Among Tomorrow People devotees, there is a tendency to talk about the
Lab of the 1970's series in terms of 'the old Lab' (of Slaves of Jedikiah
to The Heart of Sogguth) and 'the new Lab'
(of The Lost Gods to The War of the Empires). This page concerns
the old Lab - that occupied by the Tomorrow People from before the start
of the series until the end of the fifth season.
Unlike the post Lost Gods Lab, the original Tomorrow People's
Lab changed and evolved over time. The Lab seen in The Heart of Sogguth
contains small but significant differences from the Lab we see in The
Slaves of Jedikiah although it is obviously still the same building.
It is my opinion that there were three phases of the original Lab's development,
and this page will attempt to examine them all.
First of all, let us examine what we know of the Lab's history.
We do not know the precise date that the Tomorrow People established the
Lab, but personally I lean towards the year 1972 for a number of reasons.
We first see the Lab in The Slaves of Jedikiah and the map above
indicates a plan of the Lab from that first viewing until The Vanishing
The Lab is basically a square in shape centered around a sunken circular
section. It is rather poorly lit, and very sombre in colour although in
the first season, mostly greys, blacks and, at the start at least, a bit
This sunken area contains two tables. One of these serves as the Link
Table, around which the Tomorrow People can gather to join their hands
on its surface given them physical contact with TIM and with each other,
enhancing their telepathic abilities. The other table is more mundane and
is used for such basic tasks as eating although TIM does have the ability
to apparently create food and other objects on its surface as well as analysing
the objects placed there.
At the main apex of the Lab is the Tomorrow People's doorway to the
world - the jaunting pad. This is the most common entrance and exit to
the Lab for Homo superior although a regular door does exist and
is occasionally used by the Tomorrow People, and also by the few saps who
know of the Lab's existence.
This door leads out onto the disused London Underground station in which
the Lab was built.
Once outside the doors, it is a simple matter to travel to the streets
above by means of the old stairway allowing passenger access to the London
Those stairs take us to the most mundane way of entering the Lab - a
gate opening directly onto a London street.
There are sections of the Lab we never see. The most prominent of these
is the upstairs section of the Lab accessed by the stairs to the right
of the jaunting pad. This area seems to have storage facilities for the
Tomorrow People's AE suits as well as changing rooms, and washing facilities
(Stephen is seen coming from this area with a towel in The Vanishing
Further to the right of the stairs we have a photographic dark room.
TIM has a presence in here, as well as in the Lab proper, and has the ability
to control the opening and closing of the door to the dark room.
In one corner of the Lab is a bed that can be made to slide out of the
wall by pressing a button. This represents the sole sleeping environment
of this original Lab suggesting that there was no intention at this time
of anyone living in the Lab for any long periods of time.
The Lab is dominated by the biotronic computer TIM assembled by John
and initiated by the Galactic Federation. TIM is a biological computer
capable of original thought, and in this Lab is incapable of mobility.
He? hangs from the centre of the roof of the Lab over the sunken central
area, although he? has tubes full of biological fluids travelling around
to other corners of the main room, and at least one smaller communications
unit located in the dark room.
TIM cannot be turned off - he never stops thinking - but the power to
his speech and communications circuitry can be. This is done by the use
of a switch located in a metallic pillar near the entrance to the dark
A sliding screen onto which video images and maps can be projected is
seen in The Slaves of Jedikiah. This exists in addition to the Video
Screen located on the left hand side of the Lab.
By the time of The Blue and the Green minor changes have been
made to the Lab. First of all, the decor has changed - the colour red has
been largely eliminated from the Lab leaving us with mostly greys and black.
The Video Screen was first seen in 1973, and it survived virtually unchanged
until the Lab was abandoned in 1977. It is located a little to the right
of the jaunting pad and it serves as a way the Tomorrow People can review
data, satellite pictures, and even film footage.
Some remodelling has occurred in the area nearest the exit/entrance
door to the Lab. The door is now located in an alcove increasing the amount
of floor space in the Lab slightly, and the door itself is of a different
design to the original door.
The bed area has also been remodelled. The bed is now fixed in space
and has its own small alcove devoted to it. Some decoration has also been
done on this area making it a far more comfortable environment in which
to sleep or even to stay for a slightly longer period.
The third change to the layout of the Lab appears to have taken place
at the time of Secret Weapon. The changes at this time are less
significant than those that occurred in 1974.
Between the bed area and the video screen, we now have a computer, presumably
one that is intended as an adjunct to TIM - perhaps to free him? from the
trivial matters of minor arithmetical calculations and the like. While
sophisticated in appearance, this looks to be fairly typical of a commercial
computer of the era, and I would suggest that that is precisely what it
is - probably extensively modified, but at it's heart, a fairly standard
We also get a clear view of a set of double doors between the jaunting
pad and the video screen - these doors appear to have existed in the Lab
since it was first seen in The Slaves of Jedikiah but we never get
to see what exists behind them making this the second section of the Lab
we know to exist, but never see. What is behind those doors is open to
conjecture but my personal guess is that it leads to the toilet facilities
for the Tomorrow People - after all, they may be Homo superior but
they are still human.
This couch, consisting of two seats, is built into the Lab near the
video screen and jaunting pad and was there right from the time we first
saw the Lab. It often serves merely as a normal couch but does appear to
have other uses. One of these is that is forms part of the re-education
device used by the Tomorrow People in The Doomsday Men and a set
of sophisticated controls are built into the centre section of the couch.
But there also appears to be a storage unit (and perhaps a charging unit
as well) for the Tomorrow People's stun guns either next to, or built into
the right hand side of the couch near the jaunting pad.
By the time of The Revenge of Jedikiah the switch used to deny
power to TIM's communication abilities has been moved from the metallic
pillar it occupied to begin with to a location just near the entrance/exit
door of the Lab.
In essence, this page has described what I consider to be all
the significant features of the Tomorrow People's original secret headquarters.
I do not claim that these plans are totally accurate and some of it is
based on supposition, but it does seem a reasonable depiction to me. If
you have any comments or any corrections please
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