"Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling"
Written by Vincent Tilsley
Directed by Pat Jackson
Original air date: December 22, 1967
Number 6's mind is transferred into another man's body.
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Unusually for The Prisoner, this episode opens with a
teaser introductory scene before going into an altered version
of the opening titles with some different music and no verbal
interchange between Number 6 and Number 2. The music that plays
in the scene is to the tune of the Scottish folk song "My Bonnie
Lies over the Ocean"; the melody is heard several times in the
course of the episode.
An intelligence officer called Sir Charles Portland hosts a
meeting, presumably in London, for a report on the meaning
behind some photographic slides that were part of a past mission
in which Number 6 participated before his retirement. The
locations in the photos are identified as Loch Ness, the
Beachy Head (seen previously in
"Many Happy Returns").
The man known only as the Colonel appears in this episode, but
it is not the same Colonel (possibly named James) who appeared
"Many Happy Returns".
At 5:17 on the Blu-ray, it can be seen that the Mini-Moke taxi
carries Number 6 in the back seat, not the Colonel. The shot was
borrowed from a previous episode.
The Colonel says he was sent to the Village on "the highest
authority". Who was that highest authority? Number 1? Sir
Charles? The Prime Minister? The Queen? (Of course, it's
possible that Number 1 is one of those last three people, though
probably not the Queen since, on the phone with a superior we
presume to be Number 1, the person has been called "sir").
Number 2 and the Colonel discuss the advanced techniques of
yogis in India who are reportedly capable of thought
transference and dissociation of mind and body such that the
body can remain in suspended animation for months. In the real
world, many incredible claims have been made for the most
advanced yogis, but rarely, if ever, proven scientifically. In
this episode, Dr. Jacob Seltzman is said to have studied in
India for many years and has since managed to technologically
transfer the psyche of one person into another. This is the
secret that Number 6 knew about in the earlier mission involving
Number 2 shows the Colonel the Amnesia Room, where, after
getting all of the information they want from an individual,
they can wipe out all memories of the Village and put them back
into circulation to gather more information. Could this be why
there are so many inhabitants in the Village with the same
number assigned throughout the episodes? That is, if Number 8,
for example, completes her assigned task in the Village or gives
Number 2 the information the powers-that-be are looking for, her
memory of the Village is wiped and she is returned to her life;
meanwhile, a new resident will be assigned her former number.
This could even potentially mean that Number 6 has been to the
Village before and had his memory of it erased! And, if he
somehow learned of this process, it could be why he retired from
the agency he worked for in "Arrival"!
The man in the Amnesia Room is hooked up to a Newmark
pulseometer. A similar device is seen to be part of the Seltzman
machine as well. Newmark was a manufacturer of electronic
scientific devices in the 1960s. As far as I can tell, they are
no longer in business.
When the Village security men pull Number 6 from his cottage,
he is seen to be struggling. But when they pull away in the
Mini-Moke, he is still and apparently unconscious. Did they
suddenly drug him or clout him on the head?
oscilloscope is seen as part of the Seltzman machine at
9:07 on the Blu-ray. Roband no longer
makes oscilloscopes, but did at the time.
The view out the front door of Number 6's London
apartment home at 13:10 on the Blu-ray is not what is
actually across the street from his address of 1
|View out the front door
||Across the street from 1 Buckingham
It's a little obvious (and annoying) that Number 6's fiancé,
Janet, never uses his name when we see them together throughout
The small statue sitting on a half-table in the hallway of
Number 6's London apartment at 15:21 on the Blu-ray looks as if
it may be Atlas, of Greek mythology, carrying the celestial sphere
on his shoulders.
Number 6 and Janet both realize it has been a year since they've
seen each other, just before her birthday. This would seem to
imply that Number 6 has been in the Village for about a year,
maybe a little less if he was on a secret mission for a time
after his last meeting with Janet and before his resignation (and
which may have also been wiped from his memory.
Janet is revealed to the be the daughter of Sir Charles.
The bureaucrat Number 6 visits at
the agency in a near-replay of his resignation scene from
"Arrival" is a different actor than
seen in that prior episode. The original actor was actually the
show's script editor, George Markstein. By this point in the
series, Markstein had been fired by Patrick McGoohan, so a real
actor was brought in. This bureaucrat is named Jonathan
Peregrine Danvers; the original man went unnamed.
The wall map behind the bureaucrat is seen
to be a Phillips New Commercial Map of the World.
Number 6 rattles off a list of facts about Danvers to prove he's
not a stranger to the agency. He says that Danvers was born in
Bootle is a real town in the county of Merseyside in northwest
Number 6 reveals that some of his past code names were: Duval,
in France; Schmidt, in Germany; and code number ZM73. (Number 6
pronounces his code number as "Zed-M 73", as "zed" is the
Commonwealth English word for the letter Z; in American English
the letter is "zee").
Number 6's German identity is interesting in that "Schmidt" is
the German form of "Smith", which is the name he gave to Mrs.
Butterworth in his old London apartment in
"Many Happy Returns" and
that name, Peter Smith, somewhat sounded like he could have been
giving her his real name at the time.
The man who finally meets with Number 6 in the
bureaucrat's office is code number PR12.
The unusual open-compartment elevator Number 6 rides in with
PR12 is called a paternoster.
Sir Charles is said to be a keen rosarian. A
rosarian is one who is a cultivator of roses.
To prove he is ZM73, Number 6 relates a personal incident of Sir
Charles about Charles trimming his bacarras by the goldfish pool
and dropping the secateurs when Number 6 asked for permission
to marry his daughter. The next day, Sir Charles had taken him
to lunch at his club and they ate their mutual favorite meal,
jugged hare. Bacarras are black (actually very deep red or
purple) roses. Secateurs are pruning
shears. Jugged hare is a type of stew cooked with a whole hare.
After his disappointing meeting with Sir Charles, Number 6
drives through London on his way back to his apartment, passing
many of the same roadmarks seen in the opening titles. The same
hearse that carried away his unconscious body from his London
also follows him here. In fact, many of the driving shots
are reuse of the ones from
"Arrival" or probably unused shots
from those scenes; some of the shots even appear to have Patrick
McGoohan driving, not actor Nigel Stock as Number 6 in the
The hearse somehow arrives ahead of Number 6, waiting for him
down the block from his apartment. Possibly, Number 6 went
somewhere else first or drove for a while to clear his head
before heading home.
The hearse driver wears a top hat with a black veil on the back.
Number 6 finds that his handwriting is the same even though he
is in the Colonel's body.
Number 6 opens a hidden safe behind the television in
Once again, the Village garden from
"The General" is used as a London location for Janet's
birthday party, as it was for the (other) Colonel's office and
"Many Happy Returns". It's
possible this is intended to be the same location from
"Many Happy Returns".
The waiter who serves champagne to Number 6 at the party is the
same man who was driving the hearse that followed him earlier.
At about 25:54 on the Blu-ray, a thin pole can be seen waving
around from off stage right (the left-hand side of the screen)
during the shot of many dancers on the floor. It is likely a
crewmember using the pole to lightly tap the dancing extras so
they know where the boundary of the set is as they pay attention
to their dancing.
Number 6 reminds Janet he first danced with her in Kitzbühel.
Kitzbühel is a small town in Austria known as a ski resort.
At 28:49 on the Blu-ray, National Provincial Bank and
Westminster Bank can be seen. In 1968, these two banks merged
into National Westminster Bank (NatWest).
Number 6 picks up some photos at Walters World Cameras Ltd.,
next to Lloyd's Bank Limited at the Victoria Colonnade.
Bank is real, but I've been unable to confirm
Victoria Colonnade and Walters World Cameras. The exterior of
the camera store looks like a real store shot on location
somewhere in London. A sign on the front of the store advertises
Kodachrome Colour Film; this was a real brand of color film made
by Eastman Kodak from 1935-2010. A couple other signs have brand
names covered over with black paper or cardboard; probably in an
attempt to not provide free advertising to non-sponsors of the
program! One of these signs advertises 8mm Colorcine film, but
with the brand name blacked out; this would be
Photo's brand of the time. An ad for Mallory is also seen on
the inside of the front door; I've not been able to find
evidence of this brand in the photographic arena.
The large ad poster on the front door of the camera store
appears to be for the Polaroid Swinger Land Camera Model 20. The
camera itself is seen sitting on the counter inside the store at
29:09 on the Blu-ray.
Numerous photos of old London are visible on the windows of the
camera shop, including images of Westminster Palace, Buckingham
Palace, and Westminster Abbey.
The man watching Number 6 from outside the camera store window
is, again, the hearse driver.
An ad for Pan Am is seen on a double-decker bus at 29:33 on the
Blu-ray. Pan American World Airways
was an international airline from
An ad poster for the Kodak Instamatic camera is seen at 29:39 on
the Blu-ray. Also, an advertising stand-up with the slogan
"things happen in colour"; the brand is covered and I've not
been able to determine what brand this was. Also visible in this
scene is a Polaroid Automatic 220 in the display case on top of
the counter in the background.
At 31:41 on the Blu-ray, a man tailing Number 6 for Sir Charles
reports that Number 6 has returned to his apartment and the
living room curtains have been drawn. But we see that the window
actually has venetian blinds, not curtains.
Number 6 uses an Aldis Tutor 1000 projector to view the
designated slides revealing where Dr. Seltzman is hiding.
Aldis was a real world manufacturer of slide projectors at the
time. The slides he picked up at the camera store are labeled as
The secret message of the slides reveals that Seltzman is hiding
in Kandersfeld, Austria. This appears to be a fictitious town
and later revealed to be Seltzman's birthplace.
Number 6 uses what appears to be a 1967 edition of Phillips'
Record Atlas to look up the location of the town.
At 34:38 on the Blu-ray, Number 6 drives the A20 towards Dover.
This is an actual highway in England running from London to
The ferry Number 6 takes from Dover is the Maid of Kent,
an actual Dover ferry that was running in the 1960s and up to
1981, owned by British Rail. Dover is in the county of Kent and
has a harbor running ferries to the European mainland.
At 35:13 on the Blu-ray, an ad for Martini vermouth is seen
along the sidewalk, as is its parent company Martini & Rossi.
At 35:38 on the Blu-ray,
stations are seen.
After getting off the ferry, the scenes of Number 6 driving are
accompanied by musical pieces that seem to correspond to the
countries he's driving
through, Germany and then Austria.
At 36:01 on the Blu-ray, the Hotel Bergland is seen along the
Volkswagen van is also seen parked along the curb. There are
several Hotel Berglands in Austria.
At 36:14 on the Blu-ray, a sign for
Urquell, a Czech beer, is seen on the wall of the cafe.
Ironically, the waiter at the cafe tells Number 6, "Welcome to
the village, sir."
Kandersfeld, Seltzman is using the alias Herr Hellen.
When the waiter points out the barber shop at 36:48 on the
Blu-ray, the location is merely a flipped shot of the earlier
scene at 36:10!
When Seltzman, as Herr Hellen, greets Number 6, in the Colonel's
body, in the barber shop, he says, "Guten tag, mein herr." This
is German for "Good day, sir."
The old envelope Number 6 once addressed to Dr. Seltzman
shows that the professor was living at 20 Portmeirion
Road! Portmeirion, of course, is the name of the real
world tourist village that served as the exteriors of
the Village. The town in the address is Filey Clyde,
Scotland, which appears to be fictitious. The postal
stamp shows it was sent from Greenford, Middlesex at
2PM, 10 March 1961. Greenford is a suburb in west London
(Middlesex was a county until is was merged into Greater
London in 1965). The postage stamp on the envelope is an
actual stamp from that earlier time period, printed in
1960, with the image of Queen Elizabeth II.
The daily calendar on the wall of the barber shop at 40:01 on
the Blu-ray, seems to indicate that the date is the 16th. The
month and day of the week are not given. However, the original
script of this episode (which was later altered fairly drastically)
reveals that the date of Number 6's resignation was July 13. So,
if this episode takes place about a year later (as implied
above) then it is not unreasonable to assume that it is now July
Number 6 identifies the man who follows him (XB4) to
Kandersfeld as Potter. But it is a different Potter than the one
later seen in "The Girl Who Was Death".
Dr. Seltzman retorts to Number 2 that Rutherford must regret
splitting the atom. This is a reference to Ernest Rutherford, a
British physicist who first successfully split the atom in
Number 2 tells Seltzman that only he, unlike the king's men, can
put two split identities (Number 6 and the Colonel) back
together again. Obviously, this is a reference to the late 18th
Century English nursery rhyme, "Humpty Dumpty". Interestingly,
the rhyme is later used by the returned Number 2 (actor Leo McKern) as
part of his attempt to break down Number 6's psyche in "Once
Upon a Time".
At 44:12 on the Blu-ray, Number 2 says heil to Dr. Seltzman,
in mocking acquiescence to the doctor's demands. This is German
At 45:53 on the Blu-ray, Dr. Seltzman uses an S&W EKG simulator.
EKG stand for electrocardiogram. S&W appears to have been a real
company at the time, but I've found no evidence it still exists
The nurse assisting with Dr. Seltzman's recovery appears to be
At the end of the episode, it is clear that Seltzman pulled a
fast one on Number 2 and swapped his mind with the Colonel's, so
that the Colonel is now dead in Seltzman's failed body while
Seltzman himself is free in the Colonel's body. But Seltzman, in
the Colonel's body, has only just taken off in the helicopter.
Can't Number 2 simply radio the copter pilot or their
destination and have the "Colonel" taken into custody? I suppose
it's possible that Seltzman will force the pilot to land
elsewhere, some place he can escape the clutches of the
Before he dies, the Colonel, in Seltzman's body, tells Number 2,
"You must contact No.1 and tell him I did my duty." This would
seem to be another confirmation that Number 1's gender is male.
It seems odd that the British Colonel should speak in the
German/Austrian accent of Seltzman in Seltzman's body. Maybe
it's due to muscle memory of the larynx?
Notice that Number 6's memory of the Village has seemingly
returned when his mind is returned to his own body.