Bonding with a Time Lord

I have always had a fondness for murder mysteries – brings out the sleuth in me. Last night I watched the last of a series called Mrs Bradley Mysteries which came out in the late 1990s. The series was set in the 1920’s and starred Diana Rigg aka Mrs Peel from The Avengers.

A dark & nasty little story it was indeed, called the Worsted Viper, involving ritual murder with symbolism encrusted throughout.

A vicar’s daughter called ‘Chastity’ is found murdered with a worsted viper (a kind of yarn made into a snake shape with a snakes head at one end) wrapped three times around her neck and her hair cut off. Seems the murderer is copycat of the late Black Jack Briggs who liked his female sacrifices as virgins. I must admit I fell asleep for part of this, storyline was pretty crap – a ritual methinks now, dressed up in a weak story line.

The villain is revealed as none other than Inspector Christmas who has been in two previous episodes acting with the utmost propriety – but number three that always seems to stir things up, does it not. He starts ranting some nasty stuff about dark energy which felt an awful lot like an incantation – it repulsed me, which is why I’m not going back to look it up – it doesn’t belong.

At the beginning of the episode Inspector Christmas is being honoured in a ceremony & a fancy golden mayoral type chain is placed round his neck. When the body of the girl is found he is still wearing this which I thought odd at the time, but as the actor was none other than Peter Davison, the lovable Tristan from All Creatures Great & Small, I got fooled & failed to give proper attention to the antenna which was attempting to sprout through the top of my head.

And it is Peter Davison that this little article is about.

Some early quotes about him “Fresh-faced, enthusiastic” & “With his bright, breezy manner, Peter proved a breath of fresh air“…and indeed as Tristan & then the fifth Doctor Who these qualities verily zinged through him .

My son & I have also been working our way through the recent ‘Last Detective’ series in which he plays a clever though under-appreciated Detective Constable known as ‘Dangerous Davies’, as well as the old Doctor Who series – TV got so crap some years ago that we switched to DVDs

My son made a comment some little time ago about Peter Davison with whom he is very familiar having watched ‘All Creatures’ & Dr Who, that he could not think of ‘Dangerous‘ and ‘Tristan/Dr Who’ as the same man. When he said this I knew exactly what he meant.

Because we have watched a mix of old & new shows we regularly come across actors of the 70’s & 80’s turning up in modern shows, and while they’ve aged they are still recognisable. This is something different & I’ll come back to it.

We recently watched the fourth series of the Last Detective. Due to the ending of the third series we’d both been convinced that there would be no more – a reconciliation with his wife when their separation had been an ongoing theme in the series.

The fourth series had a different feel to it, with a couple of particularly ugly & violent scenes. In the penultimate episode I was rather surprised to see a whole lotta symbolism jumping out at me -a slow panned shot across the White Knight Laundry & ‘Dangerous’ posing in front of the London Eye come to mind. Hello, hello I thought, but still it was ‘Tristan’.

Then lo & behold the final episode (Dead Peasant’s Society) centres on the murder of a Freemason Lodge member, and we find his boss is a member. We get to go inside the lodge & see a ritual, albeit through the skylight. This was the first time I’ve ever come across this sort of coverage & as in the final episode of the Mrs Bradley Mysteries this also felt like the story was written around a ritual.

So I return to this comment of my son’s that Tristan/Dr Who & Dangerous seem like two different people, a comment which weird as it seems I have to agree with whole-heartedly. He somehow seems like a changed man. Sad as it is to let go of childhood treasured memories, I can’t help but feel a change has taken place in this man. I recalled also a post by Gavin from Atlantean Times re Paul McCartney & whether or not the past & present McCartney were the same man. In looking at the pics I felt a difference in the earlier & later images – facially they seem to be the same person but I could not shift a sense of seeing a different or altered personality. I seemed to see a kind of sweetness (best word I can think of) in the earlier images that is not there in the later ones – fanciful perhaps but the conviction remains.

Last night we continued, as ‘chance’ would have it, the Dr Who episode Arc of Infinity which just so happens to star Peter Davison (I’d gotten two series of Dr Who this week from video shop, going on instinct I’d chosen to watch this one first).
From wiki “Shielded by a collapsed star lurks a malevolent presence, an alien consisting of pure anti-matter. Its intention? To bond with a Time Lord and so cross over into this dimension through the Arc of Infinity — the gateway to all dimensions. The chosen Time Lord is the Doctor. To avert disaster, he is recalled to Gallifrey before the collision of matter and anti-matter leads to the destruction of all dimensions” (my emphasis).

In this world where things get weirder by the day (or is it just me) I find myself looking at & allowing stranger & stranger things. I long ago accepted that ‘possession’ happens, & I’m sure there are many ‘varieties’.

Perhaps this is all just fanciful but like my son I don’t see Tristan anymore in Davison, yes it could just be the result of time, but this feels different. Had it not been for last nights episode of Mrs Bradley I would have let this lie – but I found something malevolent in that, so much so that I did my witchy or nutty practise of sprinkling salt & sage around the house before I went to bed.

On looking up Black Jack on the internet (killer from Mrs Bradley ‘ritual’ enacted in my lounge last night black Friday 13 June) I found this story from the US dated 12 June (9.22) “BLACK JACK, Mo. (KMOX News) — A 15-year-old boy plucked from the bottom a swimming pool tonight — now he’s at Children’s Hospital with grim prospects.Police say he was discovered at the bottom of the Whisper Lake apartments pool in Black Jack just before 7 o’clock. The boy reportedly was submerged at the bottom of the 9-foot deep-end for more than 30 minutes.
As always so many numbers, the game of Black Jack is also known as 21reverse this for the date 12 June.
I thought I was finished but on checking difference between Auckland & Kansas, Missouri I find the distance is 7777 miles & Missouri is 17 hours behind Auckland.

I wonder how much we underestimate the rituals enacted on our tv screens & thus in our homes on a daily basis.

June 13, 2008. Uncategorized.


  1. Michael Skaggs replied:

    Wow! Thanks for the intense/sluethy ride along Wise! I know what you mean and your sons comment. I have had it happen to me as well with other shows and actors, even felt a shift in X-Files too with the actors there…seems like the shows start off with that “fresh innocent” feel then they go “darker and deeper” and suddenly shift, I dunno, hard to explain I guess.And what weird synchs with the numbers too! incredible! Be well.

  2. wise woman replied:

    Thanks MichaelYou explained very well indeed & I heartily agree.What we feel is real even if when put into words it may sound ‘kooky’. Too often when we feel ‘something’ we label it irrational & deny the wisdom of our own mighty feelings.The last tv show we watched was Tru Calling, it was quite enjoyable, then they introduced a dark character & it started to leave a bad taste in the mouth. It was when they killed/disposed of her boyfriend (not a big character, but still part of the show)that I somehow felt ‘betrayed’ by the programme (my son had similar feelings on this). I should think that’s fairly common practice these days but I haven’t watched tv since then, it was simply the last straw in feeling something was wrong in tv land.My thinking thus far is that the programmes (drugs) start off fresh & exciting to draw you in, once you’re hooked they turn on the nasty ‘drip feed’. It took a definite distasteful act for me to turn off Tru Calling, prior to that I still watched even though I wasn’t enjoying.

  3. aferrismoon replied:

    The episode before llast of the prsent Doctor Who was a murder-mystery-alien detective style with none other than Agatha Christie. The Dr. and assistant couldn’t help accidentally mentioning titles that Miss Christie had not yet written.Blackjack was the name of a horse at JFKs funeral that was riderless and had a pair of boots in the stirrups turned backwards. there’s pics of it. [ Blackjack JFK]Most of those detective novels of the late 19tt and early 20th centuries were written by educated people at a time when most of society was illiterate and as such the authors world’s muct have been quite limited.There are books of awful ritual murders that are great sellers, yet ULYSSES by Jame Joyce was banned for its ‘obscenity’. Esssentially it was all to readable by the masses, and lot not a distanced , layered ritual instruction……..perhapsMy sage plant is doing really well at presentCheers

  4. wise woman replied:

    Glad to hear it,I’m sure I’ve read that if you put sage in your ears it’s meant to help with exams, ahmm actually I think I tried it many moons ago – don’t remember the outcome You interest (& dismay) me with your ideas of ritual in books. Sometimes it’s hard to look at things you have loved & see there may be another side to them – I’m having to relook at many things in my life.Had a look at Black Jack – very ritualistic I feel – the black horse is the symbol of Lloyds Bank & it’s cousin over here the National Bank

  5. annemarie replied:

    Hi WW,What an interesting read that was. Thank you.Yeah I too get that vibe/sense about certain actors and other famous people now and then. One I now recall off the top o’ me head is Catherine Zeta-Jones the Welsh/American actor. It’s not about cosmetic surgery or cosmetic make-overs, to me she looks like a completely different person than she used to. I date “this change” in her to circa 2004’s movie The Terminal.Possession is real? Why not. It would go a long way towards explaining the behaviour of plenty of sons-o’bitches, if you ask me.Ciao for now

  6. wise woman replied:

    Hi AnnemarieI’m glad it’s not just me & that others are honest enough to say things that most people would laugh at, it’s just calling things as you see them – no matter how looney they seem..

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