Finally got around to watching “Blackpool” which I’ve had on DVD for ages. Not sure about the musical numbers, especially the ones involving DT, but it’s a razor-sharp script. I felt the portrayal of the town and its character was spot on, very much as I remember from my childhood there and the various summer jobs I had in the town. It’s also a very good portrayal of a marriage on the rocks.
Okay, I’m biased, but when DCI Carlisle shows up the whole thing moves up into a far more interesting gear. I can see why people see it as a trial run for the Doctor. There are similarities, such as walking the fine line between not giving a monkey’s what anyone thinks of you and being barking mad, which Tennant clearly loves exploring. A lot of slobbing and eating junk food, all very in character and quite loveable really. I loved the tacky gold Blackpool Tower on his desk.
His first conversation with Natalie is a tragicomic treat. Oh, I loved this little exchange:
NATALIE (as a Samaritans volunteer) Are you depressed?
CARLISLE No, but I’ve only been here a couple of days.
That’s just the effect Blackpool always has on me!