In Will Blyton and The Stinking Shadow, I tried to get Hamnet, the Tudor boy magician who is trapped in the stone, to send me back to the 14th century, so that I could get Robert the Bruce to teach me how to be a warrior. It turned out that Hamnet sometimes gets things wrong and instead brought a 14th century monk to me. After getting me into all sorts of trouble we did manage to send the monk back in time. Yes, we really do dabble in time travel.
Anyway, moving on – as you know, I have waves of genius. It occurred to me that if Hamnet watched Doctor Who on the television – it might give him some time travel ideas. So I introduced Hamnet to my time travelling hero – The Doctor. I love watching Doctor Who but was not sure how an insulting Tudor boy would take to it. He watched The Monster of Peladon. Now here is the shock. The shock is not that Hamnet loved it; the shock is that he loved it so much, it improved his magic spells and he took us into the future. The only reason he took us into the future was that he wanted to see what happened in The Monster of Peladon. I don’t know about you but if he can take me forward one week in 1974, surely he must be able to go back in time.
I questioned Hamnet about this and he thinks that he will have to focus on going forward in time for the moment. He is obsessed with finding out what happens to The Doctor. It is 1974 and I have no idea how long Doctor Who runs on the television. It is great for Hamnet because it is making him focus on his time travelling skills. My worry is that The Doctor never has another adventure after The Monster of Peladon. Who knows what the future holds for The Doctor in 1974 and beyond?
- Will Blyton and The Stinking Shadow. (excerpt) (willblyton.com)
- My Favourite Detecting Equipment (2). The Torch. No Adults Allowed. (willblyton.com)
- Introducing children to Shakespeare by using insults. (loonyliterature.com)