The Prisoner: Season 1, Episode 12

Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling (7 Jan. 1968)

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With his mind transferred to another body, Number 6 wakes up in his London flat and can't convince his colleagues who he is. He takes off to Austria to find the one man who can help him, the person Number 2 wants him to find.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zena Walker ...
Clifford Evans ...
Angelo Muscat ...
Hugo Schuster ...
John Wentworth ...
Sir Charles
James Bree ...
Lloyd Lamble ...
Patrick Jordan ...
Lockwood West ...
Camera Shop Manager
Fredric Abbott ...
Gertan Klauber ...
Cafe Waiter
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Old Guest (as Henry Longhurst)
Michael Danvers-Walker ...
First New Man (as Danvers Walker)


The village is anxious to locate Professor Seltzman,inventor of a machine which can 'swap' peoples' minds. However only Seltzman knows the reversal process. Number Six is sent to locate the professor but,having been subjected to the swapping process has taken on the physical appearance of The Colonel, a new arrival at the village. The professor is found and returned to the village to oversee Number Six and The Colonel resume their old identities but the reversal is untried and those taking part are in considerable danger . Written by don @ minifie-1

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Did You Know?


In the scene where Seltzman produces the letter that Number 6 had sent him previously, Seltzman's Scottish address starts "Portmeirion road", which is the name of the actual hotel in Wales where "The Prisoner"'s exterior scenes were filmed. See more »


XB4 says over the radio that No 2 is drawing the living room curtains, when in fact he is closing the blinds. See more »


[first lines]
Sir Charles: Cipher, coding, optics, film labs, computers, experts in every field, and yet we're still left with 36 rather dreary and badly photographed color shots. Yet I'm convinced they contain the clue we want. Have you tried superimposing?
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17 May 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I have to say that this is by a VERY long way, the worst episode of "The Prisoner". It suffers greatly from the fact that Patrick McGoohan is absent for almost the entire episode. The fact that he was the one and only cast member made his absence all the more notable. I missed his brilliant sense of humour, hilarious one-liners (like "Oh, I'll just go to pieces" in "The Girl Who Was Death" and the sheer talent that comes through in each and every one of his performances.

I usually love body swapping episodes in any series but the main attraction of them for me was seeing what the bad guy is doing in the good guy's body because it gives the actor a chance to flex his acting muscles, not what the good guy is doing in the bad guy's. All the Colonel does in Number Six's body is lie semi-conscious on a bed wearing stupid looking goggles! I thought Nigel Stock was a poor substitute for McGoohan as well. He was a good actor but I never really bought that this was the same stubborn and extremely intelligent and resourceful man that I'd watched in the last twelve episodes stuck in another man's body. In fact, the only time he seemed to be acting or even talking like himself was at the very end when his mind was put back into his own body.

One other thing that bothered me was that Seltzman believed that he was who he claimed to be after just comparing two samples of his handwriting, one written while in his own body and the other written while he was in the Colonel's. It could easily just have been forged. A man capable of inventing a machine capable of swapping two peoples' bodies should have realised that. The final twist, however, was brilliant and I did not see that coming at all.

All in all, the low point of "The Prisoner" but every series has to have one fairly poor episode.

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