who's afraid of machiavelli


1. Pencils and Space Moleskines and (and Shirts Buttoned Up to Collar)

Which could also be Pencils and Sketchbooks and Velveteen Jackets (and Shirts Buttoned Up to the Collar) if you also want to include Robert Wood with the Doctor and Real Life Peter.

2. Tap Tap Tap

Mark Collins and the Doctor.

3. Zooming Castles

Finally, a use for this shot from Who’s Afraid of Machiavelli.

4. Tap Tap Tap

Randall Brown and the Doctor.

5. The Importance of Coat Hanging

With one tiny extra bit of Max asking a question that must have crossed the Doctor’s mind at least once.  (I mean, I know it crossed mine.)


Again with the fox, but REALLY about some extremely good advice Malciavelli Machiavelli had almost five hundred years ago about why it’s totally okay to ignore let’s say election promises when nothing good can possibly come of them. 

You know, like for example a Bad Idea referendum that could *so easily* have been completely avoided.


As much as I appreciate the black leather and the conversation in The Crow Road and The Musketeers, the truth is when I think DRAMATIC WALKING it is this – Peter doing his monochrome Doctor-haired Machiavelli – that is what instantly springs to mind.

(There are at least a couple more examples in the program/me, but this is a bit I haven’t posted before.)


The appearance of scrupulousness indeed. 

I was going to say something about what does it say about us that Machiavelli wrote this five hundred years ago and we’re still falling for it, and then I realized that the guy saying it in front of the giant window with with the scarf and the hair?  I’d believe anything he says…especially when he does that look-into-the-camera glare. 

So yeah, charisma does carry the day – a lesson he was able to use to excellent effect in his Malcolm days when scruples were just those low-fat kettle chips. 


Ask me how I know the Spirit of Malciavelli practically begs the camera as a certain silver fox strolls oh so casually across his London Eye pod with its panoramic view of Westminster and Whitehall.

Also, as the starting gun is fired for leadership contests for the government AND the opposition – and when’s the last time THAT happened at the same time? – the Spirit of Malciavelli would like to remind any and all prospective candidates that Tucker Pearson PR is uniquely qualified to assist their clients destroy themselves destroy their enemies leak emails for either purpose achieve their goals regardless of which party they may belong to (since I’m pretty sure at this point Malcolm and Stewart hate them both pretty much equally.)


Does Malcolm have this on a tea towel at home?  Because Malcolm really SHOULD have this on a tea towel at home. 

Since, you know, he’s pretty much got a total lock on the cunning AND the beguiling…

(And not just men’s minds either, am I right?)


The bit of Who’s Afraid of Machiavelli that makes you wonder if Peter was hired for his Dramatic! Declaiming!  OR if he was hired because he is after all an actual silver fox and the director felt the need to – in this instance – interpret Machiavelli completely literally.

Oh, wait – there’s no need to choose, is there?  Since it can actually be BOTH things.