Prof John Robinson
tells us in the NO PLACETO HIDE script that Dr. John Robinson, Professor
of Astrophysics at the University ofTaos is heading the expedition. It
also claims he is a Westerner of 40 years of age.
script -- wide set, intelligent eyes. His brilliance does not offset his
humanity. He is very human and caring. John went to school with a boy
whose father owned a carnival. The boy taught him how to do the old
shell game trick (THE CURSE OF COUSIN SMITH).
The unaired pilot
claims John was Professor of AstroPhysics at the University of Stellar
Dynamics. John also played football in college (THE DEADLY GAMES OF
GAMMA SIX) and somewhere along the way learned masterful fencing
techniques (SPACE DESTRUCTORS, THE CHALLENGE).
He and Maureen
discussed bringing the kids along with them and wondered if they had the
right (WELCOME STRANGER). John may be haunted by their decision (FOLLOW
THE LEADER). He tells Will his battles are fought in the lab, not the
ring in DEADLY GAMES OF GAMMA SIX.
He can put Don in
his place (THE HUNGRY SEA), tolerate Smith up to a point more than Don
can, but when Smith goes overboard (SPACE CIRCUS, THE KEEPER, DEADLY
GAMES - where John tells Smith he is reaching the end of his patience),
John wants to beat him to a pulp .. which he never does.
John often plays
referee to Smith and Don's usual verbal and almost physical fights in
many episodes. John has an open mind but not as open as Maureen's.
John also makes mistakes (A CHANGE OFSPACE, THE HUNGRY SEA), becomes
irritable and exhausted (SPACE CIRCUS), and can sometimes snap at the
others (FORBIDDEN WORLD - in a comment to Maureen, Don in INVADERS FROM
THE 5TH DIMENSION and THE MECHANICAL MEN, THE OASIS when Judy blames the
drought, Will in A CHANGE OF SPACE, and Judy again when she sticks up
for Smith in MUTINY IN SPACE and THE MECHANICAL MEN).
proves he cares deeply for all aboard his spaceship. He has tried to
save them all many times (giving himself up in A VISIT TO A HOSTILE
PLANET and fought an army of cyborgs in SPACE DESTRUCTORS), stuck up for
each member risking his life several times over (Judy and Don in VISIT
TO HADES; Don in THE LOST CIVILIZATION and TRIP THROUGH THE ROBOT, Will
in THE CHALLENGE and TRIP THROUGH THE ROBOT; Penny in MY FRIEND MR.
NOBODY and THE PROMISED PLANET; Judy in ATTACK OF THE MONSTER PLANTS and
ONE OF OUR DOGS IS MISSING; risked his life space walking to try to
bring the spacecast Robot back in CONDEMNED OFSPACE; Maureen, Judy, and
Penny in TWO WEEKS IN SPACE.
John also sticks up
for Smith when he has to -- HIS MAJESTY SMITH, THE PHANTOM FAMILY). He
also has a human side, giving water to Tybo in THE GREAT VEGETABLE
REBELLION and in the same episode, calling Penny's idea that plants
could feel the pain in the atmosphere of this planet sensitive and
John is also able to
talk the last remaining (that we know of) Sobram, a war-like race in THE
FLAMING PLANET -- solving the problem without blasting anything.