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The Ray Bradbury Theater: Here There Be Tygers

An expeditionary team explores a planet where the entire world is one living creature... and hostile toward those who mean it harm.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x12
Airdate: Friday November 30th, 1990

Director: John Laing (1)
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Timothy BottomsTimothy Bottoms
As Driscoll
Peter J. ElliottPeter J. Elliott
As Chatterton
George HenareGeorge Henare
As Forester
Lorae ParryLorae Parry
As Koestler
Main Cast


A surveying crew approaches a planet. The mineralogist, Chatterton, is eager to get started while the archaeologist, Driscoll, is eager to simply explore. They touch down safely and confirm that the planet supports life, but there's no sign of dangerous animals. They step out onto a perfect unblemished landscape, and Chatterton is suspicious that it's too peaceful. He orders the captain, Forester, to be ready, and reminds the officer that his company pays the bills. As Chatterton steps onto the planet, a brief quake shakes the area, much to Driscoll's amusement. The mineralogist orders them to start drilling immediately but Forester tells him to follow procedure and explore first. As they disembark, they're unaware that someone seems to be watching them from the woods...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "Here There Be Tygers" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in the Raymond J. Healy edited anthology New Tales of Space and Time (1951).

Episode Quotes
Chatterton: And here there by tygers, my friend. Don't you forget that.
Driscoll: What?
Chatterton: "Here there by tygers." What old explorers would write on their charts to identify dangerous places.

Forester: Lets say I go along with you. The planet is alive. It's a race unto itself.
Driscoll: And a living thing must have a purpose. So suppose the purpose of this world is to make someone--us--happy. Well, what good is a bag full of miracles if you have no one to share it with?

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean  |  Tom Cotter (1)
ProducerJonathan Goodwill  |  Pamela Meekings-Stewart
Production DesignerRick Kofoed
CastingMary Ann Barton  |  Susan Forrest  |  Frances Walsh
First Assistant DirectorJoe Nolan
Second Assistant DirectorWi Rakete
Make-upDebra East
Key GripAndy Reid (2)
Camera OperatorRichard Bluck
Location ManagerMartin Walsh (3)
Production CoordinatorSteve D'Onofrio  |  Karen Gleave
Assistant EditorKirsten Muxlow
Post Production SupervisorJohn Harcourt  |  Ross Chambers
GafferSteve Latty
Director of PhotographyWarrick Attewell
Production SecretarySarah Bailey
Art DirectorMark Robins
Production ManagementMaria Saunders
Sound EditorDon Paulin
Dubbing MixerJohn Neill  |  Mike Hedges
Sound RecordistDon Paulin
Boom OperatorGrant Lawson
Production AccountantMaureen Zust  |  Anne Marie Cormier
Extras CastingDulcie Smart
Film EditorJamie Selkirk
Wardrobe AssistantHilary Niederer
Executive In Charge Of ProductionFern Field
Production ExecutiveMarie Watson
Unit ManagerAlex Collins (2)
Music DirectorLouis Natale
ContinuityBarbara Morris (2)
Focus PullerJames Cowley
ComposerDonald Quan  |  Louis Natale
Wardrobe SupervisorGlenis Foster
Still PhotographerMartin Stewart
Assistant GripRoger Feenstra
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