Write And Squire
Don’t get me wrong, Paul Cornell‘s writing is a treat, and this is no doubt a feast for anglophiles abroad, especially enhanced by the appearance of Ernie, The Fastest Milkman In The West. (I totally missed that until the explanation page, and I remember that infernal tune, possibly its own eras version of the Macarena in the way it would sneak into your brain and stay there.) If you have not experienced his writing before, then you need to dive into the old Virgin New Adventures of Doctor Who, and the Eighth Doctor Adventures from BBC Novels. As good as this first issue of the mini is, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
But I really must stress regarding the opening panels, not even Cockneys speak that Cockney. Most certainly not all Londoners are Cockneys, and the rest of us Brits find it as indecipherable as I imagine the average American reader does. It’s been a long time since I heard the word ‘mullered’ meaning an assault rather than a state of intoxication.
All reservations aside, do not miss this series. With Cornells’ history and this beginning, this promises to be well worth it. As long as Cornell forswears the use of Cockney rhyming slang for say, the next decade?