The Catacombs The Character Guide
by Martin Willey

Dr. Bob Mathias (Medical Section)

Matter Of Life And Death Behind The Scenes
Character Name Bob Mathias
Played by Anton Phillips
Sex M
Approx. Age 32
Section Medical
Episodes 23 episodes
23 end credits

Breakaway Dr Bob Mathias
Matter Of Life And Death Dr Bob Mathias
Black Sun Dr Bob Mathias
Ring Around The Moon Dr Bob Mathias
Earthbound Dr Bob Mathias
Another Time, Another Place Dr Bob Mathias
Missing Link Dr Bob Mathias
Guardian Of Piri Dr Bob Mathias
Force Of Life Dr Bob Mathias
Alpha Child Dr Bob Mathias
The Last Sunset Dr Bob Mathias
Voyager's Return Dr Bob Mathias
Collision Course Dr Bob Mathias
Death's Other Dominion Dr Bob Mathias
The Full Circle Dr Bob Mathias
End Of Eternity Dr Bob Mathias
War Games Dr Bob Mathias
The Troubled Spirit Dr Bob Mathias
Space Brain Dr Bob Mathias
Dragon's Domain Dr Bob Mathias
The Testament Of Arkadia Dr Bob Mathias
The Metamorph Dr Bob Mathias
The Exiles Dr Bob Mathias

Space Brain

Age 32, born 1967.

An old friend of Koenig (Dragon's Domain). Koenig calls him as "Bob" in 1997 - yet he is addressed as "Mathias" in Breakaway & Matter Of Life And Death.

In 1997 he appears to be in charge of Medical (Dragon's Domain) but by 1999 he is Dr Helena Russell's deputy. Alternatively the more senior medical chief in 1997 may not have been present when the Ultra Probe was brought in; or the chief was a scientific appointment who would not be involved in treatment. In any case, Mathias does not seem to resent Helena. He is devoted to his job and his patients.

He is an Eagle co-pilot in The Last Sunset and Death's Other Dominion

Plays chess with Kano in Black Sun, performs magic in Guardian Of Piri. Argues with Paul over power for medical in Force Of Life & The Testament Of Arkadia.

He is featured in 21 episodes of Year 1 (not The Last Enemy, The Infernal Machine, Mission Of The Darians) and 2 episodes of Year 2 (The Metamorph and The Exiles, although he is mentioned in One Moment Of Humanity).

Alpha Child War Games

Mathias sees an unusual amount of action; he is hit by Alan in Missing Link, Regina in Another Time, Another Place, strangled by Helena in Alpha Child, electrocuted in Matter Of Life And Death, and blown out of a window into space in War Games.

In the Powys novels, Mathias is dissected by Lucas in Resurrection, and Helena has to bargain with Balor to revive him. In Omega it is revealed he was an army medic in combat. Helena finds his dead body after the battle in Alpha

In the early scripts, he was called Doctor Fujita, "a small Japanese man of thirty or so" according to George Bellak's script The Void Ahead. In some episodes, Vincent Wong played a character called Dr Fujita

"Frank Warren died at thirteen twenty eight." (Breakaway)
"Something strange, Doctor. Could you come to the Care Unit straight away?" (Matter Of Life And Death)
"You'll never beat me, you know." (Black Sun)
"You have a lovely optic nerve, Dr Russell." (Ring Around The Moon)
"I can't control everything! I am not a computer!" (Guardian Of Piri)
"It's incredible he's alive at all." Koenig:"But he'll survive?" Mathias: "Oh yes. On courage." (Dragon's Domain)
"Morrow! What's happened to the power in here!" "But our patients are dying!" (Force Of Life)
"Morrow! What the hell's going on? If you don't give me more heat you might as well shoot my patients!" (The Testament Of Arkadia)
"Spacesuits, Commander. The atmosphere is thinning fast." (The Last Sunset)
"But, Professor, he had caps on his teeth." (The Full Circle)
"Hurry! It won't hold!" (War Games)
"Don't look so worried. He'll be alright. He'll regain consciousness in an hour." (The Exiles)

Breakaway Mathias is first seen on Koenig's screen when Koenig tries to talk to Helena. He appears in person checking Koenig after his crash, and is seen again after the breakaway tending to casualties. Breakaway Breakaway
Matter Of Life And Death Mathias looks after the pilots and Russell in Medical. Lee Russell knocks him over. He attends Lee's interrogation, and later when he tries to conduct an autopsy he is electrocuted. Matter Of Life And Death Matter Of Life And Death Matter Of Life And Death Matter Of Life And Death
Black Sun Mathias is in Main Mission to watch the forcefield test. He supervises loading the rescue Eagle. He plays chess with Kano. Black Sun Black Sun
Ring Around The Moon Mathias is in Medical checking the pilots, Koenig and Helena. Ring Around The Moon Ring Around The Moon Ring Around The Moon Ring Around The Moon
Earthbound Mathias monitors Helena when she is put in suspended animation. At the end of the episode he is in a meeting with Helena, Bergman and Koenig when Simmonds' call is picked up. Earthbound
Another Time, Another Place Mathias is knocked unconscious by Regina in Medical, but is otherwise not seen in this episode. Another Time, Another Place
Missing Link Mathias assists Helena in Medical. Alan and Mathias fight. Missing Link Missing Link
Guardian Of Piri Helena tells off Mathias when Graham dies in Medical. He prepares for Kano's link to computer. Later at the party in Medical, he is doing magic tricks. When Koenig wakes up, he offers him medicine, then drinks it himself. Guardian Of Piri Guardian Of Piri Guardian Of Piri Guardian Of Piri
Force Of Life Mathias helps Fujita pick up the bodies. When the power goes, Mathias calls Paul Morrow to protest. Force Of Life Force Of Life Force Of Life
Alpha Child Mathias doesn't seem to have been at the birth, but he does help diagnose Jackie's deafness. He witnesses the transformation to Jarak, and Helena is forced to strangle him. He gasps for breath in Medical. After Jarak and Rena seal themselves in Medical, he is seen with his head in his hands. Alpha Child Alpha Child Alpha Child
The Last Sunset Mathias is Koenig's co-pilot when searching for Eagle 24. The Last Sunset
Voyager's Return Mathias monitors Linden after Haines attacks him. Mathias later finds Linden has disappeared from Medical. Voyager's Return
Collision Course Mathias is first seen attending to Alan Carter. He and Helena arrive in Main Mission just after Koenig and Alan take control of it. Collision Course
Death's Other Dominion Mathias is again an Eagle copilot, when Alan returns to Ultima Thule. He is backed against the wall when Rowland transforms. Death's Other Dominion Death's Other Dominion
The Full Circle Mathias tells Bergman the result of the Sandos autopsy while Koenig is recovering. At the end of the episode he is checking Alphans in Medical. The Full Circle The Full Circle
End Of Eternity Mathias assists Helena in medical. End Of Eternity End Of Eternity
War Games Mathias tries to seal the air leak before he is sucked into space. War Games War Games
The Troubled Spirit Mathias picks up bodies, assists at the autopsy of Warren and the exorcism. The Troubled Spirit The Troubled Spirit
Space Brain Mathias assists Helena with Kelly, and then follows him to the Computer room. Space Brain Space Brain
Dragon's Domain Mathias is on Moonbase Alpha in 1997 and in charge when Cellini returns. He is not seen in "present day" Alpha. Dragon's Domain
The Testament Of Arkadia Mathias asks for power twice; the second time in Main Mission is a confrontation with Morrow. The Testament Of Arkadia
The Metamorph Mathias assists Helena looking after Annette Fraser in Medical The Metamorph
The Exiles Mathias is in charge of Cantar and Zova in Medical. The Exiles

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