douglas adams

Arthur Dent

In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) wakes to find that Earth is about to be demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. He’s able to escape, just barely, with the help of extraterrestrial hitchhiker Ford Prefect and still dressed in his bathrobe.

Ford Prefect

In the 1981 BBC adaptation of Douglas Adams’s the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Ford Prefect (David Dixon) is an alien journalist who’s doing undercover research on Earth. He chooses his name with the idea that it will be inconspicuous, when in fact it’s the name of a popular car model.