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Mar. 15th, 2016 | 11:48 pm
posted by: dfordoom in cult_tv_lounge

I’m just watching an episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea in which the villain creates an evil double of Admiral Nelson. This surely has to be the single most used plot device in 1960s television. It seems like every spy series and every science fiction series of that era used it at least once. Some used it more than once. Some used it again and again!

So what is your favourite 1960s television use of the evil double plot device?

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Susan

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from: lil_shepherd
date: Mar. 15th, 2016 01:23 pm (UTC)
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To be honest, I'd have to think very hard to pick which evil double story I liked best out of the Voyage canon - there are so many of them when perm any one from five characters are brainwashed, replaced by evil doubles, encounter shape-shifting aliens and ghosts...

Thing is, it was cheap, and Irwin Allen in particular had a fondness for cheap. (Also doing a trope to death...)

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dfordoom

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from: dfordoom
date: Mar. 17th, 2016 10:41 pm (UTC)
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Thing is, it was cheap

Always an important factor in television!

I seem to recall The Man from U.N.C.L.E. using the double trope numerous times.

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Susan

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from: lil_shepherd
date: Mar. 18th, 2016 06:03 am (UTC)
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Just watched first season of UNCLE and well, not as often as Voyage - two or three times, I think.

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Trepkos

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from: trepkos
date: Mar. 15th, 2016 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Mirrorverse in Star Trek!

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mystic_scribe

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from: mystic_scribe
date: Mar. 16th, 2016 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Not necessarily a favorite, but interesting; Alexis & Angelique on Dark Shadows. During the Parallel Time story arc (a big Rebecca rip-off), evil Angelique was dead for a few months when her identical twin and 'good' sister, Alexis, came to town. Except, evil Angelique was in suspended animation (don't ask) and after her grave was exhumed, she murdered Alexis and assumed her identity.

Not the show at its greatest, but Grayson Hall in a Mrs. Danvers type role was gold!

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fitzjameshorse

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from: fitzjameshorse
date: Mar. 17th, 2016 12:11 am (UTC)
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The first time I recall as (about 8 years old) watching "Adventures of Robin Hood" where the Sheriff of Nottingham found a double to impersonate Robin Hood. As I recall the episode ended with the Doubles reconciled and "Robin" wandered out of Sherwood Forest.

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dfordoom

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from: dfordoom
date: Mar. 17th, 2016 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Sadly I don't remember that episode. That might be one of the earliest television uses of the idea.

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Mothman's Dog

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from: myrystyr
date: Mar. 25th, 2016 05:52 am (UTC)
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For the longest time I would have answered with the Schizoid Man episode of The Prisoner, which turns the plot device inside out by having the title character brainwashed into thinking that he is the evil double...

And then the Doctor Who lost classic The Enemy Of The World resurfaced.

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starlight_7

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from: starlight_7
date: Mar. 29th, 2016 10:03 am (UTC)
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It's hard not to go past Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Scarlet himself was a Mysteron construct. The Mysterons didn't confine themselves to just people....aircraft, cars etc were all fair game.

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