Sylvester McCoy (2010)

Here’s Sylvester McCoy quoted in ‘The Times’, discussing the idea that late 80’s ‘Doctor Who’ had an anti-Thatcher streak. You can read the full ‘Times’ article here, including some real gems of insanity in the Comments at the bottom of the page, such as the guy who rants against the ‘orchestrated chorus of evil’ that was late-80’s BBC television, and the guy who defends Thatcherism on the basis that Mrs. T had nothing to do with some piers in San Francisco being torn down!

“The idea of bringing politics into ‘Doctor Who’ was deliberate, but we had to do it very quietly and we certainly didn’t shout about it.

“We were a group of politically-motivated people and it seemed the right thing to do. At the time, ‘Doctor Who’ used satire to put political messages out there in the way they used to do in places like Czechoslovakia. Our feeling was that Margaret Thatcher was far more terrifying than any monster that the Doctor hoad encountered. Those who wanted to see the messages saw them, those who didn’t – including one producer – didn’t.”

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