Episode 23: Dr David Keel Era
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Production completed: 7 September 1961
UK Premiere (London, Season 1): 16 December 1961

When tests of a vaccine go horribly wrong, Steed and Dr. Keel step in and discover that one of the scientists involved is trying to sabotage the project. While interrogating the suspect, they learn that it is another scientist that is behind the scheme, who sets about locking Steed in a room that is booby-trapped with a vial of lethal virus. Believing Steed to be infected, Keel then learns that the vials of virus had been replaced with vials of water by the project director as a security precaution, and the real saboteur is flushed out.


According to Television's Greatest Hits, this was the top-rated episode for this year, and ranked ninth of all Avengers episodes according to viewer ratings at the time it aired. See what the other top-rated episodes were.

This episode has not been recovered; the images shown at left are production stills (usually shot during a rehearsal).

Michael Hawkins appeared in two Police Surgeon episodes, "Wilful Neglect" and "The Bigger They Are."

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Written by
Designed by
Directed by
Music by
Story Editors

Lester Powell
Robert Macgowan
John Knight
Leonard White
Johnny Dankworth
Patrick Brawn & John Bryce


Dr. David Keel
John Steed
Barbara Anthony
Dr. Philip Karswood
Herbert Truscott
Dr. Hugh Chalk
Dr. Owen Craxton
Carol Wilson
Dr. Harvey
Ken Armstrong
Professor Kilbride

Ian Hendry
Patrick Macnee 007
Ann Bell
Michael Hawkins #
Keith Anderson
Richard Butler
Allan Cuthbertson #
John Stratton
Douglas Muir
Ingrid Hafner
Cyril Renison #
Anthony Cundell
Geoffrey Bayldon # 007


Geoffrey Bayldon

Escape in Time

Allan Cuthbertson

Death at Bargain Prices
Death's Door
Super Secret Cypher Snatch

Michael Hawkins

The Golden Fleece
Take Me To Your Leader

Cyril Renison

The Sell-Out

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