Monday, May 09, 2022

It's Their Country, We're Just Living In It

Ah show biz... sometimes it's stupid and toxic, other times it's just the opposite: toxic and stupid. 

Still, as long as politics are downstream of culture we need to pay attention to it all. After all, you can't have kids growing up immersed in leftist garbage and then expect them to go straight to voting conservative once they turn eighteen. 

Then there's the other thing - how liberal behave in show biz reveals how they would behave everywhere else if they had that same level of domination. 

All of which is why we have to talk about the whole Doctor Woke fiasco. 

Reminder: if the BBC just wanted to have a black lead in Doctor Who they could have bought back Jo Martin. Her Doctor had some real gravitas, some actual depth - which is more than we ever had with Jodie Whitaker's portrayal of the Doctor as some kind of Galactic children's TV presenter. 

But no: instead they went with this guy, no doubt based on his previous work in... [checks notes] Netflix's 'Sex Education'. 

In case you haven't seen that show, to name it is to know it for the desperate exercise in try-hard edginess that it is. What it isn't is anything close to the sci-fi/fantasy genre. 

True, he is - allegedly - an actor so maybe he has the necessary range but given that he's taken over an iconic character and all he can talk about is muh representation I'm not hopeful. 

Yeah, yeah, I can see you've given some deep thought to what you can bring to the role. 

In so far as he seems to think that casting a black actor in a sci-fi/fantasy series is some kind of ground-breaking moment in pop culture history he doesn't seem to know much of anything about the genre he's supposed to be working in anyway. 

Basically, he's Jodie Whitaker Mark II, with race husting in place of girrrrl powah nonsense. 

The bottom line is that this guy hasn't been cast because he can bring anything to the sci-fi/fantasy genre, he's been cast because he can't. The BBC has always been deeply embarrassed by the Doctor Who fanbase - they'd really much rather pander to the kind of groovy teachers and disco vicars who watch 'Sex Education' hence this latest attempt to turn 'Doctor Who' into 'Sex Education in Space'. 

Yeah, yeah: you can make your own jokes, but the thing is that a lot of the 'Doctor Who' audience is geeky, kind of loser-y and just a bit weird and that's the point. The show managed to score lucrative overseas sales and merchandising deals while still being a a show for the people left on the kerb by the rest of our culture. It's for all the kids for whom travelling to another planet is only as unlikely as getting an invite to a cool party. 'Doctor Who' gave them a sense of belonging and hopefulness even when nothing else could and now the BBC - our public service broadcaster remember - is taking it away from them just out of spite. 

To the point: at any one time there are approximately eighty-six shows catering to the same North London wannabe cool wine aunt demographic as 'Sex Education' but it turns out eighty-six shows at once just aren't enough. No, Gaia forbid that one show should cater to the nerds. Literally everything on TV must be made for people in Islington. This is not representation, it's the exact opposite, a load of arrogant Metropolitan elitists are outraged that there is one - one - show on TV that doesn't pander to them. 

Everything must be about them at all times.  

This is who they are. They think they should get their way always even when they, say, lose a  referendum. Doesn't matter! Leave voters are losers so their votes shouldn't count anyway. 

Ditto, it's why Sir Kneealot went big on Partygate even while out in the real world household budgets were being crunched. Paying bills is boring and provincial, bogus thespian outrage is where it's at!

The British left has become what it once opposed, an incestuous and insular elite living lives of absurd privilege and sneering at the rest of the country. 

And their shows are rubbish too. 


JuliaM said...

I haven't watched Dr Who since the Tennant days, even then it was obvious where it was going. In fact, I barely watch any terrestrial shows now - Netflix, Prime and Disney+ are eating their lunch.

So the sooner I stop having to pay the Beeb to be patronised, the better!

Stonyground said...

I'm not really that much into Sci Fi nowadays but straight off the top of my head I can think of Morpheus from the Matrix, Mace Windu from Star Wars and the Cat from Red Dwarf.