— Peter Wingfield as Robert Helm

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Queen of Swords

Episode guide
In print

In this section

The Men's Room
Soldier, Soldier
Six Characters in Search of an Author
Trust Me
Stella Artois
The Lifeboat
Alun Lewis
Degas and Pissarro Fall Out
Martin Chuzzlewit
Crocodile Shoes
Murder in Mind
Into the Fire
A Very Open Prison
Over Here
Murder Most Horrid
Call My Bluff
Highlander: The Series
Noah's Ark
The Sentinel
Cold Squad
Strange World
Waiting for Lefty
Cold Feet
The Outer Limits
The Man Who Used to Be Me
Stargate SG-1
Highlander: Endgame
Queen of Swords
The Chris Isaak Show
First Wave

Queen of Swords

Character: The good Dr. Robert Helm
Fashion statement: Well, look at the picture on the right. Need I say more?!
Deathless dialogue: TBA

Peter shot this syndicated TV series in Spain during spring and summer of 2000. According to Cinescape:

Queen of Swords takes place in Spanish California in 1817. Much like Zorro, the Queen of Swords is a masked protector and righter of wrongs who uses whip and sword to punish her enemies. Unlike Zorro, however, Queen has distinct mystical elements. In her normal identity of Tessa Alvarado, a young woman of wealth, she is advised by Marta, her governess, a middle-aged woman of gypsy blood who uses the Tarot to guide and advise her young charge.Tessa also receives messages via her dreams, sometimes conveyed to her by the spirit of her dead father.

Peter plays Tessa's love interest, Dr. Robert Helm (yay, a good guy!). He was originally given the choice whether he wanted the role of Dr. Helm or the villainous but incompetent Grisham. Peter chose the good doctor, but the suits upstairs wanted a younger guy. Luckily, the producers kept insisting on Peter until time ran out and there was no one else cast! The Paramount press kit describes Dr. Helm as:

... an English Doctor who trades his musket for a scalpel, vowing to save lives, not take them. He has little patience for Tessa, believing her to be a spoiled member of the nobility, and less for the Queen of Swords, despising the blades with which she deals justice, yet Helm keeps finding himself strangely attracted to the beautiful avenger in black.

At Highlander DownUnder 4, Peter confirmed that there will not be a second season of Queen of Swords, apparently because there were too many people from too many different countries involved. Dr. Helm was supposed to be in 10 episodes, but he turned out to be such a strong character that Peter and the producers decided to only use Helm in episodes where he had a major part and write him out of episodes where Peter would only have a walk-on role with few (if any) lines. All in all, Dr. Helm appeared in 10 episodes (though only in clips from previous episodes in "End of Days").

Official sites
Pictures and wallpaper, video clips, discussion board and more.

Paramount's Queen of Swords
Episode guide, cast bios.

Peter's notes from the set of Queen of Swords
And he's pretty funny...

Anthony De Longis' La Reina
Reports from the set of the show from its original swordmaster.

Fan sites

Eng's Queen of Swords
Tons of glorious screencaps with snarky captions! Definitely a must-see.

Manzana Core
Fan fiction about Dr. Helm, calendar graphics for your desktop, episode synopses, Helm quotes.

Doctor Helm Whack Tracker
A little site I made up to cruelly keep track of how many times the poor doc's been abused. (You'll be amazed...)

Methos Boxer Brigade Queen of Swords
News, synopses, station guide and more.

Methos Boxer Brigade QoS screencaps
I have no idea why these aren't on the same site as their other QoS info...

Highlander Fan Central
Has the press kit.

MPEG promos of several episodes. Check out "Leather, Lace, Steel" and "Wanted" for shots of Peter in the series premiere promos.

Helm Keepers
Own a part of Dr. Helm — all for fun, of course!

At the Helm
Website for the At the Helm mailing list, a place to waffle over the good Dr. Helm. Currently promoting the Save the Queen campaign with a number of banners to put on your website.

Queen of Swords mailing list
Unofficial YahooGroups list.

Abby's Save Our Queen
Find out the addresses for Fireworks Entertainment and Paramount; get an apple graphic to include in your letter; and grab some Save Our Queen banners for your website.

Rescue the Queen
Another save the Queen website.

Rescue the Queen of Swords
Sign a petition to show your support for the show.

Queen of Swords Channel
Some fans have decided to give Queen of Swords a second season via fanfic.

QoS websites
An exhaustive list of links to Queen of Swords websites.

Have I missed a good site? E-mail me!


That Highlander connection

Let's see... Valentine Pelka (Kronos) also stars in Queen of Swords. Elizabeth Gracen (Amanda) guest starred in an episode which Gillian Horvath (Highlander writer) scripted. David Abramowitz (Highlander Creative Consultant aka head writer) is head writer on this series too. Anthony De Longis (Consone in "Duende") worked as swordmaster for a few episodes.
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