An Adventure in Comedy and Absurdity: Doctor Who’s 54 Years

John Cleese in Doctor Who

Doctor Who: it’s a bit of a laugh, isn’t it? Rarely taking itself entirely seriously, Doctor Who has a strong link to British comedy, whether through Steven Moffat and Douglas Adams, or via the very tone and content of the stories. This week, we consider how the show has charmed and amused us through standard comedy, and even absurdity.

What does it tell us about the Doctor, and who he is? And just what else is the Curator looking after in the National Gallery?

After a brief ramble about the state of soap operas and sitcoms on British TV, Christian and James then settle down to take a look at how comedy has been used in Doctor Who since 1963. Listen out for mentions of Comic Relief, Curse of the Fatal Death, and even The Three Doctors


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