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Impending Boom (Diffusing “Kerblam!”)

Impending Boom (Diffusing “Kerblam!”)

Doctor Who has its share of metaphors, but perhaps none so naked as the eponymous company featured in Kerblam! (the only TV story so excited to feature an exclamation point in the title). With its motivational corporatespeak, closely monitored warehouse workers, and super-efficient delivery robots (that may or may not be homicidal), Kerblam is an obvious stand-in for Amazon — just projected out several thousand years. As you’d expect, Kerblam! certainly has some things to say about Bit Tech, automation, and the future of work, though how those themes land probably depends greatly on your existing opinions of those things. But do the smart characters and whodunnit plot rise above the debatable morality play? At the end of the day, does Kerblam!... deliver? 

Commentary for Kerblam! begins at 23:58.

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Story Essentials

  • Series 11, Episode 7

  • Story number: 285, per the The Pull To Open Codex

  • Writer: ​​Pete McTighe

  • Director: Jennifer Perrott

  • Showrunner: Chris Chibnall

  • Aired 18 November 2018

Pull To Open: Kerblam!

  • Season 4

  • Episode 37

Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor

Music: Martin West/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Thinking Fish⁠⁠⁠

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