The story here is really about the young Dr. Who, a Time Lord, from the planet Gallifrey. He visited Palestine at the dawn of the first millennia AD. during the reign of King Herod, whom he knew to be a thoroughly nasty bit of work. A constant force for good, it was the young Doctor, an Angel of the Lord, who advised Joseph to take Mary on vacation to Egypt, recommending scuba diving at Sharm El Sheikh; an idyll before Thomas Cook set up shop.
To mark that seminal moment in his career he availed of an opportunity to model for Gerrit van Honhorst’s C17 painting ‘Adoration of the Shepherds and Buttinsky’, and influence the creation of a faithful record of the event. The real give away is that The Beano was not published until the mid 20th century and the ingenious young Dr. Who has managed to warp time in two significant historic periods. Time Travel provided a certain advantage and foreknowledge of events, so with Christmas Beano Annual tucked under his arm he knew exactly where to find a well lit barn to catch up with The Bash Street Kids and Dennis the Menace. An avid fan of comic books provided his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Who, with gift purchase solutions for eternity with the consequence that the Doctor has the most extensive collection of comic books in the universe.
He has a reputation for stirring it as he shifts from time to time. One such outcome is a well-documented meeting with Charles Dickens, a Victorian journalist and novelist. The Doctor over indulged in a London alehouse, ‘The Travellers Arms’, frequented by Mr. Dickens and had great sport with the man telling him tales of corporate greed in the 21st century. Dickens made mention of this encounter in the Pickwick Papers but not the content of the conversation nor his source. However the subject of Jeff Bezos and Amazon were intimately discussed which inspired Mr. Dickens novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ providing the main character Ebenezer Scrooge of Scrooge and Marley. Always a cautious man Mr. Dickens changed the names, era and setting to avoid potential future legal action. However the Doctor, Time Traveller and Lothario moved on to stir it another time in another time.
Authors note: I must apologise to Gerrit van Honhorst, I have zero bones to pick with the Old Bas…Master and I’m grateful for his catalogue of iconic paintings to which I can relate, revise, and redistribute to a brand new audience. I’m pretty sure he would appreciate interpretations though of course I can’t be certain, nor do I really care as he’s not about to come knocking on my door or, for that matter, send in the thugs to redistribute my facial features.