The Time Tunnel (1966–1967)
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End of the World 

Doug and Tony escape the moon only to materialize in an old mine shaft in 1910, the year that Halley's Comet passed very close to earth. Many in town, including prominent scientist ... See full summary »


Sobey Martin


Irwin Allen (created by), William Welch (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
James Darren ... Dr. Tony Newman
Robert Colbert ... Dr. Doug Phillips
Paul Fix ... Mining Supervisor Henderson
James Westerfield ... Sheriff
Whit Bissell ... Lt. Gen. Heywood Kirk (as Whit Bissel)
John Zaremba ... Dr. Raymond Swain
Wesley Lau ... Sgt. Jiggs
Lee Meriwether ... Dr. Ann MacGregor
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Prof. Ainsley
Sam Groom ... Jerry
Paul Carr ... Blaine


Doug and Tony escape the moon only to materialize in an old mine shaft in 1910, the year that Halley's Comet passed very close to earth. Many in town, including prominent scientist Professor Ainsley, believe the comet will smash into the Earth and end all life! Doug and Tony know this isn't true so their goal is to rescue miners trapped below the earth and all but abandoned in the town's panic. Written by CommanderBalok

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Release Date:

23 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?


This episode takes place in a mining community on May 21, 1910 and in Arizona in 1958 and 1968. See more »


The first recorded appearance of Halley's comet was around 239 BC, not in 1531 AD as stated by Dr. Swain. See more »

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Exciting Adventure
13 September 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Doug and Tony are transported to a mine shaft and Tony finds that two hundred miners are trapped in gallery due to a cave-in. They seek help but nobody wants to come to the Emperor Mine since they believe the world will end in a couple of hours. Doug and Tony find that it is the late spring of 1910 and the Halley's Comet is passing near to Earth. Further the prominent Professor Ainsley believes that the comet will crash on Earth and the world is in panic. While Tony tries to convince the locals to help the men trapped in the mine, Doug tries to prove to the scientist that he is wrong in his assumption. Meanwhile The Time Tunnel complex is in danger affected by the magnetic field of the comet.

"End of the World" is a flawed episode but also an exciting adventure. The desperation of the emotional and impulsive Tony contrasts with the prudent attitude of Doug and is engaging to see their fight to save the miners. The situation in The Time Tunnel complex is also fantastic. However there is a great contradiction with the paradox of the encounter of Tony with Doug and Sergeant Jiggs in 1958, since they should recall the event ten years later. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Túnel do Tempo" ("The Time Tunnel")

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