Tuesday, 16 September 2008

"Joined-Up Writing" - Blueboy, 2000

What follows is a poster on a shop on one of the main shopping streets of Oxford. I'm sure you're going to have to click on the image to be able to read the captions, so go take a look.

OK. You could go to the advertised website to find the connection between The Doctor and the Bride of Frankenstein.

I, however, would rather ask my blogger friend Stevyn for his thoughts, since this is right up his alley (and he's really clever, too)!



At 16 September, 2008 14:55 , Blogger Iota said...

I was browsing your blog, just as you were browsing mine! Had just bookmarked it to come back later!

At 17 September, 2008 21:57 , Blogger Stevyn Colgan said...

Hi Janet - Sorry for the delay. My initial thoughts were that the obvious connection was Peter Cushing. He played Doctor Who in two feature films in the 1960s and played Victor Frankenstein in numerous Hammer Horror movies in the 60s and 70s, one of which was a retelling of Bride of Frankenstein (Frankenstein created woman). Then I wondered whether it was the fact that Doctor Who spoofed the whole Frankenstein mythos with the 1976 Tom Baker era story 'The Brain of Morbius' (in which the Doctor comes across a rogue Time Lord trapped within a monstrous body constructed from bits of dead aliens by a mad scientist).

But the most likely (and most contemporary) reason is that the BBC recently reworked the tragically unfinished Douglas Adams penned story 'Shada' as a radio play. In this, the 8th Doctor - played by Paul McGann - does mention visiting Mary Shelley and her poetic chums.

At 18 September, 2008 14:57 , Blogger Janet said...

Thanks, Stevyn, for your usual thorough analysis! I won't do this to you often, OK?



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