Recap / The Prisoner E 13 Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Number Six is given a new face and sent on a spy mission to serve the Village.

The story begins back in London, with a group of men discussing a set of slides. We learn from their conversation that they are most definitely spies, as they discuss whether or not the slides are part of a code that needs to be broken. But their interest seems to be focused on slide number six, featuring a picture of a Dr. Seltzman.


This episode provides examples of:

  • Anachronic Order: The length of time that Number Six has been gone tells us he's been at the Village for more than a year, but there's little more to tell us where exactly in the episode order this should go.
  • Cold Open: The discussion of the slides comes before the usual opening titles.
  • For Science!: The reason Seltzman invented a mind-swapping device, for what he viewed were practical applications. When accused by Number Two that Seltzman had to know such technology would be abused, Seltzman responds it was never his intent and that it's the fault of men like Number Two who subvert such knowledge.
  • Grand Theft Me: Seltzman invents a machine that does this. Number 2 muses on the ability of this machine to create agents who can wreak havoc on the security of any nation.
  • The Nth Doctor: The whole mind-swapping plot is an excuse to bring in a different actor to portray Number Six.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The episode exists due to Patrick MacGoohan being busy with Ice Station Zebra.
  • Series Continuity Error: Much of this episode doesn't match up with what we see in "Many Happy Returns," where Number Six also returned to the real world to confront what the Village had done to him.
    • In particular, this episode informs us that Number Six was engaged and had a fiancee waiting for him back home. And she was the intelligence director's daughter, so it would be absurd to think The Village somehow didn't know about the engagement. This just raises all kinds of questions, such as: Why didn't the Village ever try to use the fiancee to break Number Six? Why didn't they consider the possibility that Number Six merely resigned to settle down with his fiancee? Why didn't Number Six try to contact her the last time he was in London, in "Many Happy Returns"?
      • The fact Six was engaged also contradicts "A, B and C" where he actually admits openly that he was planning to leave on holiday after resigning - with no mention of a fiancee.
  • Special Edition Title: An odd variation on the opening. There's a Cold Open (which other episodes didn't have), then the post-opening-titles scene (that iconic dialogue between Number Six and Number Two) is completely omitted.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Professor Seltzman is hiding in Kandersfeld, a completely fictional village somewhere in Austria.
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