It’s fun sometimes to consider what one would do with access to a time machine. My favorite time machine is, as you might have already guessed, the TARDIS. I love the idea of wandering through time and space with a wildly eccentric alien – especially one who knows that bow ties and fezzes are cool.
But what if the deal were extremely limited? What if you could go to only one historic time/place and ask one question of one person? What if that person had to be related to your favorite craft in some way?
I want to go back to 1840 and ask a question of one Miss Jane Bidney of Beer a question related to the exquisite Honiton lace worn by Queen Victoria at her marriage to Price Albert. Miss Bidney oversaw the creation of that lace, wrangling some two hundred lacemakers for more than a year and eventually destroying the patterns so that the lace could never be duplicated.
So what is the question I want to ask her? No, it’s not that she make me a copy of the patterns! That would get me into huge amounts of hot water. No, I just want one piece of information. You see, there has always been great speculation about whether Victoria ordered the set of a deep skirt flounce, shaped sleeve flounces, fichu, and veil specifically in anticipation of the wedding or not. I would love to ask Miss Bidney this single burning question, and then return to my own time, smug in the knowledge that I’m in the loop.
So what about you? When would you go? Where? What would you ask? Of whom? And how in the Sam Hill is Stephen Moffatt going to get the Doctor and his friends out of this one???
Oh. Sorry. Still kind of disturbed by the latest Dr. Who cliffhanger. I get really wrapped up in these things.