The Time Tunnel (1966–1967)
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The Kidnappers 

After Time Tunnel member Doctor Ann MacGregor is kidnapped by a time traveler from another planet, Tony and Doug are sent there to rescue her.


Sobey Martin


Irwin Allen (created by), William Welch

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Episode credited cast:
James Darren ... Dr. Tony Newman
Robert Colbert ... Dr. Doug Phillips
Whit Bissell ... Lt. Gen. Heywood Kirk
John Zaremba ... Dr. Raymond Swain
Lee Meriwether ... Dr. Ann MacGregor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Ansara ... Curator
Del Monroe Del Monroe ... Ott / Official Time Traveler


Dr. Ann MacGregor is kidnapped by a time traveler from the future that came from the star Canopus. Dr. Raymond Swain finds the coordinates he had used and is authorized by General Kirk to send Doug and Tony to rescue Ann. The scientists are received by the Curator of Canopus that tells that they are in the year 8433 AD of Earth and he used Ann as bait to bring them to his planet. Further, he intends to drain the brains of Doug and Tony to learn their experience and increase his knowledge. When the time tunnel personnel tries to bring the trio of scientists back, the time traveler Ott returns to the complex and steals the space-time converter and the tunnel is useless. Doug and Tony seek the apparatus and try to send Ann back using the teleport chamber of the aliens. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

24 March 1967 (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?


At one point, the Curator (Michael Ansara) mentions that Tony graduated high school in 1954 in Philadelphia. This is actually true. James Darren did indeed graduate from a Philadelphia high school in 1954. See more »


The star Canopus is described as being 98 light years away from Earth. In reality, Canopus is 310 light years away from Earth. Traveling 98 light years would get you to Kappa Delphini. See more »


Dr. Tony Newman: [Doug and Tony see two guards holding Ann, who looks as if she had been drugged] Ann.
Dr. Doug Phillips: It really is you.
[he and Tony walk closer to Ann]
Dr. Doug Phillips: How'd you get here?
Dr. Ann MacGregor: Doug? Tony? I- I was taken by force. Kidnapped.
Dr. Doug Phillips: Well, how long have you been here?
Dr. Ann MacGregor: I don't know. I- I don't- hours, days. They did something to me. Drugged me. Oh, let me go.
Dr. Doug Phillips: Let her go!
Dr. Tony Newman: Look, she can't harm you.
Dr. Ann MacGregor: Please, let me go!
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One Of The Crazy Last Four Hours
6 November 2016 | by StuOzSee all my reviews

The time travellers and Ann MacGregor are sent away to alien planet.

The last four episodes of the Time Tunnel series were all about magic, space aliens, travel to an alien planet and this is one of those four episodes.

This change in premise went over well with some viewers (like me) while others warmed to the more "realistic" history lessons of the first half of the season. I like all 30 episodes of The Time Tunnel. A big part of the show's appeal is that it had variety in settings/ the series would never have been the same if it did not branch off into all sorts of areas.

The Kidnappers gives Ann MacGregor things to do on an alien planet and guest stars like Del Monroe (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) and Michael Ansara are outstanding.

And if you are not interested in all of the above, well you can spend the whole hour played spot the Lost In Space prop and even spot the un-credited LIS cast member: Bob May (Hitler)

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