Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

Season 1 Episode 8

Operation Time

Aired Friday 5:25 PM Nov 17, 1967 on ITV
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Operation Time
General J.F. Tiempo, the Commander of the Western Regional World Defence Government, is submitted as the Mysterons' next punishment target, and the doctor who will perform a major and much-required operation on Tiempo is eradicated during a dramatic car crash involving Captain Black, and reconstructed by the Mysterons.

Spectrum are still befuddled on how the force have declared their act of retaliation as to "kill time", but Captain Magenta eventually cracks the dilemma and an elaborate game is underway by the Spectrum personnel, in order to trap the person who will take the life of the General, but the Spectrum officers discover two Msyteron secrets, which will undoubtedly assist them immensely in their continuing battle with the Mysterons.

But what they don't realise is that the doctor who will perform the neurosurgery operation on the General is a Mysteron killer.moreless

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  • Mysteron secrets revealed!

    This episode is notable as the origin of both of the Mysteron Detector and the Mysteron Gun which would debut in Spectrum Strikes Back. However, the reason for creating the gun, that Mysterons are killed by electricity, seems a little odd as they've been killed with normal bullets and explosions before now. Aside from those things, this episode was quite boring. We got two fairly long operation scenes which really did nothing for me. On the plus side, Black's trying to kill Dr. Magnus stood out as quite brutal when he chased him down the road with a gun, scaring the living daylights out of the doctor being making him crash. Definately a highlight of this episode. One thing that was strange though, was that Dr. Magnus seemed to have Scarlet's gun when he was running around Cloudbase. Where he got it from and why he couldn't have taken Magenta's on his way out I'll never know. Apart from that, a soild episode.moreless
Francis Matthews

Francis Matthews

Captain Scarlet (Paul Metcalfe)

Ed Bishop

Ed Bishop

Captain Blue (Adam Svenson)

Donald Gray

Donald Gray

Colonel White (Charles Grey) / Captain Black (Conrad Turner) / Voice Of The Mysterons

Cy Grant

Cy Grant

Lieutenant Green (Seymour Griffiths)

Liz Morgan

Liz Morgan


Charles "Bud" Tingwell

Charles "Bud" Tingwell

Dr. Fawn/Morgan

Martin King

Martin King

Doctor Theodore Magnus

Recurring Role

Gary Files

Gary Files

Doctor Turner / Student #1/Captain Magenta (Patrick Donaghue)

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • The Score: General Tiempo survives. Spectrum: 6 Mysterons: 2.

    • Mysteron Reconstructions: Dr. Magnus (killed in car crash/electrocuted on Cloudbase).

    • Spectrum Losses: Scarlet is killed but recovers.

    • Collateral Damage: 1 civilian car.

    • Colonel White sends Captain Scarlet to London, Captain Blue to New York, Captain Ochre to Moscow and Captain Grey to Rio de Janeiro, yet Captain Magenta is left on Cloudbase. Surely there was somewhere he could be guarding. It's not as if Cloudbase would be empty without him.

    • At the end of the episode Colonel Whte says "high voltage electricity can kill Mysterons as well as men!". However, its hard to see why this is such a revelation, as ordinary bullets can apparently kill Mysterons as well as men just as easily.

    • As the Mysertons can effect machinery remotely as they've demonstrated several times, it was rather pointless to have Captain Black chase Dr. Magnus' car when they could have just crashed it by driving it themselves. Even better, if they wanted to kill Tiempo, they could have crashed his car.

    • After Dr. Magnus runs from the operating room after 'killing' Captain Scarlet, he is shown in Cloudbase's power room. It can be seen that he has a standard issue Specturm pistol bearing Captain Scarlet's colour bar on top. It seems unlikely that Scarlet would have had his gun in the operating room (as he was undercover as Tiempo). It would have been easier for Magnus to steal the unconcious Magenta's gun from outside the operating room.

    • When Doctor Fawn reveals that Doctor Magnus has killed Captain Scarlet, and not the desired General Tiempo, he is speaking with Magnus's voice. For some strange reason, Martin King, who provided the voice for Doctor Magnus, spoke just this one line of dialouge, when in fact Charles Tingwell, who provided the voice for Doctor Fawn should have done this himself.

    • When Doctor Magnus's car explodes, just after he crashes off the main road, the pryotechnic detonator charge wire can be seen. Prior to this, the wire would have been concealed inside the model.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mysterons: This is the voice of the Mysterons. We know that you can hear us Earthmen. We will continue to take our revenge. You will pay for you act of aggression. Our next act of retaliation will be to kill Time. We will kill Time.

    • Dr. Magnus:: It's too late, Earthmen. He's dead!
      Dr. Fawn:: You're wrong Magnus. You've killed Captain Scarlet.

    • Captain Black: Doctor Magnus... Tomorrow, you will kill time. Tomorrow, you will kill time.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The puppet that plays General Tiempo would go on to be one of the most used extras, with 11 appearances in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons alone. It also has the distinction of appearing as three different characters in "The Inquisition" and go on to appear in Joe 90.

    • The opening shot of the hospital was used as the control center for the TVR-17 satellite in "White As Snow".

    • Doctor Magnus's colleague, Doctor Turner, is named after the one of the show's (and this episode's) director, Ken Turner.

    • First U.K. (BBC2) Network Airdate: Friday 5 November, 1993 - 6:00PM
      Official ITC Recommended Broadcast-Order Number: 8

    • The original shooting script suggested that the live-insert footage of Tiempo's X-Rays being developed could have been shot on location at Wexham Park Hospital - Stoke Green, only a short distance from the Century 21 Production Studios, but this proved unnecessary. (© 2001 – Chris Bentley / Carlton Books Limited)