I can’t even escape the Obamacult on Dr. Who…

Posted: December 26, 2009 by datechguy in doctor who
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The BBC decided to wise up concerning the Dr. Who special The end of Time.

Instead of a 3-6 month delay causing fans to play with proxy servers and or post copy after copy on youtube etc just so people outside of England could watch it, they scheduled it on BBC America with only an 18 hour delay from the base broadcast.

Incidentally as this will be the last story of the 10th doctor played by David Tennant and the introduction of the 11th doctor played by Matt Smith, this is a good choice for an entry point to the series.

If you read this blog at all you know I’m a big doctor who fan but being a graybeard I had no problem waiting till tonight to see the show, my 18 year old son being 18 thought otherwise so of course he watched using a proxy server and of course I watched it with him and of course my wife watched it when he offered to replay it.

I like it a lot more than The Nerd Blog did but from reading his review that wasn’t hard. (I disagree with him on the specials, I enjoyed them all even though Waters of Mars had a huge hole in it.) He had some points concerning the plot and the Masters “powers” but I very much liked the ending and am willing to withhold judgment until I see part two next week.

There was one thing however that annoyed me:

I presume it was meant as a plot device but the climatic moment of the show comes during a worldwide broadcast where president Obama is about to release his plan to end the worldwide recession. It’s a theme throughout the show.

I don’t know how long ago this was written, but the idea of a bunch of brits waiting for Barack Obama to save them strikes me as condescending to them. If I was a British subject I’d be insulted.

There is every probability that this was written just after his election and that Russell T. Davies was and/or is a member of the hopey-changey Obamacult. I suspect British actors are even farther left than Hollywood so it would be no surprise. It is also possible that he is making fun of said cult but I doubt it.

Alas the shooting schedule and the filming didn’t account for the crash and burn of international opinion of the president, it gives the episode an anachronistic quality will make many conservatives laugh at the reminder of those foolish messianic days.

My personal reaction was to think of this:

If you want to watch it to see what I mean, tune into BBC America tonight at 9 p.m. The two previous Doctor Who Specials: Planet of the Dead and Waters of Mars will be showed immediately before starting at 6:30 EST.

  1. Well I could see Obama as a Dalek “Babies Terminate!”

  2. Ella says:

    heh- i am a British subject and have no objection what so-ever. I loved the most recent ep. of doctor who. i didn’t quite get the superpower thing either, but it was cool. you have to admit John Simm did go wonderfully, gloriously INSANE. and i happen to LIKE most of the scenes some people called *botched*. i suppose the *cult of saxon* thing could have gone on a little longer, but hey, theres only so much time in an episode.’sides. there are some good new quotes.

    i suppose that my veiws are a bit biased, because anything, ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING with The Master in, i love. i can’t help it. Insanity is catching…

  3. bee says:

    I thought Simm vs Tennant was an overacting competition!

    Don’t get me wrong – I have loved Dr Who since the 70s (Tom Baker) but there were certainly some aspects of this RTD script that didn’t ring true.

    I’ve been reading forums this week where people are intrigued about Wilf’s involvement and the Sparrow bus … should make for an interesting part 2!

  4. bee says:

    saw the trailer teaser this morning … couldn’t help but laugh when john simm winked at wilf …

    ooh mixed an actor with a character in one sentence; should have said the master winked but didn’t actually think of him as the master … hmmm