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Less concerned with who’s first up against the wall than with how to decorate it

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Jack Graham

Jack Graham wrote about Doctor Who and Marxism, often at the same time. These days he co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper.Support Jack on Patreon.

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  1. Aberrant Eyes
    March 24, 2016 @ 1:22 pm

    And yet, as with Hitler, you wouldn’t catch anyone referring to Richard III as ‘great’, even though we comfortably talk of Alfred the Great and Frederick the Great and Catherine the Great…

    And Alexander the Great (how big was Alexander, pa?). Henry Fielding wrote a Life and Death of Jonathan Wild the Great, which Wikipedia informs me was just one of many literary treatments that drew parallels between the thieving thief-taker and Robert “Flimnap” Walpole.

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  2. Anthony D Herrera
    March 25, 2016 @ 8:49 am

    This has got me thinking about that old question: Is Edward Scissorhands a monster or a robot?

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  3. Anton B
    March 25, 2016 @ 10:03 am

    I’m totally enjoying your writing here Jack. Thanks for some heavy duty food for thought.

    I wonder if, rather than propaganda, Shakespeare’s treatment of historical figures and events would have been received by his contemporary audience in the way we might view today’s TV drama-documentaries or ‘factions’. We can have no way of knowing what an Elizabethan audience’s attitude to historical accuracy or even the concept of a verifiable ‘history’ might have been.

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  4. Jane
    March 25, 2016 @ 6:35 pm

    I myself approve of an ethos of emptiness, the better to hone the mirror’s edge for reflecting one’s current environment.

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  5. Andrew Hickey
    March 29, 2016 @ 10:24 am

    Nice piece. As to whether Davros’ dialogue was deliberately in iambic pentameter, I’m pretty sure I read somewhere (About Time?) that Tom Baker and Michael Wisher rewrote most of their dialogue in iambic pentameter themselves, because they were unimpressed with Terry Nation’s writing…

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