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Did This 2010 Episode of Doctor Who Predict Brexit? Not at All, But It's Still Fun to Imagine

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We’re a few weeks removed from the UK’s decision to remove itself from the European Union, and while the country is still feeling the effects of the momentous decision, we may have reached the heat death of the “weird takes on Brexit” universe. That is, now that we have this completely absurd theory that ties it into an episode of Doctor Who.


Huw Fullerton of the Radio Times asks us to cast our minds back to the middling 2010 episode “The Beast Below,” from Matt Smith’s first season as the Doctor, casting the story as Doctor Who’s own timey-wimey prediction of the Brexit vote.


It’s pretty ridiculous—framing the original script’s allusions to the then-upcoming Scottish independence referendum, as instead a reference to the fresh chances that the country could soon hold a second independence referendum in a bid to keep itself in the EU before the UK leaves—but still remarkably, consistently argued. It is definitely, at least, the weirdest thing to be written about Brexit so far. Read the whole thing over at the link below.

[Radio Times]

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It seems like a lot of Whovians dislike this episode, even though it was written in the heyday of the collective “Moffat is God” mentality, but I’ve always kind of enjoyed it. It contains one of my favorite Eleventh Doctor moments - where he loses it with Amy and the others, “Nobody talk to me. Nobody HUMAN has anything to SAY TO ME TODAY!” I thought that indicated that Eleven would be more short-tempered that his predecessors, but apparently not.