BBC's New Doctor Who Showrunner Flirted with 9/11 Trutherism

September 26th, 2021 6:03 PM

Over the weekend, it was announced that the BBC has selected liberal producer Russell T. Davies as showrunner for the long-running British science fiction series Doctor Who which, in recent years, has delved into promoting a liberal agenda on issues like global warming, guns, and hostility to President Donald Trump.

Davies previously ran the show between 2005 and 2009 during which time he notoriously invoked the liberal fantasy that President George W. Bush staged the 9/11 attacks to justify stealing Iraq's oil, incorporating the idea into his first season on the show.

He also notably presided over production at a time when series regular John Barrowman -- who played the first gay character in the show's history -- was known for engaging in sexual misconduct on set during filming. Instead of being punished for his behavior, Barrowman was awarded with the starring role in the spinoff series Torchwood, which Davies also wrote and produced.

In the 2005 two parter -- "Aliens of London" and "World War III" -- a group of aliens (disguised as high-level British leaders) murder then-Prime Minister Tony Blair and take control of the British government and military.

After crashing a spaceship by remote control into the Big Ben clock tower (reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks), the faux-British leaders scare the U.N. into believing there are "massive weapons of destruction" -- a riff on Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction" -- in space which aliens plan on using to attack Earth unless nuclear weapons are used preemptively to destroy them.

The alien plot is to dupe the world into handing over control of all nuclear weapons to the imposturous British leaders so they can detonate them all, making the Earth radioactive, and harvesting the energy. Obvious reference is made to the invasion of Iraq when it is recalled that the U.N. were fooled the "last time" such claims were made, (meaning by President Bush).

And, over the five years Davies led the show's production, recurring cast member Barrowman was notorious for repeatedly indecently exposing himself to his co-workers on set, which came to public light in recent years both on Doctor Who and Torchwood sets. The episode was reminiscent of other sexual misconduct scandals within the BBC involving Doctor Who production in the 1980s under John Nathan-Turner, as well as the children's show Jim'll Fix It show, involving host Jimmy Savile, from the 1970s into the 1990s.

The return of Davies will likely not do anything to tamp down the liberal bias the series has shown in recent years.