"No man can stay in the burning sun for long without having his tongue loosened."
— The Hood

"Desperate Intruder" is the eighth episode of Thunderbirds season 1, first broadcast on 18th November 1965.


Brains and Tin-Tin go on an expedition to find the lost sunken temple below the surface of Lake Anasta, in hopes of finding hidden treasure. However, their quiet vacation is cut short when the Hood goes to dangerous lengths to stop them - and to claim the treasure for himself...


Main article: Desperate Intruder/Storyline


Main article: Desperate Intruder/Transcript


Regular CharactersEdit

Guest CharactersEdit

International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit

Non-International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit



  • Tin-Tin wears the same diving outfit in Edge Of Impact.
  • Brains' diving suit was previously worn by Mike Bromley, a diver in the Stingray episode Secret of the Giant Oyster. (Bromley was also voiced by David Graham.)
  • When Scott joins Gordon at the sunken temple ruins to help him rescue Brains, his diving gear includes what appears to be a hi-tech spearfishing gun of some sort (possibly of IR design).
  • This episode features the series' smallest guest cast, with only two characters (Professor Blakely and Hassan Ali).
  • Aboard Thunderbird 2, Tin-Tin has an Air Terrainean flight bag with her (presumably acquired during her fateful trip on the Fireflash Aircraft in Trapped in the Sky).
  • Tin-Tin points out the Pyramids during the flight to the Middle East (her next visit there is in Thunderbird 6).


  • When Brains is hypnotized by The Hood for the first time and collapses, between shots his glasses simply disappear. They are subsequently shown to have fallen off, but the action is not seen on-screen; one moment the glasses are on his face, and the next they have vanished.

Foreign TitlesEdit

  • French: Le trésor du lac
  • German: Der versunkene Schatz
  • Spanish: Un Intruso Siniestro; Intruso desesperado (DVD)
  • Italian: Il tesoro perduto
  • Dutch: Verdronken schat (VHS); De wanhopige indringer (VHS, DVD, TV 1966); De gevaarlijke indringer (TV 1992)
  • Japanese: 湖底の秘宝