Russell T. Davies’ latest miniseries It’s a Sin features a fun Doctor Who crossover, which has a deeper meaning than just fan service.
The latest Russell T. Davies miniseries It’s a sin, now airing on HBO Max, follows a group of young adults who grew up in London in the 1980s as they navigate the AIDS crisis. Two of the main characters, Ritchie Tozier in the Closet (Olly Alexander) and his heterosexual friend Jill Baxter (Lydia West), are trying to make it big as actors. These acting activities allow Davies to revisit the set of one of the all-time classics on British television that he personally helped revive: Doctor who.
Doctor who It originally ran from 1963 to 1989 before being brought back in 2005. Russell T. Davies was the showrunner of the resurgence of the sci-fi series from 2005 to 2010, as well as the creator of two spinoff shows: the adult-only show. Torchwood and the most kid-friendly The Adventures of Sarah Jane. Davies’ television curriculum is extensive, alternating between children’s programming, science fiction, and realistic LGBTQ-themed dramas, but it is his time to Doctor who which is perhaps the most famous in the United States.
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It’s a sin‘s Doctor who The tribute occurs in Episode 4, in which Ritchie lands a concert playing a soldier fighting an invasion of Daleks. This episode is set in 1988, which would have been during Sylvester McCoy’s career as the Seventh Doctor. Although the series that is being filmed in the episode, titled “Regression of the Daleks”, is made up, it is a clear tribute to Doctor whoPremiere of season 25 “Remembrance of the Daleks”.
This scene is a fun little piece of lightness at a point where It’s a sin It’s getting extremely heavy, but it also serves a more poignant purpose beyond a fun tribute. It’s a tribute to Dursley McLinden, the actor who played Sgt. Mike Smith in “Remembrance of the Daleks”. McLinden was friends with Jill Nadler, the activist who inspired It’s a sinJill Baxter. He was 23 when his Doctor who the series was filmed; He died of AIDS in 1995 at the age of 30.
Adult Whovians who have not yet immersed themselves in Russell T. Davies’ work beyond the Doctor who It is recommended to visit the franchise. It’s a sin. His combination of entertainment and tragedy shows just how great a writer Davies can be. That manages to fit into a Doctor who A fun and meaningful tribute is a huge bonus.
Written and Created by Russell T. Davies, It’s a sin stars Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells, Lydia West, and Nathaniel Curtis. The entire series airs on HBO Max.
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