David Baddiel wonders what Doctor Who would make of Jane Austen

David Baddiel

David Baddiel, well known comic and one of the few stand-ups in possession of a doctorate in Victorian literature, writes an interesting piece in The Times today. In it, he also notices that the Doctor only seems to meet famous writers these days, not scientists.

But, he also echoes Jane Henry’s recent suggestion that Jane Austen would be a good choice for the next meet-up, imagines what the episode would be like and comes up with a convincing argument about why Austen is better than Shakespeare et al.


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