The Time Tunnel (1966–1967)
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Rendezvous with Yesterday 

Congress has poured seven billion dollars into a large and deep hole in the ground - the home of Project TicToc and its revolutionary new technology, the Time Tunnel. A mechanism intended ... See full summary »


Irwin Allen


Irwin Allen (created by), Harold Jack Bloom (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
James Darren ... Dr. Tony Newman
Robert Colbert ... Dr. Doug Phillips
Michael Rennie ... Capt. Malcolm Smith
Susan Hampshire ... Althea Hall
Lee Meriwether ... Dr. Ann MacGregor
Gary Merrill ... Sen. Leroy Clark
Wesley Lau ... Sgt. Jiggs
John Zaremba ... Dr. Raymond Swain
Whit Bissell ... Lt. Gen. Heywood Kirk
Don Knight ... First Mate Grainger
Jean-Michel Michenaud ... Marcel Corbeau (as Gerard Michenaud)
Michael Haynes Michael Haynes ... The Soldier
John Winston John Winston ... The Guard
Frank Parker ... Countdown Technician (as Brett Parker)


Congress has poured seven billion dollars into a large and deep hole in the ground - the home of Project TicToc and its revolutionary new technology, the Time Tunnel. A mechanism intended to access past and future, the tunnel is not quite ready despite a decade of work and all the billions. Senator Clark declares his intention to cut funding and abandon the project. Desparate scientist Tony Newman uses the apparatus to send himself through time to prove the concept. But the TicToc team cannot retrieve him, and so his mentor Doug Phillips goes back to help Tony out of the peril he has landed in: he has arrived on the RMS Titanic the day before she struck an iceberg and sank. Written by CommanderBalok

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Release Date:

9 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Seven Billion Dollars in 1965 is worth 56.92 billion dollars in 2019. See more »


Just prior to the iceberg collision, Captain Smith is given a drink that appears to be alcoholic, but he was well known to never drink while at sea despite myths. See more »


Capt. Malcolm Smith: [confronting Doug and Tony about the iceberg collision] We have hit an iceberg, just as the two of you predicted. How could you have known?
Dr. Doug Phillips: Captain, the only explanation is the truth. You see, we come from the year 1968. We've traveled back through time to this moment. What's happening here is history to us.
Capt. Malcolm Smith: My reasoning cannot accept that. In any case, when we repair damage and reach New York, perhaps a maritime inquiry can fathom your story.
Dr. Tony Newman: Captain, your ship is going down.
Capt. Malcolm Smith: That is impossible...
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Alternate Versions

The DVD release includes an extended, unaired version of the pilot, which runs an extra 5 minutes and a different ending. See more »


Edited into Land of the Giants: Nightmare (1970) See more »

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Starts the Whole Problem With Traveling Into the Past
15 January 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

As much as the flawed science here, the charm of this brief series was the opportunity to relive major historical events and to meet significant historical figures. In the opening foray, Doug and Tony have two tasks. One is to save the program from extinction and the other is to deal with the events on the Titanic. Of course, they are going to try to dissuade the Captain from continuing his voyage on course and, hence, avoid the iceberg. As is also the case, like anyone who starts spouting craziness, the guys find their way to the brig. On they go in their efforts, pretty much failing, but discovering what made people tick and having respect for the events. So much contemporary information has come forward about the events of 1912, and with the huge blockbuster movie, this pales by example. Still, the boys are charming and it was a fun series.

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