It is strange is it not, that even the most close to the Prisoner, such as his ex-coleagues, the Colonel, Fotheringay for example, even his finacee, Janet Portland, fails to use the Prisoners name when they are reunited in the episode Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling. I suppose the idea of not using the Prisoner's name means that he could be anyone. Had the Prisoner's name been used, there would not have been the question of the man's identity, and the mystery of the character who we know only as No.6, would have dissipated the mystery.
So why didn't they use the Prisoner's name? Well it was a question of copyright. Patrick McGoohan always denied that the Prisoner is the former M9 agent John Drake of Danger Man. This because had the name John Drake been ueed in the Prisoner, copyright payments would them have had to have been paid to Ralph Smart, creator of the Danger Man. Co-writer and creator of the Prisoner George Markstein was convinced that the Prisoner is John Drake, an agent who had resigned, as Patrick McGoohan had resigned from the role of John Drake Danger Man. But having written that, surely Janet Portland could have used his Christain name John, as could have both the Colonel and Fotheringay, they could have got away with that much......surely.
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