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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Sapphire & Steel: Dr. McDee Must Die (Part 3) Sapphire & Steel
Assignment Five
"Dr. McDee Must Die" Part 3
TV episode
Writer: Don Houghton
Directed by: Shaun O'Riordan
Original air date: August 18, 1981


Circumstances take a dark turn when partygoers start to get murdered.


Read the episode summary at the Sci Fi Freak Site or Watch it at Shout Factory


Notes from the Sapphire & Steel chronology


This storyline takes place largely on the evening of Saturday, June 21, 1980, then into the morning of Sunday, June 22. This corresponds to the actual dates and days of 1980.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Sapphire (alias Virginia Cavendish)

Steel (alias Miles Cavendish)

Annabelle Harborough

Veronica Blamey (corpse only)

Howard McDee

Lord Mullrine

Emma Mullrine


Felix Harborough

Felicity McDee

Tony Purnell ("dies" in this episode)

Anne Shaw (in Sapphire's vision only)

Dr. George McDee (mentioned only)


Didja Notice?


With the murder of Veronica, Felicity McDee remarks there are only nine of them now from an original ten. But she is ignoring the appearance of Dr. George McDee in "Dr. McDee Must Die" Part 2, now in his office/lab of the mansion, the servants Greville and Jenkins, and the kitchen staff who are preparing dinner for the party.


At 7:26 on the DVD, a light reflection plays on the wall behind Purnell as he tries to make a phone call. Possibly, it is a reflection of the gold-colored metal of the phone as Purnell jiggles it, but the angle seems odd.


At 7:53 on the DVD, Sapphire is reading through a book titled Murder Me Twice by G. Drew. This appears to be a fictitious book, a prop made up for the episode. The front cover of the book depicts a human skull with a knife driven into it and a separate hole in the cranium, possibly from a bullet entry. The back cover features a photo of the author; his signature can be seen there and it looks as if his first name is George. Murder Me Twice


Steel reads a book that apparently contains information about the mansion they are in. The book confirms Sapphire's suspicion from "Dr. McDee Must Die" Part 1 that the building lies on top of a ley line. Later in the episode, Felicity comments that she believes birds navigate by them; this is an actual theory of many who support the existence of ley lines.


When asked by Steel what he was doing three days ago, Lord Mullrine responds he was in London doing business, then went to his club, the Denver, for lunch and in the evening went to the theatre, the Knightsbridge Tivoli. These appear to be fictitious establishments in London. Possibly, the Tivoli theatre is meant to be located in the Knightsbridge district of central London.


Sapphire tells Mullrine and the assemblage that the Knightsbridge Tivoli theatre was blitzed in 1941. She is referring to the Blitz, a bombing campaign on Britain by Nazi Germany during WWII in 1940-1941.


Emma tells the assemblage the kitchen staff has prepared jugged hare for dinner. Jugged hare is a type of stew cooked with a whole hare.


At 20:35 on the DVD, volumes of what appears to be Encyclopedia Britannica are seen on the bookshelves in Dr. McDee's study.


Memorable Dialog


we weren't going to play murders until after dinner.mp3

can't remember.mp3

and then there were nine.mp3

this planet faces extinction.mp3

and then there were eight.mp3 


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