Television Review

Doctor Who: ‘Dot and Bubble’ — the dangers of online life writ large

The world of Finetime seems happy and harmonious. But an awful terror is preying on the citizens.

Dan Owen
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6 min readJun 3, 2024

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TThere’s an intriguing premise behind this episode, heavily influenced by Black Mirror, particularly the episode “Nosedive” with its pastel-coloured society obsessed with social media interactions. “Dot and Bubble” introduces us to Lindy Pepper-Bean (Callie Cooke), a perky but dim resident of a place called Finetime. It’s populated by 17–27-year-olds who are obsessed with devices that create an augmented-reality bubble around their heads, which they live inside for most of the day.

Russell T. Davies has a lot of fun with these high-tech “dot” devices, which are a comical exaggeration of how young people are glued to their smartphones and tablets, barely noticing the world around them. We all know a sullen teenager who barely glances up from their phone screen at home, mindlessly scrolling through TikTok on a glorious sunny day.

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Dan Owen
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Freelance writer and TV addict raised on films • Socials and links: https://linktr.ee/danowen