August 13th, 2011


August Books 10) The Broad Highway, by Jeffery Farnol

This was the best-selling novel of 1911, a romantic tale set in about 1811 where you know what is going to happen from the very first page, when Peter Vibart is promised a vast legacy if he will marry Sophia Sefton, but declares he would rather not. He flees metropolitan life to the village of Sissinghurst in Kent, where he encounters many good-hearted comic yokels and falls in love with a mysterious woman who comes to live with him in his cottage. She has firm, well-rounded arms. (That's arms, I say, arms.) It takes Peter (unlike the reader) most of the book to work out her real identity, and to deal with his rival for the marital legacy, his rather two-dimensionally villainous cousin, though I guess he is distracted by the occasional staggering coincidence and his anachronistic inclination towards Christian Science doctrine. I had never heard of Farnol before but apparently he was one of the most successful popular novelists of the first half of the twentieth century, and I suppose I can see the attraction of his undemanding yet breathless style. (Sissinghurst, by the way, was called Milkstreet in 1811 and changed its name only later in the century; more anachronism.)
doctor who

Who Trivia - The Doctor Cooks?

  • I just finished watching Battlefield, in which the Seventh Doctor promises to cook dinner in the final line.
  • In The Lodger, the Eleventh Doctor actually is seen cooking (as is the Tenth Doctor in the original comic strip story that the TV episode is based on).
  • Over on Twitter, Ian Potter points out that it is strongly implied that the Sixth Doctor cooked the nut roast that Peri reports throwing out in Resurrection of the Daleks.
Any other references to the Doctor actually cooking, on TV or in spinoff literature and audios?