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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:11 am    Post subject: Which Avengers characters deserved a spin off series Reply with quote

Looking through Big Finish's audio book ranges I noticed that a number are based on characters who appeared in individual Dr Who serials. That got me thinking about which minor characters from The Avengers/New Avengers had the potential to appear in their own spin off show.

My first thoughts are series based around Baron von Kurt from They Keep Killing Steed (could be The Avengers equivalent of Simon Templar) or Hana Wilde from the Superlative Seven might have been quite fun. So too might something with Sidney Street and Humbert Green from Legacy of Death. (Although on second thoughts, they might have become a bit annoying)!

Which characters do you think deserved a spin off series?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cathy Gale! I'd love to know what she got up to after Fort Knox.

The further adventures of Hickey the tramp from "The Hour That Never Was". Good scope for varied locations (usually with dustbins/trashcans).

Olga from the Volga, coming to terms with the decadent West.

Trouble is, most of the good characters get bumped off.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Which Avengers characters deserved a spin off series Reply with quote

paulpdjh wrote:
Looking through Big Finish's audio book ranges I noticed that a number are based on characters who appeared in individual Dr Who serials. That got me thinking about which minor characters from The Avengers/New Avengers had the potential to appear in their own spin off show.

My first thoughts are series based around Baron von Kurt from They Keep Killing Steed (could be The Avengers equivalent of Simon Templar) or Hana Wilde from the Superlative Seven might have been quite fun. So too might something with Sidney Street and Humbert Green from Legacy of Death. (Although on second thoughts, they might have become a bit annoying)!

Which characters do you think deserved a spin off series?



i'll catch grief for suggesting venus smith
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OP said incidental characters, not leads, so Cathy & Venus are out.

Hickey was killed, so he is too (unless you do a lead-up series, which would be pretty downbeat).

von Kurt is a great idea.

I'd like to see more of Kim Lawrence (as the actress said to the bishop) or Merlin, or more humorously, Sir Horace Winslip's ongoing war with the motor-car.

"The Adventures of Ambassador Brodney" anyone?

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thought not.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a good idea for a thread. I'm drawing a blank, but Baron von Kurt, Kim Lawrence, and Merlin are all great ideas. Purdey's stepfather the Bishop might be good as well, following him as he checks out strange happenings in his local village with side plots about domestic life with Purdey's mom, who sounds like quite the lady. Guest appearances from Joanna when Purdey dropped by for lunch and a visit. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sir Horace Winslip's ongoing war with the motor-car.

"The Adventures of Ambassador Brodney" anyone?
I'm fond of Brodny, a little. But enough was enough.

Yay to "Sir Horace Winslip's ongoing war with the motor-car" though. We need him more than ever! He can add in diesel trains.

I'm drawing a blank on Kim Lawrence - who she?
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Frankymole wrote:
dissolute wrote:
Sir Horace Winslip's ongoing war with the motor-car.

"The Adventures of Ambassador Brodney" anyone?
I'm fond of Brodny, a little. But enough was enough.

Yay to "Sir Horace Winslip's ongoing war with the motor-car" though. We need him more than ever! He can add in diesel trains.

I'm drawing a blank on Kim Lawrence - who she?


I actually liked Brodney. Presumably his show would entirely consist of him trying desperately not to get posted back to Russia. Wink

Kim Lawrence was Steed's actress partner in The Charmers, as played by Fenella Fielding.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh i loved Fenella Fielding. Would have loved to have seen more of her.
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Oh i loved Fenella Fielding. Would have loved to have seen more of her.


She was lots of fun, I agree. It makes you wonder what her take on Cathy would have been like.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timeless A-Peel wrote:
anti-clockwise wrote:
Oh i loved Fenella Fielding. Would have loved to have seen more of her.


She was lots of fun, I agree. It makes you wonder what her take on Cathy would have been like.


good point....
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Frankymole wrote:
dissolute wrote:
Sir Horace Winslip's ongoing war with the motor-car.

"The Adventures of Ambassador Brodney" anyone?
I'm fond of Brodny, a little. But enough was enough.

Yay to "Sir Horace Winslip's ongoing war with the motor-car" though. We need him more than ever! He can add in diesel trains.

I'm drawing a blank on Kim Lawrence - who she?


I actually liked Brodney. Presumably his show would entirely consist of him trying desperately not to get posted back to Russia. Wink

Kim Lawrence was Steed's actress partner in The Charmers, as played by Fenella Fielding.


Really like the Brodney idea!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd also love to have seen more of Kim Lawrence. One episode just wasn't enough Exclamation My favourite guest star, Fenella Fielding is a wonderfully kookie character. It would have been great to have had a reunion TV movie (maybe back in the 80s) starring all the leading characters so we could have seen what they were up to 20 odd years later, and also how they interacted with each other. The Too many targets novel is the nearest we've got to that. Rich.
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I'd also love to have seen more of Kim Lawrence. One episode just wasn't enough Exclamation My favourite guest star, Fenella Fielding is a wonderfully kookie character. It would have been great to have had a reunion TV movie (maybe back in the 80s) starring all the leading characters so we could have seen what they were up to 20 odd years later, and also how they interacted with each other. The Too many targets novel is the nearest we've got to that. Rich.
I could not agree more Rich. I know she's still alive but not sure she is still acting. Does anyone know? I read something fairly recently about her in an interview.
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anti-clockwise wrote:
cyberrich wrote:
I'd also love to have seen more of Kim Lawrence. One episode just wasn't enough Exclamation My favourite guest star, Fenella Fielding is a wonderfully kookie character. It would have been great to have had a reunion TV movie (maybe back in the 80s) starring all the leading characters so we could have seen what they were up to 20 odd years later, and also how they interacted with each other. The Too many targets novel is the nearest we've got to that. Rich.
I could not agree more Rich. I know she's still alive but not sure she is still acting. Does anyone know? I read something fairly recently about her in an interview.



NOT many of these special assets of the show...are still around...but at least we have the footages to remember them by
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always enjoyed Warren Mitchell's turns as Brodny, even if they were a bit broad.
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Your right, Alan, I'm unnecessarily harsh on Warren's portrayal - it was meant to be played for laughs, and works in "The Avengers" (unlike his Middle Eastern diplomat disguised as a fortune teller in "Dangerman"!)
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankymole wrote:
Cathy Gale! I'd love to know what she got up to after Fort Knox.

The further adventures of Hickey the tramp from "The Hour That Never Was". Good scope for varied locations (usually with dustbins/trashcans).

Olga from the Volga, coming to terms with the decadent West.

Trouble is, most of the good characters get bumped off.


yeah, Gale would have interesting to ponder.....but I still will suggest venus smith..as the hoots and catcalls begin to rise in loudness...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would have liked to have seen the further adventures of Purdey. 26 episodes of this wonderful character is nowhere near enough. It might have been interesting to revisit her life, maybe 5 years or so after TNA, where we now find her newly married to Gambit and living in a village that isn't all it appears to be, paving the way for bizarre adventures that interrupt their domestic bliss.
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cyberrich wrote:
I would have liked to have seen the further adventures of Purdey. 26 episodes of this wonderful character is nowhere near enough. It might have been interesting to revisit her life, maybe 5 years or so after TNA, where we now find her newly married to Gambit and living in a village that isn't all it appears to be, paving the way for bizarre adventures that interrupt their domestic bliss.


This is basically everything I could ever want. Cool There was lots of life left in both Purdey and Gambit's characters (as there was in Tara), so they really deserved another couple of years onscreen. I'd love to see them trying to keep a low profile and just attracting trouble. Laughing Everyone in town has their suspicions about Mr. and Mrs. Gambit, but nobody would suspect the armoury in the basement. Wink

And if we're breaking the incidental character rule, I'll go for Venus as well. I really like her. Her only crime was being good-natured and trusting and having the misfortune of dealing with Steed at his worst.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All of the many villains in "Legacy of Death" - especially the early ones who end up dead pretty quickly - it would be interesting to have a prequel series of stories where we find out what they did before and how they knew each other. Lots of double-crossing involved, no doubt.

Old Gorky, Oppenheimer, Slatterly. A kind of anti-Avengers...
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