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8 years, 8 months ago
You can rifle the Pertwee era for tentacles
and find relatively few. They only crop up in stories in which capital looms
. They only fully-materialize as a major threat where capitalism is a systemic
presence, threatening - even if only obliquely - to connect up various social and political nightmares.
That isn't to say that social and political nightmares are thin on the ground. Far from it
. But it's only when those problems are connected to capital, commodification and trade as exploitative or destructive, that they sprout tentacles.Evidence of Absence
The reason why 'Spearhead from Space' builds to an unexpectedly tentacular conclusion is because all sorts of things within it hint obliquely and elliptically at deep problems in the Britain of the late twentieth century, problems which seem to build towards a connection that must be occluded: namely the connection of all these problems at the economic base of society, the productive forces, the capitalist factory, the commodity form itself. 'Spearhead' is saturated in depictions of hierarchy, domination and class. The story hints - albeit very quietly - at imperialism, and at racial and gender hierarchies. The monsters are stalking emblems of alienation and commodity fetishism, manufactured things ...