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Separated At The Hatchery

June 6th, 2010

The Krafayis, the wattled, usually-invisible monster from yesterday’s episode of Doctor Who, “Vincent and the Doctor.” (Which I absolutely have not seen yet.*)

The Chickaphant, half-chicken, half-elephant creature from Sid & Marty Krofft’s 1975 kidvid series The Lost Saucer, seen in the episodes “Valley of the Chickaphants” and “Return to the Valley of the Chickaphants.**”

* When I do see this one on BBC America three weeks from now, I will think it’s a rather enjoyable episode. Every once in a while, new Who indulges in a story teaming the Doctor with a famous historical figure, in this case Vincent van Gogh. It’s a fun idea which invites the show’s younger viewers to do a bit of exploring of their own, even if does also find the writers indulging in hero worship. Here, as in the 2007 episode “The Shakespeare Code,” there will be an implication that famous historical artists can literally perceive things beyond the senses of mere mortals. Still, the “Starry Night” scene in “Vincent and the Doctor” will be wonderful.

** I am not shitting you. The other half of this abominable pairing was the Elephicken…

Updated: I am gratified to learn that, only a day after I posted this item, my blog is now the third result when one Googles the term “chickaphant.”

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