sugoll (sugoll) wrote,

Tales of old tales

This discovery of missing Who episodes is putting me in mind of The Dumas Club, a novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte. Much of the tale revolves around a chapter of Dumas' original manuscript of The Three Musketeers, as well as an obsessive Dumas cult. (Dumas' novel begins by noting the location of the source upon which he based his tale, and Perez-Reverte's story also weaves fiction and truth, as the fictional characters wonder how much of Dumas' tale is true, especially as their own events are parallelling the Musketeers'.)

I can't help feeling that intrigues around discovery of missing Who episodes is such a good opportunity for a story that it must already have been done. Lots. Probably to death.

(Mind you: I felt roughly the same parallel when reading Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell, by Susanna Clarke; as siggav pointed out, the rediscovery of ancient magical manuscripts and the efforts to recreate the crafts described therein is exactly like the current revival of historical fencing.)
Tags: books, doctor who, fencing, sf, tv
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