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Number 22 to Putney Common

    Number 22 to Putney Common

 


Femme Fatale - Paul Magrs


synopsis

In an almost certainly apocryphal adventure, Iris visits Pop Artist Andy Warhol's Factory to relax and settle in following her turbulent regeneration on the planet Hyspero. The Doctor and his assistant Samantha Jones also go to the Factory so Sam can visit the Warhol, and they arrive just as Iris' new friend Valerie prepares to confront Warhol about the play which she's written and which he has refused to film. Valerie is too earnest and uncool to be permitted in the Factory any longer. Elsetimes, the Doctor and Mrs Jones, suave secret agents working for the British government, are ordered to investigate a book which purports to chronicle their top-secret adventures in science-fiction format, and the Doctor realizes that he must rewrite this "Iris Wildthyme"'s fictions to cover up the truth. Valerie, who has written a manifesto stating that all men should be replaced with clones for breeding purposes, shoots Warhol, while at the same time she's in Paris writing a book. The Doctor and Sam attempt to prevent the shooting, but fail, as it's part of history. Following the publication of Iris' book, the Doctor and Mrs Jones, who are too dangerous to be left at large, are gassed and awaken in an unidentified Village.

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P317 - "in Chelsea...the King's Road" - two areas of London, England.

P317 - Description of the Doctor - The description of the Doctor suggests John Steed of The Avengers fame a British secret service agent assisted by Tara King, a friend of Jo Grant's.

P317 - "Eurostar" - The train line between England and France, passing through the Channel Tunnel.

P317 - "nasty affair with the brutish clones in that rundown mansion in Tunbridge Wells" - an apparently unreported adventure.

P317 - "Don't let Mother phone" - Another Avengers reference - Mother being the head of the British Secret Service.

P317 - "Alistair hates being called Mother" - Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.

P318 - "some Pop Artist chap" - Pop Art, as most famously exemplified by Andy Warhol [1928-1987], is best summed up in his words - "Everything is beautiful. Pop is everything". Emerging in the mid 1950s in England, Pop Art only realized its full potential in New York in the 1960s.

P318 - "the Factory" - Andy Warhol's base between 1964 and 1969.

P318 - "Valerie" - Valerie Solanis, who shot Warhol in 1969 - an event recently filmed as I Shot Andy Warhol (1996).

P318 - "planets...where women really were the rulers and men were banished" - an unrecorded adventure, unless Iris has recently seen Cat Women of the Moon, possibly based on the Doctor's adventure, Imperial Moon?

P319 - Iris' appearance is "slightly different again. Tighter round the eyes and mouth as if she'd recently had surgery" - Iris regenerates into a 'Jane Fonda as Barbarella' look at the end of Scarlet Empress, but the Doctor and Sam Jones have seen her in this new form, so perhaps she has indeed had a little plastic surgery in the interim?

P320 - De Sade - The Marquis de Sade [1740-1814] - more properly Donatien Alphonse François, comte de Sade - is probably most infamous writer in the history of French literature, and has variously been hailed as "the freest spirit who has ever existed" and a vile pornographer. He published primarily erotic writings and gave rise to the term sadism (i.e. enjoyment of cruelty for its own sake). On the one hand, his written works have been seen as exploration of sexual and political freedom, while on the other hand he was undoubtedly a multiple rapist, torturer, and possible murderer and was imprisoned for sexual and immoral offences on several occasions.

P320 - Flaubert - Gustave Flaubert [1821-1880] was another French author, whose publication of Madame Bovary in 1856 led to an unsuccessful prosecution against him on moral grounds. That aside, Flaubert was known as a meticulous stylist and careful craftsman of language.

P320 - Gertrude Stein - Gertrude Stein [1874-1946] was a gay American writer, whose home in Paris was a salon for the leading artists and writers in the inter-war period. She is best known for the novel Three Lives (1931) and her autobiography, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933).

P321 - Olympia Press - A famous publisher of sexually explicit literary works. They currently have a web-site selling their catalogue.

P321 - Ulysses, Lolita, Tropic of Cancer - Three novels, each banned upon publication on the grounds of moral laxity. Ulysses, by James Joyce [1882-1941], is now acknowledged as one of the classic novels in English of the twentieth century; Lolita, which describes the passage of one Humbert Humbert as he falls deeply in love with the 12 year old title character, is now Vladmir Nabakov's [1899-1977] most popular novel (and is incidentally something you really don't want to have as the name of any images on your hard drive, unless you wish to spend the next 10 to 15 years being sodomized with screwdrivers in some otherwise morally ambiguous prison); whilst Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller [1891-1980] deals explicitly with the author's sexual adventures and challenged contemporary models of sexual morality.

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