I love the “war of the currents” because it’s an interesting time in our technological history. So, watching “Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror” in the latest season of Doctor Who, I couldn’t help but feel like I was being mansplained at, but in the best possible way? Because a woman wrote the episode, and it was a woman who was explaining Tesla to us all.
While I enjoy that a woman got to explain Tesla for once, I have to say that my entire time watching this episode was spent wondering why Goran Višnjić playing Nikola Tesla just kept reminding me of Kevin Kline. Let me explain: He had a middle part and a mustache.
Višnjić, who I remember from watching E.R. with my mother, is not someone I would typically look at and think, “Wow, just like my favorite man from the past,” but then again, maybe they just used Goran Višnjić as a front and really time traveled to get Soapdish-era Kline to play Tesla. Whatever the truth is, I could not think of anything else but Kevin Kline the entire episode.
At least I’m not alone. No really, a lot of Twitter kept getting Kevin Kline vibes, and honestly, what if Goran Višnjić and Kevin Kline were in a movie together? Hollywood, I’m giving you this idea for free.
I’ve really been enjoying the current Doctor Who run on the telly. @goranvisnjic was terrific as Tesla, but I was *very* distracted by how much he looked like 80s Kevin Kline from A Fish Called Wanda. pic.twitter.com/lupghGTYYp
— Scott Gray (@Scott1Gray) January 23, 2020
— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) January 27, 2020
— Olivia Truffaut-Wong (@iWatchiAm) December 2, 2019
Just watched the Tesla episode of Doctor Who. Couldn’t get Kevin Kline out of my mind when watching. pic.twitter.com/IxHs9xB7Uc
— CaptKarnstein is back in black 💀 (@CaptKarnstein) January 25, 2020
— Ethan Frome’s Sled (@starfishncoffee) January 22, 2020
As helpfully demonstrated here via Gorin Višnjić on Doctor Who, it is a universal truth that every white man possesses the ability, under the proper makeup, lighting, and costuming, to look exactly like Kevin Kline. pic.twitter.com/spyIe6neWX
— Josh Raby (@JoshRaby) January 21, 2020
Weird use of time travel, but I’m glad Doctor Who got young Kevin Kline to play Tesla. pic.twitter.com/Ylqlt1MZPM
— Austin Lugar (@AustinLugar) January 19, 2020
— Jayne (@PublishingNinja) January 19, 2020
This episode of Doctor Who was interesting because I didn’t particularly love feeling like I was being explained at (I know plenty about Nikola Tesla, thanks), but then again, the fact that a woman wrote it and a female Doctor was explaining it made it a little bit better because 9 times out of 10, it’s a man yelling about Tesla at us like we didn’t all also watch The Prestige or, you know, read a history book.
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