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The Prisoner

Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

The Prisoner: The Seltzman Connection The Prisoner
"The Seltzman Connection"
Audio Drama
Written by Nicholas Briggs
Directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released November 2019


Number 6 at last meets Professor Seltzman and learns of his macabre technology.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Number 6

Number 2

Operations Controller

Prof. Jacob Seltzman

Potter (dies in this episode)




Kate Butterworth

Herr Müller (buggy driver)

Marcus Gray



Didja Know?


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


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


This episode has some elements in common with the original TV series episode "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling".




Didja Notice?


Number 6 and Potter fly to Kandersfeld, Austria in their mission to track down Prof. Seltzman. This is the same town Number 6 found Seltzman in in the original TV series episode "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling". Kandersfeld is a fictitious town that, in the original TV episode, appeared to be located in the Tyrol region of Austria, north of Innsbruck at the border of Germany.


After pulling a gun on Number 6 and Potter, Marcus Gray says to them, "It seems you've met your Waterloo." This is a reference to the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon met his defeat at the hand of the forces of the Seventh Coalition. Variations of the phrase "met your Waterloo" have been used in popular culture ever since to suggest an individual's final ignominious defeat.


Potter is shot and seemingly killed by a gunshot from Seltzman, but he mysteriously returns to health a couple days later in the following episode "No One Will Know".


Seltzman uses his technology to impress the memories of a bomber pilot in the war into Number 6, memories of the bombing of Dresden to be precise. Dresden is a city in Germany that was bombed by U.S. and British forces near the end of WWII, destroying the city center and killing thousands of civilians.


Instead of only being able to transfer a consciousness from one human body to another as in the original TV series episode "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling", here Seltzman is able to store it in a cube for an indeterminate time, transferring to a body and back again as needed.


Number 6 sees what must be thousands of consciousness storage cubes in the possession of Seltzman and the Powers-That-Be.


At the end of the episode, Number 6 finds his consciousness has been transferred into the body of Kate Butterworth/Number 2 and he makes what he believes is an escape from the Village. Meanwhile, it seems that someone else's consciousness is inhabiting Number 6's body, possibly Number 2 or Number 1.

Memorable Dialog

don't say it.mp3
I know more than I'm telling.mp3
the truth is in the Village.mp3
you cannot shoot the truth out of anyone.mp3
it isn't my Village.mp3
the Village is the answer to everything.mp3
Janet is something of a romantic.mp3
that's rich coming from you.mp3

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