Murdoch and Crabtree investigate the strange murder of Henri Gaston, who is found lying in the upper limbs of a very tall tree. There were no footprints leading up to tree so they have no theories as to how he may have gotten there. Gaston was an avid astronomer with a particular fascination about Mars and Constable Crabtree begins to think that Martians may be responsible. Murdoch however suspects a more human perpetrator, especially when he learns that Gaston was refusing to sell his land to a developer. What they eventually stumble upon is something that is completely alien to their experience. Written by
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At the end of the episode Murdoch, Ogden, Crabtree, and Brackenreid discuss where secret government research facilities should be located. Crabtree suggests a desert area. Ogden suggests California. Murdoch suggests New Mexico. Brackenreid suggests Wales. Area 51 in Nevada is very near both California and New Mexico, while the science fiction series TORCHWOOD is set in Cardiff, Wales. See more
During the examination of the dead cow, Constable Crabtree's large maple leaf badge is correctly placed on his hat. Seconds later, he bends to talk to Doctor Ogden, and the badge is crooked. As he straightens following the dialogue, the badge is correctly oriented. See more
Elmer! Stop! I don't want you getting too close.
What's gonna happen?
I don't know. It just fills me with dread. Can you see what it is?
Looks like Henri, from down in the valley.
References The Angry Red Planet
Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)
Written by Harry Dacre
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