Time Travelling Heroes – The Doctor from Doctor Who (part one)

Published June 5, 2012 by loonyliterature
Robert the Bruce

Robert the Bruce (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

English Heritage plaque for inventor of time t...

English Heritage plaque for inventor of time travel (Photo credit: jaywood_uk)

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?

18 comments on “Time Travelling Heroes – The Doctor from Doctor Who (part one)

  • I suggest that for his own psychological health you keep Hamnet well away from RTD’s Tenth doctor. You don’t want him going all emo on you.

    Four would be another matter, however. The little lad would probably love K9.

    • K9 is so cute. I find it quite funny thinking of Hamnet being excited by Doctor Who. When I was a girl I was so desperate to time travel and it shows because it keeps coming up in my children’s writing. As an adult and knowing a lot more about history, I don’t think that I would like to go back to Shakespeare’s day but I would love to have a screen which would show me everything as it really was.

      • It’s wonderful if you like Phil Rickman. It’s a work of fiction. Actually, Dr Dee was the genesis of Corspehound in Will Blyton and The Stinking Shadow – he is how I imagine a truly evil Dee would be of that time. Also in Will Blyton and The Stinking Shadow, Will doesn’t find out that Hamnet is Hamnet Shakespeare. He finds this out in later books. It is obvious who he is though to adults, I imagine. I am so thrilled to have found you, I hope you won’t think me cheeky if I refer to you and ask your advice when doing the next book. With your interests, your M.A. and being a children’s librarian – you are the perfect person to refer to if you don’t mind me saying. I’m going to read your piece and then look up Spotify as I don’t know what it is.

      • Oh, please do feel free to pick my brains if it helps! I’ve downloaded your Will Blyton book to read on the train – I’m going to London on Saturday for the day to see ‘Antigone’ at the National. I think you might get a lot out of some of the KidLit blogs like “An Awfully Big Blog Adventure”. Also, do try “The History Girls” blog – there’s a link from MI.

        Spotify is a music download service. You can either use it for free and put up with ads or subscribe for £9.99 a month. It’s like having your own radio station where you choose every song. I never buy CDs any more. I like it particularly because my son is at uni and we can hook up and listen to each other’s tracks. I happen to know that the soundtrack of Dr Dee is on there because Tom linked me to it.

        I can only think of one novel that has Hamnet as a serious character, and it’s YA rather than kidlit. It’s called “My Father Had a Daughter” and it’s by an American, Grace Tiffany, but you can get it on Amazon. It’s told from Judith Shakespeare’s POV and Hamnet comes into the early chapters. I loved the bit where she found the manuscript of Twelfth Night lying around at home and was furious because she was sure her father had used his personal experiences in his writing. Of course, she dresses up as a boy and heads for the Globe…they all do that.

        What’s the next book about?

      • Thanks for that, I would love to refer to you as your articles demonstrate how perceptive you are. I have got theatre envy – I love anything like Antigone. I think I definitely am from the distant past. Will will go green all the way through his body when he finds out that you are going down to the National to see Antigone and Christopher Eccleston is in it. Thanks for those blogs, I will have a look and also at Spotify. It’s amazing what is out there. “My Father Had a Daughter” sounds very interesting. The next Will Blyton is at the idea stage at the moment as I am working on a play for the 9-12 range ago. It is Frankenstein’s Revenge and it is to introduce children of that age to Frankenstein so that they will be au fait with it when they get to secondary school. I am also writing an educator’s resource to go with it. Will Blyton is aimed at 9-12 year old boys to encourage them to read and it also hopes to introduce children to Shakespeare very slowly through the books. In the second one, Will is going to stay with his grandma in a village setting. His grandma lives next to an old church. There is bell ringing going on and no-one in the church. I am using a theme of bell ringing – thinking about how it was to raise the alarm etc.. Also, nearby is an old priory ruin where the body of a monk has been found bricked up – that’s another strand. Will will find out that Hamnet is Hamnet Shakespeare and be able to go back in time in this one. I think I will want to use one of the plays as the sub plot. So as you can see it is a lot of strands now. I haven’t decided what Will’s inner journey will be yet. In The Stinking Shadow he overcomes his fear of being a coward when his is bullied. This is an important par tof the book for me as I like to see the character develop. Sorry for going on. Have a lovely time at the theatre.

      • What is WIll’s family situation? Does he have a dad around? Hamnet didn’t, most of the time, of course, a situation that might have provoked some unkind local comment. Germaine Greer’s book, “Shakespeare’s Wife” is good for an all-round view of Anne Hathaway. There’s evidence she ran a business from home as a maltster – that’s someone who prepares malt for brewing into beer. An archaeological dig at New Place last year turned up evidence that something of that sort was going on in the house’s extensive outbuildings (although of course poor little H was dead before they moved there).

        I’ve thought of another absolutely brilliant book – Stratford Boys by Jan Mark. Shakespeare before he was famous, writing and producing a play with his friends. It’s hilarious.

        CE is certainly a draw for going to see Antigone. I think he’ll make a wonderful Creon.

      • Thanks for all these wonderful books – I can’t tell you how much it helps. Hamnet is trapped in a stone by the evil magician Corpsehound. Will Blyton finds him on the beach, this is in the 1970s. The first book is about the strange relationship which develops between Hamnet and Will. Hamnet has had a curse put on his tongue by the evil Corpsehound for telling the truth about him and getting him banished from the Elizabethan court – well that’s what Hamnet has told Will in the first book – we know that Hamnet would not be at court but Will does not know that. In actual fact, Hamnet has had the curse put on his tongue for what Will Shakespeare has said. Corspehound punished the parent by “killing his son” or so it appears when it looks as if Hamnet died. Does this all make sense? I’m jumping to future books. So we haven’t actually seen Hamnet’s home life as of yet. Will’s father, however runs a second hand bookshop and although he is there in body, he is always somewhere else in his head. Please let us know what you make of CE. Have a wonderful time.

      • Hi Ruth, I’ve just WordPressed your John Dee. It says it’s by Loony Literature (this is what I am worried about) but then leads to your site. I haven’t WordPressed like that before was I meant to write something before I WordPressed? It’s obvious once you click on the link that it’s by you but I didn’t want you to think that I was grabbing your fabulous piece. I simply wanted to share it with others because it is so good.

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