How Clique masters tone to present a tightly wound thriller

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The premier episode exists in a liminal space of uncertainty, with every frame of the episode imbued with a subtle sense of discomfort. In turn, then, Clique becomes a particularly tense and taut hour of television, crafted with a real precision that positions it as one of the most effective pieces of drama BBC Three has put out in a long, long time.

Part of this discomfort is a gradual probing of the darker aspects of the world that Clique presents; from the twisted energy of the party scene to the high-pressure competition of internship applications, this is a show that focuses on delving into the depths without holding back. Indeed, there’s an unrelenting intensity to Clique that’s borne of this incremental unveiling of the darkness, carried well by nuanced characters and compelling performances.

The latest drama offering from BBC Three, Clique is a fabulous piece of television. I’m very fond of this show. And this article, come to that.

I really deliberated over this article, actually, trying to make it into something special – because Clique deserves that level of high quality writing about it! You can be the judge over how successful I was in that regard, mind you.

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Why it’s important to advance Doctor Who’s Nazi allegory into the 21st Century

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Daleks began as fairly straight-forward allegories for Nazis. It was a depiction shaped by Terry Nation’s youth during the second World War, and one which was understood by all watching – the dark days of the 1940s weren’t so distant a memory in 1963, after all.

This allegory forms part of the central tension of the Daleks as not just monsters, but villains. The Daleks aren’t mere clunky sci-fi robots; they’re a representation of the worst of us. Of hate and prejudice and a very specific human evil. It’s this aspect to them that has made the Daleks last for so long, and why they resonated so well with audiences in the 1960s.

However, in recent years, this allegory hasn’t quite held the same meaning. And that’s understandable; the way we perceive Nazism has changed a lot since the 1960s. Accordingly, the allegory that the Daleks form doesn’t hold quite the same impact anymore – which means that one must consider what Nazis represent now, and update the allegory accordingly.

The idea of the Daleks as an allegory for the Nazis has always fascinated me; even moreso in recent years, as the way in which we understand Nazis in society has begun to change.

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