“Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons”
Paul Metcalfe (Born December 17, 2036 in
Paul was born into a family with a long military history; his father, grand-father and great-grandfather all served in the World Army, where they all distinguished themselves. It was natural that Paul would also follow the family tradition by choosing a military career.
He graduated from Winchester University in 2057, at the age of 21, with degrees in History, Technology and employment of Mathematics, and then went to West Point Military University in New York State, U.S.A., where he was trained in field combat duty, how to pilot a variety of aircraft and to become an expert with hundreds of weapons, from the most sophisticated to the most ancient (2059-2063). Drilled to survive in any conditions, he demonstrated a strong mental resilience, a concern for others over his own safety, and an ability to command.
Acclaimed as ‘Supreme Soldier’ by fellow students and lecturers alike, Paul left
The selection committee charged with finding candidates for the formation of the new organization of Spectrum, had followed Paul’s career, and recognized his qualities of leadership, initiative, combat strategy, integrity and his dedication to his work within the WAAF. Therefore, in 2065, he was approached by them and accepted the offer to become a field agent for Spectrum, with the rank of Captain, and the colour-code name ‘Scarlet’.
Scarlet was killed in the first episode of the series, in a car accident brought about by the Mysterons, which also resulted in the death of Captain Brown. Both men were reconstructed by the aliens to assassinate the World President and Brown was turned into a walking bomb for this purpose. When this attempt failed, Scarlet kidnapped the President from Cloudbase and flew him to
Scarlet, like all Mysterons, is still vulnerable to electricity and impervious to X-rays. He also has a "sixth sense" when in the presence of a strong Mysteron influence - he becomes nauseous, sweats, and gets a terrible headache - but this sense sometimes does not indicate all Mysteron presence in an area. Though Scarlet "dies" several times in the course of the series - usually quite violently - he always returns to life.
Captain Scarlet’s voice was provided by English actor Francis Matthews. Francis’ most famous roles were for Hammer Studios in the 1950s and '60s, including as the Baron's assistant in “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958), and as the dashing heroes of “Dracula, Prince of Darkness” and “Rasputin, the Mad Monk”, both filmed in 1965.
Captain Scarlet’s appearance and voice was said to be based off of a young Cary Grant.
Scarlet’s puppet was later revamped for use as the bumbling Agent Paul Blake in “The Secret Service”. Connections between the two characters are made, saying that Blake is the Great Grandfather of Captain Scarlet.
In the 2005 CGI Reboot of the series, Captain Scarlet’s personality is about the same though his back-story is rather different. Instead of being killed in a Car-crash, he attends the Mars mission with Captain Black and is killed and reconstructed by the Mysterons. In the reboot his voice was provided by Wayne Forester and Oliver Hollis in the motion capture trailer.
Adam Svenson (Born on August 26, 2035 in
The eldest son of a wealthy family from
Adam enrolled in the World Aeronautic Society in 2055, at the age of 20, and whilst serving there received training in military-based strategy and piloting skills, in order to become an aircraft test pilot. Possessing courage and drive, Adam was acclaimed as a fearless pilot. In 2057 his superiors at the WAS, observing his energy and courage, believed that his inherent qualities could be put to better use and transferred him from the job of test pilot to that of an active field agent in the security department. At first dismayed by this change in his career, Adam soon realised the challenges this new job provided. The WAS’s security was persistently being compromised by the infiltration of enemy agents, and saboteurs, so with the help of twenty hand-picked officers, it was his job to take care of the problem. He did so with enthusiasm, determination and ruthlessness.
Hampered by unseen forces, and always unsure if the people working alongside him were double or triple agents working for the enemy, Adam suffered many setbacks on the way to achieving his target. In his first six months of joining the WAS security department, three assassination attempts were made on his life by Bereznian agents, but he finally succeeded in bringing the reign of sabotage and spy infiltration to an end, proving his ability to get results despite the odds against him.
Adam Svenson’s success at the WAS, as well as his strong personality and vitality, brought him to the attention of the Spectrum selection committee in 2065, and he was amongst the first men to be approached with the offer of the rank and colour code of Captain Blue – a new challenge that Adam accepted.
He can competently drive most Spectrum vehicles. He is brave, diligent, patient and a natural leader, but is also obedient and respects the orders of Colonel White. He partners Captain Scarlet on most missions and, although his friend is indestructible, constantly fears for his safety.
Physically active, Blue enjoys visiting
Captain Blue’s voice was provided by American actor Ed Bishop. Although Blue’s appearance was intended to be based off of Bishop, the sculptor Terry Curtis says that Captain Blue was “kinda a version of myself”.
Ed Bishop would later be the star for Gerry Anderson’s first live action series “UFO” playing Commander Ed Straker. He made his acting debut first in Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 adaptation of “Lolita”. Also having small roles in the James Bond films “You Only Live Twice” and “Diamonds Are Forever” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” (a role in which he was originally meant to speak, though this was cut).
Bishop died on June 8, 2005 from a chest infection contracted while undergoing treatment for leukemia. He died only five days after the death of his “UFO” co-star, Michael Billington.
Captain Blues puppet was revamped under a dark wig for use in “The Secret Service” playing Dr. Graham and Toymaker Joe.
In the 2005 CGI reboot Blue is voiced by Robbie Stevens. In the series Blue still retains his courage and real name. However, he is of a tougher build and speaks with a harsher accent. He prefers to confront situations quickly and is more prepared to use violence against the Mysterons than his previous incarnation.
Charles Gray (Born July 14, 2017 in
In a remarkably short time, Charles Gray rose through the ranks to become Captain in 2046, at the age of 29. The same year, in December, the British civil war erupted. At the time he was the captain of an un-named British Navy Destroyer in the Atlantic, and Charles Gray presumably went against his superiors’ orders and sided with the rebels, heading back to
Charles was offered full command of a World Navy Destroyer by the World Government, and his continuingly successful career eventually culminated in his being made Admiral of the Fleet, at the very young age of 30.
Often in the headlines, Charles Gray became a public hero for his daring escapades. His coolness in tricky situations and extraordinary leadership qualities had gained him the respect of top military staff all around the world. For that reason his friends and military peers were taken by surprise when, at the age of only thirty years old, he announced his retirement from military service.
In fact, this was a carefully prepared cover-story because Gray had been selected to serve in the Universal Secret Service, as a field agent. It was around this time that he married.
After two years of active service as a field agent, during which he completed his various missions with success, Charles Gray was promoted, in 2049, to reorganise the British section of the USS. This is where he demonstrated the full extent of his innate talents for leadership.
In 2050, he was officially promoted to head of the British section of the USS, receiving command of the
Because of his dedication, his ability to obtain results and his astounding leadership qualities, in 2065 Gray was offered the post of Supreme Commander of the USS, but he rejected this in favour of accepting the offer made to him by the Spectrum Selection committee. This was the position of supreme Commander-in-Chief of the new Spectrum security organization, and of its Cloudbase Headquarters, as well as the rank and colour-codename of Colonel White.
White is dedicated to his work and expects high levels of discipline from his agents. However, he has complete faith in their abilities. White spends much of his time at his rounded desk in the Cloudbase control room. Lieutenant Green is his assistant.
Colonel White was voiced by South African Actor Donald Gray, whom his appearance and voice was also based upon. Gray also provided the voices of Captain Black and the Mysterons.
He earlier starred as one-armed detective Mark Saber in the British series which ran for 156 episodes from 1955 to 1961. The series was originally called “The Vise” in the
Gray died while on Holiday in
Colonel White’s puppet was revamped for further use in “Joe 90” and “The Secret Service”
In the 2005 CGI Revamp of the Series, Colonel White kept most of his personality though White has a wife, Diana, and a daughter, Victoria, who live on an estate in
Seymour Griffiths (Born on January 18, 2041 in the
Seymour Griffiths is the eldest of a family of nine children. When he was twelve, tragedy struck the family: his parents died in an air disaster, and the children were left to fend for themselves.
As the eldest son,
While studying for his post graduate diploma
Concluding his studies in
While on active duty with the WASP submarine Corps (on an unnamed vessel)
As his request was granted,
Because of his expert knowledge in technology, communications and computers, and considering his very successful experience at command level with the WASP, the selection committee realised that Seymour Griffiths would be a tremendous asset to the new Spectrum organisation. He was offered the rank and colour code of Lieutenant Green, and received the position of Colonel White’s assistant, as well as chief of communications for Cloudbase, with a complex, computer-controlled, communications console to help him. Thus, Seymour Griffiths became one of the first members to join Spectrum, he assisted Colonel White in the months when the organisation entered the last phase of its creation, and new members were signed up and trained, such as the Angel pilots.
It is through Lieutenant Green that all of the Colonel’s orders for the Spectrum organisation, and Cloudbase in particular, are relayed. Although he very rarely gets the chance to leave the confines of Cloudbase during mission status, the Lieutenant has relinquished his position at Cloudbase’s communications console to others on a few occasions
Lieutenant Green along with Melody Angel were the first colored characters of a TV Series to play a major role.
Lieutenant Green was voiced by and based on Guyanese actor Cy Grant. The idea that Green enjoys Calypso music derives from the fact that Grant was a real Calypso singer in the BBC series “Tonight”
Cy Grant is an actor, singer, guitarist and writer. He served as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force during World War II, and when his plane was shot down over
Freed after the war, he qualified as a barrister, but decided on a career as an actor on stage and in film (“Shaft in
Cy Grant died on February 13, 2010 at age 90.
In the 2005 CGI revamp, Lieutenant Green was given a huge revamp. He was re-imagined as a female character named “Serena Louis”, an attractive, 27-year-old female officer with a broad American accent. She remains confined to Skybase (Cloudbase), but her desk is smaller and her computer is holographic. She is knowledgeable about all aspects of Spectrum, and used to work for the United Nations. Serena’s voice was provided by Jules de Jongh.
Conrad Turner (Born March 17, 2029 in
Tragedy marked the life of Conrad Turner from an early age: his parents were victims of the Atomic War that rages from 2028 to 2034; he was only seven months old. Raised by distant relatives who provided a decent home, but deprived him of any affection or emotional support, he grew up to reflect the cold and hard environment that was all he’d experienced.
Conrad Turner received a good education and when he was fifteen, he entered
Now eighteen years old, Turner joined the British Air Force. The following year (2047)
Turner was badly burned in the incident that earned him the recognition of the World Government. Disobeying his orders, the young pilot flew a sabotaged plane away from his base out over the
Turner believed that he had escaped death because of his ambition to see a world at peace. His statement: ‘Peace is what I want to see. A secure world. I can’t do much about it if I’m dead,’ made him front page news.
Six months later, with his face reconstructed by plastic surgeons and having recovered from his injuries, Turner accepted a posting to the World Army Airforce as an agent/pilot and to his satisfaction, faded from public gaze.
Several years later, he transferred to the World Space Patrol as the commander of Fireball XL3, which brought him more media attention, and he became one of the WSP’s most famous officers.
His achievements were constantly praised by the Government and he was one of the first men considered when Spectrum was being planned. Hired early on, it was under his supervision that the individual components of Cloudbase were assembled together in space by WSP and WAAF engineers, who used an apparently decommissioned weather satellite as their base. Turner pushed his crew to finish the work in record time, and, when Cloudbase was ready, he piloted the huge craft down into Earth’s atmosphere, 40,000 miles above the surface.
Given the codename Captain Black, Turner was appointed to teach the other recruits espionage, self-defence, mechanics and flying. He was responsible for many new techniques and was considered to be Spectrum’s number one agent.
Captain Black was the obvious choice of Spectrum agent to lead the second Zero-X mission to Mars. Until then, Human kind was aware only of rock snakes inhabiting the planet. Black, with a crew of two men, Lieutenant Dean and Lieutenant Conway took the Martian Exploration Vehicle to explore a hitherto unknown region of the red planet.
Black was shocked to find an alien city on the Martian plains. The alien city, inhabited by an alien race called the Mysterons, a peaceful race, tries to get a closer look on their Martian Exploration Vehicle (MEV). However Black mistook the intentions of the Mysterons and believed they were hostile.
He destroyed the city and watched as the Mysterons revealed their power of reversing matter – retrometabolisation – as they re-created their devastated city before the eyes of the Earthmen.
Determined to be revenged for this unprovoked attack, the Mysterons took control of Black. The Zero X was sent returning to Earth, and thereafter Black was left as the instrument of the Mysterons' campaign of vengeance against Earth for what they saw as unwarranted aggression.
It is unclear if Captain Black is truly dead and a Mysteron reconstruction or simply a “zombie” controlled by the Mysterons. Either way, Captain Black became a cold, calculating, and unemotional individual, now seemingly completely under the control of his new masters. His human emotions and individuality seemed to have disappeared, or at least, to have been buried very deeply. Through Captain Black, the Mysterons relay instructions to other agents on Earth and compel him to undertake acts of terrorism and murder through their disembodied voice. However, even under the influence of the Mysterons, Black is not completely devoid of humanity. Under this guise, he has a pale complexion, sunken, dark eyes, that seem inexpressive and very cold, and his chin is covered with a dark five o’clock shadow.
Captain Black’s reconstruction seems to have been give a sixth sense by the Mysterons, as well as the ability to teleport himself if under the threat of capture, It is not known if this power of teleportation is Black’s own, or if this is the Mysterons’ direct influence, because we are never shown another individual agent using this escape method.
Before being Mysteronized, Conrad Turner was voiced by Jeremy Wilkin, who previously voiced Virgil Tracy in the second series of “Thunderbirds”. Afterwards, Black was voiced by Donald Gray with the same booming voice as the Mysterons.
The Captain Black puppet was later reused as General Valdes in “Joe 90” and Kroner in “The Secret Service”.
In the CGI series, Captain Black is voiced by Nigel Plaskitt. Conrad’s last name is changed to “Lefkon”. His background is also different from the original Captain Black: he’s now the son of a
Alan Stephens (Born January 14, 2033 in
Stephens left college and joined the World Army Air Force, where he gained degrees in aerospace design management, metal structural engineering and space related mathematics. His superiors were greatly impressed by his capacities in these various fields, and so they promoted him to head the organization responsible for research and development on a new top secret space ship project called ‘Zero X’.
His success with the Zero X project led to Stephens working on a new, even more secret assignment: the design of the floating headquarters of a new security organization, to be called Spectrum. While working on this project, Stephens became a firm friend of Colonel White’s. White recognized Stephens’ expertise with cameras and electronic surveillance, gained during his time in the WAAF. Considering these skills, and his involvement in the conception of Cloudbase, Stephens was one of the first men to be chosen to become a Spectrum captain, and he received the codename of Brown.
Colonel White gave Captain Brown his first taste of a field command by assigning him and Captain Scarlet to protect the World President.
While Brown and Scarlet are driving to the rendezvous, the Mysterons make their move, and they are killed when their Spectrum saloon car is forced to crash and career down a ravine. Both men are Mysteronized, and Brown sets about implementing the Mysterons’ instructions. His true nature unbeknown to all, the Mysteronized Brown continues the assignment of the original, and escorts the World President to a Spectrum Maximum Security building in
However, his assassination attempt fails; suspicious of Brown’s strange behaviour – and probably seeing the smoke coming out of the man’s collar – the World President activates a safety mechanism, which propels his chair into a safe room, just as the explosion occurs. It must be assumed that the Mysteronized Brown dies in the explosion, as the Maximum Security building collapses on top of him, and the Mysterons rarely re-activate an agent that has failed in their allotted mission.
At first, Spectrum believes that the Captain Brown who attacked the World President was an impostor, and that he carried a bomb on his person, which detonated a larger bomb, hidden somewhere in the complex. However, they later learn that in reality, this man was an exact copy of the real Brown, created by the Mysterons’ inexplicable powers. It is also revealed in a later episode, that Brown did not carry a bomb, but actually became the bomb.
While off duty, Captain Brown was a keen fisherman. He also liked photography and restoring antique clocks.
Captain Brown was voiced by Australian actor Charles Tingwell who was the voice of the main character Dr. Fawn (see Dr. Fawn for information).
After dying off in the first episode, Captain Brown’s puppet was re-used in several other episodes. Below is a graph of his appearances.
Vincent Bar Barman
“Fire at Rig 15”
“Noose of Ice”
Professor Gabriel Carney (right)
In addition to that, Captain Brown’s puppet is used farther in “Joe 90” as Dr. Blakemore and Harry Sloane. He also appears in “The Secret Service” as George Grey, General Brompton and Professor Soames, the latter in which the puppet was heavily disguised under a grey wig and mustache.
In the CGI Reboot, Captain Brown is seen though has no prominent role in the series whatsoever. The character is named Ricky Nolan and the character never speaks.
Richard Fraser (Born February 23, 2035 in
Like many teenage boys, Richard Fraser hated high school and spent much of his time designing and building model aircraft, rather than studying. Therefore, he is unique amongst the Spectrum agents in that he has no outstanding academic credentials. A keen amateur pilot, he learned to fly at 16, gaining his pilot’s license. When he left school at 18, lacking the necessary grades for University and having failed the University entrance exams, he applied for a post in the World Army Air Force, but was rejected due to his lack of degree-level qualifications.
Presumably, rather than take a post at a lower rank that was not what he wanted to do, Fraser made the decision to join the World Government Police Corps in 2054; his ‘second best’ option.
After three years of basic training from cadet to officer (rank unknown), Richard Fraser became thoroughly engrossed in detective work and his real character and abilities began to emerge.
He rose quickly through the WGPC ranks, until, when the supreme commander retired, Richard Fraser became the leading candidate to replace him. To general surprise, Fraser, now a commander, refused the post, which would have kept him tied to largely administrative tasks, preferring to take command of a smaller division, which would offer him greater chances of continuing to do field work – with all the action and excitement that entailed.
It was this loyalty to his convictions, his inspired detective skills and his evident common sense, which, in 2065, prompted the Spectrum selection committee to approach him with a view to joining the fledgling organisation.
The nature of the challenging work promised by Spectrum made it an easy choice for Fraser, and he accepted the commission.
Given that he was well-known in the public eye and a possible target for underworld reprisals, Spectrum orchestrated a fake assassination, known as ‘Operation Jigsaw’ with Fraser’s consent. On June 19th, 2066, Richard Fraser was apparently assassinated and the news relayed around the world. In fact, he was shot with a tranquillizer dart and his ‘body’ taken to the National Hospital of Chicago, where he was revived. Some sources say that while he was there, Fraser also had ‘plastic surgery’ to alter his appearance and give him the freedom to work unhindered.
In July 2066 Richard Fraser became Captain Ochre of Spectrum.
Captain Ochre was voiced by Canadian actor Jeremy Wilkin, who also did the voice of Captain Black before Mysteronization.
Born on June 6, 1930, Wilkin would obtain a professional relationship with the
Aside from Anderson related roles, Wilkin is also known for his roles as Captain Forsyth in the 1977 James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me", as Kellman in "Doctor Who"'s "Revenge of the Cybermen" serial and as Dev Tarrant in the first episode of "Blake 7".
Captain Ochre’s puppet was later on reused in “Joe 90” and “The Secret Service” as various characters.
In the CGI reboot, Captain Ochre was re-imagined as an Irish Female character named Elaine McGee. Elaine was voiced by Julia Brahms. On a sidenot, a similar looking Captain that appears in the first episode who never speaks also bears an "Ochre" or "Beige" colored uniform. Could this possibly be a hint that the original male Ochre might have been in the series?
Patrick Donaghue (Born on May 17, 2034 in
Patrick Donaghue is the odd one out amongst the Spectrum agents and flight crews, because, unlike most of his colleagues, he doesn’t have a background in the military or law-enforcement services; quite the contrary, he comes from what is called the wrong side of the tracks.
He was three when his parents immigrated to the
However, when he started his studies at Yale, Patrick soon became involved with a small gang of political extremists known as “Group 22”. Because of his participation in the “anti-Bereznik riots” of 2052, young Patrick was sent to
Graduating from Yale University at the age of 22, in 2055, with degrees in physics, electrical engineering and technology, he joined a large, unnamed firm in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, as a computer programmer. But the boring, repetitive desk job he was chained to made him yearn for a chance of action and adventure. To make a better life for himself and his family, he decided he needed more money than this job could earn him. So once again, Patrick turned to a life of crime. He created a small but efficient crime ring, to operate in
The selection committee charged with creating Spectrum considered that they needed to recruit someone from the “underworld” if their security organisation was to succeed in beating infiltration by criminal and terrorist organisations. Someone who knew how such criminal groups worked and who was respected and trusted within the “underworld”, and who could provide invaluable inside information, and even work safely on the inside, when necessary. Their choice fell on Patrick Donaghue, whose background they had studied and who they considered could be brought back to the right side of the law, with the right incentive. They contacted him through a coded advertisement placed in the ‘Help Wanted’ section of the “Daily USA” newspaper, offering him a position as a field agent within the Spectrum organisation. This new challenge interested Donaghue and after consideration, and on the terms that he would be granted a full pardon by the World Government, he accepted the offer.
Whilst usually acting as a field agent, when he was not on duty as such, his competence at computer work, often leads to Captain Magenta acting as a replacement officer for Lieutenant Green, at the Control Room desk. A security expert and an electronics genius, Magenta also spends some of this time designing ways to make World Government security buildings even more impregnable.
Captain Magenta’s voice was provided by Australian/Canadian actor Gary Files. After lending his voice to Magenta, he obtained a professional relationship with the
Files has appeared in several Australian films, “The Money Movers”, “The Club”, “Evil Angels”, “Mull” and “Dead End”. As well as two animated features “The Littlest Convict” and “Abra-Cadabra”. He also manipulated and voiced the lead muppets Simon Smedley and Aunt Matilda in “The
Captain Magenta’s puppet was reused as background characters in both “Joe 90” and “The Secret Service”.
In the CGI reboot of the series, Captain Magenta’s personality is far more different from that of the original. The new Magenta is of Italian origin and named Mario Moro. He has been personified as a womanizer. The new Magenta was voiced by American actor Jeremy Hitchen, who had lent his voice to an earlier Anderson Supermarionation production, “Terrahawks” in 1983.
Bradley Holden (Born March 4, 2034 in
Bradley ‘Brad’ Holden was educated at the
Graduating at 21, Brad lost no time in enlisting in the World Navy submarine service. Stationed in
In 2062, he was transferred to the newly founded World Aquanaut Security Patrol (WASP), and promoted to security chief with a rank of lieutenant commander. He was assigned to the prototype combat submarine which would later be known as Stingray (2062-2064). While in command of this new vessel, Holden became a real credit to the service, and gained a formidable reputation because of his heroic encounters with enemies of the World Government, pirates and spies. This reputation compares to that of his more famous successor, Troy Tempest, who would subsequently become Stingray’s captain.
Unfortunately, in late 2064, some unspecified back injury cut short Holden’s glorious career, and forced him to leave command of the Stingray prototype for a desk job, which he hated.
Two years later, the Spectrum organisation’s selection committee approached Brad Holden, impressed by his reputation in active service and his superb handling of security measures. His back problems were obviously not an issue anymore at this point, and Brad Holden accepted Spectrum’s offer of becoming a field agent, with the rank of captain and the colour codename ‘Grey’.
Off duty, Grey is a cool, logical thinker; his calm acceptance in the face of danger can make him appear emotionless. His love of water has never left him and, even while stationed on Cloudbase, 40 000 feet above sea level, Captain Grey is dedicated to his passion of swimming. He spends long hours in the Cloudbase swimming pool.
Captain Grey’s voice was provided by Paul Maxwell who previously provided the voice of the titular character Steve Zodiac in one of the previous Supermarionation series “Fireball XL5”. Like his predecessors, Scott Tracy and Captain Paul Travers, Captain Grey’s appearance is based heavily off the likeness of Sean Connery.
Half way through the series, both Maxwell and Charles Tingwell left the series; their last episode being “Shadow of Fear”.
Like most other puppets, Captain Grey’s puppet was re-used as various background characters in later series. In “The Secret Service”, his puppet was almost unrecognizable behind a new hairstyle and glasses.
In the CGI reboot, Grey was voiced by Robbie Stevens. Grey was now of Scottish origin and now named Iain Taggart. His character is less developed than the original, however appears more often than his Supermarionation predecessor.
Andrew Laurence (Born January 9, 2033 in
Andrew was only a few months old when his parents were killed in an air crash. He was adopted by an Irish family and spent his early life in
After studying physics and biology at college, he decided to join the police force, specializing in forensic and ballistic science. His crime solving abilities soon brought him to the notice of Spectrum. Given the code name Captain Indigo, he was put in charge of the Spectrum ground forces intelligence service.
On special assignment at Spectrum’s security lodge in Africa, Indigo was shot by Captain Black and Mysteronized, only the second Spectrum Captain to die this way (the first being Captain Brown). Now under Mysteron control he attempted to kill the World President, Colonel White and Captain Blue by trying to crush them under the lodge.
Whilst making his escape, he was pursued by Captain Scarlet who ‘killed’ him using the new anti-Mysteron Electron gun – a weapon Captain Indigo himself had been involved with developing.
Like Captain Brown, Captain Indigo only appeared in one episode, “Spectrum Strikes Back”. In this episode, Indigo never wore the Spectrum uniform (the image you see at the right is only a photoshop of Captain Scarlet with Indigo's head edited in), presumably because of the cost of making another Spectrum uniform for the tailors for the puppets. His bartender’s uniform however was colored Indigo.
Captain Indigo’s voice was performed by Gary Files who provided the voice for the regular character, Captain Magenta.
Before and after Captain Indigo appeared, his puppet was used variously for different roles, first appearing most famously in the third episode “Big Ben Strikes Again” as Macey the Truck Driver, and later appearing as Tribune Reporter Mervin Brand in “The Launching”. As a note of interest, when Brand shows his ID to Harmony Angel, it’s the same photo of Indigo when processed from the Mysteron Detector.
As with the other puppets, Captain Indigo’s puppet was re-used in later
In the CGI reboot of the series, Captain Indigo is now an African American man with a goatee named “John Roach”. The character never speaks within the series.
Edward Wilkie (Born June 10, 2031 in
The son of a renowned medical specialist, Edward followed in his father’s footsteps and studied to become a doctor.
He gained high standards in biology at school, which provided great help later, when he entered
The young man graduated with honours degrees in medicine and biology in 2055, and at age 24, entered the World Medical Organisation (WMO), as Assistant Medical Controller for the Australian sector. Although only a short term post, in a small region, it would permit Edward to gain valuable and considerable background experience. It was during this tenure, that Wilkie recognised the need to modernise the techniques used by the Australian medical service, which was still being run on twentieth century concepts.
It was when he was promoted to Health Controller for the Scandinavian sector that Edward Wilkie set himself the task to work on this problem, devoting all of his free time to plan a reorganization of the World Medical Organisation. He studied computerised systems and believed that their integration into the medical field would revolutionize applied medicine. Within two years (2057), he had successfully outlined a new system which would revitalize the WMO.
Wilkie was responsible for the design and creation of the so-called ‘robot doctors’: computerized medical beds, programmed with very advanced ‘near free minds’ capable of medical analysis and assessment. They used scanner cameras and numerous other devices to check on a patient’s needs, producing required data in a matter of seconds, and were even able to make their own prognostics and present solutions. A similar design was used to create the ‘auto nurses’, which would be used by the World Aquanaut Security Patrol.
In view of his ground-breaking achievements, the WMO promoted Edward Wilkie to Administrator for the Advancement of Medicine and Medical Science Division, a post he held from 2057 to 2064. This new position permitted Wilkie to receive all the man-power he needed to put his systems and ideas into practice. According to some sources, it was sometime between these dates that Edward Wilkie is said to have married (wife’s name unknown, and date unspecified).
Because of his outstanding ability to discover and develop new ways of healing, Edward Wilkie attracted the attention of the selection committee for the new Spectrum organisation. He was approached in 2065 and offered the job of Supreme Medical Commander of Cloudbase, receiving the colour codename of ‘Doctor Fawn’ and a rank of Captain.
Dr. Fawn’s voice was provided by Australian actor Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell. In the audio production “Introducing Captain Scarlet”, Jeremy Wilken voiced Dr. Fawn.
Prior to “Captain Scarlet”, Tingwell provided voices in “Thunderbirds Are Go!” and further voices in the second series of “Thunderbirds” in 1966. He was later in the “UFO” episode “Mindbender”. In addition to Gerry’s series, he appeared in the first series of the cult television show “Catweazle”.
A character actor, Charles Tingwell had many roles outside of Century 21 Productions. His most noticeable was that of Inspector Craddock in the Margaret Rutherford’s “Miss Marple” movies, where he would almost invariably end up being knocked over the head… including in “Murder Ahoy”, in 1964, in which actor Francis Matthews (Captain Scarlet’s voice actor), played a secondary part. The two of them would meet again, two years later in 1966, playing two brothers, for the Hammer movie "Dracula, Prince of Darkness", in which Matthews would play the main hero facing Christopher Lee.
Tingwell died in
Dr. Fawn’s puppet appeared further in “Joe 90” as Fearless Foley in the episode “Attack of the Tiger” and in two episodes of “The Secret Service” as Agent Saunders. In both roles, his puppet was disguised under a moustache.
Dr. Fawn did not appear in the CGI reboot; instead he was replaced with an Austrian Doctor named Dr. Gold.
Juliette Pontoin (Born on August 23, 2040 in
Juliette Pontoin is the daughter of a wealthy French textile manufacturer. She was educated at an unnamed Parisian convent, and in 2057, went to
With such unusual qualifications, Juliette was at a loss which career to choose and so she joined the World Army Air Force in 2060, as a stop gap. The commanders in the WAAF transferred her to the Intelligence Corps, which suited her far more, and she decided to make intelligence her chosen career.
As part of her job, Juliette started training to become an aircraft pilot; she began to make a name for herself amongst WAAF officials for her flying skills as much as her ruthless efficiency in dealing with Intelligence Department assignments. It was due to her superb work, that many enemy organisations were quashed during this period.
As a reward for her tremendous contribution to the service, the WAAF promoted her to commanding officer of the newly formed, Women’s Fighter Squadron. She excelled in air-combat tactics and her leadership was such that she quickly gained the respect and admiration of the other squadrons, and she became the ace pilot of the WAAF.
However, this wasn’t to last. After three years, tired of the lack of personal freedom and the strict regulations of the Armed Forces, Juliette decided to leave, and started her own firm of flying contractors.
Though she imagined she was through with the military life, Juliette found out very soon it wasn’t quite the case. Her prowess in the field of Intelligence gathering, her remarkable skills as a pilot, and her flawless record with the WAAF brought her to the attention of the Spectrum selection committee. She was approached in 2065, and, probably tempted by this new challenge, she happily accepted the job of pilot in the new organisation’s squadron of Angel fighters, and received the code name of Destiny Angel.
Destiny’s voice was provided by British actress Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Morgan. At the time of “Captain Scarlet”, she was known for presenting “Finding Out”, a school’s program. After “Captain Scarlet”, she appeared in “Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed”, and starred in “The Old Devils” for BBC Wales. She has also performed in various TV series, and she’s written over 24 plays for BBC Radio 4, and taken her one-woman show to the National Theatre and on a tour to
Destiny’s appearance was based off of Swiss actress Ursula Andress.
Destiny Angel’s puppet would later make appearances in “Joe 90” and “The Secret Service”.
In the CGI revamp, Destiny’s character was changed drastically, now named Simone Giraudoux and despite having a French name, her nationality was now changed to American. In the CGI series Destiny now has a romantic relationship with Captain Scarlet, though prior to the Mysteron threat she was with Captain Black. The CGI Destiny was voiced by Emma Tate.
Karen Wainwright (Born January 6, 2042 in
Karen Wainwright displayed such amazing gifted talents at her unnamed high school in
Her abilities attracted the attention of the Universal Secret Service and soon after she graduated from Yale, Karen was contacted and offered employment by them. An adventurous young person eager for excitement, the USS offer greatly appealed to Karen and she readily accepted it. She followed the USS comprehensive training course and such was her adaptability and swift and intelligent thinking that she passed it in only two years, while the norm was at least five years. By early 2062, Karen was a fully fledged USS field agent, dealing solely with industrial espionage, and she became a great credit to the organisation. During her career, she handled many tricky assignments, and in five years had become the USS’s number one secret agent. This allowed her to develop techniques that helped revamp the way the USS was dealing with espionage, and these methods became a model to be used by other espionage and security agencies.
While training as an aircraft pilot for a special USS mission, Karen literally fell in love with flying, and it wasn’t long before she came to realise that the one ambition in her life was to become an aircraft pilot. She left the service in early 2067, and joined up with an unnamed charter company, dealing with worldwide passenger transport. Karen’s flying skills were so good that she soon gained worldwide recognition, and even became headline news.
Her many talents and her potential were recognised by the Spectrum selection committee and, she was offered the chance to become one of their ace pilots (some sources say at late as late 2067). Karen passed the entrance exam with ease and was enlisted by Spectrum to become Symphony Angel.
Symphony’s voice was provided by actress Janna Hill. Hill’s career does not progress very far apart from her voice acting in the series. Her roles in other Television series usually are only limited to just one episode guest roles.
Symphony’s puppet is later reused in “Joe 90”.
In the CGI reboot of the series, Symphony’s character was changed drastically. The CGI Symphony is now of Japanese origin and named Yoko Inukai. The character was voiced by Jules de Jongh.
Dianne Simms (Born on April 27, 2043 in
Dianne Simms was educated at an unnamed girls’ public school, and then moved onto
On completion of that training, Dianne was sent on many difficult and dangerous assignments around the world, sometimes alongside Lady Penelope, and sometimes alone. Many times she outwitted her enemies, and brought several notorious espionage agents to justice.
Lady Penelope retired from the FAB, in order to concentrate on International Rescue, and Dianne was offered the role of supreme commander, which she accepted, and under her auspices, the organisation became even more distinguished and respected.
Dianne’s intellect, ingenuity, and her ability to retain a cool head in the face of danger, made her the most sought after free agent in
Rhapsody was voiced by Liz Morgan, who was also the voice of Destiny and Harmony Angels. Her appearance was based off of 60’s model Jean Shrimpton.
Rhapsody’s puppet was used as a nurse in a “Joe 90” episode, the puppet still bearing the same auburn red hair.
In the CGI series, Rhapsody is voiced by Julia Brahms. The CGI Rhapsody Angel is named Caroline Foster-Finch and bears little to no resemblance to the original Rhapsody.
Chan Kwan (Born June 19, 2042 in
The only daughter of a successful and wealthy family of Chinese entrepreneurs, Chan Kwan was born in
Chan went to
Chan left the university in 2062, at age 20, having gained grade-1 degrees in her subjects. Although having graduated with honours, her only ambition now was to prove that she could pilot a small jet-engined aircraft single-handedly around the world. She prepared herself for the next two years (2062 to 2064), perfecting her flying skills. Her father, apparently believing in her project, set up a fund for her, and with the money, she was able to purchase an old second-hand, single-seater, flight-trainer jet. In the three months that followed, using her family’s flying taxi company workshops, she enhanced the craft to meet her own personal requirements for the project ahead.
It was on March 2, 2064 that Chan Kwan set off on her solo flight around the world. However, this first attempt failed; after only thirty-six hours she answered to a distress call while flying over the
When Chan’s father died in September of 2065, she inherited full command of Peking Taxi Corps. In the following year, the firm became one of the swiftest freight and flying taxi services in the East, under her direction.
In the middle of 2066, Chan Kwan’s dedication to her cause and her astonishing flying abilities attracted the attention of the Spectrum selection committee, who unanimously decided that she should become one of the organization’s Angel pilots. She accepted the honour, and was given the code name of Harmony Angel.
Harmony’s voice was provided by Liz Morgan. Contrary to the credits of the series, Japanese actress Lian-Shin only did Harmony Angel’s voice in the episode “The Launching”. It is unclear whether or not Shin would have continued voicing Harmony as the episode was her last speaking role in the series all together.
Harmony Angel’s appearance is based off of Chinese actress Tsai-Chin.
In the CGI series, Harmony was named Rebecca Drake and was voiced by Jules de Jongh. The
Magnolia Jones (Born on January 10, 2043) is an Angel aircraft fighter pilot and at times Spectrum Helicopter Pilot.
Born January 10 2043, on a cotton farm in the Deep South of the
Magnolia however, was passionate about fast cars and motorbikes, and immediately took up professional motor-racing, something she excelled at. Her parents however, thought differently, and finally decided it was about time their only daughter stopped behaving like a boy and began to act like a lady. Against her wishes, Magnolia was packed off to an un-named finishing school for girls in
Magnolia took to the air force life at once, loving every minute of it. She began training immediately as a test pilot, and her courage and nerves of steel quickly garnered her reputation as one of the youngest and most renowned test pilots in the WAAF in that period. However, one fateful day, as she took aircraft XKF.115 on a test flight, base control lost radio contact with her somewhere over the
She left the WAAF shortly after, in order to concentrate purely on her flying. Backed by money given to her by her father, thankful for her return to safety, she set up a freelance flying taxi service, providing luxury inter-city flights for business executives.
In 2065 her great determination and flying skills brought her to the attention of the selection committee for the new Spectrum organisation. She eagerly accepted the challenge of becoming one of their pilots, and took the codename Melody Angel.
Melody Angel’s voice was provided by Sylvia Anderson, who previously voiced Lady Penelope in “Thunderbirds” and Dr. Venus in “Fireball XL5”. Melody’s appearance was based off renowned singer and actress Eartha Kitt, whose best, remembered as Catwoman in the 60’s “Batman” movies starring Adam West.
Melody’s puppet appeared again in “Joe 90” episode “Viva Cordova” as Dorina Cordova, wife of President Juan Cordova. Interestingly Dorina was voiced by Liz Morgan; the one time in the series she voiced a character.
In the CGI series, Melody is voiced by Heather Tobias. In the series, the new Melody is now Caucasian and of Iranian descent, and now named Esther Jackson.
The Mysterons are the main antagonists of the series; they are a race of pure energy hailing from an unknown planet, residing on Mars.
Hostilities between the Mysteron race and Earth began in 2068 following a Zero-X expedition led by Captain Black of Earth security organization, Spectrum. The purpose of the mission had been to locate the source of radio signals that Spectrum had detected emanating from the planet. Following the transmissions, the party discovered an alien complex on the surface.
The complex, run by the Mysterons, who were curious, revealed a camera emerging from the ground, though Captain Black mistook this for a weapon placement; Captain Black feared an attack and, in violation of his orders, launched an assault on the complex that destroyed it completely. However, the city was almost immediately rebuilt before their eyes as a blue beam of light passed over the ruins.
Identifying themselves as the Mysterons, the aliens claimed to have discovered the secret of traversing matter. Mysterons have the ability to change matter with some sort of teleportation technology, and the ability to heal any physical injury. They proved to have the ability to re-create an exact likeness of an object or person. A power they could exercise only after the original object had been destroyed or after the original person had been killed.
Despite being a peaceful race, they planned on Devoting themselves to retaliation for the unprovoked attack on their complex, retaliation they declare "will be slow, but nonetheless effective," they take over Captain Black and send him back to Earth under their control, making him instrumental in avenging the Mysterons by recruiting other persons and objects in a similar fashion.
But their attempt to assassinate the World President, for which purpose they re-create Captain Brown (who is used as a “bomb” to kill him only for this plan to fail) and Captain Scarlet himself, fails when his likeness is shot, and killed, in a fall during his unsuccessful attempt to kidnap the World President, and regains the normal personality of the original Captain Scarlet.
The merciless Mysterons themselves are never actually seen on screen. They broadcast their threats by radio, often disguising their intentions with word play, and they are only represented visually by twin rings of green light, suggestive of eyes, that they project onto the scenes of destructions and killings from which likenesses emerge.
From one point of view, the Mysterons' hostility to humans, to the extent of their intending "the ultimate destruction of life on Earth," seems to make little sense. While their anger at the destruction of their city is understandable, it is unclear why, since they were able to re-create their complex, they ignore Earth's gestures of reconciliation.
The Mysterons were voiced by Donald Gray, who also voiced Colonel White and Captain Black. Gray’s voice for both the Mysterons and Captain Black was slowed and deepened down for the loud bass booming voice the Mysterons are known for.
In the Compilation films, "Captain Scarlet vs. The Mysterons" and "The Revenge of the Mysterons from Mars", in addition to Gray's voice, in various new segments an American voice of the Mysterons performed by an unknown actor is heard.
In the CGI revamp series, the Mysterons were voiced by Mike Hayley. Their hostility toward the humans is a bit more reasonable in the series too, stating that they have viewed their people for centuries and that their violence disgusts them greatly.
Joseph McClaine (Born April 5, 2003 in Hampstead,
Joe was orphaned at the age of 12 months when both his parents were killed in a car crash. With no close relatives to care for him, the boy was sent to the Caxton Manor Orphanage in East London where he was simply known as “Joe”.
It was Joe’s interest in cars that brought him to Professor McClaine. In the summer of 2008, whilst on an Orphanage field trip to London, Mac’s Air Jet Car caught Joe’s eye. He parted from the group of uniformed children and climbed inside to investigate and stowed away when Mac returned. On reaching the McClaines house, Joe made his presence noted. Instantly, the McClaines and Joe became united in friendship. The friendship was stimulated so much that the McClaines paid regular visits to the orphanage and, in turn, Joe was allowed to spend weekends at their home in
When Mary died in 2009, Joe became more and more involved in his father’s work and research. His life changed forever when Professor McClaine allowed the World Intelligence Network to use the BIG RAT on their agents and young Joe. Joe donned the glasses to activate the experts’ brain waves and became W.I.N.’s most special agent, undertaking dangerous assignments under the guise of an ordinary nine year old schoolboy.
It was a dream come true, but just another of so many dreams that have come true in the nine year life of Joe McClaine, known throughout the world as JOE 90.
Joe’s voice was provided by child actor Len Jones. According to Gerry he wanted to get a real child to do the voice as female actors had previously done the voices which to him always sounded fake. Len guest starred in many television series in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including “Z Cars”, “Adam Adamant Lives!”, “Here Comes The Double Deckers!” and “The Adventures of Black Beauty”. Probably his most famous film appearance was as Wilfred, son of Rafe Crompton (James Mason) in “Spring and Port Wine”.
Professor Ian “Mac” McClaine (Born on June 24, 1964 in Baron’s Court, London, United Kingdom) is an Electronics Engineer.
At the age of 48, Ian McClaine, an electronics engineer, has become one of the scientific geniuses of the twenty-first century. His brains, his know-how and his invention of the BIG RAT have helped to keep the present world politically stable, and through him world peace has been stimulated. He is a quiet, stubborn and determined man. His illustrious academic career included honors in physics, aerodynamics and electronics, and scholarships at Cambridge and Stanford University (where he met his life-long friend, Sam Loover).
Born in Baron’s Court,
Mac’s first bout with disaster occurred in 1986, when his parents were killed in a chemical explosion at the family home. Mac used his inheritance to buy a cottage at Culver Bay, under which he built a luxury research laboratory where he worked on his brain pattern experiments, published the occasional book and built his dream Jet Air Car.
He married his secretary, Mary Reed, and the two lived an uneventful life until Mac discovered five-year-old Joe stowed away in his car in 2008. The couple adopted Joe and spent a year together before Mary tragically died in a car accident.
Mac buried himself in his work, and completed his brain pattern transplant machine in three years. He sold the BIG RAT to W.I.N. and allowed his son to become W.I.N.’s most special agent
Professor McClaine’s voice was supplied by British actor Rupert Davies, best known for his portrayal of “Maigret” in the 1960s BBC Television series of the same name.
Davies was born in
On his release, Davies resumed his career in acting almost immediately, starring in an ex Prisoner Of War show, 'Back Home', which was hosted at the Stoll Theatre, London.
After the war Davies became a staple of British television appearing in numerous plays and series, including “Quatermass II”, “Ivanhoe”, “Emergency - Ward 10", “Danger Man”, “The Champions” and “Doctor at Large”
Davies died of Cancer in
Samuel William Loover (Born December 15, 1968 in Flagstaff, Arizona) is the Deputy Head of W.I.N. London Office.
Born in the Shadow of the Pueblo Mountains, Sam was the son of Willy Loover, an eminent geologist. Sam lost his mother in 1981 when she was killed in a freak sandstorm.
Sam met fellow electronics student Ian McClaine at Stanford and the two became firm friends until they were separated in 1989 when McClaine returned to England after graduation.
Sam went to work for the American Government, and was quickly promoted to the position of Chief Security Advisor to the Secretary of Defense.
When his boss was appointed as Supreme Head of W.I.N. in 1997, the former Defense Secretary enrolled Sam as his top agent.
For the next 15 years, Sam Loover was W.I.N.’s number one agent based at the US Office in Washington. In 2012, Sam was promoted to Deputy Head of the W.I.N. London Office, under London Supreme Commander Shane Weston, and oversaw control of agent operations. One of his first actions in this new post was to recruit Ian McClaine and his young son Joe into W.I.N. as unofficial operatives.
Sam Loover was voiced by Keith Alexander, who had previously done the voice of John Tracy and the Narrator in “Thunderbird 6”. Keith would obtain a professional relationship with the
Apart from the Andersons, Alexander is known for his roles on TV in "The New Avengers", "Minder" and "The Day of the Triffids". He also had experience voicing another very different puppet character; the mouse Topo Gigio. He has had big screen appearances in "Submarine X-1" (1968), "Superman" (1978) and "Hanover Street" (1979).
Prior to being Sam Loover, the puppet was the 19th of 44 revamp puppets (puppets used for various roles) making various appearances in episodes of “Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons”. The puppet was most famously used for Supreme Commander Earth Forces in “Point 783”, Lunarville 7 Controller in “Lunarville 7” and President Roberts in “The Launching”. Even so, various new heads for expressions were made for “Joe 90”.
Shane Weston (Born March 22, 1967 in Carson City, Nevada) is the W.I.N. Deputy Controller and Supreme Commander of W.I.N. London Office.
Shane was born into a family of ranchers with a Cherokee Indian mother, who died of an incurable illness in 1974. The hardship and uncertainty that ended her life affected the boy’s early life. It affected him so much in fact that he became very much a "loner", preferring to spend days on end in the wide expanse of the desert, climbing and swimming, rather than spend his time with his father, whom he had grown to dislike.
Being alone for so many days on end and so far removed from his father, Shane Weston grew so far away from his only parent that he treated him as a stranger. And so, at the age of 12, Shane decided that the best thing to do was leave home. The next four years were spent on the road. In and out of menial jobs, he earned enough money to travel further, living rough and sleeping at the roadside.
In 1983, Shane joined the US Army as a Marine where he earned many promotions, medals and eventually a purple heart. He spent his last three years in the Army stationed in America, working on defense security. When he ended his service as a Marine, Shane joined the Army Intelligence Network as a Commander, and worked as an undercover agent for the C.I.A.
While on active service in Britain, Shane met and married a young English girl, Susan Denver.
In 1997, the C.I.A. was co-opted into the new World Intelligence Network and Shane was chosen as the Network’s top agent attached to the United States divisional section. In 2006, while on assignment in South America, an accident left Shane hospitalized for two years with a severely damaged spine. He retired from active service and became the Deputy Head of W.I.N.’s supreme headquarters in Washington, planning campaigns and training agents. In 2011, he was promoted once again, and moved to London to head European W.I.N. headquarters.
For two years now, Shane Weston has been in charge of W.I.N. in the
Shane’s voice was provided by American actor David Healy. Healy had previously done voice acting for supporting characters in “Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons” and continued doing voices into “The Secret Service”. He also appears in the “UFO” episode “Ordeal” and small roles in
On the big screen, he gave uncredited performances in the James Bond films “You Only Live Twice” and “Diamonds Are Forever”.
Healy died on October 24, 1995 following a Heart Operation in
Shane Weston’s puppet, like Sam Loover’s was recycled from one of the revamp puppets from “Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons”. Apart from being one of the Spectrum guards, the puppets most notable role was as Dr. Kurnitz in “Dangerous Rendezvous”.
Mrs. Ada Harris (Age 55, born in 1957; in London, England) is the house keeper of the McClaines.
She visits the cottage every day to clean and sometimes makes small meals. She is thoroughly dependable but not very imaginative when it comes to understanding the unusual interests and activities of the McClaine family.
Not much interesting info or back story is given about Mrs. Harris, seeing as she only appears in four episodes. The writers of her bio were obviously less than taken with Mrs. Harris.
Mrs. Harris was voiced by Sylvia Anderson
Though Mrs. Harris’ puppet was made especially for “Joe 90”, her puppet was later reused in the last episode of “The Secret Service” named “More Haste, Less Speed”. She was disguised under long grey hair as Lady Martha Hazlewell and voiced by Keith Alexander.
“The Secret Service”
Father Stanley Unwin (Born on June 7, 1911 in Pretoria, South Africa) is an old country vicar and BISHOP Secret Agent on permanent assignment to Operation Priest.
Father Unwin leads a double life - to his parishioners he is a humble priest, but behind closed doors he is a Secret Service agent, ready to save the country one criminal mastermind at a time.
Operating out of his quaint parish in the English countryside, Father Unwin appears ill-equipped to thwart the deviants and ne’er-do-wells thrown at him but he has at his disposal a gardener and handyman, Matthew Harding, who is of course an undercover assistant, and more importantly a devilishly useful invention - a miniaturizer, which he keeps hidden inside a copy of The Good Book....
The miniaturizer formerly belonged to one of Father Unwin's parishioners, Professor Humbolt. It was his dying wish that Unwin look after the invention at all costs. This compact device is capable of shrinking a human to one-third their normal size. Father Unwin did the right thing and shared this secret with the British Government who, in turn, recruited him to B.I.S.H.O.P. and assigned him agent Harding to partner him on his missions. Invariably, it is Harding who is miniaturized each episode and transported inside Father Unwin's specially-adapted briefcase.
Father Unwin was voiced and based upon the late British comedian and comic writer Stanley Unwin, who also provided his physical actions when needed. Unwin is the inventor of his own language called ‘Unwinese’ (referred to as gobbledygook in the film “Carry On Regardless”) which is used frequently by Father Unwin in the series as a form of confusal, A factor which led to the downfall of the series.
Unwinese was a mangled form of English in which many of the words were corrupted in playful and humorous ways. Unwin claimed his gift came from his mother, who once told him that on the way home she had "falolloped over and grazed her kneeclabbers".
Stanley Unwin died on January 12, 2002 at
Matthew Harding (Age 28, born 1941, other details ungiven) is a BISHOP agent paired with Father Unwin, who serves as his accomplice while on assignment and as gardener of the vicarage in public life.
Matthew is the regular target for Father Unwin’s Minimizer, reducing him to a height of two feet (0.6 m) so as to infiltrate situations to which no full-size individual could gain access. The Minimiser can also be used to shrink enemy agents, bringing them down to Matthew's size in a quite literal sense.
When miniaturized, Matthew is often transported into high-risk situations in Unwin's adapted briefcase, which is fitted with equipment such as a periscope, can store other gadgets as required, and can open from the inside. The Father's hearing aid is in fact a transmitter that enables covert communication with Matthew, who wears a corresponding unit.
Matthew’s voice was provided by Gary Files, who previously provided the voice of Captain Magenta in “Captain Scarlet”
Prior to becoming Matthew, his puppet was one of the 44 revamp puppets made for “Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons”. The only notable role of the puppet was in the episode “Treble Cross” as Dr. Mitchell. The puppet was disguised under freckles and a blonde wig for the role of Matthew, and more head duplicates were made for more facial expressions.
Mrs. Appleby (Age 55, born in 1914, other details unknown) is the faithful housekeeper of Father Unwin’s vicarage.
Blissfully unaware of the adventures of Father Unwin and Matthew, Mrs. Appleby has little patience for Matthew thanks to him disappearing hours at a time, this leading her to believe he keeps taking days off without any notice. She complains that Father Unwin can’t see bad in anyone, contributing as to why he won’t fire him.
Mrs. Appleby usually serves the father up meals, mostly shown serving him a boiled egg in a cup for breakfast. Father Unwin seems to be taken with her phenomenal cooking skills, anything that isn’t fried carrots anyhow.
Mrs. Appleby was of course voiced by Sylvia Anderson.
The Bishop (Real name unknown, Age 52, born in 1917, other details unknown) is the head of Operation Priest.
The Bishop is a high-ranking figure in British Intelligence and the director of B.I.S.H.O.P. (British Intelligence Service Head Quarters, Operation Priest) and is the immediate superior of Father Unwin.
The Bishop’s office resides at
The Bishop was voiced by Jeremy Wilken, whom provided the voices of Virgil in “Thunderbirds” and Captain Ochre in “Captain Scarlet”.
Agent Paul Blake (Birth date and age unknown, born in
Blake enjoyed a grammar school education before joining the British Intelligence service as an office boy. Blake is often shown doing medial and at times degrading tasks for the Bishop usually to help Father Unwin and Matthew within their missions. Budget constraints mean that Agent Blake is only available on a part time basis.
Blake is happily married and lives with his wife and three children in
Paul Blake has been in many annuals and books regarded as the Grandfather (or more likely Great Grandfather due to time indifferences) of Paul Metcalfe; Captain Scarlet of Spectrum. Despite their appearance, both Scarlet and Blake have very little in common.
Agent Blake’s voice was provided by Keith Alexander who voiced John Tracy in “Thunderbird 6” and Sam Loover in “Joe 90”.
The puppet of Agent Blake was in fact that of “Captain Scarlet” of the series of the same name. Despite being disguised under a brown wig and glasses. This factor is an obvious one as to why Blake is regarded as Scarlet’s relative.
Agent Saunders (real name and birth date unknown) is the Head of British Intelligence.
Not much is to be said about Saunders, personality wise. Residing in
Saunders and Patterson only appear in two episodes, though are still significant characters being the heads of British Intelligence.
Agent Saunders was voiced by Keith Alexander. Saunders is also named after series production supervisor, Desmond Saunders.
Saunders puppet was revamped from that of Dr. Fawn though disguised under a brown wig and mustache. Fawns puppet was reused in a similar appearance in “Joe 90” episode "Attack of the Tiger" as Fearless Foley though the hair was still black.
Patterson (real name and birth date unknown) is Saunders deputy.
Like Saunders, very little it to be said about Patterson. Patterson is usually the first to be informed on situations for the Intelligence agency to work on, then relaying it to Saunders.
Saunders and Patterson only appear in two episodes, though are still significant characters being the heads of British Intelligence.
Patterson's puppet is rather hard to identify due to being disguised under a mustache and glasses. He was #47 of 49 revamp puppets made for "Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons", used to portray President Conrad Olafsen in "Codename Europa" and Harris in "Treble Cross". His puppet was also used in the "Joe 90" episode "Splashdown"
Patterson was voiced by Jeremy Wilkin.