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Monday 14 May 2018

The Girl Who Was Death

    It’s a bit of light relief really, not really to be taken seriously, something in the guise of ‘The Avengers’ but based on an idea for a ‘Danger Man’ script. That makes it a glimpse into Patrick McGoohan’s former employment as John Drake from which he resigned because he wanted to do something different having become bored with ‘Danger Man,’ the scripts for which had become stale and repetitive. And yet here he is, Drake taking on The Girl Who Was Death, because good ideas for Prisoner scripts had dried up!
   Whoever it was who thought Number 6 would lower his guard with children wasn’t thinking straight, but I suppose it was worth a try as Number 10 said to Number 2, anything is worth a try once. But really they were scraping the bottom of the barrel with this one. Entertaining enough as ‘The Girl Who Was Death’ is it was never going to reveal the reason behind Number 6’s resignation, all he did was to reveal the kind of work he used to do. And the symbolism behind the toy clown? Well Number 6 knew all the time, he was playing with them, perhaps he wanted them to know not to fool around with him!

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  1. It gains a bit if you take the view that the character in the fairy story Number 6 is telling the village kiddies is John Drake, and the episode is in fact a sly comment on how McG thought "Danger Man" had ended up.

    Also neatly explains the presence of Potter.

    1. Hello Dr. Keats,
      You make a very valid point. I have always been of the opinion that No.6 is John Drake. And although publicly he denied that, in private he said to Frank Maher, his stunt double, when he asked,of course No.6 is John Drake. The majority of fans of the Prisoner deliberately ignore that!

      My best regards