Merlin the Magician pulls Tony and Doug from their journey through time and send them to help a young King Arthur fight an invasion of Vikings.



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Doug and Tony are transported to Cornwall, England, in 544 AD by Merlin the Magician to help King Arthur against an invasion of Vikings. Doug is stabbed by one warrior while Tony and Arthur are imprisoned in the dungeon by Wogan and his warriors. However, Merlin revives Doug and together with Guinevere they try to break in the castle to save Tony and Arthur. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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17 March 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title refers to the court magician and advisor to the legendary King Arthur who founded the Knights of the Round Table. Merlin was first mentioned in 1136 and was a compilation of several historical and legendary figures under the name "Merlin Ambrosius" or in Welsh "Myrddin Emrys". See more »


King Arthur uses a rope to get to Guinevere. The rope is fixed to the opening when it should be hanging free of the castle. See more »

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William Welch & Chris Cary Join Forces
11 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

In the 6th Century UK, Merlin The Magician requests that Tony and Doug help Arthur - the future King - rid the UK of Vikings.

This was the 4th last episode of Time Tunnel and from this point on all common sense and reality is thrown out the window and is replaced by comic strip spaced out thrills, or in this case, total fantasy. Is total fantasy bad? No, it can be fun if Chris Cary is playing Merlin The Magician and if William Welch is doing his lines.

Frankly, I have no interest in the 6th century, so almost this whole show is about waiting for Merlin the wizard, dressed in black, to come out with the next bitchy arrogant line (for example, he looks at the Tunnel's blinking light computers and says "toys").

Whit Bissell as General Kirk attempts to bring reality to the tale - "Could this be one of those miracles you said we needed?" - but is brought down by his co-worker - "This is no time for romantic non-sense, General".

More humour is found when a gentleman says "America? Does such a place exist?". To which Doug responds "We're beginning to wonder".

William Welch really had a way with words, and in this case, even if the storyline is crap, Welch can dress up the story with clever lines, and actors like Whit Bissell and Chris Cary can bring life to such lines.

In a nutshell, I am saying that Merlin The Magician is just a clever bit of showmanship, and since Irwin was a master showman, we can only guess that Mr Allen was on deck during the making of this outrageous, flamboyant hour.

Please note, the music used here is often stock music from Tunnel's The Death Merchant episode (that score is on the Fantasy Worlds Of Irwin Allen CD set). The score is also vital to Merlin The Magician. Not everyone will like Merlin The Magician, but as a bit of screen showmanship, it works rather well.

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