man meets all these figures out of literature

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 19 05:42:52 EST 2003


--- Paul Andinach <pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au> wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Feb 2003, Jon Noble wrote:
> 
> > Dr Who fans may also recall an episode in which
> the
> > Doctor, or perhaps only his companions, encounters
> > some fictional characters, I think it may have
> been
> > with the Celestial Toymaker with either the first
> or
> > second doctor.
> 
> You're conflating two stories here:
> 
> In "The Celestial Toymaker", the first Doctor and
> his companions
> become trapped in a pocket reality inhabited by
> living toys (life-size
> dolls, playing-card royals, etc.) ruled over by the
> Toymaker of the
> title, an immortal who whiles away the centuries
> playing games with
> anyone who stumbles across his reality - if a person
> loses a game,
> they become one of his toys.
> 
> In "The Mind Robber", the second Doctor and his
> companions become
> trapped in a pocket reality inhabited by
> mythological and fictional
> characters (including Lemuel Gulliver, who, in a
> nice touch, speaks
> only sentences that appear in _Gulliver's Travels_).
> 

Yes, you are right, it was the Mind Robber that I was
recalling, and it was specifically Gulliver speaking
in lines from the book that I had in mind. I also have
a fondness for the Celestial Toymaker. I went to great
trouble to learn how to play the trilogic game (aka
the Tower of Hanoi)

Jon


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