Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World Information

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World is a syndicated television series loosely based on the 1912 novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World. Premiered in the fall of 1999 (after the TV-movie/pilot aired in February on DirecTV and then on the cable television channel TNT in April), it ran for three seasons before it was cancelled on a cliffhanger in 2002 after funding for a fourth season fell through. To date, the cliffhanger remains unresolved. All three seasons were released in DVD box sets through 2004. The series continued to be rerun in the United States on TNT at 5:00AM EST Monday through Friday, until eventually that came to an end as well.

The series originally aired on Pay-per-view via DirecTV in the summer of 1999 before it aired on syndication. Pay-per-view aired the show uncensored, containing nudity and extended scenes. The syndicated version on TV and DVD releases are edited.


At the dawn of the 20th century, a band of adventurers, led by adventurer and scholar Professor Edward Challenger, embark on an expedition to prove the existence of a lost world isolated from the rest of the modern world. The British expedition team consisting of a mismatched group of enthusiasts, all with less than selfless reasons for making the journey begin their trip under less than ideal conditions. The intrepid band consists of:

  • Professor George Edward Challenger (Peter McCauley) "? The leader of the expedition, who hopes to prove his claims to the skeptical London Zoological Society.
  • Professor Arthur Summerlee (Michael Sinelnikoff) "? The elderly member of the band and a colleague to George Challenger, who initially does not believe Challenger's claims about a lost world.
  • Marguerite Krux (née Smith) (Rachel Blakely) "? The selfish financier of the expedition who goes along for her own reasons.
  • Major Lord John Richard Roxton (William Snow) "? The nobleman with vast hunting experience, who accidentally killed his brother while trying to save him from an ape. He serves as protector of the group.
  • Edward "Ned" T. Malone (David Orth) "? An American newspaper reporter, hoping to make a name for himself and impress his girl back home, if he survives the ordeal.
During their journey disaster strikes and their hot air balloon crashes in the uncharted Amazon jungle, where they end up on the prehistoric plateau. There they find themselves trapped and isolated in this dangerous land. The group is assisted by a young jungle-savvy woman named Veronica Layton (Jennifer O'Dell) whose parents disappeared eleven years prior. Her family was part of a research group that became isolated and then lost under mysterious circumstances. Together "? along with a young woman from the future named Finn (Lara Cox) who from the year 2033 joins the band near the middle of season three "? the group fights to survive against fearsome dinosaurs, tribal headhunters, vicious ape-men, a race of Lizardmen led by Tribune (Jerome Ehlers), and other perils as they search for a way to escape. The stories usually worked out that two separate adventures were going on at the same time.


See List of Lost World episodes for more information

Episode # Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
1 The Journey Begins (Pilot pt. 1) All or Nothing Out of the Blue
2 Stranded (Pilot pt. 2) Amazons The Travelers
3 More Than Human Tourist Season An Eye for an Eye
4 Nectar Stone Cold True Spirit
5 Cave of Fear Divine Right The Knife
6 Salvation Skin Deep Fire in the Sky
7 Blood Lust London Calling Dead Man's Hill
8 Out of Time The Prisoner Hollow Victory
9 Paradise Found The Games A Witch's Calling
10 The Beast Within The Source Brothers in Arms
11 Creatures of the Dark Trophies Ice Age
12 Tribute Voodoo Queen The End Game
13 Absolute Power The Guardian Phantoms
14 Camelot Under Pressure The Secret
15 Unnatural Selection The Outlaw Finn
16 Time After Time Quality of Mercy Suspicion
17 Prodigal Father Mark of the Beast The Imposters
18 Birthright Survivors The Elixir
19 Resurrection The Pirate's Curse Tapestry
20 The Chosen One The Visitor Legacy
21 Prophecy A Man of Vision Trapped
22 Barbarians at the Gate Into the Fire Heart of the Storm (Series Finale)

Cast and crew

The list follows the credits order. The seasons during which each actor has been included in the main cast are marked in black. Note that the actors don't necessarily appear in every episode during their time as a main star.

When a starring actor also has appeared as a guest star during other seasons, this is marked in gray, with the number of guest appearances noted in italics. White square means the actor doesn't appear in that season at all.

Actor(s) Character Appearances
Pilot S 1 S 2 S 3
Peter McCauley Professor George Edward Challenger
Rachel Blakely Marguerite Krux
William Snow Lord John Richard Roxton
Jennifer O'Dell Veronica Layton
Michael Sinelnikoff Professor Arthur Summerlee 1
David Orth Edward 'Ned' T. Malone
Lara Cox Finn
William deVry Edward 'Ned' T. Malone

DVD releases

Image Entertainment has released all three seasons of The Lost World on DVD in Region 1.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Season 1 22 January 27, 2004
Season 2 22 April 20, 2004
Season 3 22 November 16, 2004


Lara Cox appeared in the second half of the third season as Finn, but was never given credit in the opening credits. In the 2nd season episode "Amazons" she had a guest appearance as the Amazon "Phoebe".

William deVry played Ed Malone in the two-hour telefilm that preceded the series (the film was split into two episodes for syndication purposes). David Orth took over the role at the start of the series proper.

The character of Arthur Summerlee, as portrayed by Michael Sinelnikoff, was killed off in the first season finale, but returned once as a ghost during Season 2.

During the third season both David Orth and Jennifer O'Dell were absent from the series for several consecutive episodes, due in part to financial constraints.

The show was primarily filmed on the Gold Coast, near Brisbane, Queensland on Australia's east coast.

Several well-known Australian actors appeared as one off characters throughout the series, including Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Rebecca Gibney.

Malone having left several episodes earlier to go off on a quest; at the end of the last episode, while Veronica is subjected to the power of the talisman, all the other characters are about to be killed. That is where the series ended.

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