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17 May 2008 @ 09:06 pm
Doctor Who - The Wasp and the Unicorn  
I loved it.  A great light-hearted fun episode...and I'm a huge Agatha Christie fan (I think I have read all of her books, most of them several times) so I thoroughly enjoyed all the Christie in-jokes - I think I will have to watch it again just to count the number of her book titles in the dialogue.  Very clever usage of her real life disappearance, and I thought the actress who played her was very well cast. 
Although Professor Peach in the library with the lead piping was Cluedo rather than Christie - maybe her books were the inspiration for Cluedo though, I suppose.
I was very pleased that I spotted both the thief clue (posh people don't say 'toilet'!) and the murderer (when he said 'one is never alone with God'  that showed he was too good a clergyman to be true) - yes okay, that was a random lucky guess.

Didn't see the trailer for next week as my husband gets annoyed by themgiving away plot points, but apparently they go to "the biggest library in the universe" - I am professionally interested. :)
 
 
 
tracyj23: Flowers - rosestracyj23 on May 18th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. I loved the episode (just watched it last night). It was wonderful to have so much fun and no Martha.

I was wondering if Agatha Christie had disappeared in real life - now I know. I too have read all her books (or I think I have anyway - I made it my mission to read every one I could find a number of years back) and I had to laugh at the Doctor spouting off how impressed he was at her writings. (Or not, as it turned out.) I was about 50/50 on her stories - half of them were fantastic with endings I couldn't have guessed. The other half were just copies of previous stories and were obvious right from the first chapter. There were a few where a sort of 'deus ex machina' came in and in the last chapter you suddenly learned 'oh, she has a twin sister that was separated at birth - that's how the murder was committed by her though she had alibis'.

Anyway, personal thoughts aside ... it was a lovely episode. And I'm looking forward to the next episode as well. I saw the trailer but it didn't really give much away.

Is Cluedo a British game? It's just called Clue here. :)
suffolkgirlsuffolkgirl on May 18th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
It was wonderful to have so much fun and no Martha.

I enjoyed watching something light with no angst - makes a nice change from most of my TV watching! I like Martha but thought her presence was unnecessary in the last episode, definitely worked better without her.

I was wondering if Agatha Christie had disappeared in real life - now I know.

Yes, the newspapers of the day made it a big story. She never talked about it but the usual theory is that she had a nervous breakdown after discovering her husband's affair and just walked out on her life for ten days.

I was about 50/50 on her stories - half of them were fantastic with endings I couldn't have guessed. The other half were just copies of previous stories and were obvious right from the first chapter.

I find her short stories aren't as good as her novels, and her later novels show signs of plot re-use and are quite slow moving. But when she's at her best, they are brilliant. I think I enjoy them because I have that kind of mind that enjoys seeing how all the little puzzle pieces fit into place.

Is Cluedo a British game? It's just called Clue here. :)

It's a murder mystery board game where characters with colour names eg. Professor Plum get murdered in various rooms with weapons like lead piping...I assume that's the same game as your Clue? I never knew it had a different name abroad. :)
tracyj23: Cartoon - kid hanging from treetracyj23 on May 19th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
I have the sort of mind that loves puzzles too. That's probably why even my bsg stories (which are supposed to be romance) come out eire tons of mythology - it's the oneplace there's mystery in the show.

And yes, I think Cluedo and Clue are one in the same - just with a different name over here. :) We have it,and a Harry Potter version of it as well. "Hermione Granger cast the petrificus totalis spell in the potions classroom." loads of fun!