TV in Review: Doctor Who, “Gridlock”
February 9, 2012 4 Comments
Last night I traveled through time and space, to April 14, 2007, when Season 3, Episode 3 of Doctor Who first aired in Britain. The basic conceit of the episode, as put by the good Doctor, is
What if the traffic jam never stops?
We’re taken to the future, to New New York, underneath the city, in a motorway where people spend their lives driving a few miles.
What if there’s nothing, just a motorway, with the cars going round and round and round and round, never stopping — forever.
It reminds me of the XTC song “River of Orchids”:
In the song, Andy Partridge builds the music and lyrics like a roundabout, singing:
Take a packet of seeds, take yourself out to play
I want to see a river of orchids where we had a motorway
At first it seems that the Doctor Who episode asks us to consider what it’d be like to turn off our cars, where the great moment of triumph is a man moving about on his own amidst the great congestion.