Thursday, May 8, 2008


In the first episode of 'Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea' ("Eleven Days To Zero"), Dr. Gamma and his evil organization tried their best (their worst?) to thwart the Seaview's mission.

Dr. Gamma was listed in the credits as being played by Theo Marcuse. And, indeed, for the most part it was Marcuse that we see in the role. But every so often, Dr. Gamma was instead seen portrayed by Werner Klemperer!

A recastaway within the same episode!

Here's my splainin.....

"Dr. Gamma" is an O'Bvious alias. But I don't think his real name was of Terran origin, and not even for someone who was humanoid.

I think Dr. Gamma was actually an alien, an ornithoid named Korob as seen in the 'Star Trek' episode "Catspaw" which took place over two hundred years after this episode of 'Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea'.

Whatever was Korob's ultimate goal working in disguise to cause such destruction to the Earth, it may be that he was ill-prepared for the mission. It looks as though his transmutation device kept shorting out, altering his human guise so that he looked like some other bald human.

This other form must have been on file in the device's data banks, but it's unknown as to whether or not it was supposed to be some other character played by Klemperer whom we already knew in Toobworld. Personally, I'd steer clear of Wilhelm Klink (saving him for more light-hearted fare), and instead consider his role as the Diplomat in "The Project Strigas Affair" on 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' as the leading candidate.

"Dr. Gamma" worked in shadowy environs at his headquarters, so it's likely nobody around him noticed the change. And even if they did, they were probably too scared of him to point it out.

As we saw in "Catspaw", those ornithoid aliens were pretty fragile in their natural state. No matter how advanced they may have been, I don't think Korob could have survived another two hundred years. So I think it's possible that he used their advanced technology in order to go back in Time to alter the world's history; only to discover that certain events are already fixed in Time and that's why his nefarious plan didn't work.

The Doctor could have told him that and spared him the trouble!

So having failed in his bid for world conquest, Korob hightailed it back to the Future and that's why the character was never seen again on the show - played by any actor.
Toby OB

"Sometimes our hold on Reality is very thin."
Jacob Grimm
'Once Upon A Brothers Grimm'

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