Saturday, April 23, 2005

Doctor Who Goes To War On Labour

Spoilers follow for anyone who hasn't yet watched tonight's Doctor Who and wants to stay "pure" for when they do so.

Who'd have thought it, but tonight's Doctor Who was a really ballsy display by the BBC to broadcast in the middle of an election campaign, post-Hutton and all. For those who missed it, it featured a conspiracy by some capitalist aliens to create a false war that would ruin the earth and leave them free to move in and mine it for fuel to export.

While they avoided portraying the Prime Minister himself as one of the aliens who have a hidden personality within them, the alien plot did involve conning Britain into a war with a fictional enemy over a claim that they were threatened by a superweapon that could be deployed within 45-minutes. And I don't think from that rhetoric it was a leap to consider the fuel-orientated plot of the alien conspirators, in 10 Downing Street, an allegory for the Iraq war.

Whether the media picks up on it or not, I do not know, but it is certainly, I hope, a sign of a renewed self-confidence by the BBC in the face of Labour's bullying. Does this signal a new post-Hutton era? Probably not, but even I am amazed they aired an allegory about Iraq during the campaign.