Rank and attributions:
aircraft fighter pilot, sometimes helicopter pilot.
Real name :
Place of birth :
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.A.
Date of birth:
6 January 2042
5 Ft. 8 inches
voice was provided by Janna Hill.
January 6, 2042, in Cedar Rapids Iowa, Karen Wainwright displayed
such amazing gifted talents at her unnamed high school in Boston,
Massachusetts, where she often was top of the class, that
consequently, still a teenager, she was sent at 16 to Yale
University in New Haven, Connecticut. There, she showed herself better than other students much
older than she was, gaining seven degrees in the study and
employment of mathematics and technology.
So amazing were her academic abilities that Karen was
nominated “student of the year” by the combined university
abilities attracted the attention of the Universal Secret Service
and soon after she graduated from Yale, Karen was contacted and
offered employment by them. An
adventurous young person eager for excitement, the USS offer greatly
appealed to Karen and she readily accepted it. She followed the USS
comprehensive training course and such was her adaptability and
swift and intelligent thinking that she passed it in only two years,
while the norm was at least five years.
By early 2062, Karen was a fully fledged USS field agent,
dealing solely with industrial espionage, and she became a great
credit to the organisation. During
her career, she handled many tricky assignments, and in five years
had become the USS’s number one secret agent.
This allowed her to develop techniques that helped revamp the
way the USS was dealing with espionage, and these methods became a
model to be used by other espionage and security agencies.
training as an aircraft pilot for a special USS mission, Karen
literally fell in love with flying, and it wasn’t long before she
came to realise that the one ambition in her life was to become an
aircraft pilot. She left the service in early 2067, and joined up with an
unnamed charter company, dealing with worldwide passenger transport.
Karen’s flying skills were so good that she soon gained
worldwide recognition, and even became headline news.
many talents and her potential were recognised by the Spectrum
selection committee, and, she was offered the chance to become one
of their ace pilots (some sources say at late as late 2067). Karen
passed the entrance exam with ease and was enlisted by Spectrum to
become Symphony Angel.
duty, Symphony is proficient and skilful, and totally dedicated to
her role as Spectrum pilot. Intuitive, capable, and brave to the
point of recklessness, her impetuosity, however, can get the better
of her, and she sometimes finds herself in tricky situations
(“Manhunt”, “The Trap”).
duty, Symphony is quick-witted, and sympathetic to her fellow Angels
and Spectrum officers. Her great hobby is hairdressing, and she’s
often asked by the other Angels to create a fabulous new hairstyle
for special occasions.
seems to have romantic interest in Captain Blue, and the series
suggests that these feelings are reciprocated by Blue.
Blue and Symphony Angel
romantic relationship between Symphony Angel and Captain Blue is
regarded as the only official one from the Captain Scarlet & the
Mysterons TV series. Although
a semi-official relationship has been drawn between Captain Scarlet
and Rhapsody Angel, it is not really hinted at in the TV series, and
might have found its roots in various other sources, such as story
books, John Theydon’s novels and most notably, fan fiction.
In the case of Symphony and Blue, the romantic interest
between them is hinted at in a few episodes:
“Manhunt”, in which Blue shows his deep concern for
Symphony when she has been abducted by Captain Black, to the point
where he would be ready to disobey orders and rush to her rescue at
the Culver Atomic Centre, and “Attack on Cloudbase”.
As it is revealed that most of this episode is a fantasy
created by the concussed Symphony, it cannot be absolutely stated
that Blue’s feelings, as portrayed in the episode, are a true
representation of his real feelings, but it is clear that she does
have deep feelings for him, and the final scenes on Cloudbase do
suggest the affection is reciprocal.
relationship (or possible relationship) has been mentioned in, and
was the inspiration for, many stories by various fan fiction
writers, such as Marion Woods, Chris Bishop, Caroline Smith, Sage
Harper, to name but a few. While the pair are depicted as lovers and
even engaged in many of these stories, so far, only Marion Woods
(“Valediction” and ‘You belong to me’), Chris Bishop
(“Dark Horizons”) and Lezli Farrington (“Pride and Joy”),
have shown them as a married couple, and these stories are set in
the future, and are not part of the ‘series present timeline’.
Family… according to Fan Fiction
the TV series, nor any other official source lists any information
regarding Symphony Angel’s relatives.
However, fan fiction writers have created relatives for her,
for the sake of their stories.
The most prominent amongst them is her widowed mother, Amanda
Wainwright, created by Chris Bishop for her story “A Symphony in
Blue”, in which Colonel White begins to show some romantic
interest in the woman – a plotline that has been continued in the
following years, not only by Chris Bishop, but also by other authors
(Marion Woods, Lezli Farrington, Sage Harper), to whom the idea
appealed. Amanda’s maiden name of “Hoffman” was not created by
Chris, but is the creation of Marion Woods for her story ‘A
Busman’s Holiday’. Amanda
is the owner of a Dude Ranch in her native Iowa.
Chris Bishop called Karen’s father Harry Wainwright, and described
him as a ‘John Wayne-like’ kind of modern cow-boy, who recently
died somewhere during the events of the first episodes of the series
(revealed in the fan fiction stories “The Quest”, and “A
Symphony in Blue”), Marion Woods uses the name Sam Wainwright
instead, and made him a native of Boston, who fell in love with the
young Amanda Hoffman when he moved to Iowa to work for an
to Chris Bishop, in her short story “The Last Flight”, Ted
Wainwright was Harry’s brother, and the owner of a small fleet of
planes in Iowa, and the two men were largely responsible for
Karen’s love of flying – she having learned to fly at an early
age under her father and uncle’s encouragement, and only learned
to fly more complicated aircraft much later in his life, during the
mission described in her official biography, which renewed her love
is generally portrayed as an only child.
Marion Woods’ “Valediction”, Colonel White has become
Symphony’s stepfather, but the same story reveals her to be
childless, stating that Symphony was rendered infertile because of
her exposure to radiation in the TV episode “Manhunt”.
However this is not a universally held view and in other
stories , such as “Pride and Joy”, by Lezli Farrington, Symphony
is revealed to be an expectant mother, and in “Dark Horizons”,
by Chris Bishop, she is the mother of two boys, named Paul and
Charles. What is
consistent is that in all these ‘future stories’, Karen’s
husband is Adam Svenson (Captain Blue).
What is Symphony Angel’s real
Symphony Angel’s voice was
performed by actress Janna Hill. Contrary
to the other Angels, whose features had been modelled on living
actresses and performers, it doesn’t seem to be the case for
Symphony. Although it
has been reported on a website by someone stating that she was Janna
Hill’s Granddaughter, that the features of the puppet had been
based on her grandmother, there is nothing official to confirm that
claim, although there is a certain resemblance between both the
character and the performer. Sadly,
the page were this information was reported cannot be found anymore.
However, a much closer likeness
could be drawn between Symphony’s features and those of actress
Wanda Ventham, who played the role of Colonel Virginia Lake in the
later Anderson live-action series, “U.F.O.”.
This resemblance, however, might be purely accidental.
In addition to Symphony Angel,
Janna Hill also lent her voice to other characters in the series; as
for the Symphony puppet, she reappeared later on in “Joe 90”.
In other media…
By Barry Mitchell
in "Going for Gold"
Although Symphony was the most
prominent of the Angels in the TV series – her character was
certainly developed more than her fellow Angels, along with that of
Destiny Angel – it doesn’t seem like she inspired comic strips
writers that much (Destiny, Rhapsody, and even Harmony seemed to
have been their preferred characters).
However, like all the other Angels, she was featured in “The
Angels” comic strips, and her portrait was drawn by Lynn Simpson
for the “Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons” magazine, in the
90s. The character of
Symphony was also featured in the novel “The Angels and the
Creeping Enemy”, where there is mention of her Middle-Western
Probably because of her
prominence in the TV series, and her hinted relationship with
Captain Blue, Symphony Angel has become, over the years, one of the
most featured characters in fan fiction stories.
These have explored and developed her relationships
with other characters – such as her fellow Angel pilots and the
other Spectrum Officers - as well as that with Captain Blue.
Several stories have mentioned similarities of character
between her and Captain Scarlet; the most prominent being the fact
that both impulsive and are only children, although – according to
Marion Woods – Symphony is a
rather petulant and wilful one.
Her personality varies from one
author to the other. However
various the portrayal of their favourite Angel might be, it seems
that there’s a consistency in Symphony’s persona in that she’s
always represented as a strong, courageous and dedicated young
woman, quite in accord with the information from her official
training - from the Angels comic strips by Jon Davis
What of the CGI Symphony
Like the majority of characters
created for the CGI series revamp “Gerry Anderson’s New Captain
Scarlet”, Symphony Angel was changed drastically. She is now a
completely new character, a Japanese girl of the name of Yoko Inukai, a former test pilot, who had little in common with the American Karen Wainwright.
She no longer held the leading rank amongst the female
characters – that role now being attributed almost equally to
Destiny Angel and the new female Lieutenant Green and Captain Ochre
– and instead was relegated to a ‘supporting cast’ role.
There is no ‘romance’ hinted anymore between the Symphony
Angel and Captain Blue characters (instead, the female Green has
become the good captain’s love interest).
These drastic changes in Symphony’s role seemed to have
raised criticisms and objections from die-hard fans who had come to
see Symphony’s importance in the original series – and her
hinted romance with Captain Blue – as part of the acknowledged
background of the Captain Scarlet universe.
However, as time passed, fans of the CGI series came to
highly appreciate the character of the female Lieutenant Green and
accept her as a suitable “replacement” in the role held by the
The “new Symphony” never
appeared more than two or three times in the course of the series,
and as such could never have taken the place of the original
character. In the eyes
of the fans, it seems that there could only be one, true, original