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Episode 129: Tara King Era
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Steed: "Allow me to introduce my, er... my wife... yeah, that's it, she's my wife."
"Today's letter, boys and girls, is D. That's D, for dumb."
"My niece designed this set. She's five."

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French: "L'invasion des Terriens"

German: "Invasion der Erdenmenschen"

Spanish: "Invasión De Los Hombres De La Tierra"

Italian: "Mimetizzazione"



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Steed takes Tara as his second wife
Tara takes a giant leap for mankind*

Production completed: 21 November 1967
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 15 January 1969
US Premiere (New York, Season 3): 27 March 1968

Science Fictional (click to see category list)One of Steed's colleagues is killed on the grounds of an unusual academy. Posing as man and wife, Steed and Tara investigate a school created to train future astronauts for the purpose of conquering outer space.


Plan 9 from Outer Space meets classic Star Trek, right down to the Trek uniforms and Plan 9's curtained space station control room. If all Tara King episodes were this bad, I wouldn't have bothered reviewing any of them. Doubtless one of the worst classic Avengers episodes of all time.

 On Location

Alpha Academy was actually Knebworth House, Stevenage.


Originally one of three episodes produced by John Bryce, this one serves as a good indicator why Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell were brought back. Unfortunately, contract obligations with the Americans prevented them from ditching it altogether.

With the possible exception of "The Sell-Out," this is the only time during the original series that Steed drove a contemporary sports car (an AC 428 Convertible), which was intended to be his standard mode of transport for the King era. Fortunately, someone came to their senses, let him have his vintage cars back and gave the AC 428 to Tara.

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.


Back at Steed's flat, the two practice Judo. (How did she ever graduate spy school with such poor fighting skills?)



Written by
Directed by

Terry Nation
Don Sharp

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John Steed
Tara King

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Linda Thorson
William Lucas*
Christian Roberts
Lucy Fleming
Christopher Chittell
Warren Clarke
Wendy Allnutt
George Roubicek*


William Lucas

Death's Door

George Roubicek

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