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Doctor Who "The Zygon Invasion" Review - AVClub

AVClub: It’s relatively rare for Doctor Who to comment directly on contemporary issues. The classic series was only occasionally interested in situating itself in terms of present-day controversies, and these instances are mostly confined to the Earthbound adventures of Jon Pertwee’s 3rd Doctor: “The Green Death,” for instance, has a lot to say about environmentalism, that most 1970s of hot-button topics (which isn’t to say we’ve fixed, well, anything about the environment since then, but “The Green Death” is almost dizzyingly 1970s in its approach to the topic). With stories like the present-day “Aliens Of London”/“World War Three” and the far-future “Bad Wolf,” the first season of the revived series pretty much set the template for how the show would address issues of the day: When the end of the world comes, people are just going to sit around and watch it happen on television. It’s the kind of satirical point that isn’t exactly shocking a TV writer came up with, and it had the added benefit of setting up a new round of celebrity cameos every time the Doctor watched the latest global peril begin to unfold. Russell T. Davies’ era never really developed much of a cohesive take on modern issues beyond a vague distrust of modern technology, be it the upgrades of “Rise Of The Cybermen”/“The Age Of Steel” or the killer GPS of “The Sontaran Stratagem”/“The Poison Sky.”

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