Saturday, December 08, 2007
I have a bad feeling that I will be watching the show on Christmas Day muttering "no, it wasn't like that" every five seconds. I'm already disappointed to see that there is a character called Captain Hardaker in it. Unfortunately, the Titanic's captain was called Smith.
There are details and there are details. Getting worked up because the rivets on C deck are the wrong size is one thing but if the writer's haven't bothered to research something as basic as the name of the Captain then that's something else. No matter what happens with the fantastical elements of the story, the Titanic was a real ship, crewed by real people and they should be named correctly in the story.
Getting names wrong is sloppy.
There are a countless ways in which the writer(s) could have a Captain Hardaker commanding the Titanic. The Doctor could unmask some meddling by realising that the Captain should be Smith, for instance. It could be a recreation of the Titanic or some sort of simulation. Or there could be a Captain Hardaker as a passenger.
Or, they could have got the captain's name wrong. If they have, I won't be impressed.
We will find out on Christmas Day.