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Monday 18 June 2012

The Therapy Zone

The Lotus-Cortina

   Lotus Cars played a large part in the Prisoner, the Lotus Seven of course being the Prisoner's car. And in the episode ‘The Girl Who Was Death Mr X’ got behind the wheel of a Lotus Elan. But before that in Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ Potter was seen to be driving a white livery, with green flash, Lotus Cortina.
    The Lotus Cortina saw a collaboration between Lotus and Ford. in 1963, in order to produce an updated version of the Cortina MK1 with the engine rated at 105bhp and there was  a 'racing' version with 145bhp.The resulting hybrid was very successful with 3301 being produced, however the MK1 was discontinued in the summer of 1966. Lotus had no production involvement in the MK2.
   Curiously there is a ‘Prisoner-Danger Man’ connection with the name Potter, Potter being the man who was spending most of his time following the Colonel in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ on the orders of Sir Charles Portland. Now whether or not this Potter is supposed to be that of Potter, Mr X's contact man in ‘The Girl Who Was Death,’ I cannot be sure. But certainly the Potter in The Girl Who Was Death is of the same character of Potter - John Drakes contact man in Danger Man epiosdes as Koroshi where Potter met with Drake in the record shop. And of course it was Potter who sent Mr X off to the Magnum record shop in The Girl Who Was Death.
   The Mission Impossible connection with the episode of ‘The Girl Who Was Death’ would be how Mr X received his instructions from the chief..... by record. Just in the same way as Briggs and Phelps received their instructions in Mission Impossible.

Big Ben
   I am reminded by an old friend that the village is not so different from the capital of London after all. With its dome of St. Pauls Cathedral, or even that of the Old Bailey, St. Stephens Tower where the bell "Big Ben" is housed, and somewhere in between the Prisoner's home of No.1 Buckingham Place.
   So where do these structures fit into the village? Well quite obviously they wouldn't, not being of the scale of building that they are. However the village does enjoy their equivalents, the Green Dome for example, the Bell Tower and somewhere in between there is  '6 Private', although this cottage contains only the study room of No.1 Buckingham Place. So using a little imagination the village can be a real "home from home" but with more pleasant architecture, and a more pleasing atmosphere for the majority of its citizens. It's really only those of No.6's disposition who take against it!
    You see all you want is here, and all they want you to be, is happy!

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