Friday, September 16, 2016

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 36. The Doomsday Machine


Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)

Episode 36. The Doomsday Machine

Story, Script & Trivia


Episode 36. The Doomsday Machine

Season:    2
Air Date:    1967-10-20
Stardate:    4202.9
Writer:    Norman Spinrad
Director:    Marc Daniels
Guests:    William Windom (Matt Decker), Elizabeth Rogers, John Copage, Richard Compton, John Winston, Tim Burns

The Enterprise responds to a distress call and finds that all seven planets in system L370 have been destroyed. They then enter L374 and discover all but the two inner planets have also been destroyed. They detect a distress beacon from the Starship U.S.S. Constellation, then find the battered remains of the ship itself. Scans show the bridge to be uninhabitable, but the rest of the ship to have reserve power and to be inhabitable. Subspace interference prevents good communication, and Kirk is unable to contact Commodore Matt Decker, Captain of the Constellation. Kirk therefore sends a boarding party to the Constellation to investigate. They find no sign of the crew, and Scotty determines the warp drive to be inoperable and the phasers to be exhausted. Kirk then locates Decker in the auxiliary control room, but Decker is in a state of shock and not very coherent. Even after an injection by McCoy, Decker is able to say that his ship was attacked by "that thing."
Kirk and Scott play back the Constellation's record tape in which Decker reports discovering destroyed solar systems, and entering L374 to investigate the breakup of the fourth planet by Science Officer Masada. Decker reports that his ship was attacked and damaged, so he beamed his crew down to the third planet. The attacker then returned, further damaged the Constellation (including the transporter), and then proceeded to destroy the third planet while Decker remained helpless on the Constellation. Washburn reports that the antimatter in the warp drive has been deactivated, and Kirk surmises that this is connected with subspace interference. Decker informs them that the attacker was a miles-long robot which uses a pure anti-proton beam to destroy objects in its path, then digests them as fuel. Sulu computes that the path of the robot has brought it from outside the Galaxy.

Kirk beams Decker and McCoy back to the Enterprise. They arrive just as the conical "doomsday machine/planet killer" (with a sparking interior) makes a reappearance and pursues the Enterprise. It attacks them and damages the Enterprise's transporter, then heads for the densely inhabited Rigel 7 system. Commodore Decker pulls his rank and assumes command of the Enterprise (using Order 104, Section B, Paragraph 1a) over Spock's objections. Decker orders an attack on the doomsday machine despite Spock's protest that its shell is made of neutronium and is therefore impermeable to attack from a single ship. The Enterprise is attacked by the doomsday machine, but manages to survive, and Decker then attacks the doomsday machine with phasers, which have no effect. The doomsday machine then attacks again, destroying the Enterprise's shields and then begins pulling it into its interior with a tractor beam. From the Constellation, Kirk sees what is going on, and begins heading towards the doomsday machine using impulse power. He distracts it by firing phasers, freeing the Enterprise, and is then in turn saved when the Enterprise fires again.

After the Enterprise restores ship-to-ship communications, Kirk angrily orders Spock to re-assume command on his personal authority, which he does. After Spock assumes command, Mr. Montgomery accompanies Decker for an examination in sickbay. On the way, Decker overpowers Montgomery, then steals a shuttlecraft. Decker pilots the shuttle into the planet killer's maw, killing himself, but producing a small power drop in the doomsday machine. Kirk reasons that the explosion of a starship might be capable of destroying the alien vessel. Scott rigs the Constellation to explode, then transports to the Enterprise, leaving Kirk behind. The transporter then malfunctions, and Scott is able to fix it only just in time to beam Kirk aboard before the Constellation is swallowed. At the last second, Kirk is beamed aboard the Enterprise. The Constellation then explodes, producing an explosion of 97.835 megatons, which turns the planet killer into a harmless pile of space junk.


The distress call definitely came
from one of the solar systems in this sector.
Can you pinpoint it any closer, Lieutenant?
Negative. It was so badly garbled
all we got was the name Constellation.
Sir ...
we're now within the limits of System L-370,
but I can't locate --
Captain, sensors show this entire solar system has been destroyed.
Nothing left but rubble and asteroids.
But that's incredible.
The star in this system is still intact.
Only a nova could destroy like that.
Nonetheless, Captain,
sensors show nothing but debris
where we charted seven planets last year.
Continue a search pattern.
Aye-aye, sir.
Entering limits of System L-374, sir.
Scanners show the same evidence of destruction.
Every solar system in this sector blasted to rubble.
Still no sign of the Constellation.
Matt Decker's in command.
What could have happened to him?
The two inner most planets of this system
appear to be intact.
Sir, a ship's disaster beacon.
Try to raise it, Lieutenant.
I have it on the sensors, Captain.
By configuration -- a starship.
Stopped in space. She appears to be drifting.
No answer, Captain.
All I get is the automatic beacon.
Sensors not recording normal energy output.
Approach course, Mr. Sulu.
It's the Constellation.
Look at that.
She may have been wrecked
by whatever destroyed these solar systems.
She was attacked.
Red alert!
Red alert!
Man your battle stations!
Man your battle stations!
Space -- the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.
Its five-year mission --
to explore strange new worlds ...
to seek out new life and new civilizations ...
to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Mr. Sulu?
All phaser banks manned and ready, sir.
Initiate a full sensor scan for any other vessel.
Aye, sir.
I can't raise the Constellation, sir.
I'm still getting the distress beacon,
but there's heavy subspace interference.
It's almost blocking the signal.
Keep trying.
Mr. Spock, full evaluation of the damage
to the Constellation.
All power plants dead,
reserve energy banks operative at a very low power level.
Life support systems?
Also operative at a low power level.
The entire bridge is damaged and uninhabitable.
The rest of the ship seems able to sustain life.
Radiation levels?
Normal, but subspace interference makes readings difficult.
No other vessels in the area.
All scanners show clear.
All hands go to yellow alert.
Stand by battle stations.
Lieutenant, have Dr. McCoy, Mr. Scott,
and a damage control party report to me in the transporter room.
We're going to board her.
Mr. Spock, you're in command.
Radiation level normal.
Atmospheric pressure 11 pounds per square inch.
The filtration systems are out, sir.
The whole communication system looks to be shorted out, too, sir.
Scotty, check the phaser banks.
See if they've been fired.
Bones, come with me.
Come along, lads.
What a mess.
No clutter, no half-empty cups of coffee.
Whatever happened didn't happen without a warning.
What do you think did it, sir?
I don't know, lad.
But I want a full structural and control damage check.
I'm going to have a look at those engines.
The crew wasn't abducted, they just left.
Kirk to Enterprise.
Enterprise, Spock here.
No survivors, no bodies either.
Could they have beamed down to one of the two planets?
Improbable, Captain.
The surface temperature of the inner planet's that of molten lead.
The other's atmosphere is poisonous.
We'll continue our search. Kirk out.
Captain, I've checked the engines.
The warp drive is a hopeless pile of junk.
The impulse engines aren't too badly off.
We ought to be able to do something with them.
Phaser banks?
Exhausted. They didn't give up without a battle.
But where are they?
I can't imagine a man like Matt Decker
abandoning ship while his life support systems are still operative.
Computer system is still intact.
We can playback the duplicate Captain's Log.
It's Jim Kirk.
Commodore Decker?
It's Jim Kirk.
What happened to your ship, Matt?
My ship ...
Attacked! That -- That thing.
What was it?
That --
Answer me! What was it?
What happened, Matt?
Jim, give him a minute. He's in a state of shock.
Ready with the duplicate log, sir.
[Matt Decker] Captain 's Log -- Stardate 4202.1.
Exceptionally heavy subspace interference
still prevents our contacting Starfleet
to inform them of the destroyed solar systems we have encountered.
We are now entering system L-374.
Science Officer Masada reports the fourth planet is breaking up.
We are going to investigate.
The fourth planet. Only two left now.
beam the microtapes to Spock.
I want a complete report of what happened
when they went in on that planet.
We tried to contact Starfleet.
Uh, no one heard.
No one!
We couldn't run.
What happened to your crew?
I had to beam them down.
We -- We were dead.
No power, our phasers useless.
I stayed behind, the last man.
The captain, the last man aboard the ship.
That's what you're supposed to do, isn't it?
And then it hit again
and the, uh, transporter went out.
They were down there, and I'm -- I'm up here.
What hit? What attacked you?
They say there's no devil,Jim,
but there is.
Right out of hell, I saw it.
where's your crew?
On the third planet.
There is no third planet.
Don't you think I know that?
There was, but not anymore.
They called me. They begged me for help,
400 of them.
I couldn't.
I -- I couldn't.
Captain, Washburn has our report.
We made a complete check on structural and control damage.
As far as we can tell,
something crashed through the deflectors
and knocked out the generators.
Somehow the antimatter in the warp drive pods has been deactivated.
Scotty, could some kind of general energy dampening field do that,
and would the same type of thing
account for the heavy subspace interference?
Aye, that all adds up.
What thing could do all that?
If you'd seen it, you'd know.
The whole thing must be a weapon.
What does it look like?
Well, it's -- it's miles long,
with a maw that could swallow a dozen starships.
It destroys planets,
chops them into rubble.
What is it, an alien ship? Or is it alive --
Both or neither. I don't know.
Matt, your log stated
that the fourth planet was breaking up.
You went in to investigate.
We saw this thing hovering over the planet,
slicing out chunks with a force beam.
What kind of a beam?
Pure antiproton.
Absolutely pure.
[Beep Beep]
Kirk here.
Spock here, Captain.
Unable to raise Starfleet Command
due to heavy subspace interference.
Attempting to remedy.
What about the Constellation's tapes?
She was attacked by what appears to be essentially ... a robot,
an automated weapon of immense size and power.
Its apparent function is to smash planets to rubble
and then digest the debris for fuel.
It is, therefore, self-sustaining
as long as there are planetary bodies
for it to feed on.
A robot weapon
that purposely destroys entire solar systems.
Unknown, Captain.
However, Mr. Sulu has computed the path of the machine,
using the destroyed solar systems as a base course.
Projecting back on our star charts,
we find that it came from outside,
from another galaxy.
What is the projected course of this thing?
If it follows its present path,
it will go through the most densely populated section
of our galaxy.
Thank you.
Stand by, Mr. Spock. Kirk out.
This whole thing is incredible.
A robot? A machine like that, who would build it?
We don't know.
An alien race, apparently from another galaxy.
But why?
Bones ...
did you ever hear of a doomsday machine?
No. I'm a doctor, not a mechanic.
It's a weapon built primarily as a bluff.
It's never meant to be used.
So strong, it could destroy both sides in a war.
Something like the old H-Bomb was supposed to be.
That's what I think this is --
a doomsday machine that somebody used in a war
uncounted years ago.
They don't exist anymore,
but the machine is still destroying.
Oh, forget about your theories!
That thing's on the way to the heart of our galaxy.
What are you going to do?
We're getting you back to the Enterprise.
I'm not leaving my ship!
It's a dead hulk!
We'll take her in tow.
I'll stay onboard and get her ready.
Go back to the Enterprise with the doctor
and let him help you.
It's just that I -- I never lost a command before.
Kirk to Enterprise.
Have the transporter room
beam Dr. McCoy and Commodore Decker onboard immediately.
Red alert!
Red alert!
Come on.
[Alarm Sounds]
It came up on us fast, Captain,
but we seem able to maintain our distance.
We're blindhere. What's it looklike?
It looks very much like Commodore Decker's planet killer.
And it is pursuing us.
We are more maneuverable, but it's gaining on us.
Sensors indicate some kind of total conversion drive.
No evidence of life,
subspace interference level incredibly high.
Whatever it is,
we can't let it go beyond us
to the next solar system.
We have to stop it.
If it's a robot, what are the chances of deactivating it?
I would say none, Captain.
The energy generated by our power cells attracts it.
I doubt we could maneuver close enough
without drawing a direct attack upon ourselves.
I also believe the nature of this machine
precludes the possibility of easy access
to its control mechanisms.
It's closing on us, Mr. Spock.
Closing, Captain.
Lower your deflector screens
Long enough to beam us aboard.
Transporter Room, standby to beam landing party aboard.
Ready to beam, sir.
[Alarm Sounds]
Evasive action, Mr. Sulu.
Aye, sir.
Damage report -- all stations.
Mr. Spock, the transporter's out.
Affect repairs.
Captain Kirk, come in please.
Kirk here.
Captain, we've been attacked.
Transporter is damaged. We're taking evasive action.
Communication's damaged.
We're unable to override interference.
Damage in communications, Captain. Interference will --
Spock? Come in, Spock.
We're stuck, blind, and deaf.
And paralyzed. No power.
Well, we just can't stand around
while our ship is being attacked.
Scotty, you've got to get me some maneuvering power.
I can't repair the warp drive.
Then get me impulse power -- half-speed, quarter-speed, anything.
If we get this hulk moving, maybe we can do something.
I might coax the impulse engines.
Then get moving.
Come on, lad.
Washburn, you get in there.
Let's see what we can do about this viewing screen.
I've got to find out what's happening.
No casualties, Mr. Spock.
How are we doing?
We have outrun it, Doctor.
Status report.
Impulse and warp engines operative,
transporter and communications under repair.
Random chance seems to have operated in our favor.
In plain non-Vulcan English -- we've been lucky.
I believe I said that, Doctor.
It's veering off,
back on course for the next solar system --
the Rigel colony, sir.
Evidently programmed to ignore anything
as small as a ship beyond a certain radius.
We'll maintain a discreet distance
and circle back to pick up the captain.
You can't let that reach Rigel. Millions will die.
I'm aware of the Rigel system's population, Commodore,
but we are only one ship.
Our deflector shields are strained,
our subspace transmitter is useless.
Logically, our primary duty is to survive
in order to warn Starfleet Command.
Our primary duty is to maintain life
and safety of Federation planets.
Do you deny that?
Mr. Sulu, you will lay in an evasive course
back to the Constellation.
Aye-aye, sir.
Belay that last order, Helmsman.
180-degree turn, hard about.
We're going to attack.
You will carry out my last order, Mr. Sulu.
Mr. Spock,
I'm officially notifying you
that I'm exercising my option
under regulations as a Starfleet commodore
and I'm assuming command of the Enterprise.
You have the right to do so,
but I would advise against it.
That thing must be destroyed.
You tried to destroy it once before, Commodore.
The result was a wrecked ship and a dead crew.
I made a mistake then. We were too far away.
This time I'm going to hit it with full phasers
at pointblank range.
Sensors show the object's hull is solid neutronium.
A single ship cannot combat it.
Mr. Spock, that will be all.
You have been relieved of command.
Don't force me to relieve you of duty as well.
You can't let him do this, Spock.
Doctor, you are out of line.
So are you ...
Well, Spock?
Unfortunately, Starfleet Order 104, Section B,
leaves me no alternative.
Paragraph 1-A clearly states --
To blazes with regulations!
You can't let him take command when you know he's wrong!
If you can certify Commodore Decker
medically or psychologically unfit for command,
I can relieve him under Section C.
I'll certify that right now.
You'll also be asked
to produce your medical records to prove it.
Now, you know I haven't had time
to run an examination on him.
Then your statement would not be considered valid.
You may leave the bridge, Doctor.
We can't leave the captain --
Doctor ...
you may leave the bridge.
do something!
Mr. Spock knows his duty under regulations, Doctor.
Do you?
Hard about, Helmsman.
Course... 32 degrees, mark 10.
Deflectors at full power.
Ready on main phaser banks.
Aye-aye, sir.
[Beep Beep]
Kirk here.
the impulse engines' control circuits are fused solid.
What about the warp drive control circuits?
We can cross-connect the controls,
but it'll make the ship impossible for one man to handle.
You worry about your miracles, I'll worry about mine.
Aye, sir.
try the 2-G-6 circuit.
Closing fast.
Deflector shields at full power.
They can't take much more of this.
Helmsman, hold your course.
Stand by all phaser banks.
Aye-aye, sir.
Deflectors holding, but weakening.
We must retreat, Commodore.
The energy drain --
I'm in command here, Mr. Spock.
Maintain your course, Helmsman.
Get us in closer.
Ready to give it a try?
Uh, just one minute, sir.
Scotty, how you doing?
Controls are all hooked up, sir.
We should have some power for you soon.
Try it now, Captain.
Yes, I think --
What the hell is going on?
Direct hit.
Just ... bounced off.
Commodore, I urgently recommend immediate withdrawal.
Recommendation noted. Maintain course!
Kirk to Enterprise. Come in.
Enterprise, come in. Mr. Spock, come in.
Kirk to Enterprise.
Scotty, where's that power?
Coming, sir.
If I push these impulse engines too hard
in their condition, they'll blow apart.
Washburn, go down to Engineering. Assist Mr. Scott.
Aye, sir.
Scotty ...
push it right to the edge.
This ship has got to maneuver.
Aye, sir.
Sir, deflector shields are gone.
Sir, Deck 7 reports power failure in main energizers.
Implementing emergency procedures.
Severe casualties reported on decks 3 and 4.
Damage control party sealing off inner-hull rupture.
[P.A. System] AG Section acknowledging.
AG Section is stabilized.
All decks, this is Bridge Engineering.
We're in emergency condition three.
Midship Control acknowledging.
It has ceased fire. We're being held in a tractor beam.
We're being pulled inside, Commodore.
You must veer off.
Maintain phaser fire, Helmsman.
We've lost warp power.
We must break the tractor beam within 60 seconds or else.
But don't you understand?
We've got to destroy it!
That, sir, is illogical.
It is suicide.
Attempted suicide would be proof
that you are psychologically unfit for command.
Veer off, or I shall relieve you on that basis.
Veer off!
Emergency impulse power.
We can't break loose!
We need more power!
We haven't got it!
We're being pulled inside!
Give me that power.
You've gotjust enough to move us. I can't do better.
That'll do.
Full ahead, Mr. Scott!
[Engines Whine]
[Engines Gain Power]
That's it, Mr. Scott.
Keep that power coming.
Full power astern.
Aye, sir.
We still can't move.
Keep pouring it on, Scotty.
I still don't know what we're doing.
We're moving.
The Enterprise isn't.
Maybe that thing will see us
and let the Enterprise go.
If I only had some phasers.
Phasers. You've got 'em.
I have one bank recharged.
Scotty. You've just earned your pay for the week.
Stand by.
Fire phasers.
We're loose, Commodore.
Good boy,Jim.
Between us, we'll kill that thing.
Mr. Scott, it worked. Great.
I think it's great. Scotty, get us out of here.
It's closing fast on the Constellation.
Standing by, sir.
Commodore, I suggest --
Kirk pulled us out of there by distracting it.
Now it's our turn. Fire phasers.
We did it!
Hard about. Give me some distance.
We're moving away, Commodore.
This machine seems to have
a program-defensive sphere.
Any energy source entering that field
is subject to attack.
Mr. Spock, status report.
Warp drive and deflectors
will be out for a solar day.
Repairs proceeding on transporter and communications.
It's closing with us again, sir.
Maintain speed and distance.
It's sucking in space rubble from those destroyed planets ...
refueling it self.
We can maintain this speed for only seven hours
before we exhaust our fuel.
But it can refuel itself indefinitely.
We'll have to fight it now before it gains strength.
Illogical. We cannot destroy it.
Therefore, we cannot save Rigel.
We must transport the captain and the others from the Constellation
and escape this thing's subspace interference
in order to warn Starfleet Command.
Mr. Spock ...
we've pierced the interference locally.
Can you raise Starfleet?
No, sir, but I've got ship-to-ship communications back.
Picking up Captain Kirk.
On audio, Lieutenant.
Enterprise. Enterprise, come in.
Mr. Spock, I am still in command.
I will speak for this ship.
Enterprise to Kirk.
Commodore Decker speaking.
Matt. What's going on? Give me Mr. Spock.
I'm in command here, Jim.
What happened to Spock?
Nothing. I assumed command according to regulations,
since your first officer
was reluctant to take aggressive action --
You're the lunatic responsible for almost destroying my ship?
You are speaking to a senior officer, Kirk.
Give me Spock.
I told you, I am in command here,
according to every rule in the book, Captain.
Anything you have to say, say to me.
I just have this to say --
Get my ship out of there.
Mr. Spock, ship status.
Down here.
Warp drive out. Deflector shields down.
Transporter under repair.
We are on emergency impulse power.
How long to repair warp drive?
One solar day.
At our present rate of consumption,
we'll exhaust impulse power much earlier.
It's gaining on us.
Take evasive action, Mr. Sulu.
I told you, I am in command here,
and I will give the orders, Captain.
We're going to turn and attack.
Not with myship, you don't.
Mr. Spock, relieve Commodore Decker immediately. That's a direct order.
You know you can't relieve me according to regulations.
Blast regulations! Mr. Spock, I order you to assume command
on my personal authority as captain of the Enterprise.
Commodore Decker, you are relieved of command.
I don't recognize your authority to relieve me!
You may file a formal protest with Starfleet Command,
assuming we survive to reach a starbase.
But you are relieved.
I do not wish to place you under arrest.
You wouldn't dare.
You're bluffing.
Vulcans never bluff.
No, I don't suppose they do.
Very well, Mr. Spock.
The bridge is yours.
Captain, I've assumed command.
Good. Now, Mr. Spock --
One moment, sir.
Commodore. I believe you're scheduled for medical examination.
Mr. Montgomery.
You will accompany the commodore to Sick Bay.
Aye, sir. Commodore?
Mr. Sulu, change course.
7-0 mark 2-1.
Mark 21, sir.
Captain, we are taking an evasive course back to you.
We'll try to stay ahead of the object
until we can transport you aboard.
Just make sure you stay ahead of it.
Captain Kirk.
Yes, Scotty.
I've hooked in ship's communication.
The best I can give you on impulse is 1/3 power.
The shields are up but won't last long.
Keep it going, Scotty, keep it going.
Mr. Spock.
Yes, sir.
I'm plotting an intercept course.
Will rendezvous with you at 14:13.7 hours.
[Beep Beep]
Mr. Spock, someone's opening the shuttlecraft bay doors.
Shut them, Mr. Sulu.
Too late, sir.
Kirk to Enterprise. Why are you launching a shuttlecraft?
Whoever it is, Captain, has no authorization.
Lieutenant, raise the shuttlecraft.
Enterprise to Shuttlecraft. Come in, Shuttlecraft.
Enterprise to Shuttlecraft.
Come in, Shuttlecraft.
Come in, Shuttlecraft.
Shuttlecraft to Enterprise.
Decker here.
Commodore. I must insist that you return to the ship.
You said it yourself, Spock --
there is no way to blast
through the hull of that machine,
so I'm going to take this thing right down its throat.
This is Kirk. Matt, you'll be killed.
I've been prepared for death ever since I --
ever since I killed my crew.
Don't die for an error in judgment.
The commander is responsible for the lives of his crew ...
and for their deaths.
Well ...
I should have died with mine.
You cannot succeed, Commodore.
Your only logical alternative
is to return to the ship.
Matt, listen to me.
You can't throw your life away like this.
Matt, you're a starship commander. That makes you a valuable commodity.
We needyou ... your experience, your judgment.
We're stronger with you than without you!
He's gone.
Constellation, come in, please.
Captain Kirk, come in, please.
Kirk here.
Sir. May I offer my condolences
on the death of your friend.
It is most regrettable.
It's regrettable that he died for nothing.
Mr. Spock, sensors indicate a minute drop
in the machine's power emanations.
Do you think the shuttlecraft explosion
might have done some damage?
[Kirk] What about that, Spock? Is it possible?
Drop in power is definite, Captain ...
but negligible.
The object is still pursing us,
thereby causing us to drain our power reserve
at a much greater rate.
Mr. Spock, the transporter is now operational.
Transporter operational, Captain.
Shall we beam you aboard?
Mr. Scott and I will stay here,
but beam the damage control party aboard.
There's little to be gained by staying aboard the Constellation.
Except possibly ...
the destruction of that thing out there.
Carry out your orders.
Transporter Room.
Beam damage control party aboard.
Aye-aye, sir.
Spock, listen.
Maybe Matt Decker didn't die for nothing.
He had the right idea but not enough power to do it.
Am I correct in assuming
that a fusion explosion of 97 megatons will result
if a starship impulse engine is overloaded?
No, sir.
97.835 megatons.
Will it be powerful enough
to destroy that thing out there?
Negative, Captain.
Its hull is pure neutronium.
There is no known way of blasting through it.
Not through it, Spock. From inside it.
Will it be enough?
Insufficient data. I shall try to take further sensor readings.
Do your best. Make it fast.
Kirk to Scott.
Here, sir. The damage control party
Just beamed back to the Enterprise.
Good. Scotty ...
can you set the ship's impulse engines to overload?
Aye. In her shape, it's hard to keep her from blowing.
Rig a 30-second delay detonation device.
Rig it so that it can be blown from up here.
Aye, sir.
Set it and get up here fast.
Right away.
The object's neutronium hull
makes sensor readings of the inner mechanism impossible.
Spock, you don't know?
Captain, you're getting dangerously close to the planet killer.
I intend to get a lot closer.
I'll ram her right down that thing's throat.
Jim ...
you'll be killed ...
Just like Decker.
No. No, I don't intend to die, Mr. Spock.
We've rigged a delay detonation device.
You'll have 30 seconds to beam me aboard the Enterprise
before the Constellation's impulse engines blow.
Your chances of survival are not promising.
We don't even know if the explosion will be powerful enough.
A calculated risk, Mr. Spock.
There's another factor, Captain.
The transporteris not working at 100% efficiency.
30 seconds is very slim timing.
A chance I'll have to take. Kirk out.
A cranky transporter's a mighty finicky piece of machinery
to be gambling your life on, sir.
What about the detonator?
I've linked it in with the impulse control system.
It's armed now.
Press this one -- 30 seconds later ...
Once it's activated, there's no way to stop it.
Mr. Spock.
Prepare to beam Scotty onboard.
Transporter, standby.
Good luck, Captain.
Thank you.
What's the matter with that thing?
It's a power drain somewhere, sir.
I almost lost you.
It'll never work like this. It's the main junction circuitry.
I'll get it.
Bridge. Transporter malfunction.
Transporter is out, Captain. You'll have to stand by.
I can't. Power level's dropping too fast. Hurry.
Mr. Scott. Speed is of the essence.
[Electrical Crackling]
He's 2,000 miles from the planet killer and closing fast.
Bridge, transporter operational,
but this jury-rigging won't last for long. Get him off now.
I'll stand by here.
1,500 miles and closing.
Captain, transporter operational, but just barely.
Prepare to beam me aboard on my signal.
1,000 miles and closing.
Transporter, stand by.
Standing by, sir.
500 miles and closing.
Beam me aboard.
Bridge, it's shorted out again.
Bonkers. What's wrong with it?
Gentlemen ... beam me aboard.
We can't, Captain. Transporteris out again.
Mr. Scott. 20 seconds to detonation.
Mr. Scott?
Mr. Scott.
Try inverse phasing.
60 ...
50 ...
40 ...
30 ...
I suggest you beam me aboard.
10 ...
9 ...
8 ...
- 7 ... - Mr. Scott?
6 ...
Try her now, Mr. Kyle.
5 ... 4 ...
Bridge! We got him through!
Energy output ...
Radiation level ...
Welcome aboard, Captain.
Sensors show all energy sources deactivated.
It's quite dead.
Mr. Sulu ...
ease us back to minimum headway.
Conserve power as much as possible.
Lieutenant Palmer, tell Mr. Scott
to expedite repairs on the warp drive.
Poor Matt.
He gave his life in an attempt to save others.
Not the worst way to go.
Indeed, Captain. I presume your log will show
Commodore Decker died in the line of duty.
Indeed it shall, Mr. Spock.
Ironic, isn't it? Way back in the 20th century,
the H-Bomb was the ultimate weapon -- their doomsday machine.
We used something like it to destroy another doomsday machine.
Probably the first time
such a weapon has ever been used for constructive purposes.
Appropriate, Captain.
However, I can't help wondering
if there are any more of those "weapons"
wandering around the universe.
Well, I certainly hope not.
I found one quite sufficient.

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Episode 36. The Doomsday Machine

Commodore Decker's son, William, is featured in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Although never revealed on-screen, Gene Roddenberry's novelization of the movie makes this clear.
When they beam aboard the Constellation they head off to Auxiliary Control. Then we see Kirk walk past a room, turn, and see Decker inside. The room is apparently...Auxiliary Control. so why did Kirk walk past it - didn't he know where it was?
It seems odd that McCoy can't immediately certify Decker as unfit for command in the middle of a crisis situation, but must conduct a "battery of tests" as Spock says. In other episodes such as "Obsession" the ship's Chief Medical Officer clearly has the authority to certify the captain as unfit without a series of tests, and Decker is certainly acting shocked and distraught.
First appearance of another Constitution-class starship other than the Enterprise.
First time the Enterprise encounters another Consititution-class ship and finds the entire crew dead. A similar situation occurs in "The Omega Glory" and "The Tholian Web".
Commodore Matt Decker was the father of Captain Willard Decker, who rose to command of the Enterprise on the recommendation of James Kirk in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture."
If one counts the fan-made series "Star Trek: New Voyages" as canonical, then Commodore Decker survived his suicide run at the doomsday machine and was transported back in time to the 20th century as revealed in the episode "In Harm's Way."

James Doohan's favorite episode for its highlighting of the engineering aspects of the Star Trek (1966) world.
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This episode marks the first time Scotty is heard cursing in Gaelic. He later utters the same expletive in Star Trek: I, Mudd (1967) and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989).
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This episode marks the debut of the re-designed engineering set. The dilithium crystal storage units now occupy the center of the floor (complete with recycled Horta eggs), a ladder and upper level have been added into what was just a high bank of lighted panels in the first season. The set also is entered through a short spur hallway now, rather than as a side door off a main corridor. The console across from the forced-perspective end of the set has been replaced by a doorway and moved to the main wall to the left of the red grid. The huge structures among which Kirk's evil self and Ben Finney once hid are not seen in detail again, but the emergency manual monitor set was built on stilts on that spot, making its debut in Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror (1967).
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According to William Windom, he did not enjoy working on the show. He said that William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were not getting along at the time which made the set's atmosphere tense. He also said that he felt that the episode was silly so he purposely overacted. It was not until many years later that he realized that his character was a reference to Captain Ahab from Herman Melville's "Moby Dick".
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According to William Windom, he had Decker compulsively twiddle with cassette cartridges in his hand as an homage to Humphrey Bogart, who did the same thing with ball-bearings as Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny (1954).
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Director Marc Daniels finished this episode in five days instead of the usual schedule of six. Daniels made a bet with the producers that he could finish the episode in five days. When he succeeded, he got a $500 bonus.
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This was one of several episodes produced solely to use preexisting sets in an effort to save money.
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This episode was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, at the 1968 World Science Fiction Convention.
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Norman Spinrad was disappointed with the appearance of the planet killer. He envisioned the doomsday machine with tentacles and lasers. But the actual Doomsday Machine model was made by dipping a windsock in cement.
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Nichelle Nichols does not appear in this episode. Uhura's duties were assumed by Lt. Palmer, played by Elizabeth Rogers. Walter Koenig is also absent.
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Besides the Constellation and the Enterprise, The other Constitution class ships seen in the original series are: Hood, Potemkin, Excalibur, Lexington, Defiant, and the Exeter.
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Although considered to be a classic episode by fans and critics alike, story editor D.C. Fontana named this as her least favourite episode.
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In the original script, Enterprise actually fires several phaser shots into the machine's mouth, but the beams just ricochet around harmlessly.
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According to the book "The Making of 'Star Trek'", the scanning device that Scotty takes from the Constellation's recess closet was designed by Mr. Spock.
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The character of Lt. Washburn (played by Richard Compton) was named after the show's longtime assistant director, Charles Washburn.
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The story was taken from an unpublished novel by Norman Spinrad.
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The Constellation's registration number has the same numbers as the Enterprise, just in a different order.
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In the "Star Trek" novel "Vendetta", author Peter David related that the planet-killer was actually a prototype for a much larger version. The weapon had been built by a race called The Preservers, who were fighting (and losing) a war with the Borg.
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Norman Spinrad was displeased with the model used for the planet killer. As he told Allen Asherman in The Star Trek Interview Book, he envisioned a doomsday machine bristling with all sorts of evil-looking weapons. For budgetary reasons, the actual Doomsday Machine model was made by dipping a windsock in cement.
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This is the first appearance in the series of another vessel identical to the Enterprise. The Constellation is a Constitution class vessel which is virtually the same as the Enterprise. It Registry number is NCC-1017 which implies that it was produced earlier than the Enterprise. Kirk said in an earlier show that there were only 12 Constitution class ships in service.
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Captain Willard Decker from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), played by Stephen Collins, is the son of Commodore Decker from this episode.
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Robert Ryan was offered the role of Commodore Decker and turned it down.
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Characters Russ and Elliott are named after assistant directors Rusty Meek and Elliot Schick.
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In many of its profile shots, the planet killer is semi-transparent and stars show through it. This was an overlay of film footage of the doomsday machine model over an existing star field.
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This takes place in 2267.
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Commodore Decker's first name was originally to be Curt, but it was felt that it sounded too much like "Kirk", so it was changed to Matt.
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For reasons unknown, this episode ignores the "Enterprise"'s secondary weaponry, the photon torpedoes.

In the original script it was Decker who piloted the Constellation into the machine, and he survived. His grief for his dead crew made him feel unworthy for command, however, so he retired.
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In Norman Spinrad's original version, Spock makes an unusual comment after the machine has been destroyed. He calls the weapon "not very efficient", pointing out that a fusion bomb disguised as space rubble could be easily fed to another version of the machine, should one appear.

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