Dr. Wadkin, one of 7 scientist who have disappeared over the last year, suddenly reappears and attacks his Chinese wife. Steed and Peel find out that all of the missing scientist stayed at ... See full summary »


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Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Peter Jeffrey ...
Richard Bebb ...
Dr. Cullen
Philip Latham ...
Peter Arne ...
Peter Madden ...
Dr. Wadkin


Dr. Wadkin, one of 7 scientist who have disappeared over the last year, suddenly reappears and attacks his Chinese wife. Steed and Peel find out that all of the missing scientist stayed at room 621 of the Chessman hotel before they vanished. Against her will, Emma poses as a receptionist while Steed pretends to be the famous food critic, M. Gourmet. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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27 June 1966 (USA)  »

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Kenneth Williams was asked to play a major guest role. See more »


One of the Chinese guards fighting Steed (and Mrs Peel earlier in the episode) is clearly just a Caucasian stunt man. See more »


Varnals: The ministry told me to expect you, Steed, but they gave me no instructions about you, Mrs. Peel.
John Steed: Perhaps they wanted to put your innitiative to the test. Not to worry, I'll be responsible for Mata Hari.
Varnals: Just the same, I think I should ring the minister to insure -
John Steed: It won't do you any good, old boy, he'll be on the golf course by now.
Varnals: Well, the junior minister then.
John Steed: Out for his early morning ride.
Varnals: Well, the senior secretary.
John Steed: Oh, you'll get him alright, but we must take this situation serously...
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26 February 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Room Without a View" begins with the sudden reappearance of physicist Dr. John Wadkin (Peter Madden, "One for the Mortuary," "Pandora"), surprising his wife Anna (an unbilled Jeanne Roland, from Hammer's "The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb") in her own home, but barely a shadow of his former self. He's just one of seven scientists that have gone missing over the previous two years, with the one common thread linking them all being that each checked in and out of the Chessman Hotel, and were never seen again. Peter Jeffrey, later seen in both "The Joker" and "Game," plays Varnals, who deduces by Wadkin's negative reaction to his wife's Chinese heritage that he was held captive in a Manchurian prison camp. Paul Whitsun-Jones, previously seen in "Man with Two Shadows" and "The Wringer" (and later appearing in "Fog"), plays the dieting hotel owner, Max Chessman, whose thin blood requires him to live in higher temperatures, and Vernon Dobtcheff, later seen in "The Living Dead" and "Thingumajig," plays a Russian spy. Acting honors go to two veteran villains from episodes past, Philip Latham (from "The White Dwarf") as the sinister hotel manager, led to believe that Steed is an accomplished gourmet, and Peter Arne (from "Death on the Slipway," "Warlock," and "The Golden Eggs"), whose suspicions about a certain hotel room are well founded. A captive Mrs. Peel is interrogated by a Manchurian guard (an unbilled Anthony Chinn) who laments that no woman has ever been held prisoner, outlining the contours of her body with lascivious intent. The best moment comes when Steed assures Varnals that he's already checked Emma for "deadly weapons!"

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