Published on December 3rd, 2013 | by Philip Bates7
Doctor Who and Politics: Lords Bask In Reflected Glory
The Doctor has had a few issues with politicians – I’m looking at you, Third Doctor – but it’s nice to see that they haven’t taken it personally: Doctor Who has been debated in the House of Lords to recognise the considerable achievement of reaching its 50th anniversary.
Before we get to that, thanks to regular reader Ian we know that an “Early Day Motion has been tabled by Jim Shannon MP noting the celebration,” according to an email reply he received from Stretford & Urmston MP Kate Green. Everyone wants to bask in Doctor Who’s reflected anniversary glory!
Put forward by Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, a Liberal Democrat who has previously worked for the BBC who wanted to note “the contribution of broadcast media to the United Kingdom economy.” Certainly, BBC Worldwide has brought in hordes of cash internationally, and, in her maiden speech, Baroness Grender said:
Lord John Birt, former Director-General of the BBC also said:
Praise for Doctor Who isn’t a new thing, of course, but it’s nonetheless nice to see the dreaded MPs give it some acknowledgment. One thing has to taint the occasion: the ‘noble’ Lord (I don’t know why he’s a Lord either) Michael Grade, who, you might’ve noticed, isn’t the biggest fan of the biggest and best show in the world. Baroness Bonham-Carter asked:
… To which Grade nodded, (presumably) smugly. (Smug is his default setting.)
But let’s conclude on a positive note, with Baroness Humphreys, President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, noting: