Croydon was a town in Surrey which is the home of "Martin Smith". When Arthur Dent, upon meeting Zaphod Beeblebrox, unexpectedly tells Ford Prefect that they had met previously, Ford insists that Zaphod is "not bloody Martin Smith from Croydon." It turns out, however, that Zaphod has previously visited the Earth and indeed met Arthur (very briefly) at a party.

Behind the scenes

Martin Smith was in fact one of Douglas Adams' co-writers during his Footlights years at Cambridge - and, yes, he did come from Croydon...

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