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.

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 (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.

Clapperboard test shot
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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.

  • M104 is the Sombrero Hat galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Virgo. It was added to the Messier catalogue of nebulae and clusters in 1921 by Camille Flammarion.
  • Our galaxy is the Milky Way, which is not in the Messier catalogue. It is a spiral galaxy in a Local Group of about 30 galaxies about 500,000 light years across. The Local Group is dominated by two large spiral galaxies, the Milky Way (200 billion solar masses) and M31, the Andromeda galaxy (300 billion solar masses). The other smaller galaxies are associated with one or other of these major spirals. M33 (30 billion solar masses) in Triangulum is a spiral galaxy near M31. NGC 185 is a dwarf elliptical galaxy (100 million solar masses) associated with M31. In Patrick Moore's book, one diagram shows M31 and NGC 185 close to the Milky Way, although later research will have changed the diagram (M33 nows seems to be slightly more distant than Andromeda, M31, and both M33 and NGC 185 are now generally regarded as satellite galaxies of Andromeda, not the Milky Way).
  • PKS 1148 00 and 3c454 are distant quasars, each about 10 billion light years away. They appear on opposite sides of a diagram on pages 134 and 135 in Patrick Moore's book.
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This star chart also appears in All That Glisters. The chart below is seen in One Moment Of Humanity (showing the Moon's position) and originally on the route to Alpha Centuri in Into Infinity.

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Continuity

Chronology:

No date given.

Alpha Personnel:

population 297. 0 fatalities.

Alpha Technology:

  • A small solarium area is shown. This is noticeably smaller than the large set in Force Of Life. The same footage also appears in The Exiles
  • Maya has the Eagle remote control on her desk.
  • Koenig doesn't know about hyperspace, but the Alphans do have technology that uses it (the limpet transmitter). A "subspace" transmitter is also used in Testament Of Arkadia.
  • Helena can create an accurate robot in the likeness of Maya, complete with speech.
  • In the Survey Equipment Room is one of Reilly's instruments from All That Glisters, and a nuclear bomb from Space Brain (labelled "Wall Probe Crater", although the "Fuse" label is also clearly seen).
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Eagles:

Eagle 1 (Andrews); two others

Maya transformations:

White dog, ferret, slatternly Maya, reptile hand

  • Maya transforms directly from a dog into a ferret (in the script, a coral snake). This contradicts Rules Of Luton, where she cannot transform directly into another animal to escape a cage.
  • Maya locks herself in a form permanently (so she says). This contradicts Rules Of Luton and Space Warp where she can only hold a form for an hour.
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Planets:

None, but we learn about lots of different trading planets

Aliens:

Taybor from Pinvith the Lesser.

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Props:

Footage:

Errors

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Helena calls the memory amplifier cylindrical (as it was in the script). It is hexagonal.
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The grey-haired medic (played by Micky Clarke) seen in the Solarium scene appears moments later as a technician in a Moonbase corridor. He wears a white sleeve again in the trading sequence. Thanks to Chris Dale.

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 juke box.
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Before the split-screen, another actress stands in for Maya.

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Contents copyright Martin Willey