There are episodes in the Doctor Whoniverse called “Doctor Lite.” They’re episodes that feature little to no Doctor as the protagonist and/or are only tangentially related to the Doctor.
Some of the most famous are Blink, which is the first weeping angels episode and my favorite,but much reviled, Love and Monsters. There are plenty more, especially in the RTD show runner era. However, these types of episodes existed in the classic era as well. Mission to the Unknown is a lost episode in the classic era that has no Doctor at all.
That is what my day has been: Doctor-Lite. I did muse on Twitter about how fun it would be to have a Doctor Who LEGO Advent calendar (I mean think about it, 56 years to pull build ideas from.) I also pulled out my Thirteenth Doctor wallet purse when I went to pay for my daughter’s haircut. I also found and began putting together a micro LEGO TARDIS is had found from my son’s Dimensions set… but then gave up when I could not find the fourth side. That is the extent of my daily Doctor Who, today.
We all have those days. Days when what we love only barely touches our lives. However, during this holiday season, let’s make sure that what we love and what we only ley barely touch our lives isn’t the people in it. Let’s make sure we are carving out time for them: be it with religious celebrations like Advent, secular time such as dinner around the table, or sending a text, making a call, sending and thought or a prayer. Make sure we are making this month not Fam-Lite… even if it is sometimes Doctor-Lite.
If you haven’t played Doctor Who Fluxx, you’re missing out. It’s a great combination of all the Doctors, many companions and plenty of villains.
However, one of my fav Doctor Who games got an expansion which the hubby bought for me this weekend: The Thirteenth Doctor!
For those who are not familiar with the game, Fluxx is a game where you start with three cards and there are only two rules: draw 1 then play 1. New cards played by other players can change these two rules… but there are always two rules. No more, no less… unless you’re trying to reach a goal (insert prequel Star Wars Sith joke here.)
The original Fluxx game includes all the original Doctors. The rule cards are the same as any other Fluxx game, such as changing the never of cards you draw or play. It’s the goals, creepers and keepers that are tailored to whatever license the game has been designed for. The art quality is pretty on point and generally looks like the actors PR images.
It’s a nice easy game for the whole family to play. I’m very excited to add the newest Doctor to the deck.
Just like Black Friday is the antithesis of Thanksgiving, so too is the Tordos religion of the ideals of The Doctor.
As I wrote about in the previous post, The Good Doctor tackles colonization and racism. However, on an even more overt level this story deals with a patriarchal society and how theocracy and the desire of those in power can warp the altruistic premise of popular religious movements. This book came out in 2018, so it was released during a contemporary Brexit UK/ Trump America.
The monks of the Tordos religion have used misogyny to subjugate women due to their “great sin” (having children with Lobos natives, which is then used to blame for another tragedy.) Dawson does not even attempt to couch this metaphor, having the Doctor directly call it an apple.
The head priest also takes over the religion in a power grab that goes against the very foundations of this false religion, built around the Doctor’s prior visit. With each decision he makes and declaration there is an uneasy familiarity for readers who grew up in more evangelical based Christian denominations.
Prosperity gospel, racial superiority movements as well as gender and sexuality control are taken to task in this story. With each quip or horrified reaction by the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan ones own beliefs, or lack their of, are challenged. Is kindness and acknowledgment of other’s humanity our driving force? Or, like so many currently in power, is it a malleable pawn used to manipulate some and harm others we feel threatened by?
The Good Doctor is a challenge. It’s a charge to question the systems around you and not take things at face value; in the end those system may be based on a manipulative lie.