of the British Venusian Society, an organisation set up to observe the
planet Venus, are literally and fatally turning white while on watch at
night! A phone call from Mother sends Steed and Mrs. Peel off to
investigate this phenomenon. Mrs. Peel makes contact with Bert Smith, an
upper-class chimney sweep and member of the society, but before he can
give her much information, he is killed by a blinding white flash.
Meanwhile, Steed joins the BVS (whose secretary is the aptly named Venus
Brown), and is sent for an eye test with the society's optician, Dr.
Primble. Mrs. Peel tracks down another member, Lord Mansford, but he too
is killed before she can interview him.
now a member of the BVS, goes to see Brigadier Whitehead (another member),
shortly after Venus Brown has paid the old soldier a visit. However, once
again he gets there too late - only managing to hear the strange whooshing
sound as it precedes a blinding flash. Fortunately, the Brigadier was in
the middle of taping his war memoirs and since the recorder was left
running it has captured the sound of the lethal ray, providing Steed with
another clue. Mrs. Peel, pretending to be a journalist, visits the BVS and
plays the tape to Venus and Crawford (the society's radio astronomer)
hoping that they'll incriminate themselves in the deaths of the other
members. However, it becomes apparent that they are not involved, and
Venus herself only narrowly escapes being zapped by the
"Venusian" ray whilst Mrs. Peel is there.
Brig. Whitehead exits stage left with a bang, a fizz and a
radical makeover in the hair department.
on planet watching duty at the observatory, only avoids being killed by
the ray by using a tailor's dummy to sit in the viewing position by the
telescope. Dr. Primble arrives soon after the attack and is convinced that
it is all part of a Venusian invasion. After another attack, one of
Steed's colleagues identifies the effects of the ray as coming from a
laser, and that one of its uses is in eye surgery. Mrs. Peel gets to
Primble's opthalmic practice, but is captured by Primble and his
assistant. It seems that he is behind the deaths, using a sports car with
a laser gun attached, and is killing off members of the BVS in retaliation
for having funds diverted from his medical research and redirected to the
society. Steed arrives just in time to stop Mrs. Peel being bleached, and
destroys Primble's laser - knocking Primble out in the process.
by Alys Hayes