I enjoyed that a lot.
It was more heavy handed than I like my tv, and I felt it sagged a little in 3rd quarter of the epsiode however this epsiode is going to have a wide reach round the country and beyond with kids everywhere and I know this because of the following, which elevates the epsiode significantly for me;
I had to pause this episode early to explain what was happening to my 4 year old son, while choking back tears and really struggling to do so.
This is not a conversation I expected to be having with any of my kids yet, not for a while.
My kids are colour blind when it comes to skin, and I don’t really want to point out any diffferences, something I feel strongly about and why I oppose and get very frustrated with a lot of movements that push difference and draw attention to it, rather than the message that you treat EVERYONE the same, which is the one that my kids are growing up with.
So it was a difficult conversation because I didn’t really want to have it. But I hope I put the message across in the right way and I think I did.
I’ve got quite a lot of black family and my kids have never mentioned anything about the colour of their skin, and having grown up in a small town in Scotland where there were very few black people, we grew up as kids wondering why everyone was being weird round my uncle and my cousins, not realising until later in life that it was because folk just were not used to seeing black folk in this part of the world. I’m not saying there was racism, because there was nothing malicious, but my uncle used to have streams of kids coming to the door because we told them he was Mr T’s cousin.
So I don’t want my kids calling their cousins ‘black’ or even mentioning it.
However tonight I sat with my wife, who NEVER watches Dr Who - and she watched the whole thing with tears in her eyes - with our kids, and had a chat with my 4 year old son where he referred to a policeman and a bus driver as ‘baddies’ and at the end of the epsiode my overwhelming feeling was, you know what, fair fucks to all the people involved in the making of this.
This took some balls.