‘Doctor Who’: Is The Doctor Actually Banksy?

(Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not seen the “Doctor Who” episode “Rosa” that aired Oct. 21.)

This weekend’s episode of “Doctor Who” included some solemn social commentary, as the Doctor and her companions landed in 1960s Alabama on the day that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat at the front of a segregated bus. The Doctor, always hungering for justice, ruminates on the oppression of Jim Crow, while Ryan and Yasmin endure discrimination that, while horrible, isn’t entirely unlike what they faced in 2018 London.

Of course, this is still “Doctor Who,” and even amidst the prejudice and the attempts by a cosmic villain to interfere with civil rights history, the Doctor still has time for some silly jokes, including suggesting that she is the notorious street artist Banksy.

Early in the episode, the Doctor is spray painting on the side of a motel when her companion Graham calls her out.

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“That is vandalism. We’ll have to pay for that. You ain’t Banksy,” says Graham, to which the Doctor simply replied, “Or am I?”

But when Graham insists, the Doctor decides to use her sonic screwdriver to instantly erase the spray paint from the walls. “Banksy doesn’t have one of those… or have I?”

Of course, the Whovians loved the scene.

Banksy’s identity revealed #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/CVL3WUb60y

– ѕт?”ρн?”η вяιттση ??’? (@XenialDude) October 21, 2018

I’m not Banksy. Or am I? #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/rFSIModQLn

– The Doctor (@ItsTheDoctor) October 21, 2018

Honestly though, The Doctor winding Graham up about being Banksy was fantastic.

“Oi, Pack that in, you’re not Banksy”
“Or am I?”

“I bet Banksy doesn’t have a pen like that…..Or do I?” #DoctorWho

– The Ghoulniverse (@TWhoniverse) October 21, 2018

Rare image of Banksy and Steve Jobs meeting ???? #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/zU0dmWuUtI

– amy ︽✵︽ (@capaldigraham) October 21, 2018

Not again #Banksy #doctorwho pic.twitter.com/nyrIB3GvZT

– helpsainsburys2…..parody darings 18+ only (@helpsainsburys2) October 8, 2018

“Doctor Who” airs Sundays on BBC One and BBC America.

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(Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not seen the “Doctor Who” episode “Rosa” that aired Oct. 21.)

This weekend’s episode of “Doctor Who” included some solemn social commentary, as the Doctor and her companions landed in 1960s Alabama on the day that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat at the front of a segregated bus. The Doctor, always hungering for justice, ruminates on the oppression of Jim Crow, while Ryan and Yasmin endure discrimination that, while horrible, isn’t entirely unlike what they faced in 2018 London.

Of course, this is still “Doctor Who,” and even amidst the prejudice and the attempts by a cosmic villain to interfere with civil rights history, the Doctor still has time for some silly jokes, including suggesting that she is the notorious street artist Banksy.

Early in the episode, the Doctor is spray painting on the side of a motel when her companion Graham calls her out.

“That is vandalism. We’ll have to pay for that. You ain’t Banksy,” says Graham, to which the Doctor simply replied, “Or am I?”

But when Graham insists, the Doctor decides to use her sonic screwdriver to instantly erase the spray paint from the walls. “Banksy doesn’t have one of those… or have I?”

Of course, the Whovians loved the scene.

“Doctor Who” airs Sundays on BBC One and BBC America.

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Banksy Posts Video Suggesting Auctioned Painting Should Have Shredded All the Way (Video)

Street artist Banksy posted a video in which he said the self-destruction of the iconic “Girl With Balloon” painting earlier this month didn’t go quite as planned.
In the video, we can see the frame being put together, as well as foot…

Street artist Banksy posted a video in which he said the self-destruction of the iconic “Girl With Balloon” painting earlier this month didn’t go quite as planned.

In the video, we can see the frame being put together, as well as footage from inside Sotheby’s in London where the painting fetched $1.4 million at an auction. The 2006 work was sold for more than three times what it was estimated to sell for at Sotheby’s, after which “we heard an alarm go off,” said auction attendee Morgan Long, head of investment at the Fine Art Group. “Everyone turned around, and the picture had slipped through its frame.” It was shredded halfway through.

However, Banksy now revealed that the painting should’ve been shredded entirely, not just halfway.

“In rehearsals it worked every time,” the video said, before a clip is played that shows that the painting, indeed, was supposed to self-destruct completely.

After the auction, Banksy had shared a photo of the self-destruction on his Instagram page, along with the caption “Going, going, gone …”

At a press conference following the incident, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art in Europe, Alex Branczik, said, “We’ve been Banksy-ed.”

Watch the video above.

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So much for Banksy’s artwork standing the test of time.
An iconic painting by street artist Banksy fetched $1.4 million at an auction on Friday, before promptly self-destructing, the New York Times reports.
The 2006 work, “Girl With Balloon…

So much for Banksy’s artwork standing the test of time.

An iconic painting by street artist Banksy fetched $1.4 million at an auction on Friday, before promptly self-destructing, the New York Times reports.

The 2006 work, “Girl With Balloon,” was sold for more than three times what it was estimated to sell for at Sotheby’s in London, after which “we heard an alarm go off,” said auction attendee Morgan Long, head of investment at the Fine Art Group. “Everyone turned around, and the picture had slipped through its frame.”

Not only had it slipped through its frame, the painting “had been shredded by a remote-control mechanism on the back of the frame,” according to the Times.

Long noted that she saw a man being escorted from the building by security after the incident.

At a press conference following the incident, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art in Europe, Alex Branczik, said, “We’ve been Banksy-ed.”

Branczik added that he was “not in on” the stunt.

Banksy shared a photo of the self-destruction on his Instagram page, along with the caption “Going, going, gone…”

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Going, going, gone…

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Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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The art hotel and gallery is located in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

England’s elusive graffiti master, painter, activist and “Exit Through the Gift Shop” filmmaker Banksy has a brand new project, The Walled Off Hotel, an art hotel and gallery located in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. The hotel has nine rooms that were customized by Banksy, Palestinian artist Sami Musa and Canadian artist Dominique Pétrin.

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