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Just go forward …(what Susan did next)

During The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Susan (the Doctor’s Granddaughter) falls in love with the freedom fighter David Campbell.

The Doctor realises that Susan would never leave him of her own free will because she thinks him dependent on her.

Rather than let her choose to stay
with him or with David, he forces her hand and locks her out of the
TARDIS, and makes a very nice farewell
speech to her: “One day, I shall come back. Yes I shall come back. Until
then there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward
in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.”

So what did Susan, or rather the actress Carole Ann Ford do next?

Well she had a very different, and far more grown up role (and a northern accent!), in an episode of Public Eye: The Morning Wasn’t So Hot (1965).

is a clip below, and for a short time only the full episode can be see
(with an interview with Alfred Burke who played Frank Marker) on the
Network DVD site here.

Public Eye ran from 1965-1975, an excellent series – “Marker isn’t a glamorous detective and he doesn’t get glamorous
cases—he doesn’t even get glamorous girls. What he does get is people
who are in trouble—the sort of trouble you can’t go to the police about,
even if you are innocent.”


The Dungeness Lighthouses

BBC Radio Four have just broadcast an excellent new two-part Sherlock Holmes adventure, inspired by the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, written by Bert Coules, called ‘The Marlbourne Point Mystery’.

A disused lighthouse on a remote stretch of the Kent coast is the scene of a bizarre double death.

If you listen to the adventure you will soon realise that the description of the fictional Marlbourne Point fits closely to the real location of Dungeness, a popular destination for visitors to the cottage.

Most people who visit Dungeness are fascinated and captured by its unique atmosphere but find it hard to describe or explain – a place of mystery and magic. The perfect location for a Sherlock Holmes story and, indeed, for a Doctor Who story such as the Claws of Axos !

There have been five lighthouses at Dungeness. At first only a beacon was used to warn sailors, but this was replaced by a proper lighthouse in 1615. As the sea retreated, this had to be replaced in 1635 by a new lighthouse nearer to the water’s edge known as Lamplough’s Tower.

As more shingle was thrown up, a new and more up-to-date lighthouse was built near the sea in 1792 by Samuel Wyatt. This lighthouse was about 35 m (115 ft) high and of the same design as the third Eddystone lighthouse. From the mid-19th century, it was painted black with a white band to make it more visible in daylight; similar colours have featured on the subsequent lighthouses here. This lighthouse was demolished in 1904, but the lighthouse keepers’ accommodation, built in a circle around the base of the tower, still exists.

In 1901 building of the fourth lighthouse, the High Light Tower, started. It was first lit on 31 March 1904 and still stands today. It is no longer in use as a lighthouse but is open as a visitor attraction. It is a circular brick structure, 41 m (135 ft) high and 11 m (36 ft) in diameter at ground level. It has 169 steps, and gives visitors a good view of the shingle beach.

‘The Marlbourne Point Mystery’ would appear to be set in this period, when the High Light Tower was built to replace the 1792 lighthouse.

In the Doctor Who Christmas episode, ‘The Snowmen’, Vastra is revealed to be the inspiration for the character Sherlock Holmes. Holmes has been compared to the Doctor on many occasions, and his enemy the Master was directly inspired by Holmes’ enemy Professor Moriarty. Sherlock Holmes has featured in many ways in Doctor Who Stories – read all about them here:


Madame Nostradamus made it for me. A witty little knitter….

A new addition to the cottage collection – the Fourth Doctor’s scarf.

It is an official BBC replica modelled on the most recognisable and iconic one, measuring 13ft/ 3.96m – including tassels – in length and 10” (28cm) wide.

Begonia Pope was asked to knit a scarf for the new Doctor by the costume designer, James Acheson. Acheson had been inspired by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec’s painting of his black coat and long scarf-wearing friend, Aristide Bruant, and bought a mass of multi-coloured wool.

Begonia was unsure how long a scarf was required. She consequently used all of the wool she had been given, resulting in a ridiculously long scarf. The producers loved it and, after it had been shortened slightly, used it for the Fourth Doctor’s first story Robot


That’s the Box. The Blue Box. It’s always there. Like a magic carpet.

Another posting in my occasional series featuring comments from the Visitors Book. This year, as you can see, some of our our younger guests have been inspired to create some really lovely drawings.

Just imagine the Vision On gallery theme as you look at them!

“A great cottage I love all the Tom Baker episodes (the special FX are a bit iffy though!)

“We had a great holiday! We watched lots of Classic Who. I cried like a baby at the end of Earthshock. Thanks for a brilliant weekend! Don’t forget to be awesome!

“As a Dr Who fan I loved it – great location and a dalek as a friend lol” 

“Lovely cottage. Great holiday for a 20th birthday, Doctor Who fan! Been to Rye, lovely cobbled streets, visit the Cobbles tea room for an old fashioned brew! Dungeness very weird, like stepping back in time.”

“We thought having breakfast in the tardis would be a little cramped for the five of us, but once we all got in there we realised how spacious it was…!”

“The cottage is really great. Very much enjoyed the Dr Who stuff…’ahem’ I meant the kids did obviously. Dungeness is just strange + wonderful! Really glad we visited + Rye as its charming”

“Fantastic place! Geek Heaven for a Dr Who fans – and a cosy retreat for anyone else. Loved it!”

“Fantastic stay, kids loved seeing Dolphins in the sea at Dungeness – so much to do close by! Thanks!”

 “Brilliant cottage – bit of a Dr Who convert now…We hope to return.”

“We are massive Dr Who fans, including Mum + Dad!! Your house is ‘amazing’ not only for the Dr Who memorabilia but the cozy cottage with a fab vintage looking cooker!!!”

“Wonderful break once again. We have found our favourite retreat. Hopefully be back early next year. Many thanks”

As I have mentioned, running a holiday cottage has turned out to be a lot more hard work than I had imagined, but comments like these make it all feel worthwhile and I am sure that my late brother would have really loved the fact that so many people are enjoying his collection.


They tell legends of Mars, long ago.

Here is an extraordinary photograph of the Curiosity Rover, coming into land, taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

So there is life on Mars – at least, man-made life capable of taking a photo of another piece of man-made life!

Of course, the Doctor has had more than a few adventures with life on Mars – namely the Ice Warriors.

The Tenth Doctor got there just a bit too late, but the images of Mars from his story are in HD and a lot better quality than Curiosity’s have been so far!


Lay one finger on the dragon, bilge-bag, and I’ll rivet your kneecaps together!






Come not between the Dragon and his wrath…..

The history of England in the 1520s and 1530s was somewhat turbulent to say the least.

The conception and the development of the performance of Lydd’s unprecedented four day play of ‘The Lyfe of Saynt George’ was undoubtedly the product of these times of crisis.

The reason we know it was a four-day play is that 3s 4d was paid ‘for 3 barelles of syngyll bere the first 3 playe daies and afyrkyn the last pley day’!

Besides the records of players coming to Lydd, there were minstrels who covered a wide range of entertainment and other performers such as bear wards and ape handlers, jugglers, puppet players, footballers and Morris dancers.

Lydd would no doubt have been particularly pleased with its patronage of St. George as a diplomatic and civic identity because it was in `Lydd’ that St. George was buried, albeit a place of the same name in the Classical East in the early fourth century. Lydd’s vulnerability to attack from the sea, especially from the French, also made St. George appropriate for its identity

The play itself grew out of certain themes running through the accounts that increasingly appeared to fuse together prior to and along with the play’s development in the 1520s. These themes were the experience in Lydd of poverty and war.

The traditional, conservative themes of Holy Poverty and Holy Chivalry are exalted, in particular, faithfulness, meekness and patience against extreme and unimaginable suffering. Very importantly, bearing these themes and concepts in mind, is the stress on unity between all ranks of society and the nationalist implications of George being the patron Saint of England implying a common purpose and identity for all subjects. This unity is shown in particular in the scenes where when faced with the dragon, and the ruin of the city, all classes are equally responsible for drawing lots and providing, from their own class, the dragon with sacrifices in order to divert the evil influence it has over the city. The accountability of government and royalty to the people is also promulgated and thrown into relief when the king has second thoughts when his own daughter is chosen, he eventually bowing to the `grutching and murmering’ of the ‘whole comonte’; the ‘whole comonte’ describing all rich and poor below the king.

Perhaps, given the present economic situation, it is time to resurrect this four day extravaganza in Lydd !

After all, we are all in this together !

If you want to read more of “Class and the Social Transformation of a Late Medieval Small Town: Lydd c. 1450-1550” by Spencer Dimmock, you can download it for free by registering here:

As always there is a connection to a  Doctor Who story.

In Dragonfire, the TARDIS materialises in Iceworld, a space trading colony on the dark side of the planet Svartos. The Doctor and Mel encounter Glitz and learn that he has come here to search for a supposed treasure guarded by a dragon.


Why don’t you go and get Mrs Grose to make you some afternoon tea.

In the story Ghostlight The Doctor takes Ace to an old ‘haunted’ house called Gabriel Chase in the year 1883. 100 years before events that took place within that very house in her personal past.

The writer, Marc Platt, includes several allusions and references to late 19th and early 20th century literature. Among the most notable, Mrs Grose is named after the housekeeper in Henry James‘ short story The Turn of the Screw (1898).

Lamb House is an 18th-century house in Rye and was the home of Henry James from 1898 to 1916, and later of E.F. Benson and Rumer Godden.

Lamb House was built in 1723 by James Lamb and the same year he was chosen mayor for the first time. In 1726 George I, returning from Hanover to open parliament, was driven ashore by a terrible storm and landed at Camber Sands. James Lamb escorted the king to his house where the family entertained him for three days.  On the first night Mrs Lamb, who had to give up the best bedroom to the king, gave birth to a baby boy. The king acted as godfather at the christening of the Lamb’s son who was given the name George.

Henry James loved his home in Rye which was visited by many other famous writers and artists. He became a British subject in 1915 and was awarded the OM in 1916. James suffered a stroke on December 2, 1915. He died in Rye on February 28, 1916. 

Lamb House is administered and maintained on the Trust’s behalf by its current tenant and is open on Saturdays and Thursdays from March to October – 2.00-6.00.
See Lamb House website for details

Some of James’s personal possessions can be seen and there is a walled garden.

Lamb House is the subject of Joan Aiken‘s novel The Haunting of Lamb House which is composed of three novellas about residents of the house at different times, including James himself.


Have you met the French? My God they know how to party!

One of the advantages the cottage has, being in Lydd, is that you are able to pop over to France in 20 minutes !

From April to mid-October there are regular flights from Lydd Airport to Le Touquet at weekends and on some Fridays.

Prices are £55.90 for infants, £138.54 for children and £149.94 for adults. So, if you fancy a day trip to France during your stay at the cottage it could not be easier.

You used to be able to take your car by air to the continent from Lydd airport. Silver City Airways was a private airline formed in 1946.  In 1953, Silver City took delivery of its first Bristol Superfreighter. The following year, the company moved to a new permanent home at Lydd FerryfieldBritain’s first newly-constructed post-war airport.

By 1960, Silver City’s 40,000 annual cross-Channel flights transported 220,000 passengers and 90,000 vehicles while network-wide freight haulage reached 135,000 tons a year.

My parents went on their honeymoon to Italy in an old MG Magnette in the 1950’s and flew from Lydd Airport.


Poo, Jamie you don’t half stink of fish!

25th February – 4th March is Rye Bay Scallop Week.

Rye’s mouthwatering locally caught scallops are said to be some of the best in the country.

It is a mainly restaurant-based event when the local delicacy is at its plumpest and most succulent. The festival features cookery schools, cooking and scallop shucking demos. The week culminates on the final day with the hotly contested ‘What a Load of Scallops’ race with competitors racing barrows of scallops, through the cobbled streets of Rye, to win the coveted wooden scallop plaque.

King Charles 1st got his scallops from Rye, so if you like your scallops you shopuld enjoy the event !

Personally, I like scallops with bacon and here is a recipe.

Looking forward to viewing the recently discovered ‘lost’ episode of ‘The Underwater Menace’ – not the best of stories, but any performance by Patrick Troughton is a gem.


Never mind about the time slip; we’re on holiday

James, Cathrin, Laura, Amy and Ellie & Lucy had such a good weekend at the cottage this summer they made a video about it !

Glad they enjoyed themselves – if your thinking of booking, it gives you an idea of the fun to be had in this part of Kent !