Miss King is abducted whilst visiting an antique shop and wakes up in a room beautifully furnished in a style from fifty years earlier. She is addressed as Pandora. Steed follows a lead ... See full summary »

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Miss King is abducted whilst visiting an antique shop and wakes up in a room beautifully furnished in a style from fifty years earlier. She is addressed as Pandora. Steed follows a lead which takes him to retired World War One agent Lasindell, the love of whose life was called Pandora and bore a strong resemblance to Miss King. It is a plot by his greedy relations to make him divulge the location of his fortune or else Pandora, alias Miss King, comes to harm. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Tara Steps Back In Time
8 April 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Linda Thorson regards 'Pandora' as her favourite 'Avengers' episode, and it is not hard to see why.

Visiting an antiques shop to buy a rare clock, Tara is kidnapped by the Lasindall brothers - Rupert ( Julian Glover ) and Henry ( James Cossins ). She awakens in a beautifully furnished bedroom. People address her by the name 'Pandora'. It appears to be sometime around the First World War.

Meanwhile, Steed searches for his missing partner. The only clue is a document dropped by one of her kidnappers that makes mention of 'The Fierce Rabbit', a British agent who operated in France in The Great War. Steed goes to the archives and finds that it was the codename of Gregory Lasindall ( Peter Madden ), now elderly and senile. Lasindall's crafty nephews are out to trick him into disclosing the whereabouts of his vast fortune by first making him think his beloved Pandora is still alive. Pandora is a double for Tara King...

Brian Clemens' script is a virtual remake of his 'Adam Adamant Lives!' adventure 'A Slight Case Of Reincarnation'. Adamant himself was the one hoodwinked on that occasion, though the villains' motives were entirely different. Julian Glover was a familiar face in 'The Avengers' universe, having appeared in 'Three's A Crowd', 'The Living Dead', and 'Split!', the latter from the same season. John Laurie was too, his previous outings include 'Brief For Murder' and 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Station'.

Thorson gets one of her best roles as Tara attempts to maintain her identity despite the Lasindall's brothers' attempts to pump her full of drugs and persuade her she really is Pandora.

Robert Fuest, the director, started on 'The Avengers' as a designer. He said years later that he loved working on the show as it freed him from what he called 'the tyranny of common sense', meaning it allowed him to experiment with bizarre ideas and offbeat visuals.


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