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Science Fiction and Religion – Doctor Who, The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit

With this week being the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, it seemed a good time to do some Doctor Who posts! I’ll try not to cover the ground others do. So let’s look at the show through the lens of one of our recurring elements: Science Fiction and Religion.

Religion doesn’t frequently come up in Doctor Who, at least not in what I have seen. They are careful not to mock religion or just treat it like it has just been disproven, like you get in some science fiction. They visit different planets and races and cultures, after all, who have different beliefs and rituals. However, many go back to the same sort of underlying causes or reasons, like the fear of the dark being based on the Vashta Nerada.

I recently watched the episodes The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit, from series 2 of the recent Doctor Who. This two-parter delves into one aspect of religion, at least: into the heart of evil. These episodes are about the Beast. These episodes leave us without solid answers, certainly not any from the Doctor. And as far as religion and science fiction goes, I think this is just the right result. Read on for more thoughts from the episode, and spoilers aplenty!

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Geek 501 – Doctor Who

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the BBC hit TV show, Doctor Who. And this isn’t like, 50 years ago there was a show, and now there’s not. Or, 50 years ago there was a show, and now they’ve remade it again now. The same universe itself still exists – the same main character, even, in the Doctor. While I think there are other things that can reach this sort of milestone – the X-Men come to mind given that this is also their 50th Anniversary – it is still a feat basically unmatched in television.

There’s lots of specifics I could go into, and even more specifics I don’t know. I’ve seen all of the new Doctor Who – by which is meant all the Doctor Who since the series was put back together and started in 2005 (and not a bad place to start, if you’re looking to do so). But this is a continuation of what came before, and of this, I have seen very little. Episodes exist online, say on NetFlix, but they’ve been released individually, and figuring out an order, or where to start, or what to watch… Who knows.

So rather than try to get into details about Doctor Who, for a Geek 501 post, I thought I would introduce and discuss Doctor Who in the general. In the things that work, in the reasons that we love it. We being a huge base of people who have come to be known as Whovians. So if you know and love Doctor Who, add your thoughts in the comments below! If you’re still trying to figure out Doctor Who, read on, and see what you think!

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Donna Noble Has Left the Library, Donna Noble Has Been Saved; A Character Study

Donna Noble has left the Library. Donna Noble has been saved.

Donna Noble has left the Library. Donna Noble has been saved.

Today I am going to explore my favorite Doctor Who companion, of the ones I have actually watched: Donna Noble. Donna was the last companion of Ten during the new run of Doctor Who Series 4, played by the unforgettable Catharine Tate. If you have been following us for a while you already know how much I love Donna Noble as a companion. I truly believe that she is one of the best companions that has ever been.

Some of what I love about Donna is that she was actually just a friend to the Doctor. The relationship between the Doctor and Donna is simply fabulous. She is not so enamored or fascinated with the Doctor that she just lets him lead her along. The other part I love about her is her story arc is so brilliant. She goes through such an amazing journey from when we first meet her character to her entire run with the Doctor. She is such a great example, in fiction, of allowing a character to be more than she thought she could be. Continue reading