O Ford Prefect foi um da fabricado entre 1938 e 1961.

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    Ford Prefect (also called Ix) is a in by the British author . He is the only character other than the protagonist, , to appear throughout the entire saga. His role as Arthur's friend – and rescuer, when the Earth is unexpectedly demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass at the start of the story – is often expository, as Ford is an experienced galactic hitch-hiker and explains that he is actually an alien journalist, a field researcher for the titular itself, and not an out-of-work actor from as he had hitherto claimed.

  • Although Ford had taken great care to blend into Earth society, he had "skimped a bit on his preparatory research," and thought that the name "Ford Prefect" would be "nicely inconspicuous." The was a popular British car manufactured from 1938 to 1961, and Adams later clarified in an interview that Ford "had simply mistaken the dominant life form" of Earth. This was expanded on somewhat in the film version, where Ford is almost run over while attempting to greet a blue Ford Prefect. He is saved by Arthur and, in the film version of events, this is how the pair meet. The graphics in the TV series provide a similar explanation by listing a sequence of names including 'Ford', beginning with director , , news reader , carmaker , the , the with the final name Ford Prefect being selected.

    Adams later observed that this joke was lost on United States audiences who assumed it was a typing error for "perfect." In some versions, such as the French () and the Greek (), Ford's name was changed to "Ford Escort." Nowadays, the joke is largely lost on younger audiences in Britain as well, since the Ford Prefect is now a rare sight on British roads. In the film adaptation, his last name was never actually stated on-screen, but it is given in the film's credits as "Prefect."

    Ford Prefect
    David Dixon as Ford Prefect in Episode One of the BBC TV series
    First appearance Fit the First (radio)
    Created by Douglas Adams
    Portrayed by Geoffrey McGivern (radio and LP versions)
    David Dixon (television)
    Mos Def (film)
    Nickname(s) Ix
    Species Betelgeusian
    Gender Male
    Occupation Researcher for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Relatives Zaphod Beeblebrox (semi-half cousin)

  • Ford Prefect
    Species: Betelgeusian
    Planet of Origin: Betelgeuse 7
    Appearances: Every adaptation ever
    First appearance: Fit the First

    Despite all this, his semi-cousin (in the film and radio show they are said to share three of the same mothers) calls him "Ford" the first time they are reunited in all versions of the story except for the film, where Zaphod addresses him as "Praxibetel Ix," then introduces him by saying "This is my semi-half brother, Ix...Excuse me, Ford." While not explained in the book, a footnote of the original radio scripts explains that "just before arriving (on Earth) he registered his new name officially at the Galactic Nomenclaturoid Office, where they had the technology to unpick his old name from the fabric of space/time and thread the new one in its place, so that for all intents and purposes his name had always been and would always be Ford Prefect."

Ford Prefect (character) - Wikipedia

So Ford Prefect looks a lot like a terrible Doctor Who, especially since he is unable to protect his human companion, Arthur, and that, as we all know, is the most important job of all space hobos. For instance, when the Heart of Gold is threatened by nuclear missiles, Ford tries to save everyone but doesn't know how to fly the ship: