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August 23rd, 2010

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12:37 pm - Sweetest feeling
archbishopm was talking about which Doctor one finds sexiest. For me it's Patrick Troughton. He was in his late forties when I used to watch Doctor Who, and I was under ten. That made me think about how as a child you find celebrities attractive, but without wanting to have relations with them as an adult might, because that's not in your imaginative repertoire, not even in your biological potential at that age. Perhaps that makes the interest more powerful, less rooted in tiresome reality, more of an amorphous feeling of delight.

For me at least. I had powerful but rootless emotions as a child. Or so it seems now looking back.

I was thinking about this over the weekend and thinking who in the sixties did I feel like that about, although I was under the age of ten. Here's a little list, other than the Mighty Trout.

Brian Cant
Kirk and Spock
John Lennon
Illya Kuryakin

Just doing a Google image search now, looking back at those pictures, is making emotion well up inside me. Illya Kuryakin! Has there ever been a more attractive character on TV? Even if Man From U.N.C.L.E. was bobbins.

Anyway, Mad Men as usual, in some bizarre way seems to anticipate the way my thoughts are tending (as I say, I assume it's because I am core audience) and this week Don's ten year old daughter, Sally, is watching TV on her own (a friend is asleep on the couch). It's Illya Kuryakin, tied to a chair. Anyway, I won't say any more, but you can see she has this loose, amorphous feeling of delight.

ETA - and I've read two reviews today wondering what David McCallum might think when he watches this scene.

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Date:August 23rd, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! A friend and I were talking about Brian Cant only yesterday! ;)
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Date:August 23rd, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
I thought you would be too young to even remember him! That link is to his appearance in Doctor Who, but I used to watch him in Play School when I was only a little wee lass.
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Date:August 23rd, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
I don't know whether I remember him from Play School, but I certainly remember him in Play Away. There's one particular episode that has burned into my memory; it was set in Denmark, and the British cast kept wanting to give the Danish actors 'presents', which set them into frenzies, as, apparently 'present' means 'bomb' in Danish. :)
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Date:August 23rd, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
and I've read two reviews today wondering what David McCallum might think when he watches this scene.

Well, considering that NCIS broke the fourth wall a bit with the following bit of dialogue:
Kate: What did Ducky look like when he was younger?
Gibbs: (pause) Illya Kuriakin.

I don't think he'd mind.
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Date:August 24th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
I don't think he'd mind either. I hope he'd get warm fuzzies. I did see McCallum on telly the other day, in a boat, I suppose that was a scene from NCIS. Glad he's still on our screen, because I loved him when I was very small.

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