Have We Lost the Art of the MacGuffin?

Yeah, I’m back on “that” Doctor Who episode again

Matt Mason
The Creative Collective

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Almost a week ago now, I wrote an article about the most talked about Doctor Who episode of Ncuti Gatwa’s era (so far). Yes, it’s Dot and Bubble — the episode that explored echo chambers, online bubbles, privilege, and above all racism (as made explicit at the end and in subsequent interviews with RTD).

That piece is here:

I don’t want to cover old ground, so I won’t discuss the social commentary at all in this piece. But I do want to cover another element of this story — the slugs.

Almost as soon as the episode finished, the “yeah, I liked this episode and its message, but…” and many of those “buts” were about the apparent flimsiness of the storyline, specifically the how, why, where from, and the motivation of the slugs that attacked the community. In particular, people were frustrated that the explanation given (the computer system did it because it hated everyone who lived there) wasn’t adequate enough motivation. How did the computer system create slugs…

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Matt Mason
The Creative Collective

A demisexual childfree Doctor Who nerd who uses Medium for exploring curiosities, for venting, and for the frivolous.