I’ve officially seen The Pilot.
In case you’re wondering?
That’s the first episode of series 10 of Dr Who, so you know: originally broadcast on Saturday night.
And … ?
“And?” I hear you say?
I was impressed: that’s a very strong episode, with a hell of a lot of emotional depth, tight plotting …
And a very impressive début from Pearl Mackie as new companion, Bill Potts. Feisty, intelligent, wonderful speaking voice …
There’s talk she’s only going to be in the show for one season.
If that’s the case?
That’s a distinct shame: going on this first appearance, Bill Potts is a very strong character.
But let’s move on, shall we?
Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with Olga scoring ten out of ten, and Debbi training on nine.
Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?
Q1) NASA publicly announced its Kepler probe had discovered the first Earth-sized planet, in the habitable zone of another star. On 17th April of which year?
Q2) The Peak District was named as Britain’s first National Park: on 17th April, 1951. The District is at the southern end of which mountain range?
Q3) That same day — 17th April, 1951 — saw search parties sent out to look for which of her Her Majesty’s submarines?
Q4) The Bay of Pigs Invasion started, on 17th April, 1961. The Invasion was a US led attempted to depose whom?
Q5) 17th April, 1940, saw the birth of journalist, John McCririck. He’s best know as an authority on what: football, horse racing or George Orwell?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 16th April was the date of the last1 pitched battle held on British soil. The Battle was on Culloden … what?
A1) Moor. Although, strictly, the Moor’s called Drumossie Moor.
Q2) The battle was fought on 16th April … of which year?
Q3) The Battle was between Jacobite and Hanoverians. The Jacobites were from which country of the UK?
Q4) The Jacobites were led by whom?
A4) Prince Charles Edward Stuart: also known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the Young Pretender.
Q5) On the other side were the Hanoverian-led, Government forces: from which country of the UK?
Q6) The Hanoverians were loyal to which English King?
A6) George 2nd.
Q7) The Hanoverian commander — William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland — was known as the what: Butcher, Baker, or Candlestick Maker?
A7) The Butcher.
Q8) The Battle was the last pitched battle fought on British soil. It also saw the final Highland … what?
Q9) Which Dr Who story was set in the hours after the Battle: Black Orchid, The Highlanders or Genesis of the Daleks?
A9) The Highlanders.
Q10) And finally … The Visitor’s Centre on the Battle site was opened when: 2006, 2007 or 2008?
I’ll leave you with a thought …
“Self-pity is an ignoble emotion, but we all feel it, and the orthodox critical line that it represents some kind of artistic flaw is dubious, a form of emotional correctness.”
From Songbook, by Nick Hornby, born 17th April, 1957.
And a song by the man who founded rap …
You have to love a rap record with cowbells‡.
As a final point?
Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser.
Have a good day.
* I hope so! It’s always difficult to judge these things, Olga, isn’t it? And the friend concerned? Also has lower back pains they have medication for … but ALSO use as a reason for the cannabis. Self-medication’s the term, alright! As for Barcelona … ? Looks like that Siege a generation before Culloden, but that’s an eye blink, over the course of a century! (And the 18th century had a few incidents: Barcelona, Culloden, the French Revolution, the American Revolution, the War of Jenkins’ Earª … … … … )
† I certain try, Debbi! There MIGHT be more footnotes at some point, but we’ll have to see! Oh, sorry about the George answer: but it’s easy to see why you want that way. George 1st was the original Hanoverian king. And we know — in theory — who the next oneº is …
‡ If you can’t do cowbells, do handclaps …
ª Little Anglo-Spanish fracas. Although it might have, technically, been a rumpus …
º King George, that is: rather than Hanoverian¹…
¹ That’s another footnote …