November 24th, 2013

hugh house

The Day of The Doctor -- for all the people with historical deficiencies

We have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit our selves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. Let tyrants fear. I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good-will of my subjects; and therefore I am come amongst you, as you see, at this time, not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live and die amongst you all; to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust.

I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm: to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.

I know already, for your forwardness you have deserved rewards and crowns; and We do assure you in the word of a prince, they shall be duly paid you. In the mean time, my lieutenant general shall be in my stead, than whom never prince commanded a more noble or worthy subject; not doubting but by your obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and your valour in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over those enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people.

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an adventure in time and space

Did anybody besides me see "An Adventure in Time and Space"? It was really rather good and tragically bitter-sweet.

It looked old age and decline in the face and makes you confront the uncomfortable reality of Hartnell's situation and how everything begins to fall away. It probably doesn't help that I recognise so much of it in the people I know and work with. I am typically the youngest person in the office by more than thirty years and since I've just scraped into my thirties... It pulls into focus all those disturbing little things that we all try to ignore -- lost glasses and circular conversations, increasingly detailed to-do lists, trying to control everything and keep everything as it always was...

But. There are other people and other journeys. The brilliant Verity and Wassid take on massive risks in a world filled by cautious middle-aged male management. Sidney Newman is a toe-curling maverick*. Children chase an over-acting Hartnell through a park. His granddaughter wears her dalek suit.

* and now for the obligatory buzzy foot-note. Brian Cox playing Sidney Newman was actually working with the real Sidney Newman at the exact time as the real Verity and the Gang were figuring out the strangest script proposal in television
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