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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. Anthony Herrera
    January 15, 2016 @ 6:57 am

    As soon as Jack mentioned a sitcom that came on late at night on Channel 4 I immediately said out loud “Nightingales” and then he said it and I screamed “YES!” and I realized that as an American I know FAR too much about British television comedy. Oh and of course they both perfectly summed up why I like this much more than most Moffat stories. I had never thought about Danny and Clara’s date in terms of the episodes theme of fear but yes of course that’s why those scenes work so well. Also, the point about Moffat riffing on old sitcoms struck a chord. He does seem to be stuck in time. I don’t know how else to explain him thinking that the Doctor wearing sunglasses and playing guitar is in any way “cool” by modern standards. I mean I don’t know if Peter Capaldi headlining an EDM festival would be any better but maybe the Doctor doesn’t need to be cool. Oh, and I’m not saying that EDM is cool and I should also mention that I really like the 6th doctor’s coat so maybe I should shut the hell up about what is and isn’t cool.


    • Nate Derr
      January 15, 2016 @ 5:12 pm

      I’ve taken the guitar and sunglasses thing to just be another example of the Doctor being out of touch. No characters aside from the Doctor seems particularly impressed with them, and there isn’t much in the text to suggest we’re supposed to read them as “actually cool” rather than “a millennia-old alien’s conception of cool.” If this was unintentional on Moffat’s part then all the better, I suppose ¯_(ツ)_/¯


      • Anthony Herrera
        January 16, 2016 @ 3:04 am

        I sort of had that thought too and that maybe it was in response to how actually fashionable both Tennant and Smith were. But again, this is not my wheelhouse and I can’t understand why I even brought it up.


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