The Magician (Eduardo MacGregor) in El Rescate del Talisman.

El Rescate del Talisman - Characters

By Keith McDonald

The Spanish adaptation had a broad range of in-game characters, some following the French version and others following tropes from Knightmare.


The principal roles changed radically over the course of the show.

The magician

The show's host was initially known as the Magician (El Mago) and later, the Druid. Unlike Knightmare or its French adaptation, this was played by a different actor for each series and became a completely different character each time.

The magician (Eduardo MacGregor) introduces the first episode of El Rescate del Talisman.
Eduardo MacGregor as El Mago

The role was initially played by Eduardo MacGregor, who was a calm and reassuring presence. In the second series it was Ricardo Palacios, who had previously played a riotous in-game character. He is just as loud and disruptive in this role, shouting over the guiders and even touching them physically to put them off.

The magician (El Mago) played by Ricardo Palacios in the second series of El Rescate del Talisman.
Ricardo Palacios as El Mago

In its final series, the 'Druid' was played by Ismael Abellán (1994). He is a Gandalf-like savant with white robes and long white hair and beard. His character returns to the restrained manner of the early Magician but he looks pensive and mystified by most of what goes on.

The druid (Ismael Abellán) from the third series of El Rescate del Talisman.
Ismael Abellán as El Druida

The opposition

In the first two series, the El Señor de la Maldad (Lord of Evil) was played by Daniel Fortea. He wore black robes and was seen only in the final showdown. The role was largely ceremonial as he was easily defeated.

A showdown with the Lord of Evil (El Senor de la Maldad) in the first series of El Rescate del Talisman.
Daniel Fortega as El Señor de la Maldad

In the third series, the opponent was a red devil with a green henchman - closer to Lord Fear and Lissard. In cut scenes (like spyglass sequences) the pair are seen in the devil’s chamber discussing plots over a bubbling pool.

The opposition (Senor de la Maldad) in the third series of El Rescate del Talisman.
Carlos Nicolás Rivas as the new Lord of Evil

The players

The Spanish version had a king in place of Merlin. He initially appeared in the throne room once the knight had crossed, becoming a gateway to the final encounter. After the first series, he appears as an in-game character in other areas of the dungeon.

A king addresses the knight in the first series of El Rescate del Talisman.

Several other characters had a regal theme, with a princess and a frog prince. The White Lady (La Dama Blanca) appeared through a window in the throne room to test the teams. In the third season, Maria Sanz plays a variant of these characters, known as Lady of the Lake.

A princess in the first series of El Rescate del Talisman.

Other characters included:

Series 1

A female warrior from the first series of El Rescate del Talisman.

A meddler questions the knight in the first series of El Rescate del Talisman.

A wall monster in the first series of El Rescate del Talisman.

A knight with Tados the Skeleton in the first series of El Rescate del Talisman.

Series 2

A witch in the second series of El Rescate del Talisman.

A jester sits with a knight in the second series of El Rescate del Talisman.

The monk in the second series of El Rescate del Talisman.

A frog prince in the second series of El Rescate del Talisman.

Series 3

A knight meets a troll in the third series of El Rescate del Talisman.

A pair of elves, Lindal and Ghendan (Amparo Bravo and Andrea Masulli) in the third series of El Rescate del Talisman.

A female warrior in the third series of El Rescate del Talisman.

A wayward knight in the third series of El Rescate del Talisman.

Series Credits

Director: Rafael Calvo Beca

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