Alpha Child

Space: 1999The first child since the moon left Earth’s orbit is born, and Dr. Russell happily reports that the delivery took place with no complications. But within an hour of the birth, something remarkable and inexplicable happens: the child seems to age several years in the blink of an eye. All of his motor skills suddenly seem to be on a par with those of a five-year-old, until Dr. Russell discovers he’s deaf and mute – sparking fears that the radiation and other effects experienced by the moon since it left the solar system may mean that normal childbirth isn’t possible on Moonbase Alpha. Despite this, Koenig and the entire crew take great delight in helping to raise little Jackie (named after his late father, a deceased crew member), and Bergman discovers that the boy has an aptitude for artwork …and perhaps more than just artwork, as he sketches a detailed drawing of an enormous spacecraft just as that very ship approaches Moonbase Alpha.

Order the DVDswritten by Christopher Penfold
directed by Ray Austin
music by Barry Gray
additional music by Vic Elms

Guest Cast: Julian Glover (Jarak), Cyd Hayman (Sue Crawford), Prentis Hancock (Paul Morrow), Clifton Jones (David Kano), Zienia Merton (Sandra Benes), Anton Phillips (Dr. Mathias), Nick Tate (Alan Carter), Wayne Brooks (Jackie)

LogBook entry by Earl Green