Agatha Christie Aspirations
Agatha Christie’s detective creations are known world over, with Hercule Poirot
, Miss Marple and even Tommy and Tuppence
all making the jump from the pages of her novels to the small screen.
Even Doctor Who
paid homage to the prolific mystery novelist with the Season 4 episode, “The Unicorn and the Wasp," which had the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) traveling to the 1920s with his companion, Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), to crash a garden party attended by the author (played by Fenella Woolgar, above left).
When a gigantic wasp started killing guests, the trio worked to solve the mystery, which later inspired a future Christie book on the show, Death in the Clouds
. (And in the Doctor Who
world, Christie remained the best-selling novelist of all time, with books still in print in the year 5,000,000,000.) Bonus: the episode also "explained" the real-life mystery behind the writer’s 10-day disappearance.
So in celebration of Agatha Christie's 125th birthday (September 15), take a look at some of the other TV sleuths who best channel the essence of the best-selling novelist's "cozy mysteries” and her two most famous crime solvers.