Am I a cynic, or did Gervais write this show especially to fend off the criticism he received for pulling 'mong' faces on Twitter?
This guy has always had a creepy and ambivalent fixation with disability throughout his career.
I always get the impression that himself and Merchant see themselves as some kind of Nietzschean supermen.
Two classic cases of reading too many philosophy books, and believing everything therein.
'Derek' was just Gervais pulling his mong face ('cos he ain't no Daniel Day Lewis) with Karl Pilkington stealing the show from under his pretentious arse.
And rightly so. Go Karl!