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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


Name: The Book
Voice: Peter Jones

The Hitchhiker's Guide is the greatest success of Megadodo Publications. A handy electronic reference book, its chief selling points are the words 'Don't Panic' written in large friendly letters on the cover, and the fact it is cheaper than its closest competitor.

Name: Arthur Dent
Actor: Simon Jones

Arthur Dent seems to be having trouble with his lifestyle. One morning, he woke up with a hangover to discover his house being demolished. As he lay in front of the bulldozers, his friend Ford Prefect took him to the pub and revealed that he was an alien. Shortly after this, his native planet was destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass.

Name: Ford Prefect
Actor: David Dixon

Ford Prefect is a roving reporter for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. His most recent assignment was to an insignificant planet in an unfashionable end of the galaxy. He chose his name in the belief that he would blend nicely in to the native culture. Intending to stay for a week, he was stranded for fifteen years.

Name: Zaphod Beeblebrox
Actor: Mark Wing-Davey

Three arms, two heads, and one big ego. Zaphod Beeblebrox is cool - he's so cool you could keep a side of meat in him for a month. He's also the president of the galaxy - or at least, he was until he stole the starship Heart of Gold, and went on a jaunt to find the fabled planet of Magrathea.

Name: Tricia McMillan "Trillian"
Actor: Sandra Dickinson

Tricia McMillian (Trillian to her friends) is a highly trained astrophysicist and keeper of white mice. Born on Earth, she met a guy at a fancy dress party who turned out to be from another planet - he eventually turned out to be her boyfriend, Zaphod Beeblebrox.

Name: Marvin
Actor: David Learner

Marvin is the ship's robot on the starship Heart of Gold. He is a fine example of Sirius Cybernetics Corporation's 'Genuine People Personalities' technology - He is very, very depressed about this. He has a brain the size of a planet, yet is rarely given the chance to use it.

Name: Vogon Captain
Actor: Martin Benson

Vogons are extremely ugly, extremely officious, and generally not much fun to be around. They emerged from the seas of the planet Vogsphere, and gave up on evolving there and then - only their stubbornness allowed them to survive. They generally become bureaucrats in the galactic government - their unpleasant demeanour makes them ideally suited to such employment.

Name: Slartibartfast
Actor: Richard Vernon

Slartibartfast is a venerable Magrathean planetary designer - he specialises in Fjords, having won an award for Norway. He was woken from a five million year sleep by a final order for a duplicate Earth - its premature demolition caused a terrible hooha, and a new copy was ordered from the original blueprints.

Name: The Babel Fish

The Babel Fish is small, yellow, and simultaneously translates from one spoken language to another. When inserted into the ear, its nutrition processes convert sound waves into brain waves, neatly crossing the language divide between any species you should happen to meet whilst travelling in space. Some say that the evolution of the Babel fish could not have been accidental, and hence that it proves the non-existence of God.

Name: Frankie & Benjy
Voice: Stephen Moore & David Tate

Mice are not, as is commonly assumed on Earth, small white squeaking animals who spend a lot of time being experimented on. In fact, they are the protrusions into our dimension of hyper-intellegent pan-dimensional beings - these beings are in fact responsible for the creation of the Earth.

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