Oddly enough, there’s a party political broadcast floating about the web at the moment starring Sean Pertwee – son of Jon, who was a big mate of Jim Callaghan – and boasting a voiceover by none other than David Tennant.
As if to underscore the Who connection, Pertwee even quotes his father:
My father always said “Don’t give up.”
“Show resolve,” he said. He was so right.
Pertwee is presenting a fairly unsubtle metaphor in this election broadcast for Labour, but it’s a polished, and gently powerful message in a good-looking broadcast that brings to mind Hugh Hudson’s films for Labour in 1987.
There’s been something of an explosion in Doctorly support for Labour recently, with Peter Davison stating that he ‘tremble[s]’ at the idea of a Tory government; David Tennant calling David Cameron ‘terrifying’; and Steven Moffat claiming ‘stuff would be s**t’ under the Tories.
There’s also some recent stuff about The Beast Below containing an anti-Tory message; RTD has made his anti-Conservative feelings known on several occasions; and Andrew Cartmel and Sylvester McCoy recently suggested that their era was anti-Thatcher. And don’t forget the left-wing Dalek.
For his part, Gordon Brown says Tennant is favourite Doctor (well, it was going to be either him or McCoy wasn’t it?).
Extraordinary stuff. Of course, actors and creatives naturally lean to the Left, and if Doctor Who isn’t a show that revels in left-wing, or at least liberal, ethics then I don’t know what does. There’s a long-running debate as to whether there are any Tory Doctors, with the Third mentioned most frequently, though this has always struck me as unlikely.
The Doctor Who Forum’s politics thread currently shows a heavy bias against the Conservatives in a poll on likely voting behaviour of those on the board, which poses some rather chicken-and-egg kind of questions.
What would The Doctor make of it all? It’s tempting to imagine Hartnell, wildly off-script and taking advantage of time constraints in 1964 urging ‘all of you at home’ to vote for the pipe-smoking chap. Then again, with Billy’s habit of fluffing names, he’d probably end up backing Herman Walton.
Sean Pertwee and David Tennant in The Road Ahead