Published on July 27th, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

How Do You Stop Malcolm Tucker Swearing? [VIDEO]

Malcolm Tucker swearing is funny. He does it a lot. The comedy creation – based on former PM Tony Blair’s “spin doctor” Alistair Campbell – is the highlight of BBC Two comedy The Thick of It and its movie spin-off In The Loop, and is a horrendous grotesque, a spitting, threatening pig of a man with control issues. He’s wonderfully played by new Doctor Peter Capaldi.

This, of course, is the reason for many “jokes” about the Twelfth Doctor swearing and telling Daleks to “f&*^ off” and other such poorly considered attempts at humour (of the types we hope not to hear in the coming revived series of Dead Ringers, Jon Culshaw!). To those wanting inspiration for a really funny joke, the accompanying video will perhaps give you a few pointers in the art of making something funny, as opposed to just ripping it off and being unimaginative.

Incidentally, if you want the answer to the question above, it is simple: you cast him as the Doctor.



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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+.

7 Responses to How Do You Stop Malcolm Tucker Swearing? [VIDEO]

  1. avatar Mr. Hunt says:

    I have never been so shocked. That video is disgusting. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for putting that up here on this website. I demand an apology and its immediate removal.

    • avatar Revenant says:

      Wait…you are just joking, right?

      • avatar teddybowties says:

        oh dear, I don’t think they are joking. ;)

        But, on their behalf, i don’t really like waste elimination jokes. Just my preference. Or joystick jokes. but Malcolm is STILL funny,regardless of all the body humor. ;) some people ned to wake up and take the stick out. Malcolm is social commentary gold. I wish there was a real person lie this in America. WE seem to be out recently. Dang pod people.

  2. avatar TonyS says:

    coming soon: “How do you stop Cardinal Richelieu conniving his way around the court of King Louis?”

  3. avatar Jon Roberts says:

    Love the Thick of It and Malcolm Tucker great stuff. It may contain lots of swearing but the point is what he is saying cutting through the BS associated with politics.

  4. avatar Francis Cave says:

    Thanks for those clips.

    I’ve only ever seen the first episode of the Thick of It but it certainly looks like a show worth investigating!

  5. avatar Ranger says:

    I’ve worked in a Minister’s Private Office and unfortunately, Malcolm Tucker isn’t as much as a caricature as you would wish.

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