Doctor Who series nine concluded with the eponymous hero plucking his companion Clara out of her time stream, thus evading death but leaving her marooned between a single heartbeat and the next. This is deep stuff for light entertainment on a Saturday night.
Driving the original Aston Martin Lagonda is no less of a temporal shock (not to mention an inverse Tardis: huge on the outside, economic with interior space). Scything around the M25 and down the A1 into London, this isn’t a car so much as a mobile pop-cultural mash-up, the intersection of a dozen different ideas, many of which are at odds with each other.
Rivers of traffic part and jaws drop as you swoosh by on a wave of permanently confounding retro-futurism. David Bowie’s icy, wasted 1977 masterpiece Low should be on a playback loop on the cassette deck. You imagine one of Anthony Burgess’s Clockwork Orange droogs at the wheel. If nothing else, the Lagonda’s 5340cc will blast Seventies kids back to the heyday of Top Trumps.
Photography: Jamie Lipman
This feature was originally published in the February 2016 issue of Top Gear magazine.