Is Doctor Who Anti-American?

Like to mix up views on Doctor Who with deeper hidden sub contextual references? Then last Wednesday’s edition of Thinking Allowed, a BBC Radio Four discussion show, will be right up your street.

Featuring Marc Edward DiPaolo, a US academic, the show not only focuses on how the character of the Doctor has changed over the years but also addresses areas such as how his fashion sense has dictated the Doctor compared to the era he has been in. The conversation is based around his article he wrote called “Political Satire and British-American Relations in Five Decades of Doctor Who.”

Going further in political themes, the show looks at the links between the Daleks and the Nazis, something that has been noted many times before.

Joining the panel is Matthew Sweet, who brings things up to date by including themes from the newer series of Doctor Who and how they link into to the past five decades of the show.

The show is half an hour long and the fascinating look at Doctor Who from a more subjective point of view starts around half way through. Although certain areas of the discussion have been brought up before (Doctor Who Confidential we’re looking at you!)  It’s still a great listen!

You can listen to it via BBC iPlayer using the following link

(With thanks to Leon)


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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