A passionate child rolling in the dust with her ugly dog; a girl driving oxen; a woman....Did anything else matter?
Aunt Agatha made a mighty impression on me Dwight. And Eileen way was an acting tour de force, yes!
It's a Doctor Who special weekend around the globe at the minute, as you probably know. and it's cool to think that she was part of that phenomenom too.
It was really strange yesterday evening watching the first ever episodes of Doctor Who on BBC 4 to see Aunt Agatha playing a Stone Age old crone. No type casting there, then ! ! The minute she spoke her first lines I recognised her voice, but did wonder how she made the journey from Trenwith to Stone Age Britain. From Doctor Who trivia, apparently her character was the very first to be killed in the Doctor Who canon.
Aunt Agatha was portrayed by the actress Eileen Way, and was a pivotal character in Series Two of the original TV serialisation, having been left out of Series One, which was rather strange considering how pivotal was her role and lasting influence on the relationship between George and Elizabeth, and indeed on the whole of Valentine's life, not to mention between Ross and Elizabeth, and of course at a tangent, Ross and Demelza. Personally I always felt a little uncomfortable at the physical appearance of Aunt Agatha, which was a tribute to both Eileen Way's acting skills and the Poldark make-up people, but her final scene with George when she effectively cursed the rest of his life after he so sadistically cancelled her 100th Birthday Party was a tour de force of professional acting. Eileen died in 1994 at the age of 83.