I suppose it's to be expected that the characters do eclipse the creator in popularity, with that sort of thing. For example, while most children may acknowledge the talent of Walt Disney himself, they are probably much more interested in the actual cartoons he produced.An ex-friend once told me that if you ever really wanted to annoy Dave (another friend), then insult Thunderbirds, especially Scott. I can't see that any of the Tracy family were anything to rave about; if they had acquired some adorable talking, rolling robots, it would be different! Did Lady Penelope have a similar personality to Mary Falconer? Mary is such a lovely, warm person, I think if I had been orphaned I would want to be adopted by her! I don't remember Lady P being quite so charming, although she was OK.