Monday, 19 April 2010

De Bella et Gallo

Boyo has rediscovered his enthusiasm for Dr Who, a curious British televisual confection that seeks to graft 1950s science-fiction plots onto pantomime with the uncertain archness that passes for humour in much of BBC output.

Ever eager to find just causes in law, I watched the last episode to ascertain the source of this uncharacteristic spousal animation.

Was it the latest "companion"? Hardly. Ms Karen Gillan is an improvement on the previous auburn slattern to grace the Doctor's arm, but neither comes close to Boyo's type. Like the gentleman in this poignant documentary film, my partner still keens for Billie Piper with mournful and never-ending remembrance:

Was it the switch in writers from Russell T Davies to Steven Moffat? Boyo admires the latter's masterpiece, Coupling, and its sympathetic portrayal of a priapic Welsh simpleton in particular. He is, however, unlikely to applaud the ouster of compatriot Davies for a Scotch such as Moffat.

Was it the latest actor to play the heroic physician? Matt Smith rates an irritation factor of four, as opposed to the eight scored by his predecessor David Tennant, and dresses much like Boyo himself. But that cannot be enough, otherwise my prime subject would be glued to "Last of the Summer Wine".

Then I heard it. At 27'52" in the iPlayer version of "Victory of the Daleks", came this:

"This is the end for you. The final end."

The declamatory style. The repetition. And, of course, the clanging tautology - all the signs of the Welshism, as discussed earlier on this site.

Spring is in the air, but all I can taste is slate on the breeze.


Gorilla Bananas said...

Was there ever a Welsh Dr Who? Patrick Troughton looked like a shifty little Welshman but I don't think he was one.

Mrs Boyo said...

The English have been careful to protect their treasures from six-fingered Welsh fingers ever since their bad experience with Lloyd George, Bananas. Hence the Monarchy, the premiership, Dr Who and James Bond have been Waliserfrei. The near misses - Lord Snowdon, Kinnock - show how necessary this policy is.

Gorilla Bananas said...

You mean Timothy Dalton wasn't a Welsh! I'm sure Boyo will have something to say about that when you let him in the house.

No Good Boyo said...

Mrs Boyo is by definition true, GB.

Dalton says he's English, though born in Wales, and his parents are American and Irish.

His birthplace, Colwyn Bay, is classified as a Scouse exclave under the Cymru Rouge ethnic realignment programme, so he's not wrong there.

We would allow him to be a Welsh if he really wanted it, but we'd expect him to do some proper acting again like he did in Flash Gordon.