Number 6 comes across a body that has washed ashore with a radio. After sending the body back out to sea, he tries to use the radio to get rescued.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Morris ...
Duncan Macrae ...
Doctor / Napoleon Bonaparte (as Duncan MacRae)
Norma West ...
Angelo Muscat ...
Town Crier / Roman Emperor
Bee Duffell ...
Camilla Hasse ...
Day Supervisor
Alan White ...
Michael Nightingale ...
Night Supervisor
Patsy Smart ...
Night Maid
Denise Buckley ...
George Merritt ...
John Frawley ...
Lucy Griffiths ...
Lady in Corridor


Number Six comes across a body that has washed ashore with a radio. After sending the body back out to sea, he tries to use the radio to get rescued. A former colleague finds him, but the man is resigned to his own destruction. Later, Number Six calls his ex-colleague to be his character witness during a mock trial conducted by the villagers, who are in the middle of a carnival and wearing various costumes. The man comes out in a jester's outfit; but Number Two, dressed as Peter Pan, will have the last evil laugh. Written by J. Spurlin

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

26 November 1967 (UK)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Number 6's observation that "I'm new here" has led many fans to believe that this is meant to be among the series' earlier episodes. See more »


Number 6 accidentally walks into the entrance to Town Hall and gets shocked, not knowing he was entering it, but episodes earlier he stated the Village had a town Hall, implying he already knew about it. See more »


Observer: Questions are a burden to others. Answers are prison for oneself.
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References Dark Shadows (1966) See more »


Composed by Roger-Roger (uncredited)
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Well how very unfortunate for you, old chap...
3 November 2011 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

One of my top episodes, this allegory, is also one of the most violent.

DANCE OF THE DEAD - nicknamed 'the women's episode,' for it's heavily weighted female cast, has Mary Morris, playing Number 2, in such a way, that, well., as #6 says; 'never trust a woman - even the four-legged kind' becomes much clearer.

I won't give a synopsis - I don't want to spoil the (ahem) 'fun' in store.

What I will say, is that, in #6's presence at the village is quite recent, he's shown that - no matter the gender, the #2 is NOT to be trifled with.

Ms. Morris's characterisation of #2 is as ice-cold, as one can be - and, other than Leo McKern's version - and, the milk-obsessed Colin Gordon's, is most memorable.

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