The Time Tunnel (1966–1967)
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Idol of Death 

Doug and Tony land in Mexico where Cortez is looking for the Golden Mask. Their archeology expert back at the Time Tunnel insists that they retrieve the Golden Mask that he has been searching for for twenty years or he will not help them.



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Episode credited cast:
Dr. Tony Newman
Dr. Doug Phillips
Teno Pollick ...
Young Chief
Capt. Alvarado
Hernando Cortez
Lt. Gen. Heywood Kirk
Dr. Raymond Swain
Dr. Ann MacGregor
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Castillano (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amapola Del Vando ...
Chief's Mother
Pedro Regas ...
Chief's Father
Eddie Saenz ...
Second Soldier


In 16th century Mexico, Doug and Tony get involved with the native Aztecs and Cortez's search for a golden mask. Back at the Time Tunnel their archaeological expert demands that they revived the very masked he has been trying to locate for twenty years. Written by laird-3

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Release Date:

3 February 1967 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place near Veracruz, Mexico on October 12, 1519 and in Arizona in 1968. See more »


The sword Tony holds on Cortez is a 19th century U.S. Navy cutlass. See more »

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Veracruz, Cortez and Tlaxcaltepecs
26 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Doug and Tony are transported to Veracruz, Mexico, in 1519, when Hernando Cortez is searching the Golden Mask of the Tlaxcaltepecs that is a symbol of power for the Mexican tribes. When Cortez is ready to torture three natives, Doug and Tony tries to help them but are captured by the Spaniard soldiers. Meanwhile the Time Tunnel personnel hire a Mexican archaeologist to help them with landmarks in Veracruz to bring the scientists, but when the greedy man sees the Golden Mask, he bargains a deal to have the precious object.

In "Idol of Death", the time travelers meet Hernando Cortez in Veracruz and it is funny to see Doug worried about the massacre of the Mexican natives, apparently forgetting the conflicts with the natives in the American Indian Wars. The episode is entertaining, with Doug and Tony being caught in a time warp. My vote is seven.

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

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