The second episode of the rejuvenated Doctor Who reaches terrestrial transmission, and all is well with the franchise. More than well. Those who care - those who matter - won't need me to document what has been so right about its reincarnation. Quite disheartening to hear that Christopher Eccleston will be leaving the timelord with just two unused incarnations from the next series, fearing being typecast by his success. So much for my hopes of it not being "just another job". Still, it once again gives us hope for a Bill Nighy or an Eddie Izzard Doctor. But I digress.
What prompted me to put fingers to keyboard was a nod-and-wink that writer Russell T Davies threw out to nerdoisseurs of his work. It was just a small thing (unlike Moxx of Balhoon's impressive phallicity). At various points he had the Doctor talking about the Human race (and at other times, other species) to representatives (such as Billie Piper) using the term "You lot..."
Now, despite all the signposts at the time saying this was a drama written for me, tragically I missed Davies' The Second Coming (though I'll hopefully be getting it any day now), but I know a section of its script very well from a sample on Orbital's Blue Album. And it features one Chris Ecclestone, second coming of the Son of God, berating the Human race for our ungodly woes. It always gives me the shivers. And Ecclestone was again mouthing pupper-master Davies words in exactly the same manner...
"You, are becoming Gods. There's a new master of creation, and it's you! You've unravelled DNA and at the same time you're cultivating bacteria strong enough to kill every living thing.
D'you think you are ready for that much power? You lot ? You lot?! Cheeky bastards. You're running around science like kids wi' guns, creating a new world, while the one you've got is stinking. Go on, 'ands up, 'ands up anyone who thinks you've got it right. Yeh, there's always one. I can see yeh. If you want the position of god then tek the responsibili'y"