A limerick a week #44

Knock, knock!
Who’s there?
Dr …

Well, well, well! Hasn’t the decision to cast a woman as the latest incarnation of Doctor Who rattled the sullen cages of a few social media fogeys! Of course, it’s not the first occasion that a Time Lord has regenerated as a Time Lady …

Dalek: You are a Time Lord?
Missy: Time ‘Lady’, thank you. Some of us can afford the upgrade.

As I recall, ‘Missy as Master’ rattled cages too, but Michelle Gomez’s character has since been the highlight of every episode that she’s appeared in! That makes it even more ridiculous for the fictional concept of a bi-cardiac regenerative male anthropoid (in a time-travelling police box somehow bigger inside than out) to be considered rational to some folk who then throw their toys out of the Tardis because they consider the female equivalent to be irrational.

Such griping sounds like sanctimonious bollocks to me, so, given the Tardis has finally arrived in the 21st century …

Reactionary ‘broflakes’ apart
The rest of us now can take heart
That the antediluvian
World of the Whovian
Has a Doctor Who’s state of the art!

Postscript: I was going to tell you a time-travel joke, but you didn’t get it.

Flying high with the BBC

I’d never seen Shakespeare’s Henry the Sixth plays until I watched the first of a two-part (condensed) adaptation of them in the BBC’s ‘Hollow Crown’ series. Although I’ve never been a great fan of film or TV versions of Shakespeare’s work, I was riveted by Hugh Bonneville’s performance as the king’s Lord Protector. For me, Bonneville was terrific in the BBC’s comedy series ‘2012’ about ‘planning’ for the London Olympics, but even so, this was a revelation. Simply magnificent.

“Good on you” to the BBC for creating such an accessible production and “Boo” to those Shakespeare traditionalists that criticised the adaptations necessary to make it work on TV for a modern audience. Bonneville’s character could have been speaking directly to such critics when he proclaimed: ’tis but a base ignoble mind that mounts no higher than a bird can soar.

Good stuff all round!