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Episode 122: Emma Peel Era
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Steed: "Rest assured, the competition is dead."
Beresford: "Rest assured, the competition is dead."
Cybernaut: "Rest assured, they're BOTH dead."

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French: "Le retour des Cybernautes"

German: "Und noch einmal Roboter"

Italian: "Il ritorno del cibernauta"

Spanish: "El Regreso De Los Cybernautas"

Dutch: "De terugkeer van de robots"



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Steed Pulls Some Strings
Emma Becomes a Puppet

Production completed: 15 June 1967
UK Premiere (London, Season 6): 28 September 1967
US Premiere (New York, Season 3): 21 February 1968

Science Fictional (click to see category list)The brother of the slain cybernaut inventor Dr. Armstrong pays a trio of top scientists to devise some hideous, lingering means of punishment for Steed and Emma's crime.


I'm in a distinct minority on this one: for some reason, it just rubs me the wrong way, in spite of a great guest actor and some of the most notable Steed/Emma interactions ever filmed. Perhaps it is because it bears an unfortunate resemblance to Star Trek's "Spock's Brain" when Emma is marching 'round like a robot toward the end—makes me want to walk onto the set in a suit of armor and start hitting people over the head with a rubber chicken (in homage to Monty Python when a skit became "too silly"). I also have some built-in bias against sequels, for they rarely measure up to the originals—and this one is no exception. But it ranked as a visitor fave, so go figure.


The original, "The Cybernauts," inspired two sequels: this one and "The Last of the Cybernauts...??"

Peter Cushing was honored by the National Film Theatre.

 On Location

Neville was kidnapped at the ever-popular Haberdasher Aske's School, Elstree—see On Location for a recent view. Exteriors of Beresford's house are courtesy of Woolmers Park, Letty Green.

 Best Scene

Several: any time Steed got a little jealous.

 Best Line

Steed, referring to the toaster from the tag scene, remarks, "That's the first thing Great Britain's ever got into orbit."


Steed attempts to repair Emma's toaster—with explosive results.



Teleplay by
Directed by

Philip Levene
Robert Day

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John Steed
Emma Peel
Paul Beresford
Dr. Neville
Professor Chadwick
Dr. Russell
Dr. Garnett

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Diana Rigg The 007 Connection
Peter Cushing*
Frederick Jaeger*
Charles Tingwell*
Fulton Mackay*
Roger Hammond
Anthony Dutton*
Noel Coleman*
Aimi MacDonald
Redmond Phillip
Terry Richard


Noel Coleman

Traitor in Zebra

Peter Cushing

The Eagle's Nest

Anthony Dutton

All Done with Mirrors

Frederick Jaeger

Death of a Great Dane
The Cybernauts

Fulton Mackay

You'll Catch Your Death

Charles Tingwell

The Nutshell

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