Sunday, February 3, 2008


Everybody knows in a second life,
we all come back sooner or later.
As anything from a pussycat
to a man eating alligator.
Paul Hampton
('My Mother The Car')

As those lyrics indicate, it's time once again to delve into a theory of reincarnation in Toobworld - that two TV characters share the same soul.

In the past, I've made the case for Emperor Claudius & Dr. Bob Hartley and Ross and Demelza Poldark & Greg and Dharma Montgomery.

Today's theory begins in 1138 Shrewsbury and ends up in the Cardiff of 2009.

In the 'Cadfael' episode "The Sanctuary Sparrow", the case being investigated by Brother Cadfael and Undersheriff Beringar concerned who attacked the head of the Aurifaber household. A young minstrel was blamed, but he sought sanctuary within the church, which afforded Cadfael time to discover the true culprit.

The eldest daughter of the Aurifaber Family was Susanna, heavy with child and angry with her eventual dismissal as mistress of the house now that her brother had married. By the end of the episode, she was responsible for at least one death and was fleeing to Wales when she was killed.

Nearly nine hundred years later, her soul finally made it into Wales, but it still had not found the peace it sought.

I believe Susanna Aurifaber was reborn as Suzie Costello, seen in several episodes of 'Torchwood'.

Although portrayed by different actresses, there is a slight similarity in appearance between them both - not that it's a requirement in reincarnation.

But both Susanna and Suzie shared other qualities that could have been pre-determined by them both sharing the same soul.

They were both ambitious.

Both had father issues.

They drove themselves hard.

They caused harm to those close to them.

They were responsible for the deaths of others.

They railed against the unfairness of their situations, even if their circumstances were of their own making.

And both Susanna and Suzie came to tragic ends. (For Suzy, several times over.)

As usual, my theories of reincarnation - like so many of my Toobworld theories - can't be proven. But if you viewed Suzie like I viewed Suzie (Sorry about that, Chief!), you can see echoes of her future self in Susanna Aurifaber.

Toby OB

1 comment:

Terence Towles Canote said...

Wow. And I thought I was the only one familiar with the theme to "My Mother the Car...."