The Catacombs Episode Guide

The Taybor

Journey to Where Year 2 - Episode 6 The Rules of Luton

Writer Thom Keyes
Director Bob Brooks
Guest Star Willoughby Goddard
Belgium (Flemish) De Ruiler
Spain El comerciante The merchant
France/Canada Taybor le commerçant Taybor The Trader
Italy Taybor
Japan Visitor from out of Space
Portugal O Negociante The Trader
Portugal Taybor The Taybor

A boisterous, flamboyant, larger-than-life trader from hyper-space makes a remarkable appearance on the moon -and falls in love with Maya. ITC summary

Background

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Cast

Commander John Koenig Martin Landau
Doctor Helena Russell Barbara Bain
Maya Catherine Schell
Tony Verdeschi Tony Anholt
Taybor Willoughby Goddard
Doctor Ben Vincent Jeffery Kissoon
Bill Fraser John Hug
Yasko Yasuko Nagazumi
Andrews (pilot) Mel Taylor
Slatternly woman Rita Webb
Karen Laraine Humphrys
Kate Sarah Bullen
Barbara Vicki Michelle
2 Weapons Technicians
McDougal (n/s)
Sunbathing Alphans Jenny Clare
Chai Lee
Penny Priestley
Medic Micky Clarke
Technician (L Picard) Glenda Allen

Sets

Int. Command Centre
Int. Medical Centre
Int. Recreation Centre/ Gym/ Solarium (revamp Medical)
Int. Koenig's Private Dining Room (revamp Reception)
Int. Technical Section
Int. Weapons Section
Int. Survey Equipment Room
Int. Helena's Quarters
Int. Alpha Corridor

Int. Taybor's Grand Salon
Ext. Moon Surface (CU moonbuggy, hull of Emporium)

SFX

NASA Mars Excursion concept

The design for the Emporium is based on a 1967 NASA concept for a Mars Excursion Module, shown here.

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The SS Emporium was built by Space Models, who also built most of the Eagles and the ship from Earthbound. It was made of wood in three parts (base, main body, top); one side was not finished to provide access to the central light bulb.
Taybor's ship model photos

A 1976 student film included behind the scenes SFX shooting and storyboards. The clapperboard the date is 28 May 1976 - several weeks behind the live action filming.

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Taybor's gun was built by Martin Bower. The design was inspired by the paintings of Chris Foss, who did preproduction design for the series.
Taybor's gun model photos

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There are two scenes using split screen to show two Mayas.

Clapperboard test shot

Music

Science

Astronomy Location:
"So you want to return to your Earth? This galaxy?"
"No. Galaxy M104. It's half way between PKS 1148 00 and 3C454."
"Oh, I can't say that rings a bell either. Which Universal Quadrant?"
"It's a.. spiral galaxy, it's right near N G C 185 and, ah, M33. It's a small cluster of thirty or so."

The information seems to have been taken from the New Concise Atlas Of The Universe by Patrick Moore (probably the 1974 edition, seen in Brian The Brain). More. Thanks to Marcus Lindroos.

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This star chart also appears in All That Glisters.

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The "chart" is seen in One Moment Of Humanity (showing the Moon's position) and originally on the route to Alpha Centuri in Into Infinity.

Continuity

Chronology:

No date given.

Alpha Personnel:

population 297. 0 fatalities.

Alpha Technology:

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Eagles:

Eagle 1 (Andrews); two others

Maya transformations:

White dog, ferret, slatternly Maya, reptile hand

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Planets:

None, but we learn about lots of different trading planets

Aliens:

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Taybor from Pinvith the Lesser.

Props:

Footage:

Errors

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Helena calls the memory amplifier cylindrical (as it was in the script). It is hexagonal.

Observations

  • In 1977 Yorkshire TV in the UK publicised this as a special Christmas episode, presumably as it involves an overweight man with gifts; it was shown on 22 December 1977 at 11pm.
  • Although Taybor admits he has been scanning them for some time, and knows their names, language and technology, he doesn't know they can't read colour coding.
  • Fraser's role was scripted for Alan Carter.
  • Kate's role was scripted as "Barbara". This is one of only two episodes where Sarah Bullen's character was given a name.
  • Taybor is described in the script: A corpulent jolly figure dressed in a most outlandish costume of coloured capes and scarves, striped baggy pantaloons and a turban type hat with jewels and feathers, twirling a moustache.
  • When the traded goods are returned to Alpha, the script states they smashed the Recreation Centre jukebox.
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Before the split-screen, another actress stands in for Maya.

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Contents copyright Martin Willey