A House Apart

Political intrigue, affairs and fraud – it can only be the UK Parliament expenses scandal surely? In actual fact it refers to the current production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House by the Donmar Warehouse which features among its starring lineup Ninth Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston.

Christopher Eccleston stars in A Doll's HouseEccleston is Kelman alongside Toby Stephens’ (Die Another Day) Thomas, Tara Fitzgerald’s (Brassed Off) Christine and Gillian Anderson’s (The X Files) Nora – and he’s playing a nasty piece of work it seems.

Television viewers will remember Mr Eccleston as the actor who preceded David Tennant as Doctor Who (jolly good he was, too). Here he creates a rangy, feral chancer who melts at the first sign of affection being shown to him.

The timing of the production could not have been more fortuitous, and performances have been garnering top reviews over the weeks since its opening night and the troubles at Westminster came to light.

If there’s one thing the British love it’s watching politicians drowning in a clinging wet tissue of lies deceit and corruption, something synergetically produced here.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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