Messianic themes in Dr Who
I’ve really been enjoying the new series of Dr Who (many thanks to Nick here).
One of the things that I’ve noticed different to the classic series is the seemingly messianic themes. Yes, the Doctor has always swanned in, saved the day, and taken off again, but in the new series he seems to be much more conscious of the power that he holds and the some of the implications of this. For instance, in the episode that screened on free-to-air last Saturday, he says to the cat sisters “You want to appeal to a higher authority, there is no higher authority!”. Similarly, he has no hesitation in telling Cassandra that she has lived long enough and it is time to die. He seems to believe, to a degree in his own omnipotence. Nevertheless, he is ready at any moment to face obliteration himself to save Rose.
I just find this interesting, and in keeping with the way that the new series is problematising a whole lot of things that the classic series took for granted.