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So YouGov did a survey on which party people think various fictional characters would vote for. From the little I know, I would suspect most of them are correct, but I want to talk about the one I know is definitely false, and the one I think is probably wrong.

Firstly, Victor Meldrew is definitely a Labour voter. This is canonical, he talks about it in the show, he reads the Daily Mirror onscreen on a regular basis, and in one episode is shown roundly abusing a Tory canvassar, and in another episode castigating a Tory politician in a hospital. So why do the majority of people think of him as a Tory?

There's a definite stereotype effect going on; most of the Tories are characters people don't like, or love to hate, and most of the Labour characters are seen as good fun but a bit thick. The one Lib Dem is the Vicar of Dibley - worthy, does good works and makes people happier, but is ultimately pretty powerless and someone to feel sorry for. So I think people put Victor Meldrew as a Tory because he's so bloody grumpy, and people see him as selfishly grumpy - but he's totally not. He's a tireless crusader against injustice, not just for himself, but for others (see the episode set in the Old People's home), and he has the Labourite's unshakeable conviction that the government ought to sort things out.

The other one that I think is a bit off is the Doctor. The biggest result for him is "wouldn't vote", which is probably correct, because I think the timelord maxim of non interference still has SOME traction on him... But then the next biggest is Green LOL! The Doctor is a scientist. The Greens, despite their hearts being in the right place, are totally wedded to woo. Add to that their occasional authoritarian tendencies and... no, the Doctor is a Lib Dem. I shall stubbornly cling to that belief.
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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] burkesworks
No, the Doctor left the LibDems when he woke up to the fact that Harold Saxon and his cohorts had taken over the party, and as a Doctor I'm sure he worries that the NHS "reforms" may extend to Gallifrey. Now he's a sceptical "don't know".

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] perlmonger
I thought he'd defected to the Pirate Party?

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
Ken Barlow's not a Tory - he used to be quite a firebrand leftie in his younger days.

As for the Doctor... depends on which Doctor (and what era of time). I could see Pat Troughton's Doctor being quite enthusiastic about the 60s Wilson government, what with the general social liberalism and the White Heat of Technology and giving MBEs to the Beatles and so on. Pertwee's Doctor is definitely a One Nation Tory, but him I *could* see voting Green actually, in that sort of right-wing aristocratic-environmentalist way (think the Goldsmith family and those sort of people). Hartnell's Doctor is a Liberal of the old school. Tom Baker's Doctor is clearly an anarchist, and probably spoiled his ballot or voted for a joke candidate like the Monster Raving Loonies. Davison's agonised for a long time but saw voting as a civic duty, and ended up voting SDP. Colin's Doctor was definitely a Liberal/Lib Dem - I bet if he had a blog it'd be very like Jonathan Calder's, but angrier. Sylvester's Doctor would have been a tactical anti-Tory voter. The McGann Doctor would vote seventeen different ways in different continuities, before getting amnesia and forgetting who he'd voten for. And all the Welsh Series Doctors are New Labour.

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Tom's Dctor - i think it depends on where in his reign you're talking about. Hinchcliffe Tom would have spoiled his ballot paper. Graham Williams Tom would have been a joke candidate. Nathan-Turner Tom would have sulked. And it would have been irrelevant who McCoy's Doctor voted for, as a subsequent Doctor would have spent huge amounts of effort making sure that the right candidate won and left a note telling McCoy about it.

And Troughton would have blown up the polling station.

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] burkesworks
Nah, you're thinking of Jack Harkness.

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
Eccles is Old Labour, but in the Prescott type of way that's just New Labour with a Northern accent. Smith... actually, he's probably Lib Dem, you're right.

McCoy's Doctor wouldn't want people voting for him - a job like Prime Minister would be nowhere near powerful enough for him. I *could* see him as a Sir Humphrey figure, though, wielding the real power, with just a touch of Francis Urquhart, the Patrician and Peter Mandelson thrown in.

Of course Del Boy's a Tory. Anyone who thinks differently hasn't thought about it for five seconds.

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ggreig
Eccleston's SNP, because he'd want another place to have a north!

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lonemagpie
Del Boy's an obvious Tory voter- he wants to be a yuppie, frequently quotes Gordon Gecko, etc...

The Doctor - it'd vary according to which incarnation and in which period. But, to be blunt, since he's not a British or EU citizen anyway, he wouldn't be allowed to!

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
On reflection, while Troughton was blowing up the polling station, Jamie would have said "Look at the size of that one, Doctor!", and the mighty Trout would have responded, "Yes, it is a big one, isn't it?" (Insert Eric Pickles joke here).

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
I've often half-wondered if it's the Smith Doctor who goes back and does all that stuff for McCoy, seems like his style (though of course in The Kingmaker it's Eccleston).

Tom's Doctor in the Williams years would have been a joke candidate *and won*.

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Yes, and he'd have been quite horrified when he realised he'd won.

Hartnell on the other hand would have loved it.

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
Who says he's not a citizen? He must have some sort of nationality and identity for tax and security purposes in the UNIT years. I can imagine him collecting citizenships like postage stamps -- "Oh yes, I'm a citizen of Britain... and of the Second French Republic, the Roman Empire, the Third Galactic Empire, Mondas (rather embarassing that one, rather not talk about it) and the E-Space Confederacy. And a gentleman to boot!"

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Also, McGann Doctor claims to be English.

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
You're right about Hartnell. He would have had the same giggle he had when he caused the Fire Of Rome.

Tom's Doctor would have been horrified at first, but quickly grown to love bossing people around, before finding a way to get out of all the actual responsibilities of being an MP without losing the title and the ability to boss people around.

Wait... does that mean George Galloway is secretly the Fourth Doctor?!

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lonemagpie
I believe the term is "resident alien" (!) - in fact, IIRC that's actually mentioned specifically in Claws Of Axos

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
It's all a bit Invasion of Time, isn't it?

As for your comment about the newly elected saviour of Bradford, I have nothing to say.

Other than "George's putting it in now."

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
He's from Gallifrey. Gallifrey's in Ireland. Irish citizens get a vote. QED

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
We can do that later if you like.

Spot of Delgado would go down quite well.
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