Bring Back the Drahvins
Sunday, 12 July 2015
Our weekly flight through Tom Baker’s first season continues with an episode made entirely of thirty foot thick reinforced concrete. That’s right, it’s time for that 1975 classic, Genesis of the Daleks!
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Genesis of the Daleks was released on DVD way back in 2006. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
Links and notes
Commedia dell’arte is a genre of theatrical comedy featuring an array of various stock characters. It dates from 16th century Italy, but is based on a tradition that goes all the way back to Greek New Comedy from the end of the fourth century BC. So does that make Davros just the latest iteration of Pantalone?
Severin is the hero of Venus in Furs (1870), a novella written by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, who gave his name to something called masochism. Probably best not to look that word up on Google.
The Time Lord is dressed as Death from Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1957). Here is a version by French and Saunders. And this version comes from the first season of The Micallef Programme.
Fans of having no idea of what is going on will enjoy this article on Jacques Lacan from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Sadly, I’m unable to locate the Parliamentary speech made by a Conservative MP in the 1990s, in which he quoted Davros’s virus speech from Part 5 of this story. Fact fans will be able to corroborate its historicity, however, by referring to Miles and Wood’s About Time volume 4. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
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