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The Prisoner

Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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The Prisoner: The Schizoid Man The Prisoner
"The Schizoid Man"
Audio Drama
Written by Nicholas Briggs
Directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released January 2016

 

Number 6 is confronted with an exact double of himself.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

 

Number 2

Number 9

Number 6

Operations Controller

Village Voice

Janet, aka 062 (mentioned only)

Number 12, aka Curtis (dies in this episode)

Number 17

Number 1 (mentioned only)

Rover

The Butler (mentioned only)

the joker (mentioned only)

the singer (mentioned only)

the comedian (mentioned only)

the ventriloquist (mentioned only)

Number 92 (mentioned only) 

 

Didja Know?

 

The Big Finish version of The Prisoner is a reimagining of the classic 1967 TV series of the same name.

 

The series can occasionally be heard on the BBC Radio website.

 

This episode gets its title and most of its story from original TV series episode "The Schizoid Man". In the original episode, Number 24 was the woman with telepathic abilities. Here, the woman is the returning Number 9.

 

 

 

Didja Notice?

 

After escaping the Village in a skimmer, Number 6 attempts to contact his former organization with the codename ZM-73. He worked under this codename in "Departure and Arrival".

 

When his TV set turns on by itself to make an announcement, Number 6 says to Number 9, "Big Brother is watching you." This is a slogan found on posters in the dystopian 1949 George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four in which a totalitarian, repressive regime rules over most of the world.

 

Number 2 gives "Number 12" the password of Gemini to tell him apart from the "real" Number 6. Gemini is Latin for "twins" and is also the name of one of the twelve constellations of the Zodiac associated with twin brothers Castor and Pollux from Greek mythology.

 

As Number 6 and Number 12 come face-to-face, they begin a heated bout of boxing against each other, "Queensberry Rules". This refers to the Marquess of Queensberry Rules in the sport of boxing in England, established in 1865. The term has also come into use to represent a general sense of sportsmanship and fair play.

 

Rover seems to say "I love you" as she is smothering her victim. This occurs in later episodes as well.

 

As Number 6, impersonating Number 12 (Curtis), is about to board a skimmer to exit the Village, Number 2 says, "Well, give my regards to Number 1," which Number 6 agrees to. In the original TV episode, it was a slip about the General that caught out Number 6 as an imposter.

 

In this version of "The Schizoid Man", Number 2 claims that Curtis was a clone of the real Number 6 and that the name "Curtis" came from that of a pet rabbit she had as a child. She goes on to say that Curtis dissolved under the attack of Rover due to a safety feature that has been built into all clones.


Memorable Dialog

the Village festival is coming.mp3
Big Brother is watching you.mp3
the old Number 2.mp3
charming girl.mp3
easier.mp3
my door is always open.mp3
the password is Gemini.mp3
who am I.mp3
the cube root of infinity.mp3
aching to punch you.mp3
give my regards to Number 1.mp3

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