Wednesday, July 9, 2008


When it comes to the portrayal of historical figures in Toobworld, certain allowances seem to be necessary due to the appearance of the actor playing the role.

Guess what, folks? Here's yet ANOTHER post about Agatha Christie as she appeared in the 'Doctor Who' episode "The Unicorn And The Wasp"!

Mrs. Christie was played by Fenella Woolgar, who has blonde hair. But in all the pictures I've seen of Agatha Christie from that time period (1926), she seems to have darker hair.

I have a splainin for this.

Even after eighty years, people are still divided as to what really happened when she disappeared for nearly two weeks, only to be found at the Harrogate Hydro Spa. Some believe she went into a fugue state and suffered from amnesia after discovering that her husband had been carrying on an affair with another woman. Others claim that she deliberately staged her disappearance in order to get her husband suspected of foul play.

With Toobworld, we can now claim that both theories are true.

When Agatha Christie arrived at the Eddison estate that afternoon, she was prepared to stage her disappearance. (In real life, the events happened in December; "The Unicorn And The Wasp" appears to take place in summer.) And to further make her disappearance possible, she changed her appearance by dying her hair blonde with the intention of staging her plan after leaving that weekend.
But after her encounter with the Vespiform, Mrs. Christie suffered a bout of amnesia due to the abrupt termination of their mental link via the Firestone. When the Doctor and his Companion Donna Noble left her at the Harrogate Hotel, she really didn't know what had happened over the previous 24 hours.
And that's why the TV Agatha Christie had blonde hair....

Toby OB

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