What if Patrick McGoohan was right, what if the Prisoner-Number 6 was never intended to be Danger Man John Drake, what then? I mean such a thing would see ‘the Prisoner’ through a whole new perspective, wouldn't you say?
With the Quinn Martin production of ‘The Invaders,’ we know where it began, it began with architect David Vincent too tired to drive. An empty road, and a lonely closed and deserted diner........ And that could be said of ‘the Prisoner,’ but ‘the Prisone’r is different somehow, and I can't believe that it all began somewhere along that long deserted runway, somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
We know where the Prisoner was going,
and to hand in his letter of resignation. But we don't know from where he was coming, unless of course we are to believe that after returning to London the Prisoner, for that is what he remained, drove out of London , simply to drive back as we see during the opening sequence of ‘Arrival.’ I suppose the question is, where had the Prisoner driven to after leaving, driving away having just returned to London after escaping the Village in ‘Fall Out?’ And I don't really expect to find the answer to that one! London
But if the Prisoner isn't ‘Danger Man’ John Drake, then it must be that he, like Number 2-Leo McKern before him, had been abducted to the village because he could be of use to them. The village's administration having recognised qualities in ‘the Prisoner’ that would see him in having a future in the Village. Yet the Prisoner rejected the village, rejected the offer of ultimate power, launched the rocket and escaped the confines of the village, and having done so, as soon as he returned to London, went to an office and handed in his letter of resignation to a man who was possibly an exterior agent working for the village.
This would explain where ‘the Prisoner’ had come from, which would mean that it is the episode of ‘Fall Out’ where ‘the Prisoner’ actually all begins, with his rejection of the offer of ultimate power. And not simply with a clap of thunder and a long deserted runway somewhere in the middle of nowhere!