community Centre
existed in the London borough of
Slough from 1937-1997. Pools
Paradise is a 1961 play written
by Philip King (1904-1979).
Captain Steven gestures to an area off the northwestern
coast of Africa as the location of the trench the British
Navy plans to dump the drums of deadly nerve gas. Colonel
Lake later refers to that trench as "virtually bottomless."
But there are few sizable trenches in the Atlantic Ocean and
none in that location that I've been able to uncover in my
This episode reveals that Straker enjoys playing golf as a
Discovering she is an astronomy hobbyist, Foster quizzes
Sarah Bosanquet on her star knowledge by asking about a
certain bright star within her telescope's field of view.
She responds, "Spica, magnitude one point two. Forms an
isosceles triangle with Arcturus and Bootes and Denebola and
Diadem," and "By studying Spica and the star Rigel in Orion,
Hipparchus discovered the precession of the equinoxes."
Spica is a real star, but has an apparent magnitude of
0.91-1.04 due to a binary companion star that, while
non-eclipsing, causes visual distortion from gravitational
Arcturus and Denebola are also real stars and Bootes and
Diadem are constellations. Her second statement about
Hipparchus' discovery of the precession of the equinoxes
(Earth's tilt which brings the spring and autumn seasons) is
The shot at 22:01 on the DVD is of Trafalgar Square in
At 22:48 on the DVD, Sarah's telescope is seen to be a
Fullerscopes brand. This was an actual telescope brand at
the time, now manufactured under the
At 25:39 on the DVD, a wire is visible holding the
Interceptor model against the star field.
At 28:59 on the DVD, three wires are clearly visible holding
the UFO model against the star field.
This episode reveals that a man named John Bosanquet was one
of the experts who helped build Moonbase. He is the father
of Sarah Bosanquet who appears as Admiral Sheringham's
secretary in this episode.
The clock seen in Sarah's apartment at 32:27 on the DVD is a
Seiko transistor clock.
The shot of the Admiral's car and escort at 33:12 on the DVD
was originally shot as the Cabinet minister's car in
Various shots of the Royal Navy Destroyer reveal a pennant
number of D06. This reveals it as the County-class destroyer
HMS Hampshire. The ship was decommissioned in 1976
in our world, but was apparently still in service in 1984 in
the UFO universe.
At 38:30 on the DVD, the image of the Interceptor cockpit
interior is flipped, as evidenced by the mirror-image
writing on the Gyro Pilot cylinder.
At 40:57 on the DVD, SHADO's trackers estimate the remaining UFO to be headed for Newfoundland. This is the province
of Canada now known as Newfoundland and Labrador since 2001.
The shot of the missile launcher at 43:16 on the DVD
is reversed as evidenced by the mirror-image letters-numbers on
At 46:44 on the DVD, the Navy men are rolling the same
container they already disposed of just seconds before, as
evidenced by the code number on the container label.
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