and Steel ADVENTURE
The scene: a disused railway station cum hotel. A man, George Tully, is
setting up a tape recorder and other equipment designed to record any
ghostly visitation. He appears to have been here for some time. Into the
middle of his "psychical investigation" appears a slim blond figure (very
elegant in long dark coat, which covers a dark-plum coloured velvet jacket!).
With typical Steel tact, he tells Tully, "You'd better pack up your junk
During the course of this adventure, Tully sometimes helps, sometimes
hinders, and ultimately is the lever enabling Steel to rescue Sapphire
from the dark force at work.
Tully is played by Gerald James, on leave from the National Theatre, where
he was a regular cast member. His gentle, bumbling innocent, with his
carpet slippers and thermos flask, is a real plus in this show; Tully
is an excellent foil to both Steel (though slower witted, he surprises
Steel with his intuition) and Sapphire, who responds to his evident admiration.
A number of characters from the past appear. First, a young soldier who
died in the first world war, then an airman, and later three men who died
in a submarine. They are being brought there by the "dark force", which
appears as a dark mass, and which feeds on resentment.
Events move fast in this story. First, Steel has to rescue Sapphire, then
she has to rescue him, then he has to rescue her and Tully (and that is
only episode two). This adventure contains one of the few instances of
Steel showing fear, although moments later, Sapphire is able to say, "You're
enjoying this, aren't you?" As more characters appear, the dark force
becomes stronger, feeding off their resentment. The force appears to create
"holes" in time. When Sapphire and Steel step into one of these areas,
their clothing changes to a different time period, and it is difficult
to move away and back to the "present".
In this adventure we discover that Sapphire can do a "spot analysis":
holding Tully's hand in hers, she can discern what it is composed of,
deciding he is definitely human, and even give his life-expectancy. (Some
nice, dry, humour here, as Tully misunderstands Sapphire's motive in holding
on to his hand. Having asked Steel what is her relationship to him, he
is told, "business associate"!)
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