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Monday, 6 July 2015

Busy Potter?

   Potter was John Drake's, however you may prefer, Mr. X, otherwise known as ZM73’S  contact man in the episode ‘The Girl Who Was Death.’ Before that, Potter was the Colonel’s back-up who was on the trail of the Girl. So Potter should have been looking out for Colonel Hawke-Englishe, instead of training his binoculars on a pretty girl with long slender legs! Mind you, what the Colonel was doing working in the field in the first place I don’t know. Not when there were field agents like ZM73, who was then ordered by the Chief to take over from where the Colonel left off, in standard disguise of course. But then if Potter had paid closer attention to the Girl, to what she was doing, then the Colonel might still be alive. As it is, for this error Potter was sent to their form of Siberia, out in the cold cleaning shoes!  
    Potter the shoe-shine boy, a job which he is even less suited to as he cleans Mr. X's suede shoes with a black brush! And worse, how the devil did a chap get such muddy shoes walking along a town's high street.... ridiculous as Potter might say. A touch of humour, but putting a real downer on the job in hand for Potter!
   Potter was previously Drake's contact man in the ‘Danger Man’ episode ‘Koroshi,’ in which they met in a record shop in
Tokyo. And it was Potter who sent Mr. X to the Magnum Record shop in ‘The Girl Who Was Death.’ Christopher Benjamin who played both Potters, is on record as saying that as far as he was concerned, both Potters he played, were not the same character. That would make the use of the name merely coincidental. And yet there is another Potter in ‘the Prisoner,’ Potter {played by Fredrick Abbott} who in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ is assigned to follow ZM73. What are we to make of that, perhaps nothing, but another coincidental use of the name perhaps!

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