I’m the guest on the latest edition of The Zeitgeist Tapes, the podcast looking at where politics and popular culture collide, talking about Doctor Who and politics to hosts Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding. Amongst many topics we cover the 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 series ever really was as ‘problematic’ as people seem to think. I also get to give my opinion on a number of original series stories including The Happiness Patrol and Marco Polo, and 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 them. Which is the only time I’ll ever actually get to show off about that.
You can hear The Zeitgeist Tapes: Dr. Pod here. Or indeed here…
You can also hear Emma as a guest on Looks Unfamiliar here and here, and although Steve hasn’t been on it yet, you can get his excellent book A State Of Play: British Politics On Screen, Stage And Page, From Anthony Trollope To The Thick Of It here.
You can find the main The Zeitgeist Tapes site here, and more episodes here, and I guest article I wrote for them about Peter Cook’s parody of the Jeremy Thorpe trial from The Secret Policeman’s Ball here.
© Tim Worthington.
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