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The Time Tunnel: Rendezvous with Yesterday

Congress has been pouring billions - seven of them, to be exact - into a hole in the desert and now Senator Clark wants to see what they've bought. He visits the massive complex of Project Tic Toc but is unimpressed when he learns their centerpiece, a "Time Tunnel" that can transfer matter and energy into the past or future, is not quite operational. He plans to leave and pull the plug. Desperate to save the project, scientist Tony Newman operates the not yet perfected Time Tunnel and transfers himself back in time, arriving on... The deck of the Titanic, hours before her rendezvous with an iceberg. Colleague Doug Phillips, desperate to rescue his young protege, employs the device. Now both men are trapped in the past and dependent on a largely untested prototype time machine to return home!

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 6034
Airdate: Friday September 09th, 1966

Special Guest Stars
Gary MerrillGary Merrill
As Senator Leroy Clark

Guest Stars
Michael RennieMichael Rennie
As Captain Malcolm Smith
Susan HampshireSusan Hampshire
As Althea Hall

Co-Guest Stars
Wesley LauWesley Lau
As Master Sgt. Jiggs
John WinstonJohn Winston
As The Guard
Don KnightDon Knight
As Grainger
Jean-Michel MichenaudJean-Michel Michenaud
As Marcel (as Gerald Michenaud)
Brett ParkerBrett Parker
As Countdown Technician
Main Cast
James DarrenJames Darren
As Dr. Tony Newman
Robert ColbertRobert Colbert
As Dr. Douglas Phillips
Whit BissellWhit Bissell
As Lt. General Heywood Kirk
John ZarembaJohn Zaremba
As Dr. Raymond Swain
Lee MeriwetherLee Meriwether
As Dr. Ann MacGregor


A small jet roars across the sky. On board a middle aged man peruses the contents of a red folder marked with a curious logo like a stylized hourglass. The pilot speaks over the intercom, addressing the passenger as “Senator” and warning him to fasten his seatbelt because the plane will be landing soon. The senator shifts his gaze to the window but outside is nothing except unbroken badlands. The pilot apparently finds his landing spot and brings the plane in. As it taxis to a halt the passenger door opens. When the plane stops completely the senator disembarks with two cases. The plane immediately takes off leaving the senator alone. But only for a moment...

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Episode Notes
The underground complex for Project Tic Toc was clearly inspired by the undeground city of the Krell, from the movie Forbidden Planet.

Episode Quotes
Senator Leroy Clark: You know, Phillips, every time I check your budget figures I ask myself the same question. Is time travel really worth all this?
Douglas: Senator, the control of time is potentially the most valuable treasure that man will ever find.
Senator Leroy Clark: Well, it's certainly the most costly.

Senator Leroy Clark: How did they ever get an old dogface like you out of the mud?
Kirk: Huh. Worse paratrooper officer I ever commanded. I told him to go into politics where he couldn't hurt anyone.

(about Tony)
Douglas: His youth is only a disguise, Senator. Inside is an old genius struggling to get out.

Raymond: The energy he employed could not have sent him more than a hundred years forward or back in time. Probably less.
Douglas: Ann, reduce your limits.
Senator Leroy Clark: Only a hundred years forward or back. That means you have to pinpoint him across two hundred years.
Douglas: Two hundred years is just a heartbeat compared to the countless billions of years of time.

Tony: Althea, do you believe in the future? I mean, that there really is a future for you, your children, Mankind.
Althea Hall: Yes, of course I do.
Tony: And obviously you believe in the past, everybody does. But what if I were to tell you that the past and the future are the same? You think I'm raving.
Althea Hall: No, no, I don't.
Tony: I don't blame you. Suppose I told you that Time itself doesn't exist. It's only motion we measure, the motion of the Earth spinning, the orbit of the Earth around the Sun.

Captain Malcolm Smith: I see. My mind will not let me believe you. But I do believe in a God, gentlemen. If what you say is true, then only the fact that you were here will save those who do survive. I would have to consider that a miracle of God's mercy.
Tony: In a way, sir, perhaps it is.

Captain Malcolm Smith: It occurs to me that you might know whether I will die tonight...
Douglas: (pauses uncomfortably) Yes, Captain. I'm afraid you do.

Episode Goofs
Captain Who?
The episode credits Michael Rennie as Captain Malcolm Smith and refers to him as Malcolm at least once in dialogue. The actual captain of Titanic was Edward Smith.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorIrwin Allen
ProducerIrwin Allen
Unit Production ManagerEric Stacey
Music EditorJoe Ruby
Music SupervisorLionel Newman
Set DecoratorWalter M. Scott  |  Norman Rockett
Post Production SupervisorGeorge E. Swink
Director of PhotographyWinton C. Hoch
Story EditorWilliam Welch
Production SupervisorJack Sonntag
Art DirectorJack Martin Smith  |  William J. Creber
Post Production CoordinatorRobert Mintz
Film EditorJames Baiotto
Assistant DirectorLes Warner
Executive In Charge Of ProductionWilliam Self (2)
Production AssociateHal Herman
Assistant To The ProducerPaul Zastupnevich
Make-up SupervisorBen Nye
Supervising Music EditorLeonard A. Engel
Producers AssistantTimothy Sims
Theme MusicJohn Williams (3)
Special Photographic EffectsL.B. Abbott
Hair Styling SupervisorMargaret Donovan
Supervising Sound Effects EditorDon Hall
Associate Story EditorAl Gail
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