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18 January 2018 @ 08:58 pm
Throwback Thursday: Tea Bag  

Picture of a slighty saggy white toy cat (probably) on a pink table

According to the caption in my photo album the above picture is of "Tea Bag" and was taken at the Falcon 1 Dr Who convention in 198(mumble mumble). I was going to add that I've no idea what the significance of "Tea Bag" was, but I've just recalled that the UNIT regulars (or at least Richard Franklin and John Levene) had a play at (maybe) the Edinburgh Fringe called The Great Tea Bag Mystery. Presumably this involved a stuffed toy cat called "Tea Bag".

This entry was originally posted at https://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/478718.html.
daniel_saunders: Leekleydaniel_saunders on January 18th, 2018 10:27 pm (UTC)
I think it was at Edinburgh, though TARDIS.wikia.com is unhelpful. This webpage says "The play was subtitled "The Great T-Bag Mystery", something which has often puzzled those who did not see it. The reason for this was revealed at the very end of the play when the Prime Minister has disappeared, only to be found in a teapot after a close encounter with a Tissue Compression Eliminator..."

I vaguely recall it being suggested somewhere that this was supposed to be T for Thatcher = old bag. Of course, these days Franklin is associated with rather more right-wing political views. Anyway, no stuffed toy cats, apparently.
parrot_knight: parrotparrot_knight on January 19th, 2018 03:58 am (UTC)
I think I have at least one review somewhere...
louisedennis: Who:UNITlouisedennis on January 19th, 2018 04:39 pm (UTC)
Do you recall if it mentions a cat?
parrot_knightparrot_knight on January 19th, 2018 04:52 pm (UTC)
I don't remember it doing so. I'll see if I can exhume it later on, but in the meantime here's a near-contemporary review from Matthew Newton: http://www.mjnewton.demon.co.uk/drwho/recall.htm
louisedennis: Who:UNITlouisedennis on January 19th, 2018 04:58 pm (UTC)
Maybe the cat was some kind of mascot?
parrot_knightparrot_knight on January 19th, 2018 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's the same review Daniel linked to - apologies to you both.
louisedennis: Who:UNITlouisedennis on January 19th, 2018 04:39 pm (UTC)
I think it must have something to do with the play. Richard Franklin was also at that convention (at least according to my photo album) which is why I made the connection, and I must have though the cat was significant of something (otherwise photograph and stick in an album).

I'm frankly horrified, however, that the Internet can't enlighten us on this.
parrot_knight: Pertwee_TVActionparrot_knight on January 20th, 2018 04:23 am (UTC)
I now have an album up of the advert for the play from the August 1984 Celestial Toyroom, and the review from the October 1984 issue. The cat seems to have been a prop for Richard Franklin's performance of 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'.

Edited at 2018-01-20 04:25 am (UTC)
louisedennis: Who:UNITlouisedennis on January 21st, 2018 03:23 pm (UTC)
I feel entirely vindicated!
parrot_knight: parrotparrot_knight on January 21st, 2018 03:24 pm (UTC)
Correctly so!
liadtbunny: DC  side natmoakappleliadtbunny on January 19th, 2018 03:38 pm (UTC)
There was a kid's TV character at the time called T-Bag and involved time traveling kids collecting spoons?
louisedennis: Who:UNITlouisedennis on January 19th, 2018 04:40 pm (UTC)
But presumably not a cat. I'm now fairly sure the cat has something to do with the play, but in what way, I've no idea!
parrot_knight: UKPoliticsparrot_knight on January 19th, 2018 04:53 pm (UTC)
The cat presumably plays the tissue compression-eliminated Margaret Thatcher...
louisedennis: Who:UNITlouisedennis on January 19th, 2018 04:58 pm (UTC)
This seems unlikely to me, even given it's a play written by Richard Franklin.
parrot_knightparrot_knight on January 19th, 2018 05:00 pm (UTC)
That's what ends up in the teapot... unless the cat was there earlier... perhaps a review of the convention might reveal something. There must be one around somewhere, but not necessarily online.