Saturday, April 14, 2007
The Gospel According to Who?
There are few more pleasurable things in life than settling down to watch an episode of Doctor Who. There is something about this loan traveller, who comes into a world and shows it's people the error of their ways then departs, that appeals to me. It becomes more pleasurable as it dabbles in my areas of interest, religion and environment. This week’s storyline revolved around New New Earth, where a section of the population are forever stuck in traffic jams. They travel miles in years (not minutes or hours) and all want to get into "the fast lane", yet there is something spooky about the fast lane that people delude themselves about. The Doctor and Martha (New Assistant) end up stuck in the traffic jam and through one ending up in the fast lane and the other meeting the Face of Bo we suddenly come across a very wide and varied amount of Christian imagery. Whilst previous episodes (such as Fathers Day) have helped create a mock Christian perspective on the show, this episodes' soundtrack included two hymns sung by Welsh Choirs! It presented me with some clear thoughts such as is the face of Bo really John the Baptist style character (Although part of the current saving of humanity, claims is not the true saviour)? Are we going to see the battle over Gallifrey as the mother of all struggles between good and evil? Was it meant that all the traffic looked like coffins so when everyone was singing it was an analogy of death and life, just a week after Easter Sunday? In reality these questions wouldn’t matter, yet in some respects this was very much a filler episode and we are in the middle of the mother of all story arcs, covering the third series, which points towards explaining a lot more about who the Doctor is and where he comes from. Or maybe this is all just an exercise in mental flexibility that fits a generic storyline to my own personal biases and background. Fascinating mulling to have, bit of a shame I have a whole load of academic work to do else I may have written more. Take Care Y'All John