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Imperial fictions: Doctor Who, post-racial slavery and other liberal humanist fantasies

tentacles and translucent skin serve as convenient biological signposts for the aliens’ most subversive ­behaviour: their intense communalism. Whiteness, normativity and the ongoing racial Other 139 ‘Planet of the Ood’ thematises the coloniser’s problematic conflation of ‘unruly’ behaviour (collectivism) with racialised biological defect (madness). In the first moments of the episode, we learn that several Ood have become infected with red-eye, a contagious disease that transforms the once-faithful servants into rabid rebels. The infected aliens have been gleefully

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The carnival as structuring motif

, now relegated to being spectators of the action, in the scenes that follow. In Buffet froid, the very title of the film focuses on food, and food works as a metaphor for the alliance of subversive behaviour and corrupt characters that structures the film. The alliance of the marginalised or criminal elements is built around food and the sharing of wine, as demonstrated in an early scene which takes place in Alphonse Tram

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