• title card: white all caps text reading 'GNAWS BY DENNIS SPOONER' superimposed on Carter knocking out the guard at the Ministry
  • Close-up of the spider which has started to glow with a blue, unearthly light
  • Purdey is soaking after her tussle with Chislenko in the sewer, Gambit holds the Russian at gunpoint
  • close-up of a grey card on which is an anatomical drawing of a Norwegian rat including an enlargement of the skull showing incisors
  • The giant rat burst through the tunnel entrance, a ladder up the street level beside the opening
  • Purdey serves an old-fashioned Haute Cuisine salad using one of Thornoton's enlarged tomatoes

The New Avengers, Series 1 - Episode 13

by Dennis Spooner
Directed by Ray Austin

Production details

Produced:October, 1976
First broadcast:
  • London: 21/12/76
  • Midlands: 13/03/77
  • Sydney (ABN-2): 20/04/77
  • Melbourne (ABV-2): 20/04/77
  • USA (CBS): 29/12/78
  • France (TF1): 26/02/77


What is this? The Talons of Weng-Chiang or Planet of the Spiders? (see image 2) It almost seems as if the writers of Doctor Who and The New Avengers are joined at the hip, given the flow of ideas between the two shows.

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
BMW 2002 1971 slate blue ?

Who's Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Edward Harlow Charles Thornton blow to the back of the head
Ivan Borovich the rat mauled and eaten
Patrick Malloy the rat mauled and eaten
George Ratcliffe the rat mauled and eaten
Mechanic the rat mauled and eaten
Tramp Joe the rat mauled and eaten
Carter the rat mauled and eaten
Charles Thornton the rat mauled and eaten
the rat Gambit rocket gun
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit's fashions
  1. brown suede jacket, light brown shirt with dark brown pinstripe, brown tie
  2. navy pinstripe suit, navy tie, pale lilac shirt
  3. light brown checked single-breasted 3-piece suit with flared trousers, pale yellow shirt, grey tie
  4. light brown cord jacket with elasticated waist, epaulettes on shoulders, matching cord jeans, cream rollneck
  5. light brown cord jacket with elasticated waist, epaulettes on shoulders, matching cord jeans with yellow collared shirt, pale green cravat
  6. navy pinstripe suit, navy silk tie, pale blue shirt
Purdey's fashions
  1. brown rollneck long-sleeved woolen, matching cardigan, dark brown trousers
  2. Burberry overcoat over a black dress, scarf and umbrella, brown ankle boots
  3. black jumpsuit with hot pink lining and lapels, shortsleeved, multicoloured headscarf
  4. blue & white hooped long-sleeved shirt, yellow belt over it, pale jeans (or light blue trousers?) tan boots
  5. cream nightdress
  6. dusky pink t-shirt with purple patchwork Catherine Buckley skirt and matching scarf
  7. cream blouse with cream cravat, pearls, gold and white multilayer skirt with tasseled hems
Steed's fashions
  1. brown sports coat, felt collar, pale khaki chinos, brown Chelsea boots, blue shirt, brown tie with white spot
  2. tweed jacket, blue shirt, metallic brown tie
  3. grey suit, grey shirt, brown tie with white spot

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