Doctor Who Explores Racism, Privilege, and Echo Chambers

Yep, I’m analysing Dot and Bubble too

Matt Mason
The Creative Collective

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I realise I’m not the first and I won’t be the last to discuss the episode that broadcast on the 1st of June 2024. So much has already been said about a story that is (at the time of writing) just a few days old. It will likely be talked about long after Ncuti Gatwa has left the role too as it was that thoughtful and got so many tongues wagging.

It’s far too early to say whether it’s his best episode (there have only been five — the Christmas special and the first four episodes of this season) but I’m confident it’ll be a strong contender for future “Top 10 Ncuti Gatwa era episodes.”

But yes… racism. No doubt about it — that’s what the story is about. RTD said it himself and if you were in any doubt, go back and watch it. If you think that incident at the end “came out of nowhere” then I suggest you watch it again, because oh boy that young woman’s racism did not come out of nowhere.

Don’t worry. I’m not yet another white guy here to either congratulate himself on being aware of both his white privilege and of the racism throughout, or to flagellate himself for not seeing the microaggressions until after the fact. As a side note, one thing I loved about that particular element of the story is how easily we…

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Matt Mason
The Creative Collective

Creatively curious lifelong writer. I use Medium to discuss asexuality, childfree living, Doctor Who, and sometimes even politics - not all of it serious.