Carstairs Macdonald is a stout man of action. His name is, in his home dimension, now nearly as famous as that of Stoke Mandeville. From an early age, he worked to serve the public good. He first came to public notice when he was widely reported in the papers for his saving the day, when Princess Ling Yee of Thailand very nearly attended a military ceremony wearing a green hat (it was a Wednesday). Carstairs was quick to spot the impending calamity, and was able to find the princess a hat of the correct colour in time. He has since then enjoyed the freedom of Bangkok. This though, was the work of moments, and today he is better known for his five years of prodigious toil at the Ministry of Jocularity. Humour, being perhaps the greatest binding force of the Empire, benefited immensely from his comical talents, and he is today sadly but fondly missed by the chaps of Corridor B, Whimsy Section.

More recently, Carstairs has joined Stoke in more risk-filled endeavours. His technical know-how, and his flawless eye for detail have aided Stoke in apprehending a series of appalling French agents, each it seems more dastardly than the last. It was on such a mission, that the French agent known only as "Titchmarsh" sabotaged Carstairs' astral carriage, and consequently caused Carstairs to find himself in a parallel dimension. Though he is now restored to his own world, Carstairs quickly recognised that there was much work to be done to put things to rights, and it was Carstairs who engaged Mssrs. Charlton and Lloyd to produce a play for the instruction of the people of that blighted world. The world was sick at heart. In it, Carol Vorderman was a television presenter of all things, many people wore baseball caps in public, and coffee was freely available in shops, even to children. This was the world inhabited by the poor readers of this web-site. Fortunately, he also recognised that the world needn't be that way, and so he instigated the play "The Adventures of Stoke Mandeville, Astronaut and Gentleman" to allow the natives a means of instruction in all that is good and proper. He had the perfect role model for this purpose: Stoke himself.

For more details, including the part played by a man called Graham Pennyworth, see the section entitled "The remarkable story".

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