There had to be a Number 1, as Number 2 was both seen and heard talking to Number 1, and at least three Number 2’s called Number 1 Sir, so at least we knew Number 1 was a man. So setting ‘Fall Out to one side, in fact we can forget it altogether, well at least I can. Was Number 1 really the power behind The Village, or was he simply a figurehead, did he in fact have his own “maters” to whom he was held responsible? The fact that this Number 2 used a teleprinter to make her reports, and presumably by which she received her instructions and not by telephone, is suggestive of her masters being somewhere other than in The Village! And yet that makes the matter of who are those masters behind The Village even more mysterious. I have always assumed it to be some department within British Intelligence, but there is absolutely no evidence for that, it’s only my own personal assumption. We are no wiser at the end of ‘Dance of The Dead’ as to who is ultimately responsible for The Village, than we were at the beginning!
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