Some time ago, like probably in 1999, I was sent a Storyboard by mail from one of the Scooby-Doo artists or writers. I’m at my wits end trying to remember who sent it. This was before email was in the cloud, so usually, when you read an email, it got deleted. (which is why I don’t have any record of who sent it).
Anyway, here’s the Doomsday Service Storyboard for you to enjoy. You may have to rotate it to view it. Also, I did not do a very good job of scanning it as I used my phone, but it should be good enough for anyone to view (but not to print out and sell on eBay – keep this free).
Doom Service originally aired on October 6, 1984 and was written by Glenn Leopold. It’s a nice fun take on Stephen King/Stanley Kubrick’s the Shining, as it sees the gang visiting the Overview Hotel to solve a haunting.
The episode begins with the gang driving up to the Overview Hotel in the Mystery Machine. In the backseat, Shaggy is reading the book ‘Ghosts of the Rocky Mountains’ and explains to Daphne that he thinks they are making a bad decision as the hotel is haunted by g-g-g-ghosts.
Out of panic, Scooby shreds the book using a shredder, and Daphne tells the gang that they are going to the hotel to get rid of the ghosts.
Arriving at the hotel, Daphne notices that the parking lot is empty, meaning that all the guests have checked out. Before they head inside, Daphne explains to everyone that they are working undercover, as hotel help.
Inside the hotel, Shaggy and Scooby meet the hotel owner, who delivers some very creepy vibes. They also find it odd that he has a portrait of himself on the wall.
Turns out their suspicions are warranted as the man they just met died 100 years ago. Or at least that’s how Jack Marsden explains it, who happens to be the current Overview Hotel owner.
Along the way, they also meet Sheldon Keats, an acclaimed horror novelist and occult expert. Jack Marsden explains that Sheldon is writing a novel about the hotel called ‘Secret Rooms. Another weird tenant of the hotel is Mrs. Van Loon, a quirky lady who knows her way around the mountain landscape quite well but also has an invisible dog called Max. Even stranger, her invisible dog leaves footprints in the snow.
Jack puts the gang to work with Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy as cooks in the kitchen, and Daphne as a chambermaid. As chambermaid, Daphne is granted the keys to all the rooms in the hotel.
In the kitchen, Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy get their first order. A man in room six on the 7th floor wants a sandwich pronto. Scooby runs up with the sandwich but heads to room seven on the 6th floor by accident. Here he runs into the ghost and flees.
Sheldon Keats, the horror writer, catches wind of the ghost Scooby just saw and decides that they should have a seance to try and communicate with Ebeneezer Overview. Jack agrees, and the men head down to the dining room to get started.
Meanwhile, in the room where Scooby saw Ebeneezer, Daphne and the gang decide to look for clues. There, Scooby finds a secret passage in the room that leads directly into the mountains, along with a torn piece of paper on it that says ‘secret.’
Shaggy suspects the Sheldon Keats is up to no good, as his book is entitled ‘Secret Rooms.’
Everyone soon sits down to hold the seance and Keats’ channels Ebenezer who states that he will never leave. This fools everyone into thinking Ebenezer is real, but Daphne has other ideas and heads off with Scrappy to search for clues.
Shaggy and Scooby decide to spend the night in the Mystery Machine during a blizzardy night. While loading the Van, Scooby is accidentally abducted by the ghost of Ebenezer, who takes off on a snowmobile.
Inside the hotel, Daphne finds a remote control tape recorder that has Ebenezer’s ghost speaking on it.
Daphne and Scrappy head outside just in time to see Scooby on the back of Ebenezer’s snowmobile, and crash into a snowbank. Upon pulling the ghost of Ebenezer out, it is revealed that he is Mrs. Van Loon. It turns out she was a spy who was stealing secrets from a nearby airbase. She was then selling it to the highest bidder.
Now if only the gang could solve the mystery of Max, the Invisible Dog.
I give this episode a 7.5 out of 10. It’s one of the better Scooby/Scrappy episodes for sure, although I am biased, as I love Stephen King books, and the Shining.
Granted, this isn’t as cool as older Scooby-Doo episodes from the 70s, but the invisible dog Max was certainly funny, and the seance was sort of creepy. The villain himself, is rather watered down and not scary, but this show was marketed to kids under the age of 12, during a time when cartoon censorship was at a peak, so they got away with the best they could I suppose.
Another bonus is that we see the gang in their winter gear as well as Daphne in a maid costume and Scooby in a Bellboy uniform. Something I always appreciate as it’s a nice switch up from the norm.
Don Messick: Scooby, Scrappy, Max
Casey Kasem: Shaggy
Heather North: Daphne Blake
Hamilton Camp: Sheldon Keats
Louise Chamis: Mrs. Van Loon, Ghost of Ebenezer Overview