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I haff done nothing there. I go in, I go avay again-
~ Dr. Goodner.

Dr. William Goodner (originally known as Wilhelm Geutner in German) is a crucial antagonist in Richard Adams' novel The Plague Dogs, and its 1982 animated film adaptation of the same name. He is a former Nazi scientist who works at A.R.S.E. and studies bubonic plague for biological warfare. This leads to the belief that Rowf and Snitter are carrying the plague after they escape the facility.


Wilhelm Geutner was born in Munchen, Germany and claimed to work as a researcher at Buchenwald during the era of World War II. After the war, he moved to England's Lake District and became a naturalized citizen. He took the job as a scientist working at A.R.S.E. and began experimenting on bubonic plague as a secret bioweapon for the Ministry of Defence. He kept his experiments a secret from the other whitecoats in the facility except for the Director. One day, after one of Dr. Boycott's experiments on Rowf, the facility's janitor, Harry Tyson forgets to shut his door. The following night, Rowf and Snitter escape and come across Dr. Goodner's office before they manage to escape the facility through the incinerator, leaving them to roam the countryside of the Lake District.

Later, after Stephen Powell failed to retrieve Snitter from the Dawsons' residence, he chats with Digby Driver about Rowf and Snitter's experiments and reveals Dr. Goodner's backstory as a Nazi scientist. Driver heads over to Tyson's place and the janitor reveals information about the experiments he performs. He later arrives at Goodner's place and blackmails him to reveal his defence work. Goodner claims that he's not a war criminal and confirms that he does experiment with bubonic plague. Driver then publishes a headline about the dogs carrying the plague, causing mass hysteria among the public and leading to a witch hunt on the two dogs.

At one point after Driver's confrontation with Boycott over the issue about the dogs wreaking havoc across the Lake District, Boycott mentions to Powell that Goodner will be moving away after his defence work was exposed to the public. In addition, Driver redeems himself and helps Snitter's owner, Alan Wood rescue the two dogs from being killed by the army and clears their name of carrying the plague.



  • It has been rumored that Dr. Goodner may have known David Ephraim during WWII, who happens to be a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. However, this is unlikely, as Goodner worked at Buchenwald, while Ephraim was a prisoner at Auschwitz.
  • Goodner wears what is presumably an S6 NBC Respirator.
  • He is inspired by Shirō Ishii, a Japanese war criminal who used bubonic plague for biological warfare against Chinese civilians during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
    • Although some people presume Dr. Goodner to be based on Josef Mengele, Ishii researched diseases and was pardoned for his war crimes, whilst Mengele researched genetics and remained a wanted war criminal until his death.
  • Dr. Goodner seems to be the only scientist in the facility to do legitimate work, while Dr. Boycott and the other whitecoats do pointless experiments with no practical use.


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