• title card: white all caps text reading ‘NOON DOOMSDAY’ - the ‘NOON’ is vertically aligned and horizontally centred - superimposed on a broken railway station clock whose hour hand has been pushed to 12 o’clock by the revolver held in Grant’s gloved hand
  • Lyall and Tara examine the smashed communication equipment
  • Grant practices his sharp-shooting at the abandoned railway station and Farrington looks on in a bored fashion
  • Tara examines Dr. Hyde’s body at the bottom of the well
  • Kafka’s helicopter lands in the field near the skull and crossbones signs marking the minefield
  • Steed aims the harpoon gun inside his crutch
  • Tara examines the gemstone attached by a ribbon to a bottle of champagne - a gift from Steed, who stands behind her

Series 6 — Episode 9
Noon Doomsday

Teleplay by Terry Nation
Directed by Peter Sykes

Production No E.67.9.13
Production completed: July 30 1968. First UK transmission: November 27 1968. First transmission (USA): October 28 1968.

Regional broadcasts

Thames Television27/11/19688:00pm
ATV Midlands28/11/19687:00pm
Granada Television16/03/19698:25pm
Anglia Television28/11/19687:00pm
Border Television8/12/19688:10pm
Channel Television28/11/19687:00pm
Grampian Television27/11/19688:00pm
Southern Television5/02/19698:00pm
Scottish Television6/03/19698:00pm
Tyne Tees Television27/11/19688:00pm
Ulster Television28/11/19687:00pm
Westward Television28/11/19687:00pm
Harlech Television28/11/19687:00pm
Yorkshire Television29/11/19687:35pm

TV Times listing

TV Times listing for a 1980s repeat on Channel Four
Sydney Morning Herald listing for January 24 1969, 8pm
The Age listing for January 28 1969, 8.30pm

The Avengers

Patrick Macnee
Linda Thorson
Noon Doomsday

By Terry Nation

It’s High Noon for Steed. who is recovering in a special convalescence hole for secret agents after his latest exploit.

Previously shown on ITV

John Steed Patrick Macnee
Tara King Linda Thorson
Farrington Ray Brooks
Grant T P McKenna
Baines Friffith Jones
Lyall Lyndon Brook
Kafka Peter Bromilow
Mother Patrick Newell
Rhonda Rhonda Parker
Perrier Peter Halliday
Sunlet Anthony Ainley
Hyde John Glyn-Jones
Carson David Glover
Cornwall Lawrence James
Taxi driver Alfred Maron

Executive in Charge of Production Gordon L. T. Scott Script Editor Terry Nation Director Peter Sykes Producers Albert Fennell Brian Clemens

ABC Television Network Production

International broadcasts

ABN2 Sydney, Australia24/01/19698:00pm
ABV2 Melbourne, Australia28/01/19698:30pm
ABC New York, USA28/10/19687:30pm
ORTF2 France13/12/196910:05pm
Suisse Romande, Switzerland9/09/19698:20pm
French titleJe vous tuerai à midi
ZDF Germany1/12/19709:00pm
German titleWenn es zwölf Uhr schlägt
KRO Netherlands24/02/19709:00pm
Dutch titleDe wraak van Kafka
TTI Italy6/1/1982 C5
Italian titleAppuntamento a mezzogiorno
Spanish titleMediodía mortal
USA: Chicago Tribune listing for October 28 1968, 6.30pm
USA: New York Times listing for October 28 1968, 7.30pm
Switzerland: Journal de Genève listing for September 9 1969, 8.20pm
Switzerland: Journal de Jura episode summary for September 9 1969
Spain: ABC Madrid listing for December 8 1969, 11pm
France: Le Confédéré listing for December 13 1969, 10.05pm
Netherlands: Nieuwe Leidsche Courant listing for February 24 1970, 9pm
Netherlands: Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant listing for February 24 1970, 9pm
Germany: Hamburg Abendblatt listing for December 1 1970, 9pm
USA: Chicago Tribune highlights for October 28 1968
Switzerland: Journal de Jura photo from the episode, September 9 1969

Continuity & Trivia

  1. 4:25 — Steed has gone to “Department S” to recover. An in-joke or coincidence with Peter Wyngarde’s television show?
  2. 5:54 — Mother says, “Countdown starting now”, and the camera pans across a row of glasses with decreasing amounts of drink in them.
  3. 12:28 — There’s a hair at the top right of the screen in the close-up of Carson.
  4. 15:00 — Steed says, “June 19, seven years ago” - that would put it in 1961, between the cases The Yellow Needle and Death on the Slipway.
  5. 22:39 — Kafka is referred to as having been the “Head of Murder International” - is that a tie in with Intercrime as well?
  6. 24:00 (24:20) - Discussing their predicament, Steed says there’s someone in the facility with the only gun in the area and the key to the defences - but at the end of the episode he fires a gun at Kafka that’s hidden in his crutch.
  7. 25:05 — That’s not John Glyn-Jones down the well!
  8. 26:15 — Music from Never, Never Say Die plays as Tara tries to climb back out of the well.
  9. 34:21–35:02 — The clock reads 11:44 as Steed picks up the gun and checks it, but it’s 11:52 two seconds later in the close-up of the clock after he turns to check the time.
  10. 37:10 (38:35) - the poor horses are greatly frightened by the arrival of the helicopter.
  11. 38:02 — Tara puts two sugar cubes in Steed’s tea cup when she makes his tea.
  12. 39:19 — The clock reads 11:59am but a few moments later [39:47 (41:34)], the clock says it’s 12:04pm - not quite Noon!
  13. 41:18 — Mariachi music plays when Tara attacks Grant at the barn.
  14. 44:57 (46:10) - The fanfare from Murdersville is played as Tara emerges after killing Grant.
  15. Running time: 50′03″
  16. The episode was mostly filmed at Brian Clemens’ farm, Park Farm, at Ampthill.

The Transport

Winchester Mk III 1967 taxiblack?
Fordson Major E1A 1951 tractorblue
Hughes 300 (269B) helicopter 1967buffG-AVUM

Who’s Killing Whom?

Giles Cornwall Dr. Carson crushed by a cartwheel
Dr. Hyde Dr. Carson revolver
Dr. Carson Tara shot by his revolver during a fight
Grant Tara revolver
Farrington Tara throwing knife
Kafka Steed spear gun hidden in crutch
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The Fashions

Tara Steed

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