Take Off With T. Bag Episode 5: Doctor Strangebag

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Episode 1Many Happy Returns
Episode 2Thief Of Baghdad
Episode 3Bagsy Malone
Episode 4Curse Of The Mummy
Episode 5Doctor Strangebag
Episode 6Antony and Cleopatra
Episode 7Phantom Of The Opera
Episode 8Bin Bag
Episode 9The Red Shoes
Episode 10Shangri-La

UK Air Date13/10/1992, 4.15pm
Repeat ScreeningN/A
Copyright Year1992
VTR Dateunknown
Fremantle Archive Ref56887 (series ref)
Consecutive Episode Number89
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tabatha Bag)Georgina Hale
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
Tow-Ling ShirtBea Julakasiun
Doctor Strange-BagTrevor Peacock
Bermuda ShultzJoanne Campbell

Make UpChristine Morrell
CostumeJo Allman
CamerasAlbert Almond
SoundJohn Osborne
Stage ManagerBobby Webber
Lighting DirectorPeter Bower
Production AssistantGill Thomas
Video Tape EditorTom Kavanagh
Production DesignerAlex Clarke
ProducerCharles Warren
DirectorNeville Green
Written ByLee Pressman
Grant Cathro

T-Bag, T-Shirt and Tow-Ling land on a Caribbean island. T-Shirt and Tow-Ling go in search of T-Bag’s birthday surprise and they meet Bermuda Shultz, a secret agent. Meanwhile T-Bag stumbles across a hidden cave where she meets Doctor Strange-Bag who is intent on taking over the world.
The High-T Website synopsis


T. Bag


Take Off?

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Any fancy ideas

T-Shirt: Oh yes, oh yes, this is the business, I can live with this, very nice.
T-Bag: Oh Shirt-face, don’t start getting any fancy ideas, we’re not on some eighteen to thirty binge to Torremolinos you know, we’re here to help me find my present.
T-Shirt: Ok, ok, relax, let the frown step-down, we’ll find it.

Added: 08/11/2010

Does Mickey Mouse have big ears?

Tow-Ling: Well she's not here, now what?
T-Shirt: I don't know. Let me think. The main thing is we mustn't start panicking.
(Hears a loud roar).
T-Shirt: Ok, now you can start panicking. Run!
(They run into each other and fall over, Bermuda walks towards them).
Bermuda: It's alright, it's alright, we're not going to hurt cha. What are you doing here anyway?
T-Shirt: Trying to escape, preferably with our heads still attached. What are you doing here?
Bermuda: I came to the Island to collect shells. I can get ten dollars for a beauty like this over on the mainland.
T-Shirt: Yeah, well don't waste your money buying a hat because you're not going to need one if you intend staying here in Skull City.
Bermuda: You t'ink it's dangerous?
T-Shirt: Does Mickey Mouse have big ears? As soon as we've found T-Bag, huh, that's our friend, we're outta here faster than a duck with an outboard motor.
Bermuda: Well, if you're sure it's not safe I better get my boat and make a move. Thanks for the warning guys. Bye.
T-Shirt: Bye.
(Bermuda leaves).
Tow-Ling: Bye. Perhaps her Majesty's waiting for us at the Saucer.
T-Shirt: Let's hope so, the sooner we're off this island and on our way the better. Come on.

Added: 04/04/2020

So, what's up Doc?

Doctor Strange-Bag: Well, well, well, it's not everyday I have the pleasure of playing host to a gorgeous creature like you my dear.
T-Bag: Oh cut the flannel string bag or whatever your name is. What is going on in here and what is all this junk?
Doctor Strange-Bag: My, my, my, what a little firebrand.
T-Bag: Now listen string beans, you just tell me what all this palaver's about or you're gonna end up with more bumps on your face than a Dalek's overcoat.
Doctor Strange-Bag: (Laughs) I love it, I love it, my dear you're a treasure. What a great pity it will be when I have to kill you.
T-Bag: (Laughs) Now listen Daddio, you just tell me what all this palaver’s about and tell me quick, I haven't got all day.
Doctor Strange-Bag: Oh why not? You amuse me. So before you meet your maker let me explain to you exactly how I mean to take over the world.
T-Bag: Ohhhhhh! Now you're talking, just my cup of tea. So, what's up Doc?
Doctor Strange-Bag: Come and see, let me give you a little guided tour of my undersea city, I think you'll find it most entertaining.
T-Bag: Now you're talking McDuffy, oh just the sort of (inhales) birthday surprise I could go for.

Added: 04/04/2021


Bermuda: What do you know about MI5?
T-Shirt: That's where Granny got her wardrobes.
Bermuda: Not MFI!


Bermuda: We had a tip-off that Strangebag was up to something big, and I was given the job of trailing him. He's a bit of jet-setter you know and I spent the first three weeks of the investigation hanging out in L.A.
T-Shirt: Los Angeles?
Bermuda: Luton Airport, lost all of my luggage but eventually I tracked him down to this island and I can't leave 'til I find out what he's up to.

My pièce de résistance

Tow-Ling: Wow-wee.
(Tow-Ling hides as T-Bag and Doctor Strange-Bag walk in, both laughing).
Doctor Strange-Bag: So you see my dear down here in my sub-oceanic hidey-hole I have everything I require to sustain life.
T-Bag: (laughs) Oh yes, fascinating but this little something of taking over the world lark.
Doctor Strange-Bag: Ah, my pièce de résistance. Step this way my dear, step this way. My Rainmaker, one missile. When this rocket explodes above the Earth it will trigger off a storm the like of which the human race has never seen, four hundred days and four hundred nights rain will pour down in torrents causing floods that will wipe out the entire population of the planet as if they were ants and I, the celestial gardener with my giant watering can (he laughs maniacally).
(T-Bag laughs).
Doctor Strange-Bag: We'll show them won't we Oddbod.
T-Bag: About this taking over the world lark ohhh, you and me together, ooohhh, we'd make a great team Sponge-Bag (laughs) ourghh.
Doctor Strange-Bag: What! I shall rule alone, me, myself, moi.
T-Bag: Whaaaaaaatttt! Oh, hurgh, oh.
Doctor Strange-Bag: You are beginning to bore me and I detest being bored. Did you know my dear that ninety eight percent of the human body is made up of water? My dehydration gun is able to extract that water leaving the other two percent sweet tickety-boo.
T-Bag: Oh wonderful, wonderful but about this taking over the world lark.
Doctor Strange-Bag: A short demonstration.
T-Bag: Oh the two of us together we could… ourghhhhhh.
(T-Bag is dehydrated and, as dust, she falls to the floor).
Doctor Strange-Bag: And now to business. Yes Oddbod, it seems so long since breakfast, hu-huh, time for an early launch. Oh hu-huh, early launch (laughs). Computer engaged, countdown commencing, nothing can stop me now, nothing, nothing (laughs), nothing (laughs).

Added: 04/04/2021

The best seats in the house

Tow-Ling: T-Shirt.
T-Shirt: Tow-Ling, are you alright? Where's T-Bag?
Tow-Ling: You're standing on her.
T-Shirt: Uh?
Tow-Ling: I'll explain later, get out the way.
(Tow-Ling uses the dehydration gun and zaps T-Bag back to life but she looks dishevelled).
T-Shirt: T-Bag.
Bermuda: Where's Strangebag?
Tow-Ling: The missile, we have to stop it, he's trying to take over the world, he's mad.
Doctor Strange-Bag: Mad am I? Drop the guns, put up your hands.
T-Bag: Oh now listen here Mr Stringbag, Strangebag, there's one incy wincy tiny detail you haven't taken into account, right guys.
T-Shirt & Tow-Ling: Right.
T-Bag: Ha, ha, ha! How do you like this?
(T-Bag tries to use her magic but it doesn't work).
Doctor Strange-Bag: Do you think flamenco dancing is going to save you? Into the missile room, the lot of you. In two minutes when Rainmaker one blasts off into space, you my dear and your friends are going to have the best seats in the house.

Added: 04/04/2015

"Palm Tree Panic"
Another boom-mic appears towards the top-right of the screen as T-Shirt and Tow Ling split up to search for T-Bag. T-Shirt says 'meet back in five minutes' and as the camera pans away to follow him, a small silver boom-mic appears just above Tow Ling, in front of the palm trees.

"Just Add Water"
Another microphone can be spotted at the very top of the screen when Doctor Strange-Bag is about to zap T-Bag with the dehydration gun, in the long shot of T-Bag and Doctor Strange-Bag the microphone can be seen above T-Bag's head.

"Something Strange"
During the credits at the end of the episode the credit for Dr Strange-Bag has the letter 't' missing so he is credited as 'Dr Srange-Bag'.

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  • Joanne Campbell, who played Bermuda Shultz, sadly passed away on 20th December 2002, aged 38.
  • Trevor Peacock, who played Doctor Strange-Bag, sadly passed away on 8th March 2021, aged 89.
  • The name of the character Bermuda Shultz, is a play-on-words for 'Bermuda Shorts'.
  • Trevor Peacock (Doctor Strange-Bag) also appeared in The Vicar Of Dibley alongside three times T-Bag guest actor John Bluthal.
  • The character and title of the episode, Doctor Strange-Bag, is a pastiche of the 1964 black comedy film Dr. Strangelove.
  • Doctor Strange-Bag's pet fish, Oddbod, is a pastiche of the James Bond villian Oddjob.
  • Behind the scenes footage of this episode was filmed by Lee Pressman and is available to watch as an extra on the reunion DVD documentary released by Fantom Films in September 2007.
  • This is the only episode of this series where T-shirt does not wear either his 'Shirty Something' or 'Full Metal T-Shirt' T-Shirt.
  • Trevor Peacock appeared in Spatz which was also written by Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro. Trevor Peacock appeared in the episode 'Debbie’s Wedding' (#2.7, 21/02/1991) as Mr Powers (Vince’s Dad).

  • T-Bag uses a metal detector to try to find her Birthday surprise, T-Bag also uses a metal detector to find the silver spoon in T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set.
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 3: Lost In Space)
  • Rebounding a shot used during this episode by Tow-Ling using the silver plate to rebound a shot from Doctor Strangebag's dehydration gun was also previously used in two episodes, one in the first series with Debbie using Seraphina's mirror and during T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set when Sally rebounds T-Bag's magic that would have zapped them.
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 3: Debbie In The Land Of S)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 10: The Ceremony)
  • Doctor Strangebag appears as a party guest later in this series during episode ten; this was filmed during filming of episode five.
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 10: Shangri-La)
  • Trevor Peacock is credited as a 'Guest Appearance' in the opening credits. This happens twice in this series, occuring again in episode nine.
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 9: The Red Shoes)
  • T-Shirt mentions his 'Sooty' watch that acts as a high-powered magnet. Sooty was mentioned before in several earlier episodes. John Hasler also appeared in the Christmas special of 'The Sooty Show' in 1985.
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 2: When In Rome)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 9: The Bard)
    (T. Bag's Christmas Carol)
  • T-Bag asks Doctor Strange-Bag 'What's up Doc?', a catchphrase used by Bugs Bunny, the same phrase was used in an earlier series.
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 9: Doc Leaf)
  • Whilst talking to Doctor Strange-Bag T-Bag mentions the Daleks, from the BBC series Doctor Who, the Daleks were mentioned in the previous series.
    (T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma, Episode 10: Montezuma's Revenge)
  • T-Bag says 'oh cut the flannel string bag or whatever your name is' to Doctor Strange-Bag during this episode, the phrase 'whatever your/her name is' is used in other episodes.
    (T. Bag's Christmas Cracker)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 1: Any Old Port)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 10: The Pearls Of Wisdom)
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 1: The Rings Of Olympus)
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 4: Rum Barbara)