Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Talking of Morphic Resonance ...


How queer. Janet posted this photo on her blog of a shop window advert for HMV's new social networking site getcloser. The advert asks the casual passer-by to find a connection between The Doctor and the Bride of Frankenstein.
Finding connections between apparently unrelated facts ... it's a curious parallel with the format of my own book isn't it? Does this mean that Joined-Up Thinking was simply 'of its time'?
So what is the connection between Doctor Who and the Bride of Frankenstein?

Oh and happy Talk like a Pirate Day! Gaaaaarrrrnn!

5 comments:

Stevyn Colgan said...

This is what I posted on Janet's blog so look away now if you don't want to see my answers ...

My initial thoughts were that the obvious connection was Peter Cushing. He played Doctor Who in two feature films in the 1960s and played Victor Frankenstein in numerous Hammer Horror movies in the 60s and 70s, one of which was a retelling of Bride of Frankenstein (Frankenstein created woman).

Then I wondered whether it was the fact that Doctor Who spoofed the whole Frankenstein mythos with the 1976 Tom Baker era story 'The Brain of Morbius' (in which the Doctor comes across a rogue Time Lord trapped within a monstrous body constructed from bits of dead aliens by a mad scientist).

But the most likely (and most contemporary) reason is that the BBC recently reworked the tragically unfinished Douglas Adams penned story 'Shada' as a radio play. In this, the 8th Doctor - played by Paul McGann - does mention visiting Mary Shelley and her poetic chums.

How sad am I?

Persephone said...

This is probably cheating, but I consulted one of my favourite websites The Oracle of Bacon (as in "six degrees of Kevin Bacon? remember that party game?). The oracle tells me that David Tennant appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with Maggie Smith. (He also appeared more extensively with Maggie Smith in The Last September, a rather good film, but let that pass.) Maggie Smith appeared in Murder by Death with Elsa Lanchester. That's two degrees at the most. You can also work out how David and Elsa connect to Kevin Bacon --- if you really want to.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Oracle of Bacon has been a frequent favourite site of mine. Fred Ott has a Bacon Number of Zero you know. Now you'll have to find out why ...

Debby said...

It is nice that getcloser is advertising for you. Still, though, that is just the strangest thing. You write a book, and then do an unrelated post on memes, and then find this.

Shouldn't the Twilight Zone theme be playing in the background?

Stevyn Colgan said...

Debby - Yes, I half expect Rod Serling to come strolling into my study as we speak ...