Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Plum Duff

Dr Who to deliver anti-war message on Christmas Day.

"It's Christmas Day, a day of peace," said chief writer Russell T Davies. "There is absolutely an anti-war message because that's what I think."

Actress Penelope Wilton plays the Prime Minister in the hour-long show.

In one scene she says of the US president: "He is not my boss and he is certainly not turning this into a war."

Yes, that's just what we need, another cringingly obvious, heavy-handed, unsubtle, gauche and deeply self-righteous slice of cant shoehorned into an otherwise amiable bit of light entertainment.

Taste the rising tide of bile

A later scene echoes former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's decision to sink the General Belgrano during the Falklands conflict in 1982.

Wilton's Prime Minister orders the destruction of a retreating alien spaceship, a decision condemned by the Doctor.

You can just about get away with Iraq, but the General Belgrano? It was a left wing nutjob issue back in 1982 and it hasn't exactly matured like a fine wine since then.


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