The Time Tunnel (1966–1967)
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Attack of the Barbarians 

Doug and Tony must help Marco Polo stop an attack by Mongols in thirteenth century China. Tony meets and falls in love with the daughter of Kubla Kahn.



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Doug and Tony are transported to 1287 and are captured by the Mongol Batu that tortures Tony trying to discover the breach in the walls of Marco Polo's fort. However, Doug manages to escape bringing Tony and is helped by Marco Polo and his men. Tony is nursed by Sarita, the daughter of Kubla Kahn, and they fall in love for each other. However Batu wants to get married with Sarita to unite Mongolia and conquer Asia and Europe. Doug and Tony help Marco Polo to produce bombs and protect the fort. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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10 March 1967 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in East Asia in 1287 and in Arizona in 1968. See more »


By 1287, the Chinese had been aware of the existence of gunpowder for about 500 years, and had been using explosive grenades in warfare for at least a century. Its properties as a weapon would have been familiar to the Mongols, who were rulers of China during the Yuan (Mongol) Dynasty, which lasted from 1271 to 1368. See more »


Edited from Taras Bulba (1962) See more »

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Great Adventure
6 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

The time travellers land in the 13th century...the time of Marco Polo. Also, Tony falls in love.

The previous two episodes (Chase Through Time, The Death Merchant) were two of my five very favourites of the whole Attack Of The Barbarians had to follow all that, it does so with class, not as good as the last two shows, but still good fun.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea only had one Admiral Nelson (Richard Basehart) romance in the whole series (Time Bomb) and the time travellers only had one romance in the 30 adventures: Attack Of The Barbarians.

John Saxon is outstanding as Marco Polo, the location filming is great, the conversations in the Tunnel command centre are almost as much fun as the main setting conversations and the stock movie music playing over the whole thing brings it all to life.

What can say: this is great!

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