- Van Helsinki
- Professor Ford
- Inspector Someone-Who-Is-Not-David-Bowie (mentioned)
- The Woman (mentioned as 'her')
Van Helsinki, distracted by memories of the escape of the Woman and his role in it, encounters Professor Ford in a coffee room. She cannot get the machine to work, but Van exerts force on it, and it works. Van thinks Ford is pretty, and the two prepare to talk. However, a claxon rings, and Van prepares to leave. He decides to take Ford with him on the case.