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8 years, 9 months ago
The quasi-tentacular returns in 'The Claws of Axos'. Big time.
What's more, this story is an orgy of strange flesh... to the extent of looking like a precursor to John Carpenter's The Thing
Now, if my idea is right - that, in the 70s, Doctor Who starts invoking Weird tentacles as a kind of evasion/signification of capitalism when it veers too close to potential systemic critique - then this really, really should show up in 'The Claws of Axos'.
Not to keep you in suspense: it does.Taking it on the Chinn
Now don't get me wrong. I'd hate you to get the idea that I was claiming that 'Claws' is 'subversive' or anything. I'm not. It isn't. As political critique goes, objectively, 'Claws' is feeble. Yes, it is very cynical about the government, but that in itself doesn't amount to subversion. After all, Clear and Present Danger
(to take an example more or less at random) features a secret plot by the President, the White House Chief of Staff and high-ranking CIA people to launch a covert war in South America - but Clear and Present Danger