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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. jsd
    June 4, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    Good points, well made!


  2. John
    June 12, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    Dammit, I had a lengthy reposte that involved Dodo's convenient and credulity stretching lack of backstory, how the JNT era suffered because of the cardboard conceptualizations of Tegan, Nyssa and Adric, and how romance usually represented the desire to escape the rootslessness of life in the TARDIS… but it vanished in the internet ether.

    I argue that in many cases the classic series did benefit from the infrequent references that the characters had more on their mind than "What's that, Doctor?" and could have benefited from more. I wanted to know more about Dodo, how a girl can have such an unhappy and rootless life that she hardly blanched at the idea of being whisked off in time and space. I want to know if Ian & Barbara (or even Ben & Polly) stayed friends, kept in touch, or even fell in love after leaving the Doctor. Why was nearly every companion from the classic series (as far as we knew), an orphan, an only child, and/or celibate?

    I have no problem whatsoever with bringing back a companion like Sarah Jane (the only companion, by the way, who had a career that she maintained DURING her tenure in the TARDIS) years after her travels, and forcing the Doctor to confront what happens when his companions face returning to a day-to-day humdrum routine after seeing the marvels of the universe.


  3. Anonymous
    June 16, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    Good piece, which makes it unique so far.


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