The New Avengers

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 13

    Forward Base

    Aired 11/18/77

  • S 2 : Ep 12

    Emily

    Aired 12/17/77

  • S 2 : Ep 11

    The Gladiators

    Aired 11/25/77

  • S 2 : Ep 10

    Complex

    Aired 11/11/77

  • S 2 : Ep 9

    K is for Kill: Tiger by the Tail (2)

    Aired 11/4/77

  • Cast & Crew
  • Patrick Macnee

    John Steed

  • Joanna Lumley

    Purdey

  • Gareth Hunt

    Mike Gambit

  • Clive Revill

    Mark Crayford

  • Peter Cushing

    Von Claus

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  • Welcome to The New Avengers guide at TV.com. Ten years after the end of the original Avengers, its creators brought the British spy series back with a 1970s twist. Instead of the classic man-woman team, John Steed was paired with two other agents - Purdey and Gambit. Just like its forerunner, the show had fantastical plots and diabolical villains, but The New Avengers gave the formula a facelift. Bold colours, spectacular locations, and sharper plots and characters combined to provide more thrills. In the second season, there were a lot of overseas locations, including Paris, France, and Toronto, Canada, where the final four episodes came from.moreless

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  • Quotes (107)

    • Brown-Fitch: Schnapps is a very versatile drink. Gambit: Yes, they used to run their bombers on it during the war. Once it didn't come back.

    • Gerda: You are very attractive, you surely have some German in you somewhere. Gambit: Sorry. Gerda: Oh, never mind. I like Englishmen too and I am free for dinner tonight.

    • Steed: I want Purdey. Gambit: Who doesn't?

    • Purdey: I need my beauty sleep. Gambit: No, there's a lot of things you do need, but that is not one of them. Definitely not.

    • Purdey: (threateningly) Mike Gambit, one of these days... Gambit: I know. I'm looking forward to it.

    • Gambit: Brown-Fitch, is the Fitch spelt with a small 'F' or a big one? Brown-Fitch: A big one. Gambit: It suits you!

    • Steed: (about Purdey's lipstick) Pretty shade of pink. Purdey: Pink? It's called 'Sins of Youth'. Steed: That's not a colour, that's an accusation!

    • Purdey: They'll probably kill us, won't they? Steed: I do fear they have something rather permanent in mind, yes.

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    Notes (18)

    • At Steed's country house, we see three portraits of his former partners - Cathy Gale, Emma Peel and Tara King.

    • The Cybernauts sound like the Cybermen from Doctor Who. But while the Cybernauts are all machine, the Cybermen are half-man, half-machine. In this episode, Kane gets turned into a Cybernaut, making him half-man, half-machine like the Cybermen.

    • Kane is very reminiscent of the Doctor Who character Davros, creator of the Daleks. Both Kane and Davros are disfigured, live in a wheelchair, have only their right arm, and are helped by henchmen.

    • A blue police box is seen several times throughout this episode. The British police box formed the outside of the time-travel machine TARDIS in Doctor Who, and its presence in this episode reminds us that the writer Dennis Spooner and other crew had worked on that show.

    • Ian Henry played Dr David Keel, John Steed's partner in the first season of The Avengers (1961-1962). Unluckily, only one episode of that first season is still known to be in existence, all the others have been lost.

    • This episode debuts the show's new title sequence, using the same music as before.

    • Stephen Greif later went on to play the first Travis in Blake's 7. And Brian Croucher, the second Travis in Blake's 7, appears in the next New Avengers episode, Dirtier by the Dozen.

    • Although Brian Croucher did not play Travis in this episode, he did however later on played another Travis in Blake's 7 where he replaced Stephen Greif. Greif in turn had appeared in the previous New Avengers episode Three Handed Game.

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    Trivia (13)

    • Purdey reveals that she was thrown out of the Royal Ballet, where she learnt her high kicks, because she was too tall.

    • Purdey says her father was shot as a spy ten years ago. She has a stepfather who is a bishop.

    • The instrument that Steed is playing when his cleaning lady arrives is a Stylophone, a mini-keyboard invented in the late 60s and popular for a while, before becoming something of a joke, due to its rather limited musical range and the tinniness of the noise it made. It was re-released in 2007.

    • Steed is the only person to achieve 100% at the firing range and has done so three times in a row.

    • Purdey says that Gambit's reputation for 'getting around' is common knowledge throughout the Department. The stories about him include the typing pool affair, the under-secretary's under-secretary, and a Russian countess.

    • Anulka Dziubinska (who plays Pretty Girl in Taxi) began her career as a model and was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for May, 1973. As an actress, Anulka usually played foreigners. She was in at least six episodes of Vampyres (1974), and was also sometimes credited as Anulka Dubinska.

    • Purdey can speak Russian.

    • Anulka Dziubinska, Peter Richardson and Denise Reynolds are usually credited as appearing as guests in this episode. They are even billed in the cast list which appeared in the Radio Times for the week in question. However, they actually appeared in an earlier episode of The New Avengers called Sleeper.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Steed is playing the violin as he and Purdey discuss a case. Purdey: Do you have to do that? Steed: Well, it helped Sherlock Holmes!

    • The title of this episode alludes to the legendary King Midas of Phrygia. The god Dionisus granted Midas one wish, and he chose the power that everything he touched would turn to gold. Unhappily, this proved to include Midas's food and his infant daughter, Bernike. So Dionisus allowed Midas to wash his golden touch away in the waters of the River Pactolus - and to this day, gold dust can be panned in the river.

    • Purdey: Play it again, Sam. An oft-misquoted line from the classic film, Casablanca (1942). The actual line is, "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By."

    • Title Dirtier by the Dozen is a play on title of the 1967 World War II film The Dirty Dozen, which is based on the novel of the same title by E.M. Nathanson.

    • Marty asks Steed if Purdey is bionic - an allusion to the show The Bionic Woman.

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Most people remember the original Avengers from the 60s as one of the most unique, and arguably best, TV shows ever made. Well, almost 10 years later people were still longing for the Avengers so the producers bought it back, but many wish they hadn't.

    By Sotaria, Apr 10, 2007

  • A brave attempt to recapture the stylish wit and campy stories of the original.

    By geoellis2, May 20, 2006

  • A good attempt to revive an old favorite

    By pedroperfect, Feb 12, 2006

  • It's not your father's Avengers....

    By Ayane_Isuzu, Dec 11, 2005

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