"Clown, hobo, ballet dancer,
bagpiper, and an Army major -
a collection of question marks.
Five improbable entities stuck
together into a pit of darkness.
No logic, no reason, no
just a prolonged nightmare in
which fear, loneliness,
and the unexplainable walk hand in
hand through the shadows.
In a moment, we'll start
collecting clues as to the whys, the whats, and the wheres.
We will not end the nightmare,
we'll only explain it - because this is the Twilight Zone."
Gervais, agent of THRUSH
REASON IT WAS NEVER PICKED UP:
Accidentally left behind, part of a larger order
The Clown was the last of a set of twelve, perhaps even more. Each doll in
the order was dressed as a clown, but each was modeled after different real
people from New York.
Twelve of those dolls were based on the people who served on a jury which
convicted THRUSH operative Victor Gervais and sent him to prison. Gervais
intended for each of those dolls to be sent to each corresponding juror who
condemned him. The dolls would serve as a warning, a threat, that he would have his revenge on them.
Apparently the clown has a long history of being a symbol of death. (I
don't know why, but that's what it says in Wikipedia and they're always
His plan was to get revenge on the people responsible for his incarceration
once he got out, which is why I think there was more than just the twelve juror
dolls. He probably ordered clown dolls who resembled the judge, the prosecutor,
the detective who arrested him, and perhaps even his own defense attorney.
However, when the dolls were picked up, the clown doll that resembled Dr.
Strang was accidentally left behind. And Gervais didn't notice the omission
until it was too late. By then he had already been arrested again for his
attack on U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Mandy Stephenson (who would go on
to work for CONTROL as Agent 99.)
Sending such warnings happens every now and then in Toobworld, going back
to at least the 1870s. Then an artist named Jeremiah Skull sent puppets in the
likeness of his intended targets, the people responsible for his incarceration
and eventual disfigurement. Jervis Tetch, the Mad Hatter, abducted the jurors
in his case and put their hats on display.
The difference between the puppet people made by Skull and these clown
dolls commissioned by Gervais was that Skull's creations were all dressed as
their inspirations, while Gervais turned each of his potential victims into
Why did I choose Victor Gervais as the likely culprit for this client?
Clowns may have been an obsession for Gervais, as previously pointed out by Toobworld Central. Eventually he came to embody the moniker of "Clown Prince Of
I don't know if he was able to kill any of his intended targets or if he
ever got to deliver any of the dolls. I know some of my choices for other clown
dolls survived long after the dolls were picked up by Gervais (as will be seen
in the next post on this topic, a Super Six List!) But when it comes to this
doll that was left behind and which ended up in the donation bin, it may have
proven difficult for him to track down the intended target.
Dr. Strang had spent most of his career in New York City as a doctor, but
he felt as if there was something more he could have been doing to help the
human race. And so he finally uprooted his life and moved to the West Indies to
help the poor and downtrodden there. He also became an outspoken critic of the
belief in voodoo, which ironically killed a man he came to call a friend.
Dr. Strang would have been both amused and disgusted had he learned that a
doll was meant to be instrumental in his death as well......
You don't know how much I really wanted the clown without pity to have been
based on Felix Mulholland from 'Banacek'. But Felix's bookstore of rare prints
was a part of the Boston arts scene for many decades and it would have been
harder to make the case for his relocation from Manhattan to Boston than it was
for Dr. Strang's move to the West Indies.
However, I think Dr. Strang could still be an identical cousin to Felix
Mulholland, perhaps to every contemporary character played by Murray
- 'Night Gallery' - "The Doll of Death"
- 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' - "The Never-Never Affair"
- 'Get Smart' - "The Reluctant Redhead"
- 'The Wild Wild West' - "The Night Of The Puppeteer"