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Don't Shoot - He's British! part four

September 21st, 2016 (09:33 pm)

Doctor Who survived its end of history moment. The last three years of its first run saw a refocusing on the postwar Britain of paternalist, class-led social democracy not as the present or near future, but as the past just gone. The pastiche of Paradise Towers is drawn from the 1970s with its acknowledgements of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise and Monty Python’s Flying Circus’s architect sketch, but collides with a design aesthetic which doesn’t know how to navigate the fashions of the 1980s let alone reconcile them with the script, and consequently any statement on society which Paradise Towers makes is stifled. The first story to explicitly explore this new hinterland of the newly-lost present with some success is Delta and the Bannermen.

For more in this vein read the fourth part of my look at Doctor Who and British national identity, over at John Connors's Time Lines blog.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2016/09/21/dont-shoot-hes-british-part-four.html.


Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: September 21st, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC)

Always nice to see some positive analysis of the under-rated Delta and the Bannermen!

Cyclic history or not, I would like to know how Lady Peinforte is attacked by Roundheads in 1638! Although as you note with regard to several stories, the Cartmel era is more concerned with postmodern reference than with strict historical accuracy.

Interesting that JNT was reputedly a Conservative, although it doesn't surprise me.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 21st, 2016 09:24 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I don't think Delta really works, though there are a lot of good ideas in it.

Jonny Morris demolishes any credibility the 25-year cycles have in the latest DWM, where he Fact-of-Fictions Silver Nemesis...