More double crosses tonight than you’d find in the complete works of David Mamet: you wThe Doctor needs time to suss out his new companion. As apparently, does the Tardis. And so do we, the viewers. Tonight’s scary, charming ride is a major step forward in that process. Set in a creepy old country house and guest starring Dougray Scott and ‘Call the Midwife’s’ Jessica Raine, this is ostensibly a ghost story.
But things are rarely that simple in the Doctor’s world. Inevitably, the house is haunted. It’s occupied by Scott’s Major Alec Palmer, a former special forces soldier and his psychic assistant Emma Grayling (Raine). They’re attempting to reckon with the house’s supernatural tenant, The Witch of the Well – but could the answers they seek be simultaneously simpler and more complex than they imagine?
Via the entire birth-to-death life cycle of earth, a trip to a ‘pocket universe’ and a few moments of doubt and mistrust between the Doc and Clara, we’re left with a sweet, plain, rather profound treatise on trust, love and loneliness. Excellent.
Once a magnificent art deco garage complex with links to speed racer Sir Malcolm Campbell (hence the name), this is now a multipurpose eating and drinking venue, part of the D&D London stable. At street level is a lively café (and front courtyard) and food store. The restaurant is on the first floor; bag a table by the window for a diverting view of the King’s Road. There's a Mediterranean slant to the menus, with dishes ranging from steak tartare and queen scallops with chorizo and apple to baked black cod with butter beans and pancetta, daube of beef with young carrots and celery, grilled calf's liver with sweet peppers, olives and sage, and rump of Norfolk lamb with merguez sausage and bulgar. Weekend brunches, afternoon tea and seasonal menus also feature.
Venue says: “On Tuesday 6th June, Bluebird invite you to a fabulous evening full of entertainment in aid of Lady Garden Gynaelogoical Cancer Fund”