The Avengers

Season 5 Episode 18

Death's Door

Aired Unknown Oct 07, 1967 on ITV
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Episode Summary

A European peace conference comes under the threat of sabotage when the British delegates begin to suffer from premonitions and nightmares. After Sir Andrew Boyd, who has witnessd his death in a dream, is killed, Steed and Emma must keep his replacement, Lord Melford, sane and alive.moreless

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  • In dreams, no-one can hear you scream - or is it a dream?

    An ingenious episode - incredible (of course), but it certainly keeps you watching. The plotting may remind older movie buffs (just a little) of the minor 1940s thriller "Night Has A Thousand Eyes", and the dream sequence, with its faceless men, is definitely reminiscent of the Salvador Dali dreamscape in Hitchcock's "Spellbound". Clifford Evans, although top-billed amongst the guest artists, is bumped off barely a quarter of an hour into the proceedings, and the major supporting role is given to the excellent Allan Cuthbertson, here sympathetic (for once) as the diplomat succumbing to a most undiplomatic display of the shakes when confronted by a strange door.moreless
  • This scared the daylights out of me the first time I saw it. A perfect installment of a classic, thrilling series.

    This is the one episode in this great series that totally made people have nightmares. Without spoiling, let's just say that the British delegates to a Euro conference are being manipulated with drugs and props while they sleep, into dreaming that they will be killed when they enter the meeting room. As Steed and Emma gradually solve the mystery of how and why, they realise that none of the clues have any connections to real living persons. Except one! When this aired in the 1960's, this show was extremely popular among high and junior schoolers. And this one was talked about for weeks afterward. The writers were clearly at their best and the interplay between Steed and Emma is magnificent. This was Diana Rigg's last season, and for the last season, Linda Thorson (Tara King) was brought in, along with other offbeat characters. The show got increasingly silly and lost some of it's charm.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Tag: Steed is seen dozing on a couch, an expression of ecstasy on his face. Emma's entrance wakens him and he explains his dream of being in a harem. Emma, too, has a dream - to go to the theatre and occupy Row D, Seats 11 and 12. An extraordinary coincidence as Steed has purchased seats for that very row. But he can't find them. How could he, Emma already has them in her hand!

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Steed: You believe in the 6th sense, premonitions. Don't you?
      Mrs. Peel: I'm not sure. There was that horoscope of mine. Told me I'd collide with a tall, dark stranger.
      Steed: And?
      Mrs. Peel: I ran into the back of your car, remember?
      Steed: Oh, that was my fault. It was those Titian tresses, they distracted me.

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