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Jack Graham

Jack Graham writes and podcasts about culture and politics from a Gothic Marxist-Humanist perspective. He co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper. Support Jack on Patreon.


  1. Richard Pilbeam
    July 30, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    Semi-related observation: The two most recent 'clever' superhero movies, Watchmen and the Dark Knight, both end with the idea that it's necessary to lie to the population in order to maintain social stability.


  2. jonathan122
    July 30, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    Nice post.

    I must confess I have mixed feelings about this story; on the one hand it's utterly dreadful, but on the other it is at least Moffat working somewhere outside his comfort zone, and I think that that's a more promising avenue than just sticking a time paradox into every episode.

    Also, isn't this basically the same story as Creature from the Pit?


  3. Jack Graham
    July 30, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    It's interesting just how bad Moffat becomes the moment he steps out of his comfort zone.


  4. Gavin Burrows
    September 1, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    Thanks for pointing this out, and sorry for missing it first off!

    I think for the episode to function you need to buy jnto the notion that the working class now only exists overseas, the Beast being the sweatshop workers of Bangladesh who helpfully stitch together our Union Jacks. 'We' sail through space, choosing to forget their labour. And of course there are a whole host of problems with that notion, that it suggests Britain in and of itself is classless and so on. But it does seem to be a widely held one.

    In the remote chance you, or anyone else, might be interested, this was my take on it.


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