Originally Dr. David H. Keel (Ian Hendry), who is about ten years younger than John Steed, was the main character of The Avengers.
When his fiancée Peggy Stevens (CatherineWoodville) gets cold-blooded murdered in the episode Hot Snow, he meets an enigmatic man, John Steed, who offers Keel to bring the murderer of Peggy to justice.
Although it is not clear at the beginning for whom or what organization Steed is working for, Keel accepts without hesitation and from now on Steed and Keel are partners and they will fight against the criminals of the underworld.
In the second episode of The Avengers, Brought to Book, Keel is capable of finding the murderer of his financée Peegy with John Steed's help.
David Keel is a doctor. In the first episode of The Avengers he has a private surgery with an older colleague, Dr. Tredding, somewhere in Chelsea.. The doctor's proficiency is important for some of Steed's tasks and like Cathy Gale and Emma Peel he's an amateur.
Due to his profession, Dr. Keel is a humanitarian and a man of compassion. Unlike Steed he will not use any means available to achieve his goals.
Steed worked with Keel only one year in 1961.