Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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"The Unicorn and the Wasp" and "Silence in the Library"

It's not enough that they cast Fenella Woolgar as Agatha Christie, which matches the magnificent casting of Simon Callow as Charles Dickens (and makes up for the mediocre casting of Dean Lennox Kelly as William Shakespeare), they brought back Christopher Benjamin! Best know to Who fans for his brilliant turn as Mr. Jago in "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" (an avowed favorite serial of the modern show's producers -- the Time Agency that Captain Jack Harkness used to work for comes from that episode), he played Colonel Hugh. My only regret was that the role wasn't larger, though he did make the most of the role.

The plot was entertaining fluff, and Donna remains magnificent. I'm getting a little tired of the "Doctor meets literary figure and he and his companions inspire his/her later work with their knowledge of it" trope, which we got in "The Unquiet Dead" and "The Shakespeare Code" before this.

I was stunned reading Wikipedia and seeing that Tennant suggested Wolgar for Christie after working with her in Bright Young Things. I didn't know Tennant was in BYT (which I saw in theatres when it first was released in the States, and of course before I had any conscious awareness of David Tennant), and that's one of a thousand reasons why I really should have that film (which I adored) on DVD.

But I gotta say my favorite part was the trailer for "Silence in the Library," which will air a week from tomorrow on the Beeb. Not only is it the first of a two-parter written by The Great God Moffat, but it also guest stars both Alex Kingston and Colin Salmon! I may geek out all over the place................

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