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Why Doctor Who is secretly Tony Benn

(…or perhaps the other way around)

10 August 2013

9:00 AM

10 August 2013

9:00 AM

Who inspired Who? Leave aside for one moment the hyperventilating BBC enthronement of Peter Capaldi, though we shall return to him later. I mean way back at the beginning, 50 years ago. The Doctor was invented by a committee of middle-ranking BBC executives — but who was the role-model for this anti-establishment, vaguely dotty but distinguished figure?

Come on! With hindsight, the inspiration must surely have been Tony Benn — and I’ll prove it to you.

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