The Doctor and the Beast

I have not seen quite as much Doctor Who as others, but in the episodes I have been exposed to, religious beliefs tend be invisible. There are a few episodes like The Curse of Fenric and Father’s Day, where we see a church or priest, but they are not necessarily the center of the plot. When I watched The Satan Pit, I was shocked at the use of “Satan” as a character in Doctor Who, and the fact that the Doctor destroyed this character.

Though I am not exactly sure the Beast in this episode was ever actually referred to as “Satan”, several parts of the episode indicate this could be who the Beast is. The fact that the Beast is imprisoned in an underground pit with fire seems to align with the view several people see when they think of Hell. No one knows exactly if Hell exists, what it looks like, or where it would be, but there are specific images we associate with it. I am not saying that Hell is a fiery pit found in the center of a planet, but when you Google “Hell”, images similar to the scenes in The Satan Pit come up. With how controversial this topic can be, I am surprised Doctor Who wrote an episode based around this. There are several people who do believe in Hell, and several who do not. Seeing a story line that shakes these ideas surprised me.

https://www.google.com/search?q=hell&biw=1321&bih=775&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjQwfWDxZHLAhWGJCYKHfwGAVgQ_AUIBigB

 

Not only did the episode’s entire plot surprise me, but the outcome did as well. The Beast claimed to have existed before the universe, and was imprisoned after the battle against the Disciples of Light. The Doctor is very troubled by this and he argued that it is impossible. The Beast asked the Doctor if this is what his religion says, but that question is not necessarily answered because the Doctor says this is his belief, not his religion. The Beast then revealed knowledge about each crew member, causing all of their personal beliefs to be questioned as well.

 

It is not exactly explained why the Beast was locked up instead of being destroyed, but the Doctor chooses to destroy it even if it meant he would risk Rose’s life. Normally, the Doctor avoids killing at all costs. Instead, the Doctor chose to destroy the Beast at a very high price, and I am not sure this was the “right” decision according to the Doctor’s morals. If the Disciples of Light found a way to avoid killing the Beast, why couldn’t the Doctor?

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Some things you didn’t know about Doctor Who

While I was searching for some information for my final project, I came across a Buzzfeed article about some things in Doctor Who that not a lot of people know about. Some of them I sort of knew already or at least knew half of the specific fact, but many of them are new to me. They are all interesting and they definitely got me thinking about the series.

 

Some of my favorite facts include:

  • Peter Capaldi used to be in a punk band with Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson (pictured below)
  • In 2009 a group of volunteers clearing a pond in Hampshire found a submerged Dalek. It’s not clear how it got there (also pictured below)
  • Peter Capaldi and sixth Doctor Colin Baker are the only actors to have been cast as the Doctor after previously appearing in the series as another character.
  • As teenagers, fourth Doctor Tom Baker trained to become a Roman Catholic monk, and seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy trained to become a priest.
  • A teenage Capaldi had his Doctor Who fan art published in Doctor Who International Fan Club Magazine (pictured above)
  • The young Capaldi was so desperate to be put in charge of the Official Doctor Who Fan Club that he bombarded the BBC with letters to the point where the producer’s secretary said: “I wish the Daleks or someone would exterminate him.”

 

There are a lot more fun facts and WARNING: there are some spoilers in some of the facts! Not too many but there are a few! If you are interested in looking at some of these facts the link is below! Happy reading!

 

 

Link to article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomphillips/timey-wimey-facty-wacty#.pykwXowqk

The real problem with lack of racial diversity in television shows

With any television show, there are always going to be critics on racial diversity and whether or not people of different backgrounds are equally shown through the screen. However, I think people forget about the real meaning why actors are in shows. Companies do not hire actors because of their racial background, but rather because they fit the role of a particular character, or at least that’s the way it should be.

In order to get rid of racism in television shows we need to stop looking for it. As critical viewers, we are programmed to look for these kinds of things, but what if we are looking too far into it? It very well could be that the show is simply just looking for the right talent for their roles and showing no discrimination at all. We see this in the public sphere way too often. The media, for example, likes to put stories of acts that are portrayed to be racist that eventually end up being just a misunderstanding. I will acknowledge that yes, there is still racist people in the world but not as many as we make it seem. I think that our society as a whole is at fault and it will take a long time for us to fix the glitches.

I believe that a world without racism is a world that doesn’t focus on it. There is too much focus on what is wrong with our world and not enough focus on what is right. I hope that someday we put our attention on the talent of the actors rather than why the role wasn’t given to someone else. If there is to be a racially diverse actor on any show, it should be because their talents and qualifications got them there, not because of the color of their skin.

Comparing Dr. Who to now

Whenever I am watching Dr. Who I am always comparing it to the TV shows and movies today. There are some senses in Dr. Who that make me laugh because of how bad the special effects are, such as in The City Death pt. 2 you could make out the man behind the mask. When there is a fight sense in Dr. Who the only other fight sense I can compare them to is Austin Powers where one karate chop to the back of the neck knocks the out. I am use to watching the Micheal Bay movies where there are explosions are huge, but in Dr. Who they are little clouds of dust compared to Micheal’s movies.

Diversity of gender

In Dr. Who the directors do a very good job of the diversity of gender in the show, with the companion usual being a female. The only place we haven’t seem gender diversity is the the Dr. The Dr. is always male, but even though the Dr. has not been female, many major roles are played by females. I have also noticed that many topmost of the alien leaders are male as well. So, I think the BBC does a very good job of keeping the role of females in the show are quite equal.