Doctor Who and politics – with a capital and lower case ‘p’ – is the subject of discussion as I make a guest appearance in the Dr. Pod edition of The Zeitgeist Tapes, a podcast looking at where politics and popular culture collide, hosted by Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding.
In between chatting about favourite Doctors and hottest companions we chat about the cultural implications of Jodie Whittaker’s casting, whether Doctor Who has ever had an actual quantifiable political bias, what really inspired Harold Saxon and Harriet Jones, if Starship UK was a warning ahead of its time in more ways than one, and whether the original run of the series was ever really as ‘problematic’ as people seem to think. I also get to give my opinion on a number of stories from The Happiness Patrol to Marco Polo, and what’s more I think I managed to avoid mentioning Karen Gillan. Probably. And while Steve and Emma are the political experts, I’m fairly certain that I know more about Meglos than either of them. Which is the only time I’ll ever actually get to show off about that.
You can listen to The Zeitgeist Tapes: Dr. Pod here. Or indeed here…
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You can find many more of my ‘opinions’ on Doctor Who past and present in Well At Least It’s Free, a collection of columns and features. Well At Least It’s Free is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
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Emma has been a guest on Looks Unfamiliar twice, talking about Whose Side Are You On?, Sweet Valley High, Scoubidou, The Patchwork Monkey, Split Second, and the Ever Ready ‘Power To The People’ advert here and The Royal Potwasher, Melody Radio, Channel 4’s Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, A Woman In Your Own Right, The Lords Of Midnight and Herman’s Head here.
You can find another edition of The Zeitgeist Tapes where I joined Emma and Steve to talk about Vote For Froglet, the long-forgotten Clangers Election Special, here.
Doctor Who And The Rosa, my review of the standout story of Jodie Whittaker’s first series of Doctor Who, can be found here.
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