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The Doomsday Machine

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EPISODE DATA

Title --------------- The Doomsday Machine
Writer --------------------- Norman Spinrad
Director ---------------------- Marc Daniels
Original Air Date ---------- October 20, 1967
Order of Filming ----------------------- 35th
Order of Broadcasting ----------------- 35th
Filmed ---------------------- Late June 1967


REGULAR CAST

Captain James T. Kirk -------- William Shatner
Lieutenant Cmdr. Spock ------ Leonard Nimoy
Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy -- DeForest Kelley
Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery Scott -- James Doohan
Lieutenant Sulu --------------- George Takei


GUEST CAST

Commodore Matt Decker ----- William Windom
Lt. Palmer ----------------- Elizabeth Rogers
Elliot -------------------------- John Copage
Washburn ----------------- Richard Compton
Lt. Kyle ---------------------- John Winston
Russ ----------------------------- Tim Burns
Security guard Montgomery ----- Jerry Catron
Decker's stunt double -------- Vince Deadrick


TITLE REFERENCE

"The Doomsday Machine"

A 'doomsday machine' is an ultimate weapon that does not stop killing until both sides are dead.


ORIGINAL TITLES

The Planet Eater


UNUSUAL FOREIGN TITLES

France --------------- The Infernal Machine
Germany ---------------------- Planet-Killer

Japan ---------- The Giant Monster in Space
Portugal --------------- Destruction Machine


STORY SYNOPSIS

Sent to investigate the destruction of several planetary systems, the U.S.S. Enterprise discovers a crippled starship, the U.S.S. Constellation, floating in space. Commodore Matthew Decker is the only one left on the ship. Kirk and Scotty remain on board the Constellation to try and repair the starship, while McCoy beams Decker aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Decker informs the crew that a giant robot ship, a planet-eating machine made by a long-dead alien race, is roaming the galaxies, consuming all in its path for fuel, including whole planets. When Decker challenged it, the "berserker," as he calls it, attacked. Decker beamed his entire crew to the planet's surface below, only to have the robot consume that planet, killing the Constellation's entire crew.

When the "berserker" returns, Decker, consumed with guilt over the loss of his crew, pulls rank on Spock and takes control of the U.S.S. Enterprise. He seems determined to destroy the machine, even at the cost of another ship and crew. Kirk, still on board the Constellation, contacts Spock and supports his claim that Decker is exhibiting suicidal behavior and is therefore unfit to command. Thwarted, Decker steals a shuttlecraft and flies it down the 'throat' of the giant robot ship, killing himself.

Realizing that Decker's idea, on a larger scale, might work, he sets the Constellation to self-destruct and send it after Decker's shuttlecraft. Due to a transporter glitch, Kirk barely makes it back to the U.S.S. Enterprise before the Constellation explodes, destroying the planet killer in its path.






THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE

Click the name of the WAVs to listen

Total WAVs: 35


(1) Radiation ----------------- 11.4 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock


(2) Command ---------------- 8.19 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock


(3) Junk --------------------- 10.2 KB
Scotty


(4) Behind ------------------- 18.6 KB
Commodore Matt Decker

Here's an interesting piece of trivia:
Commodore Matt Decker is the father of Captain
Will Decker from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.


(5) Devil --------------------- 20.6 KB
Commodore Matt Decker


(6) Planet ------------------- 38.6 KB
Captain Kirk - Commodore Matt Decker


(7) Rubble ------------------- 7.93 KB
Commodore Matt Decker


(8) Galaxy ------------------- 21.1 KB
Mr. Spock


(9) Mechanic ---------------- 4.63 KB
Dr. McCoy

Another of McCoy's famous lines of dialogue!!


(10) Doomsday -------------- 13.2 KB
Captain Kirk


(11) Killer -------------------- 7.43 KB
Mr. Spock


(12) Impulse ----------------- 22.9 KB
Captain Kirk - Scotty


(13) Lucky ------------------- 21.1 KB
Mr. Spock - Dr. McCoy


(14) Officially ---------------- 32.0 KB
Commodore Matt Decker


(15) Duty -------------------- 15.8 KB
Commodore Matt Decker


(16) Something -------------- 7.68 KB
Dr. McCoy

McCoy sounds very desperate!
This episode has some of the best
tense moments of the entire series.


(17) Power ------------------ 8.95 KB
Mr. Spock

This is an odd comment for Spock to make.
Why can't the deflector screens stay at full power?


(18) Push -------------------- 10.7 KB
Scotty


(19) Phasers ----------------- 21.6 KB
Captain Kirk - Scotty


(20) Lunatic ----------------- 46.2 KB
Captain Kirk - Commodore Matt Decker

Kirk doesn't hold anything back when
it comes to the safety of his ship.

Can you picture another well known Enterprise
captain saying this to a superior officer?
I think not.


(21) Commodore ------------- 9.71 KB
Captain Kirk

You tell him Kirk!!


(22) Attack ------------------ 10.2 KB
Commodore Matt Decker - Captain Kirk


(23) Regulations ------------- 27.2 KB
Captain Kirk - Commodore Matt Decker

"Blast regulations!"  Great line!!
Another reason Kirk is the best captain in the fleet!
(Yes, I know it's just a TV show)


(24) Bluff -------------------- 36.3 KB
Commodore Matt Decker - Mr. Spock


(25) Responsible ------------- 22.4 KB
Commodore Matt Decker


(26) Death ------------------ 8.95 KB
Mr. Spock


(27) Megatons --------------- 32.0 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock


(28) Overload ---------------- 15.8 KB
Captain Kirk - Scotty


(29) Throat ------------------ 22.1 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk


(30) Poof -------------------- 8.44 KB
Scotty

A very technical term for an explosion!


(31) Operational ------------- 13.2 KB
Scotty


(32) Beam ------------------- 3.36 KB
Captain Kirk

I once saw a fan-made 'skit' where Kirk says,
"Beam me aboard." then a piece of wood falls on him!

I don't mind poking a bit of fun
at Star Trek now and then.  I poke fun not to
ridicule, but because I like the show so much.


(33) Can't ------------------- 13.2 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

Spock says the word "Can't" which isn't like him;
he usually doesn't use contractions.

Not using contractions was one of the ways
Leonard Nimoy acted emotionless and it
worked very successfully.


(34) Welcome ---------------- 4.89 KB
Mr. Spock


(35) Wandering -------------- 25.2 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk

A bit out of character for Spock.  He normally
doesn't engage in speculation like this.  Also,
Spock says "can't" again instead of "cannot"
which isn't like him either.


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