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"Never had anything you doctors didn't try to cure with leeches"

By Seth Freilich | Industry | September 9, 2009 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | September 9, 2009 |

Unlike Dustin, I haven’t been able to quite catch up with all of the “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood” yet, but I’m working on it (stupid law-talking-guy job). And I’ll certainly be caught up before the next series of “Doctor Who” drops next year, with Steven Moffat now running the show and the young bow-tied Matt Smith steering the flying phone booth. This Matt Smith kid still looks a bit twee-mixed-with-cornbread for me, but I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt because of Moffat. I’ve got faith in Moffat both because he wrote some of my favorite “Doctor” episodes (from what I’ve seen so far) and because of my love for “Coupling” and “Jekyll.”

But I’m now very excited for one episode of the upcoming series, because it appears that Moffat has a plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel, as it’s been announced that Richard Curtis is going to write an episode. Many of you who know his name likely know him as the writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral or the writer/director of Love, Actually. Both good for what they are. But much more importantly, Curtis is the man behind the pen of all four seasons of “Blackadder” (we’ll pretend that “Back & Forth” special didn’t happen), one of the all-time bestest comedies in the history of funny. If you’re unfamiliar with “Blackadder,” for shame! The one-sentence log line is that it was a sitcom set in different historical periods, focusing on four members of the Blackadder family (played by Rowan Atkinson) - each a clever, selfish and cowardly sod - and the crew of fools around Blackadder (Baldric being king of the fools). It’s wickedly clever and funny, and features boatloads of great performances - go get yourself the DVDs today.

Anyway, absolutely nothing is known about the episode of the “Doctor” which Curtis will be writing, although he admits to loving time travel (and is apparently writing a time travel flick at the moment). So given Curtis’ pedigree, there are better than even odds that the episode will feature quite a bit of dark humor, and focus on some romantic relationship gone awry in the past. But I’m telling you this right now — if there’s a turnip in the episode, I’m going to make out with my TV.

Lord Melchett: Let’s play a word game.
Blackadder: Ok, make a sentence out of the following words: face, sodding, your, shut.

Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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