Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday Sketch - Doctor Who

I'm usually cheery about the Tuesday Sketch, but I have to hold back this time. The topic was "Doctor Who", and I'm a big fan of the earlier series. It brings back good memories. By a sad coincidence, today we hear the news that Elisabeth Sladen, the actress that played "Sarah Jane" during the Tom Baker era of the BBC series, has passed away. It is with a sad heart that I dedicate this piece to her memory. I remember the many episodes that introduced me to the series happened to be the ones where she was featured. I got so into it that I read a large number of paperback books covering the Doctor's adventures from the beginning. Sarah Jane was a recurring character, and from what I read, Elisabeth Sladen was a very accomplished actress. She was featured in many later episodes in the long running series, and starred in her own series, "The Sarah Jane Adventures" with some of the latest incarnations of the Doctor. Thank you, Elisabeth.
As for this TARDIS piece, it is in reference to the popular property of the Doctor's spaceship/time-machine to be bigger inside than it looks on the outside. The tail of a sperm whale sticks from the TARDIS' door in reference to Douglas Adams' work, "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", in which an ill-fated whale is featured as an example of the side effects of the "improbability drive". I know this is all sci-fi nerd/geek stuff to some of you, but it makes sense to me. Sorry if it seems sort of a specialized jest, but I hope you enjoy it. I'm glad I used a mild approach at humor, having started this piece before hearing the sad news about "Sarah Jane". Please keep her and her family in your thoughts.
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