Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monty Python and Dr. Who

The Pythons announced a reunion show and a world wide audience (including yours truly) celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who during a global simulcast.

I did learn a few things about British political culture from the Pythons, but mostly as adjuncts to what I read in more scholarly sources. (One of my favorites.)

The really cheesy Dr. Who sets and "special" effects are mostly in the past, but Dr. Who and the Pythons are bits of British culture, although probably not political culture.

I avidly watched doctors three, four, and five before losing touch until the tenth doctor. Saturday's broadcast was a sentimental treat and a good bit of British sci-fi television. Look for reruns.

Millions tune in for Doctor Who 50th anniversary show
More than 10 million people tuned in to see the special 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who in the UK, according to overnight viewing figures.

At its peak, the show was watched by 10.61 million viewers, with an average of 10.2 million across the 75-minute running time…

But Strictly Come Dancing was Saturday night's most popular show, peaking at 11.7 million viewers (10.6m average).

The Day of the Doctor was broadcast in 94 countries at the same time as it aired on BBC One on Saturday night - earning it a Guinness World Record as "the world's largest ever simulcast of a TV drama"…

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