Jason King 1.12 – Toki

“Uh-oh,” I said, and Marie asked our son “Can you see why he said ‘uh-oh’?” and our son said “Ohhhhhh, yeah, it’s a white Jaguar!” And within a couple of minutes, it goes over the cliff for the fifth time in two years of this blog. That’s not the only bit of recycled footage in this one. At one point, a character played by Felicity Kendal is watching an old gangster movie on TV, and it’s the 1930s Chicago shootout scene from the Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) episode “Murder Ain’t What it Used to Be”. Or maybe she was watching Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

Anyway, this episode introduces Anne Sharp as Nicola Harvester, Jason’s publisher. She appears in seven episodes. She tries to be sympathetic as Jason falls for a (modern day) gangster’s girlfriend. Peter Wyngarde gets to stretch and be a little sad, and Kieron Moore gets to throw his weight around his gang, one of whom is played by Tony Beckley. But any story where the Jaguar going over the cliff is the high point isn’t going to be a favorite of mine. My heart has started to sink when I see that Philip Broadley has written today’s episode.

The other day, I noticed that a film crew had followed several guest actors in “All That Glisters” around Paris, but not Wyngarde, and wondered whether they scheduled the shoot for the same time he had a smaller crew following him around Vienna. I think I might be slightly wrong, because in this episode, we see Wyngarde doing some shopping, without any guest stars, at some fashionable Parisian shops like Hermes, Cartier, and Christian Dior.

Doctor Who 4.7 – The Unicorn and the Wasp

Another year, another celebrity historical, although this one amuses me more than most. I’m really not a big fan of Agatha Christie, although I appreciate her, and I did genuinely enjoy the Miss Marple adaptations with Joan Hickson from the 1980s. We told our son who Christie was a couple of weeks ago; he was really more able to see the similarities with the board game Clue than anything else. When one of the characters reveals she has a revolver, after we’ve already seen a professor get killed in the library with a lead pipe, he figured he was on to something.

So anyway, it’s written by Gareth Roberts, who did the celebrity historical the previous season, and directed by the great Graeme Harper. Guest stars include Christopher Benjamin, Felicity Kendal, and Fenella Woolgar as Christie. It’s silly, ridiculous, full of in-jokes, and I think it’s wonderfully huggable. I also choose to believe that the Doctor picked up his facsimile edition paperback of Death in the Clouds from the little shop in the hospital in New New York in series two’s “New Earth.” You know it makes sense.